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#221 arno0091

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:04 PM

Time for a parade down first ave as the 4th richest owner in the MLB now has a payroll right in the middle of the pack at 140 million. And is there some imaginary salary cap that posters on here keep talking about that I'm unaware of?
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:18 PM

Awesome signing!!

MLB.tv had Boston Red Sox reporter comment that the Alex Cora/ sign stealing
debacle really hurts the Red Sox with the expected loss of future 1st Round Draft picks and that the Red Sox farm system is very weak. Seems that this should give Falvine considerable trade leverage for Chris Sale that they didn't have a just a week ago?

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:42 PM

The Twins are a lot better off with Donaldson in the their clubhouse than the visitor’s clubhouse. One excerpt from Rosenthal and the Athletic with a quote from Freeman. In an early Donaldson thread I posted links to other articles about Donaldson and the clubhouse. They are similar.

I would want this guy in my clubhouse.

As the Braves discovered, Donaldson can be a bit of an acquired taste — as one club source put it, “he’s loud, in your face, an alpha who will test the room.” He went through an adjustment period in Atlanta, and Freddie Freeman talked with him at one point about better fitting into the clubhouse, the source said. But Donaldson eventually found his niche, and the Braves came to relish his daily intensity and competitiveness.

The team wants him back.


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:53 PM

 

Time for a parade down first ave as the 4th richest owner in the MLB now has a payroll right in the middle of the pack at 140 million. And is there some imaginary salary cap that posters on here keep talking about that I'm unaware of?

 

 

Can we assume you will not be in attendance?

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:48 PM

 

 

 

...But how does Berrios align against Cole in game one of a postseason series? How does Odorizzi align against Grienke in game two of a postseason series? How does Pineda... well, you get the point....

 

(Using this post as representative of those thinking we still need a higher-end pitcher.)

 

On one hand, I get it, although I personally think Berrios is closer to an “ace” than others seem to think he is, particularly given that he’s still on the upside.

 

At the same time, my hunch is that some on AstrosDaily are saying, “Holy cow — sure we can run out Verlander and Greinke against Berrios and Odorizzi, but then the Twins have Pineda and Hill and we’ve only got McCullers and Jose Urquidy. McCullers is coming back from TJS, and he’s never had more than 22 starts in a season and Urquidy only has 41 big league innings. And if somebody’s hurt, they can use Bailey and we’ve got Brad Peacock. Plus they have that Dobnak guy and Graterol. If Verlander or Greinke get hurt, we’re cooked.” 

 

Point being, while there may be a few teams tougher at the very top of the rotation, I’m not sure there’s many that are as deep as the Twins. And there’s still that lineup...

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#226 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:41 PM

(Using this post as representative of those thinking we still need a higher-end pitcher.)

On one hand, I get it, although I personally think Berrios is closer to an “ace” than others seem to think he is, particularly given that he’s still on the upside.

At the same time, my hunch is that some on AstrosDaily are saying, “Holy cow — sure we can run out Verlander and Greinke against Berrios and Odorizzi, but then the Twins have Pineda and Hill and we’ve only got McCullers and Jose Urquidy. McCullers is coming back from TJS, and he’s never had more than 22 starts in a season and Urquidy only has 41 big league innings. And if somebody’s hurt, they can use Bailey and we’ve got Brad Peacock. Plus they have that Dobnak guy and Graterol. If Verlander or Greinke get hurt, we’re cooked.”

Point being, while there may be a few teams tougher at the very top of the rotation, I’m not sure there’s many that are as deep as the Twins. And there’s still that lineup...


IMO counting on Hill as anything more than a lottery ticket come October would be foolish.
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#227 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:42 PM

(Using this post as representative of those thinking we still need a higher-end pitcher.)

On one hand, I get it, although I personally think Berrios is closer to an “ace” than others seem to think he is, particularly given that he’s still on the upside.

At the same time, my hunch is that some on AstrosDaily are saying, “Holy cow — sure we can run out Verlander and Greinke against Berrios and Odorizzi, but then the Twins have Pineda and Hill and we’ve only got McCullers and Jose Urquidy. McCullers is coming back from TJS, and he’s never had more than 22 starts in a season and Urquidy only has 41 big league innings. And if somebody’s hurt, they can use Bailey and we’ve got Brad Peacock. Plus they have that Dobnak guy and Graterol. If Verlander or Greinke get hurt, we’re cooked.”

Point being, while there may be a few teams tougher at the very top of the rotation, I’m not sure there’s many that are as deep as the Twins. And there’s still that lineup...


Speaking of depth, as of now our 3rd starter is Homer Bailey...
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:49 PM

Has either the Minnesota Twins or Josh Donaldson's camp officially confirmed the signing?

Will there be a Team media introduction with Josh?

 

Thanks...


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:59 PM

 

Has either the Minnesota Twins or Josh Donaldson's camp officially confirmed the signing?

Will there be a Team media introduction with Josh?

 

Thanks...

Well, no, but the team usually doesn't announce a move until several days after it is made. 

 

MLB Trade Rumors has cited these sources:

 

 

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted news of the signing. Darren Wolfson of 1500 SKOR North Radio (via Twitter), Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com (via Twitter), and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter) all reported contract details.

I imagine Donaldson's camp would have refuted these reports if they were not true.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:04 PM

 

Well, no, but the team usually doesn't announce a move until several days after it is made. 

 

MLB Trade Rumors has cited these sources:

 

I imagine Donaldson's camp would have refuted these reports if they were not true.

 

Which, among other things, also allows time for the physical and to explore whether they can get a lottery pick out of whoever they would otherwise be DFAing.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:16 PM

 

Speaking of depth, as of now our 3rd starter is Homer Bailey...

 

For seven or eight times through the rotation, at which time he slips to fourth (unless he continues last year’s second half). And I’m not convinced they won’t still get another arm better than Bailey, even if it’s not better than Berrios.

 

To your other post on Hill — lottery pick perhaps, but he’s had 20 or more starts in three of the last four years and has pitched in the last four playoffs, even when he’s missed part of the season. If we’re indeed the division favorite we seem to think we are, he can be brought along very slowly. 


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:17 PM

Great...thanks for the replies!!


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:25 PM

 

Great...thanks for the replies!!

 

And to give Donaldson time to swing by Applebee’s to pick up the gift card to give to Rosario in exchange for being able to wear No. 20. 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 11:02 PM

Can't wait for this upcoming season. What an offense! And while this signing doesn't address the need for SP, it gives fans hope because the FO is spending more competitively.  

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 11:04 AM

 

At the same time, my hunch is that some on AstrosDaily are saying, “Holy cow — sure we can run out Verlander and Greinke against Berrios and Odorizzi, but then the Twins have Pineda and Hill and we’ve only got McCullers and Jose Urquidy. McCullers is coming back from TJS, and he’s never had more than 22 starts in a season and Urquidy only has 41 big league innings. And if somebody’s hurt, they can use Bailey and we’ve got Brad Peacock. Plus they have that Dobnak guy and Graterol. If Verlander or Greinke get hurt, we’re cooked.” 

I'm pretty sure no one at "Astros Daily" is actually saying that. At least not this week. :)

 

That said, Hill is clearly the least likely among this group to actually pitch in October 2020 (and even when he pitched in October 2019, he was a playoff non-factor for the Dodgers). And while Pineda looked good at times in 2019, he has a checkered history of performance and durability himself -- plus he's never even pitched in the postseason.

 

Yes, the Astros have some question marks in their rotation like everyone else, but McCullers beat both the Yankees and Dodgers in the ALCS and WS in 2017, Urquidy had a gem road start in the 2019 WS and also pitched a few clutch innings in the ALCS clincher, and even Peacock has done well in some clutch postseason moments (WS Game 7). They also used a bullpen game to clinch the ALCS last year. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't consider any of those guys as October underdogs vs what's projected from Hill/Pineda/Bailey/Dobnak/etc. right now. Nor would they be too concerned about the injury risk of Verlander and Greinke at 1-2 -- they're both older but pretty well established as the most durable arms in the game. Did fans of yore worry about Clemens, Morris, etc. not being healthy for the playoffs?

 

Plus considering the Astros trade history, their fans are probably more confident about making necessary upgrades before the deadline. (Even if they have fewer prospects to pull it off now.)


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 11:11 AM

 

To your other post on Hill — lottery pick perhaps, but he’s had 20 or more starts in three of the last four years and has pitched in the last four playoffs, even when he’s missed part of the season. If we’re indeed the division favorite we seem to think we are, he can be brought along very slowly. 

Hill wasn't coming off surgery those other years. He spent a lot of time on the IL for the Dodgers with blisters. The injury challenge he's facing now is an entirely different animal:

 

https://www.mlb.com/...ill-has-surgery

 

 

 

Hill, who turns 40 in March, pitched the last 3 1/2 seasons for the Dodgers before becoming a free agent. His 2019 season was interrupted for three months by what was diagnosed as a strained flexor tendon in his forearm.

But Hill said on Monday that it wasn’t the flexor tendon but a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, which he originally tore in 2011, necessitating Tommy John surgery. However, instead of having a second Tommy John replacement surgery last month, Hill said Dr. Jeffrey Dugas of the Andrews Sports Medicine Center in Birmingham, Ala., performed a “primary repair” procedure.
 

Dugas uses tape to form an “internal brace” around the damaged ligament that will allow Hill to begin throwing in January, with a June target date for returning to MLB action, about half the recovery time of traditional Tommy John surgery. Hill said Dugas has been performing the procedure for six years and added that Seth Maness and Brandon Guyer are among the Major Leaguers who have had it.

 

And the most recent season (2019) showing his least availability, and least October relevance (1 appearance, 2.2 IP, 4 walks), is a worrying trend as he turns 40 this spring too.


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 11:22 AM

 

MLB.tv had Boston Red Sox reporter comment that the Alex Cora/ sign stealing

debacle really hurts the Red Sox with the expected loss of future 1st Round Draft picks and that the Red Sox farm system is very weak.Seems that this should give Falvine considerable trade leverage for Chris Sale that they didn't have a just a week ago?

There's no leverage for Sale until Boston is actually selling. They haven't sold anybody yet, and have even added a few low-level free agents this winter. They also still have the 4th most projected WAR in MLB at Fangraphs, and Sale alone is 10% of that.

 

At this point, I'm guessing there is virtually zero chance of them dealing Sale before opening day, but they can reconsider that strategy midseason.

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Donaldson deal reminds me of the Brewers contract for Cain. Donaldson's a little older, but much better at the plate too, which could keep him valuable longer. Hence, Donaldson getting more money.

 

But both were at an age/profile that probably depressed their market a bit league-wide, compared to younger FAs. Which opened up an opportunity for traditionally frugal clubs like the Brewers and Twins to snag them.

 

So I wouldn't expect the Twins or Brewers to play at this level of free agency frequently, but they don't necessarily have to. Hopefully the Twins can emulate the other form of Brewers aggressiveness and swing a trade like Yelich, Greinke, or Sabathia too!


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 12:18 PM

Trade Buxton and be done with it. How many years are we going to continue to say that he will learn not to run into the wall going 25mph?

I love his intensity but I also believe he is made of glass. His stock is still high and it is time to move on and aquire a pitcher who is decent for him.
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Posted 16 January 2020 - 02:33 PM

 

There's no leverage for Sale until Boston is actually selling. They haven't sold anybody yet, and have even added a few low-level free agents this winter. They also still have the 4th most projected WAR in MLB at Fangraphs, and Sale alone is 10% of that.

 

At this point, I'm guessing there is virtually zero chance of them dealing Sale before opening day, but they can reconsider that strategy midseason.

Man. Boston could go either way.

 

Is Betts the first domino that would knock them all down? Or would they still try to compete even without Betts?

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