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NEPP
Burlington, VT
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Concur on Seager...I would be pretty leery of such a deal.
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They've been very hesitant to give up Joc...and they dont need to make a deal. Thus, they might not.
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Good CF but not an AS level guy. He's basically Ben Revere with a better arm and a bit more power (but not HR power).
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Honestly, getting Hamels wouldn't make much sense for them given that you only need a 4 man rotation in the playoffs anyway and it'd mean putting Ryu or Beckett in the bullpen for the post-season.
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That'd be an interesting trade to make...
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Outside of Nola, this year's draft strategy seems pretty questionable to be honest.
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I concur as well...you dont give away players as they are still tradeable this off-season. Especially a guy like Lee who you basically have to pray finds it again as he has zero trade value right now.
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IMHO, Amaro's biggest weakness over the past 6 years as GM has been a complete inability to read the market and trends in baseball. He either jumps too soon with too much or he asks for way too much. He's basically terrible at evaluating the trade market, free agent market, etc.
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Ryan Howard, when asked what the last week was like, said, "You want to trade places?" *********** Yes...as long as I get paid $25 million to suck at my job.
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Too bad "The Mick" didn't take care of himself. What an amazing talent. ************ Blowing out his knee on a sprinkler head in RF during his rookie year didn't do him any favors either.
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To qualify my "nearly 100 innings more a year" comment, I pulled the actual averages: Pedro's 7 year peak: 201 IP Sandy's 6 year peak: 272 IP There's also the reality that Pedro averaged just 28 GS a year in that peak while Koufax averaged 35 and Koufax had CG in 115 of his 211 starts compared to Pedro's 34 CG in 199 GS. But it was a different era so pitchers were used differently. Pedro wins out in a lot of other areas like SO/9 and SO/BB...as well as demolishing him in ERA+ at 213 to 156.
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Who knows...its impossible to say really. Koufax also threw nearly 100 innings more a year than Pedro so there's that. Was Gibson better than Maddux or Randy Johnson? I dont know. Its impossible to say really. All we can really say is that Pedro dominated his era more than any other pitcher dominated their respective eras in the history of the game.
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Nobody stacks up to Pedro's peak...not even Koufax (a great comp for Kershaw actually). Kershaw is literally the modern day Koufax. Pedro though...he was something else.
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Howard isn't lost...he just isn't a good player anymore and he hasn't been for a couple of years.
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http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/baseball-hall-of-fame-changes-its-induction-rules?ymd=20140726&content_id=86398586&vkey=news_mlb Link...
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I'm kinda shocked by the HOF's decision to drop eligibility back to 10 years from 15. Seems like a massive mistake as the bar for Hall entry is already way higher now than it ever used to be. Way too many deserving guys getting left on the outside looking in these days. This will only make the logjam worse.
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If you paid %90 of his salary, someone would take Pap...but then why would you do that as you still likely wouldn't get a good prospect back given his red flags and remaining years of that contract. Rollins would be tradable easily if not for the FNTC...same as Utley. Lee isn't going anywhere and neither is Howard.
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Using a player's RBI total to make any sort of lineup decision is pretty idiotic to say the least.
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Oh, BTW, Sandberg and Howard had a 15 minute closed meeting before today's game so they already did that, Iceman. It was all over twitter this morning.
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If this is the start of a process to beat Howard down to the point where he is willing to accept a buyout (and I suspect that's what it is), then it's one of the more classless and undignified things I've seen from the FO here (that usually gets high marks from players, no matter who the GM is). If this was the BoSox, they'd also have Peter Gammons start ripping him in the press...I wonder if they'll get Jayson Stark to do it instead? This is a process that is hardly unique to the Phillies sadly.
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Lefty Wade Miley going against the Phils Friday. More pine time for Howie or will Sandberg cave? There is zero reason to start Howard against a LHP...therefore, I fully expect that he will do so.
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I wouldn't write off Franco or JP Crawford like that....
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Diekman is a great LOOGY...they just need to accept his limitations and use him correctly.
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Nola's HR issue could be as simple as poor pitch selection against pro hitters compared to college guys. Or it could just be a fluke of small sample size given his other solid peripherals.
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