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MLB 2018-2019 Off Season |OT| Now welcoming postseason losers

GK86

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Dates:

Nov. 5, 2018 BBWAA Awards Finalists announced
Nov. 12, 2018 Rookies of the Year announced
Nov. 13, 2018 Managers of the Year announced
Nov. 14, 2018 Cy Young Awards announced
Nov. 15, 2018 MVP Awards announced
Nov. 20, 2018 Non-tender deadline
Dec. 9-13, 2018 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas
Feb. 21, 2019 Cactus League opener
Feb. 22, 2019 Grapefruit League opener
Mar. 20-21 MLB Opening Series in Tokyo - A's vs Mariners
Mar. 28 MLB Opening Day (US)
Free Agents:

Taken from MLB
Note: This doesn't include players with 2019 club options that are very likely to be picked up, such as Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner and Cole Hamels, meaning the list could grow if options aren't exercised.

Catchers
Yasmani Grandal (30 years old, 2.6 WAR)
Wilson Ramos (31, 2.5)
Kurt Suzuki (35, 1.7)
A.J. Ellis (38, 1.0)
Martin Maldonado (32, 0.9)
Nick Hundley (35, 0.8)
Jonathan Lucroy (33, 0.5)
Devin Mesoraco (31, 0.5)
Rene Rivera (35, 0.4)
Matt Wieters (33, 0.4)
Jeff Mathis (36, -0.2)
Drew Butera (35, -0.4)

First basemen
Steve Pearce (36 years old, 1.3 WAR)
Joe Mauer (36, 0.9)
Matt Adams (30, 0.8)
Mark Reynolds (35, 0.4)
Lucas Duda (32, 0.0)
Hanley Ramirez (35, -0.2)

Second basemen
Jed Lowrie (35 years old, 4.8 WAR)
Ian Kinsler (37, 2.3)
Asdrubal Cabrera (33, 2.3)
Daniel Descalso (32, 1.9)
DJ LeMahieu (30, 1.3)
Brian Dozier (32, 1.2)
Daniel Murphy (34, 0.3)
Logan Forsythe (32, 0.2)
Sean Rodriguez (34, 0.0)
Andrew Romine (33, 0.0)
Neil Walker (33, -0.2)

Third basemen
Eduardo Escobar (30 years old, 3.2 WAR)
Adrian Beltre (40, 0.6)
Josh Donaldson (33, 0.6)
Pablo Sandoval (32, 0.1)
Chase Headley (35, -0.4)
Danny Valencia (34, -0.4)
Jose Reyes (36, -0.8)
Luis Valbuena (33, -0.9)

Shortstops
Manny Machado (26 years old, 5.7 WAR)
Jose Iglesias (29, 2.5)
Elvis Andrus (30, 1.2) -- Can opt out of the four years and $58 million remaining on his contract.
Jordy Mercer (32, 1.1)
Freddy Galvis (29, 0.6)
Adeiny Hechavarria (30, 0.4)
Alcides Escobar (32, -0.5)
Eric Sogard (33, -0.8)

Left fielders
Michael Brantley (32 years old, 2.6 WAR)
Marwin Gonzalez (30, 1.3)
Curtis Granderson (38, 0.6)
Craig Gentry (35, 0.5)
Cameron Maybin (32, 0.4)
Matt Joyce (34, 0.1)
Gregor Blanco (35, -0.4)
Hunter Pence (36, -0.8)

Center fielders
Leonys Martin (31 years old, 2.5 WAR)
A.J. Pollock (31, 1.9)
Adam Jones (33, 0.6)
Rajai Davis (38, 0.3)
Austin Jackson (32, -0.3)

Right fielders
Bryce Harper (26 years old, 3.1 WAR)
Nick Markakis (35, 2.6)
Jason Heyward (29, 2.2) -- Can opt out of the five years and $106 million remaining on his contract.
Carlos Gonzalez (33, 1.9)
Andrew McCutchen (32, 1.8)
Jon Jay (33, 1.1)
Lonnie Chisenhall (30, 0.8)
Melky Cabrera (34, 0.4)
Jose Bautista (38, 0.4)
Carlos Gomez (33, -0.3)
Chris Young (35, -0.5)

Designated hitters
Nelson Cruz (38 years old, 2.4 WAR)
Evan Gattis (32, 0.3)
Pedro Alvarez (32, -0.2)

Starting pitchers
Patrick Corbin (29 years old, 5.7 WAR)
Dallas Keuchel (31, 3.4)
Clayton Kershaw (31, 3.2) -- Can opt out of the two years and $65 million remaining on his contract.
Charlie Morton (35, 2.9)
David Price (33, 2.5) -- Can opt out of the four years and $127 million remaining on his contract.
J.A. Happ (36, 2.5)
CC Sabathia (38, 2.2)
Lance Lynn (32, 2.2)
Trevor Cahill (31, 2.1)
Derek Holland (32, 1.9)
Clay Buchholz (34, 1.7)
Anibal Sanchez (35, 1.6)
Nathan Eovaldi (29, 1.5)
Gio Gonzalez (33, 1.4)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (32, 1.2)
Matt Harvey (30, 1.1)
Jeremy Hellickson (32, 1.1)
Wade Miley (32, 1.0)
Garrett Richards (32, 1.0)
Tyson Ross (32, 1.0)
Brett Anderson (31, 0.8)
Edwin Jackson (35, 0.8)
Marco Estrada (35, 0.5)
Bartolo Colon (46, 0.2)
Jaime Garcia (32, 0.0)
Adam Wainwright (37, 0.0)
Drew Pomeranz (30, -0.3)
Miguel Gonzalez (35, -0.3)
Francisco Liriano (35, -0.4)
Chris Tillman (31, -0.4)
Hisashi Iwakuma (35, N/A) -- Hasn't appeared in the Majors in 2018.

Relief pitchers
Adam Ottavino (33 years old, 2.2 WAR)
Jeurys Familia (29, 1.8)
David Robertson (34, 1.3)
Craig Kimbrel (31, 1.2)
Sergio Romo (36, 1.0)
Jesse Chavez (35, 1.0)
Oliver Perez (37, 0.8)
Jake Diekman (32, 0.7)
Tony Sipp (35, 0.7)
Brad Brach (33, 0.7)
Zach Duke (36, 0.7)
Joe Kelly (31, 0.6)
Justin Wilson (31, 0.6)
Mark Melancon (34, 0.5) -- Can opt out of the two years and $28 million remaining on his contract.
Tyler Clippard (34, 0.4)
Andrew Miller (34, 0.4)
Kelvin Herrera (29,0.4)
Tony Barnette (35, 0.3)
Aaron Loup (31, 0.3)
Bud Norris (34, 0.3)
Jonny Venters (34, 0.3)
Adam Warren (31, 0.3)
John Axford (36, 0.2)
Greg Holland (33, 0.2)
Shawn Kelley (35, 0.2)
Jerry Blevins (35, 0.1)
Santiago Casilla (38, 0.1)
Fernando Salas (34, 0.0)
Ryan Madson (38, 0.0)
Zach McAllister (31, 0.0)
Blake Wood (33, 0.0)
Daniel Hudson (32, -0.1)
Zach Britton (31, -0.1)
Jorge De La Rosa (38, -0.1)
Jeanmar Gomez (31, -0.1)
AJ Ramos (32, -0.2)
Jim Johnson (36, -0.2)
Matt Belisle (39, -0.2)
Randall Delgado (29, -0.2)
Boone Logan (34, -0.3)
Brad Ziegler (39, -0.3)
Cody Allen (30, -0.3)
Hector Santiago (31, -0.4)
Peter Moylan (40, -0.4)
Junichi Tazawa (33, -0.6)
Blaine Boyer (37, -0.9)
Josh Tomlin (34, -1.3)
David Phelps (32, N/A) -- Hasn't appeared in the Majors in 2018.
Joaquin Benoit (41, N/A) -- Hasn't appeared in the Majors in 2018.
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Mike Puma‏ @NYPost_Mets
The Mets have set up a GM interview with Cardinals director of player development Gary LaRocque. He becomes the second known official candidate, with Doug Melvin. ... Dan Duquette still not official.

Mike Puma‏ @NYPost_Mets
LaRocque has deep roots in the Mets organization; he was scouting director when David Wright got drafted.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Next few seasons will suck :(

I'd be all for tearing the team apart and fielding AAA guys but somehow I don't think that will happen. Sub .500 mediocrity instead of a proper rebuild :(
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Next few seasons will suck :(

I'd be all for tearing the team apart and fielding AAA guys but somehow I don't think that will happen. Sub .500 mediocrity instead of a proper rebuild :(
As someone that is currently watching a team fielding AAA guys after tearing the team apart, I can confirm it's way more fun than when they constantly were a 70-75 win team.

the bad season means better draft picks and I get to watch the players grow and have hope for the future.

that being said, I imagine the white sox will make a move for a long term piece. They will likely be in hard for either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. Not expecting them to actually get them, but wouldn't be surprised if they were one of the last teams that missed out on both of them.

they have made it clear they are only interested in signing long term talent in regards to high costing Free agents. So aside from those two and maybe Patrick Corbin I can't see them seriously chasing anyone for a long term contract as they would only really be interested in players under 30 as they are currently expecting to compete in 2020 and are hoping the window will be open for a while. Thus wouldn't want a bunch of currently 32-33 year olds who will be 34-35 and falling off the map as they actually start being good.
 
Nov 2, 2017
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Off-season wishlist:

Extend Didi and Hicks
Sign Machado, Corbin, Happ, CC
Trade Gray
This is pretty much where I'm at regarding personnel even if it means letting both D-Rob and Britton walk and relying on the farm for bullpen reinforcements. I would also like the FO to seriously re-evaluate every member of the coaching staff (I don't think the regression problems with individual players have much if anything to do with Boone, even if his game management can be horrific).
 
Oct 25, 2017
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This is pretty much where I'm at regarding personnel even if it means letting both D-Rob and Britton walk and relying on the farm for bullpen reinforcements. I would also like the FO to seriously re-evaluate every member of the coaching staff (I don't think the regression problems with individual players have much if anything to do with Boone, even if his game management can be horrific).
I would like to know what was up with the hitting approach this season.
 
Nov 20, 2017
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If the Yankees manage to steal Goldschmidt, I will probably cry because my Out of the Park Baseball shennaigans finally come true. 3-4 years late but he's still good!
 
Oct 25, 2017
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If the Yankees manage to steal Goldschmidt, I will probably cry because my Out of the Park Baseball shennaigans finally come true. 3-4 years late but he's still good!
I'm a fan of Goldschmidt, but I rather the Yankees stick with the youth movement instead of trading for a 31-yr old 1B. Pitching is their biggest need. They need at least 2 starters and a couple of bullpen arms, assuming Britton leaves and maybe DRob also.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm a fan of Goldschmidt, but I rather the Yankees stick with the youth movement instead of trading for a 31-yr old 1B. Pitching is their biggest need. They need at least 2 starters and a couple of bullpen arms, assuming Britton leaves and maybe DRob also.
If Goldschmidt is available they should absolutely be in on him.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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If Goldschmidt is available they should absolutely be in on him.
I just don't see how he fits into the team's future. It's not like the Yankees have a gaping hole at 1B. If we're going to trade away prospects I rather we do it for pitching. That's the biggest reason why we've been bounced the last two postseasons. We could've traded for Verlander but we went for the cheaper option in Gray. We could've traded for Gerrit Cole but we balked because the Pirates wanted Andujar. All of our direct competitors have stud pitchers and we're stuck with an inconsistent Severino and 55-yr old CC Sabathia.
 
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I just don't see how he fits into the team's future. It's not like the Yankees have a gaping hole at 1B. If we're going to trade away prospects I rather we do it for pitching. That's the biggest reason why we've been bounced the last two postseasons. We could've traded for Verlander but we went for the cheaper option in Gray. We could've traded for Gerrit Cole but we balked because the Pirates wanted Andujar. All of our direct competitors have stud pitchers and we're stuck with an inconsistent Severino and 55-yr old CC Sabathia.
Yankees didn't go after Verlander because of the luxury tax, it had nothing to do with prospect cost, and the pirates wanted both Frazier and Andujar which is why Cash said no. And I disagree about the gaping hole at first. Voit was great but it was for a month and he was never a top prospect, I wouldn't pencil him in as the starting first baseman of the future. They should at minimum inquire about him if he's available, he's one of the best players in the league.

As for the pitching, they'll be in on Corbin and their own guys. I trust cashman to shore it up.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Yankees didn't go after Verlander because of the luxury tax, it had nothing to do with prospect cost, and the pirates wanted both Frazier and Andujar which is why Cash said no. And I disagree about the gaping hole at first. Voit was great but it was for a month and he was never a top prospect, I wouldn't pencil him in as the starting first baseman of the future. They should at minimum inquire about him if he's available, he's one of the best players in the league.

As for the pitching, they'll be in on Corbin and their own guys. I trust cashman to shore it up.
Look, I'm not bashing Cashman. I think he's done a great job rebuilding our farm system. However, he has not been aggressive enough when it comes to acquiring ace pitchers recently. Patrick Corbin is a nice pitcher, but is he Chris Sale or Verlander? He had a career year this season but overall he's a career .500 pitcher with a 3.91 ERA pitching in the NL West. And our own guys isn't good enough. We've already seen our own guys not being able to match up with Boston's and Houston's rotations.

Also, didn't you say you want Machado? Wouldn't that mean Andujar gets moved to 1B?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Look, I'm not bashing Cashman. I think he's done a great job rebuilding our farm system. However, he has not been aggressive enough when it comes to acquiring ace pitchers recently. Patrick Corbin is a nice pitcher, but is he Chris Sale or Verlander? He had a career year this season but overall he's a career .500 pitcher with a 3.91 ERA pitching in the NL West. And our own guys isn't good enough. We've already seen our own guys not being able to match up with Boston's and Houston's rotations.

Also, didn't you say you want Machado? Wouldn't that mean Andujar gets moved to 1B?
There are no ace level pitchers on the free agent market (I'm assuming Kershaw re-ups with the dodgers), Corbin is the next best thing and will only cost money. Happ and CC are more than fine as 4th and 5th starters, assuming they sign Corbin or trade for a sp.

I'd have Andujar learn to play first and the corner outfield spots, he's a horrible defender at third. They could also use him as trade bait to get a sp.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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There are no ace level pitchers on the free agent market (I'm assuming Kershaw re-ups with the dodgers), Corbin is the next best thing and will only cost money. Happ and CC are more than fine as 4th and 5th starters, assuming they sign Corbin or trade for a sp.

I'd have Andujar learn to play first and the corner outfield spots, he's a horrible defender at third. They could also use him as trade bait to get a sp.
Stud starting pitchers still in their prime aren't usually available on the FA market. By the time they do hit FA they're already close to 30. You gotta go the trade route. Even if Kershaw is available I wouldn't want him at this stage of his career. He's now on the wrong side of 30 with a string of injuries in the last couple years. Anyone who gives him a long-term contract is going to regret it.
 
Nov 2, 2017
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If Goldschmidt is available they should absolutely be in on him.
Goldschmidt's a great player, but he's 31, right handed, and has only one year left on his current deal with Didi and Hicks already set to be FA's after next year. He's just not worth the prospect cost given all those factors. I think the plan should be that it's Voit's job to lose but Andujar gets reps at 1st all off season and spring training as insurance.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Goldschmidt's a great player, but he's 31, right handed, and has only one year left on his current deal with Didi and Hicks already set to be FA's after next year. He's just not worth the prospect cost given all those factors. I think the plan should be that it's Voit's job to lose but Andujar gets reps at 1st all off season and spring training as insurance.
Yep, that's my thought on Goldy as well. I'm really curious what they plan to do with Andujar if the Yanks are indeed interested in Machado. 1B is an option, but he may have the most value as a trade bait because he's got 5 years of control left.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I don't have a sub to the Athletic, but as many suspected, it looks like Severino was tipping his pitches this year after the ASB.

 
Oct 25, 2017
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Its amazing how the mets lose lose and lose yet they keep on wanting to hire within.

All because their owners are cheap.

Anyway sucks to hear about DD. Hopefully we can get him back early in the season.
 
Nov 2, 2017
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Yankees fans live in a universe where the owner is cheap when they don’t buy literally every good player
The Yankees are the most valuable and profitable MLB franchise by an order of magnitude, and spent 2018 shedding payroll while generating significantly more revenue than any other team in baseball. If Hal does not spend this offseason and spend big, then yeah he's being cheap.