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  1. Yeah the new ball definitely hurts him seeing as how he's always been a fly ball pitcher. But this year he's 1.1 war according to fangraphs & that's over 90 innings. So IF he can stay healthy ( yeah yeah impossible, I know), I don't think it's a longshot that he's a serviceable rotation option next year. He's shown us flashes of that potential that made him a highly regarded prospect. It's just frustrating watching show that potential for a 2 game stretch & then completely blow up for another stretch.
  2. I don't think he ever really recovered from TJS but at this point we don't have very many options so I'm sure he'll be back. Was a lot of fun watching him throw that spilt change for a bit. One thing I've noticed though & I'm probably looking wayyyy too much into this but when he's pitched I've noticed his hand has this weird discoloration like he's not getting enough oxygen in there. I wonder if he loses feel while pitching. I've heard of players losing "feeling" after TJ. But like I said, I don't know jack lol.
  3. Maybe so, but Eppler seems like he'll prioritize defense at the premium defensive positions like catcher & shortstop. Personally, I'd rather have a really good defensive shortstop with a weaker bat than a bad shortstop with a decent bat. But we're in a position where we just need value any way we can get it.
  4. I think his defense is gonna keep him valuable for a few more years but that bat is definitely gonna decline over the next couple of years. If some team offers some near MLB ready pitching, I think you have to listen. On the other hand, I don't think Fletcher is a true shortstop & I'm not sold on Rengifo's defense in that spot as well. Obviously, we have a some good outfielders coming up but we are pretty thin in infield prospects. Only one I can think of is Rivas in Advanced A ball. Maybe the Wilson kid we just drafted will be fast tracked by the time Simmons contract is up (shug).
  5. He's looked really bad behind the plate but I'm still surprised we couldn't get a warm body for him. On another note, Eppler & Asmus seem pretty quick to cut dead veteran weight. Don't remember this many veterans being cut under Sosh.
  6. I think Houston did very well here. They didn't even have to give up Whitley & Kyle Tucker who are pretty close to Mlb ready if I remember correctly.
  7. Unlike the Facebook broadcast, this YouTube stream is actually pretty good.
  8. Angels win, Mariners are down 18-4 & this video actually exist. What a time to be alive.
  9. If Tampa offered Tyler glasnow, I'd might be intrigued. I was impressed when he faced us last year & he's really coming into his own now. He doesn't have a lot of service time which is big. Bauer is too close to free agency so unless you're trying absolutely trying to win now, it wouldn't make too much sense. Having said that, I wouldn't wanna trade Adell. It's awesome to see players grow through your system. This week has been fun to see renifgo & I'm super excited about watching canning this year.
  10. Heard on a fangraphs podcast that there was an independent study that said a new ball is being used this year in the majors & triple A. With strikeout rates up & homeruns going up we're getting less ball in play I'd imagine. Personally, I'd like to see the mound pushed back a little.
  11. I'm hoping that the farther he is from his TJ & thoracic outlet syndrome injuries, the better chance he has of getting closer to his old form. I agree we sort of overpaid for him but we probably had to in order to get him to sign for a year. & usually I'm not one to get amped over pitching coaches but Doug White legitimately seems to bring out the best in his guys. So if the Dark Knight actually returns then he'll easily be worth it. But I probably have my rose colored glasses on right now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  12. My first reaction to this was hell no but Troy can still be a good player (I think??) when healthy ( which is when?? ). Signing him means Ward & Flech start the year in the minors. Would hate to see Fletcher sent down but he won't be there too long. & while Ward wasnt as bad as he looked (.214 babip), we can't risk having holes in the lineup like that. If Troy is still good then this will raise the floor (damn I hate using that term, screw you dipoto)
  13. Sort of funny & sad that for a while he was our most consistent pitcher ? but I enjoyed a lot of his starts because he was very efficient & got to the 6th, 7th inning with like 70 pitches.
  14. He has to get called up right?? Next year he has to be in the mix for the rotation but I wonder if they'll watch his innings since he's at 112 this year & only threw 70 last year.
  15. I'd be ecstatic if that ever happened. I think they have like 3 impact prospects after that it's all depth. Shit, now that I think about it, they would probably take valbuena over romine who's their utility guy. Someone tweet dipoto.