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  1. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Of course they've received offers, tho it sounds like nothing near the 10/300 they both could have fairly expected to be a starting point. Some talk that Harper did get a 10/300 offer like that (with deferred$$$) before FA began.
  2. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Too many teams don't care about competing. They're making enough through bam, revenue sharing and TV deals that attendance fluctuations/dips hardly matter anymore, so they put the cheapest product possible out on the field if they don't think they can win the division. Harper and Machado are 26 and elite players/super stars. It's absurd that no teams are willing to make a big bet on them. Even a 10 year deal only brings them to 35, or how old JD will be at the end of the 5 year deal that he just signed last year. 10/300 feels very reasonable for them. Yes, they are not likely to be worth that the last 3 years or so, but are likely to be worth a good deal more the first 4 years or so. Because teams are treating the luxury tax like a hard cap, no team is going to pony up, say 5/200 to get Harper/Machado's best years, so you give him 30 per and spread it around. I saw a stat recently that based on current MLB revenues/inflation/etc, A-Rod's original 250 mil deal in 2000 would be the equivalent of a 700 million+ 10 year deal today. Since the Yankees or Dodgers or Red Sox don't seem to be pushing hard for these guys, virtually every team in the game could afford one of these guys. And more teams should seriously be chasing them. If Illitch were still alive I think the only question would be, are we signing one or both of these guys?
  3. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    There's also an argument, made by Jeff Passan (I think it was him) in a recent column, that if the biggest market franchises don't push spending... That gives them an even greater advantage. The argument was basically, if say a Harper or Machado is worth 300+ mil to these big budget but now tight-fisted teams, and the best each player is seeing is 200 million dollar offers from mid/small market teams - the Yankees or Dodgers just offer the same... And the player still chooses to go to NY or LA for greater media exposure/endorsement opps/etc. And now NYY or LA have an extra 100 million to spend to fill other needs/create an even greater super team. Basically, what has happened in the NBA.
  4. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Coulda just traded Ray for Didi tho. 3-way deal where Yankees get an All Star SS, D-backs get an All Star starting pitcher and we end up with a decent reliever.
  5. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Yes. He'd lift us to new heights. If we can get him for 2/20- something, I'd love to see them do that. He fills in at a number of positions. Allows DH to be rotating. John Hicks as DH/1b is tough to swallow, even mid-tank. That's another benefit. He should be easy to flip, fills whatever position of need a contender might be looking for at deadline.
  6. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Sign Marwin Gonzalez already.
  7. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I think the lack of progress on the international front and lack of progress overall are one and the same. They really have to get better there. Maybe they can get a couple more decent prospects for Fulmer and Castellanos and maybe even Boyd, but the cupboards are pretty dry when it comes to MLB trade assets. It's down to the draft and international.
  8. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    What do I need to know about Mike Gerber?
  9. irvink

    Lynn Henning retiring

    Henning was the only Tigers reporter with any flair and the only current one with any distinct personality. The only one to openly speculate. Sure, it was fun to argue/poke fun at his speculation, but he also had an undeniable passion for the beat that few others around the sport. His stuff was always fun to read and I give him credit for being the only local reporter to really discuss/highlight prospects/the farm. He will be missed.
  10. irvink

    Fist City: population...Rod and Mario

    This is kind of hard to believe... I can see it being hard to lure a guy already doing the job for another MLB team, but.... All the radio guys out there... Anyone sitting on the bench... Someone from college or minor ranks... Nobody really good is interested in this job? But I guess how else do you explain the Shepherd hire?
  11. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Heartbroken about the Richie Martin news, but at least I can't blame AA for not picking him bc of Lord Mercer. Reed Rules.
  12. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    This is all building up to an epic rule v draft. Tho Jordy signing can only mean AA does not believe Martin will last until pick five. Not the worst Martin-back up.
  13. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I was just about to type... If the deal is for 2 mil or less, fine, I guess. This seems like a lot for a junk piece
  14. irvink

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I know it's still relatively early in the offseason, but when you have the chance to lock down a .1 bWAR SS, you gotta take that leap. Long live, Jordy.