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  1. Steve Dillard

    Casas has a left rib fracture. He will be out "a while." (4/23 update)

    You mean other than playing him in public, right?
  2. Steve Dillard

    Joe Mazzulla officially named head coach

    Was surprised to see Celts up 20 with 2 min left and all the regulars out there. Sure enough, a scary collision nearly injured Tatum. with last year’s Jaylen Brown injury and Tatum shoulder detailing the conf finals, I’d have thought they may try to limit risks for a deep run.
  3. Steve Dillard

    Tim Wakefield has passed away from brain cancer at 57 (10/1 update)

    And super meaningful to Papelbon, too, judging from the tattoo below it. Seems he was as genuinely liked by all of his teammates
  4. Steve Dillard

    The Tommy John Epidemic

    Are we seeing similar health issues in non-US markets where the max-effort and training programs may not exist (Japan) or even the minors where they are starting to be implemented?
  5. Steve Dillard

    The Juice Expires (OJ Dead at 76)

    I wonder if his death means that all of his assets are now there for distribution to the Goldmans? His pension, for example, or the proceeds from selling his "homestead exempt" Florida house.
  6. Steve Dillard

    The TrevorEnding Story: needs shoulder surgery, out for the year (4/9 update)

    Is it possible its an interior fracture, not to the rim? If so, is this a better form of fracture? Also, it reads as if this means there may not have been a dislocation, but rather the bone being jamned into the socket.
  7. Steve Dillard

    Red Sox, Ceddanne Rafaela agree to contract extension

    They prefer 4 $30 million gambles than 1 $120 million gamble
  8. Steve Dillard

    Larry Lucchino dead at 78

    A week from the death of Peter Angelos, the guy Lucchino sold the Orioles to. He was the disruptive force that spurred much of the success for 2004-2018. He also mentored Theo, and brought him into baseball and then to the Sox.
  9. Steve Dillard

    Patriots' 2024 Free Agency Thread

    With having a top 3 pick I assume they’ll have to set aside a decent amount of cap to sign those picks
  10. Steve Dillard

    How's Boras Doing This Off-Season?

    I’m not too sure about the value of a pillow for the Sox. It will make them more competitive this year, but their primary goal is building a longer term team. For purposes of planning, a yearly opt out is counterproductive. Especially with the opt out being structured as a front loaded contract...
  11. Steve Dillard

    Eliot Wolf will be in charge of the personnel department,

    At a minimum, I think the interview makes clear that the Draft subform must be renamed from Wait, Who??? to "Kiper's next highest rated player is ...."
  12. Steve Dillard

    Offseason rumors

    Add in that the actual starters in that group, Sale, Paxton and Kluber were unreliable not just in length, but in availability. Its one thing to have starters falter earlier than you like, its another for them to miss months at a time leaving a hole and "bullpen games" right from the get go...
  13. Steve Dillard

    A-Rod's Legacy

    Yikes. I was going to drop a Manny in there, but his WAR (108th) is pretty pedestrian for one of the best hitters ever. And how is Beltre above Boggs for career WAR - longevity?
  14. Steve Dillard

    Let's Lay Off That Throttle

    No payroll commitments means they will have to buy new players in 2025 just to replicate the current team, or, more likely, at higher prices if they want to upgrade. Just as we had to pay O'Neill 6 mil just to come close to Duval's $7 mil "coming off the payroll" last year, and will have to...
  15. Steve Dillard

    Let's Lay Off That Throttle

    Given the penalties and the reset, another way to think of the strategy is you have a few years you can be above the line. So, prudent management tells you not to go over the line and start the clock during a "growing" year, and save that window for when your talent coalesces. Going over now...
  16. Steve Dillard

    Let's Lay Off That Throttle

    +1 I find the idea of relying on Peter Gammons to have a deep grasp of FSG finances, and read into his tweets that idea that they can't find an extra $20 mil in payroll to be silly. There are perfectly sound reasons for Breslow to want to rationalize the payroll so that even the whisper of him...
  17. Steve Dillard

    Let's Lay Off That Throttle

    So, the ownership telling Breslow he has no restrictions, but Breslow not finding anything yet to spend it on is confirmation by ownership that it will not spend? Let's recognize (a) there were few premium buys this offseason, (b) that Breslow is new and likely not as decisive on pulling the...
  18. Steve Dillard

    End of an Era: Bill Belichick and Patriots to part ways

    Don’t worry, Saban will rebuild his confidence next year as HC of the NEP It was a move that needed to be made. Virtually every person or group has a moment: even when that lasts decades, it eventually needs a new voice.
  19. Steve Dillard

    Who is the next coach?

    I'd go with Pete Carroll, who is pumped and jacked and ready for a new challenge.