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Probably not. Buck would have demanded it go to extensions. 3/45 for Wieters, 2/10 for Reimold and 1/5 for Rickard.

Sarcasm noted in your response because unless you are uninformed, Joey Rickard will not get to $5 Million until his second year of arbitration in 2020 IF he has enough time on the MLB 25 Man Roster.

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Porcello was a trade for Cespedes. Price is a big FA.

Great point. The effect is the same as a huge free agent signing as he's due another $60 million + over the next 3 years. But yeah even their one big successful free agent signing after Ortiz wasn't their free agent signing but somebody else's.

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Boston's pitching has been good since the AB Break, but so has Baltimore's for the most part. Only Porcello has really dominated for Boston this season. It's Boston's offense that has consistently set them apart this year.

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Don't agree. Take away Price's 17 wins and they would be looking up at Toronto.

Um ....... if you take away any team's best pitcher win total, it changes everything.

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If you take away the Orioles' three 7-game winning streaks earlier this season and turn them into losses, they would still need to win one more game to avoid a 100-loss season.

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Boston's pitching has been good since the AB Break, but so has Baltimore's for the most part. Only Porcello has really dominated for Boston this season. It's Boston's offense that has consistently set them apart this year.

It is both things. They were behind us until their pitching got better. Their offense has been better than ours all year, but their pitching was worse for a few months.

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It is both things. They were behind us until their pitching got better. Their offense has been better than ours all year, but their pitching was worse for a few months.

Exactly. Boston has been very fortunate this year. Their pitching is peaking at the right time even though their best pitcher the first half of the year has been out hurt for awhile now. Even Porcello wasn't exactly dominant earlier in the season.

But Boston's offense has been on another level pretty much for the whole season. Baltimore may lead the league in home runs, but Boston pretty much leads the league in hits, doubles, runs, OBP and SLG. Their offense is clearly the best in the league.

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Exactly. Boston has been very fortunate this year. Their pitching is peaking at the right time even though their best pitcher the first half of the year has been out hurt for awhile now. Even Porcello wasn't exactly dominant earlier in the season.

But Boston's offense has been on another level pretty much for the whole season. Baltimore may lead the league in home runs, but Boston pretty much leads the league in hits, doubles, runs, OBP and SLG. Their offense is clearly the best in the league.

Their offense is a juggernaut. And most of the core is young. They'll miss Ortiz, but should be an excellent offensive team for some time to come.

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Sarcasm noted in your response because unless you are uninformed, Joey Rickard will not get to $5 Million until his second year of arbitration in 2020 IF he has enough time on the MLB 25 Man Roster.

Joey Rickard may well get seasoned in AAA next season.

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Their offense is a juggernaut. And most of the core is young. They'll miss Ortiz, but should be an excellent offensive team for some time to come.

The scary thing is Boston might be able to replace Ortiz's DH production with one of their top prospects. We can only hope the Pedroia and Hanley start to decline fast because Bogaerts and Betts look like the real things. I just don't want Boston to improve at third and catcher.

But I just don't see Boston winning the World Series this year. I just don't see their pitching matching up with the National League teams. They might not have the pitching to get them to the World Series. We''ll see.

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Baseball does need get with the times and have a salary cap like the other sports. I know, I know luxury tax, international draft pool money, etc.

But still. That's what will make baseball fun again. Every team on a true equal playing field.

I doubt it will happen for a long time, if ever, just because of how strong the players union is. However, it should.

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Baseball does need get with the times and have a salary cap like the other sports. I know, I know luxury tax, international draft pool money, etc.

But still. That's what will make baseball fun again. Every team on a true equal playing field.

I doubt it will happen for a long time, if ever, just because of how strong the players union is. However, it should.

A salary cap would only help Boston with all the bad free agent contracts they've handed out over the past several years.

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