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Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Astros Targeting Long-Term Catcher

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2017 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 01, 2018 at 03:42 AM (#5599188)
Everyone assumes the Marlins will demand a ton of prospects for Realmuto. I bet if a team offers to take Wei-Yin Chen and his awful contract off their hands, the Marlins would give up Realmuto in a heartbeat.
   2. bfan Posted: January 01, 2018 at 08:02 AM (#5599197)
what does interest for Jonathan Lucroy have to do with acquiring a long-term answer at catcher?
   3. Astroenteritis Posted: January 01, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5599220)
When I saw the phrase "long-term catcher", my obviously not ready for the new year brain thought, "unlike Biggio."
   4. PreservedFish Posted: January 01, 2018 at 12:11 PM (#5599232)
This notes column seems positively Gammonsian, with all the irrelevant asides, comma gore and bizarre flow.

The Cardinals remain interested in acquiring a closer, so Greg Holland is an option. The injury to Zach Britton probably strengthens the free agencies of those two star closers.

Arroyo, a Tampa Bay product and by all accounts is a terrific kid, and the Rays’ deal to acquire him, veteran outfielder Denard Span and two prospects for Longoria was a good one, jump-starting their rebuild.

[The Cubs] are said to have made a spirited attempt to trade for Machado – though it couldn’t be confirmed that all of Russell, Almora and Montgomery were offered. Montgomery was in the mix, and it is apparent Machado would have taken Russell’s shortstop spot, so he may well have been, too.

The Astros met with Darvish, but in some ways Jake Arrieta would make more sense.

   5. PreservedFish Posted: January 01, 2018 at 12:13 PM (#5599233)
Reading my first quote above, I suspect that it initially said "Greg Holland and Wade Davis are options." Someone edited that sentence after Davis signed with the Rockies, but did not think to edit the following sentence.
   6. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 01, 2018 at 02:21 PM (#5599288)
[The Cubs] are said to have made a spirited attempt to trade for Machado – though it couldn’t be confirmed that all of Russell, Almora and Montgomery were offered. Montgomery was in the mix, and it is apparent Machado would have taken Russell’s shortstop spot, so he may well have been, too.

If that report is true, then the Orioles made a mistake by not taking it. And the Cubs are ridiculous for offering it.
   7. McCoy Posted: January 01, 2018 at 02:27 PM (#5599289)
Theo would probably have to be dragged out back and shot if he made that deal.
   8. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: January 01, 2018 at 02:31 PM (#5599292)
And the Cubs are ridiculous for offering it.


Absolutely. Russell, Almora, and Monty for 1 year of Machado at basically market rate? That's insane. I wouldn't trade Russell for Machado straight up. Machado is obviously better, but 1 year of Machado for 4 of Russell?
   9. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: January 01, 2018 at 02:39 PM (#5599295)
The Cubs have a very good/potentially great IF, all under team control for 4 more years. Why would they mess that up to trade for a 1 year rental bat playing out of position?

   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: January 01, 2018 at 02:42 PM (#5599297)
The 4 Cubs IF are going to make ~ a combined $19 mil this year. Machado is estimated to get $17.3 mil this year. The deal makes no sense on so many levels.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: January 01, 2018 at 02:51 PM (#5599305)
Funny, I didn't even consider the content of that rumor, I was so focused on the clunky writing. Or maybe the clunkiness of the whole column made me automatically disregard it.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: January 01, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5599319)
Not to mention that trade would create an even bigger hole in CF -- Ian Happ, full-time CF? If there's any truth to the rumor it suggests (a) Theo is highly confident he can sign Machado and (b) the Cubs think it's very unlikely Russell's bat ever arrives. Or there was some other useful stuff coming back (Britton? prospects?) but the O's aren't known for having lots of useful stuff.
   13. Rally Posted: January 02, 2018 at 01:32 PM (#5599639)
The Cubs have a very good/potentially great IF, all under team control for 4 more years. Why would they mess that up to trade for a 1 year rental bat playing out of position?


Understandable that the package would be a lot to give up for a one year rental, but Machado would not be playing out of position. He played 52 games at short from 2015-16, and played it very well.
   14. Zonk, Genius of the Stables Posted: January 02, 2018 at 01:38 PM (#5599643)
I feel like Thed is smart enough that the rumored deal almost certainly included Britton coming along for the ride, too.... Still not sure I'd be all that happy with that - even prior to the injury - but I really tend to doubt the Cubs were going to chase Machado alone to such an extent.
   15. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 02, 2018 at 03:27 PM (#5599744)
Not to mention that trade would create an even bigger hole in CF -- Ian Happ, full-time CF?


Jacoby Ellsbury, full-time CF!

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