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  1. Can't stand the Yankees, but undoubtedly this was a move they had to make. There are only a handful of premier, in their prime pitchers in the league that ever come available and when you do, you have to put your best foot forward. Window is going to be really tight though for the Yankees. I think they'll certainly fall pretty soon into the salary cap hell that the Red Sox are in now, but hey, you have to pay your dues to win championships. Cole also has the smooth delivery that could suit him well to pitch great into his middle 30's at least. all that said, that's a whole lotta chedder to one player, when you already have a behemoth contract out there to Stanton and they are going to have to pay huge money to keep Judge around long term too. As far as the Astros go, big loss, but I mean, they still are trotting out a solid 1-2, and they do have a ton of arms (and maybe one day this Whitley kid can turn into something). And I like Springer, but I mean, he's a 30 year old corner outfielder. He's a very good player but also very easily replaceable, imho. Correa is 5 years younger, plays a great defensive SS and has the physical abilities of a premier offensive player as well. He has been injury prone yes, but I think my bigger issue with him is he needs a good serving of humble pie. He thinks he's the next Arod and deserves to get paid as such. I'd still probably try to keep him over Springer though as the Astros have a lot more OF options in their system and truth be told, there are always very good FA outfielders available.
  2. Rarely healthy is a bit of a stretch 2013 - 2019 Strasburg has started 194 games and pitched 1,187 innings 2013 - 2019 Cole has started 192 games and pitched 1,195 innings I know it does always seem Stras misses a few games mid year, and the Nats have also kept an eye on his innings, but he's been a pretty durable pitcher. I agree that throwing that kind of money on a pitcher for his mid-30's seems sky high, and more times than not doesn't work out, but it's worked out great for Scherzer who got paid at 30 by the Nats. And winning a WS always gives some extra money for the home town player.
  3. Georgiev has been outstanding. Rangers really really need to parlay this into a trade ASAP. Honestly, I'd be willing to even more Shesterkin sight unseen if he'd fetch a higher return, but Georgiev is in my eyes NHL starting caliber and just 23. Rangers are still very inconsistent, but all that youth is nice to build on. I just have no idea what quinn's infatuation with bringing up guys like Nieves and rolling out Smith as a forward every night. When the Rangers are on the road, and their 4th line is paired against the other teams top line, it's always terrible. Haley, McKegg, Smith, Nieves always getting ice time is bad news. I know coach wants a bit of grit out there, fine. Roll out 1 of these guys each night, but put another guy out there that can skate and play, like Jesper Fast.
  4. Astros had 2 hall of famers and another guy who will likely be the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. Not sure the Phils have anything close to it. Point taken that in can be done,.
  5. Nola, Arrieta, Wheeler, Velasquez, Elfin, Pivetta, Eickoff, Robertson, Dominguez, Neris Let's say they add Strasburg (or Cole).......That's all your SP innings guys and main relievers are right handed.
  6. Dylan Bundy has to be one of the most inconsistent, infuriating pitchers ever (from a fantasy baseball perspective at the least). One night you watch him, and he gives you a solid 5-6 innings. Very next outing he's getting lit up. Maybe a change of scenery will help, but numbers don't lie and he's still very hittable. Reminds me a touch of what I believe Peter Gammons said years ago about Scott Erickson (obvious comparison is they both pitched for the O's). Commentator stated, Erickson has no-hitter type stuff every time out. Maybe more so with Bundy prior to elbow surgery, but you see these guys and they are just so inconsistent. I'd rather have a guy that is just solid start in and start out.
  7. It's not very excellent to say something someone does is dumb, but having 500K in a checking account earning nothing is unsmart. Paying down a mortgage that is costing you 3-4% in interest as opposed to earning nothing is not really a bad idea. Dollar cost averaging into a raging stock market can be quite advantageous. I earned more in the stock market this year than I did in HHI by quite a bunch and it didn't feel bad. As always though, everyone's situation is different. To me, that's a load of money that should be working for you one way or the other.
  8. Watched it this morning and was not overly impressed, tbh. Everyone was fine, but nothing was great. Too long, not enough really happened. Pesci was actually pretty decent. Honestly, the CGI was slightly distracting, but there was one scene were De Niro was supposed to be beating on some guy and it was pretty bad. Also, was a weird dynamic between Peggy and Russell which was quite unnecessary. I'd give it a 3/5, I was disappointed
  9. I don't know how to do multi-quotes here, but in your second post in your thread you stated you'd no longer be buying New Belgium. Seems like you're upset, maybe outraged was too strong. But still, does it taste different? Anyhow, I also get what you stated that you prefer to buy independent. That's very fine as do I, in particular with restaurants. But I mean, does it really matter who owns it? I remember when I was younger I used to go to a local Irish Pub owned by a brother and sister from Ireland. They were very nice and I went there quite often for awhile. A few years later I went it, and the owner and sister were there behind the bar, but I learned from another bartender that they sold their stake to someone else. Same bar, lots of the same people, should I stop going there because the family sold out? I dunno, just seems like a knee jerk response to something that's not necessary. But to each their own, gbjb 🍻
  10. Yeah, I really don't get the faux outrage here of 'selling out'. "I'm never going to drink this product again". Why, does it taste different? Karbach brewery here in Houston sold out to international conglomerate back in 2016. I enjoyed their product before, I enjoy it still. Not much has changed near as I can tell. Same brewery, lots of the same employees. People that started the company were approached with an offer that was pretty much too good to be turned down. Why the hell shouldn't they? They are now financially set and if they get the urge can start up a new endeavor. I work for a smallish company. I've been here nearly since the inception and am super proud of what we have accomplished. We were on the brink of shutting our doors about 2 years after I came on board, and brought it back to a very comfortable position in our market today. But, I am under no illusions here that the owner will sell out one day to a larger company. It would be great for him and setup his family for generations to come. If I were him, I'd do the same thing. I have asked him to just give me the headsup when he starts looking so I will know. It's the natural order of things. I'm a realist. There has been a ton of conglomeration in my industry over the past decade. More will follow.
  11. yes, but not so much. a few months of expenses say maybe 1/3 or what you have in there now at most? Always want something in cash for sure. Personally, I keep 2 months of expenses, but both myself and wife work, and our jobs are pretty safe. Everyone's situation is different.
  12. I hear you. There are a lot of advisors that act as fiduciaries that would have your best interest in mind. There may be consultation fees, but isn't the peace of mind worth a sit down? $100K isn't a tremendous amount of wealth, but it's not change in your couch either. And I'm sure you have other accounts and aspirations other than buying a new car. Hell, your bank may even have one willing to talk to you for free (now do take what they say with a grain of salt because they will be trying to sell you something without a doubt). Either way, its your money, you worked hard for it, make it work for you. Finance is a hobby of mine for sure (and what I studies in college), but there is a lot to wrap your head around. No need to put all your eggs in one basket either. Put some in a fund, some in a REIT, some in an equity you believe in, and by all means a good portion in cash or equivalent to not lose money.
  13. There is a personal finance and education thread for which this post may be better suited, but, I'll add an opinion for you here. I'm assuming this money is in a non-tax sheltered account. That's a lot of money to have sitting around doing nothing. I think the first question you need to ask yourself is why is it in a savings account doing nothing? Is it because you're afraid to invest it/risk it? Is it because you're saving it for a rainy day? College? Early retirement? Or is it simply a matter of you don't know wtf to do with it. Honestly, money is a funny thing. People are afraid to talk about it with people they are close with, and they are even more opposed to pay someone to take care of it for them. Not a knock on you, Shuke. I just think you really need to come to terms as to what your intention is to do with this money. Short term/long term. Everyone is different. I know a little bit about money/finance. I'm by no means an expert. But, if this was me.............. First of all, I have no issue at all carrying a car payment at less than 2% financing. Quick search yields https://www.edmunds.com/minivan/car-incentives.html a number of possible options. Obviously you will need to figure out what kind of vehicle you are looking for, but to me, financing almost always trumps all. I cannot recall the last used car I've bought for myself or my wife. Further, I can't recall ever having a car loan over 2.9% and that was a while ago. I always want a reliable vehicle, under warranty for the entire length of my loan and never want to pay out of pocket for anything but gas, tires and brakes. As far as what to have the money doing, well, there are an ### load of investments out there. At a bare minimum, this money should be making 3% and tbh, 4-5% yields is easily attainable for relatively little risk. If it were me, I'd keep a rainy day fund in cash of maybe 2-3 months of expenses. The rest should all be working all the time. If you are hesitant to research on your own, ask someone or even pay someone. Everyone's situation is obviously different, but having money sitting around doing nothing for no good reason while you are still working is not a great idea. And you know its not a great idea, so do something about it. This thread gets a lot more action when the stock market is doing well. And there are a lot of headwinds in the equity markets ahead. But that's not to say there aren't places to invest your money even when times aren't so good. If you're retired or you need this money imminently, well, there is something to be said for being in cash. But if its just there because you don't know what else to do with it, well, its time to start doing something about it. g'luck
  14. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/08/us/massachusetts-buffalo-wild-wings-worker-death-cleaning-agent-trnd/index.html Are you doing okay Johnnycakes?
  15. My formative years of following professional sports started in about '78. So in the past 40 years (my God I'm old now ffs) NY Rangers - 1 Boston Red Sox - 4 NFL/NBA - nah don't follow that crap Manchester United - well, just shy of 359