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  1. Fun fact: No team has ever won the World Series with five $20M+ players. If the Angels sign Bauer (or Realmuto) they'd have five. Last year, the Dodgers had three. In 2019, the Nationals had two (although both made ~$38M each). The 2018 Red Sox were the only WS winner with four. Before that you have to go back to the 2009 Yankees to find one with three; they also had nine guys making about $13M or more. Going back a bit further, the 2005 White Sox were the last team without a $10M player.
  2. Any idea what Bauer is asking for? I'm guessing something absurd, like 7/$210M, but he'll end up "settling" for 6/$180M or 5/$160M.
  3. I'm sure Kevin Maitan will be happy to show him some fast-food joints. Oh, shit, I see that joke was already made. Craig?
  4. I like this on a couple levels. 1. It is cheap and saves money for pitching. 2. Suzuki is very experienced, and can provide mentorship to Stassi.
  5. Once a week is basically every six games, as most weeks have a day off (I say every sixth game, not sixth day). But a nitpick.
  6. What we don't know: If Ohtani can maintain health. What we do know: No matter what, the Angels will limit his innings. He'll probably start out pitching 3-4 innings per start, then move up to 5-6. Maybe they let him pitch 7 eventually, but I doubt it - at least this year. So let's say an average of 4.5 IP per start. Then, if we imagine that he'll start every sixth game, and then miss a few more due to minor injuries, given the occasional day off, and/or being shutdown later in the year to rest for the postseason (yay!), we get: 162 / 6 = 27 starts, minus 4-5 = 22-23 starts. 22.5
  7. Yeah, I know. Those guys are rare these days as power and strikeouts have risen. Three true outcomes, I guess. Actually, David Fletcher is a bit of a throwback "pure hitter" (in the purist sense of the world). Willams Astudillo, too, but I don't know how much average he'll hit for.
  8. In this context, I mainly mean someone whose primary ability is with the bat, and in a way that involves average and discipline, probably some degree of power. Meaning, signs of developed hitting skills and upside, not just athletic toolsy potential. For years the Angels have focused on toolsy outfielders and middle infielders, which I don't have a problem with as a general rule. But it is rare that we have a guy that makes you say, "this guy can hit - who cares about the rest?" I'm hoping Alexander Ramirez becomes that sort of prospect this year. Brandon Marsh is, to some extent, but his
  9. I agree with Stradling: his ceiling remains the same. If anything, the chances that he reaches that ceiling are slightly lesser, and the floor is lowered. I personally believe that Adell will be fine. Whether that means a .250, 30 HR hitter or a .290, 40 HR hitter, I don't know. Time will tell. But remember that we knew he wasn't ready for the major leagues, and the Angels took the gamble that he would be better served being overmatched and gradually adjusting then getting no playing time. Now he knows what he needs to work on. He's a smart kid, and being humbled isn't such a bad thing.
  10. Not to nitpick, but Upton has only had an OPS over .850 ("high 800s") three times in his career, in 2009, 2011, and his career best of .901 in 2017. I'm not sure why you think he'd have two of his five best hitting seasons at age 33-34. I think a healthy Upton at age 33-34 maxes out around .800 OPS, maybe low .800s as Jeff said. That would be pretty good, and good enough to hold his job. But if he starts dipping below .750 and one or both of Adell and Marsh are raking, he'll be watched with some scrutiny. Thankfully for him, RF is ripe for the picking and clearly Adell or Marsh will get t
  11. First of all, I'm not saying that he's a non-ace, just that he's not a clear ace, and that he'll likely be paid as one. Re-reading the paragraph that you quoted, I do think it overstates the idea that he is not a top 10 pitcher when, in the end, he probably is. Off the top of my head, of pitchers that I think are clearly better, the ones that come to mind are Bieber, deGrom, Scherzer, and Cole. Then you have a group of pitchers of which Bauer could be considered part of, say the 5-15 range. But if a gun is held to my head, I'd say he's top 10. I narrowed it to 2019-20 because I think the
  12. Yeah, that sounds about right, and obviously he deserves the benefit of the doubt, not least because of his salary. My guess would be a bit lower, maybe .750-.800. If that is the case, he'll hold his job.
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