NLDS: Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw to start on 3 days rest.

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#1 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

Pitchers and Catchers start reporting in less than one week :D

#2 Posted by Namgis (3575 posts) -

I'm pumped. Yanks for #28.

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Hope Hafner can produce. With the short porch in right, he could have a good year. Still need an everyday catcher.

#3 Posted by JohnBean42 (2810 posts) -

Can't wait for the season to get underway. Going to be a great season. Very high expectations on Gibby and the team.

Shame about Chris Carpenter though. http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8917882/chris-carpenter-st-louis-cardinals-likely-pitch-season

#4 Posted by monkeytoes61 (8339 posts) -
Another sub .500 season in the making for the Mariners.
#5 Posted by Oleg_Huzwog (21885 posts) -

Another sub .500 season in the making for the Mariners.monkeytoes61

Not necessarily.  They were only 6 games under .500 last year.  Division realignment alone makes up for that difference.  Last year's team could've been over .500 if they got to play the Astros 18 times.

#6 Posted by 36Ounces (2065 posts) -

Hell yea, can't wait to see what my team look like this year.

#7 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3921 posts) -
#8 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

Ryan Braun has been connected to the Biogenesis clinc, surprise, surprise

Boston_Boyy

I knew I should worried about drafting him in my leagues :| As for real baseball, MLB is begging the Feds to get involve. They really want to get these guys. 

#9 Posted by X360PS3AMD05 (36298 posts) -
Say it aint so Joe!! I thought Braun was clean.......... In good news it appears some people complained when MLB Network left the crawler up during A League of their Own and this week they removed it again for Eight Men Out on Bleacher Features.
#10 Posted by yokofox33 (29402 posts) -

Braun was never clean. He got off on a technicality even though he tested positive. I hope all these guys get severely punished, but in reality they'll get a slap on the wrist even if convicted.

#11 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -
If Braun is 50 Games out the Brewers would probably be done.
#12 Posted by 36Ounces (2065 posts) -

haha wasn't surprised to hear bout Braun. He probably been doin it since his days at Miami.

#13 Posted by ps3theJT (1137 posts) -

Go Dodgers, I think we win the west. Hopefully Matt kemp could stay healthy this year. Favorite player to watch. 

#14 Posted by Oleg_Huzwog (21885 posts) -

It's February, and Michael Bourn is still unsigned?  At this stage, is he now waiting for someone to get injured during Spring Training in hopes of a team making a panic move and offering him far more years and dollars than he's worth?

#15 Posted by Namgis (3575 posts) -

At this point, the 50 game first time suspension doesn't seem to a big enough deterrent. I would up that to 100, then 250 and finally banned. I know the union wont go for it, but the policy isn't doing squat. Clean up the game or just open the gates and have a separate wing in the HOF for these guys.

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Yankees' Alex Rodriguez thinks his team and Major League Baseball are out to get him after recent PED scandalNYDailyNews

I think he's right. The Yanks would be daft not to be looking long and hard at getting out of his remaining deal. 100+ million dollars they'd clear from their ledger.

 

#16 Posted by Oleg_Huzwog (21885 posts) -

Felix Hernandez and the Mariners have replaced the last 2 years of his current contract, and agreed to a new 7 year / $175 million deal.  Highest paid pitcher in history.  Awesome.  Worth every penny.

#17 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3921 posts) -

Felix Hernandez and the Mariners have replaced the last 2 years of his current contract, and agreed to a new 7 year / $175 million deal.  Highest paid pitcher in history.  Awesome.  Worth every penny.

Oleg_Huzwog

Justin Verlander is a second happiest man in the Baseball right now.

#18 Posted by 36Ounces (2065 posts) -

[QUOTE="Oleg_Huzwog"]

Felix Hernandez and the Mariners have replaced the last 2 years of his current contract, and agreed to a new 7 year / $175 million deal. Highest paid pitcher in history. Awesome. Worth every penny.

Boston_Boyy

Justin Verlander is a second happiest man in the Baseball right now.



Why second? Dude's dating Kate Upton.

#19 Posted by Namgis (3575 posts) -


Why second? Dude's dating Kate Upton.36Ounces

Probably since his contract is coming up soon and they ditched the King's final years and gave him a huge extension. JV should soon top this deal if Detroit is smart.

#20 Posted by JohnBean42 (2810 posts) -

[QUOTE="36Ounces"]
Why second? Dude's dating Kate Upton.Namgis

Probably since his contract is coming up soon and they ditched the King's final years and gave him a huge extension. JV should soon top this deal if Detroit is smart.

Him, Price or Kershaw should make $200 million, easy. Maybe all 3.

#21 Posted by jsmoke03 (12786 posts) -

[QUOTE="Namgis"]

[QUOTE="36Ounces"]
Why second? Dude's dating Kate Upton.JohnBean42

Probably since his contract is coming up soon and they ditched the King's final years and gave him a huge extension. JV should soon top this deal if Detroit is smart.

Him, Price or Kershaw should make $200 million, easy. Maybe all 3.

price isnt getting that from tampa thats for sure
#22 Posted by X360PS3AMD05 (36298 posts) -
I like how the Dominicans bunted with 2 on and nobody out with Hanley at the plate :lol: They played for one run and that's all they got, then Mexico won the game. Bunting...esp. with good players at the dish, beautiffuuuuullll :lol:
#23 Posted by JohnBean42 (2810 posts) -
[QUOTE="JohnBean42"]

[QUOTE="Namgis"]

Probably since his contract is coming up soon and they ditched the King's final years and gave him a huge extension. JV should soon top this deal if Detroit is smart.

jsmoke03

Him, Price or Kershaw should make $200 million, easy. Maybe all 3.

price isnt getting that from tampa thats for sure

No, he wouldn't. He deserves it though, IMO. And the M's and Felix deal isn't done. It might actually fall apart to an "elbow issue"
#24 Posted by Ring_of_fire (15653 posts) -
I don't get why teams announce signings before it becomes official....
#25 Posted by JohnBean42 (2810 posts) -
I don't get why teams announce signings before it becomes official....Ring_of_fire
I don't think the Mariners ever announced it...it was just about bunch of "sources" from reporters saying it was done, or near done.
#26 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3921 posts) -

Michael Bourn has signed a 4-year $48M with the Indians.  That's certainly...surprising.

#27 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

Michael Bourn has signed a 4-year $48M with the Indians.  That's certainly...surprising.

Boston_Boyy
Finally, have him on my keeper league and was worried about him....now unto the real world, Indians might have a decent offense with Santana, Cabrera, Swisher and now Bourn. Still, maybe only better than the Twins on that division.
#28 Posted by jsmoke03 (12786 posts) -
[QUOTE="jsmoke03"][QUOTE="JohnBean42"] Him, Price or Kershaw should make $200 million, easy. Maybe all 3.JohnBean42
price isnt getting that from tampa thats for sure

No, he wouldn't. He deserves it though, IMO. And the M's and Felix deal isn't done. It might actually fall apart to an "elbow issue"

the only pitcher i would give it to is kershaw only because of how good he has been, his age and what ballpark he pitches in. i would say verlander to if he was like 2 years younger
#29 Posted by GamerForca (7079 posts) -

Michael Bourn has signed a 4-year $48M with the Indians.  That's certainly...surprising.

Boston_Boyy
That's all he got? Why didn't he just resign with Atlanta? Must've held out thinking he was going to get more, and then settled when he didn't get any bigger offers. Definitely surprising.
#30 Posted by Ring_of_fire (15653 posts) -
[QUOTE="Boston_Boyy"]

Michael Bourn has signed a 4-year $48M with the Indians.  That's certainly...surprising.

GamerForca
That's all he got? Why didn't he just resign with Atlanta? Must've held out thinking he was going to get more, and then settled when he didn't get any bigger offers. Definitely surprising.

I heard on MLBN radio he was asking the Braves for 15M+ before B.J Upton. The market for him really crashed after Upton's deal...
#31 Posted by GamerForca (7079 posts) -
That's about what I figured. Looks like he screwed himself. Probably could've gotten 14/year from the Braves. Oh well.
#32 Posted by Ring_of_fire (15653 posts) -
That's about what I figured. Looks like he screwed himself. Probably could've gotten 14/year from the Braves. Oh well.GamerForca
yeah....I am not sure if I'd want to sign Bourn to that, unless the Braves would get the 1st half Bourn for the whole season. ESPECIALLY since he's getting up there in ages, and his legs won't be the same at the end of the contract. Different topic: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/dc/ I don't see this as being completely accurate. I expect more from the Jays, and I doubt the Nats and the Braves finish below 90 wins.
#33 Posted by sherman-tank1 (8111 posts) -

I got to admit, I really don't like this Red Sox team. Everybody is pointing fingers at each other, no accountability.

#34 Posted by JohnBean42 (2810 posts) -

I got to admit, I really don't like this Red Sox team. Everybody is pointing fingers at each other, no accountability.

sherman-tank1
I just don't see them as a good team. They are improved..but so are almost every other team in the East. And those predictions...I don't get. Toronto behind all those teams, with Boston and TB getting 86 wins? I think we can get 90 wins which should win the division. I'm not all that impressed with NY, but they're NY...they'll be good. Also think Nats and Braves wil get 90+ wins, and Oakland will finish 2nd in the West. Everything else is pretty good. Chicago may be better than Cleveland as well
#35 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -
I put more weight on the positional standings than the records. I'm guessing they are trying to be conservative. Still, I don't agree with some choices.
#36 Posted by X360PS3AMD05 (36298 posts) -
Hopefully the M's don't go down the road of the Rox or Twins. Fat contract to one guy (they were at least position players) and down the toilet. Clubhouse confidential tells us the Red Sox and went right out and blew the $50 Million saved from the big trade last summer, wth are they trying to do over there? Keep the fans from rioting for just a few years until they have good homegrown players i guess? Following up on the adjusting of fences http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/moving-the-fences-a-follow-up/
#37 Posted by sherman-tank1 (8111 posts) -

[QUOTE="sherman-tank1"]

I got to admit, I really don't like this Red Sox team. Everybody is pointing fingers at each other, no accountability.

JohnBean42

I just don't see them as a good team. They are improved..but so are almost every other team in the East. And those predictions...I don't get. Toronto behind all those teams, with Boston and TB getting 86 wins? I think we can get 90 wins which should win the division. I'm not all that impressed with NY, but they're NY...they'll be good. Also think Nats and Braves wil get 90+ wins, and Oakland will finish 2nd in the West. Everything else is pretty good. Chicago may be better than Cleveland as well

Red Sox will be a .500 team this season imo. All those vets signed are just place holders until the Sox can develop their prospects and get rid of the rest of the terrible contracts.

#38 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -
Hopefully the M's don't go down the road of the Rox or Twins. Fat contract to one guy (they were at least position players) X360PS3AMD05
Unlike the Rockies, the Twins fvcked up giving a big contract to Mauer. Mauer never had the track record of a Mike Piazza level so IMO he never warranted the contract that he was given. On the other hand Tulo and Cargo are worth the investment for the Rockies. Both young, high talent position players signed through their primes. If Colorado can't attract pitchers or develop them that isn't CarGo's or Tulo's fault.
#39 Posted by 36Ounces (2065 posts) -

Different topic: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/dc/ I don't see this as being completely accurate. I expect more from the Jays, and I doubt the Nats and the Braves finish below 90 wins. Ring_of_fire


I don't put any stock in that sh*t. In baseball you never know what's gonna happen.

#42 Posted by Oleg_Huzwog (21885 posts) -

Baseball America released their annual Top 100 prospects list.  How solid is your team's farm system?

#43 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3921 posts) -

Baseball America released their annual Top 100 prospects list.  How solid is your team's farm system?

Oleg_Huzwog

Pretty good showing for the Sox, would be better if Jose Iglesies production hadn't fallen of a cliff though.  On a sidenote has Baseball America updated their website layout since the late 90s?  Because it certainly doesn't look like it.

#44 Posted by JML897 (33120 posts) -

Baseball America released their annual Top 100 prospects list.  How solid is your team's farm system?

Oleg_Huzwog
A grand total of one White Sox prospect. That's about par for the course
#45 Posted by Namgis (3575 posts) -

Baseball America released their annual Top 100 prospects list.  How solid is your team's farm system?

Oleg_Huzwog

Unless I counted wrong, NYY has a total of 4 on that list. I thought they'd fair a little better.

#46 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -
Could be worse. Gary Sanchez is looking good, we need a catcher ASAP.
#47 Posted by JohnBean42 (2810 posts) -

Baseball America released their annual Top 100 prospects list.  How solid is your team's farm system?

Oleg_Huzwog
Since we got rid of almost every one of our top prospects except Sanchez, Gose and Stroman, I'm not expecting much anymore... And I was right. I see 4 or 5 former Jays on there though. What a system we had.
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#50 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -