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Dave Saltzer

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  1. I will try to get notes out as fast as possible from this for everyone.
  2. Did we get any reviews/info on his start? Been busy lately and haven't had as much time to check. What was his velo? How was the command?
  3. I'd like to get him today (not wait for the deadline where I might need to compete), and, there are still mixed reviews on Ward at 3B (although I am very pleased with how well he's turned the corner). I think that offer gets a good conversation going.
  4. Thanks. Ironically, I think this injury actually makes a trade for Moustakis a bit more likely as our lineup becomes ridiculously right-handed and it allows us to put Pujols at DH full-time. I would consider Ward and Hermosillo for Moustakis right now.
  5. I was just going to point out the Ohtani news. Do you really want to trade Suarez to fix one problem, only to leave yourself a potential hole in a different area?
  6. That's the thing, you aren't going to get that negotiating deal. Now I think if we trade for Moustakis, we could probably extend him, as I think he learned a good lesson about the size and value of his market. And, we could then slide Cozart down the road to 2B. But, I'm fairly certain Herrera would test the market. KC has no reason to keep Moustakis because they won't get him again and won't get anything for him. But, they aren't going to give him away. Herrera is the prime piece here for them, and getting 6 years of a 20-year lefty leading all the minors in Ks is nothing to slouch at. KC is
  7. So, let's put this hypothetical out there: Suarez, Thaiss, and Ward for Herrera and Moustakis. Would you pull the trigger on that and do you think that is enough?
  8. It all depends on the cost. KC fully intends and expects a bidding war for Herrera. Hell, I'd love to trade for Herrera and Moustakis, as both are available. But, it all depends on the cost. KC knows that there will be plenty of interest at the trade deadline and wants the market to develop. They are also willing to trade early if they are blown away. I'm not trading Adell or Marsh for rentals because I think both have a legitimate shot of making it and being impact players, both of whom would be relatively affordable for several years, making other more expensive players, like Trout, affordab
  9. It does alter the importance of where you sign a letter of intent. That plays a role in the value of the scholarship you get. So, that can make where you choose to sign a letter of intent an interesting choice if you truly intend to sign. But, I don't see most HS kids thinking that strategically about the decision.
  10. Yep. Offering HS players a scholarship for college after baseball definitely has made the decision much easier for HS players to sign. What's the real downside? You don't make it as a baseball player and go to college a few years older, but for free? It's much easier now for a HS player to sign.
  11. It's not a one or the other proposition. The focus shouldn't be on trade now or hold onto them, it should be about what makes the team the best overall. That means we need to focus on what the return would be in a trade more than what the team is doing at the time. If the return makes sense, and improves the club overall, then we should pursue it. Eppler listens to all offers, and is constantly checking to see what's available out there. And, with the Simmons trade, he's shown he's not afraid to make a move that will help the club long-term, even if it means trading the top talent in the
  12. An interesting thought, and yes, on average baseball pays more. But, there are far fewer opportunities to break into the "money" than there are in football. Football has a much higher turnover rate, and is much more likely to see the money (if you are dominant in college and drafted, you get the money, whereas in baseball, doing well in college means you still go to the minors). One of the things baseball scouts long lamented and cited as a problem for the sport was how many D1 scholarships football could give versus baseball. Baseball programs had so few scholarships in comparison that
  13. I hope that it's a good sign that MLB's RBI program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner cities) is working. The program does a lot to help disadvantaged kids get to play baseball. You can read a bit about it here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/mlb_official_story_headline.jsp?story_page=rbi and here: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2017/04/14/Leagues-and-Governing-Bodies/RBI.aspx I would also guess that it may also have something to do with the growing backlash against football by parents since all the head trauma information has come out. There are plenty of art
  14. Great story. I'm looking forward to following him.
  15. My only points with that question are to show that it's not a straightforward and easy question. There are other factors that need to be considered. Without doubt, I would want input from key players such as Trout and Ohtani on the future of the manager's position as we don't want to drive them away either by keeping him or not keeping him. There's a lot more to consider in a decision like this than just the perceived wrong decisions by Scioscia by some fans. I can guarantee you that Scioscia knows far more about what is really going with the players than what the fans know, and often there ar
  16. Too many variables here to conclude. Scioscia could get fired/not rehired, and not hired elsewhere, and Trout stays or goes. Scioscia could get fired/not rehired and Trout likes the new manager and stays. Scioscia could stay and Trout doesn't want to play for Scioscia and leaves (but all evidence does not suggest this). Scioscia could decide he just doesn't want to manage anymore (no indication of this, in fact, he's said the opposite), in which case Trout could decide to stay or leave. The only two that are certain are if Trout says he wants to resign to stay to play under Scioscia, then
  17. Just noticing that, and thinking at some point that they are going to start needing to draft some specific positions, such as catcher, just to round out the teams.
  18. Of your two lists (BB leaders and HR leaders), the more significant one is the BB leaders as it is made up of more prospects than the HR leaders. As great as it is to see the overall improvements, the HR leaders are mostly filled with AAAA players who were recently added for organizational depth. Carter isn't even with the organization anymore. Rivas, Rengifo, and Ward all have a shot at some ML time, and Walsh is definitely playing himself into a very weird "Ohtani-ish" role, and may be able to make it, even if a little older than the curve. It will be interesting to watch what the Angels do
  19. Notes from the Jordyn Adams press conference call: Angels "thrilled to introduce him" and that he was "quite an athlete". Jordyn made an opening statement that he feels really good, was blessed to be a part of the organization and wants to make it known that he is happy to be a part of the Angels organization. He's ready to get to work. As noted earlier, Adams said he has a deal in place already, but it isn't signed yet. It will be made official in the next few days. On being selected by the Angels, it was a real "eye opener" for him and his family. He was home with th
  20. Notes from the Jordyn Adams press conference call: Angels "thrilled to introduce him" and that he was "quite an athlete". Jordyn made an opening statement that he feels really good, was blessed to be a part of the organization and wants to make it known that he is happy to be a part of the Angels organization. He's ready to get to work. As noted earlier, Adams said he has a deal in place already, but it isn't signed yet. It will be made official in the next few days. On being selected by the Angels, it was a real "eye opener" for him and his family. He was home with th
  21. Adams deal in place, need to make it official next few days. Ready to get to work.
  22. Thanks for the video. Lot to like in this pick, especially for a 5th rounder.
  23. Thank you for explaining it to me. I couldn't wrap my head around it. C'mon, it's Benji freaking Gil's son there!
  24. Where's the outcry that we didn't draft Benji Gil's son Mateo like with Vlad Jr?
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