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« on: July 03, 2016, 01:26:42 pm »
Nick Cafardo says the Blue Jays are scouting the Astros system closely.

Also says the Astros (along with a slew of other contenders) interested in the Rays' Matt Moore.

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2016, 01:46:59 pm »
Apparently the Jays have been scouting Martes.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2016, 03:47:35 pm »
Apparently the Jays have been scouting Martes.

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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2016, 05:26:12 pm »
I don't see how the Astros and Jays are compatible trade partners given that they are separated by a game in the wild card race.


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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 11:23:55 am »
Is there a quick reference for which players are going to become rule 5 eligible?  Seems like the Astros have a bunch of guys at AAA, who are decent to good prospects, that have been with the org for a long time.  Are there some players that they will need to move or face losing them for nothing?
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2016, 08:31:14 am »
Is Matt Moore really better than what we have?

Interesting that there's not a lot of blatant needs, unless you can get an ace (or a LHP if they are ready to bail on Sipp).
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2016, 08:36:29 am »
Is Matt Moore really better than what we have?

Interesting that there's not a lot of blatant needs, unless you can get an ace (or a LHP if they are ready to bail on Sipp).

There is a blatant need for another bat. Our "DH" production is barely better than a pitcher.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2016, 08:58:28 am »
There is a blatant need for another bat. Our "DH" production is barely better than a pitcher.

there is a more blatant need for a #1 or #2 quality SP.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2016, 09:07:03 am »
Should we read anything into the face that they are keeping Bregman at short?
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2016, 09:16:14 am »
Should we read anything into the face that they are keeping Bregman at short?

Like it could be showcasing him for a deal? Who knows. I suspect Luhnow is and will consider all alternatives. I just hope they don't deal him. I really believe he will be a star player.

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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2016, 09:19:13 am »
there is a more blatant need for a #1 or #2 quality SP.

They have some weird ace long men in the pen thing going that has seemingly eliminated the need for top starters.  In June, the Astros gave up the second fewest runs in the majors and are 7th overall for the year.  No idea if this is a temporary result or if they have found a working formula.  I've never seen a team run 3 excellent long men before. 

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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2016, 09:20:07 am »
I don't think Bregman gets traded.  There are a lot of other players, with talent, that could be moved before him. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2016, 09:21:47 am »
Like it could be showcasing him for a deal? Who knows. I suspect Luhnow is and will consider all alternatives. I just hope they don't deal him. I really believe he will be a star player.

I'm trying to imagine his value right now, and it is pretty hard to fathom.  He was the #18 prospect coming into the year, got to be top 5 now
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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2016, 09:23:07 am »
Should we read anything into the face that they are keeping Bregman at short?
I don't know, but seeing as I'm an amateur psychologist, I bet that knowing Bregman is doing so well is a bit of motivation for Correra.
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2016, 09:42:22 am »
They have some weird ace long men in the pen thing going that has seemingly eliminated the need for top starters.  In June, the Astros gave up the second fewest runs in the majors and are 7th overall for the year.  No idea if this is a temporary result or if they have found a working formula.  I've never seen a team run 3 excellent long men before.

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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2016, 10:09:07 am »
Should we read anything into the face that they are keeping Bregman at short?

No. 

Luhnow was just on with Matt Thomas on 790 AM.  The question came up and Luhnow stated they like to keep guys at their natural position when they promote them, thus AB is playing SS for the 1st few weeks.   They also talked about him moving to the OF, Luhnow is confident that AB can handle it, but no plans to play him in the OF this year.  In the future that is something they will look at.
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2016, 10:19:00 am »
there is a more blatant need for a #1 or #2 quality SP.

Especially if they make the post season. Especially x2 if it's a one game WC playoff. Right now, they don't match up well without that "ace". McCullers may get there by end of the season though as he continues to mature.
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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2016, 10:30:16 am »
No. 

Luhnow was just on with Matt Thomas on 790 AM.  The question came up and Luhnow stated they like to keep guys at their natural position when they promote them, thus AB is playing SS for the 1st few weeks.   They also talked about him moving to the OF, Luhnow is confident that AB can handle it, but no plans to play him in the OF this year.  In the future that is something they will look at.

I have heard Luhnow say Bregman could be a good LFer. I was wondering "why not 3rd"? and am thinking he maintains visions of Moran at 3rd.

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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2016, 10:34:20 am »
I have heard Luhnow say Bregman could be a good LFer. I was wondering "why not 3rd"? and am thinking he maintains visions of Moran at 3rd.

Or maybe he's just keeping his options open.
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2016, 10:51:17 am »
I still think Moran could move over to 1B with Reed becoming the full time DH.
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2016, 11:01:03 am »
I have heard Luhnow say Bregman could be a good LFer. I was wondering "why not 3rd"? and am thinking he maintains visions of Moran at 3rd.

3rd is obviously where he will play if/when called up.  LF is only a maybe, in the future.  If he is on the big club, he is playing 3rd base.
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2016, 11:06:07 am »
Currently, Valbueana, Gomez and Rasmus are not locked up for next year.  From that perspective you could see why Bregman might make sense in left next year.  It would all depend on who they keep/get for next year. 

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« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2016, 11:18:48 am »
I still think Moran could move over to 1B with Reed becoming the full time DH.

I have grave doubts about Moran hitting enough for a 1b.
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« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2016, 11:23:48 am »
I have grave doubts about Moran hitting enough for a 1b.

I have doubt Moran can hit enough for a 3b.  He just seems to strike out too much for a guy that is going to have to rely on average and not slugging.  Still only 23 though. 
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« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2016, 11:30:36 am »
3rd is obviously where he will play if/when called up.  LF is only a maybe, in the future.  If he is on the big club, he is playing 3rd base.

Not ideal for a rookie who's played in the field every day his whole life, but why not DH when Valbuena's at 3B, and 3B when Val sits?
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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2016, 11:31:05 am »
here we go again with "hitting enough" for a defensive position. I will not get sucked in again.

61 Yankees did just fine with Boyer at 3rd (.224) because the CFer hit pretty well. it does not matter where the offense comes from!
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« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2016, 11:31:38 am »
I have doubt Moran can hit enough for a 3b

Who says he has to be a 20+ HR guy? If he can hit .280 with some doubles and BBs then he could contribute in this lineup. Maybe hit 2nd. He would clog up the basepaths but so do Valbuena and Marwin. With a SS and 2B hitting with power you can afford that type of player there.

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« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2016, 11:35:00 am »
here we go again with "hitting enough" for a defensive position. I will not get sucked in again.

61 Yankees did just fine with Boyer at 3rd (.224) because the CFer hit pretty well. it does not matter where the offense comes from!

Moran is not considered a good defensive 3rd baseman

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« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2016, 11:35:45 am »
Is Moran even an above average fielding 3rd baseman at the MLB level?  I have only seen him a hand few of time, seemed adequate, but not as good a fielder as Valbuena (who has played some really good 3rd as of late).
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« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2016, 11:39:54 am »
I have grave doubts about Moran hitting enough for a 1b.

I have doubt Moran can hit enough for a 3b.  He just seems to strike out too much for a guy that is going to have to rely on average and not slugging.  Still only 23 though. 

I have doubts Moran can hit enough to stay in the majors.
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« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2016, 11:41:21 am »
Moran brings one tool.  His ability to hit.  Last year he showed an increased walk rate and lower strike out rate at Corpus.  This year at Fresno he has reverted.  He really needs to become a contact machine.  Still only 23, has time to develop

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« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2016, 12:29:34 pm »
I have doubts Moran can hit enough to stay in the majors.
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« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2016, 02:50:07 pm »
Moran is not considered a good defensive 3rd baseman

You missed the point entirely.
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« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2016, 04:07:02 pm »
I still think Moran could move over to 1B with Reed becoming the full time DH.

I don't see how Moran has the bat for first.

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« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2016, 04:19:11 pm »
I don't see how Moran has the bat for first

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« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2016, 04:29:08 pm »
Unreal

 I guess the point is that not every position player needs to hit?  I think the rest of us just think it isn't to difficult to find someone that can hit better than Moran.   I'd play Marwin everyday, he is a much better MLB player than Moran will likely ever be, both in the field and at the plate.
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« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2016, 05:17:12 pm »
Unreal

Would "I don't think Colin Moran has the skill set to be an effective starter on a good baseball team" be better?
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« Reply #37 on: July 06, 2016, 06:05:04 pm »
The point is the hitting can come from any position on the field. Eight position player starters plus DH. A team needs enough hitting to win. As someone pointed out, the hitting on this team is from 2B, SS, and RF. Would you say "Altuve hits too well to play 2B?"

To say "he does not hit well enough to play first base" is nonsensical. He may not hit well enough to be a regular.
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« Reply #38 on: July 06, 2016, 07:13:45 pm »
The point is the hitting can come from any position on the field. Eight position player starters plus DH. A team needs enough hitting to win. As someone pointed out, the hitting on this team is from 2B, SS, and RF. Would you say "Altuve hits too well to play 2B?"

To say "he does not hit well enough to play first base" is nonsensical. He may not hit well enough to be a regular.

Well that makes a bunch of sense now.  Where I was coming from is I dont see Moran being the #1 option at 1st/3rd base option anytime soon,  based on the current players the Astros have on the MLB/AAA roster.
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« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2016, 12:47:43 pm »
Well that makes a bunch of sense now.  Where I was coming from is I dont see Moran being the #1 option at 1st/3rd base option anytime soon,  based on the current players the Astros have on the MLB/AAA roster.

The shorthand being that he doesn't hit well enough to play at any of the positions he's capable of playing at, which happens to be 1st/3rd.
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« Reply #40 on: July 07, 2016, 01:27:26 pm »
I think that Moran eventually gets traded because Bregman will be the Astros thirdbaseman next year and for the foreseeable future.  I think Singleton eventually gets traded because he too has nowhere to play.

If I were the Astros, I'd let Valbuena, Castro, Feldman, and Gomez go next year.  Sign Rasmus for 2 years and sign Encarnacion to DH.  Tucker, Rasmus, Springer in the outfield.  Gattis, Reed, Altuve, Correa, Tucker around the infield.



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« Reply #41 on: July 07, 2016, 01:33:12 pm »
Tucker, Rasmus, Springer in the outfield.  Gattis, Reed, Altuve, Correa, Tucker around the infield.

Damn, that Tucker guy is gonna be really busy.

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« Reply #42 on: July 07, 2016, 01:34:47 pm »
Damn, that Tucker guy is gonna be really busy.

There are two of them in the minors.
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« Reply #43 on: July 07, 2016, 01:44:57 pm »
There are two of them in the minors.

But one of them is no where near ready. Neither are IFers.

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« Reply #44 on: July 07, 2016, 02:20:41 pm »
I think that Moran eventually gets traded because Bregman will be the Astros thirdbaseman next year and for the foreseeable future.  I think Singleton eventually gets traded because he too has nowhere to play.

If I were the Astros, I'd let Valbuena, Castro, Feldman, and Gomez go next year.  Sign Rasmus for 2 years and sign Encarnacion to DH.  Tucker, Rasmus, Springer in the outfield.  Gattis, Reed, Altuve, Correa, Tucker around the infield.

Tucker is an OF, but don't let the facts get in the way of your narrative. Encarnacion is going to get a big deal. For a DH? No thanks. I'd rather grow my own. As much as I hate Castro's bat (or, more properly, his lack thereof), he's been great with the pitching staff. I think that wee need him back next year.
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« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2016, 03:07:03 pm »
Tucker is an OF, but don't let the facts get in the way of your narrative. Encarnacion is going to get a big deal. For a DH? No thanks. I'd rather grow my own. As much as I hate Castro's bat (or, more properly, his lack thereof), he's been great with the pitching staff. I think that wee need him back next year.

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« Reply #46 on: July 07, 2016, 03:14:59 pm »
So you saved your snarkiness for Todd?

I merely pointed out the obvious. I started out by saying that he wrote was nonsense, but I toned that down-a bit of self-editing.
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« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2016, 03:15:29 pm »
Tucker is an OF, but don't let the facts get in the way of your narrative. Encarnacion is going to get a big deal. For a DH? No thanks. I'd rather grow my own. As much as I hate Castro's bat (or, more properly, his lack thereof), he's been great with the pitching staff. I think that wee need him back next year.

I'm with you on Castro but I have to think the brass has written him off or they wouldn't have let him get to his walk-year.

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« Reply #48 on: July 07, 2016, 03:21:01 pm »
I'm with you on Castro but I have to think the brass has written him off or they wouldn't have let him get to his walk-year.

We'll see. I didn't particularly care for them going to arb over $250,000. We'll have to see. I don't know who the other options might be via trade or free agency. I don't see much in the farm system at C right now.
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« Reply #49 on: July 07, 2016, 03:29:20 pm »
Thanks Happy.  Not sure why I wrote Tucker a second time.  The last Tucker was supposed to be Bregman at third. 

As for Encarnacion, of course is he expensive.  Cause he is really good.  And what are the Astros saving money for?  Have you looked at next year's free agent class? 

Go out and get Encarnacion because the Astros don't have someone for DH who is ready for the majors.  Certainly not someone who can hit like Emcarnacion.
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« Reply #50 on: July 07, 2016, 03:53:34 pm »
Thanks Happy.  Not sure why I wrote Tucker a second time.  The last Tucker was supposed to be Bregman at third. 

As for Encarnacion, of course is he expensive.  Cause he is really good.  And what are the Astros saving money for?  Have you looked at next year's free agent class? 

Go out and get Encarnacion because the Astros don't have someone for DH who is ready for the majors.  Certainly not someone who can hit like Emcarnacion.
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« Reply #51 on: July 07, 2016, 06:39:43 pm »
I merely pointed out the obvious. I started out by saying that he wrote was nonsense, but I toned that down-a bit of self-editing.

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« Reply #53 on: July 07, 2016, 11:15:45 pm »
At least part of this is nonsensical but hey it's Heyman:

"Carlos Gomez wouldn’t mind a trade, people around the team say. Not only would the possibility of a qualifying offer be completely removed, but it seems apparent Houston would be fine going with others in the outfield."

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« Reply #54 on: July 08, 2016, 07:48:03 am »
I click on the link and see Sonny Gray, and think "sure, Gomez for Gray, yes!" 

Seriously, I'm not sure what one could get in return for him since presumably a contender would be the destination and they aren't likely to give up a good starter, which seems to be the greatest need.

Also, seems real odd to hear this talk at this point of time after the improvement of both the club and Gomez.

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« Reply #55 on: July 10, 2016, 08:36:39 pm »
I have come to the conclusion that Marisnick is not a starting major league outfielder.  He's a 4th or 5th outfielder.

Gomez is gone next season (or maybe this season).  Who knows what will happen with Rasmus. 

If the Astros could find an outfielder who can actually hit the ball consistently, I would make that deal -- Carlos Gonzalez?  He is under contract through 2017.  If the Astros can make a deal for him, this would bridge the gap until Teoscar or Tucker (the younger) are ready.   CarGo's contract is $20 million for next year, but that's really not much more than what the Astros would have to pay to keep Rasmus and frankly he is a wayyyy better hitter than Rasmus. 

An outfield next year of Preston Tucker, Springer, and CarGo would be formidable. 
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« Reply #56 on: July 10, 2016, 10:07:30 pm »
I have come to the conclusion that Marisnick is not a starting major league outfielder.  He's a 4th or 5th outfielder.

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« Reply #57 on: July 11, 2016, 09:12:28 am »
Apparently, the Astros haven't reached that conclusion.  Because they keep throwing him out there even though Tucker is hitting well in AAA.  The Astros could also play Marwin in left. 
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« Reply #58 on: July 11, 2016, 09:24:31 am »
Apparently, the Astros haven't reached that conclusion.  Because they keep throwing him out there even though Tucker is hitting well in AAA.  The Astros could also play Marwin in left.

Rasmus was unavailable for the latter part of the homestand. ear infection. they are playing Marisnick the way any team plays a 4th OFer.
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Plus, the Astros clearly value OF defense, and Tucker does not provide that. He would have to be quite the hitter for the Astros to commit to him in LF, I imagine.
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« Reply #60 on: July 11, 2016, 11:54:45 am »

An outfield next year of Preston Tucker, Springer, and CarGo would be formidable.


Some of you guys see a much brighter future for P Tucker than I do.  I'd love to be wrong, but I don't see him ever hitting much at the big league level, and I certainly don't see him as part of a formidable outfield.
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« Reply #61 on: July 11, 2016, 12:08:00 pm »
Some of you guys see a much brighter future for P Tucker than I do.  I'd love to be wrong, but I don't see him ever hitting much at the big league level, and I certainly don't see him as part of a formidable outfield.

He was a league average hitter last year in part time play.  Since June 1st at OKC he's hit .331/.366/.617 in 133 ABs.  He just turned years old; given the chance to play everyday I think he'd do fine.  Maybe he's a DH though.

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« Reply #62 on: July 11, 2016, 04:32:54 pm »
What about Bregman/Tucker in LF, Rasmus/Mrasnick in CF and Springer in RF for the remainder of this season.

GoGo gets moved for minor league talent.

Leave the 3B/1B platoon in place (Valbuena/Gonzales/Reed) this season with longer term decisions to be made based on
2nd half of 2016 play?

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« Reply #63 on: July 11, 2016, 04:43:41 pm »
I'm not wild about throwing a guy with no experience at the position into a pennant race.

Rasmus/Marisnick in CF is also no better than Gomez in CF.
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What about Bregman/Tucker in LF, Rasmus/Mrasnick in CF and Springer in RF for the remainder of this season.

GoGo gets moved for minor league talent.

Leave the 3B/1B platoon in place (Valbuena/Gonzales/Reed) this season with longer term decisions to be made based on
2nd half of 2016 play?

No. Bergman never played OF, and Tucker is not good. Leave the OF alone.
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« Reply #65 on: July 11, 2016, 06:26:12 pm »
What about Bregman/Tucker in LF, Rasmus/Mrasnick in CF and Springer in RF for the remainder of this season.

GoGo gets moved for minor league talent.

Leave the 3B/1B platoon in place (Valbuena/Gonzales/Reed) this season with longer term decisions to be made based on
2nd half of 2016 play?
Gomez is going nowhere until after the season. His trade value just isn't there and now he's actually playing better.

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« Reply #66 on: July 11, 2016, 06:49:15 pm »
No. Bergman never played OF, and Tucker is not good. Leave the OF alone.

I wouldn't mind acquiring a LF who can actually hit. But throwing those youngsters there isn't the answer.
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I wouldn't mind acquiring a LF who can actually hit. But throwing those youngsters there isn't the answer.
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Who says Rasmus can't hit? Or are you talking about next year?


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« Reply #69 on: July 11, 2016, 10:17:38 pm »
What about Bregman/Tucker in LF, Rasmus/Mrasnick in CF and Springer in RF for the remainder of this season.

GoGo gets moved for minor league talent.

Leave the 3B/1B platoon in place (Valbuena/Gonzales/Reed) this season with longer term decisions to be made based on
2nd half of 2016 play?

I wonder just how much higher the SP and RP ERAs would rise with that OF config.
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« Reply #70 on: July 14, 2016, 06:02:54 pm »
The Padres just got the Red Sox #1 prospect for Drew Pomeranz.

If that's the market, it would take Altuve or Correa to get an ace.


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The Padres just got the Red Sox #1 prospect for Drew Pomeranz.

If that's the market, it would take Altuve or Correa to get an ace.


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Some sources are saying #4 prospect

He is their 4th rated prospect (34th overall) on MLB's site.  Keith Law's just updated midseason prospect rankings had him at #14 in all of baseball.

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« Reply #73 on: July 14, 2016, 07:08:48 pm »
Here is what an A++ prospect gets you in return.

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« Reply #74 on: July 14, 2016, 09:22:04 pm »
So, basically, a Martes would get a team a Pomeranz? Of note, Pomeranz is arb eligible in 2017 and an FA in 2019. He's only making $1.35mm this season.


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« Reply #75 on: July 15, 2016, 08:28:14 am »
So, basically, a Martes would get a team a Pomeranz? Of note, Pomeranz is arb eligible in 2017 and an FA in 2019. He's only making $1.35mm this season.


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Here is what an A++ prospect gets you in return.

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Pomeranz's value has been built almost entirely over the past three months. A first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and a faded prospect who has now been traded four times, he earned his first All-Star selection this season after posting a 2.47 ERA and allowing 67 hits and 41 walks in a career-high 102 innings over 17 starts for the Padres. He ranks second in the majors in both opponents' batting average (.184) and opponents' OPS (.555).

Before this season, Pomeranz bounced between the rotation and the bullpen for the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics, posting a 4.60 ERA and allowing 240 hits and 106 walks in 228⅔ innings.

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« Reply #77 on: July 15, 2016, 10:03:08 am »
According to Heyman, the Astros are making Feldman available in trade, and "some rival executives " think they'd be open to dealing Neshek and Fields. I guess dealing one of the former would open a spot for Hoyt.
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« Reply #78 on: July 15, 2016, 10:12:46 am »
Does Heyman have anything to say about what the Astros are looking for?

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According to Heyman, the Astros are making Feldman available in trade, and "some rival executives " think they'd be open to dealing Neshek and Fields. I guess dealing one of the former would open a spot for Hoyt.

I would think dealing any of those guys would mean they go to contenders.  They aren't prospects; they're now players.  You could probably get a couple of prospects that you could then turn around and deal for what you want on the big club.
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I'd be surprised if they dealt Fields at this point.  Even though he's been terrific at Fresno he can't have much present trade value.   

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« Reply #81 on: July 15, 2016, 11:48:10 am »
I would think dealing any of those guys would mean they go to contenders.  They aren't prospects; they're now players.  You could probably get a couple of prospects that you could then turn around and deal for what you want on the big club.
Agreed. Maybe a B-grade low-level prospect or two, to shore up some depth or to flip.

Although I'm still having a hard time figuring out what the Astros are targeting to help the MLB roster.
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Agreed. Maybe a B-grade low-level prospect or two, to shore up some depth or to flip.

Although I'm still having a hard time figuring out what the Astros are targeting to help the MLB roster.

Probably a LOOGY.  Sipp's been less than impressive.
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« Reply #86 on: July 18, 2016, 11:03:25 am »
Sale would be 1998 again.
Plus three more years of the ace. It'd be hard to imagine a more exciting move for this team.

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Martes, Musgrove, White, and Cameron. Who says no?


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« Reply #89 on: July 18, 2016, 11:33:50 am »
Chicago. If not for Kershaw, Sale would be the best pitcher in MLB. He's under contract through 2019 at a very reasonable price. He's going to cost a fortune in prospects.

Not sure I agree that that isn't a fortune in prospects. I wonder if the Astros having conceivably overpaid in the recent past hasn't skewed our perspective as fans regarding reasonable returns.

That said, I'd make that deal in a second. But I'm stupid. 

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A different thought:

Would you give up McCullers to get Sale?


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Sale would be 1998 again.
Chicago. If not for Kershaw, Sale would be the best pitcher in MLB. He's under contract through 2019 at a very reasonable price. He's going to cost a fortune in prospects.
I gotta quibble with these assessments a little here. RJ in 1998 was coming off an outstanding 3-year stretch (including injury-shortened 1996) where he went 43-6 with a 2.54 ERA, back when a 2.54 ERA was quite an achievement. Sale has had a nice career and he's still quite young, but I don't think he's Big Unit-level dominant. And compared to his peers, I think Arrieta, Strasburg, Fernandez, Greinke, the Mets staff, there's plenty of guys who you could make a good case as being better than Sale.

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I'd have to do that. The ChiSox may say it isn't enough. If I  were them I would say Bregman has to be in the deal along with Martes and Musgrove.

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Looking at teams at least 5 games out of the wildcard currently I see only 2 pitchers in the NL I'd like Luhnow to think about: Teheran and Greinke.  In the AL: Tanaka, Sale, and Archer.  Archer's stuff is still there, but he hasn't located his pitches consistently.  Still I'd like to have him on my team.
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« Reply #96 on: July 18, 2016, 12:27:44 pm »
I gotta quibble with these assessments a little here. RJ in 1998 was coming off an outstanding 3-year stretch (including injury-shortened 1996) where he went 43-6 with a 2.54 ERA, back when a 2.54 ERA was quite an achievement.

To be fair, Johnson was also 34 years old, and was 9-10 with an ERA of 4.33 with the Mariners at the time of the deal, with some wondering if he was over the hill.
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« Reply #97 on: July 18, 2016, 12:39:53 pm »
Under the assumption that 27 year old Sale's recent HR allowed and lowered strikeout rate are just a fluke, 3 1/2 years of Sale is much greater than 2 1/2 months of the Big Unit.  And it's not close in my mind.  Asking price will likely be McCullers and Bregman.  Whitesox will want to reload not rebuild if they decide to pack it in this year (which from all accounts they haven't tossed in the towel yet).

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« Reply #98 on: July 18, 2016, 01:08:14 pm »
Sale is an easy yes.

But what if you could pick up a rental who has a long track record, who has crushed lefties this year to the tune of 323/370/616 and overall  294/334/542.  Could just adequately play left and DH.  Probably only need to trade a B prospect.  Assuming the bastard hasn't put the Astros on his 15 team no trade list, would you dirty your soul for Beltran?

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« Reply #99 on: July 18, 2016, 01:13:14 pm »
Under the assumption that 27 year old Sale's recent HR allowed and lowered strikeout rate are just a fluke

Not sure about the HR, but the strikeouts are down by design - he's trying to pitch more efficiently.
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« Reply #100 on: July 18, 2016, 01:13:38 pm »
Sale is an easy yes.

But what if you could pick up a rental who has a long track record, who has crushed lefties this year to the tune of 323/370/616 and overall  294/334/542.  Could just adequately play left and DH.  Probably only need to trade a B prospect.  Assuming the bastard hasn't put the Astros on his 15 team no trade list, would you dirty your soul for Beltran?


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« Reply #101 on: July 18, 2016, 01:34:19 pm »
I gotta quibble with these assessments a little here. RJ in 1998 was coming off an outstanding 3-year stretch (including injury-shortened 1996) where he went 43-6 with a 2.54 ERA, back when a 2.54 ERA was quite an achievement. Sale has had a nice career and he's still quite young, but I don't think he's Big Unit-level dominant. And compared to his peers, I think Arrieta, Strasburg, Fernandez, Greinke, the Mets staff, there's plenty of guys who you could make a good case as being better than Sale.

He is pretty awesome though. I'd take him.

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« Reply #102 on: July 20, 2016, 12:19:27 pm »
Former Astro Fernando Abad is pitching pretty well out of the pen for the Twins.  Might be a descent addition at a reasonable price for a LHP.  Not a big splash but could be a helpful piece. 
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« Reply #103 on: July 20, 2016, 01:01:30 pm »
Former Astro Fernando Abad is pitching pretty well out of the pen for the Twins.  Might be a descent addition at a reasonable price for a LHP.  Not a big splash but could be a helpful piece.

Abad's probably the better choice, but as long as we're talking former Astros' lefties whose current team is in sell mode you could add Xavier Cedeno of the Rays.

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« Reply #104 on: July 20, 2016, 01:25:03 pm »
Well, we need a lefty AND a closer, and there's this guy Andrew Miller in New York we tried to sign...
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« Reply #105 on: July 20, 2016, 01:29:49 pm »
Well, we need a lefty AND a closer, and there's this guy Andrew Miller in New York we tried to sign...

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« Reply #106 on: July 20, 2016, 01:34:25 pm »
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« Reply #107 on: July 20, 2016, 01:39:56 pm »
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« Reply #108 on: July 20, 2016, 01:49:27 pm »
Spankees are one game above 500 and 38 -29 since May 5th.  Currently riding a 3 game win streak against the Redsox and Orioles.  They could quickly become buyers if they win their next 2 games against the Orioles

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« Reply #109 on: July 20, 2016, 06:54:11 pm »
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« Reply #110 on: July 20, 2016, 07:47:38 pm »
It will be interesting to see who we pick up if anyone at all. Some are saying Chris Sale but Chicago is going to want quite a bit for him.

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« Reply #111 on: July 20, 2016, 08:00:24 pm »
It will be interesting to see who we pick up if anyone at all. Some are saying Chris Sale but Chicago is going to want quite a bit for him.

Did you even bother to read the earlier posts in this thread?

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« Reply #112 on: July 20, 2016, 08:04:34 pm »
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« Reply #113 on: July 20, 2016, 08:12:08 pm »
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« Reply #114 on: July 20, 2016, 08:16:47 pm »
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« Reply #115 on: July 20, 2016, 09:10:13 pm »
My feelings as well. Just because it's been a few months since he choked his girlfriend and shot his gun around doesn't mean he's not still an abhorrent piece of shit. I'd rather not have to watch him play for the Astros.

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« Reply #116 on: July 20, 2016, 09:26:22 pm »
Pardon me boys. I did not follow the legal blotter.

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« Reply #117 on: July 20, 2016, 10:06:54 pm »
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« Reply #118 on: July 20, 2016, 10:27:53 pm »
The last time Jim tweeted Darwin threw him off the island for being the better bird caller.

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« Reply #119 on: July 21, 2016, 07:46:29 am »
Musgrove and Hoyt still look very promotable to me, as are Bregman, Tucker, White, Kemp and assumedly Gurriel. The more I look at our AAA and AA affiliates, the less I feel the need to trade for others stars. In fact, Astros may 'need' to move guys like Gomez and Valbuena and potentially Fiers/Feldman to make room for the kids below. Risky during a pennant chase, particularly since White, Reed and Moran have been less than good in their first big league tests, but its a risk I would be willing to take.

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« Reply #120 on: July 21, 2016, 07:56:24 am »
IMO, all you GMs out there need to leave Feldman alone.  He's a great fit on this team right now.  You loose him as long relief and who knows what happens to the bullpen.
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« Reply #121 on: July 21, 2016, 08:15:28 am »
IMO, all you GMs out there need to leave Feldman alone.  He's a great fit on this team right now.  You loose him as long relief and who knows what happens to the bullpen.

Agree, makes no sense to part with someone who is versatile and is performing so well. 

And if they are going to promote someone, Bregman is obviously #1 on that list (like today), but Hernandez should be an clear #2 (probably September) on the list.  Then Musgrove, Hoyt and Kemp.  These are the ones that can address areas of need, IMO.

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« Reply #122 on: July 21, 2016, 09:20:09 am »
Agree, makes no sense to part with someone who is versatile and is performing so well. 

And if they are going to promote someone, Bregman is obviously #1 on that list (like today), but Hernandez should be an clear #2 (probably September) on the list.  Then Musgrove, Hoyt and Kemp.  These are the ones that can address areas of need, IMO.

there is no ace pitcher in AAA. if there were, he would not be in AAA. if we have a chance at someone like Sale, get him. otherwise, I agree with your premise.
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« Reply #123 on: July 21, 2016, 09:41:25 am »
Sale is an easy yes.

But what if you could pick up a rental who has a long track record, who has crushed lefties this year to the tune of 323/370/616 and overall  294/334/542.  Could just adequately play left and DH.  Probably only need to trade a B prospect.  Assuming the bastard hasn't put the Astros on his 15 team no trade list, would you dirty your soul for Beltran?

I actually have thought about this, and yes.
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« Reply #124 on: July 21, 2016, 09:57:57 am »
Tyler White for Beltran. Who says no?


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« Reply #125 on: July 21, 2016, 10:08:31 am »
The Yankees.
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« Reply #126 on: July 21, 2016, 10:09:22 am »
The Yankees.

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« Reply #127 on: July 21, 2016, 10:11:16 am »
The Yankees clearly should be sellers because they lack the starting pitching to compete, but I don't think that they will be because their fans and the NY media won't stand for that. Therefore, I don't think that Beltran is going anywhere this season.
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« Reply #128 on: July 21, 2016, 10:33:26 am »
The Yankees clearly should be sellers because they lack the starting pitching to compete, but I don't think that they will be because their fans and the NY media won't stand for that. Therefore, I don't think that Beltran is going anywhere this season.

Well, we get three games here to help convince them otherwise.
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« Reply #129 on: July 21, 2016, 10:46:29 am »
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Considering what the Astros had to give up for Gomez, someone like Derek Fisher and a lower level prospect.   

Would be interesting to see what the Astros would do with the roster if the added Beltran.  I'd guess Jake would get sent down.
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« Reply #130 on: July 21, 2016, 10:58:51 am »
Considering what the Astros had to give up for Gomez, someone like Derek Fisher and a lower level prospect.   

Would be interesting to see what the Astros would do with the roster if the added Beltran.  I'd guess Jake would get sent down.

I would guess Gomez is gone if Beltran was obtained.  Gomez might be gone anyways though.  Jake has stepped it up lately, and is clearly the better player than Gomez at this point. 

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« Reply #131 on: July 21, 2016, 11:37:20 am »
Agree, makes no sense to part with someone who is versatile and is performing so well. 

And if they are going to promote someone, Bregman is obviously #1 on that list (like today), but Hernandez should be an clear #2 (probably September) on the list.  Then Musgrove, Hoyt and Kemp.  These are the ones that can address areas of need, IMO.
Interesting thought about  Teoscar Hernandez. He's had a terrific bounce-back year and has been even better in the 17 games he's played at AAA. Presumably the Astros are at least considering him as a potential starting OF for 2017 now. Given his previous issues though (K's and an overall rawness to his game) I was assuming he wouldn't get called up this year. I suppose he could be a useful bench guy in September.
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« Reply #132 on: July 21, 2016, 11:54:22 am »
I would guess Gomez is gone if Beltran was obtained.  Gomez might be gone anyways though.  Jake has stepped it up lately, and is clearly the better player than Gomez at this point. 

I didn't realize just how bad Gomez was doing as of late.  In their last 31 ABs

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« Reply #133 on: July 21, 2016, 12:01:47 pm »
Interesting thought about  Teoscar Hernandez. He's had a terrific bounce-back year and has been even better in the 17 games he's played at AAA. Presumably the Astros are at least considering him as a potential starting OF for 2017 now. Given his previous issues though (K's and an overall rawness to his game) I was assuming he wouldn't get called up this year. I suppose he could be a useful bench guy in September.
I think he's turned a big corner; whether that translates to MLB is of course still uncertain, but if they don't go out and get someone AND Rasmus and Gomez continue to underwhelm, seems like a no-brainer (with callups available) to at least give him a look a few times. 

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« Reply #135 on: July 21, 2016, 02:17:23 pm »
Was  just coming over to post that.  I'd love to know what that Kings ransom consisted of.
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« Reply #136 on: July 21, 2016, 03:27:29 pm »
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« Reply #137 on: July 21, 2016, 03:33:54 pm »
Chris Archer for Preston Tucker,  Fiers, & AJ Reed.
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« Reply #138 on: July 21, 2016, 04:00:28 pm »
Chris Archer for Preston Tucker,  Fiers, & AJ Reed.

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« Reply #139 on: July 21, 2016, 04:23:12 pm »
Chris Archer for Preston Tucker,  Fiers, & AJ Reed.
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« Reply #140 on: July 21, 2016, 04:24:33 pm »
Dammit, meant the younger Tucker.
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« Reply #141 on: July 21, 2016, 04:35:38 pm »
Dammit, meant the younger Tucker.

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« Reply #142 on: July 21, 2016, 05:24:13 pm »
Reed cannot be traded. He is a unanimous first ballot member of the Buffet Hall of Fame. He makes Carlos look like a POW.
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« Reply #143 on: July 21, 2016, 05:33:23 pm »
Reed cannot be traded. He is a unanimous first ballot member of the Buffet Hall of Fame. He makes Carlos look like a POW.

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« Reply #144 on: July 21, 2016, 08:22:10 pm »
Wow. And how long were you at work on this pithy and thought-provoking quip?

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« Reply #145 on: July 22, 2016, 09:45:34 am »
Tyler White for Beltran. Who says no?

The Yankees already have a Tyler White named Greg Bird.

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« Reply #146 on: July 22, 2016, 10:42:54 pm »
According to MLBTR, Apparently the Whitesox are listening on Sale.  And the Rangers are supposedly making offers.  How convenient the Astros have a few high level prospects as well.  Luhnow versus Daniels. 
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« Reply #147 on: July 22, 2016, 11:05:17 pm »
Bregman, Reed and Martes was thrown out there on twitter.  No thanks.
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« Reply #148 on: July 22, 2016, 11:31:02 pm »
Bregman, Reed and Martes was thrown out there on twitter.  No thanks.

Put me in the Yes camp on that one

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« Reply #149 on: July 23, 2016, 12:07:41 am »
It's sort of too bad they called up Moran for his cup of coffee. Otherwise there might be teams that think he can play in the big leagues.
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« Reply #150 on: July 23, 2016, 07:50:43 am »
Bregman, Reed and Martes was thrown out there on twitter.  No thanks.
I'm never a fan of these trades, but if I'm the Sox, Bregman is a must and if I'm the Astros, Reed and Martes are pocket change.

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« Reply #151 on: July 23, 2016, 09:28:57 am »
I'm never a fan of these trades, but if I'm the Sox, Bregman is a must and if I'm the Astros, Reed and Martes are pocket change.

I agree. The ChiSox would be pummeled by their fans and local media if they didn't get a trading partners' top prospect, or two, for Sale. I would only do it if I could exclude Bregman and I think that won't get it done but I also don't see the Rangers having anyone of Bregman's potential to offer. Gallo? Big risk.

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« Reply #152 on: July 23, 2016, 09:42:38 am »
I agree. The ChiSox would be pummeled by their fans and local media if they didn't get a trading partners' top prospect, or two, for Sale. I would only do it if I could exclude Bregman and I think that won't get it done but I also don't see the Rangers having anyone of Bregman's potential to offer. Gallo? Big risk.

The Rangers could build an offer around Profar.
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« Reply #153 on: July 23, 2016, 09:53:22 am »
It's sort of too bad they called up Moran for his cup of coffee. Otherwise there might be teams that think he can play in the big leagues.
I doubt any MLB scouts/execs put much stock in 19 ABs. However, they might put some stock in the very mediocre numbers he's put up in Fresno this year. That, combined with the oft-published feeling that the Astros like Moran a lot lot more than most other orgs do, makes me think he has very little trade value right now.
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« Reply #154 on: July 23, 2016, 09:55:26 am »
The Rangers could build an offer around Profar.

I think that Profar is seriously overrated. If Daniels can get Sale in a trade with Profar as the centerpiece, it will be a Jedi-worthy mind trick.
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« Reply #155 on: July 23, 2016, 10:04:06 am »
I think that Profar is seriously overrated. If Daniels can get Sale in a trade with Profar as the centerpiece, it will be a Jedi-worthy mind trick.
Yeah, it's hard to know what to make of Profar at this point, after all his injuries. You'd have to really trust your scouts to evaluate what he is now, as opposed to what he was 4 years ago when he was a healthy young prospect - and maybe overrated then, too.

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« Reply #156 on: July 23, 2016, 10:07:05 am »
It would be Profar and Gallo for the Rangers.  We are talking 3 and a half years of Sale under a team friendly contract.  He's 27.   Arguably top 5, definitely one of the top 10 pitchers in the league.  If/whoever gets him, they will pay
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« Reply #157 on: July 23, 2016, 11:22:22 am »
I'd be willing to part with anybody not named bregman.  And I might be willing to lose him as well...

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« Reply #158 on: July 23, 2016, 11:38:27 am »
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« Reply #159 on: July 23, 2016, 11:39:56 am »
It would be Profar and Gallo for the Rangers.  We are talking 3 and a half years of Sale under a team friendly contract.  He's 27.   Arguably top 5, definitely one of the top 10 pitchers in the league.  If/whoever gets him, they will pay

The Dallas paper reported this morning that Rangers have talked to two teams (ChiSox and TB) about five pitchers. Sale, Quintana, Archer, Odorizzi and Moore. Potential trade partners have all sought Gallo or Odor, or both of those, as a starting point.

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« Reply #160 on: July 23, 2016, 12:10:56 pm »
The Dallas paper reported this morning that Rangers have talked to two teams (ChiSox and TB) about five pitchers. Sale, Quintana, Archer, Odorizzi and Moore. Potential trade partners have all sought Gallo or Odor, or both of those, as a starting point.
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« Reply #161 on: July 23, 2016, 12:15:54 pm »
Odor, not Profar?

That is what the DMN reported....not a typo.  BTW, I bet Sale is not dealt.

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« Reply #162 on: July 23, 2016, 01:22:25 pm »
That is what the DMN reported....not a typo.  BTW, I bet Sale is not dealt.

Their attitude has changed greatly this week.  They are contemplating a full rebuild.  Their farm is weak and they don't feel their current team can be patched without some major help they can't trade for.  They can drag it out for a few years and hover around or slightly above 500 or cash in some of their most coveted veterans for a better shot in a few years.  Tough call, but if they flip Sale, Quintana, Abreu, and Eaton, they could bring in 7 or 8 blue chip prospects along with several other solid prospects and build a new core. 

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« Reply #163 on: July 23, 2016, 01:26:03 pm »
Hell, if Gallo is the, or even just a centerpiece, the Rangers do it in a second. He's not at all Bregman level, IMO and it's hard for me to see him as a centerpiece. He is more like Reed with both a tad more upside and downside.

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« Reply #165 on: July 23, 2016, 01:38:30 pm »
Hell, if Gallo is the, or even just a centerpiece, the Rangers do it in a second. He's not at all Bregman level, IMO and it's hard for me to see him as a centerpiece. He is more like Reed with both a tad more upside and downside.

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« Reply #166 on: July 23, 2016, 01:41:18 pm »
The Dallas paper reported this morning that Rangers have talked to two teams (ChiSox and TB) about five pitchers. Sale, Quintana, Archer, Odorizzi and Moore. Potential trade partners have all sought Gallo or Odor, or both of those, as a starting point.

Both would be the starting point for only Sale and Archer.  The others aren't worth that much.  The others maybe one of them but I wouldn't give up that much for those three.
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« Reply #167 on: July 23, 2016, 01:45:20 pm »
Their attitude has changed greatly this week.  They are contemplating a full rebuild.  Their farm is weak and they don't feel their current team can be patched without some major help they can't trade for.  They can drag it out for a few years and hover around or slightly above 500 or cash in some of their most coveted veterans for a better shot in a few years.  Tough call, but if they flip Sale, Quintana, Abreu, and Eaton, they could bring in 7 or 8 blue chip prospects along with several other solid prospects and build a new core.

How about Quintana for Houston? Not for Bregman of course but the Astros just don't have much in the way of LH starting pitching in the system and he is in his prime. Maybe Martes or Musgrove and Fisher? Too much?  He's signed through 2018 with club options for the two years following. Never had an ERA over 3.5 for a season.

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« Reply #168 on: July 23, 2016, 01:57:38 pm »
Weren't there a bunch of questions about Sale's ability to stay healthy long term when he was drafted?   Obviously that hasnt been an issue yet....

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« Reply #169 on: July 23, 2016, 02:02:47 pm »
Weren't there a bunch of questions about Sale's ability to stay healthy long term when he was drafted?   Obviously that hasnt been an issue yet....

His performance over the last 10 games is worrying.

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« Reply #170 on: July 23, 2016, 02:30:05 pm »
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chisox said to seek 5 top prospects for sale. rivals do not blame them & 1 said "they will get it!"

Hmm so Bregman, Reed, Martes, Daz Cameron and Moran.  Boy that guts the farm.  You'd be left with K. Tucker, Gurriel, Whitley, Paulino, Musgrove, Fisher, Abreu,  Davis, etc.



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« Reply #171 on: July 23, 2016, 02:37:41 pm »
Weren't there a bunch of questions about Sale's ability to stay healthy long term when he was drafted?   Obviously that hasnt been an issue yet....

Which is why I get severe indigestion about trading Bregman for any pitcher.

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« Reply #172 on: July 23, 2016, 02:48:39 pm »
Which is why I get severe indigestion about trading Bregman for any pitcher.

That is where I am at.  If this was Altuve's last year and near the end of Correa/Springer's contract and we wanted 1 more push for a WS, sure.  But I don't want to gut the farm right now.   Astros seem to be in a good position to content for the next 5 years, I don't want to gamble that on 1 player.
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« Reply #173 on: July 23, 2016, 03:13:50 pm »
That is where I am at.  If this was Altuve's last year and near the end of Correa/Springer's contract and we wanted 1 more push for a WS, sure.  But I don't want to gut the farm right now.   Astros seem to be in a good position to content for the next 5 years, I don't want to gamble that on 1 player.

Sale would become part of the core for this and 3 more years.

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« Reply #174 on: July 23, 2016, 03:21:54 pm »
Sale would become part of the core for this and 3 more years.

And hopefully play in 90 regular season games and a handful of playoff games, in 3 years.   For purchase price, I'd rather get more bullpen help at 1/4 the cost and have starters go 6 and turn it over to a lock down pen.
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« Reply #175 on: July 23, 2016, 03:29:46 pm »
That is where I am at.  If this was Altuve's last year and near the end of Correa/Springer's contract and we wanted 1 more push for a WS, sure.  But I don't want to gut the farm right now.   Astros seem to be in a good position to content for the next 5 years, I don't want to gamble that on 1 player.

If you have a chance to trade for a true #1 starter that is 27 and under team control for the next 3 1/2 seasons at an incredibly team friendly salary, you do it. 

At a minimum, the Astros have to drive the price up to keep him out of Texas.  Don't want to see Sale, Hamels and Darvish in the same rotation. 
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« Reply #176 on: July 23, 2016, 03:53:03 pm »
At a minimum, the Astros have to drive the price up to keep him out of Texas.  Don't want to see Sale, Hamels and Darvish in the same rotation. 

I'm not sure that I wouldn't mind seeing Texas bankrupt themselves to put those three in the same rotation. Injuries happen, and if you've put all of your eggs in the basket that sustains the injury, you've got a real problem.
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Having made no real headway in conversations with the Chicago White Sox, the Rangers have turned their primary trade focus back to Tampa Bay, according to a major league source.

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« Reply #178 on: July 23, 2016, 04:53:44 pm »
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« Reply #179 on: July 23, 2016, 04:56:02 pm »
If you can get Sale, you get him.

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Sale has been scratched from tonight's start.

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« Reply #181 on: July 23, 2016, 05:07:06 pm »
Is he injured or traded or both?
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What is too much in your opinion?

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Report is he was scratched due to illness (cold/flu) but it certaintly seems fishy. 
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Report is he was scratched due to illness (cold/flu) but it certaintly seems fishy.

Especially should Bregman come down with the same cold...


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« Reply #186 on: July 23, 2016, 05:51:02 pm »
What kind of non-physical incident in the clubhouse is so bad that it gets your ass sent back home?
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« Reply #187 on: July 23, 2016, 05:55:38 pm »
What kind of non-physical incident in the clubhouse is so bad that it gets your ass sent back home?
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We're having a fire!... Sale.
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« Reply #193 on: July 23, 2016, 07:03:25 pm »
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Is this the kind of guy you want in your clubhouse?

If he's added a cutter, sure.


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« Reply #198 on: July 23, 2016, 07:13:31 pm »
Supposedly he finds them uncomfortable and didn't want to wear for his start
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Incredible. This is my favorite baseball story of 2016.

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Does this display of attitude and anger hurt his stock any?
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Does this display of attitude and anger hurt his stock any?

It certainly isn't going to help,
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Today's Dallas News is reporting that Rangers have moved on from dealing with ChiSox and continue conversations with TB for pitching. They write that TB is insisting on Gallo being included and that the Rangers will only include Gallo in a deal for Archer but not Moore or Odorizzi.
There just isn't much available pitching out there that looks, to me, like a difference-maker.

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Today's Dallas News is reporting that Rangers have moved on from dealing with ChiSox and continue conversations with TB for pitching. They write that TB is insisting on Gallo being included and that the Rangers will only include Gallo in a deal for Archer but not Moore or Odorizzi.
There just isn't much available pitching out there that looks, to me, like a difference-maker.
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« Reply #205 on: July 24, 2016, 11:33:05 am »

Incredible. This is my favorite baseball story of 2016.

It is absolutely insane. I can't wait to hear more details. Were the jerseys stacked in a pile or did he go from locker to locker taking them down and ripping them apart? How long did it take? What type of knife did he use and where did he get it from? What was everyone else doing at this time? It is so fucking nuts. I love it.
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« Reply #206 on: July 24, 2016, 11:45:18 am »
Sale has been suspended for 5 games (Saturday through Wednesday).
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« Reply #207 on: July 24, 2016, 11:46:10 am »
And now Heyman is reporting that the Astros are one of several teams interested in Andrew Cashner... Cashner is a FA at the end of the season, and basically has pitched like Mike Fiers this year, and last year.

Like you say... not much out there that looks like a difference-maker.

This make little sense, weird. Last thing the team needs is another high 4.x ERA pitcher.  It's not like he's been trending better or anything. He's been amazingly consistent through this year.
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« Reply #208 on: July 24, 2016, 12:04:54 pm »
This make little sense, weird. Last thing the team needs is another high 4.x ERA pitcher.  It's not like he's been trending better or anything. He's been amazingly consistent through this year.

It's Heyman.  I could go on Twitter and "report" with equal validity.
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« Reply #211 on: July 24, 2016, 07:43:34 pm »
If Luhnow tells Williams now to look at anyone he has not on the 25 man roster and tell me if there's a deal we can make for Sale, do you see one if you're Williams?

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« Reply #212 on: July 24, 2016, 07:49:14 pm »
With Reed in AAA, I think it would only just be possible. I tried to come up with a realistic package without Reed and I just couldn't.

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« Reply #213 on: July 24, 2016, 07:51:15 pm »
With Reed in AAA, I think it would only just be possible. I tried to come up with a realistic package without Reed and I just couldn't.

I'd just as soon that they hold on to Reed. I could see him developing into a Thome type player, maybe a bit less power but a bit higher average. And I really don't want to see them let go of Bregman.
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« Reply #214 on: July 24, 2016, 07:52:23 pm »
No. If I'm Williams, it has to start with Bregman or McCullers.


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If I were the GM, I would hold back McCullers. He's young, cheap, and a slight tightening of the controls would make him a bonafide stud. Also, it's more dilutive to the overall quality of the pitching staff to deal him. The team needs an ace, Keuchel, and McCullers to have a shot at a pennant.

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« Reply #216 on: July 24, 2016, 08:27:53 pm »
Seriously, Reed as a centerpiece for someone like Sale?  A one dimensional player whose one dimension is still uncertain. 

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Seriously, Reed as a centerpiece for someone like Sale?

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« Reply #219 on: July 24, 2016, 11:03:35 pm »
I'm wading into Todd's territory here but how about something big like:

Quintana and Jose Abreu for

Reed, Martes, Tucker or Cameron, Fisher, Rodgers, and Fiers?

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« Reply #220 on: July 24, 2016, 11:25:08 pm »
 Quintana is a solid, consistent, above-average SP. He's having a great year. I think it depends a lot on whether you think he's unlocked something, or just having a career year.

Abreu doesn't interest me that much. He's basically a DH whose hitting numbers have dropped significantly since his rookie year. Maybe the league found some holes in his swing.

To me, Reed or Martes plus one or two of the other prospects you named would be fair for Quintana. I wouldn't give up both.
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« Reply #221 on: July 25, 2016, 09:12:15 am »
If I were the GM, I would hold back McCullers. He's young, cheap, and a slight tightening of the controls would make him a bonafide stud. Also, it's more dilutive to the overall quality of the pitching staff to deal him. The team needs an ace, Keuchel, and McCullers to have a shot at a pennant.

Luhnow said yesterday that he would be comfortable with McCullers on the mound for a one-game Wild-Card game.

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« Reply #222 on: July 25, 2016, 09:28:52 am »
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« Reply #223 on: July 25, 2016, 09:31:11 am »
The Cubs are reportedly sending their top prospect (Torres) plus others to the Yankees for 2+ months of Chapman. Makes the trade for 5 years of Giles look like a steal for Houston.

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« Reply #224 on: July 25, 2016, 09:46:40 am »
The Cubs are reportedly sending their top prospect (Torres) plus others to the Yankees for 2+ months of Chapman. Makes the trade for 5 years of Giles look like a steal for Houston.

Also makes the Yankee pickup of Chapman a huge steal.  Reds screwed up there

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How about the Rays for Archer?

I'm willing to discuss anyone in the minors for Archer, but I don't know how the Rays view him.  I wouldn't give up half as much as I would for Sale.
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Also makes the Yankee pickup of Chapman a huge steal.  Reds screwed up there


So the Yankees benefit by swooping in and buying low on a piece of shit.  Great.
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« Reply #227 on: July 25, 2016, 10:25:27 am »
The Cubs are reportedly sending their top prospect (Torres) plus others to the Yankees for 2+ months of Chapman. Makes the trade for 5 years of Giles look like a steal for Houston.

While this may yet prove true in the fullness of time, Giles's performance vs. Velasquez's does not as of yet justify hanging a larceny charge on anyone (except possibly the other way around). 

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« Reply #228 on: July 25, 2016, 10:37:08 am »
I'd like to see the them make a run at Wade Davis if no top starters can be had
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While this may yet prove true in the fullness of time, Giles's performance vs. Velasquez's does not as of yet justify hanging a larceny charge on anyone (except possibly the other way around).

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And now there's a report that the Rangers are asking about Velasquez.
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« Reply #231 on: July 25, 2016, 12:21:02 pm »
And now there's a report that the Rangers are asking about Velasquez.
Our Velasquez, I mean the Phillies?  Why would they trade him; isn't that the type of player you keep for your rebuild?

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« Reply #232 on: July 25, 2016, 02:51:38 pm »
If they don't want to pay the price or can't pay the price for a top starter who are the second level starting pitchers worth having to replace Fiers?  Moore and Odorizzi from Tampa come to mind.
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I'd like to see the them make a run at Wade Davis if no top starters can be had

Stark reports the Royals are seeking more than the Yankees got for Chapman. Which makes sense.


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« Reply #234 on: July 25, 2016, 03:18:07 pm »
Hellickson is having a good year for Philadelphia, and he's a FA after the season. He's gotta be available.

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Hellickson is having a good year for Philadelphia, and he's a FA after the season. He's gotta be available.

Marlins are apparently hot after him.
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Rich Hill is clearly available. A's and Astros have an established track record of midseason deals for aging pitchers set to become FAs after the season. He might represent the best value available to add for the remainder of the season considering likely lower cost in terms of prospects.

Given that the Astros are in the early part of their competitive window, I would prefer acquiring a controlled stud pitcher (sale, archer) if the cost isn't obscene, especially considering that the FA pitcher market this offseason is very weak. I wouldn't feel the urgency to overpay though, which to me is any large package that also includes Bregman. Guys currently in the MiLB can make up a pretty strong package.




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« Reply #237 on: July 26, 2016, 12:48:57 am »
Rich Hill is clearly available. A's and Astros have an established track record of midseason deals for aging pitchers set to become FAs after the season. He might represent the best value available to add for the remainder of the season considering likely lower cost in terms of prospects.

Given that the Astros are in the early part of their competitive window, I would prefer acquiring a controlled stud pitcher (sale, archer) if the cost isn't obscene, especially considering that the FA pitcher market this offseason is very weak. I wouldn't feel the urgency to overpay though, which to me is any large package that also includes Bregman. Guys currently in the MiLB can make up a pretty strong package.




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Stark reports the Royals are seeking more than the Yankees got for Chapman. Which makes sense.


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For a 1/2 season rental on Chapman the Cubs gave up approximately the Astros equivalent of Martes, Peacock, Fisher, and Martin.

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« Reply #240 on: July 26, 2016, 10:50:55 am »
I'm most interested in getting Beltran back for one more go.  You'd think the price wouldn't be outrageous.

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« Reply #241 on: July 26, 2016, 11:05:53 am »
Sale has been suspended for 5 games (Saturday through Wednesday).

Sale quasi-apologizes: “Do I regret standing up for what I believe in? Absolutely not."

He sounds like the kind of guy who would complain that someone who disagrees with him is violating his free speech.
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I'm most interested in getting Beltran back for one more go.  You'd think the price wouldn't be outrageous.

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I've seen nothing to indicate they are considering benching or releasing Gomez.

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They've said nothing about Gattis being removed from DH duties that I know of.

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« Reply #243 on: July 26, 2016, 11:45:13 am »
I've seen nothing to indicate they are considering benching or releasing Gomez.

Gurriel WILL play in the field.  They've made that clear.

They've said nothing about Gattis being removed from DH duties that I know of.

Right now I'm thinking I'd rather they stand pat and make no trade.

AJ was on 790 this morning.  Said there are some players that the next few weeks are critical, he said there are players that have some reality checks coming soon.   He is talking about Gomez/Rasmus.   He specifically mentioned them and the impending arrival of Gurriel.

Gurriel is going to play wherever makes the most sense, they have been clear on that.  If he is a better option at 3rd/1st than Bregman/Valbuena he will play there, if not....  I have never seen him play before, so I can't comment on his defense.   AJ said Gurriel like anyone else will have to earn his spot.

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« Reply #244 on: July 26, 2016, 11:47:49 am »
I've seen nothing to indicate they are considering benching or releasing Gomez.

Gurriel WILL play in the field.  They've made that clear.

They've said nothing about Gattis being removed from DH duties that I know of.

Right now I'm thinking I'd rather they stand pat and make no trade.
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« Reply #245 on: July 26, 2016, 11:52:16 am »
Gurriel playing LF or 3B I agree on. Gomez I doubt they'll release, but I could see them cutting his playing time more if he continues to struggle. Same with Gattis. Why would they announce that they're planning to reduce his DH time? I'm sure they're considering it though. They're competing to make the playoffs. The minute they believe Reed or Tucker or whoever gives them a better chance to win, Gattis will be benched.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Gattis' catching time increase.

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« Reply #246 on: July 26, 2016, 12:09:33 pm »
AJ was on 790 this morning.  Said there are some players that the next few weeks are critical, he said there are players that have some reality checks coming soon.   He is talking about Gomez/Rasmus.   He specifically mentioned them and the impending arrival of Gurriel.

Gurriel is going to play wherever makes the most sense, they have been clear on that.  If he is a better option at 3rd/1st than Bregman/Valbuena he will play there, if not....  I have never seen him play before, so I can't comment on his defense.   AJ said Gurriel like anyone else will have to earn his spot.

As for Beltran, I wouldn't give up any of the top 5-8 prospects for a 40 year old 3 month rental, but if they were interested in the Moran/JD Davis types I think it would be worth it.

Interesting.  None of that has been translated to print yet.  I'll be curious to see followups later about it.

Gurriel has a lot of playing time at 2b, 3b, and LF under his belt.  He's supposedly no less than competent at all three.  So, I'd expect him out there.  And as to his spot, you don't sign a guy his age to that contract and have him earn his spot.  He'll get his spot and then earn it as he goes.

I also wouldn't lose sight of the possibility that they call up Hernandez if Bregman proves he can hit rather than deal for a bat.

And now that I've dug around further a lower level deal might be necessary anyway.  It looks like there might be more minor leaguers that Luhnow values eligible for this years rule 5 draft than there would be spots on the 40-man.  Dealing a couple of guys on the 40-man or those rule 5 eligible would get them something rather than nothing out of them.
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« Reply #247 on: July 26, 2016, 12:12:20 pm »
Gurriel playing LF or 3B I agree on. Gomez I doubt they'll release, but I could see them cutting his playing time more if he continues to struggle. Same with Gattis. Why would they announce that they're planning to reduce his DH time? I'm sure they're considering it though. They're competing to make the playoffs. The minute they believe Reed or Tucker or whoever gives them a better chance to win, Gattis will be benched.

Whatever happens I doubt they screw with the lineup too much.  They have the best record in baseball since May 1.
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« Reply #248 on: July 26, 2016, 12:14:47 pm »
And now that I've dug around further a lower level deal might be necessary anyway.  It looks like there might be more minor leaguers that Luhnow values eligible for this years rule 5 draft than there would be spots on the 40-man.  Dealing a couple of guys on the 40-man or those rule 5 eligible would get them something rather than nothing out of them.

I agree here.  Packaging some of those guys for some usable starter who is signed for a couple of years would make sense.

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« Reply #249 on: July 26, 2016, 12:16:56 pm »
Hope to see Gattis more at the catcher position...and Gomez on the bench or on a jet headed somewhere else.
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Interesting.  None of that has been translated to print yet.  I'll be curious to see followups later about it.

Gurriel has a lot of playing time at 2b, 3b, and LF under his belt.  He's supposedly no less than competent at all three.  So, I'd expect him out there.  And as to his spot, you don't sign a guy his age to that contract and have him earn his spot.  He'll get his spot and then earn it as he goes.

I also wouldn't lose sight of the possibility that they call up Hernandez if Bregman proves he can hit rather than deal for a bat.

And now that I've dug around further a lower level deal might be necessary anyway.  It looks like there might be more minor leaguers that Luhnow values eligible for this years rule 5 draft than there would be spots on the 40-man.  Dealing a couple of guys on the 40-man or those rule 5 eligible would get them something rather than nothing out of them.

Here is a link to AJ's interview if you are interested. Relevant conversation starts at 5:30
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« Reply #251 on: July 26, 2016, 01:36:34 pm »
Here is a link to AJ's interview if you are interested. Relevant conversation starts at 5:30
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I agree that Gurriel is going to play, but I don't think it is out of the question that he could DH.

Provided Gurriel and Bregman solidify two lineup spots, I can see the Astros platooning Gomez and Rasmus.
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Here is a link to AJ's interview if you are interested. Relevant conversation starts at 5:30
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I agree that Gurriel is going to play, but I don't think it is out of the question that he could DH.

That was good.  Using Tucker to send a message to Rasmus is pretty cold blooded, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Hearing that it sounded like Gattis does just enough, just often enough, to keep is bat in the order.

I think Gurriel will DH the way Springer and Altuve DH.
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« Reply #253 on: July 26, 2016, 01:47:14 pm »
That was good.  Using Tucker to send a message to Rasmus is pretty cold blooded, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Hearing that it sounded like Gattis does just enough, just often enough, to keep is bat in the order.

I think Gurriel will DH the way Springer and Altuve DH.

Gattis could just become a backup catcher and not DH.
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« Reply #254 on: July 26, 2016, 01:55:59 pm »
blah blah blah ...

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« Reply #255 on: July 26, 2016, 01:58:19 pm »
Whatever happens I doubt they screw with the lineup too much.  They have the best record in baseball since May 1.
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« Reply #256 on: July 26, 2016, 02:03:02 pm »
I'd like to see the them make a run at Wade Davis if no top starters can be had

I just heard that Davis, Cain, Moustakas and Hosmer all have expiring contracts after next season. Wow, that team is going to look different in a couple of years. Also, KC says they want to keep it together during their window-of-opportunity which means Davis is not being shopped.

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« Reply #257 on: July 26, 2016, 02:06:06 pm »
Anybody hearing anything about the Astros and Rich Hill? Saw something on another board but I don't consider it credible. I also wouldn't discount it.
Supposedly sending a Tucker (but the poster wasn't clear which one) and a top AA arm. I really hope they aren't doing that.

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« Reply #258 on: July 26, 2016, 02:24:45 pm »
Anybody hearing anything about the Astros and Rich Hill? Saw something on another board but I don't consider it credible. I also wouldn't discount it.
Supposedly sending a Tucker (but the poster wasn't clear which one) and a top AA arm. I really hope they aren't doing that.

It's not on mlbtraderumors or any tweets I can find.
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« Reply #259 on: July 26, 2016, 02:34:26 pm »
AJ was on 790 this morning.  Said there are some players that the next few weeks are critical, he said there are players that have some reality checks coming soon.   He is talking about Gomez/Rasmus.   He specifically mentioned them and the impending arrival of Gurriel.

Gurriel is going to play wherever makes the most sense, they have been clear on that.  If he is a better option at 3rd/1st than Bregman/Valbuena he will play there, if not....  I have never seen him play before, so I can't comment on his defense.   AJ said Gurriel like anyone else will have to earn his spot.

As for Beltran, I wouldn't give up any of the top 5-8 prospects for a 40 year old 3 month rental, but if they were interested in the Moran/JD Davis types I think it would be worth it.

RE:  Rasmus -- valid or not, I just keep thinking about how well he played in the playoffs last season.  Then I went over to baseball reference to see if he had any other post season experience prior to last season.  He played in the 2009 NLDS with STL...yes that was 7 years ago and he was 22.  Yes it was only 11 PAs, but he registered the following slash during that series:  .444/.545./.778   

Total post season slash for post season career (last season included):  .423/.571/1.038  Only 35 PAs, but an OPS of 1.610 is ridiculous.

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« Reply #260 on: July 28, 2016, 09:11:38 am »
Jeff Passan's notes this morning indicated the probability of the Sox trading Sale as "between 0 percent and 0 percent".


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« Reply #261 on: July 28, 2016, 09:23:40 am »
so, sports fans, what will Luhnow do?
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« Reply #262 on: July 28, 2016, 09:51:45 am »
so, sports fans, what will Luhnow do?

I'm okay with standing pat with what we've got. There's just not top-of-the-line pitching available. The only one I'd want is Archer, and that's based on his stuff and age and not his season performance thus far.
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« Reply #263 on: July 28, 2016, 11:06:50 am »
so, sports fans, what will Luhnow do?

I think he probably gets a bat to cover for the injuries to Valbuena and Gomez until Gurriel arrives, and perhaps another left handed reliever since Sipp has been very erratic this season.

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« Reply #264 on: July 28, 2016, 12:20:24 pm »
Apparently the Royals are willing to take a significant reduction in prospects for Wade Davis if you are willing to take Ian Kennedy off their hands.  The Royals tremendously backfilled his contract.  Paying only 7.5 million of the 5 year 70 million this year.  Plus he has a weird opt out clause after 2017.  Where the player can choose to take a 6 million dollar opt out.  Is that normal that a player gets paid to walk away?  Not that he will take that opt out anyways as he is due 49.5 million in years 2018-2020. 


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« Reply #265 on: July 28, 2016, 03:52:34 pm »
so, sports fans, what will Luhnow do?

What do they need?  They have arguably the best bullpen in the AL.  They have the best record in baseball since May 1.  They have hitters and more coming (Bregman and Gurriel).  Keuchel has been back to last year's form.  McHugh has been good lately.  McCullers has too.  Fister's been a good 4/5 starter.  They could deal for a 4 starter to replace Fiers but why not give one of the major league ready kids a try?  It's a sellers market right now for just about everything.
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« Reply #266 on: July 28, 2016, 04:18:59 pm »
OF/DH could use an upgrade.   I'd think those would be the cheapest positions to upgrade too.
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« Reply #267 on: July 28, 2016, 04:32:26 pm »
OF/DH could use an upgrade.   I'd think those would be the cheapest positions to upgrade too.

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« Reply #269 on: July 28, 2016, 05:41:38 pm »
Do you want Jay Bruce?

He or Beltran, if available at a reasonable price seem like logical options.
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« Reply #270 on: July 28, 2016, 07:36:44 pm »
He or Beltran, if available at a reasonable price seem like logical options.

It's the whole "reasonable price" part of things that worries me. Although, as somebody else pointed out the other day, we've probably got more decent prospects than can be protected on the 40-man roster, so maybe you just have to roll the dice and use one of them.
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I was down with SI's suggestion of acquiring Beltran for a low prospect until they classified Feliz as such a prospect.


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« Reply #272 on: July 29, 2016, 09:23:01 am »
The Fish seem to have paid a high price for Cashner. This is a big-time sellers' market. Hell, maybe the Astros should see what they can get for Fiers.
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« Reply #273 on: July 29, 2016, 09:23:37 am »
Cashner and Colin Rea to the Marlins for Josh Naylor (19 y.o. 1B, first round pick last year) and our old friend Jarred Cosart.
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« Reply #274 on: July 29, 2016, 09:29:10 am »
I thought about Cosart recently after seeing a AAA box score where he threw.  Not surprised that he hasn't made it at the MLB level as a starter, but sort of surprised that the Marlins didn't at least try him as a reliever before ditching him.

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« Reply #275 on: July 29, 2016, 09:29:30 am »
Hell, maybe the Astros should see what they can get for Fiers.

I was beginning to wonder about this too.
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« Reply #276 on: July 29, 2016, 09:51:03 am »
The Fish seem to have paid a high price for Cashner. This is a big-time sellers' market. Hell, maybe the Astros should see what they can get for Fiers.

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Brewers beat writer reporting Brewers may look to bundle Lucroy with a reliever. Doesn't look like there is a good lefty fit though.
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« Reply #278 on: July 29, 2016, 10:28:38 am »
Brewers beat writer reporting Brewers may look to bundle Lucroy with a reliever. Doesn't look like there is a good lefty fit though.
Will Smith is a LH RP oft-mentioned in trade rumors.
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« Reply #279 on: July 29, 2016, 10:37:07 am »
Last time the Brewers bundled a pitcher with a position player to justify the high price in prospects was fantastic. They should do that again
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« Reply #280 on: July 29, 2016, 10:47:26 am »
Gomez might be an interesting trade piece in a Beltran trade.  Yankees are trying not to fully mail it in.  Gomez could be a candidate for a change of scenery.  Gomez's extra flair just seems like a better fit in New York anyways

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« Reply #281 on: July 29, 2016, 10:54:25 am »
Will Smith is a LH RP oft-mentioned in trade rumors.

Looked at that - he's got 4 more years of club control, so wasn't sure if they'd want to move him.
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« Reply #282 on: July 29, 2016, 10:56:15 am »
Gomez might be an interesting trade piece in a Beltran trade.  Yankees are trying not to fully mail it in.  Gomez could be a candidate for a change of scenery.  Gomez's extra flair just seems like a better fit in New York anyways

This needs to happen only because humanity needs Gomez and Brian McCann on the same team.

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« Reply #283 on: July 29, 2016, 11:06:33 am »
Do you want Jay Bruce?

With him having a reasonable $13 million club option for 2017, absolutely, if the price is right.
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« Reply #284 on: July 29, 2016, 11:06:57 am »
If they trade for a lefty reliever who gets kicked out of the bullpen?
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« Reply #285 on: July 29, 2016, 11:07:39 am »
With him having a reasonable $13 million club option for 2017, absolutely, if the price is right.

Cincy supposedly wants at least one really good prospect for him.
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« Reply #286 on: July 29, 2016, 11:13:14 am »
Cincy supposedly wants at least one really good prospect for him.
I'm sure we can find some place where Colin Moran has been referred to as a "really good" prospect.
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« Reply #287 on: July 29, 2016, 11:18:32 am »
If they trade for a lefty reliever who gets kicked out of the bullpen?
I wondered that as well. If anything, I'd imagine they're trying to find a spot for Hoyt in the 'pen. There's really no room for a so-so Thatcher or Oliver Perez type this year, unless Luhnow gets really creative.
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« Reply #288 on: July 29, 2016, 11:25:57 am »
What about a package that would bring Bruce and lefty reliever Tony Cingrani.  That would really address some needs.

Some quotes from Jockety on the possibility of trading one or both.

Reds president of baseball operations told reporters, including Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer  and MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, that interest in Jay Bruce has been surprisingly tepid to this point in the summer. While a number of clubs have reached out to him on Bruce, Jocketty contends that the offers have been shockingly weak to this point, telling Buchanan, “You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff,” in reference to the packages offered by interested parties. While the immediate assumption might be that the Reds are asking too much, Jocketty sounds fairly grounded in his expectations, telling Buchanan: “We want a legitimate prospect. The guy’s a valuable player.”

Buchanan also notes that relievers such as Ross Ohlendorf, Blake Wood, and Tony Cingrani could conceivably be dealt if there’s interest, as all will rise in price next year. None have been particularly impressive, with Wood and Cingrani posting solid earned run averages without the peripherals to match. Ohlendorf is striking out better than a batter per nine and will be a free agent after the season; his mid-nineties fastball and old-time charm could make him a depth option.

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« Reply #289 on: July 29, 2016, 11:36:50 am »
What about a package that would bring Bruce and lefty reliever Tony Cingrani.  That would really address some needs.

Some quotes from Jockety on the possibility of trading one or both.

Reds president of baseball operations told reporters, including Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer  and MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, that interest in Jay Bruce has been surprisingly tepid to this point in the summer. While a number of clubs have reached out to him on Bruce, Jocketty contends that the offers have been shockingly weak to this point, telling Buchanan, “You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff,” in reference to the packages offered by interested parties. While the immediate assumption might be that the Reds are asking too much, Jocketty sounds fairly grounded in his expectations, telling Buchanan: “We want a legitimate prospect. The guy’s a valuable player.”

Buchanan also notes that relievers such as Ross Ohlendorf, Blake Wood, and Tony Cingrani could conceivably be dealt if there’s interest, as all will rise in price next year. None have been particularly impressive, with Wood and Cingrani posting solid earned run averages without the peripherals to match. Ohlendorf is striking out better than a batter per nine and will be a free agent after the season; his mid-nineties fastball and old-time charm could make him a depth option.

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« Reply #290 on: July 29, 2016, 12:05:13 pm »
Cincy supposedly wants at least one really good prospect for him.

Understandable.  I could see Reed peaking the Reds interest, with him playing college ball at Kentucky and he could easily be a future Jay Bruce offensively.  But i'd have to imagine the Astros would want one more controllable asset like Cingrani for Reed, unless Bruce is willing to sign a reasonable extension as part of the deal.
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« Reply #291 on: July 29, 2016, 12:11:11 pm »
Understandable.  I could see Reed peaking the Reds interest, with him playing college ball at Kentucky and he could easily be a future Jay Bruce offensively.  But i'd have to imagine the Astros would want one more controllable asset like Cingrani for Reed, unless Bruce is willing to sign a reasonable extension as part of the deal.

And that kind of always shifting deal making is exactly what goes on and what makes dealing so difficult.
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« Reply #292 on: July 29, 2016, 02:27:17 pm »
Bruce is under contract through 17.  There is no extension needed, he makes 13 Million in 2017.  There is a TEAM option to buy him out for 1 million, otherwise Bruce is locked up for 2017 too.
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« Reply #293 on: July 29, 2016, 02:41:48 pm »
Bruce is under contract through 17.  There is no extension needed, he makes 13 Million in 2017.  There is a TEAM option to buy him out for 1 million, otherwise Bruce is locked up for 2017 too.

Currently an easy decision on a qualifying offer as well (for 2018).  Though we've seen that change before

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« Reply #294 on: July 29, 2016, 02:59:51 pm »
I simply don't follow NL baseball closely at all now, what the hell was wrong with Bruce in 2014/15.  He was awful those two years, did he have injuries?   He seems to have righted it this season, but those 2 years are worrisome. 
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« Reply #295 on: July 29, 2016, 03:04:48 pm »
I simply don't follow NL baseball closely at all now, what the hell was wrong with Bruce in 2014/15.  He was awful those two years, did he have injuries?   He seems to have righted it this season, but those 2 years are worrisome.

Some kind of knee injury and surgery as I recall.
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« Reply #296 on: July 29, 2016, 03:30:58 pm »
Understandable.  I could see Reed peaking the Reds interest, with him playing college ball at Kentucky and he could easily be a future Jay Bruce offensively.  But i'd have to imagine the Astros would want one more controllable asset like Cingrani for Reed, unless Bruce is willing to sign a reasonable extension as part of the deal.

I wonder if Bruce would like to be back in SE Texas enough to want to make a long-term deal with Houston work out?

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« Reply #297 on: July 29, 2016, 04:22:13 pm »
Bruce is under contract through 17.  There is no extension needed, he makes 13 Million in 2017.  There is a TEAM option to buy him out for 1 million, otherwise Bruce is locked up for 2017 too.

I was suggesting the club might try and negotiate an extension that would keep Bruce in Houston past the 2017 season if they were giving up AJ Reed, who has six years of club control, in return.  Or, as mentioned, get another controllable asset like Cingrani in the trade.
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Cingrani doesn't look like anything special.
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« Reply #299 on: July 29, 2016, 04:58:59 pm »
Cingrani doesn't look like anything special.

He is a lefty with decent numbers, under control for awhile.  A bullpen of Harris, Giles, Feliz, Cingrani,, Devo, Gregerson, Hoyt, is pretty darn solid and cheap.  Everyone but Gregerson is under club control until at least 2020.

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« Reply #300 on: July 29, 2016, 06:50:31 pm »
He is a lefty with decent numbers, under control for awhile.  A bullpen of Harris, Giles, Feliz, Cingrani,, Devo, Gregerson, Hoyt, is pretty darn solid and cheap.  Everyone but Gregerson is under club control until at least 2020.
Cingrani had a great year as a starter in 2013. Since then, he's 4-14 with a 4.38 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and 5.3 walks per 9. His ERA and Hits allowed have been much better this year, but he's still walking a lot (4.6 BB/9) and actually striking out fewer (6.4 K/9).

Plus, there's Sipp, who's owed about $14m more over the life of his contract. I don't see the Astros eating that just yet.

At any rate, Stark is reporting that the Reds may be hooking up with the Dodgers on a 3-way deal that would send Bruce to LA.
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« Reply #301 on: July 29, 2016, 07:24:58 pm »
With the starting pitching the Astros have, I truly think it is in their best interest to keep Feldman and Devenski.
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« Reply #302 on: July 29, 2016, 07:39:45 pm »
This is such a seller's market that at this point I would consider seeing if I could use Fister or Fiers to rob somebody.
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« Reply #303 on: July 29, 2016, 07:44:57 pm »
With the starting pitching the Astros have, I truly think it is in their best interest to keep Feldman and Devenski.
The Astros also have Musgrove and Rodgers at AAA, both of whom are having great years and are quite polished.
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« Reply #304 on: July 29, 2016, 07:47:39 pm »
The Astros also have Musgrove and Rodgers at AAA, both of whom are having great years and are quite polished.

I don't know how they'll do in the majors.  I like the experience of Feldman and Devo's been quite reliable.  I'm not willing to take that chance.  But Luhnow might.
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« Reply #305 on: July 29, 2016, 09:45:13 pm »
That's just fantastic.  Apparently Rangers are pretty deep in talks for Velasquez

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« Reply #306 on: July 29, 2016, 10:17:24 pm »
That's just fantastic.  Apparently Rangers are pretty deep in talks for Velasquez
Surely they'd have to give up a fortune to get him. The Phillies aren't going for the slow, small-market rebuild. VV looks like a big part of their return to contention. Why would they trade him now?
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« Reply #307 on: July 29, 2016, 10:30:36 pm »
Surely they'd have to give up a fortune to get him. The Phillies aren't going for the slow, small-market rebuild. VV looks like a big part of their return to contention. Why would they trade him now?
Health history. Velasquez looks good right now, but you have to worry about the arm falling off at some point. From that perspective, it makes sense to sell high to an org that has a different approach to evaluating health risks.

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« Reply #308 on: July 30, 2016, 09:30:25 am »
According to Crasnick, VV to the Rangers is "unlikely".
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« Reply #309 on: July 30, 2016, 10:47:32 am »
That's just fantastic.  Apparently Rangers are pretty deep in talks for Velasquez
This would make me sick if it happened

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« Reply #310 on: July 30, 2016, 02:00:38 pm »
Melancon to the Nats.
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« Reply #311 on: July 30, 2016, 02:12:27 pm »
Melancon to the Nats.

Interesting. I guess the Pirates are throwing in the towel. What did they get in exchange?
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« Reply #312 on: July 30, 2016, 03:10:57 pm »
Lucroy is not in today's Brewers lineup. Mets may be close on a deal for him.

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« Reply #313 on: July 30, 2016, 04:09:47 pm »
Edinson Volquez? What would we have to give up for him?

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« Reply #314 on: July 30, 2016, 04:16:36 pm »
Interesting. I guess the Pirates are throwing in the towel. What did they get in exchange?

A couple of LHPs, I think.
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« Reply #315 on: July 30, 2016, 04:39:46 pm »
Bowden has a blurb on ESPN saying that the Astros are in on one of the Rays young arms, and everyone is seeing what young bats they get to set the market a bit more.  Nothing more exact, unfortunately, but with all the time his name has come up recently, wouldn't it almost have to be Archer?

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« Reply #316 on: July 30, 2016, 05:10:09 pm »
Odorizzi is a more likely target, I think.

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« Reply #317 on: July 30, 2016, 06:13:38 pm »
Musgrove scratched from tonight's start.

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« Reply #318 on: July 30, 2016, 07:21:43 pm »
Odorizzi is a more likely target, I think.

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« Reply #319 on: July 30, 2016, 07:24:00 pm »
Musgrove scratched from tonight's start.

McTag guessing he could get called up to pitch for Fister on Monday
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« Reply #320 on: July 30, 2016, 07:33:11 pm »
McTag guessing he could get called up to pitch for Fister on Monday

i hope you are right but I would think Rodgers would be the guy to fill in...unless it has to do with where they fall in the rotation.

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« Reply #321 on: July 30, 2016, 07:34:42 pm »
Wade Davis to have MRI on his forearm.  Scratch that trade possibility

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« Reply #322 on: July 30, 2016, 07:35:17 pm »
Wade Davis to have MRI on his forearm.  Scratch that trade possibility

I don't believe he was ever on the market.

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« Reply #323 on: July 30, 2016, 07:40:56 pm »
i hope you are right but I would think Rodgers would be the guy to fill in...unless it has to do with where they fall in the rotation.
Musgrove is on the 40-man, Rodgers isn't. Spot start and trade both seem realistic enough to me. If it's a trade, I hope it's someone better than Volquez.

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« Reply #324 on: July 30, 2016, 07:40:56 pm »
Wade Davis to have MRI on his forearm.  Scratch that trade possibility

"forearm strain" is pretty much the kiss of death
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« Reply #325 on: July 30, 2016, 07:45:06 pm »
Wonder if this will suddenly set KC to listening to offers for the likes of Ventura.
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« Reply #326 on: July 30, 2016, 09:00:50 pm »
Wonder if this will suddenly set KC to listening to offers for the likes of Ventura.

ESPN.com is wondering if The Royals would but Volquez and if the Astros would pay the price for him.

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« Reply #327 on: July 31, 2016, 04:46:44 am »
 Lucroy to Indians deal agreed pending his no-trade waiver. 4 for 1 deal with 20y.o. A+ catcher Mejia as the centerpiece, though Justus Sheffield may also be in the deal. Other projected pieces are all lower minor high risk players as well. Only Sheffield is in the MLB Top 100.
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« Reply #328 on: July 31, 2016, 05:12:08 pm »
Lucroy to Indians deal agreed pending his no-trade waiver. 4 for 1 deal with 20y.o. A+ catcher Mejia as the centerpiece, though Justus Sheffield may also be in the deal. Other projected pieces are all lower minor high risk players as well. Only Sheffield is in the MLB Top 100.

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Now who swoops in to try and grab Lucroy? Reportedly, the Rangers.
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« Reply #329 on: July 31, 2016, 06:47:08 pm »
MLBTR accidentally posted Miller to Astros this morning and the forum here crashed. 

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« Reply #330 on: July 31, 2016, 06:56:44 pm »
Olney says astros are one of the teams in on Beltran

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« Reply #331 on: July 31, 2016, 07:05:41 pm »
Olney says astros are one of the teams in on Beltran

This team has so many holes that their best hope is to let the talent in the minors mature. I hope they don't send 3 of those prospects off for a 40-year-old player that can't pitch.
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« Reply #332 on: July 31, 2016, 07:21:58 pm »
Yeah, holes are starting to appear in multiple places. They should carefully assess whether they are actually a contender.

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« Reply #333 on: July 31, 2016, 07:23:26 pm »
Oh, please. Calm down ladies.
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« Reply #334 on: July 31, 2016, 07:29:16 pm »
One bad week doesn't wreck a season. Remember how bad they were in April? They survived that. Are there holes? Yes. Show me a team that doesn't. They may not have much chance at winning it all but as long as your in the mix you have to give yourself a shot.

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« Reply #335 on: July 31, 2016, 07:31:39 pm »
One bad week doesn't wreck a season. Remember how bad they were in April? They survived that. Are there holes? Yes. Show me a team that doesn't. They may not have much chance at winning it all but as long as your in the mix you have to give yourself a shot.

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« Reply #336 on: July 31, 2016, 07:31:41 pm »
I'd be all over Beltran if I were luhnow, by the way. A good veteran hitter would do wonders for this team

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« Reply #337 on: July 31, 2016, 07:34:50 pm »
The loss last night destroyed everyone. Hang on, and fight back.
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« Reply #338 on: July 31, 2016, 07:41:20 pm »
The loss last night destroyed everyone. Hang on, and fight back.
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« Reply #339 on: July 31, 2016, 07:52:23 pm »
I'd be all over Beltran if I were luhnow, by the way. A good veteran hitter would do wonders for this team

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« Reply #340 on: July 31, 2016, 08:07:03 pm »
I'm for it, if only to see the reaction of the cretins who boo Beltran at MMP. I think their heads might explode. Do it, Luhnow.

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« Reply #341 on: July 31, 2016, 08:19:53 pm »
Honestly, I was surprised at how little it seemingly took for the Brewers to agree to trade Lucroy to the Indians. The centerpiece, Mejia, wasn't even a consensus Top 100 prospect - not that those rankings necessarily reflect how the teams feel, but I would've thought the Brew-Crew would get a much higher-regarded player, along with a guy like Mejia.

In other words, while I like the Castro/Gattis tandem, and don't love the idea of bringing in a catcher mid-season who has to learn an entire new pitching staff... I just wonder what it would take for the Astros to get Lucroy.
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« Reply #342 on: July 31, 2016, 08:26:58 pm »
Beltran has 15 teams on his "no trade" list that he can block....

I think he'd be a perfect fit for this team.

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