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Off season transaction review


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added Bourjos on a minor league deal
added La Stella via trade (for nothing).  set to make +1.2m in arb
released Shoe and Parker (and their -8m in salary).  
traded Alvarez for Garcia.  (-1.7m for +1.7m) 
signed Bour (+2.5m)
signed Harvey (+11m)
signed Cahill (+9m)
signed Lucroy (+3.4m)

so the total outlay is 19.1 mil.  Expected payroll increase is approx 30m.  So that leaves around 11m left to spend.  
 

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I’ve come to terms that 2019 will be one more step towards Eppler’s ultimate plan. Hopefully the pitching can go right for once and maybe sneak into a Wild Card. Though I’m not sold on the Astros. They could regress greatly. Anyways, as Doc has been saying, 2020 and beyond is when Angels should be more competitive. 

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Astros are in a tough yet great spot right now.  They have about 90% of a championship team.  To get back to the rest of the way there they need to get a guy like Kluber and another starting pitcher.  In order to get there they will have to give up one of their top prospects.  Here is the rub, they need those prospects because their team is about to get really expensive.  Also their two remaining starters, who are both really good, one is 36 and a year away from free agency, their other starter is also a year from free agency.  They are better than us, but crazy to think that their window may only be another year or two.  

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44 minutes ago, Stradling said:

Astros are in a tough yet great spot right now.  They have about 90% of a championship team.  To get back to the rest of the way there they need to get a guy like Kluber and another starting pitcher.  In order to get there they will have to give up one of their top prospects.  Here is the rub, they need those prospects because their team is about to get really expensive.  Also their two remaining starters, who are both really good, one is 36 and a year away from free agency, their other starter is also a year from free agency.  They are better than us, but crazy to think that their window may only be another year or two.  

Yup - they have quite the balancing act ahead of them. This is the trickiest part to building a ‘dynasty’ - graduating your next core into the current core without it totally torpedoing the team’s playoff hopes for a couple seasons as the kids learn, or clogging payroll to keep things afloat.

I like the way Eppler is setting up the Angels. Summer 2020 is gonna be quite interesting. 

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