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#61 nicksaviking

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:43 AM

So the Padres snagged Dave Cameron huh? 

 

https://www.fangraph...-i-would-write/

 

Sad for Fangraphs, good for Dave. Probably good for the Padres but TBD.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:32 PM

So the Padres snagged Dave Cameron huh? 
 
https://www.fangraph...-i-would-write/
 
Sad for Fangraphs, good for Dave. Probably good for the Padres but TBD.


Maybe now we can stop reading how these guys don't know stuff about baseball. And, very sad for us readers
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:41 PM

 

Maybe now we can stop reading how these guys don't know stuff about baseball. And, very sad for us readers

 

Very good for those who have followed, or are attempting to still follow, in the path that Dave led. Both he and John Manuel showed this winter that just because you've spent "significant" time writing, you can still have value to a major league organization, and that's been previously thought to be something that teams would avoid. There are more being heavily recruited right now.

 

It's also interesting that Fangraphs has utilized this departure (and a couple others) as a moment to expand their full-time positions and their coverage. This while other places are cutting writers and having to load their sites with so many ads that content is nearly impossible to find.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 05:29 PM

So the Padres snagged Dave Cameron huh?

https://www.fangraph...-i-would-write/

Sad for Fangraphs, good for Dave. Probably good for the Padres but TBD.


Sad news to read. I really enjoyed reading his work... Those are big shoes to fill at Fangraphs.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:04 PM

 

Sad news to read. I really enjoyed reading his work... Those are big shoes to fill at Fangraphs.

 

One of the most genuine in the business, and he's one that as you get to know him and his writing more, you see that he's really not "hating" on anyone at all, but he's simply looking for things that others might miss, and sometimes that exposes an underbelly we had hoped would remain unchecked!

 

I do think it's wise to have filled the staff with multiple people to replace him, though the managing editor position will be intriguing to see how that is handled.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:15 AM

One of the most genuine in the business, and he's one that as you get to know him and his writing more, you see that he's really not "hating" on anyone at all, but he's simply looking for things that others might miss, and sometimes that exposes an underbelly we had hoped would remain unchecked!

I do think it's wise to have filled the staff with multiple people to replace him, though the managing editor position will be intriguing to see how that is handled.


Does anyone *actually* believe that national writers are hating on their team specifically or don't know anything about baseball?
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:13 PM

Does anyone *actually* believe that national writers are hating on their team specifically or don't know anything about baseball?


Given what I read here and Twitter, yes.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:25 PM

 

Given what I read here and Twitter, yes.

 

I mean, nothing is 100 or 0%, and there are always a handful of rubes, but I can't believe any halfway informed baseball follower would really think this. Always struck me as more of a running joke.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:33 PM

All that said, this move surprises me same way that the Manuel move did. I applaud Cameron for making the move and accepting the challenge, but it is such a significant shift from what he has done so well for so long.

 

There is a really good Effectively Wild podcast with Ben Lindbergh interviewing him on the change.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:12 AM

Josh Donaldson avoids arbitration and re-signs for $23 million with the Blue Jays. 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:42 PM

 

Josh Donaldson avoids arbitration and re-signs for $23 million with the Blue Jays. 

Man, salaries are increasing. Machado and Orioles aren't going to reach an agreement either so he could, if he wins, push salaries higher for guys like Buxton down the road.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:10 PM

 

Maybe now we can stop reading how these guys don't know stuff about baseball. And, very sad for us readers

 

It is sad, I enjoy Dave Cameron.But I'm not sure the criticism is that Dave Cameron doesn't know baseball, I think the criticism is more of the inflated pedestal we sometimes put people in his line of work on.Dave Cameron knows a lot (and a lot more than me) but perhaps not as much as people think.  

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 05:49 PM

Andrew McCutchen and cash considerations to the Giants for Bryan Reynolds (OF), Kyle Crick (RHP) and Internat’l bonus pool money.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:49 PM

 

Andrew McCutchen and cash considerations to the Giants for Bryan Reynolds (OF), Kyle Crick (RHP) and Internat’l bonus pool money.

 

Interesting. I think Kiriloff and Kohl Stewart would be a slight upgrade as an offer. Krick was a former hotshot pitching prospect who faltered and has languished in AA now for three years, now a bullpen arm who gets a C grade from Sickles. Maybe more Dietrich Enns than Kohl Stewart? Reynolds gets a B/B- grade from sickles, same as Kiriloff, whose grade deflates as a result of his injury layoff.

 

We'll see, but I like the Giant's side of this one right now.

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 09:18 PM

Keep in mind McCutchen is a shell of his former self too. Below replacement level in 2016, did rebound to 2.5 bWAR in 2017. Probably should be a corner player now? This is his last year under contract too, and it's not clear they could get much of a comp pick for him anymore either. They tried to deal him this past summer so presumably they know the market, not sure if holding onto him for a deadline deal was a good alternative.
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 06:43 AM

I kind of like what the Giants are doing. They are pretty limited in young guys and up against it in payroll, so worth a shot to squeeze out some value out of some vets while they still have Posey amd Bumgarner at a high level and some other decent pieces.

I doubt health holds out, and it is a really high beta strategy, but it's this or blow it all up.
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 11:51 AM

Yeah, this is definitely good for the Giants. They need some health and bouncebacks, but none are too far in the rearview mirror. Makes absolute sense for them to add Longoria and McCutchen.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:00 PM

Brian Duensing resigns with Cubs. The one that got away? Just let him walk for nothing. He probably has 5 plus good years in a role every team needs.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:43 PM

 

He probably has 5 plus good years in a role every team needs.

Low leverage short reliever? Or trade sweetener?

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 02:50 PM

Low leverage short reliever? Or trade sweetener?


Lots of trade capital squandered when the Twins let Duensing go, not to mention Adam Brett Walker.
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