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  1. There's some flexibility as well. Morales played a handful of games at 1B the last couple years. Heck he even played 5 games in RF last year. Probably wasn't pretty. Pearce can play OF as well. You can find a game or two each week with Jose at DH which should help to keep him at full strength. He could even probably do some work at 1B. I would say the top 6 bats in the lineup are as strong as anyones in the AL. The rotation is right near the top of the AL. Osuna is a 2nd tier closer behind the Chapmans and Brittons. Really comes down to bullpen and bottom third. You can add a good se
  2. Personnally I like it. Donaldson was a 30 HR guy in Oakland, turned into a 40 HR guy in TO. Morales was a 30 HR guy in KC, I could see him as a 35-40 HR guy in TO. Nobody likes Smoak. But you take his 600 AB's in TO the last two years which is the equivalent of a full season he's got 77 R, 93 RBI and 32 HR. Pearce is a wild card. He stays healthy, he could be a solid bat. Those 3 cost about $21M a year. The same as Encarnacion plus two league minimum guys (Cecillani and Lake types). Which trio is better? Last year everyone wanted David Price. But instead we got 'stuck'
  3. It seems to be the same thing every year. Everybody wants their team to sign the big free agents. Who were the big signings last year? And what did they do? 1. Jason Heyward signed 8 years - $184M and hit .230 with 7 HR and 11 SB. 2. Zack Greinke signed 6 years - $206M and went 4.37/1.273. 3. David Price signed 7 years - $217M and went 3.99/1.204. 4. Justin Upton signed 6 years - $132M and was below career norms every where but HR. Alex Gordon, Chris Davis also had down years. Those were the top 6 ranked that signed multi year contracts (Cespedes 3 year deal was r
  4. Agree 100%. I liked Revere, he was a big upgrade in LF last year but they weren't really using him to his full potential with only 9 attempted steals in 56 games. An extra late inning arm is huge. Now they have some options. Sanchez can go to the rotation if they find a good deal for Dickey. Or they can leave him in the pen and have Sanchez, Storen, Osuna for 7,8,9.
  5. True. But the Royals were a pretty strong team all around. Had a pretty solid lineup, played good D, had average starting pitching and a lights out bullpen. All that I am saying is it would be nice to have an ace and making Stroman a strong #2.
  6. Seriously? In a heartbeat. Talked to a non BJ fan and he said it's not enough though. Dodgers would have to give up Seager, Pederson, Urias plus two more. That's a far more valuable package than the one I am proposing. Aces are so valuable. If you had Fernandez, Stroman would be a great #2. In a playoff series, you could start those two 4 times, your odds of winning that series are extremely high. But if you are starting Stroman, Estrada, Dickey, Happ, Stroman, Estrada, Dickey in a 7 game series, odds are you don't win IMO.
  7. I think when they signed Happ for 3/$36,000,000 they mistakingly added an extra 0 at the end. Haha! Jose Fernandez is apparently available. He's 23 and is a proven ace but he's coming off TJ. Do the Jays have a package that could get him? They say they want 5-6 young major league ready players. I would drop Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez, Dalton Pompey, Devon Travis and Drew Hutchison for him. Is it enough and would you do it?
  8. I guess it wouldn't be a hard sell though. With his 9 ERA on the road, maybe he wants to sit out this road trip.
  9. Drew Hutchison optioned to AAA. They are going to roll with a 4 man rotation for a bit. Move makes sense but what does it do to a guys confidence??? You just pitched two gems last week, your reward is a bus trip to Buffalo. I don't particularily think Hutch is great but when on he does have the stuff to win games for them where I see Buehrle more as a guy that is more of a not lose games type.
  10. Probably right. Thinking they should do something like trade Max Pentecost to the Phillies for Ben Revere.
  11. Well... It's going to be either 2) or 3). This move doesn't make sense if it's the only move they make. I imagine everything on the farm is going to get traded now. The question is, do they have enough bullets left in the gun to land a front line starter and a closer?
  12. Haven't the Jays been linked to everyone in the world that is able to throw a ball? Haha. Seems that way.
  13. It would be a shame to waste such a good offensive year. I personnally don't think the answer is in getting a rental SP. SP is a sellers market. Everybody in the race wants SP. What are you going to get out of them? 10-11 starts before they hit FA? Really I think the answer is a couple of bullpen arms. Not the heavies like Kimbrel and Chapman but 2 solid guys that can give you an inning like Clippard, K-Rod, Cishek etc... It's almost like RP is a buyers market with so many teams shopping their closers. So go pick up a few from the bargain bin and see what happens. Not going to cost your future
  14. He's not that good. HTHI get that he's a butcher in the field, but his OPS is 13 points lower than Josh Donaldson and he's losing ABs to something named Ezequiel Carerra His hitting numbers are BABIP inflated (.421), reality is Danny Valencia is better vs. LH and a better fielder in the outfield. Smoak is a better hitter vs. RHP and a better fielding first baseman. Colabello should probably start at 1B vs. LHP every game right now, but Dioner Navarro is a complicating factor as well in that they want to get him his share of time. In terms of LF - he's so bad defensively, maybe give him the fi
  15. Rays have the 4th best starter ERA in baseball, 2nd in AL I apologize. I will clarify. In my opinion Chris Archer, Nate Karns, Alex Colome, Erasmo Ramirez and Matt Andriese collectively form a mediocre rotation. In actual fact, they are the 4th best rotation in MLB and the 2nd best rotation in the AL.
  16. I don't know. It just seems that teams that are successful that aren't loaded with aces have a 7th, 8th and 9th inning guy. It hides shaky starting pitching. Like the Royals (Herrera, Davis, Holland) and the Orioles (O'Day, Miller, Britton) last year. Aside from Shields there weren't any aces on either of these teams and they were the last 2 standing in the AL. The Rays, Royals and Astros are leading their divisions this year. They all have mediocre rotations but loaded at the back end of the pen.
  17. Papelbon would be nice but I think it's not a closer that they need. I think they need a bullpen. What would it cost to get Clippard and Kazmir from the A's? What would it cost for John Axford? What would it cost for K-Rod? Should Aaron Sanchez be moved to the pen on his return? I'd like to see him starting but I would like to see them win the division more. Could Daniel Norris being used late out of the pen help the team? Just throwing some ideas out there. I think the key is to make a move quickly. The offence is dynamite, the starting pitching lately has been adequate, we just need somethin
  18. So the first month is in the books (other than tonights game). 10-12 is by no means great but at least they are still in the race. Offence looks great, as expected. Imagine what it's going to look like when Encarnacion gets rolling... But the pitching is terrible. Brutal. Is there a worse combined staff (starters + bullpen) in the majors? Every night it seems like they give up a 4 spot in either the first or second inning. And the odd night when the starters hold the opposition to 3 or less runs, the pen blows it. I really don't see any solution. You have to ride Dickey and Buehrle out the res
  19. Is it decided that Martin can catch Dickey? I haven't heard. Because if he can't you have to make room for that bum Thole.
  20. As stinky as this sounds, would Ryan Howard not make a bit of sense here now? The Phillies just want him gone and I read that they are willing to eat $50M of the $60 owed to him over the next two seasons. So you are getting a power LHB who can play 1B for $10M over two years. Not a huge investment and I don't imagine the Phillies would ask for much in return. He had a terrible average last year but he still hit 23 bombs and drove in 95 R's on a below average offence. I would think he would be a bit of an upgrade over Smoak.
  21. Viciedo might not be the long term answer but as it stands right now there is a possibility you could see Dioneer Navarro shagging fly balls in LF for a handful of games. He's got to be better than that.
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