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    MLB 2019

    New year, new thread.

    Six weeks until pitchers and catchers report!
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    Red Sox are World Series champs!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    Red Sox are World Series champs!!!
    Old news.
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    Here in the Phoenix area, spring training can be a traffic nightmare. I'm sure it's the same in South Florida, where the other half of the teams train.
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    Machado to NYY anyday now, I believe. Internet reports are flying around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledsox View Post
    Machado to NYY anyday now, I believe. Internet reports are flying around.
    Please, no.

    Internet reports are unreliable and headline-seeking.
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    I'm thinking Manny is going to end up in Philly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I'm thinking Manny is going to end up in Philly
    That's what I'm thinking, too. And hoping.
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    Yankees signed Tulowitzki, which could be a good sign (to me, at least) that Machado isn't coming to New York.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I'm thinking Manny is going to end up in Philly
    I think the Phillies have a much better shot at Harper.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Yankees signed Tulowitzki, which could be a good sign (to me, at least) that Machado isn't coming to New York.
    There are plenty of opinions/articles/columns out there that spell out why this has no bearing on Machado to NY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    There are plenty of opinions/articles/columns out there that spell out why this has no bearing on Machado to NY.
    Of course there are. While it might not, it also might. There are also many saying he'll sign with the Yankees, but nobody knows if they even made him an offer.
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    The Yanks brought Machado in for a pitch. Pretty sure they are very interested at the right price even if some fans aren't.
    I'd be surprised if Cashman goes into the season with always hurt Tulo and the butcher Andujar on the left side if the infield. As a Sox fan, I hope he does.
    I get the Manny hate. He's a jerk on the field but NY has the cash and a Manny has the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledsox View Post
    The Yanks brought Machado in for a pitch. Pretty sure they are very interested at the right price even if some fans aren't.
    I'd be surprised if Cashman goes into the season with always hurt Tulo and the butcher Andujar on the left side if the infield. As a Sox fan, I hope he does.
    I get the Manny hate. He's a jerk on the field but NY has the cash and a Manny has the game.

    Andujar will get better. Jeter even made 22 errors in his first season. Andujar's upside is incredible. Remember, this is a guy whom they expected to be at AAA most of 2018. For a long time, he was their MVP.
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    It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Yanks signed Machado. He's in his prime and an exciting player. I have a lot of respect for Cashman, so I expect there to be a good reason if he does or doesn't get it done. I personally think that there's too much talent to be had in baseball to tie up 30m+/year on any single player. But then again, if Machado is the guy to push a team over the edge that is *this close* to being in the WS this or next year, you pull the trigger if you're the Yankees.

    On another note, I'm surprised the Yanks won't lower their price on Gray (whatever it actually is, it's reportedly high). The Yanks gave up three decent-ish prospects to get Gray, but since he's a FA after this season (iirc), the Yanks would be fortunate to get a package of a top 5 prospect and 1 other back for him. And as the clock ticks, his value just gets lower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Yanks signed Machado. He's in his prime and an exciting player. I have a lot of respect for Cashman, so I expect there to be a good reason if he does or doesn't get it done. I personally think that there's too much talent to be had in baseball to tie up 30m+/year on any single player. But then again, if Machado is the guy to push a team over the edge that is *this close* to being in the WS this or next year, you pull the trigger if you're the Yankees.
    I would still be surprised if they sign him. Reporting is that they are looking at a shorter contract than he is. So, there may have been no offer.

    They have far too much talent already in-house, to waste all that money.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    On another note, I'm surprised the Yanks won't lower their price on Gray (whatever it actually is, it's reportedly high). The Yanks gave up three decent-ish prospects to get Gray, but since he's a FA after this season (iirc), the Yanks would be fortunate to get a package of a top 5 prospect and 1 other back for him. And as the clock ticks, his value just gets lower.
    Apparently, 11 teams are interested in Gray. They are in no hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Yanks signed Machado. He's in his prime and an exciting player. I have a lot of respect for Cashman, so I expect there to be a good reason if he does or doesn't get it done. I personally think that there's too much talent to be had in baseball to tie up 30m+/year on any single player. But then again, if Machado is the guy to push a team over the edge that is *this close* to being in the WS this or next year, you pull the trigger if you're the Yankees.

    On another note, I'm surprised the Yanks won't lower their price on Gray (whatever it actually is, it's reportedly high). The Yanks gave up three decent-ish prospects to get Gray, but since he's a FA after this season (iirc), the Yanks would be fortunate to get a package of a top 5 prospect and 1 other back for him. And as the clock ticks, his value just gets lower.

    Machado is badly needed in the Bronx and the Yankees have craved him for years. No reason (right now) to believe that he won't be in NY next year, but you never know what kind of crazy offer a dark-horse team might make. The only wild-card with respect to Machado to the Yankees is that they don't want him playing shortstop, which is his preferred position. I have a hard time believing that another team will make a crazy offer *and* then promise Machado that he can play the position where he is significantly worse, but it's not an impossible senario - every franchise that has a lot of money to spend has made questionable decisions with that money over the years.

    Not at all sad to see Robertson go. He was very hit-and-miss (no pun intended) last year. His best days are behind him. I'm not a huge fan of Britton either (based on what I saw out of him as a Yankee last year) but at least Britton had injury recovery as a possible reason for his inconsistent play last year. The Yankees did need somebody extra in the bullpen, and - as Cashman reportedly had no interest in re-signing Robertson, Britton is as good an option as any left available. His ceiling is very high, considering what he did a couple of years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Facelift View Post
    Machado is badly needed in the Bronx
    I'll have to disagree with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I'll have to disagree with that.
    The Yankees want to trade Andujar, as they rightly realize that his trade value will likely never be higher, and he will likely be a problematic player for them to commit to long-term (because they're too wealthy of a team to need to deal with his holes - like his lack of ability to play third and but not being enough of a hitter to justify playing 1B. The Yankees are a better team with Machado at third and whomever the Yankees get in a trade for Andjuar, than they are with Andujar at third and extra FA money.

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    Phillies add Robertson on 2-year deal

    Very talented and reliable reliever. Good luck to David Robertson. He'll be sorely missed in the Bronx.
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    There is a small-market team that is only one (#1) starter away from being favored to win the NL in 2019. Can they find him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    There is a small-market team that is only one (#1) starter away from being favored to win the NL in 2019. Can they find him?
    SONNY GRAY!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    SONNY GRAY!!!!
    Thanks but no thanks! The literal AND figurative definition of a gray area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    Thanks but no thanks! The literal AND figurative definition of a gray area.
    He actually pitched quite well outside of the Bronx pressure cooker.
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