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  1. Yelling At Clouds

    2022 Twins: Frustrated, Inc.

    1-2 to start the year, but the win was how they drew it up: adequate pitching backed up by an impressive display of offensive firepower. If Buxton and Correa are healthy, they're MVP candidates, and the rest of the lineup is full of players I'd describe as somewhere between decent and good. Will...
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    2022 Mariners: Oh well, whatever, nevermind

    Yes, I will be doing this again this year. Coming off a surprise 90-win season and with a ton of financial flexibility, fans were sensing an opportunity: spend some cash on some free agents, and make next year The Year To Break The Playoff Drought. "Spend money," they'd say, usually punctuated...
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    Your top “almost-a-Red-Sox”

    Thought this might be a fun/infuriating discussion for the off day: who is a player who you always hoped would one day play Red Sox but never did? For me, it was Carlos Beltran. I remember there was a stretch where he’d reach free agency every 2-3 years, and the Red Sox would have a lot of...
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    Round Two: Jud Fabian, OF, Florida

    Once upon a time, this guy was thought to be a top-ten pick!
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    2021 Seattle Mariners: Alive in the Superunknown

    So despite the fact that their offseason was bad (disastrous, really), and despite the fact that I have no connection to the city of Seattle - I’ve never even been there! - I’ve been following this year’s Mariners. The combination of an up-and-coming roster, a long playoff drought, and a bold...
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    2021 BBHoF Ballot

    First-timers: Mark Buehrle AJ Burnett Michael Cuddyer Dan Haren LaTroy Hawkins Tim Hudson Torii Hunter Aramis Ramirez Nick Swisher Shane Victorino Barry Zito Returners (Ballot#): Bobby Abreu (2nd) Barry Bonds (9th) Roger Clemens (9th) Andruw Jones (4th) Todd Helton (3rd) Jeff Kent (8th) Andy...
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    Might as well start talking about 2021

    It seems like the discussion in a few of the other threads that are theoretically about this year's team have already taken a turn towards next year's team. So I decided to start a new thread about it. I said this already, but to me the first question is whether they embark upon a more...
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    People are talking about the Sox using an opener next year on a regular basis. The lack of an obvious choice for fifth starter in the post-David Price world would seem like more evidence pointing in that direction. To me the question is not whether an opener every fifth day can work as a...
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    JD and the opt out

    Don't worry, I'm not going to talk about whether or not it benefits the team or not. But I do think this will be one of the more significant stories hanging over the Red Sox between now and November, and, since it came up in the "Down on the Farm" thread, and it's been a slow news week, I...
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    Murray... Present (in the NFL)

    So I don't really follow football that closely, but I have been watching the Kyler Murray situation a little bit - short version, which, surely someone else can fill in the details if they find this inadequate: the A's drafted him, he then played the college football season and was awesome...
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    The 2019 Rotation

    (Another more specific offseason thread - again, if people think this is redundant, feel free to delete.) There are fewer questions about the starting rotation than there are about the bullpen. Assuming health and barring a surprise trade, the top four are set: Sale, Price, Porcello, and...
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    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    (I know there's already an omnibus offseason thread, but I figured this will be a big topic for discussion - feel free to delete/merge if it is deemed redundant) Judging from what I've heard and seen here and elsewhere so far, the consensus seems to be that Kimbrel will get a qualifying offer...
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    Ichiro "transitioning to front office role"

    Thought this merited its own thread instead of getting lost in the omnibus "MLB News" one.
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    The bench thread

    Since the Martinez and Nuñez threads are getting cluttered with speculation on who the odd men out will be, I figured I'd start a new thread for discussion of precisely that. If you'd asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have assumed that the Sox had a mostly-set bench: Holt, because of his...
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    2018 HoF Ballot

    No thread yet? Newcomers to the ballot: Chris Carpenter Johnny Damon Livan Hernandez Orlando Hudson Aubrey Huff Andruw Jones Chipper Jones Jason Isringhausen Carlos Lee Brad Lidge Hideki Matsui Kevin Millwood Jamie Moyer Scott Rolen Johan Santana Jim Thome Omar Vizquel Kerry Wood Carlos...
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    The "Replacing Ortiz" thread

    Seems there is some interest in discussing the plan for replacing Ortiz. I don't have a lot of time now for detail on the different options - which are, basically, sign a free agent like Bautista, trade for someone like Braun, or mostly stand pat. I will update later, but if someone wants to get...
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    Tanking and MLB

    Apparently some owners seem to think tanking is a problem, citing the drastic rebuilding efforts by Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia - and the turnarounds in recent years by Houston and the Cubs - as being somehow bad for the sport. Tony Clark, president of MLBPA, suggested a lottery as a...
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    2016 Payroll

    Possibly a bit premature for this discussion, but spurred on by Buster Olney's speculation that the Red Sox might try to move Rusney to free up payroll - as well as the discussion of selling and buying that will invariably crop up in July - I decided to take a look at the payroll for next year...
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    Pre-Deadline Trade Rumor Thread

    Is it too early? Probably, but teams are already reported to be in discussions, so what the heck.   Rosenthal: Phillies talking to Cubs, Blue Jays about Papelbon.   Aramis Ramirez to Mets?   Neither deal looks imminent, but interesting that we're already hearing about stuff like this at this...
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    Max Power

    Jon Lester has a thread. James Shields has a thread. Cole Hamels has a thread. Even Brandon McCarthy has a thread. Why none for Scherzer?  With the report today from Michael Silverman that the Red Sox will pursue him more aggressively should they miss out on Lester, I figured the time was here...