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Dave Saltzer

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  1. You didn't so much miss on Wesely. He was hurt off and on all last year, and even the year before, which has greatly affected his pitching. For a while, he was hitting 94, then hurt his arm, lost the velo, then the control, and it's been a bad ride for him. Good kid, but health hasn't played out.
  2. It really depends who writes it @Jeff Fletcher I will read anything that you write about Mike Trout because you provide great coverage and insights as the beat reporter. You get stories and things that fully contextualize any quotes that you get, so, if anything, it would make me want to be there more. As for national reporters, most of them write very generic articles that regurgitate the same statements and things, and don't provide the insights that you provide. So, I'd probably skip those. There are a few national reporters that I'd read And, writers like me, who provide dif
  3. Younger/Newer Angels fans won't get this, but I think March 19, 2019 atones for November 19, 1979. It's good to see that the organization learned something in 40 years.
  4. I would pass on this. He will get far more in arbitration than he would get as a FA. Why waste the time, when the reality is we should wait to see what it would take to get him as a FA. At $1 million, that's a palatable option as a FA. at $5+ million in arbitration, or evern $2+ million in arbitration, I'd say it's too much for a platoon 1B only.
  5. Great work getting this out. It's nice to see how much this list has improved from just a few years ago. And, hopefully, it will allow us to make some good moves without sacrificing too much to improve the club.
  6. Ettin, A great start to what I'm sure will be another great series with detailed analysis by you. I'm looking forward to reading each one. Keep it up!
  7. I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing the insight. Keep it up!
  8. I don't know about Marsh having more value a year from now than presently. Lots of teams know what we have in Marsh and would love to have him. He has been heavily scouted by lots of organizations. Like you, as much as I like Marsh, I'd be willing to pay that price to get Realmuto. I think this is a great idea by @Jeff Fletcher and a really good way to start of the series. I'm interested to see his other ideas.
  9. I think an interesting graphic would be to see how much of each playoff vs. non-playoff team's payroll went to each of those categories. How much are teams overpaying for their homegrown players later in their careers vs. trading vs. signing free agents. Obviously homegrown players may in many ways be cheaper prior to free agency, but, afterwards, may be just as expensive. Additionally, just listing the playoff roster is not a completely fair analysis of how a playoff team was created. Trades and injuries happen throughout the season, so, seeing the total size and depth of a team i
  10. It's not that easy for the scouts to just go along with a GM. They are almost all on 1-year contracts, and have their long-term reputations to be concerned about. It's not so easy for them to hitch their star on just 1 GM. If they were just "yes-mean", that's all their career would be. Personally, if I owned a team, I'd more than double my scouting budget, pay top dollar for the best scouts (I'd do the same for the player development people and minor league managers/coaches), and would reap the rewards.
  11. Thanks. In part 2, I will talk a lot more about the process of how trade discussions start and get done, but I can't mention any specific player or teams. Rest assured, the process is in overdrive right now, and large amounts of discussions are happening on an hourly basis.
  12. Ultimately, the GM will be held accountable for all trades or non-trades, to say that the final decision rests solely there is not accurate. Many players have limited trade protection or full non-trade agreements. The deal can be done and the player nixes it. That's not the GM's fault, even if the GM will be held accountable. A deal can be done, but slightly takes the team over on payroll, and it gets nixed by ownership. Or, ownership can override a GM to make a move for a variety of factors other than the most sound baseball decision. The deal can be agreed to in the
  13. When one group/individual overrides many or all of the other groups/individuals that I identified, you get things like the Wells deal. Talk with enough people in the industry, and you'll hear stories about deals like that for almost every club. It's not just the Angels. There are many factors as to why it happens. And it does happen in every organization.
  14. His mental makeup is off the charts, like that of Jam Jones. Both of them are mature beyond their years, especially in terms of understanding the game, and the necessary work they need to put in to be successful at it. Every scout I've talked to about them always talk about that as one of their defining characteristics, and keys to their success.
  15. Welcome aboard Steve! Good first article. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stuff.
  16. Eppler also talked about how much of an important part of the club that Ohtani is and that they always want to have as much of the 25 man roster that left Spring Training together. Eppler didn't want to speak on behalf of Ohtani or put words in his mouth, but knows that not playing doesn't sit well with Ohtani's hunger to play the game. That is pretty much how the presser ended.
  17. Eppler was asked if Ohtani had received any other treatments. Eppler said that Ohtani has received the biological treatments from 3 weeks ago and nothing since.
  18. Eppler.was asked if hitting will further endanger Ohtani's ligament. Eppler said that he asked that question to the doctors a number of ways. The doctor feels comfortable with Ohtani beginning his hitting progression.
  19. Eppler.was.asked.if Ohtani will join the team on the road. Eppler said it remains to be determined. Ohtani is day by day. He will do BP today and is scheduled for BP tomorrow.
  20. Eppler was asked of Ohtani needs TJ surgery. Here is his direct quote. "No doctor has told me (Eppler) that Shohei needs surgical intervention at this time."
  21. Eppler.was asked. If Ohtani could be a better hitter than we have seen so far if he just concentrates on that. Eppler replied that it remains to be seen. Only time will tell.
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