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6 hours ago, Angel said:

I'd like to see Arte NOT sign anybody big this off-season.  Everything positive we've seen has mostly come from within and I think it will continue with this elite coaching.  We might turn out being kind of like the Rays and A's, where we magnify the talent we have and don't need to sign super stars every off-season.  Sure, maybe one reliable arm,  but splurging on an ace-like arm and with our luck it won't work out for the best.  And a 25-30MM pitcher will set us back payroll wise quite a bit for the future.  Arte needs to prove he's not just a man who parts with money but also a frugal investor in his ballclub's future.   And right now we have team chemistry that shouldn't be messed with.  We also have some talented arms in the wing ready to replace Teheran next season, one of them being Ohtani.

I agree with you on spirit, man, but I think we have seen the ideal approach is a mix and match of both.

Ideally, this is what Arte would do:

1.  Invest in a free agent who fills an immediate need in which we don't have internal options.  This would be Bauer, as he'd provide the ace we need, given we have little pitching depth in the minors (at least in the upper levels).  Sign him for 6/175, or something along those lines, and backload the deal so that it ramps up after Pujols and Upton's contracts expire

2.  Invest deeply and heavily in the front office infrastructure.  Either promote Eppler to President of Baseball Operations, or if he isn't the guy, hire someone like Slater from the Dodgers (he's their Director of Personnel Development and Scouting) - someone who is well-connected in a strong developmental organization and will build out a super front office.

Basically - he needs to toss money at our pitching, so that the team is competitive now, AND invest in the front office so he can build a contender for the future.

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People thought he was crazy when he rifled the ball from the mound over the CF wall. Personally, I thought that was badass. 

He seems like a douche, but I'd be happy if he were our douche.

I was 90% sure we would sign Cole 1 am 90% sure we won't sign Bauer.   So I guess we're getting Bauer.  

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9 hours ago, Blarg said:

I'm going to make a not so bold prediction that Trevor Bauer is not signing with the Angels but from now until he does sign with another team there will be 3 dozen threads started about him.

Or the Halos sign him and goes all Teheran on them

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Love it, he’s sort of like Greinke but also not. 

For those same reasons, it’s an utter mystery where he signs. I’m not holding my breath, but I’d love to have him. I also think the money he’ll cost could be used for a number of needs just as well.

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9 hours ago, Angel said:

I'd like to see Arte NOT sign anybody big this off-season.  Everything positive we've seen has mostly come from within and I think it will continue with this elite coaching.  We might turn out being kind of like the Rays and A's, where we magnify the talent we have and don't need to sign super stars every off-season.  Sure, maybe one reliable arm,  but splurging on an ace-like arm and with our luck it won't work out for the best.  And a 25-30MM pitcher will set us back payroll wise quite a bit for the future.  Arte needs to prove he's not just a man who parts with money but also a frugal investor in his ballclub's future.   And right now we have team chemistry that shouldn't be messed with.  We also have some talented arms in the wing ready to replace Teheran next season, one of them being Ohtani.

Ohtani year before coming to halos pitched 25 inn you cannot on him. Albert only 1 more year, Upton 2. Need to go all in Trout not getting younger

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