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That's 162 beetches who are about to get whooped.

Great work on all of this.

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5 minutes ago, jidady said:

Kiley McDaniel's written a piece evaluating MLB team management strategies.

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/29885193/how-san-diego-padres-aj-preller-other-mlb-gms-decide-go-it

 

It's low-key passive-aggressive against Alex Anthopoulous. In fact, some of it sounds like @Malachore.

 

It's a solid analysis overall, but one thing it doesn't even remotely touch on is the dearth of talent available in the lower minors for Atlanta, which his precisely where the Padres and Preller dealt from. The international restrictions will ease in this next period, but it will still take a number of good years to build it back up. Until then, let's all be glad that we still have one of the relatively youngest teams in baseball, with a majority of our talent still here for a number of years. 

For San Diego, while they have bonafide superstars in Tatis and Machado, they are still being buoyed by unexpected production from Hosmer and Wil Myers. Both of whom are far exceeding any of their previous best years. 

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1 hour ago, ATLBrave said:

It's a solid analysis overall, but one thing it doesn't even remotely touch on is the dearth of talent available in the lower minors for Atlanta, which his precisely where the Padres and Preller dealt from. The international restrictions will ease in this next period, but it will still take a number of good years to build it back up. Until then, let's all be glad that we still have one of the relatively youngest teams in baseball, with a majority of our talent still here for a number of years. 

For San Diego, while they have bonafide superstars in Tatis and Machado, they are still being buoyed by unexpected production from Hosmer and Wil Myers. Both of whom are far exceeding any of their previous best years. 

I mean, he does kind of touch on it when he explains why we couldn't make some trades others could. What's interesting about Hosmer and Myers is that they were both the top hitting prospect in the game at one point.

As a rookie, Myers looked like he was going to be a star, but it seems like he's been a streak hitter most of his career. In a short sample size season like this, those guys look better than they are, which we're seeing with DuVall. Confidence goes such a long way in baseball. Hosmer's kind of a different case because he's gotten MVP votes in multiple seasons. He's a good ballplayer.

Jake Cronenworth is the one that makes no sense on the Padres. His own parents wouldn't expect a season like this. I have no idea what happened after 2018, but his last 15 months don't line up with the rest of his career at all.

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7 minutes ago, jidady said:

I mean, he does kind of touch on it when he explains why we couldn't make some trades others could. What's interesting about Hosmer and Myers is that they were both the top hitting prospect in the game at one point.

As a rookie, Myers looked like he was going to be a star, but it seems like he's been a streak hitter most of his career. In a short sample size season like this, those guys look better than they are, which we're seeing with DuVall. Confidence goes such a long way in baseball. Hosmer's kind of a different case because he's gotten MVP votes in multiple seasons. He's a good ballplayer.

Jake Cronenworth is the one that makes sense on the Padres. His own parents wouldn't expect a season like this. I have no idea what happened after 2018, but his last 15 months don't line up with the rest of his career at all.

I mean, barely. The major-league pieces SD dealt were basically the equivalent of us trading Wright, Alex Jackson, and another graduated prospect (not even sure he have anything equivalent to Josh Naylor, who's MIL numbers were severely boosted by playing in the PCL). What we didn't have were the lower level guys like Arias or Cantillo. Shewmake would probably be the comparable to Owen Miller. I will say that Kiley got reassigned to a different post after the baseball operations shakeup in 2017, so I'll just attribute the majority of the snark in his writing (especially that last paragraph) to some ill feelings towards the team/current FO.

For the money those two are making, they ought to be producing at their current levels all of the time. They still owe Myers $46m through the end of 2022 and Hosmer $89m through 2025 (assuming he doesn't unthinkably opt out after 2022).

Do agree on Cronenworth coming out of nowhere. His batted ball profile does lead me to believe that these numbers could be mostly legit, as he is in the upper 3rd on pretty much all meaningful measurements. 

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