It’s a beautiful day; let’s play two

“You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of a man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it.”
Roger Kahn

7 thoughts on “It’s a beautiful day; let’s play two

  1. Manny Machado to the Padres. They were two years away but with Manny they might be one year away.

    Bryce Harper to the Phillies. A huge deal. The NL East is going to be super competitive. I’m kind of sad because I like the Nats, but Don’s got to be happy.

    Kurt Suzuki to the Nats. Not a difference-maker by himself, but he’s a good veteran presence for the Washington pitchers, something they haven’t had in a while.

    Steven Vogt, my favorite Athletic for the past couple of years, goes to the Giants. Not earth-changing either, but I’m disappointed.

    Jed Lowrie (4.9 WAR last year) goes to the Mets. Another of the really good Athletics. Ugh.

    Josh Donaldson to the Braves. I like this. Donaldson could very well see himself in the post-season again.

    Hunter Pence to the Rangers. He had a -.9 WAR last year so I don’t know what this is worth. But he’s a likeable player so I hope he does well.

    Jose Bautista (38 years old) still unsigned.

    Ichiro Suzuki back with the Mariners at age 45.

    Dallas Keuchel (age 31, 3.6 WAR) still unsigned! What the heck?

    Gio Gonzalez still unsigned.

    Bartolo Colon still unsigned. Has he played his last MLB game?

    Kendall Graveman, another Athletic I always liked, goes to the Cubs. He’ll probably be a long reliever and spot-starter but I think he belongs in the rotation.

    Craig Kimbrel still unsigned!

    Andrew Miller to the Cardinals. This disappoints me.

    I guess Keuchel and Kimbrel are the biggest unsigned names now. I don’t know why Houston wouldn’t try to get him back.

    I would like to point out that among this year’s free agents, 2B Jed Lowrie was behind only SS Machado (6.2) and SP Patrick Corbin (6.3) in WAR. The Athletics are going to find those wins difficult to replace. I hope he has a monster season.

  2. Mitchell,

    How’s RT Realmuto? I heard of him, but don’t really know how good he really is. He was probably the biggest signing for the Phillies before Harper came along.

    I like your list… I probably didn’t know about half of those signings. Yeah and I heard Keuchel wasn’t signed yet. Before I even knew he was a free agent, I was thinking Keuchel, Verlander, and Gerrit Cole was a pretty good top three especially in the playoffs.

    1. I think JT Realmuto was the Marlins’ best player last year. For a catcher, he’s a solid hitter (.275, 20+ hr, 3+ WAR). I’m guessing he’ll probably bat 7th or 8th, but those are good numbers from the bottom third of the order. I can’t speak to his catching, though.

      MLB.com says Keuchel’s asking price was too high for someone who doesn’t throw smoke, and now that his price has likely come down, not many teams have even his lower price now, after all the signings.

      1. I think I’ve heard that he was a good defensive catcher. Not sure if that means he calls great pitches or has good rapport with his pitchers, but I’m pretty sure the Ringer guys said he can frame his pitches well. I’m am not sure about his arm.

        Although nobody cares the Phillies also got Jean Segura (well I’m sure Marc cares).

      2. Jonah Keri announced yesterday that he’s joined the staff at the Athletic (yay), so I read his piece today on the over/under MLB lines for win totals. In his write-up of the Phillies, he links to another piece he wrote at CBS Sports.

        “While none of Realmuto’s line-by-line numbers jumps out at you, his all-around game has made him a hot commodity, as well as the best catcher in baseball.”

        https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/heres-what-makes-j-t-realmuto-mlbs-most-valuable-catcher-at-a-time-where-good-ones-are-hard-to-find

        Your team is looking really good. The over/under in January was 83 for Philly, and Keri says the line is a gift from the gods. Anyone going to Vegas soon?

        1. Thanks for the article. That is definitely good news if it holds true.

          Yeah I was definitely excited about this season, even before the Harper signing. The bats should be solid up and down, their starting pitching is good and their bullpen can be great especially if David Robertson still can be a great closer after being a set-up guy as a Yankee.

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