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Saturday, January 12, 2019

MLB Rumors: ‘Mystery Team’ Involved In Manny Machado Sweepstakes

The Manny Machado sweepstakes were narrowed to two teams Friday, or so we thought.

The New York Yankees appeared to withdraw consideration for Machado’s services when they reportedly agreed to terms with veteran infielder DJ LeMahieu. Not to mention, a new report indicated not all Yankees executives were on board with the idea of bringing Machado to The Bronx.

As such, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox became the effective front runners to sign Machado in free agency. But according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, it still might be a three-horse race to acquire the four-time All-Star.

Are your blindfolds on, panel?

In that case, we begin the questioning of our Mystery Team with Dorothy Kilgallen. Ms. Kilgallen?

QLE Posted: January 12, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: free agency, manny machado, mysteries, rumors

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   1. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: January 12, 2019 at 08:55 AM (#5804883)
I assume Heyman’s “Sources” are Machado’s agents.
   2. Tony S Posted: January 12, 2019 at 09:39 AM (#5804884)

"Why do we need Manny Machado? We got DJ LeMahieu, after all!"

   3. asinwreck Posted: January 12, 2019 at 10:36 AM (#5804886)
Nippon Ham Fighters swooping in for the big free agent haul!
   4. The Duke Posted: January 12, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5804890)
He’s fit in nice on the Orioles - they have a lot of payroll space
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM (#5804904)
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: January 12, 2019 at 01:43 PM (#5804913)
Nippon Ham Fighters


Still have no idea if they are boxing pigs, or those who box with pigs (or sides of ham)...
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 12, 2019 at 02:22 PM (#5804920)
   8. Greg Pope Posted: January 12, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5804922)
As such, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox became the effective front runners to sign Machado in free agency.


One year ago, if you had suggested that these would be the two teams duking it out for Machado the following year, you would have been laughed out of town. Or off the message board, as it were.
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 13, 2019 at 02:53 AM (#5805015)
Nippon Ham Fighters swooping in for the big free agent haul!


Do you really think the Fighters fans would accept it if the team tried to replace this guy with Machado?
   10. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: January 13, 2019 at 06:59 AM (#5805022)
Thanks for the link, vortex. I'm really glad that Takuya Nakashima exists.
   11. bfan Posted: January 13, 2019 at 07:58 AM (#5805024)
if the lack of push by the Yankees and Red Sox because of their current needs is keeping the Machado salary number down, then any smart team ought to be a mystery suitor.

Take the Cubs-if they are looking at what the Yankees and Red Sox will have and be willing to do when Bryant hits free agency and decide that Bryant's salary will be bid up beyond proper value, then the Cubs ought to be in on Machado, and just take the overlap years with Bryant as an opportunity to excel in those years, with those 2. If you are making 10 year player commitments and looking at numbers this large, thinking about the team you will field just for next year is very short-sited.
   12. villageidiom Posted: January 13, 2019 at 08:01 AM (#5805025)
If I were the White Sox or Phillies I wouldn't be too worried about Manny joining up with Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby.
   13. Tim M Posted: January 13, 2019 at 11:36 AM (#5805044)
Read the Nakashima article - wow! Here are some of his stats from last year:

Home Runs: 0
Isolated Power: .025
Ground Ball Rate: 74.4 Percent
Pull Rate: 16.2 Percent
Sacrifices: 62
Foul Balls: 759 (<-- great video of lots of these)
Fouls/Swing With Two Strikes: 74.7 Percent

He's 5-9, 151 lb w/ Hamilton speed and best SS zone rating in NPB. The anti Chris Davis. I love this guy!
   14. puck Posted: January 13, 2019 at 12:29 PM (#5805052)
That article did the SI curse type thing on Nakashima. In 2017 he hit an HR, but his avg dropped to .203. His walks also dropped off and his OBP dove to .268. Looks like he rebounded in 2018, and still hit an HR.
   15. asinwreck Posted: January 13, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5805053)
That article did the SI curse type thing on Nakashima. In 2017 he hit an HR, but his avg dropped to .203. His walks also dropped off and his OBP dove to .268. Looks like he rebounded in 2018, and still hit an HR.

Hey, if Bartolo Colon can go yard, why not?
   16. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: January 13, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5805054)
Thanks for the link, vortex. I'm really glad that Takuya Nakashima exists.


Seconded, that was great and the linked videos in the article truly made me laugh in delight.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 13, 2019 at 12:51 PM (#5805057)

No thanks on Nakashima and going back to dead ball-era style. I prefer baseball players to have actual athletic ability rather than just being able to annoy the hell out of the opposition.
   18. Currey Posted: January 13, 2019 at 01:04 PM (#5805059)
I’ve been a fan of Mystery Team for well over a decade, but if they don’t sign one of Machado or Harper, it's the last straw. Sure, they’re always in on the top free agents, but when the dust settles, no one is wearing a MT cap. Or possibly they have and didn’t say; they’ve very tight-lipped. I can’t be sure the front office even met with Cliff Lee. Honestly, they won’t even tell me where they play or against whom. I watched the 2009 documentary “Mystery Team” thinking it could clear up the confusion, but it didn’t help. It’s time for me to root for a team that won’t cause this much pain and confusion, so I’m buying a Cano Mets jersey.
   19. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: January 13, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5805062)
No thanks on Nakashima and going back to dead ball-era style. I prefer baseball players to have actual athletic ability rather than just being able to annoy the hell out of the opposition.


Like Terrence Gore!
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 13, 2019 at 01:40 PM (#5805072)
Read the Nakashima article - wow! Here are some of his stats from last year:


Like Mark Belanger reincarnated.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 13, 2019 at 01:52 PM (#5805077)
Golf clap to Currey.
   22. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 13, 2019 at 02:19 PM (#5805081)
That article did the SI curse type thing on Nakashima. In 2017 he hit an HR, but his avg dropped to .203. His walks also dropped off and his OBP dove to .268. Looks like he rebounded in 2018, and still hit an HR.


Nakashima was hurt in 2017 - he injured his left heel early in the season, and then strained his oblique in August. At one point his average was down to .160 when trying to play with the heel injury - he got hot (comparatively) to get up to .203.
   23. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: January 13, 2019 at 05:04 PM (#5805106)
No thanks on Nakashima and going back to dead ball-era style. I prefer baseball players to have actual athletic ability rather than just being able to annoy the hell out of the opposition.
Ideally the game would have room for Troutean five-tool players, hulking one dimensional sluggers, Nakashimaesque mosquitoes, and every possible variant in between those three end points. The more potential routes to success, the better.
   24. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 13, 2019 at 11:09 PM (#5805191)
Machado reported to have an 8-year offer from the White Sox.
   25. bobm Posted: January 14, 2019 at 12:12 AM (#5805198)
As such, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox became the effective front runners to sign Machado in free agency.

One year ago, if you had suggested that these would be the two teams duking it out for Machado the following year, you would have been laughed out of town. Or off the message board, as it were.


The White Sox, Yankees, and Phillies probably have the lowest payroll to revenue ratios in MLB.
   26. Bug Selig Posted: January 14, 2019 at 07:51 AM (#5805210)
First time I've ever heard anyone accuse the best SS in a real pro league of having no athletic ability.
   27. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 14, 2019 at 09:06 AM (#5805214)
Honestly, they won’t even tell me where they play or against whom.

They're a semi-pro team in Alaska of mythical talent. But it's hard to judge how good they actually are until that reported series with the Mets actually happens.
   28. Currey Posted: January 14, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5805259)
Thanks Steve, I did some research on that proposed series. While they haven't announced the date for the game, they did say ? and the Mysterians will be singing the national anthem and after the game, a selection of tunes like "Ball of Confusion" and "You Met Your Match"
   29. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 14, 2019 at 10:59 AM (#5805260)
First time I've ever heard anyone accuse the best SS in a real pro league of having no athletic ability.
You know what I mean.
   30. jingoist Posted: January 14, 2019 at 11:09 AM (#5805265)
Ms Kilgallen guessed the New York Highlanders and it is now over to Bennet Cerf for his estimable prediction.

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