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  1. Reveille1984

    Pujols weight

    The argument that he should leave money on the table and just vanish is so tired. Anyone on the planet owed nearly $100M to play a professional sport, no matter how big of an embarrassment they were to their team, would never turn down that cash out of the integrity and the goodness of their heart. Blame Arte and the structure of guaranteed contracts in the MLB, not Albert. And technically he's still "competing in the game", so that quote that gets thrown out regarding him retiring isn't really relevant. He hit around .250 with 19 HR in less than 500 PA's last year. I am as aware as anyone that he is overall a bad player, but he is still able to provide a smidge of offensive value even if it should be off the bench. If the Angels have someone that can supplant him and provide more production then of course it's the job of management to have a tough conversation with Albert, but he's not going to put his own ass on the bench.
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    Dallas Keuchel

    And our second round pick is 55th overall, people really seem to over-value draft picks after the first round. Players drafted around 50-60 that make the majors average around 2 WAR total pre-free agency, with 85-90% of them never sniffing a big league roster:
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    Dallas Keuchel

    Yeah, at $20M per it isn't at all enticing. Once you start talking about maybe $15M or less though for only 3-4 seasons, it becomes more intriguing (though there's probably a <10% chance of his market drying up that badly).
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    Dallas Keuchel

    4/60 would be fine with me. Even if he becomes a low to mid 4.00's ERA middle rotation guy, having that for $15M a year is fairly cheap considering what starters are getting paid nowadays. I doubt he'll get that low though.
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    Dallas Keuchel

    The biggest upside to a high tier farm system is cost-controlled talent that you can utilize on your big league roster for half a decade. Obviously that's best case scenario since so few of these guys actually become big league regulars, but it gives you options to keep your club from overspending in free agency as well as using your surplus of chips to fill holes and push you into the upper echelon of contention (grabbing a Manny Machado during the trade deadline, etc.). What's screwed the Angels over the past 5-10 years has been the worst of both worlds; namely a shitty farm system as well as an overpaid, underperforming big league roster hampered by endless pitching injuries. It isn't really possible to build a championship caliber club through FA anymore, you need to build from within and then supplement holes in free agency (e.g. Houston, Yankees, etc.). This is hopefully what Eppler is trying to accomplish and why we aren't blowing our load on players that will remove draft picks or only help in the near term. This will piss some fans off, but long term it is a solid approach.
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    What is the hype with Harper anyways? He had a monstrous season four years ago and has basically been a 3-4 WAR guy the past three years. I get that he's only 26, but paying $400M over 10 years for "potential" seems like a giant gamble. I'd gladly pay Machado though if he's willing to play 3B, even with his attitude issues. Has been way better than Harper production wise, but someone gets lumped in with him constantly.
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    Why not waive Pujols?

    Even though it's a moot point, Cron's a negligible improvement anyways. He's worth maybe two wins? It's not like Albert is blocking some 1B phenom we have waiting in the wings. I doubt he'll even sniff 400 PAs this year, the guy is almost 39 and has paper mache knees and feet. He's one of the worst defenders in the league and Ohtani will be sucking up all of his DH at bats. My guess is he'll be gently transitioned into a bench guy over the next few years until he either decides to retire and jumpstart that professional services contract, or he rides out his "veteran leadership" abilities into the sunset ala Chase Utley.
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    Angels have more money to spend than we think?

    Yeah, both Boston and Houston currently have historically great teams. Imagine being the Yankees and winning 100 games last year just for the honor of a coin-flip play in game. Anything can happen over the grind of a baseball season, but something catastrophic would have to happen in Houston for them to lose their grasp on the division. Even the biggest Angels homer imaginable has to admit they are the class of the AL West right now. The good thing for us is that the playoffs in baseball are such a crap shoot that if we can just snag a spot and get in, we're in good shape.
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    Angels have more money to spend than we think?

    I feel like you're really underselling how great the Astros were last year, and how great they'll continue to be next year. Their offense was 6th in all of baseball in RS last season, so saying their offense wasn't that good is a bit of a stretch. They're currently projected to be around a 95 win team next year with a top five offense yet again (before the offseason plays out, they could still get better). Not that the Angels can't or shouldn't try to improve, but I don't see a realistic offseason outcome that puts us in contention for the division. We should definitely be aiming for a Wild Card slot though. One of Boston/NY will grab one of them, and the secondary slot will likely be a free for all between us/TB/OAK and others. Getting Corbin would have been nice, but like you said if we can maybe grab a decent starter (hopefully two) we should be in okay shape to hopefully start approaching the 90 win zone.
  10. MLB managers probably have the least effect in terms of wins/losses of any professional sport. The vast majority of the job is common sense and player/ego management. You draw up a line up card, put the good players near the top and the shitty players near the bottom. Let the pitching coach deal with the pitchers, the hitting coach deal with the hitters. We're even in the AL where you don't have to deal with double switches and pinch hitting for pitchers so things are even more plug and play. I agree that we need fresh blood just because we've sucked for so long and it couldn't really get any worse no matter who we hire at this point. Having Trout/Ohtani/Simmons/Upton in the lineup everyday and even passable starting pitching automatically puts us at about a .500 team give or take a few wins, no matter who is managing. The only thing that's going to make us better is getting better players.
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    Farm System Trade Chips and Untouchables

    Like others have said, I would trade anyone for the right price. Of course you need some cost-controlled talent from the pipeline to complement guys with astronomical salaries like Trout, Upton, etc., but especially while we have the best player in baseball we need to surround him with talent in the next few years. Sure Adell might be a special MLB athlete one day. But even if he becomes a consistent 4-5 WAR player, that development curve is still at least a couple years away at best. And he still has some question marks with his swing and plate discipline. If I could package him for an ace/everday player in their prime, I would do it in a heartbeat.
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    Red Sox get Ian Kinsler

    If we're lucky...
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    The pessimistic thread

    The pessimistic side of me says we sign Sosh to another 10-year extension... please kill me if that happens.
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    Are the Angels simply 2 players away?

    I still cannot believe Albert is on this team until 2021, it makes me physically ill even thinking about it. The sad thing is if a lot these players were even average we would be in an okay spot to compete. It's just typical of the Angels though; when it rains it pours for us and it''s been pouring for years now. Does any other team have THREE regulars in their lineup hitting .215 or below? And that doesn't even include the black hole that is Pujols. It puts so much pressure on Simmons and Upton to perform, and when these guys have slumps or get out of whack we get to enjoy extended periods of scoring 1-3 runs a game. Over the past two weeks we're last in baseball with a team .209 AVG and also last with a .331 SLG... that is abysmally bad.
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    Several Moves Today - None of which are good.

    Breaking - Rally Monkey added to 10-day DL