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  1. Angels make the playoffs, Rendon becomes the first big free agent signing in a long time to not disappoint, and Adell lives up to the hype.
  2. Yeah I agree, but the alternative is that they don't get Betts. Maybe they just give the Sox Josiah Gray instead of Gonsolin/Downs. Gives them a player fairly equal in value to Graterol but is a SP prospect (I think).
  3. That's not really accurate. Thought is that the red Sox weren't getting enough of a return. So the Dodgers would be trading Gonsolin and Downs for Graterol and the remaining difference that needs to be made up to get betts and price. I don't know too much about them all, but Graterol is a top 50 prospect so he's worth more than Gonsolin. So Downs is used to make up that difference and the difference needed to give a better return for betts
  4. When you factor in parks Bundy hasn't been much worse than Maeda and Teheran has definitely been better. Maeda getting old and is redundant. He pushes out younger players with more upside.
  5. Maeda as a starter: 3.95 career ERA (105 ERA+ that includes his relief pitching. Likely closer to 100 if you exclude relief). Is entering age 32 season. Bundy: 4.67 ERA, 95 ERA+ but played on an awful team and is only going into age 27 season. Teheran: 3.67 ERA, 110 ERA+ entering age 29 season
  6. Unless the Red Sox specifically want one of the Angels prospects (Marsh, for example) and the dodgers will trade the Angels one of their more elite pitching prospects in order to get that product, then the Angels should stay out of it. Maeda is redundant and I don't think the Angels should have any part of that. He's in the same category as Bundy and Tehran. I don't know why they would do that though. Seems like the red Sox want pitching so they would just want one of those dodgers pitching prospects traded directly to them.
  7. I disagree with this..I think some people are just too reactive. I haven't blamed Eppler...yet. I think/know he was put in a tough spot. However, at a certain point you are the GM and you do have the best player in the world and a greater than average budget. At some point you have to address the glaring issue and stop hoping that guys perform to their potential while having no injuries. All how you do that is your issue, not mine. And I just don't get the sentiment of "well if you could do the job better"... We are fans. We are the reason these guys get paid (including Eppler). We are the customer. It is our right to criticize. I don't see why, as a paying customer (specifically a loyal one), it is taboo to expect those who are in charge of putting together the on field product shouldn't be expected to come through despite the surface issues. In other words, regardless of all of the excuses we are well within right and reason to expect Eppler to be able to make something happen. That's why he's the to GM of a multi billion dollar franchise.
  8. Meh. I'm taking the wait and see approach, but I'm not making any excuses for Eppler. I know if you go player by player then you can make an argument for why it didn't work out. But at the end of the day it is Eppler's job to put together a contender. He has had 5 offseasons to do it and there has been many excuses, most of them legitimate. However, the time has finally come. If the Angels do not make the postseason this year it is 100% on Eppler. I don't want to hear about injuries and poor performance. And I don't want to hear that I or anyone else should be the GM then. Thats his job that he gets paid the big bucks to do. He is supposedly an expert. That being said, the year still has to play out and there is plenty of offseason left as well. The end result is all that matters and if we fall short because of pitching, that will be 100% on Eppler.
  9. Lou, the fact that we shouldn't be upset about trading Wilson is the problem. He was our first round pick this past year and his overall value should be significantly more than the approximate $9M we traded him for ($12M minus what they already had given him as a signing bonus). My frustrations on Wilson come more from the fact they drafted him to begin with then the fact they traded him. I will have to reserve judgment on the money aspect until the offseason is complete. As it stands, they aren't much higher then their "real" payroll has been set at the last few years. So on the surface it makes it look like the Cozart/Wilson trade was made specifically to stay within reason of the same budget they have had the last few seasons (same one they've said they were willing to overshoot this offseason). At this point the only way to improve the rotation is through trade which inevitably hurts the farm. They also need to improve at catcher. So if they already traded away this year's first rounder, then have to trade away for an arm, and again for a catcher, what does that do to our farm?
  10. Great job Eppler. Your main goal was to get pitching and you got Bundy and Tehran...and traded away your first round pick from this year to save some cash. Now the only option is to sacrifice some of the farm to upgrade pitching. Didn't get a solid catcher either. Unless Eppler pulls a rabbit out of a hat this is a supremely disappointing offseason. If he had signed Keuchel or Ryu and traded for a catcher this would be a legit contending team. Instead, in order to get both a front end arm and a catcher they have to mortgage the future. Not happy with the outlook for the team. Back to the, "if everyone stays healthy and takes a step forward this will be a solid rotation". And "better to save the resources till next year".
  11. I think it has less to do with exactly where he would live and more to do with the franchise itself. Playing for the Dodgers and playing for the Angels are two different things. Maybe he just felt there would be more pressure on him and less anonymity playing for the Dodgers. More of the "celebrity" treatment, which obviously isn't preferable for a lot of players (particularly those with a family). Whether that is a reality or just his perception, I'm not sure. He's supposed to be a pretty low key guy.
  12. Yeah, that was kind of my point though. I don't really think it was because he is cheap so they were willing to trade a highly valued prospect just to save $12M. The main reason has to be that they didn't value Wilson nearly as much as they did on draft day. And that, to me, is an issue regardless of what they do the rest of the offseason. It seems incredible to me that you could value someone enough to take them with your first round pick and after 46 games realize what everyone else seemed to already know (since most of what I read at the time was that they reached for him).
  13. This is pretty much how I have felt from the beginning. I know at the end of the day I will never know the whole story, but this is how I see it: 1) Arte is too cheap to take a 12M hit for one year and just release Cozart. 2) Their scouting is so inept that they took a guy as their first round pick and then 46 games later decided he actually isn't that great. I just don't see how that trade doesn't have a bad look to it no matter how you swing it. It's most likely that they just don't value Wilson that highly and are trying to capitalize on his 1st round status (I believe someone else has mentioned that here). The problem with that is the fact that they literally just drafted him. He's played 46 minor league games. Why the hell did you draft him then? And what does that say about their competence going forward? Edit: I wanted to point out that my point is independent of everything else. Regardless of what they do this offseason I don't see how this was necessary. And if it was, as I have stated, it just looks bad on their scouting and drafting competency.
  14. That is more or less how I feel. I want them to get the best pick possible in the draft and so in a sense I want them to lose. However, as long as I am tuned into the game I am cheering for them to win. Yesterday made me shake my head, but ultimately I shrug it off since I know it actually helps us get closer to a better draft pick. Plus I don't mind games that Angels keep themselves in and blow because the pitching sucks. We know the pitching needs to be addressed already so as long as the pieces that we need to perform well to keep the 2020 optimism alive do well/make progress then I don't really care what the outcome of the games is.