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   1. ericr Posted: January 08, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5602990)
Are we witnessing a shift in the free agency schedule? In the past few years, there were a few oddities where quality free agents signed late in the game. This year, it seems like it's everyone.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 08, 2018 at 05:29 PM (#5603001)
I don't think so. I think this is a weird year;

1. You have several big spenders sitting this one out to get under the luxury tax.

2. Next year is a potentially ridiculous class so teams are gearing up for that and trying to keep the decks cleared for that.

3. This year's class isn't special. Is there anyone on the list you look at and think "he's a future Hall of Famer?" Guys like Hosmer and Martinez are very very good but not superstars. They are not unlike last year's class and the contracts those guys got were much less than what is being tossed around here (Turner 4/64, Encarnacion 3/60, Cespedes 4/110) and you've got those guys targeting considerably longer deals. I suspect if Martinez took a Cespedes deal he would've signed on November 30 like Cespedes did.
   3. ericr Posted: January 09, 2018 at 11:21 AM (#5603323)
It is a weird year for sure, but there must've been previous years similar to it, and I don't remember any delay like this.
   4. villageidiom Posted: January 09, 2018 at 05:21 PM (#5603657)
Anyway, just didn’t want y’all to feel like you were being neglected.  I mean you are, I just don’t want you to feel that way.
HEY, I'M THE ONE WHO DOES THE NEGLECTING AROUND HERE.
Are we witnessing a shift in the free agency schedule? In the past few years, there were a few oddities where quality free agents signed late in the game. This year, it seems like it's everyone.
As Jose suggested, there aren't many quality free agents this year. But still, this doesn't seem like an atypical year to me, except that there flat-out isn't any baseball news of any kind for us to react to. Last year we had Buchholz getting traded, and the continued dramas around issues both medical (Swihart, Wright) and gastronomical (Sandoval) to sort out. This year we have... Patriots in first, Celtics in first, Bruins in 2nd with a bullet, and the Red Sox doing absolutely nothing to distract us from any of that. It's weird.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 10, 2018 at 11:27 AM (#5603959)
I wonder what the Marlins would want for Starlin Castro. He seems like he'd be a good fit in the Nunez role. Can he fake it at shortstop or third base if need be? Not like Nunez was a Mark Belanger/Brooks Robinson impersonator.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: January 10, 2018 at 01:04 PM (#5604080)
Did you know that he had asked the Marlins for a trade, or just a coincidence?
   7. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 10, 2018 at 01:20 PM (#5604094)
He seems like he'd be a good fit in the Nunez role.


The name I've been hearing, especially with Gerritt Cole getting traded, is Josh Harrison from Pitt. Less bat than Castro, but better defense, and with two option years on his contract is pretty ideal for what the Sox need.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 10, 2018 at 01:25 PM (#5604099)
Did you know that he had asked the Marlins for a trade, or just a coincidence?


Yeah that was the trigger. I had had the thought when the trade happened as it wasn't a big reach to think they might flip him. If he's actively interested in getting out then count me in.

Harrison is interesting too. Those are definitely the guys they should be poking around. I suspect the cost for Castro would be considerably less than the cost for Harrison.
   9. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 10, 2018 at 02:18 PM (#5604125)
I suspect the cost for Castro would be considerably less than the cost for Harrison.


Eh, not so sure about that. Harrison is 30 and has the 3rd highest contract on the Pirates team this year. Plus, he just had his 2nd best season, after two sorta down years. Pittsburgh could very well be motivated to sell him while his value his high. And for the Sox specifically - in theory their need for a 2B goes away in June, so Pitt could lose a trade partner if they wait until mid season to trade him.

Conversely, I sorta feel like the Marlins have dug themselves into a hole a little bit. Their PR is so bad I could see them holding on to their disgruntled players for a bit just so they don't have to face even more scorn for completely gutting the team. I'm guessing Castro won't be moved until mid-season at the earliest, once the smattering of fans in Miami realize it doesn't matter if the Marlins trade every player with any value, they are going to suck regardless.
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 12, 2018 at 04:17 PM (#5605659)
Supposedly The Sox have come to an agreement with every arb eligible player except for Betts. Hope they can avoid having to present their case against him.
   11. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 12, 2018 at 05:07 PM (#5605704)
That would be nice. I think Mookie is a bit like Ellsbury in that he understands the business aspect of this and is willing to go year to year.
   12. Morton's Fork Posted: January 26, 2018 at 08:03 AM (#5613794)
This is a weird year for sure. Per Jose:

1. You have several big spenders sitting this one out to get under the luxury tax.

2. Next year is a potentially ridiculous class so teams are gearing up for that and trying to keep the decks cleared for that.

3. This year's class isn't special.


If you were JDM, wouldn't all this make you more willing to sign now rather than waiting? I think DD's got the upper hand here.
   13. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 26, 2018 at 08:49 AM (#5613800)
The thing JDM has going for him is that while there isn't a huge market for him there also isn't a lot of competition. If the Sox don't sign him I'm not sure where they go so waiting as long as possible and hoping that Aaron Judge breaks his leg or George Springer falls into the Springfield Mystery Spot doesn't cost him anything. Even if the Sox don't raise their offer they probably aren't going to pull it back either so if February 11 rolls around he calls the Sox and says "yeah I'm in."

Now yesterday changes things. The Brewers are suddenly sitting on Yelich, Cain and then a mix of Santana, Broxton and Braun for one more spot. If I'm Dombrowski I've already called my favorite reporter for an "anonymous source" story about the Sox and Brewers discussing Santana. But JDM and Boras are going to be aware that the Sox aren't flush with prospects so such a deal would be a challenge but at least try to force the issue a bit.

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