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  1. Sticky: The Buchanan who traveled north with the club was...

    The Buchanan who traveled north with the club was not the same pitcher from the spring or last season. If I had any reason to believe he would walk more than say 3.30 BB/9, then I might have agreed...
  2. Sticky: Biddle is still a prospect, although his recent...

    Biddle is still a prospect, although his recent health history is worrisome. I wouldn't call him a blue chipper, but he could become something.
  3. Sticky: Eflin has low strikeout rates and Quinn is...

    Eflin has low strikeout rates and Quinn is leaning on a .451 BABIP. Don't get too excited about either of them.
  4. Sticky: Franco is somebody whose results matter a lot...

    Franco is somebody whose results matter a lot less than the scouting report. They'll be careful promoting him. He's not a big enough prospect to drive ticket sales, so it could even benefit the org...
  5. Sticky: The situations would have been comparable if the...

    The situations would have been comparable if the Phillies tried to trade Howard two years ago. Now, scouts are saying he's not a major league player, so there's no way to move him.

    The best the...
  6. Sticky: Something like Jesmuel Valentin and Victor Arano....

    Something like Jesmuel Valentin and Victor Arano. And then you hope the prospects you chose can avoid any complaints of domestic violence.
  7. Sticky: I disagree re: Buchanan. He looked much sharper...

    I disagree re: Buchanan. He looked much sharper in the spring. He'll be a better version of Kyle Kendrick.
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    Sticky: Well Aiken's going to have a new UCL before...

    Well Aiken's going to have a new UCL before long...
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    Sticky: I'd guess there's a very good chance he's at...

    I'd guess there's a very good chance he's at least #10. He's basically lost 2 critical seasons of development. TJ reinjury become an issue between 400 IP to 8 years after the initial surgery...
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    Sticky: I think it helps that he's near his ceiling. His...

    I think it helps that he's near his ceiling. His downside is probably something like Dayan Viciedo. His upside isn't great, but it's in the 2 to 4 win range.
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    Sticky: Forgot to link to this earlier, JP ranks #10 by...

    Forgot to link to this earlier, JP ranks #10 by Kiley McDaniel's standards. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-fangraphs-top-200-prospect-list/

    I've actually grown to like Kiley's analysis most of...
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    No idea. I've only seen Cactus League games.

    No idea. I've only seen Cactus League games.
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    Herrera is back in the lineup today, playing...

    Herrera is back in the lineup today, playing center field for the second day. It would be a huge boon if he can man the position. Revere is a better defensive fit for left field (where he's playing...
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    Of course, Giles is going to earn some saves...

    Of course, Giles is going to earn some saves soon, so we're not really discussing the two real options. The club could pull a Rays and hire guys like Balfour to keep Giles in the eighth, but that's...
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    That's not true in the linear scenario (i.e....

    That's not true in the linear scenario (i.e. Giles continues to pitch at this level without injury). If he started closing now, he would earn well over $15MM in his final year of eligibility. More if...
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    I'm not following. What Buster says makes perfect...

    I'm not following. What Buster says makes perfect sense.

    Saves cause arbitration costs to spike. A pitcher could be Craig Kimbrel, but without saves he'll never make more than $5MM in...
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    Mario Hollands appears to have a strained flexor...

    Mario Hollands appears to have a strained flexor tendon. That opens the door for Rule 5 pick Andy Oliver. He has good stuff, just needs to discover command/control (not sure which having not watched...
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    It's probably going to take a lot longer than...

    It's probably going to take a lot longer than April. A team like the Red Sox, Dodgers, or even Cubs could decide to strike early. Honestly, that's a Ruben sort of move. Most club's are very risk...
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    They'd like to trade Andrus, but he has to...

    They'd like to trade Andrus, but he has to bounceback first so they can offload the contact. Otherwise, the club is mostly looking to reduce expenses and add prospects. Trust me, they won't consider...
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    The Rangers weren't competitive before Darvish...

    The Rangers weren't competitive before Darvish went on the disabled list. They were entering the season with the same aspirations as the 2013 Phillies. They had enough guys that were recently good...
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    Sticky: Hey folks, I have awesome seats available to most...

    Hey folks, I have awesome seats available to most games. Kind of pricey, but you get what you pay for. You'll occasionally be on TV when Howard and other lefties hit. They come as a set of 3. Our...
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    Sure, but they'll just use them instead of...

    Sure, but they'll just use them instead of acquiring Hamels. Pompey, Sanchez, and Norris are a few that jump to mind.

    Here's their system write-up -...
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    I'm pretty sure there is a greater than 50%...

    I'm pretty sure there is a greater than 50% chance he's traded this season. Somebody will take him as a pinch hitter down the stretch. The Phils will be happy to push $4MM off the books and call it a...
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    I think he was just listing interesting Yankees....

    I think he was just listing interesting Yankees. At least some of them must have been included. I'm hearing it was Judge and parts.
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    I suspect it's old news. That happens from time...

    I suspect it's old news. That happens from time to time. And to be entirely accurate, teams will start watching players long before a need arises. They know Howard is a good fit for the park and the...
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