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    Another view of the Huston Street package with...

    Another view of the Huston Street package with preseason Sickels ranks:

    1. 2B, #1 Angels prospect, only top 150-175 overall, grade B
    2. RP, #7 Angels prospect, grade C+
    3. SS, #8 Angels...
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    Not sure if that is true. Dellin Betances isn't...

    Not sure if that is true. Dellin Betances isn't a closer, but he's one of the top relievers in baseball right now.

    I'm not opposed to giving guys *some* bonus for being in a closers role, but it...
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    I don't think the poster is trying to compare...

    I don't think the poster is trying to compare players by using blown saves -- simply illustrating that there is very little variance in the end result of a closer's primary function, converting save...
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    Ah, the Dodgers. Every selling team's favorite...

    Ah, the Dodgers. Every selling team's favorite trade target. :)

    Not sure if fWAR is the best measure of bullpen performance. Dodgers rank #13 in MLB in bullpen xFIP (and much the same in...
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    Would folks here accept the Padres return for...

    Would folks here accept the Padres return for Huston Street?

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/07/angels-to-acquire-huston-street-from-padres.html

    1. 22 y.o. 2B, 2010 "sandwich" pick (37th...
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    When has any team really regretted trading a...

    When has any team really regretted trading a closer? It's probably the easiest "starting" spot on a roster to affordably replace -- the Twins have done it over and over the past 14 seasons.

    Of...
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    It was indeed reported that Nolasco is eligible...

    It was indeed reported that Nolasco is eligible to return Wednesday July 23rd (although he last pitched on July 6th, so July 21st was his 15th day of inactivity...).
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    Thanks for the update. This is what I've been...

    Thanks for the update.

    This is what I've been speculating, unfortunately. And I am really not convinced that the trading deadline is going to open up any more spots -- the open spot is Pino's...
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    I don't wish to run Joe out of town, but I...

    I don't wish to run Joe out of town, but I actually think that would be fascinating. Would you foresee the Twins eating any money at all in such a deal?
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    Also, to those that point to Dozier's age-26...

    Also, to those that point to Dozier's age-26 improvement as a good sign that Plouffe can do something similar, let me suggest that Plouffe already has, at age-25 in 2011 (offensively, as well as...
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    No doubt. That's why he has value -- right now...

    No doubt. That's why he has value -- right now he appears to be a fairly cheap ~100 OPS+ average defense everyday third baseman.

    My point in this discussion is, for 2015-2016+, if you take out...
  12. Thread: Trade rumors

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    And he was an all-star!

    And he was an all-star!
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    Problem is, aside from Meyer, those pitchers you...

    Problem is, aside from Meyer, those pitchers you mention have already "stepped up" to that level (Hughes and Gibson pretty much all season, Correia the past 2 months, and Pino for his month), yet...
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    You are "dis-remembering" a bit -- the first...

    You are "dis-remembering" a bit -- the first Aguilera trade brought back Frankie Rodriguez (oh how I wish we had gotten the "other" Francisco Rodriguez! :) ). He was once ranked #9 by BA, but that...
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    Two years from now, Plouffe will be just over a...

    Two years from now, Plouffe will be just over a season away from free agency (hits FA after 2017 season), and probably commanding $5+ mil in his final arb seasons.

    Plouffe has some value as a 3B. ...
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    That would represent the Twins best 13-game...

    That would represent the Twins best 13-game stretch of the season so far. And that's not even including the 5-1 run just before the break (which by itself matched the Twins best 6 game run of the...
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    If Arcia keeps hitting like he has in MLB...

    If Arcia keeps hitting like he has in MLB 2013-2014, he will be another candidate for total replacement, not part-time augmentation.
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    I was just pointing out it's wasn't quite an...

    I was just pointing out it's wasn't quite an 8-year dry spell.

    Actually, since Plouffe was handed the position in 2012, it was really only 7 seasons between him and Koskie. And between Cuddy,...
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    4 WAR seasons at 1B will basically require him to...

    4 WAR seasons at 1B will basically require him to get back to his career average slash line (.320/.401/.461) and play 150 or more games every year. Replacement level is pretty high for 1B.

    Above...
  20. Thread: KLaw rankings

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    Hey, we're only X games behind these non-playoff...

    Hey, we're only X games behind these non-playoff teams! And we have a better farm system than them too!
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    Your 25% LHP is roughly accurate, in terms of...

    Your 25% LHP is roughly accurate, in terms of total PA against.

    But how valuable is a .676 OPS bench/pinch hit option vs RHP? 75% of the time, he will have negative value in this role.

    Not to...
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    Actually, Cuddyer in 2005 at 3B was pretty much...

    Actually, Cuddyer in 2005 at 3B was pretty much equivalent to Plouffe's present-day production (his defense was worse, but probably comparable to Plouffe at the same age in 2012).

    Factoring in...
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    You thought Dozier should go to the All-Star game...

    You thought Dozier should go to the All-Star game based on his career body of work, and not his career-best season so far in 2014?

    Or are you suggesting that because Dozier improved dramatically...
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    Plouffe has been basically average compared to...

    Plouffe has been basically average compared to MLB 3B OPS in 2014 and 2012, and was ~5% below average in 2013.

    But average doesn't mean permanently acceptable -- the average includes a lot of bad...
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    Plouffe's OBP is set to be a career high by .008...

    Plouffe's OBP is set to be a career high by .008 -- if it doesn't continue dropping. Isolated discipline? .005. BB%? 1%. All dropping since April. His ISO is set to be a whopping .010 ahead of...
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