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  1. I agree, injury history will definitely be a consideration. But, let's say the Twins need pitching at the deadline - Cobb has looked fantastic all year... I could totally see them trading for Cobb if the O's throw in $8M a year, for instance.
  2. I don't get why everyone gets so hot and heavy about the only alternative to the Elias-Tank-Rebuild is that they sign a bushel of washed up dudes for a bunch of money. Sure, the Derek Lee / Jay Payton / Kevin Millar signings were dumb. But, their worst attendance was 1.7M in 2010 and they had a payroll $81M. Last year they had a payroll of $82M and had an attendance of 1.3M. You gotta figure they were making more money with those dumb old dudes than they are now with a bunch of random parts.
  3. For comparison, Verlander had two years and $56 million left on his contract, with an additional $22 million vesting option. That made the entire remaining contract $78 million. The Tigers sent $16 million to the Astros in the deal. So, it isn't unprecedented that a team would take over a big contract. But, Verlander is Verlander, and Cobb is Cobb. If Cobb looks elite in July, I could see teams being interested if the O's eat some money. But, I am very skeptical that Cobb will perform anywhere near that level.
  4. I don't know if we can say this 100%. Just like we can't really say they definitely were involved. Manfred didn't "clear" Elias in the same manner as Jim Crane, he's just not mentioned in the report. We don't know. Manfred says this: "Some lower-level Astros employees were aware of the rules violations or participated in the violations at the direction of others. I will defer to the Astros whether the conduct of these more junior employees merits discipline or other remedial action." Personally, I don't really think it matters if Elias knew or not. He was in charge of scouting. If the Director of Scouting walked into the clubhouse and demanded that it stop, the players probably weren't going to listen. That was Luhnow and Hinch's job. That's why those two were punished. Either way, I wouldn't expect any punishment for Elias - unless something that is damning leaks in the future, which is super super doubtful.
  5. It isn't a crazy idea at all. The O's need someone who can throw innings - and it's insane to expect a bunch of AAAA guys and rookies to provide them. It's not fair to send a bunch of guys who aren't prepared to get lit up every night. They need to be put in situations where they can succeed - and a veteran pitcher helps Hyde do that.
  6. MLB is a company. They don't "prosecute." They issue punishments as they see fit, based on internal rules and agreements. This isn't like pulling over only motorcycles, only cars, or only cans of corn. MLB isn't a police department. Manfred's job is to look out for the best interests of the owners of MLB teams. That's why he let Crane off the hook, punished Luhnow and Hinch to send a message and satisfy the public, and let the players off the hook because it would have been chaos to suspend them. Manfred made the best move for MLB. That's his job. It isn't about being fair. It's about what course of action sells the most tickets in 2020.
  7. A month later, Rosenthal broke the story after getting the tip from Fiers. Gotta wonder if he knew, just was waiting for someone to go on record. Kind of a pointed question to ask during a super brief interview after such a big game.
  8. Real or not, the Astros aren't going to get the benefit of the doubt on anything. They've lost in the court of public opinion.
  9. Good writeup, thanks for posting. Sorry you gotta deal with Corn only wanting to argue over one line in a good, thought-out post. Like you mentioned, his home runs were way up last year - which was the big problem for him. That might be because of him, the juiced ball, or both. If he can limit damage from the long ball in 2020, I think we'll see him return closer to his 2018 form. Hyde also rode him pretty hard at the beginning of the season and the results weren't great. Quite honestly, I thought Hyde managed the bullpen poorly for the first part of 2019 - might be part of Givens' issues as well.
  10. While the Top Prospects lists do consider overall talent and ceiling, they also really are a measure of close-ness to the majors. Think about the Machado trade, people were thinking the O's could get Lux or May because they were their #9 and #14 ranked prospects in the public lists. Inside the Dodgers organization, I'm sure they had those prospects ranked much, much higher and didn't even consider trading them.
  11. I'd imagine that the Astros would have to provide compensation to the O's in that scenario.
  12. The players should have received some sort of punishment - but as Manfred noted, it was impractical to do so for a number of reasons: 1. The players would certainly appeal. The appeals could take a long time to resolve. 2. Many of the players are on other teams. You'd be unfairly punishing teams that did nothing wrong. 3. If you suspend half of the Astros' roster, they have to add new players to the 40-man roster to field a team. In 2021, all those players get DFA'd? Not fair to them. 4. The players were promised immunity for honest testimony. Additionally, $5 million is also the maximum fine that can currently be issued. My guess is the fine would be much higher if it was allowed.
  13. Oh, people do it: https://www.insider.com/star-wars-last-jedi-backlash-rotten-tomatoes-bots-2017-12
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