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xman 86 posts  |  Last Activity: 5 minutes ago Member since: Mar 14, 2008
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  • Pick up Kouzmanoff... hold on to Tanaka. The need for elite pitching will only increase as the season wears on.

  • Good reply Crass... I agree with quite a bit of what you say... here are few in which I do not. The word disingenuous basically means dishonest... I am not being dishonest guy and you should really check the vocab usage. I am not propping any argument up with the idea that foreign players have succeeeded.. I am adding it to the context of defending aspects of the position I hold versus many uneducated replies that think that track records are only an American phenomenon. this was hardly my original premise and you should not quantify my entire logic based on only what you gleened from the later parts of the conversation.

    So how's the the pitching in Cuba? I dunno man, how's the goaltending in Sweden? It's a something, but not much of a point. Puig and Cespedes among other recent high profile signings seem to have no issue with the transition. sure there are examples to the contrary, one might be able to roll off, but not many that are recent high profile signings. Hechevarria, btw, happens to be doing very well FYI. As an Abreu owner, clearly you understand the allure, and as a former Fielder owner, you appear to understand the detractors... so why you are so sheep about a deal you yourself would probably make is a mystery to me. Finally, you give it less than 40% chance that Abreu ranks higher on the player rater... the point is dude, it's a KEEPER format... that means long term, over the next several years, NOT just this season. Either way, you seem like a nice enough dude who knows some stuff and can carry himself with class, so I'll take that bet for this year only, just keep in mind that Alex is looking at the big picture over the long haul, and in my opinion, I think he did pretty well.

  • Crasstastic... I'll reply to you because you actually wrote a thoughtful post rather than a bunch of bluster like some of these other nay-sayers. What I think on it is this... Fielder is a fat load whose time is past. He's in decline. It's no secret. The Tigers knew it and dealt him straight up for Kinsler who is also in decline with a lower power ceiling. Fielder may hit some jacks in Texas this summer, maybe he'll bat over .270, but can he still be considered elite? Short answer: No.

    There is nothing disingenuous about citing other foreign market players... and I don't think it's really the word you're looking for... which is probably something more along the lines of a word like "relevant." I did not mislead anyone, what I am pointing out is that foreign market players do, in fact, have track records, and that other countries have closed the gap as far as performance disparity, and that while it may be true players from foreign markets that fail are greater in numbers than those who succeed... scouting abroad has become much better, and teams do not throw mega-million dollar deal around to every foreign player... Abreu is not some lark... he was essentially the Joey Votto of Cuba.

    As far as Alex's draft, I have no idea what the details were, but he obviously missed out on him or could not justify picking him in the Rd available based on other team needs. To me, the Walker part of the deal is a non-factor when there is so much young stud pitching across the board on every farm... to sweeten the offer on the sexy, trending, new unknown potential star for a concensus fading fat guy whose stock has dropped dramatically does not seem so outrageous to me whatsoever.

    I'm sure Abreu will have his slumps as well, the point is that in a keeper, the sexy play is by far and away Abreu over Fielder.

  • This is one of the dumbest commentaries I've ever seen. Going to bed laughing at the guy who is such a "big believer" that he "over drafted" Abreu in "every league, YET starts his post "You made a bad trade." Fielder is old news, it's not two weeks of Abreu... it's all about future production. The guy is proven pro ballplayer who had 15 MLB clubs offering him multi-million dollar multi-year offers. I guess Puig, and Darvish, and Tanaka are all poor trade candidates in your book too, but you "over drafted" them as well. If your going to have an opinion, at least make some sense. Too silly.

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    Drop Miller for Walker?

    by Colin Apr 17, 2014 12:53 AM

    I think Walker is a good ball player anyway, but he is really killing it right now ... Miller has upside potential but his youth and inexperience do not make a regression out of the question. It would be preferable to add Walker without dropping Miller if possible. Please reply to my post "Any thoughts on this trade offer?"

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    Which FA SP?

    by Cody Apr 16, 2014 7:33 PM
    xman xman Apr 17, 2014 1:25 AM Flag


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    Help! Which outfielder would you rather have?

    by alex g Apr 16, 2014 11:57 PM
    xman xman Apr 17, 2014 1:22 AM Flag

    Haha.. dude that team is ridonkulously stacked!!! I have no idea how you managed to put it together, but it should rock in any format. You need nothing but auto-pilot! Hit me up with a reply to my post called "Any thoughts on this trade offer?"

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    Help! Which outfielder would you rather have?

    by alex g Apr 16, 2014 11:57 PM
    xman xman Apr 17, 2014 1:07 AM Flag

    That's tough... I give the edge to Upton. If I went with the most caveman-like metrics... Power favors Upton and Speed favors Marte. Both should hit for average, but Speed is easier to aquire than Power for Average.

    Upton has a longer track record, Marte is younger. You really shouldn't be too upset with either, but I'd keep Upton.

  • xman xman Apr 17, 2014 1:00 AM Flag

    It's doubtful the Cards will mess with success... Rosenthal is very good, but I think he may have found a role in the big leagues that is so difficult to fill longterm that St. Louis will not look to make him an SP unless he demanded it for some reason. The other possibility would be if St. Louis traded him to another team that wanted to make him a Starter, but generally teams don't like to flip-flop pitchers too much... see Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes etc.

  • xman xman Apr 17, 2014 12:52 AM Flag

    Hey Guyer thanks for the thoughtful reply to my post... so this deal you are thinking about is kind of risky. Rosenthal is very young and could very well be the Closer in St.Louis for a long time if he cements the job with a stellar season this year. and Blackmon is mashing... while Hamilton is injured, aging, and gets injured a lot. Too bad you can't keep Blackmon, but I would be hesitant to deal him just yet because you can't keep him. I would hold onto Rosenthal unless a much more attractive idea was dropped in your lap and in the meantime enjoy Blackmon helping your team compete in the present.

  • xman xman Apr 17, 2014 12:44 AM Flag

    Mike you're a moron if you think Abreu is unproven... he was a pro ballplayer in Cuba and had multi-year, multi-million dollar offers from no less than 15 Major League clubs.... just like Darvish, Puig, Tanaka... all "unproven" but I guess they're all worthless too in your book because you know so much like that Fielder is in decline with no HRs and a sweet .185 AVg... but I'm sure he'll be money at the Sizzler buffet in Fort Worth where you work midnight jokerboy!

  • Non-keeper 20 team H2H... I was offered Matt Kemp & Marcus Semien ...for Billy Hamilton & Kyle Seager.

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    Trade advice: Abreu

    by Peter Apr 16, 2014 10:52 PM
    xman xman Apr 17, 2014 12:30 AM Flag

    Haha... it's so crazy how upset people can get over non-sense anyway... I only get my back up when someone makes personal attacks... certainly not over a difference of opinion regarding player values, lol. I'm on and off the boards pretty irregularly without rhyme or reason, lol... really just whenever inspired I guess, but I'll keep an eye out. I'm about to make a post myself in a minute, which I rarely do regarding a trade proposal, but this one I am curious to see what people think... so you can look for that too. Stay frosty!

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    Trade advice: Abreu

    by Peter Apr 16, 2014 10:52 PM
    xman xman Apr 17, 2014 12:14 AM Flag

    Maybe I'm confused Greg... but re: Pete's Trout for CarGo/Abreu idea... what exactly is the something for nothing part? I probably wouldn't do the deal if I'm either Owner honestly, but CarGo/Abreu is not nothing and Trout is certainly not nothing so I'm confused why you seem so annoyed with Pete for simply throwing some ideas around and seeing what people have to say. Might you clarify? Are you in his league or something?

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    Trade advice: Abreu

    by Peter Apr 16, 2014 10:52 PM
    xman xman Apr 16, 2014 11:34 PM Flag

    Haha alex we're reading the same posts now, lol... I don;t think that Simmons will be attractive to guy that Pete is looking to trade with because that dude is carrying both Rollins and Segura already.... I do agree that Simmons could be a decent trade chip, just probably not to that team.

    What's up Pete... How's that Trout idea goin for you? So I see you have a slightly different setup here. Abreu is gonna be tough to get off this guy, so in any offer you gotta play up that he can just plug Davis right in and lose nothing... which may in fact be true!

    Based on this other guy's roster... I would say a package of MCarpenter (giving him 2B/3B flexibility), CJWilson, and Gordon might have a shot... you ask for Abreu/Prado/Quintana (or another SP like Kennedy that wouldn't care about dropping anyway because that's exactly what you'll do once the deal goes through)... then go out and pick up some kind of decent 2B alternative to Prado (who could get hot, but maybe not)... someone like Dietrich, Espinosa, Schoop, Hicks etc are all probably floating out there... and depending on how deep the league is maybe Rendon, Baez, Walker, Ackley etc. for a tier above.

    How bout that for an idea fellas?

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    Trade advice: Abreu

    by Peter Apr 16, 2014 10:52 PM
    xman xman Apr 16, 2014 11:03 PM Flag

    Not enough Bro... Gordon has marginal trade value and VMart has even less.

  • Reply to

    George Springer Trade

    by Ryan Apr 16, 2014 9:08 PM
    xman xman Apr 16, 2014 10:33 PM Flag

    Based on your other OFs and because it's a non-keeper... I think you can pull the trigger without worry to have a Closer in hand. ... a healthy one would be preferable, but hey ya get what ya can to compete, and if you made a mistake, you can draft Springer next year. If it was a Keeper, ?I'd say no, but in a non-keeper... be bold, be brave, win now!

  • xman xman Apr 16, 2014 10:28 PM Flag

    Word... I absolutely agree... while Fielder should be better than last season... his days of being considered an elite 1B are numbered, while Abreus days of being considered an elite 1B are just beginning!

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    Big Trade Help

    by Jason Apr 16, 2014 9:21 PM
    xman xman Apr 16, 2014 10:23 PM Flag

    Nice dude... good luck!!!

  • xman xman Apr 16, 2014 10:21 PM Flag

    Lord knows I took a beating on the boards in my response to your post, lol... but I think you got the best of both worlds really, swapping out Fielder for Abreu and managing to hold onto Springer, so I'm happy it wasn't all for nothing :-)