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  1. I think the Phils have to be the heavy favorite to sign Machado long term. They can write a blank check. I don’t think the other major players can do that. The question is do they give up prospects now to make a run this year? I think they absolutely should. With Machado, they probably become the favorites to win the NL this year.
  2. Any reason why Snell didn’t make the all star game? Seems ludicrous
  3. Any chance he gets converted to a hitter?
  4. We are not even at the all star break yet. This team is so talented that I would find it unfathomable that they’re sellers.
  5. Hey welcome back GB! Hope you can stick around for a while. Good point about the all star. Maybe Meadows will get it?
  6. Kingham with 2 errors in the first set the tone but yeah he was pretty terrible.
  7. Apparently withdrawals are taxed as ordinary income and not long term capital gains so that may make my decision easy.
  8. I feel like this just adds to the evidence that relievers are so predictable from year to year (unless you’re talking about the few elites). ETA - obviously I meant unpredictable
  9. Ironically the only reason I didn't keep Paxton was because I just knew he wouldn't stay healthy.
  10. Unbelievable. And I kept this clown over Paxton.
  11. Apologies if this has already been covered in this thread. What are people’s thoughts on investing in AXA Structured Capital Strategies Annuity? It appears to be an insurance on your investment where you’re locked into an investment option (eg S&P 500) for 6 years. The maximum annual rate of return is around 11% but it protects you from the first 10% loss each year. So if at the end of year 1 the market (S&P 500) is up 15%, I’m only up 11%. However, if the market is down 9%, I’m down nothing. There are no other fees or costs associated with the investment. I’m 40 so still have quite a few years left before retirement. Thus, I’m not very concerned with short term market volatility. Being locked in for 6 years doesn’t matter to me because I don’t plan on touching that money for many years. Thoughts?
  12. Brad Hand this week.
  13. I officially have Soto (and Snell) for the next 3 years!
  14. I turned 40 this year and my wife is 38. We have a soon-to-be 4 year old and a 2 year old. I'm also adamant that I do not want anymore kids but she'll bring it up on occasion. I think she's about 50/50 and a lot of it changes day-to-day (primarily based on how much stress the kids are causing her on a given day). I like life right now. It's easy. I have no interest in adding anymore complications. As IE said - don't push the issue too much if he's serious about not wanting another kid.