Recent content by chawson

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    Sox sign Collin McHugh

    Wow, excellent move. Surprised no one else nabbed him if his cost was under $1m. Hope he's healthy. He's another guy who, like Martin Perez, is really good at suppressing hard contact.
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    It was only 16 innings, but Phillips Valdez’s sinker had an elite spin rate last year, for what it’s worth. Makes sense to me that a guy who can throw that pitch with above-average velocity and pair it with a change up might be an interesting project.
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    Openers?

    The rise of the opener is about a competitive advantage, but it’s not an idea born purely from strategy. It seems also to be a response to the leaguewide increase in pitcher injuries. I don’t have the IL-by-year figures in front of me, but the number of days pitchers have spent on the injured...
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    Openers?

    That’s a fun piece. I confess I had never even heard of Mike Kickham. This will all play out at a much more granular level than we can detect — or have time to run the numbers on. It seems like they got a whole lot of guys whose pitch combos can be tweaked to tunnel especially well, or guys...
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    Thank you Brock Holt (signs with Brewers)

    Didn’t watch, but looking forward to seeing him play. The Sox never hand starting jobs to rookies in April, so I figure the earliest he’d become the regular 2B is May 2021, which seems doable.
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    Thank you Brock Holt (signs with Brewers)

    If Peraza has a(nother) 2.3-win season, it’s possible Bloom can trade his next two years away for something interesting and plug Downs in for 2021. That’s not true for Holt.
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    God, I can’t stand him. “If you like long games, The Opener is for you” is such a bullshit line. The 2018 and 19 Red Sox already played the longest games in all MLB by a considerable margin. The Rays played the sixth quickest games in baseball in 2018, the year they first implemented the...
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    Sure, fair. I guess I do have some faith in Bloom and the current team that they wouldn’t give up much for that package, particularly considering the position Preller is in. Regardless, there aren’t a ton of options in the list of players we’d send. I’d be pissed if it were Downs or Casas...
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    Exactly, thanks. By “this rumored trade” I meant Myers (and half his salary)/Quantrill/Campusano/Arias for...we don’t know. Running that through the ole Trade Values sausagemaker, it may take a prospect like Chavis or Dalbec if Myers is paid down by half, or a couple 11-20 prospects if we pay...
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    Sure, but we’re not trading for Wil Myers. We’re (potentially) taking him on in exchange for more assets, which we sorely need, and acknowledging that his skill set may be better suited for our park and current roster than other teams. Also, very crucially, his annual salary is not $22.5...
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    This seems right to me. If healthy, he’s very likely a league average first baseman and left fielder who hits lefties well. That profile is more useful to our team than others because he can slot into a platoon rotation with Moreland and maybe Benintendi or Bradley. At 29, Myers still has...
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    Hindsight is 2020

    There’s a case that rather than package Betts with Price this offseason, we might have packaged Benintendi with Price or Porcello after 2018. I really wonder what that package might have received then. A package of Benny, Porcello and Groome bringing back Syndergaard and a half-subsidized Jay...
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    Lucas Sims seems like the sort of spin-rate dork that Bloom would be into. Very very good curveball. Could be a 2-3 inning guy.
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    This may not answer the question for you, but here’s what I find encouraging about Quantrill. Here’s a list of the 2019 starting pitchers ranked by lowest average exit velocity against: Yarbrough (84.0 mph), Hendricks, Ryu, Martin Perez, Maeda, Woodruff, E. Rodriguez, deGrom, Houser...
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    Been waiting for this to come up. It’s a pretty big deal.