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Is it just me, or does Cespedes outright stink at hitting a baseball, with a few home runs mixed in ??

Power is a rarer commodity than it was a few years ago. He's also a good fielder. He's significantly better than the in-house alternatives.

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There's also Rasmus. If his market doesn't develop, I'd be interested on a cheap 1 year deal to let him rebuild value and hit the market next season. Pay him as a platoon LF, with incentives to reach full-time pay that he can earn if he plays his way into a full time role.

But I expect a 2-3 year deal is out there for him, if he wants that.

I like the idea of Rasmus on a reasonable 1 year deal, but the point of taking a 1 year deal is to rebuild value for next year... So I think he'd be looking for a place where he can play CF and be a full-time player (or at least close to it).

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Power is a rarer commodity than it was a few years ago. He's also a good fielder. He's significantly better than the in-house alternatives.

He looks like a baseball player too.

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Basically Cespedes is Nick C with 5-10 more HRs and pretty good D, plus a game-changing arm. A solid 2-4 WAR player. He's the best option we have on the list of options at this point for RF. I'd take him in a heartbeat.

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I like the idea of Rasmus on a reasonable 1 year deal, but the point of taking a 1 year deal is to rebuild value for next year... So I think he'd be looking for a place where he can play CF and be a full-time player (or at least close to it).

I don't think many teams will view him differently whether he is playing CF or LF (especially LF at Comerica). They will already have views on his ability to play CF with plenty of video to go to, if they need it. The playing time is the issue, but no team that signs him on a 1-year deal is going to be committed to playing him every day if he sucks. They might if they commit 3-4 years to him, but not 1 year.

So if he is on a 1-year deal, he is going to have to perform. And if he can't beat out Rajai Davis for playing time, then he is going to have a hard time earning a big contract next offseason. And he already beat out Davis when they both were in Toronto, so he shouldn't be afraid to try it again. I'm not sure what kind of better situation he would be hoping for, if he is in fact looking for a 1-year deal.

It would be weird to have three former blue jays in our four man OF mix.

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So in the playoffs, when Cespedes has to face real pitching, he is probably useless at the plate, then.

May as well load up on pitching and go with what offense we can scrape together - find some dirtbags like Aoki and scratch out some runs where we can?

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I don't know if his injury is more severe than what it appears, since he did have a pretty dreadful 2nd half, but assuming it's not bad I don't understand why the Tigers didn't try to get Brandon Moss. The Indians basically gave up nothing for him, just to take him off the A's hands. We could've paid his 7 or 8 million dollar salary this year, and at the very least could get the lions share of the platoon duties with Davis this year while buying time for Moya or whoever we have in mind for the future. Steamer projects him to basically be Cespedes next year but instead of giving up Porcello and pay a higher salary all we would've had to give up was a throwaway prospect, plus he has a couple years of club control too. I'm just going to pretend that there is something really wrong with him, which is why Oakland dumped him(not just for cost cutting measures) and why the Tigers weren't in on it because a 25HR bat with a decent OBP in the corner spot that didn't require nothing but 7 million in cash would've been a dream scenario.

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I don't know if his injury is more severe than what it appears, since he did have a pretty dreadful 2nd half, but assuming it's not bad I don't understand why the Tigers didn't try to get Brandon Moss. The Indians basically gave up nothing for him, just to take him off the A's hands. We could've paid his 7 or 8 million dollar salary this year, and at the very least could get the lions share of the platoon duties with Davis this year while buying time for Moya or whoever we have in mind for the future. Steamer projects him to basically be Cespedes next year but instead of giving up Porcello and pay a higher salary all we would've had to give up was a throwaway prospect, plus he has a couple years of club control too. I'm just going to pretend that there is something really wrong with him, which is why Oakland dumped him(not just for cost cutting measures) and why the Tigers weren't in on it because a 25HR bat with a decent OBP in the corner spot that didn't require nothing but 7 million in cash would've been a dream scenario.

One of the national guys - I think Dave Cameron - wrote that every team in baseball knew Moss was available and every team in baseball is looking to add power - yet no one was willing to top Cleveland's offer, so there must be some pretty serious concern about Moss' hip.

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I don't know if his injury is more severe than what it appears, since he did have a pretty dreadful 2nd half, but assuming it's not bad I don't understand why the Tigers didn't try to get Brandon Moss. The Indians basically gave up nothing for him, just to take him off the A's hands. We could've paid his 7 or 8 million dollar salary this year, and at the very least could get the lions share of the platoon duties with Davis this year while buying time for Moya or whoever we have in mind for the future. Steamer projects him to basically be Cespedes next year but instead of giving up Porcello and pay a higher salary all we would've had to give up was a throwaway prospect, plus he has a couple years of club control too. I'm just going to pretend that there is something really wrong with him, which is why Oakland dumped him(not just for cost cutting measures) and why the Tigers weren't in on it because a 25HR bat with a decent OBP in the corner spot that didn't require nothing but 7 million in cash would've been a dream scenario.

I think it was just a Robbie Ray scenario where the A's ended up liking a certain prospect that was maybe a bit under the radar more than they liked the typically higher-rated ones. That's my guess as to why the Tigers and the other 27 teams didn't beat that offer, I obviously don't know either if they were that interested.

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I wouldn't be against trading Porcello to Atlanta for Upton and Chris Johnson.....Upton and Castellanos to the outfield, Johnson plays 3b.

Chris Johnson's contract has negative value. Porcello for Upton works for me, if they want us to take on that Johnson contract, they're not getting Rick.

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Josh Redick makes a lot of sense, platoon bat with excellent Defense in right and will be a cheaper option then any of the free agents with two years of cost control

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Chris Johnson's contract has negative value. Porcello for Upton works for me, if they want us to take on that Johnson contract, they're not getting Rick.

That negative value is why you get Upton for Porcello. Porcello has less value than Shelby Miller, who they got for Heyward and they want more for Upton. Not saying I'd necessarily do it, but that's how you have to look at it.

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Josh Redick makes a lot of sense, platoon bat with excellent Defense in right and will be a cheaper option then any of the free agents with two years of cost control

Decent option, but I'm not sure we can afford to have a platoon OF

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Decent option, but I'm not sure we can afford to have a platoon OF

Reddick is projected to make $3.7 million in 2015. We can't afford that?

JD, Davis, Gose and Reddick would give us one of the cheapest OF's in baseball.

EDIT: I don't expect that Reddick is available. The talk of some sort of fire sale in Oakland is overblown.

Edited by ballmich

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