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  1. ettin

    Wake the F UP Eppler

    Kaleb Cowart?
  2. ettin

    Wake the F UP Eppler

    Laces out, Chuck. Laces out!
  3. ettin

    Matt Wieters

    There is a reason the Nationals wanted to upgrade.
  4. ettin

    Realistic Trade Options

    Nolan Arenado (if Rockies are out of it) Kirby Yates (if Padres are out of it) Billy Hamilton Jedd Gyorko Josh Donaldson (if Braves are out of it) Basically any player who is a free agent at the end of 2019 on a team that is out of contention.
  5. Also as a side note Kevin Plawecki might be available. Above average defense, above average bat, but poor catch and throw.
  6. So after the Ramos news breaking out I started thinking "Oh boy now if they want one of the Top 3 guys they are going to have to pay through the nose!" and then I said "Wait Robert what are the Angels doing here?". There is a real possibility that Eppler decided to punt really going after an expensive option and may run with some low-priced platoon options to save money for another position/extension and/or the Trade Deadline. Both Kevan Smith and Jose Briceno, in limited sample sizes, destroyed LHP: Kevan Smith (54 PA's): 205 wRC+ Jose Briceno (57 PA's): 154 wRC+ If the Angels can find two catchers that are good defensively and can hit RHP well (or at least above average) with one a Minor League option and the other a Major League starter they could simply avoid the high-end of the market and have sufficient depth in case of an injury. So some guys who are good against RHP that are still potentially available or rumored to be available: Austin Wynns (limited sample size) J.T. Realmuto Yasmani Grandal Mitch Garver Alex Avila Evan Gattis Francisco Cervelli Russell Martin Jonathan Lucroy Someone like Avila would be a value buy on a 1 or 2 year deal. Has maintained a .356 OBP the last three years and is above average defensively. If the Angels don't go with one of the remaining Top 3, it looks like Avila or Lucroy, or maybe a trade for someone like Francisco Cervelli, Salvador Perez, Blake Swihart, or a dark horse like Tucker Barnhart if the rumors about the Reds trying to trade for J.T. Realmuto turn out to be true and they are willing to deal T.B. Maybe they just say screw it and go high quality defense again. Who knows. Ramos seemed like the best opportunity on the market but the player himself has played a lot on the East Coast his whole career and may have wanted to stay there.
  7. ettin

    Why the Angels won't sign Yasmani Grandal

    I would stay away from him because he is a known PEDS offender. Physical will show it I suppose but these guys are always taking new drugs that don't show on the tests.
  8. ettin

    2018 Hot Stove League

    Yeah.... maybe he wanted to play on the East coast? Well now the Angels will have to pay through the nose for Realmuto (prospects which I doubt they do) or Grandal ($$$$ and loss of a draft pick). Otherwise it is picking up Maldonado or another defense-first guy.
  9. ettin

    2018 Hot Stove League

    At what time was he making a bluff? From all accounts I remember reading it was a mutual interest on both sides to get something done?
  10. ettin

    2018 Hot Stove League

    Sorry for the mansplaining then.
  11. ettin

    2018 Hot Stove League

    The catching market hasn't moved because Realmuto is still on the board. The 3B market hasn't moved much because Machado is still on the board. Pitching market has moved and we bid on top players but they chose to go elsewhere and/or we didn't win the bidding. 1B market hasn't moved much but we picked out a piece of low-hanging fruit. Market is shifting away from the Winter Meetings because agent's like Boras prefer to have their players sign closer to the start of the season to make teams get more desperate for their top clients. Thus we have to wait longer for results overall.
  12. There should be a deadline to get predictions in because someone will wait until mid-January to make their predictions and win.
  13. I'm not actually unless Eppler executes a plan to bring in a pitcher that is equivalent to him at a reasonable price. Feel like this might have been his first mistake. Hope I am wrong.
  14. No I feel like he craig'd me!
  15. ettin

    Bryce Harper to the Dodgers?

    Good actress who for many years was robbed of quality actress roles.