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Zack Greinke spent the final two months of 2019 in the AL, but still won both the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards for P for the NL, pretty amazing. We saw his fielding in game 7 of the WS, and his hitting, he had a .883 OPS in 54 PAs for ARI, 3 HRs in 48 ABs.
 

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Zack Greinke spent the final two months of 2019 in the AL, but still won both the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards for P for the NL, pretty amazing. We saw his fielding in game 7 of the WS, and his hitting, he had a .883 OPS in 54 PAs for ARI, 3 HRs in 48 ABs.
And the Astros had him bunt in the WS
 

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Jeff Passan is tweeting out some offseason notes in a thread.

--Wilson Contreras is going to be available.
--Rangers have expressed interest in Josh Donaldson
--White Sox and Jose Abreu have discussed a long-term deal.
--Hot name in the relief pitcher market: Drew Pomeranz. He expects Pomeranz to get a multi-year deal at a strong AAV.
--Yankees and Brett Gardner have engaged in talks about a return.

Jon Heyman also says that the Reds are interested in Didi Gregorius.

Bruce Levine says the White Sox will check in on both Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels as they are interested in veteran LH starting pitching.
 

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Jeff Passan is tweeting out some offseason notes in a thread.

--Wilson Contreras is going to be available.
--Rangers have expressed interest in Josh Donaldson
--White Sox and Jose Abreu have discussed a long-term deal.
--Hot name in the relief pitcher market: Drew Pomeranz. He expects Pomeranz to get a multi-year deal at a strong AAV.
--Yankees and Brett Gardner have engaged in talks about a return.

Jon Heyman also says that the Reds are interested in Didi Gregorius.

Bruce Levine says the White Sox will check in on both Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels as they are interested in veteran LH starting pitching.
How about Edro for Kopech?
 

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The Padres are finally going with brown and yellow as their primary colors. New uniforms for 2020.

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I like the alternate uni a lot. IMO the others would be fine if they lost the pinstripes and perhaps a patch featuring the old school friar on the sleeve might be a nice touch. I'm also noticing a Nike logo. Are they now the official uniform supplier for MLB or are teams being allowed to strike their own deals? And FWIW, the shoes suck.
 

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I like the alternate uni a lot. IMO the others would be fine if they lost the pinstripes and perhaps a patch featuring the old school friar on the sleeve might be a nice touch. I'm also noticing a Nike logo. Are they now the official uniform supplier for MLB or are teams being allowed to strike their own deals? And FWIW, the shoes suck.
They added a sleeve patch with the old school friar. It looks great.

And yes, the Nike swoosh will be on all uniforms in 2020.
 

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Man if the Padres are maxed out payroll wise that makes the Hosmer deal even dumber. Great news for the Nats, I cant see a scenario where they lose both Stras and Rendon. I think Stras loves DC and ends up there
 

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5 PM EST today is the deadline for FAs to accept the QO, rumors are that Odorizzi might accept, Osuna and Will Smith are possibilities also.
 

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Odorizzi accepts the QO and stays with MIN.

Will Smith signs for 3/40 with ATL.
 

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Good for Minnesota for kinda sorta nabbing a free agent pitcher. Quite rare for them.
 

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Odorizzi surprises me. I thought he'd want to cash in his career year. I know I saw a rumor the Jays were interested in him, but maybe that means he already had a sense of what was out there and felt he'd get stuck in Dallas Keuchel territory. I don't think the odds are great that he'll make more money over the next three years this way though.
 

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eh if he ended up in Kuechel territory he might end up in the same place Dallas found himself in. And I think Kuechel has a better track record and am not sure Odorizzi would end up replicating next year in half a season. 17.8 mil is still a pretty penny, he has made 21 mil up to this point in hi career. So certainly quite the pay raise
 

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Odorizzi surprises me. I thought he'd want to cash in his career year. I know I saw a rumor the Jays were interested in him, but maybe that means he already had a sense of what was out there and felt he'd get stuck in Dallas Keuchel territory. I don't think the odds are great that he'll make more money over the next three years this way though.
I think if it were anywhere else but the very light-hitting AL Central, he might have been quicker to jump. But odds are pretty good he’ll enter FA next year with similar numbers, and next year’s starting pitching market has fewer big names (Bauer, Paxton, Minor at the top).
 

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I think if it were anywhere else but the very light-hitting AL Central, he might have been quicker to jump. But odds are pretty good he’ll enter FA next year with similar numbers, and next year’s starting pitching market has fewer big names (Bauer, Paxton, Minor at the top).
And no QO next year.
 

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Old buddy Ben Cherington has taken the PIT GM job, according to multiple reports.
 

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Back to Odorizzi, I was also a bit surprised, but get the sense that he enjoyed playing on this particular Twins team, which was both fun and good. Taking a nice annual payday that let's you stay in a place you want to be has its appeal. The grass isn't always greener, after all. And he's had no real health problems, so betting on himself and expecting another shot at FA next year is also reasonable.
 

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Back to Odorizzi, I was also a bit surprised, but get the sense that he enjoyed playing on this particular Twins team, which was both fun and good. Taking a nice annual payday that let's you stay in a place you want to be has its appeal. The grass isn't always greener, after all. And he's had no real health problems, so betting on himself and expecting another shot at FA next year is also reasonable.
theres nothing that prevents him from working out a longer term extension with the Twins with this as a base either.
 

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Oh, that's interesting, I had read recently they were switching it back to 15 for everyone and it was a done deal. The above would be decidedly better, no one is aided by a team having to carry an unplayable hurt guy for a week so they don't miss a full 15 days from them.
 

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maybe they can come back as a position player after 10 days but can’t appear as a pitcher until day 15?
Hmm, that kind of works. The lineup card each day could note anyone who is not "pitcher eligible" for that game.
 

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some notable DFAs / releases from today's rule 5 protection deadline:

-Matt Duffy
-Jharel Cotton
-Greg Bird
-Jacoby Ellsbury
-Wei-Yin Chen
-Nick Goody
-Nick Martini
 

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Greg Bird would look very nice in a Red Sox uniform. Add him to the list of cheap 1Bmen Available this offseason.
 

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Greg Bird would look very nice in a Red Sox uniform. Add him to the list of cheap 1Bmen Available this offseason.
He is still under NY control, they have ten days to trade or release him. Since he has all three options left and is only making around $1M, I don't think it will be hard for them to find a trade partner who isn't Boston.
 

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Well nobody goes to the games, so that limits their revenue. They have a capacity of 40K+ and have only gotten over 30K 7 times since it opened in 1991, 4 of which happened right after they opened the stadium with the other 3 occurring consecutively during their brief run in the mid-2000s. The park itself is fairly mediocre and the area surrounding the stadium sucks.
 

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Wow striking early good for them. They sured up a weakness on the roster and have a nice young core. They are in Chicago no reason they can’t spend a little.

They are gonna be dangerous next year.
Didn't realize James McCann was a weakness. They really needed an OF first, then starting pitching. Hopefully Grandal keeps hitting enough so they can DH him sometimes, especially if Zack Collins flops.
 

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Didn't realize James McCann was a weakness. They really needed an OF first, then starting pitching. Hopefully Grandal keeps hitting enough so they can DH him sometimes, especially if Zack Collins flops.
Yes, McCann is a terrible pitch framer:

"Yasmani Grandal was tied for 2nd-most Runs Extra Strikes from framing in 2019 among qualified catchers, at +13.

The White Sox primary catcher James McCann was -16, the worst mark among qualified catchers -- by a lot."

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