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krAbs last won the day on March 2 2018

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  1. haha not meaning to targeting you, specifically. And I get it. Every pitcher out there has an issue of some sort - unless they don't, and then their issue is the price tag. I would be good with any two of those, tbh. The trick is I'd like enough money left over to sign a catcher, and ideally a bullpen arm - and also I'd like to not totally sell the farm. I personally like the idea of Kluber and Ryu because the upside of a healthy/in-form Kluber-Ryu-Ohtani front three is incredible. I also think that Keuchel plays to our team's strengths well.
  2. I love this time of the year because everyone starts whipping our their profoundly negative takes about every free agent pitcher on the market. What I've learned reading this board: Ryu is a huge mistake, Bumgarner is a huge mistake, Keuchel is a huge mistkae, Price is a huge mistake, and Kluber won't be worth it; but, we BETTER sign at least two starting pitchers.
  3. My understanding is that their projection system thinks he's a big injury risk, and that's most of it. We'll see. But, I think its like..."half way between a full season of batting .300 and half a season of an injury-driven .220, lets call it .260 or so on "average"."
  4. Per, sounds like he could be a fine pen piece - but he has to get it together, and soon: Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 40 | Overall: 40 Williams first made a name for himself on the mound by striking out 17 batters in a game at the 2007 Little League World Series. He projected as a possible first-rounder as both a prepster and collegian, but surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome before his senior high school season dropped him to the 33rd round (Padres) in 2013 and control woes undermined him at Oklahoma State. A seventh-rounder in 2016, he thrived at two Class A levels in his first full pro season but regressed terribly in Double-A last year. When Williams repeats his delivery and maintains his low-three-quarters arm slot, his fastball and curveball can grade as well above-average offerings. At his best, he can reach 96 mph with riding life on his fastball and snap off nasty low-80s breaking balls with power and depth. He didn't keep his mechanics together nearly as well in 2018 as he did the year before, resulting in a low-90s heater and a more benign curve. Williams' fading changeup also was less effective last season, when he also suffered from the control issues that plagued him as an amateur. The Giants were encouraged by the progress he made in six Arizona Fall League starts and plan on keeping him in the rotation. Simplifying things by moving him to the bullpen could give him crisper stuff in shorter stints, though he'll still have to throw more strikes.
  5. It really feels like a ground ball pitcher plays really well with us right now. Good way to make our money go further - a ground ball pitcher who is a #2 on most teams may become a #1 for us.
  6. Cool Fangraphs article on Rendon and the Angels, worth noting, the one negative part is about his future decline. Some useful context on the projections (from the creator of ZiPS) : "The ZiPS projections for Rendon feel a little light; that’s the case for a few reasons. The first issue is that people tend to overrate just how healthy a player will be in his 30s, so a lot of the missing WAR is ZiPS hedging its injury bets. In this case, it’s purely based on age and position; Rendon’s early-career injuries are too far back for the computer to care about. ZiPS also uses a mix of defensive stats rather than just UZR in its WAR. I’d still take the over on the projections, but they’re not as crazy-bearish as first glance might suggest" Notable quotes from the article: "Since his injury-shortened 2015, he’s accumulated the fourth-most WAR among position players. In the last three years, he’s accumulated the fourth-most as well. In fact, he’s one of the best 10 position players in baseball over every stretch you can count back, starting with his rookie year" "Four years ago, Rendon was patient with enough power to keep pitchers honest. In 2019, he posted the fifth-highest slugging percentage in baseball while striking out less frequently than he had in any previous year." "Our very early projections for 2020 already had the Angels as an 83.5 win team against neutral competition. This would leave them on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but Rendon vaults them into the Wild Card race immediately, even without any further pitching additions or depth hitters." "Putting Mike Trout in front of him in the lineup (I’d bat Rendon fourth and Trout second, but the configuration won’t matter much) is a way to increase the leverage of those at-bats, to maximize the number of runners Rendon can drive home. Offense stacks, and combining great hitters is an excellent way to maximize a free agent signing." This last point was really interesting - Trout plus Rendon is not just Trout's production and Rendon's production. Even if you don't believe in player protection, as far as run production goes, each of them makes the other's hits more likely to score more runs. There's a multiplier here. And that's before any production from Ohtani, Upton, or Adell - any one of which has the talent to put together a monster season. I still want pitching so we can actually maybe challenge the Astros...but, I'm starting to feel good about this signing.
  7. Yeah....We aren't getting Rendon either. Angels will not spend, or win.
  8. I think its more of a "yes, and" than an "either, or" type situation. Most high preforming teams right now have a core who developed in house, supplemented by high end signings (and also often trades). We're trying to to a "re-tool" where we don't tear down and build the farm, but also don't spend on the free market. It ain't gonna work. Edit - maybe we go balls-to-the-wall and end up with Ryu, Rendon, and another pitcher. But...I'm not sure why we wouldn't be outbid for at least Rendon also.
  9. Yeah man, I'm sure we had no idea what the Yankees were offering. If there is one thing we know about Boras, its that he tries to make sure that teams don't bid against each other, and makes sure his players get paid as little as possible.
  10. I see. So we have opted to lose instead of spending money. There are two options teams have: spend the money it takes to win, or lose. We all need to remember when our team slides in at .500 and Trout continues to not see the post season: at least Arte is saving money.