Dave Saltzer

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  1. Yep. And, while Alex Cora may or may not be the common denominator in this for those teams, he would hardly be alone. That level of cheating would have to be systemic in both organizations, and reflect a society and culture that values winning at all costs.
  2. I have a feeling that this will not be the last team exposed as cheaters. MLB needs to come out with extremely harsh penalties for this.
  3. I agree with waiting. I'd put it at a 2 in 5 chance that a trade happens before ST that would most likely affect our list and if not, maybe a 1 in 3 chance that something happens during ST that affects our rankings.
  4. Actually, I think that the bullpen will he slightly above average, but will be a rollercoaster ride throughout the season. Long term, I see it as more of an internal strength as we move several of the younger arms from starting roles to the bullpen. I can easily see several guys moving to the pen and doing much better. But, since they are young, there will be lumps along the way. Hofsckrt will get some time riding the Salt Lake express, but, we have better arms long term.
  5. As always, a good writeup and analysis @ettin. My only comments concern the bullpen. Yes, relief pitching is volatile, and yes, the Angels have been somewhat successful so far without spending outlandishly on the bullpen. But, that doesn't mean that better relievers (and more expensive relievers) wouldn't do better. It's just that with our current team construct, and budget limits, we have determined that it is an area where we will have some savings to field better players (or more expensive players) in other positions. I don't want fans to think that the Angels wouldn't spend on the bullpen if they had the arms to do so (imagine a K-Rod or Harvey in their prime). We would spend to keep them and keep a stronger bullpen. That's just not our current team's construct. At the same time, because bullpen arms are volatile, this is where investing in scouting and working to get better deals with players makes a huge difference. Having that extra million to sign a reliever who has an incredible year can be so beneficial. Having the scouts to identify and target those arms is critical. For so many teams, it's the little deals for an unheralded bullpen piece that has a big impact on the season. That weighs against handing out money like candy to all players. The extra million or two spent on a bad deal often hampers a team from making what could be the right deal for a low level piece.
  6. Thanks for writing this. I always look forward to reading your series and your analysis! My general take is that we need two pitchers and another bat. I expect a major FA pitcher signed, most likely a trade, and a bat, preferably a left-handed one, would be nice. Adding another catcher would be a luxury, and I won't be surprised if a reunion with Maldonado happens. Looking forward to read g your takes.
  7. So this is a new twist from Boras. We don't have the mystery team anymore, we get the mystery player(s)!
  8. I think, if you keep digging, there may be an interview that I did with Kole back at Orem as well. That's where I first spotted him as being a cut above the others on the field.
  9. Good work on this. I'm looking forward to reading the remaining articles and then watching the Angels sign several of them!
  10. Thank you very much! In my opinion, the best reporters are the ones who get out of the way of the story and don't try to make the story fit their agenda or idea. They just provide a vehicle for the the story to tell itself and at times, help move it along by interjecting a question or two. I try to do that as much as I can.
  11. Wow! Great find Chuck! It's hard to believe how much time has past. As much as I enjoy covering the Major League team and players, I enjoy meeting and interviewing the Minor Leaguers even more, and capturing a moment in their lives. For every player who makes it in the Majors, dozens, don't, but are still absolutely necessary and critical to the success of those who do. Most Minor Leaguers work and play relatively anonymously compared to Major Leaguers, and yet they all have lives, interests, stories, etc. I enjoy giving them a bit of a stage and platform, and capturing their hopes and dreams. No video can bring him back, or help the family heal from their loss. But, I hope that his relatives can see this and remember a happier moment in his life.
  12. I'd say how uncomfortable Billy sounded said a lot about what's going on. That was by far the most uncomfortable I've heard him when answering questions. Several times he had people clarify exactly what they meant so as to not be taken out of context or to answer out of context. That was a very defensive interview. I asked how all the other teams in the market for a manager would affect the Angels timeline, and he gave a stock answer of can't control other teams and that they will follow their timelines regardless of what other teams do. Combining that with the answer to another question about how the Angels can convince other candidates that they have a legitimate shot after at the position, especially in lieu of some of the articles that have been written, and I got the sense that the Angels are very cognizant and concerned about appearances, and really want to make this appear to be less than fait accompli with Maddon.
  13. Interesting take Ettin. I'd take a totally different perspective, though. I'd rate it an 8/10 with potential to grow from there. One of our two top picks should pan out as a serviceable major leaguer. So, for me, it has far more to do with how the pitching pans out. If some of those turn out to be decent, then this draft could grow. By way of comparison, I would have rated last year's draft as a 7/10, and the year before that, with Adell as a 9.5/10. And, for the first 3 years after a draft, I'm willing to add or subtract a point on the ratings based on additional perspective in seeing how the players pan out.
  14. I don't see Rutledge falling down to us, but if he did, that would be awesome! I agree, I'd like us to take Allan if he's available. We'd have to go a bit over slot, but can make uthat money in rounds 6-10.