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Richards, Trout, and Free Agency

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How much of a factor can keeping Richards really be in terms of having Trout re-sign in free agency?  I've only scanned the main board recently, but I see numerous posts from people saying something to the effect that if the Angels let him go, it will hurt their chances with Trout.  


If Trout were leaning towards leaving, do you really think Trout is going to say "wow, this other team is offering me this much money, has a nice window to win, but you know what? I think I'll stay here in Anaheim because they took care of my pal."

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I think we're being paranoid and significantly overstating the effect that retaining Richards/Scioscia will have on re-signing Trout. Has there even been a high-profile instance where a player refused to re-sign with a team because they didn't keep his manager or best friend around?

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1 hour ago, Angel Oracle said:

Only as a reliever, would I bring Richards back, and only on an Eovaldi type incentives deal.

Agreed. With his fastball and slider combo he could be a dominant closer. Probably crank it up to 101-102 as a closer with that 90 MPH slider. Could be back for the stretch run next season if that's the case. It worked for Jordan Walden for a while and Richards has way better stuff than he does. It's complicated with him hitting free agency while recovering TJS though. Very tough for teams to offer him a deal this offseason perhaps?

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The imagined angles. . .

I doubt there is really anything at all to any of this.

They are friends.  But they are not little leaguers and they are not lovers. Their decisions will be 99.9% based on other things. 

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Sorry but I have no interest in signing a pitcher who has never pitched a whole season. Hoping that Richards is ready in 2020 and can actually make it through a third of the season without another injury is wishful thinking. 

Use the money to bolster the pen.

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I don’t see the harm in offering him and Eovaldi-like deal. 2/$10M with $1M incentives in that second year if he pitches 100, 150 innings. A drop in the bucket with significant upside for 2020. If Garrett doesn’t take it he probably won’t be offered anything more by another club and runs the risk of not being paid in 2019 at all, and then only be offered a few million in 2020 after being a spring training invitee.

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12 minutes ago, Angelsjunky said:

I don’t see the harm in offering him and Eovaldi-like deal. 2/$10M with $1M incentives in that second year if he pitches 100, 150 innings. A drop in the bucket with significant upside for 2020. If Garrett doesn’t take it he probably won’t be offered anything more by another club and runs the risk of not being paid in 2019 at all, and then only be offered a few million in 2020 after being a spring training invitee.

Eovaldi didn't get anywhere near 2/$10M

 

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The Ray's gave Eovaldi 2 years, $2 million per year. He was 26 at the time his elbow blew up.

Richards will be 32 before he pitches in the majors again. 

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3 minutes ago, Lou said:

again, Eovaldi was signed  for 1 year at $2M plus a club option for $2M for the 2nd year. 

why does Richards deserve more with his history of injuries?

I mean if you want to make the second and third year options go for it.

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