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  1. Kinda like where we are. There are three great prospects, and we just take the one who's left when it's our turn to pick. This is one of those drafts where it might actually be easier than having the #1 pick and having to make that choice.
  2. Dixon can swing it a little. I know he doesn't walk, but they said he's been mashing in Toledo.
  3. We still gonna complain about Reyes' OBP, or nah? The kid can rake.
  4. Yeah, not a fan of this. It looks like we are wearing youth league uniforms now or something. The ironic part is that they made the D bigger on the hats but needed to make it bigger on the uniforms, too, if they were going to use the same font. I really liked the old version of the D on the jersey...classy and fitting. And I liked the other version on the hat and elsewhere. Boo indeed.
  5. Been thinking the same thing. Would love to get a bat with this pick. It would be our luck that we finally end up with this pick and there's not really a dominant kid available. I am leery of taking two UF pitchers in back to back years.
  6. Someplace called Sidney, and I lied... I guess it's more like 50+ minutes away, but still close enough that the drive should be easy.
  7. Yeah, you are right about that. But at the same time, it could get confusing. If the list is considered "final" on Nov. 20 and then we trade a few guys who were unprotected, would the new team have a chance to protect them? Or would they be unable to protect them and therefore stand a chance of losing them despite having just acquired them? If we have a full 40-man roster on Nov. 20 and it locks that day for the purposes of the draft, but then we release 6 guys between then and the draft, could we select anyone or not? Someone needs to clarify for us!
  8. I was poking around trying to figure this out, too, but everything I found said that teams had to set their 40-man rosters by Nov. 20 for the Rule 5 draft. I can only assume that either that's no longer the case or there's something else at work there. I would assume that you couldn't clear a spot during the draft, though, because then you would have been denying other teams the chance to take someone in an earlier round. So there must be a final point at which the rosters freeze for the draft.
  9. I'm also with whoever said that we should release VerHagen and/or Bell or someone else to clear at least one more spot on the 40. Or get the Kinsler trade done today to clear a spot (assuming whoever we get back doesn't need to go on the 40). We know what VerHagen is, and he's not really going to help us in the next few years pitching the 6th or 7th innings. Trade him if you can get anything for him, otherwise dump him and take a chance on someone with a higher ceiling.
  10. Tram is my all-time favorite Tiger and in large part the reason I am a Tigers fan. I have lived my whole life in Virginia but played t-ball on a team called the Tigers in 1984. Since I played mostly SS, I started following the Tigers' SS. Turned out to be a pretty good year to follow Tram and the Tigers. The rest is history. I always told myself that I would be in Cooperstown when he got inducted (not if). So 30 minutes after the announcement on Sunday, I booked rooms for two nights about 20 minutes outside of Cooperstown (somehow got them for only $85 a night!). Planning to take my 4-year-old son with me, and maybe my dad if he is up for it. Can't wait.
  11. I'm on the Burdi train, too. I saw an article that said they might consider picking the Braves' infielder because they'll need a 2B once Kinsler is traded. I sure hope that is only the thought process of the reporter, because considering how bad we'll be this year, who cares who plays 2B? We can stick anyone there. No reason to waste a Rule V pick on a guy mostly because he can fill a current need. Might as well go after the potential biggest reward player you can, and that sounds like Burdi.
  12. I'm tired of trying to cure our ills with washed-up ex-Twins. If he brings Kent Hrbek and Greg Gagne onto his coaching staff, I'm done with this team. Mike Ferrin of MLB Radio, who works on the TV side I believe for the D-backs, seems to think that Gardenhire learned a lot about analytics the last couple years there. Who knows. This hire does nothing at all for me, but we are going to suck either way so who cares?
  13. If Ausmus doesn't insert Romine into the starting rotation and give Kinsler 7-10 starts behind the plate from here on out, I'm firing his @ss. We need that pick.
  14. As for Verlander to the Stros, I haven't read this whole thread, but are there enough good prospects not on their 40-man roster that we would actually want at this point in exchange for him? We can't get Fisher cause he's on the 40, can't get Martes... I am sure they won't trade Tucker, who isn't on the 40. Beyond that, their top prospects are mostly 3 years away or so. That is not the type of return I want for JV if we move him, personally.
  15. Seems like it should be pretty easy to make a trade or two with the Astros this weekend, no?
  16. Help me understand something about the potential trade of Verlander. I'm assuming a primary reason for moving him is that we do not want to pay the rest of his contract in its entirety. Based on what we've heard, I would think that's maybe the main reason we would move him, even though we want to get a nice haul of prospects, too. But if we REALLY don't want to pay the whole contract, then at some point, isn't it better to pay ANY amount short of the entire thing if it results in a trade that brings good talent back? I get that AA is negotiating and posturing at this point, saying we'd only pay the rest of JV's salary this year. But I mean if it takes us paying $30M+ of what is left, we are still saving more than half of what we owe him. How is that a bad thing?
  17. Bumping this again because Erie is back in my neck of the woods this weekend, so I got to see Burrows pitch again last night and caught Dawel Lugo for the first time. Some thoughts: • Burrows seemed to demonstrate a more complete arsenal last night than when I saw him three weeks ago. He was mixing his curve/slider (not sure which he really throws - it looked like a short, tight slider that acted like a curve) in the 75-78 mph range, his fastball was a little slower that last time (in the 93-94 range on most occasions) and he was throwing another pitch regularly in the mid-80s. Couldn't tell if it was a two-seamer or a change-up. Last time my only concern was that the difference in velo from his FB (97-98) to his curve/slider (73-74) was too significant. Much better last night. • He pitched with great purpose and confidence. He was aggressive in the zone, had a plan and sequence in mind and executed it well. He finished with 10 Ks in 5 innings, 2 earned runs allowed (both in one inning). • In general, he was again overpowering and the Richmond hitters were largely overmatched and confused outside of the one inning they got to him. • His control was better than the first time I saw him, probably the result of taking just a bit off his FB to bring it down. Didn't see many pitches sail high on him at all. Overall, he seems to really be progressing as a pitcher as opposed to a thrower. Anxious to see him continue to develop. As for Lugo, I liked what I saw. He made a very nice defensive play at third and showed a very strong arm on his throws. His batting stance is VERY loopy and seemingly has a lot of holes but he manages to get the bat on the ball somehow. He has a really wide stance, hands are very low and moving prior to the pitch. It appears that he doesn't really utilize his legs at all – his swing seems to be mostly arms – but he generates some pop anyway. My amateur opinion is that if someone can tighten things up a bit with his stance and swing, so that he's actually getting his hips into his swing, it could really unleash him. But what do I know. Also very impressed with Greiner last night, who I hadn't seen in person before. He is a rock.
  18. As far as these Wilson rumors are concerned, I'm holding out for Brinson from the Brewers or they're not getting him, Fisher from the Astros or they're not getting him. That's not outrageous, and we have no real urgency to move him, anyway. We can still trade him int he winter or next deadline if we decide to. Considering what they Cubs gave up for Quintana, we absolutely should be looking for the top prospects we can find in the organizations that want him.
  19. I'm really tired of this lazy narrative from the national pundits and reporters who are saying what a bad year Verlander is having. No, he's not having a bad year. He's 22nd in the American League in ERA, which means basically there's one starting pitcher on every team (two on a few) with a better ERA than him and four starting pitchers on most AL teams with worse ERAs. He's had three AWFUL games and they skewed a lot of his numbers. Yes, he's walking more than he did last year and he's not pitching as deep, and those are real issues. But he's not been bad by any stretch of the imagination. I also would have to say that if we can get the right deal for him, why not pay up to half of his salary or something like that? If we don't trade him we have to pay all of it. So at some point, paying anything less than all of it is a net win for the organization if we are trying to save money. And if we can get some controllable young talent too, it's a good risk to take.
  20. A stunning haul for the White Sox. I'm floored. We're F'd in this division pretty soon unless we really maximize the tradeable assets we have now. Avila is going to make or break his time here in the next few weeks, IMO. The White Sox have stolen an incredible array of prospects from three teams in the past 8 months.
  21. I think we all recognize that Schwarber for Fulmer is a stupid offer that we would never accept for any reason. The only reason you'd even consider trading Fulmer, IMO, is if you can either improve your major league team right now (say by landing 2-3 MLB-ready players) or improve your odds for a quick rebuild (3-4 top level prospects). I am willing to listen to the idea that you could trade Fulmer because who knows how long a rebuild will take and you don't want to waste his controllable years with a terrible team. But trading a young controllable pitcher for a young controllable bat leaves you in the same place you were, only with worse pitching and slightly better hitting. It's pointless.
  22. Morosi just said on MLB Radio that the Dodgers are telling people they are keeping Verdugo because they think he can help them this year. Possibly just posturing, but who knows.
  23. Seventy-two percent of all prospects ranked 40-70 spend at least one season in the majors, compared with just 29 percent of prospects ranked 70-100, according to information that I just made up.
  24. Yep, worst-case scenario is we keep JD, go for it, miss the playoffs anyway, then lose him for relatively nothing AND Upton opts out and signs elsewhere. Lesser-worst-case, we trade JD and get something for him and then Upton opts out and goes elsewhere. Potential best case (depending how you view the two of them), we trade JD for studs, Upton opts out and goes elsewhere and we use that money to sign JD back in the offseason.
  25. This also created a very awkward conversation between Jonah Hill and Carlos Pena.
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