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    You can't groove a pitch to Altuve with Marisnick on deck. You just can't. Marisnick is not a hitter. Take your chances with him.

    Also, just a pet peeve, but Merlin mentioned Moneyball. It's one of the biggest shams in baseball. I loved the movie, but the A's success had nothing to do with the Moneyball philosophy. They had 3 fantastic pitchers at the height of their careers in Mark Mulder, Barry Zito and Tim Hudson. Let's also not forget that they had an MVP shortstop in Miguel Tejada and one of the best hitters in the game in Eric Chavez.

    Moneyball is bullshit.

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    And so the "Off season" and subsequent re-tooling begins!!!! Just a few "off the cuff" thoughts about the ensuing contracts and "Dump or Keep"moves:
    1. Pitching: Obviously, Tanaka, Paxton and German are under contract. We don't know, German's capacity in the post season, but a promising season says "keep" (assuming off field issues are resolved). The first three are under contract for now and Montgomery Under contract) should be healthy as a #5 starter possibility. However we must have a top of the line ace!!! Cole, is someone we need to seriously consider.
    2. Shortstop: Sign, Didi if possible and somewhat reasonable for 3 yrs max, IMHO. Despite a mediocre ALCS. He's important to the team as a leader and is still a quality bat and fielder. Leave Gleyber at 2nd.
    3. 3rd/1st base: I think, Voit may suffer a setback here. I'd give strong consideration to moving Andujar to 1st. Of course, D.J. is a must to start everyday and maybe him, Andujar and Urshela can rotate at the two positions. It's very hard for me to see a healthy, Andujar's bat not be in the lineup everyday. Urshela may end up as a defensive back-up/injury insurance. This situation bears critical thought and resolution. D.J. is a must extend for at least 2-3 more years than his current contract
    4. Outfield: Judge is under contract and so is Hicks. That leaves LF and injury replacement. I think you have to try and bring back, Gardy. Stanton can play left occasionally, but he must take the DH role for the most part. Maybin or Frazier may be guys to look at for the bench. I assume, Frazier is cheaper, but he could be trade bait and maybe Maybin can be had for a reasonable contract. This situation also bears careful consideration. To me, Gardy is a no brainer despite his age. He also contributes to the clubhouse and C.C. is gone.
    5. DH: Lotta guys for this role, but you gotta go with, Stanton. Encarnacion would be great, but his $20 mil option has to go before he gets consideration and that is not likely to happen. That leaves, Voit, possibly mixing in, Andujar and some rotation among the starters. I'm probably missing some folks here at this writing.
    6. Catcher: I am becoming less and less a fan of "The Kraken", but I believe he is under contract and he probably should get at least one more year to prove himself. He's only done that in flashes to be fair and needs to stay healthy and want to contribute (his attitude seems lacking). Romine then becomes a MUST sign. There probably aren't as qualified and contract friendly options out there in the FA market. A quick pass at the list seems to offer primarily starters at this position. Romine is a familiar, above average back up whose bat has improved IMHO.

    Cashman, has some tough decisions to be sure, but I have faith he'll figure it out and improve the team such that it can finally beat, Houston!!!! I sure wish there was a way to realistically keep, Encarnacion but that is likely a pipe dream. A lot of folks will be in the "Cole Sweepstakes", but I'm sure if we want him we can get him. After him there really isn't anyone in the top of the rotation category (Strasburg will likely stay in D.C.). Next year is, Severino's year to finally step up and become the top of the line starter we so desperately need. He needs to overcome his post season issues (which he showed flash's of this PS). Fortunately, while there are a couple of serious decisions to be made to re-tool this club to beat, Houston and bring home a WS championship, the larger part of the team is still under contract. A few key upgrades/pieces need to be added to accomplish this goal IMHO

    Edit: I forgot to address the bullpen. Betances and Chapman have contracts expiring I believe. Tough call with them. Betances is coming off a year long injury and Chappy is getting old. Harris from the Astro's will be available, but we will need a 9th inning guy if they let Chappy go (his velocity is in decline on avg.) I haven't had a good look at possible FA closer's yet, but again I'll trust in, Cash!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    And so the "Off season" and subsequent re-tooling begins!!!! Just a few "off the cuff" thoughts about the ensuing contracts and "Dump or Keep"moves:
    1. Pitching: Obviously, Tanaka, Paxton and German are under contract. We don't know, German's capacity in the post season, but a promising season says "keep" (assuming off field issues are resolved. The first two are under contract for now and Montgomery should be healthy as a #5 starter. However we must have a top of the line ace!!! Cole, is someone we need to seriously consider.
    2. Shortstop: Sign, Didi if possible and somewhat reasonable for 3 yrs max IMHO despite a mediocre ALCS. He's important to the team as a leader and is still a quality bat and fielder. Leave, Gleyber at 2nd.
    3. 3rd/1st base: I think, Voit may suffer a setback here. I'd give strong consideration to moving Andujar to 1st. Of course, D.J. is a must to start everyday and maybe him, Andujar and Urshela can rotate at the two positions. It's very hard for me to see a healthy, Andujar's bat not be in the lineup everyday. Urshela may end up as a defensive back-up/injury insurance. This situation bears critical thought and resolution. D.J. is a must extend for at least 2-3 moere years than his current contract
    4. Outfield: Judge is under contract and so is Hicks. That leaves LF and injury replacement. I think you have to try and bring back, Gardy. Stanton can play left occasionally, but he must take the DH role for the most part. Maybin or Frazier maybe guys to look st for the bench. I assume, Frazier is cheaper, but he could be trade baitand maybe Maybin can be had for a reasonable contract. This situation also bears careful consideration. To me, Gardy is a no brainer despite his age. He also contributes to the clubhouse and C.C. is gone.
    5. DH: Lotta guys for this role, but you gotta go with, Stanton. Encarnacion would be great, but his $20 mil option has to go before he gets consideration and that is not likely to happen. That leaves, Voit, possibly mixing in, Andujar and some rotation among the starters. I'm probably missing some folks here at this writing.
    6. Catcher: I am beoming less and less a fan of "The Kraken", but I believe he is under contract and he probably should get at least one more year to prove himself. He's only done that in flashes to be fair and needs to stay healthy and want to contribute. Romine then becomes a MUST sign. There probably aren't as qualified and contract friendly options out there in the FA market. A quick pass at the list seems to offer primarily starters at this position. Romine is a familiar, above average back up whose bat has improved IMHO.

    Cashman, has some tough decisions to be sure, but I have faith he'll figure it out and improve the team such that itcan finally beat, Houston!!!! I sure wish there was a way to realistically keep, Encarnacion but that is likely a pipe dream. A loy of folks will be in the "Cole Sweepstakes", but I'm sure if we want him we can get him. After him there really isn't anyone in the top of the rotation category (Strasburg will likely stay in D.C.). Next year is, Severino's year to finally step up and become the top of the line starter we so desperately need. He needs to overcome his post season issues (which he showed flash's of this PS). Fortunately, while there are a couple of serious decisions to be made to re-tool this club to beat, Houston and bring home a WS championship, the larger part of the team is still under contract. A few key upgrades/pieces need to be added to accomplish this goal IMHO
    I know this is going to shock many people, but I pretty much agree with everything you said.

    I know a lot of people are souring on Sanchez because of his postseason struggles, but it's very hard to find a catcher that has that kind of offensive output, I would be careful moving him.

    Strasburg may go back to DC, but not after opting out of that contract. He's coming off of a career year and this will probably be his last contract in his prime. He's going to want big bucks. Not Cole bucks, which could be 40 mil a year, but still a pretty large contract.

    I think they will try to move Andujar. There are some rumors surfacing already that the Yankees may target a trade with the Indians for Lindor.

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    Washington destroyed Houston last night. 8 straight post season wins. GODDAMN!
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