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Old 01-11-19, 03:03 PM
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Re: MLB 2018 - 2019 Off-Season & Hot Stove Thread

Dodgers trade for Russell Martin back. Not sure that really addresses their catcher needs.
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Old 01-11-19, 03:12 PM
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Yanks sign DJ LeMahieu. Does that mean they're out on Machado? Signing Tulo. LeMahieu AND Machado would seem a bit odd. DJ LeMahieu reaches deal with New York Yankees
It seems that LeMathieu will be used in a utility role. If that's the case, the Yankees could very well still be in the Machado sweepstakes. They could run out Machado at 3rd, Tulo at short and Andujar at DH with LeMathieu serving as backup at 2nd and 3rd. There is also the possibility of trading Andujar if Machado signs.

Having said that, I do not think they'll be signing Machado. Reports say they haven't made a final offer and have balked at the idea of going to $300 million.
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Old 01-11-19, 05:11 PM
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There's going to be a strike when the labor contract ends. Whatever has happened in free agency, players are getting significantly weaker deals the past two years than we've ever seen before in modern times. We kept hearing that teams were saving up to spend freely this off-season after two years of relative non-spending. Grandal only getting a one-year deal is fairly damning that free agency is broken for the players.

I fear it's going to cost us most of a season. If I were running the Players' union, i'd be preparing for war with the owners. I wonder if they would hold a World Series if they start in July or August.
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Old 01-11-19, 06:20 PM
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There's going to be a strike when the labor contract ends. Whatever has happened in free agency, players are getting significantly weaker deals the past two years than we've ever seen before in modern times. We kept hearing that teams were saving up to spend freely this off-season after two years of relative non-spending. Grandal only getting a one-year deal is fairly damning that free agency is broken for the players.

I fear it's going to cost us most of a season. If I were running the Players' union, i'd be preparing for war with the owners. I wonder if they would hold a World Series if they start in July or August.
Or maybe, just maybe, teams realized that spending $200 million dollars on one guy just really isn't worth it anymore. Especially with all the analytics now, where teams are figuring out how to get better value for their dollars. MLB really seems to be going the way of NFL, where there are maybe one or two mega contracts on a team, at most.
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Old 01-12-19, 11:47 PM
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Or maybe, just maybe, teams realized that spending $200 million dollars on one guy just really isn't worth it anymore. Especially with all the analytics now, where teams are figuring out how to get better value for their dollars. MLB really seems to be going the way of NFL, where there are maybe one or two mega contracts on a team, at most.
The players are going to demand the game's economics are restructured. Free agents were always overpaid relative to their worth, but the owners took that in exchange for 6-7 years of cheap control during a player's 20s. Now that teams aren't signing anyone over 30, the whole system is broken.

I think we are going to lose a whole season over this issue.
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Old 01-14-19, 02:28 PM
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The players are going to demand the game's economics are restructured. Free agents were always overpaid relative to their worth, but the owners took that in exchange for 6-7 years of cheap control during a player's 20s. Now that teams aren't signing anyone over 30, the whole system is broken.

I think we are going to lose a whole season over this issue.
It will be interesting to see how it shakes out, as the Players/Owners are scared to death of another 1994 repeat where the backlash was furious in 1995. Baseball is the only sport that felt the wraith of their fans after a strike/lockout as the NBA and NHL seem to get away with it every 6-7 years when lock the players out. The problem is if they shorten the arbitration years, then they will really kill the small market teams. The only thing that keeps the small market teams from losing great players (for a few years) is that they can control them for 6-7 years before they leave for the big market teams.
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Old 01-14-19, 03:09 PM
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Ex Yankee pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre has passed away. He was 77.
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Old 01-14-19, 04:19 PM
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Ex Yankee pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre has passed away. He was 77.
I knew much more about him as a pitching coach then I did as a player.

This was an interesting read about his career: https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/b...St0-3QW34ulGr8
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Old 01-14-19, 11:38 PM
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Man, it's less than a month before pitchers and catcher report and Harper and Machado are still unsigned. So weird.
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Old 01-15-19, 11:14 AM
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Man, it's less than a month before pitchers and catcher report and Harper and Machado are still unsigned. So weird.
Not really. Both are asking for $325M/10 with opt outs and no one wants to give it to them. Maybe the Phillies will to Harper. SD is apparently in on Machado.

Also, remember that JD Martinez was not signed until almost March.

I still think there is a chance Harper returns to the Nats on a short term deal or a "de facto" short term deal with an opt out after 3.
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It's just so different than the NBA where even the mediocre players are signed within 48 hrs of free agency.
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Former MLB pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charges.

https://sports.yahoo.com/former-star...173615807.html
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