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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 15, 2017 at 02:01 PM (#5417782)
This is great. Thanks for enduring the warm temperatures for us.

Moreland's spray charts for outfield show lots of flies to left, and line drives in every direction. The former would be typical of a LH hitter: grounders to right, flies to left.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 15, 2017 at 02:43 PM (#5417816)
I'm toughing it out. Only 68 degrees today, pray for me.

I can't tell you how fired up I am about Devers. Holy #### was he demolishing the baseball.
   3. GGC Posted: March 15, 2017 at 02:57 PM (#5417823)
I'll take slush over wildfires.
   4. villageidiom Posted: March 15, 2017 at 02:58 PM (#5417824)
I think we've heard enough to say Devers gets the first Jose Jinx™ of the spring.
   5. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: March 15, 2017 at 03:22 PM (#5417840)
Thanks for the update!
   6. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:55 AM (#5418197)
The Wild fires were about ten miles south of where I am. That was a little more exciting than I needed.
   7. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 10:14 AM (#5418207)
Lastly, there was a very sweet moment when Jarrod Saltalamacchia left the field.


Man, that Barves trade for Teixeira was terrible.
   8. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 10:21 AM (#5418212)
I can't tell you how fired up I am about Devers. Holy #### was he demolishing the baseball.


So, optimistically, the Sox get a cromulent 1.5-2.5 WAR out of Fat Panda in 2017, start him there in 2018, trade him mid-way through the season, and bring in Devers full time? Fatty would be owed around $32M for the 2nd half of 2018, 2019, and the buyout in 2020. The Sox eat enough of the contract and they potentially actually get something back for him. Yes? No?
   9. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 16, 2017 at 10:29 AM (#5418214)
That all makes sense to me. I wont be surprised if Panda joins the Castillo/Craig group of players punted to purgatory. Id be surprised if even eating contract makes him appealing to another team.
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 11:44 AM (#5418253)
Id be surprised if even eating contract makes him appealing to another team.


In my hypothetical he is coming off of a 2 WAR 2017 and playing the same in 2018, and he'd only be 31, so a decent bet to do something similar in 2019. Someone has got to need a 2 WAR 3B for very little.

Of course he could also pop another belt buckle while swinging at a ball in the dirt...
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: March 16, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5418309)
There's a funny quote from Pedroia in an interview on ESPN.COM:
Your contract runs through 2021, by which time you will be 38. Since 1950, Joe Morgan, Lou Whitaker and Jeff Kent are the only full-time second basemen to have an .800 or better OPS at age 38.

DP: The good part about that is I'm a shortstop. [The Red Sox] have been not using me properly for the last 12 years or whatever, so that's the way I look at it. You say second basemen don't age well? Well, that's great because that's not my best position anyway.
   12. jmurph Posted: March 16, 2017 at 02:24 PM (#5418386)
There's a funny quote from Pedroia in an interview on ESPN.COM:

That's outstanding.
   13. villageidiom Posted: March 16, 2017 at 02:53 PM (#5418420)
That is the most Pedroian quote ever.

Better than all of these.
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: March 16, 2017 at 03:15 PM (#5418454)
Ask Jeff F-ing Francis if he knows the best Pedroia quote.
   15. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 20, 2017 at 08:16 PM (#5420302)
That is Pedroia through and through.

I went to the game on Friday and today, a few more notes;

-liked what I saw from Kendrick, I'm fearful that his pitch to contact thing just results in a beating against good teams but he threw strikes, mixed pitches and changed speeds well.

-Sandoval was running the bases aggressively and something approximating quickly today. He hustled a double went to third in a grounder tomshort and scored on a short sac fly, each game I've seen he hasn't been just a bit more impressive than the last.

-Noe Ramirez has been awful. Don't know if it's his location or what but he has done nothing to make me feel like he's a part of any kind of depth answer right now.

-I mentioned CJ Chatham n the original piece. While I still haven't seen him the Sorospect guys had some video of him taking BP.

-Saw Swihart catch today. Nothing really noteworthy about his performance behind the plate.

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