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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #45 on: August 04, 2015, 11:25:04 pm »
Look at Alex Torres minor league walks.  The guy has walked a ton of guys forever.

The anomaly was the one year in SD when he didn't.

I've said this before (more than once) about Russell. He has had a major league career not because of his stuff but due to his toughness and determination. Managers and teammates like that type of guy---so long as he's getting hitters out at a useful % of the time. If you can replace Russell with a power guy who's really tough on lefties and can get righties out too, without too many walks, I'm all for that. Alex Torres is not that guy.

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« Reply #46 on: August 04, 2015, 11:38:49 pm »
So what if Russell has to be perfect with his pitches

Not everyone has to throw 95 mph to be effective in the league. 

I'm thinking more along the lines of minor league free agents or middle of the road free agents who can help a team out.  If I'm a minor league free agent and I see the Cubs are going to cut a guy like Russell who's done a good job just so they can get a shinier castoff from another team who has been inferior to him in every other way this season other than that he throws a couple of mph harder, is that a team I really want to join if I have some other opportunities available?

Throwing 95 gives you a margin of error.  Miss with a 95 mph it might get fouled off.  Miss with a 88 mph fastball and it is likely going a long way. Russell has been very anti-HR this year, chances are that won't last.

Minor league free agents will also likely go to where the most money is, they just cost a lot less money. If they think they have a chance to get to majors because of a weakness in the org they will also sign. I don't think cutting Russell will affect them either.

The team chemistry is something I didn't really consider so maybe you have a point.  I think a lot of the guys want to win so if they think it will improve the team, I don't think it will matter. A lot of people want Castro gone or benched for Baez, myself included. That might affect the team more than Russell.

I'd also put somebody like Hendricks in a different category than Russell. His change up mad command are difference makers. So while he may get lit up in some games, he isn't some body I'd want to replace yet.  See it isn't always about the fastball.

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #47 on: August 05, 2015, 04:15:39 am »
Throwing 95 gives you a margin of error.  Miss with a 95 mph it might get fouled off.  Miss with a 88 mph fastball and it is likely going a long way. 

I wonder if Kyle Farnsworth is still available....

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2015, 01:07:18 pm »
you go JR

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #49 on: August 06, 2015, 12:57:28 am »
His contract was up at the end of the year and he has been connected to the Blue Jays in the off season.  I wonder if the Red Sox might want to bring him back to replace Larry.


Bring him back?  He never worked in the Red Sox organization. 

Dombrowski has worked for 4 MLB organizations atarting with the White Sox before moving on to the Expos, then the Marlins and finally the Tigers.  He did work for Red Sox owner John Henry in the past but that was when Henry owned the Marlins.


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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #50 on: August 06, 2015, 08:09:05 am »
Confused him in my head with Dan Duquette.

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #51 on: August 06, 2015, 08:16:34 am »
Confused him in my head with Dan Duquette.

You should apologize to Dombrowski immediately.

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #52 on: August 06, 2015, 08:35:03 am »
Confused him in my head with Dan Duquette.
As opposed to confused him in some other body part? 

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #53 on: August 06, 2015, 05:09:39 pm »
Adam Loewen v2.0 was called up by the Phillies today...

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #54 on: August 07, 2015, 12:29:04 am »
For those of you that are on Twitter, John Baker is an interesting follow.

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #55 on: August 07, 2015, 09:27:41 am »
manbearwolf is awesome...

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #56 on: August 07, 2015, 02:12:12 pm »
Nick Swisher to the Braves. I would assume prospects are going with him as well.

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« Reply #57 on: August 07, 2015, 02:23:17 pm »
It's Swisher for Chris Johnson, so basically a swap of bad contracts.

Joel Sherman has Michael Bourn and cash also going to the Braves, but I haven't seen anyone else say that.

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #58 on: August 07, 2015, 02:29:50 pm »
More than $10 million is going to the Braves in the deal.

This trade was all about getting Johnson's money off the payroll before they move into the new ballpark in 2017.

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Re: Around Baseball
« Reply #59 on: August 07, 2015, 02:42:21 pm »
If the Braves want to get rid of Maybin, he'd make a fine short term solution in CF. Badler had some videos of a couple Cuban guys. The 20 year old that starts with an A looks like a really interesting guy for CF. He also has been playing 2B/SS.