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He's a good teammate and I like seeing the way he and his teammates interact.  While the defense has always been stellar, he's turned it around with the bat.  Yeah he's gonna get $14MM next year.  Adell has been tearing the minors up but he's still an unknown bat in the Majors.  I say keep Kole one more year.  

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Or, on the other side of the table:

His HR totals are up. Aside from that, he hasn’t really been better than the last couple of seasons pre-2018. Both major analytics sites have his overall defense as even or negative. 

I’m skeptical he gets anyone willing to pay $14 mil for him next season considering it’s his age 32 season. His HR total is likely a fluke, and his defense may be trending down if BR and FG are correct.

If there is a taker in the offseason, I think you take what you can get. More likely, his option is simply not picked up. And honestly, I doubt they bring him back on the cheap.

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28 minutes ago, Angel Oracle said:

At least keep him this season, then exercise the option, and if there is a pitcher out there on a team needing an experienced and solid RF, then they could trade him and if necessary send enough of the 2020 salary with him.

I think this is a fair plan. If the Angels wind up not signing Gerrit Cole, they could still have the money needed for another SP, and Kole could give them some offensive cushion or trade piece for a similarly valued vet SP. Also, open to the idea of a restructured deal for 2020 if it cut his salary down some, and he was open to a role where he potentially lost RF to Adell, covering 1B/4th OF instead. 

Julio Teheran could be that arm. He has a $12m option for ‘20. The Braves have Markakis as a RF option next year, but he’s also on a team option.

Teheran’s had another solid, durable year. Markakis as well, but he’s taken a bit of a step back.

The Angels could even go with a winter swap of Calhoun and Bedrosian for Teheran and Markakis and I’d argue it’d help both teams out. Markakis can transition more to the role Bour filled, with the ability to cover RF if Adell struggles, or RF/LF if anyone gets hurt. Braves would get a hometown relief arm they need, and a more dynamic RF to upgrade over Markakis. Opens up a rotation slot for Bumgarner (who they will sign) or one of their many SP prospects. The money evens out fairly. The Angels would get a solid arm for ‘20.

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41 minutes ago, totdprods said:

I think this is a fair plan. If the Angels wind up not signing Gerrit Cole, they could still have the money needed for another SP, and Kole could give them some offensive cushion or trade piece for a similarly valued vet SP. Also, open to the idea of a restructured deal for 2020 if it cut his salary down some, and he was open to a role where he potentially lost RF to Adell, covering 1B/4th OF instead. 

Julio Teheran could be that arm. He has a $12m option for ‘20. The Braves have Markakis as a RF option next year, but he’s also on a team option.

Teheran’s had another solid, durable year. Markakis as well, but he’s taken a bit of a step back.

The Angels could even go with a winter swap of Calhoun and Bedrosian for Teheran and Markakis and I’d argue it’d help both teams out. Markakis can transition more to the role Bour filled, with the ability to cover RF if Adell struggles, or RF/LF if anyone gets hurt. Braves would get a hometown relief arm they need, and a more dynamic RF to upgrade over Markakis. Opens up a rotation slot for Bumgarner (who they will sign) or one of their many SP prospects. The money evens out fairly. The Angels would get a solid arm for ‘20.

The thought is good but the value doesn’t add up. The Braves would need to throw in a Buttrey-like prospect to even the deal. 

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53 minutes ago, totdprods said:

Also, open to the idea of a restructured deal for 2020 if it cut his salary down some, and he was open to a role where he potentially lost RF to Adell, covering 1B/4th OF instead. 

I don't believe they can restructure Calhoun's option year. They would probably have to release him, pay the option, then re-sign him to a new deal. If Calhoun is still performing at this level at the end of the season he would first look for a multi year deal in free agency rather than accept a platoon role. 

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4 minutes ago, Blarg said:

I don't believe they can restructure Calhoun's option year. They would probably have to release him, pay the option, then resign him to a new deal. If Calhoun is still performing at this level at the end of the season he would first look for a multi year deal in free agency rather than accept a platoon role. 

That’s what I meant, restructure wasn’t the right word, just sort of a quick catch-all. They could decline the option and re-sign him to a new deal. And I agree he’d probably get a better deal elsewhere, unless he really wanted to stay in Anaheim in a new role. 

Would re-signing him to a new multi-year deal make any sense at all, with an assumption that he starts transitioning more to a 1B/OF hybrid? Could help free up Thaiss/Ward/Walsh/Rojas as pitching trade bait too, knowing we have 1B sewn up for the next 2-3 years between Calhoun and Pujols.

Not what I’d want, but throwing it out for discussion. It’d be very Erstad-esque, but Kole fits that bill I think.

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