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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    A blow to the head affecting their judgment centers. LoMo heads up my list of terrible ballplayers who have to be completely exposed. He is the worst defensive OF in captivity and pitchers have figured out how to handle him. He's a Ben Grieve wannabe. I'd stay far, far away.
    That's an awfully quick assessment of a guy with 1100 PAs under his belt. He's a lefty with some power who has shown he can get on base up until last year when he battled a knee injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WildcatFan View Post
    That's an awfully quick assessment of a guy with 1100 PAs under his belt. He's a lefty with some power who has shown he can get on base up until last year when he battled a knee injury.
    I despise his game. For me, he's the spiritual heir of guys like Kevin Maas, Phil Plantier and Sam Horn.
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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I despise his game. For me, he's the spiritual heir of guys like Kevin Maas, Phil Plantier and Sam Horn.
    He's not a sausage like Billy Butler though... yet

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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaRedleg View Post
    Any truth to the rumors of another name change? Word is the team is going to be known as the MiAAAmi mAAArlins.
    Too many A's. This is almost looking like a AA club.
    Chapman to the rotation!!!! Do it already!!!!

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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    The more I think about this, the more I think there's actually significant upside for the Marlins. Set aside for the moment that I don't actually believe that the Marlins are thinking this way.

    In a sim league I'm in, we have a $50MM salary cap and always have enough cash to meet it. Basically, every team spends $45-50MM every year. When you trade established players with big salaries for prospects, you don't just get the prospects. You get the salary cap space, which you can turn around and use the following year, adding just as much talent as you just gave up. But you get to keep the prospects.

    There are always new FA available who you can spend money on. There isn't a comparable ability to add young talent. So, for example, let's say that the Marlins turnaround and spend their savings in FA (assuming they could lure FA, which seems unlikely...)

    Code:
    Escobar: 	 $5
    Mathis:		 $1.5
    Cash: 		 $4
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    Marlins:	$10.5
    
    
    Johnson: 	$13.75
    Buehrle: 	$11
    Reyes: 		$10
    Bonifacio: 	 $4 (arb)
    Buck: 		 $6
    Cash:		-$4
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Blue Jays:	$40.75
    
    
    Net: Blue Jays take on $30.25MM in salary from the Marlins in 2013
    How could they spend $30MM? Well, I just read an analysis of Jim Bowden's FA predictions from last year and it turns out that he was quite accurate. So let's use his figures for this offseason to look at some packages of players the Marlins could theoretically get. Since we're just talking 2013, I'm going to take 10% off of Bowden's AAV since contracts are usually back-loaded.


    Package 1
    Josh Hamilton: $20MM
    Dan Haren or Edwin Jackson: $10MM

    Package 2
    Zack Greinke: $18MM
    Fransisco Liriano: $4MM
    Joakim Soria: $4MM
    Ryan Ludwick: $5MM

    Package 3
    Brandon McCarthy: $9MM
    Shane Victorino: $8MM
    Melky Cabrera: $7MM
    Jonathan Broxton: $6MM

    Now, take any one of those packages and add it to haul the Marlins got. Now who made out the best? I think we sometimes fail to account for just how valuable money is. Sure, teams could spend more if they wanted to, in theory. But we know that they functionally operate within a self-imposed cap. Getting both significant young talent AND significant "cap space" is a pretty nice haul. Unless the expensive players you're giving up are signed significantly below market rate (you can certainly argue that Reyes is), the money is basically worth just as much as the players. The prospects then are the price the other team has to pay for the guarantee of being able to spend that money on those specific players.

    Considered differently, would the Blue Jays be a better team today if they had just signed Josh Hamilton and Dan Haren and kept all their young talent? Or Zack Greinke, Melky Cabrera and Ryan Madson?
    Rick, I think the problem with this line of thinking is that baseball is not played in a vaccum.

    The Blue Jays can go around and offer FMV contracts, but so will other teams. In the end, the players choose the team to some extent. Who says that Greinke or anyone is going to choose the Jays over another team prices being equal? Look at the list of free agents the Jays sign. It has not been a substantial list of talent. Presumably they are making more offers than they are getting talent back.

    Likewise, with the Marlins, this trade does not make them a desination. Free agents are going to look at Miami and be afraid they could be traded to any other team in baseball in a year's time. That risk has now been proven after yesterday's events.

    The only way the Marlins get an established talent through free agency is by offering contracts firmly above market rates, and even then, if Greinke has offers for 19M somewhere else, is Miami really the destination he is going to pick for an extra 2M a year?

    The Marlins may have just significantly closed their ability to acquire talent through 1 of the 3 main streams of acquiring talent. They may have also significantly hindered their ability to lock up their own young talent like Stanton, knowing that they could be part of the next purge, or could be faced playing on a 16M payroll team at a minutes notice.

    Needless to say, none of those are good things. The Jays on the other hand might have just moved up their rebuilding effort 3+ years. Considering how long it took the Reds/Nationals/Athletics to rebuild, or watching teams like the Pirates, Royals, Mariners, Houston, Cubs, etc. continuously struggle to field competitive teams, at some point, there needs to be a large amount of value placed on getting good players under contract, even if it costs prospects, and removes payroll flexibility. There are only so many good players to go around that payroll flexibility is not always something that needs to be kept sacred. Getting quality baseball players is the end all objective, and IMO, the Jays just acquired a ton to compliment a team that had the existing talent required to fit with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    The more I think about this, the more I think there's actually significant upside for the Marlins. Set aside for the moment that I don't actually believe that the Marlins are thinking this way.

    In a sim league I'm in, we have a $50MM salary cap and always have enough cash to meet it. Basically, every team spends $45-50MM every year. When you trade established players with big salaries for prospects, you don't just get the prospects. You get the salary cap space, which you can turn around and use the following year, adding just as much talent as you just gave up. But you get to keep the prospects.

    There are always new FA available who you can spend money on. There isn't a comparable ability to add young talent. So, for example, let's say that the Marlins turnaround and spend their savings in FA (assuming they could lure FA, which seems unlikely...)

    Code:
    Escobar: 	 $5
    Mathis:		 $1.5
    Cash: 		 $4
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Marlins:	$10.5
    
    
    Johnson: 	$13.75
    Buehrle: 	$11
    Reyes: 		$10
    Bonifacio: 	 $4 (arb)
    Buck: 		 $6
    Cash:		-$4
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Blue Jays:	$40.75
    
    
    Net: Blue Jays take on $30.25MM in salary from the Marlins in 2013
    How could they spend $30MM? Well, I just read an analysis of Jim Bowden's FA predictions from last year and it turns out that he was quite accurate. So let's use his figures for this offseason to look at some packages of players the Marlins could theoretically get. Since we're just talking 2013, I'm going to take 10% off of Bowden's AAV since contracts are usually back-loaded.


    Package 1
    Josh Hamilton: $20MM
    Dan Haren or Edwin Jackson: $10MM

    Package 2
    Zack Greinke: $18MM
    Fransisco Liriano: $4MM
    Joakim Soria: $4MM
    Ryan Ludwick: $5MM

    Package 3
    Brandon McCarthy: $9MM
    Shane Victorino: $8MM
    Melky Cabrera: $7MM
    Jonathan Broxton: $6MM

    Now, take any one of those packages and add it to haul the Marlins got. Now who made out the best? I think we sometimes fail to account for just how valuable money is. Sure, teams could spend more if they wanted to, in theory. But we know that they functionally operate within a self-imposed cap. Getting both significant young talent AND significant "cap space" is a pretty nice haul. Unless the expensive players you're giving up are signed significantly below market rate (you can certainly argue that Reyes is), the money is basically worth just as much as the players. The prospects then are the price the other team has to pay for the guarantee of being able to spend that money on those specific players.

    Considered differently, would the Blue Jays be a better team today if they had just signed Josh Hamilton and Dan Haren and kept all their young talent? Or Zack Greinke, Melky Cabrera and Ryan Madson?
    Rick, I've made a similar point previously, but the fact of the matter is, there is no salary cap in baseball, like in hockey, where most teams spend to the cap and even the less desirable desinations can get UFA's to sign with them.

    Toronto has to ask themselves how confident they were that they were going to be able to attract some of the premium free agents.

    I think they answered that question by making this trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
    Rick, I've made a similar point previously, but the fact of the matter is, there is no salary cap in baseball, like in hockey, where most teams spend to the cap and even the less desirable desinations can get UFA's to sign with them.

    Toronto has to ask themselves how confident they were that they were going to be able to attract some of the premium free agents.

    I think they answered that question by making this trade.
    I don't disagree with you. I'm just saying that they paid a significant price to turn that uncertainty into certainty.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    http://joefrisaro.mlblogs.com/2012/1...trade-stanton/

    MIAMI — Major turnover is taking place with the Marlins, but a player not being shopped is Giancarlo Stanton.

    The Marlins have no intention to trade their All-Star right fielder. According to a source, the slugger pretty much remains untouchable, at least for 2013.

    Miami has Stanton under club control for one more season before he is eligible for arbitration. And he won’t have the necessary service time to become a free agent until after the 2016 season.

    Currently, the Marlins are not in discussions with Stanton’s representatives regarding a long-term contract.

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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    I don't disagree with you. I'm just saying that they paid a significant price to turn that uncertainty into certainty.
    I think the point being made is that (1) if they had the money to spend (and that question has presumably been answered); and (2) they were quite confident they couldn't get a premium SS and two decent starters in FA for $30M, the lost "cap" space in the deal isn't that much of a price to pay.

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    Currently, the Marlins are not in discussions with Stanton’s representatives regarding a long-term contract.
    Currently, Stanton's representatives are not taking the Marlins' calls.
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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    Quote Originally Posted by CySeymour View Post
    I doubt they would considering the size of Chapman's contract.
    the cuban aspect to Chapman and miami would mitigate, I would think

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    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    the cuban aspect to Chapman and miami would mitigate, I would think
    Personally, I think the "Marlins need every Cuban" meme is the most played out in baseball. I honestly don't see why they would care *that* much.
    They don't think it be like it is, but it do.
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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds View Post
    Personally, I think the "Marlins need every Cuban" meme is the most played out in baseball. I honestly don't see why they would care *that* much.
    I would suggest Ozzie wouldn't have been fired after just one losing season had it not been for some comments relating to the whole Cuba thing, so it is kind of important. Obviously they are not going to trade for all hispanic players though, but Chapman is affordable, dominate, and the Cuban thing would be a nice bonus for Miami. It's all likely a moot point however.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Blue Jays Acquiring J.Reyes, J.Johnson and M.Buerhle

    This is awful, Mark Buehrle has a pitbull and they're banned in Ontario.

    http://nesn.com/2012/11/mark-buehrle...an-in-ontario/
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    Quote Originally Posted by blumj View Post
    This is awful, Mark Buehrle has a pitbull and they're banned in Ontario.

    http://nesn.com/2012/11/mark-buehrle...an-in-ontario/
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