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TobyTyler

EOG Dedicated
#4
seems like too much, probably a year too many, but guy coming off his best season. he's 31. Molina is pushing 40.

only Realmuto can match him past two seasons
 

Valuist

EOG Dedicated
#5
seems like too much, probably a year too many, but guy coming off his best season. he's 31. Molina is pushing 40.

only Realmuto can match him past two seasons
But a big difference playing in climate controlled Miller Park and the Cell, or the Rate or whatever they call it now. We will see how he handles playing in cold. He will get plenty of chances.
 

kane

EOG master
#7
The Reds and FA second baseman Mike Moustakas have agreed on a 4 year deal worth 64 Million, as a Reds fan I'm not used to them spending money in free agency, but from what I've been reading they might not be done
 

kane

EOG master
#9
The Marlins have signed first baseman Jesus Aguilar and infielder Jonathan Villar. I like the Villar signing, he had a very good year for the Orioles last season
 

Valuist

EOG Dedicated
#14
The Braves and FA pitcher Cole Hamels have agreed on a 1 year 18M contract, nice signing by Atlanta
They only went one year so limited downside. But I'm not sure how much he can give them at this point. He'll be 36 years old and hasn't thrown over 200 innings since 2015 and has had an over 4 ERA in each of the last 3 seasons.
 

Valuist

EOG Dedicated
#15
The Phils need starting pitching, and when healthy Wheeler is a good pitcher, but he's got a big time injury history, they're taking a risk giving him 5 years, and that's a lot of money
Way too much for Wheeler. They still have a lot of years with McCutcheon's contract. Arrieta will come off books after 2020. Not really sure what they are trying to accomplish.
 

FairWarning

Bells Beer Connoisseur
#17
Way too much for Wheeler. They still have a lot of years with McCutcheon's contract. Arrieta will come off books after 2020. Not really sure what they are trying to accomplish.
White Sox allegedly offered $120 mil but his fiancé wanted to stay close to home.
 
#18
The Braves and FA pitcher Cole Hamels have agreed on a 1 year 18M contract, nice signing by Atlanta
Agree.
Hamels has an extensive and impressive resume with some outstanding achievements on the mound with some quality teams
including playoff experience.
He’s also got some brief history with Alex Anthopolous in his time with the Jays when Hamels almost went to Toronto in a trade.

He could also add value to Braves as a “Crash Davis” type mentor to young pitchers (Bull Durham reference).
 

kane

EOG master
#19
They only went one year so limited downside. But I'm not sure how much he can give them at this point. He'll be 36 years old and hasn't thrown over 200 innings since 2015 and has had an over 4 ERA in each of the last 3 seasons.
While he might not be the pitcher he was once, the Braves don't need him to be a horse, he just needs to be a solid part of their rotation, and in his two years with the Cubs he started 39 games and pitched to an ERA of 3.30, I wouldn't give him a long term deal, but for one year I think it's a good signing and will help solidify the Brave's rotation
 

Valuist

EOG Dedicated
#24
While he might not be the pitcher he was once, the Braves don't need him to be a horse, he just needs to be a solid part of their rotation, and in his two years with the Cubs he started 39 games and pitched to an ERA of 3.30, I wouldn't give him a long term deal, but for one year I think it's a good signing and will help solidify the Brave's rotation
I saw your post and thought there's no way the 3.30 was correct. I looked it up and yes, it was correct. But.....that was mostly due to his 12 starts with them in 2018, after not pitching well with Texas. His walk numbers now over 3 walks per 9 IP last 3 years, and alternative ERA stats suggest he's an over 4 ERA pitcher. I have nothing against Hamels, who gave the Cubs a big boost in 2018, but at 36 years of age with declining control and stamina, this does not sway me to not bet the Braves RSW total under, assuming that number is at least in the low 90s.
 

FairWarning

Bells Beer Connoisseur
#29
Looks like Boros has changed his strategy this offseason and is getting his clients signed early.

interested in seeing where Castellenos goes and for how much. I’m surprised the cubs are playing small ball with contracts, he will not return to the North Side.
 

Valuist

EOG Dedicated
#34
The Indians trade of Kluber is either just a salary dump, or he still has physical issues as they did not get much back. DeShields and the 30th best prospect in Ranger organization doesn't seem like much for a two time Cy Young Award winner.

Texas top 4 of Kluber/Minor/Lynn/Gibson is not bad.
 
#37
The Indians trade of Kluber is either just a salary dump, or he still has physical issues as they did not get much back. DeShields and the 30th best prospect in Ranger organization doesn't seem like much for a two time Cy Young Award winner.

Texas top 4 of Kluber/Minor/Lynn/Gibson is not bad.
Five years of 200+ innings and then an injury year at 33? I kind of agree with the Tribe, you don't pay that $18m. Plus there's no real long term value there, he's going FA after 2021 so unless he returns to top form right away, its basically a short period of control. Hard to get assets. Only way they might have gotten more was to take the chance he returned to good form and then deadline deal him.
 
#39
Looks like Boros has changed his strategy this offseason and is getting his clients signed early.

interested in seeing where Castellenos goes and for how much. I’m surprised the cubs are playing small ball with contracts, he will not return to the North Side.


theo said in the past.. he will build from within and not make the same mistake with getting rid of top picks for top players. So the free agent big splash days are over for the cubs.
 

Valuist

EOG Dedicated
#40
Five years of 200+ innings and then an injury year at 33? I kind of agree with the Tribe, you don't pay that $18m. Plus there's no real long term value there, he's going FA after 2021 so unless he returns to top form right away, its basically a short period of control. Hard to get assets. Only way they might have gotten more was to take the chance he returned to good form and then deadline deal him.
I think there's a decent chance he does return to form, at least for 2020. He broke a forearm getting hit by a line drive, and did come back after it healed, only to pull an oblique. But his shoulder and elbow got quite a break, as he only made 7 starts in 2019.
 
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