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Old 09-30-18, 09:39 PM
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MLB 2018 - 2019 Off-Season & Hot Stove Thread

Starting off with a gift for nickdawgy : Mike Soscia will not be back in 2019 as manager of the Angels. For real this time, apparently.
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Can't wait to see how the Dbacks get gutted. Corbin is gone, Pollock is gone, both to FA. There are some who say go complete rebuild and trade Goldschmidt, out of fear they can't resign him once his deal is done at end of next season. It is going to be a shitty off-season.
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Going to be a VERY interesting offseason for the Giants and might be time for the rebuild finally. About time Mike left Anaheim as well.
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Can't wait to see how the Dbacks get gutted. Corbin is gone, Pollock is gone, both to FA. There are some who say go complete rebuild and trade Goldschmidt, out of fear they can't resign him once his deal is done at end of next season. It is going to be a shitty off-season.
I think itís really hard to get good value for a superstar these days unless theyíre signed to a team-friendly contract. There arenít that many teams that are willing to trade for a short-timer with no guarantee that heíll stay, and not that many teams that are willing and able to sign him after that. Goldschmidt is one of the top players in the game, but his position also limits his appeal.
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Article in the Athletic was wondering whether the Cards jumped the gun in making their manager permanent without considering other candidates this offseason. They had a great run to get back into the race but went only 16-15 at the end.
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Article in the Athletic was wondering whether the Cards jumped the gun in making their manager permanent without considering other candidates this offseason. They had a great run to get back into the race but went only 16-15 at the end.
The Cards got hot and played over their heads for a little while. Once Matt Carpenter cooled off, they came back to earth.

Carpenter was looking like the NL MVP until September.
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When Buck Showalter leaves the Orioles,I hope Dan Duquette goes with him.

In the meantime the Orioles only concern over the offseason will be to acquire as many useless fuck one inning relievers as possible with a +7.00 ERA .
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Article in the Athletic was wondering whether the Cards jumped the gun in making their manager permanent without considering other candidates this offseason. They had a great run to get back into the race but went only 16-15 at the end.
Maybe I'm just being a homer, but I'm inclined to say no, they didn't jump the gun. The decision to make Shildt the permanent manager wasn't just based on them winning - it was based on his decision-making, leadership style and the associated responsiveness of players, certain points of emphasis, etc. Regardless of the on-field results, Shildt showed himself to be a solid leader and a very excellent tactician, in my opinion.
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I’m curious to see who Shapiro and Atkins choose to be the next Blue Jays manager. I’m surprised that Gibby lasted as long as he did since I thought he will be let go as soon as those two came to the Blue Jays.
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Dodgers taking a page out of the Patriots handbook for cheating: https://www.lonestarball.com/2018/10...-investigation
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I think itís really hard to get good value for a superstar these days unless theyíre signed to a team-friendly contract. There arenít that many teams that are willing to trade for a short-timer with no guarantee that heíll stay, and not that many teams that are willing and able to sign him after that. Goldschmidt is one of the top players in the game, but his position also limits his appeal.
I thought that contending teams with almost unlimited payroll will still pay for a short timer, and that the expiring contract is actually seen as a benefit since they won't want to pay them long term, they just need some immediate help. Of course, that hasn't seemed to help the Dodgers much the past couple of years.
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When Buck Showalter leaves the Orioles,I hope Dan Duquette goes with him.

In the meantime the Orioles only concern over the offseason will be to acquire as many useless fuck one inning relievers as possible with a +7.00 ERA .
Given how the media has been discussing Showalter's future, he's gone but Dan Duquette is sticking around.

I don't want to excite any O's fans prematurely but rumors are swirling that Angelos will sell the team, sooner rather than later.
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Paul Molitor out and offered another job in the organization.
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Paul Molitor out and offered another job in the organization.
This one bothers me... he turned that 2017 team into a contender when they weren't supposed to be even close. No Buxton, no Sano, an over-paid Mauer and no pitching. I'm shocked they weren't last overall.
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And the way they handled Sano raised a lot of questions. Fans have to be concerned about the direction of the franchise just when it looked like it was turning a corner.
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According to ESPN and other sources,Buck Showalter won't be returning as Orioles manager.

If he had any input in the Orioles current roster then I can't seem him ever managing in MLB again.


Too much importance was put on relief pitching and thus they let the rest of the roster go to Hell in a hand basket.


Successful Orioles teams of past has three run homers, starting pitching and defense.


The 2018 Orioles had a glut of relievers with ERA's that would make Earl Weaver turn over in his grave.

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This one bothers me... he turned that 2017 team into a contender when they weren't supposed to be even close. No Buxton, no Sano, an over-paid Mauer and no pitching. I'm shocked they weren't last overall.
Basically, the new GMs were stuck with Molitor from the last GM and didn't want him in the first place.

I think Molitor has been a good manager and if he wants another job, I think he'll get one.
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Many thanks, Buck. Easily the 2nd best O's manager in my lifetime.

But the change that is more neeeded is firing FUquette.
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MLB suspends Addison Russell for 40 games, and Theo says Maddon will be back.
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Dan Duquette is out as Orioles GM.
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Praise Jesus!
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I always liked Buck. It won't be the same without him in the O's dugout. But yeah, it was time. He'll be replaced by another one of these new type of analytic heavy managers. Either that or they may buck the trend and hire Joe Girardi.

It'll be interesting to see what direction they go for GM. After all the stink Duquette is leaving behind, I can't imagine they'll be promoting from within the organization.
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I'm surprised Billy Bean or Theo Epstein don't have any highly talked about disciples ready to be GMs.
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I always liked Buck. It won't be the same without him in the O's dugout. But yeah, it was time. He'll be replaced by another one of these new type of analytic heavy managers. Either that or they may buck the trend and hire Joe Girardi.

It'll be interesting to see what direction they go for GM. After all the stink Duquette is leaving behind, I can't imagine they'll be promoting from within the organization.
Since the Orioles look like they are back on the cheap I would expect them too dumpster dive to find manager and GM replacements.
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