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3 minutes ago, jidady said:

I think this is that philosophical issue from the Braves' tank job coming into play again. I just don't believe in throwing in the towel when nobody knows the future. SF could very well be in the midst of one of those "They've played .750 since July 1st" stories that we've seen carry teams into the playoffs. If they sold now, they'd be quitting with a potential winning hand. If they lose six games between now and the 31st, I may feel differently. Right now, they're playing better than anybody else in baseball. I could never sell in that situation.

I know we all look at them differently but there is not way that team doesn't get trounced in October with their current roster.

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20 minutes ago, Malachore said:

Paying 50 mil for 2 season with Greinke is worth it IMO.

You are not going to find better but it might stop us from resigning DK. You think?

Probably. If you don't resign Donaldson then his money plus $2M goes to Greinke. The chances of signing another premium FA would be slim.

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Just now, Unkn0wn said:

Probably. If you don't resign Donaldson then his money plus $2M goes to Greinke. The chances of signing another premium FA would be slim.

I'm going with the assumption that we don't re-sign JD. 

I guess even if you give the CF job to Pache and move Riley to 3rd that still leaves a hole in RF unless we use Nick or Ender and I'm not sure I want that either.

But a rotation or Greinke, Keuchel, Soroka, Fried and Anderson(?) would look pretty friggin nice.

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31 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

Probably. If you don't resign Donaldson then his money plus $2M goes to Greinke. The chances of signing another premium FA would be slim.

If we bring up Pache and Waters next season we wouldnt need to sign another premium FA. Move Riley back to third, Pache to center, Waters and Acuna in left and right and the team would be set.

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43 minutes ago, LouDog said:

If we bring up Pache and Waters next season we wouldnt need to sign another premium FA. Move Riley back to third, Pache to center, Waters and Acuna in left and right and the team would be set.

You are expecting 3 guys with limited to no ML ABs to produce on a team that "should" be looking to win a World Series.

That pitching staff could be unreal but that's a lot to ask from 3 guys under the age of 23.

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47 minutes ago, LouDog said:

If we bring up Pache and Waters next season we wouldnt need to sign another premium FA. Move Riley back to third, Pache to center, Waters and Acuna in left and right and the team would be set.

That seems awfully dangerous.

2 rookies and a 2nd year play at key positions.

That to me is too big of a gamble IMO

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16 minutes ago, falconsd56 said:

That seems awfully dangerous.

2 rookies and a 2nd year play at key positions.

That to me is too big of a gamble IMO

We had 2 last year in Acuna and Albies. Even if we only bring up one of them to start the season, we could sign Markakis to a one year deal to hang around or give Camargo a starting spot. Either way i dont see the need for a big name offensive FA next year. It would be a nice luxury but i dont think it will be a need. Between Freddie, Acuna, Swanson, Albies, Riley, and either Pache/Waters, Pache/Markakis, or Waters/Markakis. I think we will have plenty of offense.

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5 hours ago, LouDog said:

We had 2 last year in Acuna and Albies. Even if we only bring up one of them to start the season, we could sign Markakis to a one year deal to hang around or give Camargo a starting spot. Either way i dont see the need for a big name offensive FA next year. It would be a nice luxury but i dont think it will be a need. Between Freddie, Acuna, Swanson, Albies, Riley, and either Pache/Waters, Pache/Markakis, or Waters/Markakis. I think we will have plenty of offense.

Thinking Pache and Waters/Camargo can replace the production of Markakis and Donaldson is laughable... 

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21 minutes ago, maorifalcon said:

Thinking Pache and Waters/Camargo can replace the production of Markakis and Donaldson is laughable... 

Camargo has a very good average when he is an everyday player and we dont know what we will get from Pache and Waters. Where did i say they would replace it? I said with all of the guys we have we will still have a good offense. Id love to keep JD but if it's between keeping him or signing an ace ill take the ace every day of the week. Plus the first thing i said is maybe we re-sign markakis for a one year deal.  Nice putting words in my mouth though.

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Ken Rosenthal reporting the Tigers are unlikely to deal Boyd. His recent slump has diminished his value a bit and teams just aren't willing to meet the asking price. Tigers are in no rush to move him since hes controlled until 2023. Rosenthal also adds that GMs around the league are unsure of what the Mets will do with Syndergaard. Multiple teams are showing interest including the Astros and Yankees.

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FWIW, I think that we'll at least talk to JD about signing again. Whether we do will depend on whether he receives lucrative multi-year offers elsewhere. I'm not sure whether he will or not. Baseball's got a herd mentality about youth right now, but he's got a .900 OPS and a WAR of 3.1, which makes him a top 50 player this year (currently tied for 46th in WAR and 28th in OPS). 

I absolutely think we'll try to work out a deal with Keuchel. Because baseball executives are so predictable, he's actually more likely to get better offers with these higher strikeout percentages.

What I expect is that we give Markakis the gold watch, deal Ender and Folty (or Julio or both), and then try to keep JD and Keuchel as our veterans. Finally, we blend in the next batch of kids in the open spots.

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8 minutes ago, jidady said:

FWIW, I think that we'll at least talk to JD about signing again. Whether we do will depend on whether he receives lucrative multi-year offers elsewhere. I'm not sure whether he will or not. Baseball's got a herd mentality about youth right now, but he's got a .900 OPS and a WAR of 3.1, which makes him a top 50 player this year (currently tied for 46th in WAR and 28th in OPS). 

I absolutely think we'll try to work out a deal with Keuchel. Because baseball executives are so predictable, he's actually more likely to get better offers with these higher strikeout percentages.

What I expect is that we give Markakis the gold watch, deal Ender and Folty (or Julio or both), and then try to keep JD and Keuchel as our veterans. Finally, we blend in the next batch of kids in the open spots.

Julio is a FA I believe after this season 

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8 minutes ago, youngbloodz said:

Julio is a FA I believe after this season 

There's a team option for 2020. He would cost us $12 million, or we'd buy him out for $1 million. I'm not sure if the language precludes us from trading him if we exercise it, though. My guess is that we don't want to pay him $12 million, but we probably think we could get something for him.

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