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Posted 12/13/2018 10:25 AM


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Cannot agree with the election of Harold Baines for the Hall of Fame.

Alright, the man had a two decade long career which took him to age 42 and was among the top DH's in the sport.

But the numbers just do not leap out at you in the way a sure fire Hall of Famer would.

Baines was much more of a stat compiler based on longevity rather than productivity.

Probably a better case could be made for Lee Smith, who will accompany Baines to the Hall.

For a rather considerable period of time, Smith was the all time save leader before being surpassed by Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera.
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Posted 12/13/2018 11:25 PM


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Lance Lynn 3 yrs 30 million is a start in Texas. Along with Mike Minor a real find last yr in Texas , the last place Rangers are trying to rebuild an underwhelming rotation.

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Posted 12/21/2018 9:42 PM


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A most unexpected, blockbuster trade announced between the LA Dodgers and Cincy Reds with the Dodgers sending OF's Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, along with P Alex Wood to the Reds for P Homer Bailey, plus a couple of prospects.

Have to believe that the Dodgers impetus behind the deal is to create payroll flexibility by shedding themselves of the contracts of Kemp and Puig, so as to bring in Bryce Harper with the enormous $$$ he will command. If they can't land Harper however, it will be difficult to justify this move, given the decline in offensive production that they would experience due to the losses of Kemp and Puig. So this definitely raises the stakes with Harper.

As for the Reds, they should definitely improve their offense with this trade. But it will be difficult to imagine them being able to compete on equal footing in the NL Central with the Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers, who are all better balanced clubs. They still lack pitching and for that reason it will likely relegate them to battling the Pirates for 4th place, in hopes of staying out of the cellar.
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Posted 12/21/2018 10:46 PM


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Somehow I don't feature Yassi Puig a Cincinnati Reds type of guy. I mean old Pete Rose would crash into Ray Fosse at home plate to win a 70's All Star game. He would run to first base when he was walked. Yassi has been known to take a play or two three off per game. Similar to Robinson Cano who Mets manager Callaway recently said he didn't mind if Cano didn't run out ground balls he needed him healthy for the 150 game marathon.

Plus Yassi will find the female fandom a little less exotic and varied in flyover country then he did at Chavez Ravine. Puig and the Reds a match made in hell...


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Posted 12/23/2018 5:08 AM


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I can fully understand trading Jurickson Profar for a bag of pitching prospects and an infield hopeful. Getting 4 on the cusp minor leaguers for Profar when he finally had trade value is the only way Texas climbs out of back to back last place finishes. It's where Profar ended up that is troubling.

The young up and coming Oakland A's now have a really talented young versatile player they can stick in an already dangerous playoff lineup while they chase Houston. And I have no doubt that Profar who is not free agent bound until AFTER 2020 will smack around Rangers pitching for the next two yrs.
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Posted 12/26/2018 10:05 PM


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Speaking of former Rangers, a little surprised that nobody has yet signed free agent Nelson Cruz.

He may be 38 years old. But looking at his numbers, there has been no evidence of any discernible decline to this point.

His overall marketability is admittedly hampered by the fact that he probably cannot play the outfield anymore.

But even with him limited to being a DH, there are definitely some potentially contending AL teams such as the Jays and Rays, who can benefit from his production in the middle of their lineup.

A return to the M's would appear unlikely. But then again the rebuilding Mariners this winter have added Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion (both in their 30's), while disposing themselves of not only Robinson Cano, but also 24 year old, All Star closer Edwin Diaz. Go figure.



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Posted 12/27/2018 9:22 PM


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It appears that the Minnesota Twins are reading the off-topic section of the Lezlove forum because they have announced the signing of Nelson Cruz to a one year deal, with a option for a second.

Thus, the dismantling of the Mariners is now complete with Paxton, Diaz, Segura, Cano, and Cruz all playing elsewhere in 2019.
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Posted 1/10/2019 11:36 PM


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Nice under the radar signing by the Metsies in bringing in ex-Oakland A's infielder Jed Lowrie on a 2 year 20 million $$$ deal.

The acquisition of the younger infielder from Texas Jurickson Profar made Lowrie expendable in Oakland.

But the Mets get a proven major leaguer in Lowrie, who could play every infield position and the outfield as well.

Even with the addition of Robinson Cano, I still think though that the Metropolitans are one big bat away from being a bonified division contender.

That big bat however will not be Yoenis Cespedes, who is once again likely to miss much of the season on the DL.

However, it could possibly be highly touted first base prospect, Peter Alonso.
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Posted 1/11/2019 10:38 PM


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JD LeMahieu is an excellent pick up by Brian Cashman and the Yankees. He can play multiple infield spots as a plus defensive addition and he's not a light hitting out , not a bad bat in the lineup at all. Versatility. A lot to like, they would be wise to pass on Machado and concentrate now on pitching to try and close the gap with Boston.

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Posted 1/12/2019 12:06 AM


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It would appear that the longer this goes on, the more likely it is that the Yankees are going to pass on Machado.

Which leaves (unless there is a mystery team we do not yet know about) the Phillies and White Sox.

The White Sox from all reports seem to be offering the most $$$, but it is questionable as to whether Machado would go there because they still look to be in rebuilding mode.

As to the Phillies, I definitely think they are more of a win now team than the Chisox.

But it seems as though Philly's first target is Bryce Harper and thus they would only go full force for Machado if their pursuit of Harper fails with him going elsewhere.

Very intriguing hot stove stuff indeed.
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