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  1. johnnywayback

    Jarren Duran: Improving in His Second Shot

    I have the same concern with Duran I had with Benintendi: He's likely going to be limited to LF defensively, and there's just not enough offense to merit taking up a corner spot on a first-division team, especially considering we have Verdugo, whose best position is also LF. It's not that Duran...
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    Red Sox ‘22 offense: offensively offensive

    I think "let them keep playing" seems like a pretty good plan for Verdugo (653 OPS), Story (606 OPS), and Hernandez (595 OPS), all of whom are significantly better than they've been so far. I have less faith in Dalbec and Bradley, but Casas will be here soon enough that it's not worth paying for...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    That's one guy who really needs to be DHing as much as possible, one guy who is notoriously streaky to the point of often being unplayable for weeks at a time, and one guy who can't stay healthy and has never played the outfield. They need another guy before July.
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    I would think they need to add an outfielder if only for depth purposes. The projected Worcester OF, if Refsnyder makes the big league team, would be Cordero, Duran, Christin Stewart, and Johan Mieses. Verdugo pulls a hamstring, or Bradley goes into one of his unplayable slumps, and suddenly...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    I think Dalbec is what he is, offensively. They're not going to be re-inventing his swing or approach. And while I was a little disappointed by his defense last year, he is very athletic for a 1B and it's not completely nuts to think he could be adequate at positions where we have a lot less...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Myers splits time with Bradley in right. Andrus is the backup infielder.
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    I wonder if there's a three-way deal to be had with the Padres and the A's. You wanna get real nuts? This deal works on the trade simulator: We take on Elvis Andrus and Wil Myers and get Sean Murphy from Oakland, giving us our long-term catcher. Oakland gets a huge prospect package: Luis...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Is that just about familiarity? Correa is younger and better, and I say that as someone who loves Xander Bogaerts like a son.
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Fans can be wrong that way. They were wrong about the Mookie situation, for example. I'm sure a lot of them are, right now, wrong about the value of signing Correa instead of committing to Bogaerts at SS long-term. Bloom's job is to be right.
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    The Mainboard MLB Lockout Thread

    I don't know that that would be a durable equilibrium, but if your feelings on who's in the right are tied up in your frustration about the season being delayed, it's worth noting that only one side is delaying the season. If owners lifted the lockout, it wouldn't magically achieve labor peace...
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    The Mainboard MLB Lockout Thread

    Well, if it helps, the players aren't the ones deciding not to play baseball right now. That's the owners. They could lift the lockout anytime and the players would show up in uniform and ready to rock and roll.
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    The Mainboard MLB Lockout Thread

    So in your eyes there's an amount of money you can be making where you lose your moral authority to bargain for what you see as fair treatment? As long as Kevin Plawecki makes $600,000, he should just accept whatever terms the owners who are raking in billions based on his labor care to dictate...
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    The Mainboard MLB Lockout Thread

    For the players, it's not about "a little more." It's about a blatantly unfair division of resources between management and labor: revenues are soaring, teams are getting richer, and players are being treated as fungible when they're the ones who make the game possible. This is their only...
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    The Mainboard MLB Lockout Thread

    I'd be thrilled to be proven wrong, but I don't think MLB is really negotiating a deal anymore, if they ever were. Instead, this is about finding a way to make the players look responsible for what MLB intends to be a very long stretch without baseball. I really hope popular players are willing...
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    How many official regular season games do you think the Boston Red Sox will play this season?

    I think the owners are trying to get the players to walk away from the table. Management is not going to agree to any real concessions, they don't care that the integrity of the season might be destroyed, and they want to at least be able to cast some blame in the other direction. Their endgame...
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    Setting Up My Own Email Domain for Business

    You can accomplish this within Gmail -- I have an email address with a domain name I pay Hover $44 a year to maintain (I also have a cheap Squarespace website up there just for kicks), and the emails come right to my Gmail inbox via POP3. There's a little drop down box to choose which address to...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Well, I would suggest that age plays as much of a role in the difference between the Lindor/Seager contracts and the Semien deal as position does. But just taking a step back, I think everyone bidding on Bogaerts next year will be looking at the same defensive numbers and know that, if you're...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    I don't think we actually know that Bogaerts will feel jilted and disgruntled. For sure, he would prefer to stay at shortstop, but watching Semien get that contract this off-season has to make him feel a little bit better about his financial prospects even if he's moved for a year. And although...
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    Red Sox player that you cared most about

    For me, it was Jody Reed. He was an undersized, scrappy second baseman, and so was I, although I was mostly undersized because I was seven years old. Plus, I saw a clip from some pregame show of him and Bob Costas, and for some reason Jody was eating a bagel, and I ate bagels! Pretty great. I...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Didn't he, uh, trade for Schwarber? More to the point, I think there's a perfectly logical reason to prefer Martinez to Schwarber, which is that the lineup gets very left-handed very quickly now that Renfroe's gone: Devers, Verdugo, eventually Casas. We don't know what kind of value Martinez...