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How would you address shortstop?


How would you address shortstop?  

45 members have voted

  1. 1. How would you address shortstop?

    • Move Fletcher to SS
      3
    • Stay internal (Rengifo, Mayfield, Davis, Wong, etc)
      22
    • Trade (say the player you want in your reply)
      5
    • Buy low in free agency (think 1 year deal, likely a defensive specialist)
      8
    • Spend big (Semien, Correa, Story, Baez, Seager)
      7


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6 hours ago, Dochalo said:

this is maybe just me, but here's what I'd do

go hard after Chris Taylor.  I think he'll cost around 11m per.  Probably for 3 years.    So worst case is he can play 2b or SS with Fletch or Rengifo at SS at 2b.  With Davis in the mix maybe.  And then Taylor can also fill in at multiple other spots if needed. 

then I let the market play out and work on pitching.  If one of the top FA SS is available late on a 1yr deal then I consider it if Arte is willing to pony up.  Then Taylor becomes the full super util for both IF and OF if and when injuries or poor performance happen. 

And what happened to Baez in NY?  His OBP bumped to .371 and he took a decent number of walks.  How many teams are going to buy into that?  I hope we don't.  But he's the guy that might end up with a 1yr deal by the time the off season is over.  While I'm not a fan, I would consider that.  I'll take someone who's had some 6 WAR seasons and is entering age 29 on a 1yr deal.    

I would love it if they prioritized Taylor. He'd be a great safety net in the event other injuries come up as well.
Keep a UT IF on the bench who is true shortstop - someone like Mayfield or Rengifo can probably handle this - and I think they'd be good to go with Taylor out there and the others plus Fletcher getting an occasional time. 

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1 minute ago, AngelStew43 said:

Go big.  Seager is my choice,  because of his LH bat, and his age.  This would be possible if we could attach a prospect to Upton's contract and move him.  

If that can somehow come to pass, we would still have 45 mil give or take for a SP and re-signing Iglesias.  

If the Angels sign Seager or another similarly-priced free agent SS, then they're essentially saying they're not going to extend Ohtani.  And if you want someone to take on Upton's full contract for next year (which is $28M ), you're probably going to have to include Adell or Marsh AND another top prospect to even start the conversation (and they'd still say no).

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You do know that there are other needs as well, like resigning Cobb (or similar), dependable setup arm, backup catcher, retain payroll flexibility for trade deadline, withholding for future arb raises and Ohtani extension?  A Seager contract on top of the Trout and Rendon outlays is one way to continue being pitching poor because moving Upton isn't going to happen without throwing good money (and prime prospects) after bad if it is even plausible with his NTC.  There are more sensible ways of filling the position besides taking on an adjustable mortgage with a balloon payment to invest in lottery tickets.

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On 10/4/2021 at 8:58 PM, Blarg said:

I'd pass on Story. His high strikeout and low OPS outside of Coors isn't going to play well in the West Coast pitcher friendly or neutral parks. He gets a huge Babhip advantage at Coors that won't exist in Anaheim. 

This is what they said about DJ LeMaheiu.

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On 10/5/2021 at 6:15 PM, jsnpritchett said:

If the Angels sign Seager or another similarly-priced free agent SS, then they're essentially saying they're not going to extend Ohtani.  And if you want someone to take on Upton's full contract for next year (which is $28M ), you're probably going to have to include Adell or Marsh AND another top prospect to even start the conversation (and they'd still say no).

Ownership has stated on several occasions that they would exceed the luxury tax threshold for the right player.  

With the Pujols contract now off the books, and Upton's deal falling off after next season, ownership can go over for the upcoming season.  

That would include an extension for Ohtani, an extension he richly deserves. 

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On 10/6/2021 at 10:51 AM, Hubs said:

This is what they said about DJ LeMaheiu.

I feel like most of the guys coming out of CO end up somewhere between their home/road splits.  But it can take them awhile to adjust.  I think the pitchers are the ones where you can see a huge difference.  

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since i would focus all of my efforts on pitching, i'd probably go for a one-year in-house solution for SS.

i don't like the thought of having rengifo, fletcher, or mayfield at short, i could live with it for a year if it meant we signed scherzer and verlander.

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16 minutes ago, Tank said:

since i would focus all of my efforts on pitching, i'd probably go for a one-year in-house solution for SS.

i don't like the thought of having rengifo, fletcher, or mayfield at short, i could live with it for a year if it meant we signed scherzer and verlander.

So you guys think Verlander would be a good pickup?

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22 minutes ago, Dochalo said:

I just want to go on record that I think getting a good SS AND some additional MIF depth is as much of a priority than anything on the pitching side.  That along with bullpen depth.   

My priorities would be this:

Closer

8th inning guy

TOR 

SS

7th inning guy

back up catcher

 

Something along those lines. 

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2 hours ago, Stradling said:

Would it be a crazy idea to trade one of Adell or Marsh to get one of the off season needs, maybe a young arm with big upside and then spend money on Sterling Marte?

Starling Marte just turned 33. He’s coming off a good year, especially swiping bases but I don’t know how long he’ll play at that level.

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10 hours ago, Stradling said:

Would it be a crazy idea to trade one of Adell or Marsh to get one of the off season needs, maybe a young arm with big upside and then spend money on Sterling Marte?

Yes. You fill one hole, and create another with less money to fill it.

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10 hours ago, Stradling said:

Would it be a crazy idea to trade one of Adell or Marsh to get one of the off season needs, maybe a young arm with big upside and then spend money on Sterling Marte?

Just a hunch but if one of Marsh/Adell get traded I think we'll see the return of Fowler, not Marte  Not completely opposed to trading one of them but that's a high pressure trade fraught with risk.  Their, Marsh/Adell, floors are pretty established, moreso for Marsh.  The theoretical arm in trade would have to be as close to a sure bet as possible, which they rarely are.

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