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    Quote Originally Posted by ATLKoos16 View Post
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    Yeah. I would see something around 4 for $39-$44 for Prado being a very fair shake. I am not too worried about Heyward, Freeman, and Kimbrel. Standard policy is to get a couple years in to arbitration, and then lock the player up to 6 yrs or so. It works out best for the players and the team. Players have to gamble with health (if they get hurt during a season, then arb goes way down the next) and the team pays a little higher than arb on the front end, but much lower than arb on the first 3 or 4 yrs after arbitration. The asking price for a Freeman, Kimbrel and Heyward (espec Heyward) is going to be ridiculous once they get out of arbitration, so we wait a couple years and extend them to longer, team friendly contracts.

    I would be shocked if EOF went straight for Bonifacio. We would have to give up more prospects in addition I would think...I am on the fence with him.

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    It would be nice if we could attract the Marlins with a package for Stanton. Four more years of control...

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    So the World Baseball Classic teams were announced today and Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen were both selected. Can't say I'm overly thrilled that the two best pitchers on our team are going to have to go throw a boatload of pitches here over the offseason, but congrats to them anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HickCaesar View Post
    So the World Baseball Classic teams were announced today and Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen were both selected. Can't say I'm overly thrilled that the two best pitchers on our team are going to have to go throw a boatload of pitches here over the offseason, but congrats to them anyway.
    There is an estrict rule to prevent pitchers from getting injured, i think on the first round SP can throw 60 pitches, then on the second round 75 and the last two rounds 95. For relievers is 30 pitchers and can't pitch on consecutive days. I really don't mind letting those guys play in the WBC, in fact i'm really proud of my Dominican team because almost all our great player are going to participate in it, the USA team is great but it could be so much better, is like players just don't care and that's terrible for the tournament.

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    The biggest loser in the three- team deal between Seattle, Oakland and Washington on Wednesday - which saw outfielder Mike Morse land back with the Mariners - wasn't involved in the trade.

    It was free agent center fielder Michael Bourn.

    The trade takes another team off the list of teams who are looking for an outfielder. The Mariners now join the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox as teams who were all linked to Bourn entering the offseason, but all wound up going in a different direction for far less money.

    Why are teams shying away from Bourn, a two-time All-Star, who is arguably the game's best defensive center fielder and one who has had a .348 on-base percentage while averaging 54 steals over the last four seasons? And last season was probably his best year, as he hit .274 with 96 runs scored, 42 stolen bases and a career-high 57 RBI.

    So, what gives?

    Perhaps it's his asking price, or more specifically his agent, Scott Boras.

    Reportedly, Boras is seeking a $100 million deal for Bourn. It's hard to imagine that this late in the game a team would be willing to go that far, but remember Boras did get the Detroit Tigers to bite on a nine-year, $214 million (Prince Fielder) deal in late January a year ago.

    Now that situation was a little different with Victor Martinez tearing his ACL and the Tigers needing a bat, but the point remains, more times than not, Boras gets his man paid.

    And if you don't believe it, just ask reliever Rafael Soriano, who was able to pry $28 million out of the Nationals earlier in the week.

    Soriano was one of the better closers in the game last season and has twice saved over 40 games in a season. But the Nationals already had two quality closer-caliber pitchers on their roster in Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. But, then again Boras was able to get the New York Yankees to sign Soriano to a three-year $35 million deal in 2011 when they already had the best closer to ever play the game still on their team.

    Another Boras client, right-hander Kyle Lohse, also is still on the market with no real resolution in sight. In an age where pitching trumps all, you'd figure teams would be lining up outside Lohse's door considering he was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in a league-high 33 starts last season. He also struck out 143 batters, while walking just 38.

    Since the St. Louis Cardinals offered Lohse a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer, any team who signs him also would have to surrender a draft pick. Teams covet their picks more than ever these days, but the reason Lohse is still on the market is more likely because Boras is asking for the moon and then some.

    But, still, of those three players, Bourn figured to be the one to find a home pretty quick, regardless of a team having to give up a pick. He's one of the best outfielders in baseball, but he's not a household name. Teams aren't willing to give a 30-year-old player like that $20 million a year.

    There are a few teams that still make some sense for Bourn.

    The Texas Rangers seem like an ideal fit. They lost Josh Hamilton to free agency and need another outfielder, but by all accounts they are more concerned about shoring up their starting rotation than filling the void left by Hamilton.

    The Rangers have more than enough resources to give Bourn whatever he wants, but they also have an excess of middle infielders (and to a lesser extent third base, but it's not as big a deal to move a corner guy to a different corner), they could fill those holes with a trade. Cough ... Justin Upton ... cough.

    Then there are teams who might just be waiting this process out and will swoop in at the end and hope to land themselves a bargain. But can someone refresh my memory and remind me the last time a Boras client signed for a bargain?

    The Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers all fit that category. The selling point for those teams, other than the Brewers, is they would only have to surrender a second-round pick for his services.

    Boras and Fielder got lucky last year when Martinez got hurt. Bourn may need to catch a similar break if he wants to land the deal he wants.

    By hook or by crook, though, my money is on Boras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HickCaesar View Post
    So the World Baseball Classic teams were announced today and Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen were both selected. Can't say I'm overly thrilled that the two best pitchers on our team are going to have to go throw a boatload of pitches here over the offseason, but congrats to them anyway.
    Well, it's excellent practice for them. If we're looking at positives out of this.

    Great for Medsies in particular. From a LR to a MR to an ace starter and now finds himself representing his own country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HickCaesar View Post
    So the World Baseball Classic teams were announced today and Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen were both selected. Can't say I'm overly thrilled that the two best pitchers on our team are going to have to go throw a boatload of pitches here over the offseason, but congrats to them anyway.
    When is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beldugo
    There is an estrict rule to prevent pitchers from getting injured, i think on the first round SP can throw 60 pitches, then on the second round 75 and the last two rounds 95. For relievers is 30 pitchers and can't pitch on consecutive days. I really don't mind letting those guys play in the WBC, in fact i'm really proud of my Dominican team because almost all our great player are going to participate in it, the USA team is great but it could be so much better, is like players just don't care and that's terrible for the tournament.
    I agree but some blame is on the MLB. The league has done a terrible job of promoting itself over the years -- gotta do a better job of making the WBC (and other MLB events with so-so ratings) more appealing to, well, everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo95 View Post
    I agree but some blame is on the MLB. The league has done a terrible job of promoting itself over the years -- gotta do a better job of making the WBC (and other MLB events with so-so ratings) more appealing to, well, everyone.
    Yeah they really don't promote it at all, not sure why, it's a fun event.

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    The WBC needs to be played in late November or Early December..
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    For the record Simba is playing for Netherlands and Prado for Venezuela. Definitely going to be watching this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRAVE KID View Post
    For the record Simba is playing for Netherlands and Prado for Venezuela. Definitely going to be watching this.
    That will be interesting to watch...

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    Well E'OF avoided arbitration-anybody know how much he got?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baseballislife7 View Post
    Well E'OF avoided arbitration-anybody know how much he got?
    3.7 M he got almost exactly what he was projected.

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