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« #870 : December 03, 2013, 10:12:01 PM »

All kinds of activity today/last week or so.   Announcement of some pretty significant Trop upgrades: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/tampa-bay-rays-unveil-renovation-plans-for-tropicana-field/2155269   The open walkway, patios in the outfield sounds cool.

Also signed Molina to 2 year deal and today traded for Ryan Hannigan and Heath Bell.  Looks Lobaton and maybe Rodney are goners  http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/rays-acquire-catcher-hanigan-pitcher-bell/2155319
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« #871 : December 03, 2013, 11:22:15 PM »

Interesting.   Signing older guys like that, they must want to win immediately.

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« #872 : December 04, 2013, 07:05:45 AM »

Molina again ?  Come on Man....

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« #873 : December 04, 2013, 07:49:25 AM »

I doubt Molina will see the field with Hannigan on the roster.

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« #874 : December 04, 2013, 07:58:21 AM »

That dude needs to retire. Stop paying him to suck and be fat.

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« #875 : December 04, 2013, 11:17:00 AM »

Ellsbury to the Spankees,  Pierzynski to the red sucks.   One more reason to hate that team.


http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/10075982/jacoby-ellsbury-new-york-yankees-agree-contract

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« #876 : December 04, 2013, 11:19:52 AM »

Molina is a solid defensive guy especially with the pitchers.  I'm not a huge fan, but I can live with him.  Hannigan has a good rep for his defense as well.    Important with a young staff and a defensive minded team

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« #877 : December 04, 2013, 02:39:27 PM »

I was floored when I heard they re-signed Molina to a TWO-year contract.


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« #878 : December 04, 2013, 09:05:08 PM »

Having Molina in the batting lineup is like having a pitcher in the batting lineup.   Dude sucks at the plate.

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« #879 : December 04, 2013, 10:37:10 PM »

Ellsbury to the Spankees,  Pierzynski to the red sucks.   One more reason to hate that team.


http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/10075982/jacoby-ellsbury-new-york-yankees-agree-contract


153mil for Ellsbury ?   SMH

Nice player, but 153mil ?


MLB doesn't really have a salary cap. Rich teams just sign anyone they want to, for whatever amount of money they want to throw at a player. All they have to do is pay a penalty tax for whatever amount they are over the "cap".  And they don't care, they have plenty of cash.  But it puts the small market teams at a disadvantage.





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« #880 : December 05, 2013, 02:18:23 AM »

Yankees are destined to suck if they keep giving out ridiculous contracts like that.


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« #881 : December 05, 2013, 02:45:05 AM »

Yankees are destined to suck if they keep giving out ridiculous contracts like that.

What does it matter?   There is no salary cap.   They can just go out and sign someone else if that guy sucks it up.

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« #882 : December 05, 2013, 11:59:39 AM »

Spankees about the sign Kelly Johnson

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/10077855/kelly-johnson-close-deal-new-york-yankees

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« #883 : December 11, 2013, 01:25:20 PM »

Maybe Cincinnati couldn't afford Price's salary, but I heard one report a few weeks back of an outside chance this guy could become a Ray in a Price trade.  I wouldn't mind it at all.  He'd give us a great lead-off hitter and an amazing outfield for as long as we could afford it. (not long, probably). 

Billy Hamilton
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Position: OF
Age: 23, DOB: 09/09/1990
Bats: S, Throws: R
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 160
Drafted: 2009, 2nd (57) - CIN

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 4/5 | Power: 3/4 | Run: 8/8 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6

It's not often that a player with Hamilton's electricity and game-changing ability comes along. He is the fastest man in baseball and that, along with an aggressiveness on the basepaths, led to him setting a record for stolen bases in a season in 2012 (155). The switch-hitter will get on base any way he can, improving his plate discipline to draw more walks, bunting and, of course, beating out even the most routine ground ball. His overall ability to hit has improved and most don't fear he'll be one of those speedsters who falters at the highest level because he can't hit. Hamilton made the move from shortstop to center field in the Arizona Fall League and showed pretty good instincts there from the get-go, with the ability to out-run mistakes as he learns more about getting good reads and jumps. Whenever he gets to the big leagues, he's going to make an immediate impact

http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2013/index.jsp?c_id=tb#list=tb Click on top "100" and then go to #16 to see his video
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« #884 : December 11, 2013, 02:28:39 PM »

Maybe it's not so far-fetched.   

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/cincinnati-reds-one-wish-winter-meetings-trading-david-161900223--mlb.html

COMMENTARY | If the Winter Meetings fall exactly right for the Cincinnati Reds, it won't mean that on-base machine Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to an exorbitant contract to become a fixture in Reds Country, and it won't mean that the Reds have traded ace-in-waiting Homer Bailey or flash-point second baseman Brandon Phillips. It will mean one thing and one thing only: David Price will be playing for the Reds in 2014 and 2015.
 
 How It Can Happen

The Reds can make an offer the Rays would be foolish to refuse: Price for three budding superstars in speed demon center fielder Billy Hamilton, Price's immediate replacement in Tony Cingrani, and starting first baseman for the next five years in Donald Lutz.

The Rays would take that deal at the drop of a hat, and Reds Country would likely be more irate than anything else at both the dollar cost estimated at a total of nearly $30 million for Price's remaining two years of arbitration eligibility and the huge cost in three major league-ready prospects who would otherwise figure prominently in the Reds' plan for the next five years.

But, for the Reds, it would be worth it to have a rotation of Price, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake for 2014 and all but Bailey for 2015.

 Can the Reds Afford the Payroll?

This would be the biggest question for the Reds. Price is expected to make more than $13 million in 2014 and possibly upwards of $17 million in 2014. The Reds could very well already be taxed beyond the brink with an estimated $105 million in 2014 payroll expected based on existing contracts and projected contracts for arbitration-eligible players.

How can the Reds possibly afford to shoulder another $13-14 million for 2014 and $16-17 million for 2015?

The payroll for 2015 might be a little easier to handle with the loss of Bailey and Aroldis Chapman to free agency, but the 2014 payroll would be the biggest obstacle for the Reds to trade for Price. If the offense were to remain one worthy of World Series contention, higher-salaried players like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips could not be traded. The Reds would be hard-pressed to find takers for high-priced contracts currently bogging the team down more than helping make the team better in those for Ryan Ludwick, Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall (a combined $20 million in base salary owed for 2014).

So if the Reds can find a way to afford Price, it will have to come from some other means than payroll slashing unless it did boil down to trading the likes of Bailey, Phillips, Chapman or fifth starter Mike Leake.

What Would It Mean?

The acquisition of Price by the Reds would mean that the Reds have the best rotation in baseball in 2014 and the most equipped for postseason success, especially if Leake were replaced in the rotation by Chapman for 2014.

 A rotation of Price, Cueto, Latos, Bailey and Chapman may be as good as baseball has ever seen.

That would be all the motivation fin the world for the Reds to strike a deal for Price, even at the expense of leveraging the future and living on a big market binge for a couple of years.

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