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It's not a slam-dunk but if Paul puts up an .800ish OPS vs. righties and Pearce puts up an .800 vs. lefties(both scenarios are completely plausible based on their track records- both OPS'd over .800 last year against their respective strong sides), it would be pretty darn close(even factoring in some reverse matchups). Morales only OPS'd to the tune of .785 last year- the dude's just not very good.

Yea ...But your not accounting for the mismatches that occur when you take your approach. There are plenty of times when the wrong guy will be facing the wrong pitcher.

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Yea ...But your not accounting for the mismatches that occur when you take your approach. There are plenty of times when the wrong guy will be facing the wrong pitcher.

Of course. But pinch hitting is always an option in crucial matchups and Morales has historically been weaker against lefties anyway so the overall gulf may not be so wide as to warrant the extra money and the loss of a draft pick. If Morales posts a .790 OPS and the theoretical DH platoon posts a combined .760 after all is said and done, what have we really gained for the extra millions and the lost first rounder?

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It's not a slam-dunk but if Paul puts up an .800ish OPS vs. righties and Pearce puts up an .800 vs. lefties(both scenarios are completely plausible based on their track records- both OPS'd over .800 last year against their respective strong sides), it would be pretty darn close(even factoring in some reverse matchups). Morales only OPS'd to the tune of .785 last year- the dude's just not very good.

I'm not advocating for Morales, I don't think he's worth the pick, but where are you getting these numbers? Paul did not OPS over .800 from his strong side last season. He was at .775 and is .733 for his career which is more useful since last season covered 190 ABs. I don't think he's bad as a bench player, but I sure don't want to pin my hopes on him.

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If he was the piece that was putting us over the top the pick wouldn't be as big of a deal to me. He's not, unless he can give us 200 quality innings pitched. It makes no sense to add Morales (given the production arguments above, loss of pick, etc) if the SP isn't fixed first. Bolster the starting pitching and then perhaps we can revisit the idea.

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And another thing... I get Buck's desire to have a guy at the DH spot that can also play the field but the production from that spot has been dreadful. Boston has done OK with a guy that only DHs. Ole Harold Baines held down the spot just fine for the birds back in the day. Not saying Morales is either of those guys but I wouldn't hate his thump in Camden Yards. I would hate losing that pick though.

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I'd much rather give up the pick for Morales than Cruz. And if you're going to give up the pick why not go and get a Ubaldo or Santana as well? Roch sure seems to be banging the Morales drum.

http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2013/12/a-few-random-thoughts-4.html

Good grief. Roch's more clueless than I thought. He should stick to making bad puns with headline titles.

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Of course. But pinch hitting is always an option in crucial matchups and Morales has historically been weaker against lefties anyway so the overall gulf may not be so wide as to warrant the extra money and the loss of a draft pick. If Morales posts a .790 OPS and the theoretical DH platoon posts a combined .760 after all is said and done, what have we really gained for the extra millions and the lost first rounder?

I just dont believe in the platoon like you do.

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And another thing... I get Buck's desire to have a guy at the DH spot that can also play the field but the production from that spot has been dreadful. Boston has done OK with a guy that only DHs. Ole Harold Baines held down the spot just fine for the birds back in the day. Not saying Morales is either of those guys but I wouldn't hate his thump in Camden Yards. I would hate losing that pick though.

Right, I'm not seeing the whole,"My DH has to be able to play the field," thing. Actually, it's right there in the D and the H. All he has to do is hit.

It pains me to say this, since Morales is the only remaining FA bat that I like, but I don't think he's worth giving up a draft pick for either. Which means we're basically stuck with what we have unless Duquette can pull off a "real" trade.
If we already had Burnett and/or Garza in the fold and if Balfour had worked out and if we still had the competitive balance pick then...

We need a bat but the bat alone is likely to get us how many extra wins? And at what expense?

Kinda where I'm at with Morales, but losing the comp balance pick hurt and at what cost do we give up this years? These picks are clearly more valuable than the qualifying offers being made to FA.

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I believe that with the huge increase in average starting pitcher contracts that we have seen, that Bud Norris would bring back far more than a lefty who walked four less than he struck out after the trade in A ball and a number ~30 pick in the draft and defensively challenged light slugging aged outfield prospect..

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I'm not advocating for Morales, I don't think he's worth the pick, but where are you getting these numbers? Paul did not OPS over .800 from his strong side last season. He was at .775 and is .733 for his career which is more useful since last season covered 190 ABs. I don't think he's bad as a bench player, but I sure don't want to pin my hopes on him.

You're right. My bad. I think I mixed it up with Chad Tracy's career mark or something. I had looked up both players at the same time and must have gotten the wires crossed. Ugh. Now I feel even worse about our offseason lol.

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