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Posted: January 15, 2019, 12:54 PM Post
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pretty sure that was in jest...


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Posted: January 15, 2019, 5:16 PM Post
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Former MLB reliever John Wetteland has been arrested on sexual abuse of a child charges. Wetteland was the MVP of the 1996 World Series for the Yankees.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2576 ... use-charge


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Posted: January 16, 2019, 6:54 AM Post
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Former MLB reliever John Wetteland has been arrested on sexual abuse of a child charges. Wetteland was the MVP of the 1996 World Series for the Yankees.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2576 ... use-charge


The really sad part about this is there were warning signs out there before. It sounds like, this could have and should have been avoided. Hopefully this dude gets put in prison for a long-ass time.


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Posted: January 16, 2019, 6:56 AM Post
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That Trevor Bauer story is also has some legs. I'm sure the Indians are really happy that he is destroying his trade value. Harassing 21 year old girls on Twitter isn't a good look.

It's one thing to dig up tweets from a 15 or a seventeen-year-old and say hey you said some really terrible things when you were a teenager and you're an awful person. This guy is actively on Twitter being a complete tool, and the Indians have told him multiple times to tone it down, and he says that's just who I am and you're going to have to deal with it.


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Posted: January 16, 2019, 12:03 PM Post
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ESPN's Buster Olney says the White Sox's offer to Manny Machado is $175 million for seven years.

He's not the first to say this, but it lends some weight to the previous reports. Obviously, Machado is worth more than $25 million per year, but that doesn't much matter unless someone else steps up. The Phillies and Yankees are his other known suitors at the moment. You'd have to think that other teams would jump into the mix if Machado's market craters to the point where he is seriously considering this White Sox offer. The 26-year-old was said to be seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million at the outset of the offseason.

Source: Buster Olney on TwitterJan 16 - 12:24 PM





GOOD! I hope he gets a lot less than he and his agent expected...


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Posted: January 16, 2019, 12:22 PM Post
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You'd have to think that other teams would jump into the mix if Machado's market craters to the point where he is seriously considering this White Sox offer. The 26-year-old was said to be seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million at the outset of the offseason.

I'd be amazed if either Machado or Harper gets an offer in excess of 7 years. I think the Yankees aren't happy with the Stanton deal length, but since Jeter gave him away for almost free they took the bate. I don't really see the Yankees jumping to his rescue, while the dumb money from the Phillies is likely the driving force for his market... I anticipate we will see a lot more of the opt-out clauses in contracts and for both Machado and Harper 'settling' on a 7yr contract with an opt out in 3 years (before age 30) could still get them another significant deal...

JosephC said:
Stearns probably had no interest in getting a C because the Brewers need a C. It makes much more sense to trade for 3B when it's not needed, and then move the other 3B to 2B, then trade for a 2B, but since the 3B is now at 2B, then the new 2B goes to SS


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Posted: January 16, 2019, 12:30 PM Post
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I could be talked into a 10 year deal for Machado. As others have said, he's certainly not prime ARod but he's still really good and has rarely missed time. He does come across as a jerk. I'd wager that over the course of the next decade, Machado will be more valuable than Harper.


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 8:47 AM Post
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Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the White Sox have discussed a deal with Manny Machado that would allow the team to exercise an option after year three that would trigger club control for an eighth or ninth year.

If the White Sox declined to exercise that option, Machado would have the opportunity to opt out of the deal after 2021. It's a similar contract stipulation that Yusei Kikuchi and Zach Britton agreed to, although with Machado it would obviously be on a much larger scale. All three players are clients of Scott Boras, who has referred to the unique contracts as a "swellopt" (meaning it's a "swell" option for both sides). Martino believes that if Machado might be amendable to this type of contract, it's possible the Yankees could jump back into the bidding.

Source: SNY.tvJan 18 - 9:38 AM


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 9:07 AM Post
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This seems like the same type of thing as Arrieta's deal. Arrieta has a player opt out after 2019, but the Phillies can void the player option by exercising his 2021 and 2022 options. It could be a 2/55 deal if Arrieta opts out, a 3/75 deal if Philly declines the options AND Arrieta opts to stay, or 5/115 if Philly exercises the last 2 option years. I think this is a well structured contract for both sides. If he pitches very well the 1st 2 years, he could get $60 million over his age 34-36 seasons. If he pitches like crap, Philly has some level of protection.


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 9:19 AM Post
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Brewers should really get involved. I know that it'd be a huge stretch to the payroll, but imagine Machado at SS instead of Arcia!


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 1:04 PM Post
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Brewers should really get involved. I know that it'd be a huge stretch to the payroll, but imagine Machado at SS instead of Arcia!


*Imagining rooting for a guy I'd rather see Aguilar punch in the face*

I feel sick to my stomach.


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 1:38 PM Post
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lol Manny's Dad trying to get his boy paid!

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Yankees and Dodgers have not made Manny Machado an official contract offer this offseason.

Machado's father, Manuel, told Z Deportes that his son has received offers from the Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies and that there's been "a lot of interest" from the White Sox, but Heyman is hearing otherwise. While it doesn't necessarily matter that he hasn't gotten "official" offers from either club, the Dodgers have never seemed likely to re-sign Machado and him landing with the Yankees has been looking less and less likely by the day.

Source: Jon Heyman on TwitterJan 18 - 12:30 PM


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 2:13 PM Post
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Big part of me is happy to see him struggling to find his fit. Not that it matters because he will still be a clown and be filthy rich but it is nice to see it play out very slowly and not as grandiose as he may have wanted.


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 4:03 PM Post
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Interesting article...

Why Mets making Cubs castoff Chili Davis hitting coach shouldn't cause alarm
Cubs president Theo Epstein didn't really want to fire Davis, according to multiple sources


Some snippets from the article (there is plenty more if you’re interested in reading the full article):

Cubs president Theo Epstein didn't really want to fire Davis, according to multiple sources, yet felt he had no choice but to give in to the wishes of at least a few of his star hitters, most notably Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

"He caved," was the way one person close to the situation put it. "He's not happy about it. He thinks it's BS that the players complained about Chili, but he wasn't going to stick with his hitting coach just to make a point."


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The source of disconnect apparently centered around the launch-angle concept, which is at the root of the home run-or-bust approach that is so prevalent in today's game.

Bryant, among others, is all about the uppercut swing, taught to him by his father, a noted private hitting instructor, while Davis has always preached situational hitting, which means sacrificing power at times to make contact.

Suffice it to say, some players don't want to hear that in this era when no one sees any harm in striking out.

Beyond that, however, Davis indicated that pitchers have made adjustments to the launch-angle approach and he couldn't get some of the Cubs' hitters to understand that.

"Regardless of who's there (as the next hitting coach)," Davis told the Sun-Times, "certain players there are going to have to make some adjustments because the game has changed and pitchers are pitching them differently. They're not pitching to launch angles and fly balls and all that anymore. They're pitching away from that."

Also, this Tweet from Jesse Rogers this evening: Kris Bryant admits he and Chili Davis did not match up philosophically.


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 4:27 PM Post
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Regarding Chili Davis’ comments about launch angle adjustments being made, I also saw some interesting comments in a recent Justin Turner interview.

Here are Justin Turner’s comments:

I think everyone is on this launch angle bandwagon and no one really understands what it means or how to produce it or do it the right way. I think launch angle is just a byproduct of matching the plane of the pitch. I feel like you have a different swing for a fastball and a slider, sinker, curveball, you’re going to have a different swing plan to try to give yourself the most room for error. Everyone talks about launch angle like you’re trying to swing up on every pitch, and that’s not the case. At least in my eyes. I’m not trying to swing up on every pitch if I’m facing the Brewers bullpen, who all throw 98 up in the zone, swinging up is not a very good recipe for them. You’re going to have to try to get on top and match that plane. I think it’s just a misunderstanding. It’s so easy for all these guys on TV, analytics guys, and guys trying to break down swings, to say that launch angle is the devil. But that’s not the case. I think if you’re making the right moves and trying to match planes, then launch angle is going to happen. It’s definitely a byproduct of your swing and what you’re trying to do.


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 5:08 PM Post
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Never understood why all this launch angle business is such a big deal now. I was coached in high school 15 years ago to have a slight upward swing. It wasn't a matter of hitting the ball in the air but the very obvious fact that when your swing matches the downward plane of the ball you increase your chances of squaring up the ball.

I agree with Chili though, the problem is now batters don't change their approach. Doesn't matter the count, the score, where runners are, they take the same swing and approach.


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Posted: January 18, 2019, 7:14 PM Post
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I wouldn't want to give Machado a 10 year $300M contract when he's dogging it in a playoff game in his walk year.

I also think the Boras method of waiting out the teams to get a bidding war has backfired on the players. Teams have turned the tables and are waiting the players out.

The next labor was is going to be a doozy. Better get your fix in before the CBA expires.


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Posted: January 19, 2019, 6:18 PM Post
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First, this is a pretty cool resource I didn't know about:

https://www.fangraphs.com/tools/free-agent-tracker

Second, it's January 19th and if you sort the free agents by projected WAR, you get the following percentages of players still unsigned:

>0.5 proj WAR (70 total free agents): 40.0% unsigned
>1.0 proj WAR (48 total free agents): 35.4% unsigned
>1.5 proj WAR (29 total free agents): 31.0% unsigned
>2.0 proj WAR (19 total free agents): 31.6% unsigned
>2.5 proj WAR (13 total free agents): 38.5% unsigned
>3.0 proj WAR (8 total free agents): 50.0% unsigned

Pretty unbelievable, but also a reminder that any teams with money to spend still have a lot of options available out there.


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Posted: January 19, 2019, 9:08 PM Post
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Just your run-of-the-mill January trash talking between the Cubs and Cardinals...

Bryant tweaks St. Louis; Yadi snaps back


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Posted: January 19, 2019, 9:41 PM Post
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Just your run-of-the-mill January trash talking between the Cubs and Cardinals...

Bryant tweaks St. Louis; Yadi snaps back


"Who would want to play in St. Louis? It's so boring. I always get asked, 'Where do you like to play, where do you not like to play?' And St. Louis is a place I don't like to play."

That comment drew a loud cheer from the Chicago faithful, and Dempster followed suit.

"I remember when I was getting traded," said Dempster, "and they asked me, 'Hey, how about St. Louis?' I said, 'Zero chance, pal. No way.' I wouldn't even go there as a free agent. Not happening."

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Catcher Molina, never one to mince his feelings on social media, then fired back with an Instagram post that included not only a screenshot of Bryant's interview with Dempster, but also a photo of Dempster giving up a home run to then-Cardinal Lance Berkman.

"All stars, elite players and leaders of their teams do not speak bad about any city," Molina wrote. "There should be respect, and you should play and compete with respect. Only stupid players and losers make comments like the ones made by Bryant and Dempster."

Several of Molina's teammates echoed his sentiments in comments on his Instagram post. Third baseman Matt Carpenter replied with a series of fire emojis, while left fielder Marcell Ozuna issued a poetic warning to the Cubs.

"From outside they speak and talk like tiger," wrote Ozuna, "but at the end they [sic] gonna be like little cat."

Other teammates offered their endorsement with a simple 'Like.' Molina, in the comments section, continued to engage with fans hours after making his original post.


So Bryant made an obvious tongue in cheek joke during a comedy spot at a Cubs event and Molina and his teammates decided to start a Twitter fight over it calling him and Ryan Dempster stupid and losers. If that isn't that whole trashy Cardinals organization in a nut shell.


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