Post by Chris Hatfield on Apr 9, 2018 16:02:01 GMT -5
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"We really don't need the whole commercial break/warm-up routine every time a new reliever comes into the game. It certainly made sense in 1884 when they only switched pitchers when the starter was attacked by pickaxe or caught consumption, and no reliever was warming up because he was busy gambling and drinking." - JD
MLB 2019 looks spot-on except for the bullpen, which has some puzzlers.
The biggest one is Tyler Thornburg with a spot when he's a likely non-tender, and Carson Smith as a trade candidate when he's coming off of shoulder surgery after pitching pretty well, and has all 3 options left, making him probably the worst conceivable trade candidate. Thornburg should be either blue or omitted. Smith should either be listed as the last bullpen guy or, better yet, put on rehab in Pawtucket.
The other thing that doesn't make sense to me is trading Hembree and acquiring two guys instead of one. That second guy would have to be significantly better than Hembree, right? Or else the pair of moves makes no sense. They've already indicated that the closer is very likely to be an internal option. So the second "acquisition" would be one more guy in the Kelly / Barnes / Brasier class, and the acquisition cost or salary for such a guy would be high. It's a slightly better-than-lateral move whose cost would be very hard to justify even if they didn't have Lakins and Feltman enroute.
And I'm the guy who had Hembree as trade bait last year (at least in the Rule 5 thread) and maybe the year before!
"You either need some medication or you're an a******." -- David Ortiz correctly diagnosing Bobby Valentine
I think they’ll go with closer by committee until Feltman is ready. (At least that’s the best case scenario). I think he’ll be up pretty quickly and will be Kimbrel’s replacement at some point next year.
This is still the projected roster thread, right? Has there ever been a tougher year?
I agree that JDM should be listed as a trade candidate. But if they move him, they have at least $15M to spend on upgrading the rest of the roster. It's probably $18M. They'll be looking for maximum bang-for-buck everywhere.
The easiest thing to do is put in Holt at 2B as a likely re-sign on a very team-friendly contact, move Marco to IF, and put Lin into a Purple bubble spot.
Next, put in "Acquisition" at 1B and move Chavis to the bench.
I'd be shocked if Bloom can't find a better platoon partner than Sam Travis for whoever ends up at 1B. So I'd move Travis to the Purple zone and have the 4th bench guy be a UT (or "1B/OF" if it fits) Acquisition.
On the pitching side, I'd be shocked if they signed an outright 5th starter, because they'll almost certainly use a opener for the 5th spot in the rotation. I'd put the Acquisition along with Johnson as a "Spot Starter."
I'd also put Hembree on the trade block and replace him with an Acquisition, but that's admittedly less obvious.