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  1. He’s not just a 3B- he played about 20 games in LF last year along with some games at 1B. He would play left.
  2. So if I’m understanding most of you correctly, even if we are able to sign Keuchel or Ryu, you want no part of trading for Kris Bryant, even if we are able to get Upton to waive his no trade?
  3. I still have concerns about pitching overall, but I think having added Keuchel or Ryu along with Bundy and Ohtani coming back dramatically improves pitching and gets us into the playoffs. We can look at adding more pitching at the deadline instead of playing chicken with other teams. What it really allows the team to do keep our trade chips until the Bryant grievance is resolved and we see if he has one or 2 years left- either way we go get him. The Cubs will want MLB ready players as they are still in contention and the Angels seem to be a good match. It would require them or someon
  4. I don’t think Price would be the disaster everyone thinks- he wasn’t horrible last year- 1.9 war- I believe that’s better than any of our pitchers last year- pitchers are very fickle things- Maddon has a track record with Price- depending on the “price” we have to pay, it could work out better for us than Cole in the long run. Oh- I also think we get Kris Bryant now- another former Maddon player.
  5. I think it could get done without Adell- if we could do that and sign Cole, we’re essentially adding Bryant, Cole, Adell and Ohtani the pitcher- that’s not a bad jump start to get us to the playoffs and then anything can happen as we saw with the Nationals.
  6. I’d like to see a trade for Kris Bryant- makes too much sense. He’s not a FA for 2 years, which *happens* to coincide with the end of Albert’s contract. We’ve been needing a 3B for a long time- this gives us another star bat. Everyone knows he’s not re-signing with the Cubs, maybe Joe can show him that LA is the place for him long-term.
  7. Nice article about Wilson- kid just wants to win https://amp.newsobserver.com/sports/article230978473.html
  8. This may be old news, but I hadn’t seen it yet- according to MLB The Show simulations, we’re the only team that Harper wins WS with in 2019 https://www.mlb.com/cut4/bryce-harper-mlb-the-show-simulations/c-302869584
  9. I wonder if Harper would accept a backloaded contract? Seems like all we’d need is for him to accept $15-20 million the first couple years until Albert comes off the books. If that pushes us to a World Series win, it may even prompt Pujols to retire on a high note.
  10. I heard a thought on the radio here in Chicago that I’d like to see- seems like it would fit Harper best- Harper takes a 1 year deal for $40 million. He’s young enough to do this- be a mercenary for a few years and go to the team that he can help to the WS.
  11. This is what I read about Puig and Pujols: https://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jeff-gordon/tipsheet-puig-takes-pujols-advice-to-heart/article_51ccea86-1c4f-538b-8801-de53c3eb5c39.html
  12. I seem to remember reading about him having a really good relationship with Pujols. If Albert can help him be consistent, I’m down.
  13. Reasonable doesn’t mean a bargain or cheap- it would mean what Arte is willing to pay and Eppler is able to negotiate- the point is they get to set the market and not be at the mercy of it. Even if Machado doesn’t sign, I believe it will help them to craft a starting point for the Trout negotiations.
  14. It’s actually a pretty smart business move if they can sign Machado to a reasonable deal. It sets the market for Harper and thus for Trout also. Better than waiting for some team to overpay outrageously and then have to pay Trout even more.
  15. Assuming Richards makes it back to form and Ohtani is what we hope he is, an Arrieta, Richards, Ohtani rotation in the playoffs looks pretty good. Also, if we sign Arrieta, then it really gives us an opportunity to trade a pitcher or two that Eppler and the scouting department aren’t as high on as we might be.
  16. Our lineup is much improved, but it’s still not as good as the Astros or Yankees and their pitching is much better. There are huge questions about every single starting pitcher on our roster. Do you really think Richards or Heaney or Shoemaker have a chance in the playoffs against Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton? Or against Altuve and Correa? Let’s remember- the Astros have been there- done that now. Their playoff and WS experience is huge. I don’t want to just be happy to reach the playoffs- I remember how disappointed I was in 2005 and 2009 and getting swept by the Roya
  17. We’re going to have to deal with Boras at some point or another- if we think we’re going to get any of the primo 2018 FA’s- we will have to deal with him. If anything, I hope Eppler at least meets with Boras- it would be interesting to see how he deals with him
  18. I believe now is the time to go over the luxury tax for a couple of years if needed. Arte isn’t hurting for cash- think of the extra revenue Ohtani can bring in himself if the Angels are smart about it. If we get Arrieta now, his contract could be a bargain after all the $ gets doled out to next year’s FA class. If we can go deep in 2018, it’s going to make those FA’s that want to win more willing to sign with the Angels than if we lose in the wild card game.
  19. Do we really think Mike stays if he has a bad taste in his mouth from losing in the playoffs 3 years in a row? That’s assuming we get there. He’s already got the money- he’s going to be looking to win it all and 2018-2020 is the best window to win it all. All of the teams that went far last year had multiple pitchers that were better than our best pitchers- who are we going to put out there against Verlander? Kershaw? Keuchel? Lester? Kluber? I *hope* Ohtani can be that pitcher, but it sure would be nice to have someone we can feel confident with. I think it’s great we’ve ma
  20. It’s going to be really tough to stay competitive after 2020- If Trout stays, his salary will be even bigger than now. Also, Andrelton Simmons’ contract ends after 2020. It’s also likely that Ohtani will have a much larger contract at that point if he does as well as we hope he will. The roster after 2020 will likely be totally different than now in order to stay competitive and hopefully it’s because the farm system is bringing in players that can contribute at a high level very cheaply.
  21. it may be time to pay the luxury tax
  22. We need this guy- a true #1 pitcher. There’s no one on the pitching staff that I would trust in a 1 game playoff. That may be happening in 2018. Yes, he’s older, but we don’t have any playoff proven veterans on the staff. In fact, the staff really lacks any veteran. Arrieta can show what it takes to get there. As far as the money- yes- he will be a big purchase, but in reality, Eppler hasn’t spent much this offseason despite all the moves that have been made. You not only have the savings from the Hamilton contract, but Arte will be getting the $50 million or so from the
  23. I’m trying to figure out how Cozart is that much better than Cowart. Just wondering what Cowarts stats look like if he’s given 500 ABs. Maybe we don’t have the luxury of giving Cowart the ABs, but it seems that he could provide elite defense at 3rd. If we’re not going to play him much, maybe Ohtani can give him some tips on going 2 ways also- he has a great arm- maybe he can be a reliever/utility man.
  24. How is Hernandez any better than Starlin Castro? They both are very similar defensively and offensively. Seems like Castro could be had for a cheaper return
  25. Regardless of why he had 22 HR, his offensive stats are not better than Howie and I don’t think his defense is good enough to warrant trading for him as opposed to signing Howie to a short term inexpensive deal
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