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  1. Danny_Darwin

    Mookie BBetts - 2019 Campaign

    They could also trade Betts for some lesser players with upside and/or intriguing prospects, then flip those players for someone who can help the team in the here and now, such as when DD traded Curtis Granderson to the Yankees for Austin Jackson and a few guys who were then sent to Arizona for...
  2. Danny_Darwin

    Red Sox non-star team (since 1975)

    I'll make an actual team with the "no All-Stars" criteria. I'm going to add that I'm biased towards players I actually remember watching - I didn't really get too into baseball until I was in middle school in the early 90s, so 1980s baseball is mostly a blind spot to me. C - Jarrod...
  3. Danny_Darwin

    Red Sox non-star team (since 1975)

    In fairness, pickings are slim for Boston catchers who weren't either Fisk or Varitek.
  4. Danny_Darwin

    8/12 - Sox vs Indians

    Eovaldi?
  5. Danny_Darwin

    Slices of the Blame Pie

    It's pretty common around here to bring up the abbreviated Spring Training as an explanation for, at the least, the slow start. Was it so abbreviated? Chris Sale, 2018: 4 starts, 14.2 innings Chris Sale, 2019: 2 starts, 9.2 innings David Price, 2018: 3 starts, 12 innings David Price, 2019: 2...
  6. Danny_Darwin

    Mookie BBetts - 2019 Campaign

    I get the emotional reaction, but I think the difference between Mookie and Lester is that the former has been pretty open about not really wanting to sign a long-term extension. Maybe there’s a number at which he changes his mind, but if he doesn’t want to sign, there’s not a lot anyone can do...
  7. Danny_Darwin

    Is Dave Dombrowski back with the Sox in 2020?

    I'd even argue that some - maybe most - of the angst over trading away Shaw is hindsight. He was a 26-year-old non-prospect who put up a .619 OPS in the second half of his last year here. I wouldn't blame anyone for not expecting him to break out like he did (and yes, he's currently in the...
  8. Danny_Darwin

    Is Dave Dombrowski back with the Sox in 2020?

    For that matter, Dombrowski has yet to trade away anyone as good as Eloy Jimenez or Gleyber Torres while in charge of the Red Sox. Although Moncada might still make it interesting. EDIT: Maybe I was a little hasty in posting this, because Moncada is having a better season than both of those...
  9. Danny_Darwin

    Is Dave Dombrowski back with the Sox in 2020?

    People keep calling DD a GM. He isn't; his official title is "President of Baseball Operations." The team hasn't had anyone with the title of "General Manager" since Mike Hazen, who left after the 2016 season. So maybe the face-saving move here would be to hire a "GM" and keep Dombrowski in more...
  10. Danny_Darwin

    Rafael Devers, JD Martinez and the future at the corners

    Actually, looking at this again: is enough money coming off the books between now and the end of 2020 that they can afford to bring Betts back as a free agent at all? The only other expiring contract that year is Bradley's, so they'd basically have to add his money to Betts's money and hope...
  11. Danny_Darwin

    Players Weekend 2019: Black & White...

    Yeah, upon further review, this might just be one of those things the Red Sox don't excel at. Thanks, Dumbrowski.
  12. Danny_Darwin

    Players Weekend 2019: Black & White...

    Yeah, I get what MLB is going for here, but I'm not sure "their usual name, but shorter or maybe with a Y on the end?" is all that great of a showcase for the players' personalities.
  13. Danny_Darwin

    Rafael Devers, JD Martinez and the future at the corners

    I've expressed skepticism about this in the past, but it's hard for me to read this and not think that the front office will seriously consider trading Betts. (Sorry that this doesn't really fit the thread - would it make sense to move the payroll discussion elsewhere?)
  14. Danny_Darwin

    Let's Talk Exten$ions...

    Right. I have a feeling people need to re-calibrate expectations for a Mookie trade. I said this elsewhere, but the best comparison might be the Heyward trade a few years back. Granted, that couldn't have worked out better for the Braves, but I feel like most people here would be disappointed...
  15. Danny_Darwin

    2019 Trade Deadline

    Thank you for saying this. I really get annoyed by the armchair psychoanalysis of Greinke specifically. As, for that matter, does that idea that Houston is somehow a "small market."
  16. Danny_Darwin

    Countdown to the 2019 M.L.B. trade deadline.

    Phillies and Nats play each other five more times in the penultimate series of the season.
  17. Danny_Darwin

    Countdown to the 2019 M.L.B. trade deadline.

    Bunch of reporters on Twitter saying it's *not* for Bumgarner EDIT: It's Pomeranz. Yikes.
  18. Danny_Darwin

    (video) Amir Garrett charges the Pirates dugout and tries to take on the entire team on his own (now with PHOTOS)

    In semi-fairness it seems like the Pirates are involved in a disproportionate number of these things.
  19. Danny_Darwin

    Countdown to the 2019 M.L.B. trade deadline.

    'Tis the season for stuff like this:
  20. Danny_Darwin

    2019 Trade Deadline

    We're not talking about trading Chavis away for these guys; someone in the Givens/Liriano tier will probably cost someone who will likely never play in Boston (or Baltimore, Pittsburgh, etc). And, as alluded to above, the new acquisitions don't need to be an upgrade over Barnes, Workman, or...