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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    I think there's more to Cozart than what we saw last year. I'd hate to believe that Eppler could be that far off on his primary offensive acquired piece. I doubt he's the same cat he was in his walk year, but as a starting 2B, I do think Cozart can play extraordinary defense and hit .250/.340 with 15-20 HR and basically settle in as a 3 win player.
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    Matt Wieters

    I really think it'll be Alex Avila. We'll see Eppler start surrounding Ausmus with some of his players from back in Detroit like Avila, Anibal a Sanchez, and Justin Upton.
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    Have the Angels ever signed someone after a PED suspension?
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    Why the Angels won't sign Wilson Ramos

    That's the only explanation I have for this lack of activity. Well, one of three explanations anyway. 1. Eppler is big game hunting and no one realizes it. Think about it, he was in on both Corbin and Eovaldi, the top two pitchers on the market. He's the mystery team in on Machado, and he's the front runner for Kikuchi. 2. Eppler is really just saving up as much money a she can for the inevitable slough of extensions that should be incoming for Trout, Simmons, Skaggs and Heaney. 3. Eppler legitimately just doesn't like the prices on the market and would rather roll into the season as is than sacrifice 2020 and beyond just for 2019..
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    Why the Angels won't sign Wilson Ramos

    There is still time for Eppler to build a surprisingly deep, well thought out team. - He trades for Alex Avila to take the majority share of catching starts. Avila has a good defensive reputation, gets on base, has pop, is coming off a down season knocking down his price, has only 4 million left on his contract, plays for a D-Backs team that's shown a willingness to trade current pieces for prospects, and Avila is familiar with Ausmus from Detroit. He could probably only give up a poor performing yet projectable arm like Luis Pena or Joe Gatto and a future borderline starter like Leo Rivas. - Yusei Kikuchi signing - Anibal Sanchez signing. Another former player of Ausmus', Sanchez eats innings and with the help of a new cutter, he's reinvented himself a little. He started working ahead in the count a lot more, generated more swings and misses and more chases, as well as generating the weakest contact in MLB last year. If it works, you've got another #2/3 starter, and if it doesn't, you still get your choice between innings, or replacing him with Suarez or Canning. Suddenly, the Angels have a better catching situation, better 1B situation and better rotation that last year. And for cheap.
  6. I think Kevan Smith will need to prove he can control the run game before the Angels give him any time behind the plate. But I'm intrigued to say the least. This kid can hit. As for the remaining option, I vote Alex Avila. Very smart catcher with some pop in his bat, great OBP, and can also play 1B.
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    Cervelli is a PED user, Grandal costs draft pick compensation (meaning a 2nd round pick, which means the next Griffin Canning, Brandon Marsh, Jahmai Jones, Jeremiah Jackson...) and Realmuto will cost Adell. Again, hitting is such a minor part of what a catcher does. His greatest effect is on successfully managing a pitching staff and be an on field manager. Because of the price, Realmuto, Grandal and Cervelli are essentially the equivalent of buying a POS car that doesn't run just because it's got some nice rims. It's fun and cool, but it isn't what makes the car road worthy.
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    That's the funny thing about the market, guys can ask for whatever they want, but it ultimately comes down to a team's willingness to pay. Last year, not many free agents foresaw the market dropping out from under them and them being left taking a fraction of their asking price, but not until Spring Training rolled around, which took away from their prep time and ultimately led to some truly awful seasons. Maldonado was probably asking 3/24 or something like that. The Astros were probably thinking 1/5. I think a fair middle ground where Maldonado could expect to be paid and what teams can expect to pay Maldonado is probably 2/12.
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    Eppler

    He's surfing. What do you expect him to do, make a trade while scoping out waves in SD.? He'll get to it on Monday bra! Chill!
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    Offensively yes. He has some glimpses of brilliance but offensively hasn't put it together yet. But there isn't a faster, stronger, more athletic catcher in baseball. His arm makes good arms behind the plate look like limp noodles. The final product is an amazing defensive catcher and poor, yet potentially good offensive catcher.
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    The most important thing a catcher can do is to successfully guide a pitching staff. If they produc offensively, that's pretty good too. I trust Jon Lucroy and Martin Maldonado behind the dish. Not as much as I trust Hedges, but still competent.
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    2018 Hot Stove League

    Actually.....my first reaction was more emotive. Now that I think on it......there are enough solid defensive catcher around that can be had for cheap. Their health might b better than Ramos' too.
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    Who says they need to trade? If they want Hedges or Realmuto then yeah....but Lucroy or Maldonado, probably won't cost much.
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    Lucroy, Hedges, Realmuto, Maldonado, Cervelli and Avila are all pretty solid options.
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    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    Jon Lucroy, Tyler Flowers can be had via trade, Martin Maldonado, JT Realmuto, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Hedges, Blake Swihart, Geo Soto, Rene Rivera, Alex Avila.....lots of options..