1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Wednesday “BASEBALL QUESTIONS-WORTH ASKING”

Posted by on January 17th, 2024  •  0 Comments  • 


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Throwing questions at a dart-board, waiting for you to answer.

BLAKE SNELL…Still unsigned, as agent Scott Boras asks for the moon in contract talks.  Yes, a two time Cy Young Award Winner.  Yes, recovered from elbow surgery in Tampa Bay.  Yes, a 5-inning average starting pitcher.  Yes, the asking price (7Y-210M) per MLB sources.  No doubt a reliable somewhat workhorse starter, but there’s this.  He has pitched (180-Innings) only one time in San Diego.  His other years were (50-128-128) innings.  You going to give a 5-inning pitcher (30M) a year to go 5-innings a start for the next seven years?

AJ PRELLER…I don’t like the look of this, wheeler-dealer AJ Preller heavily shopping Ha Seong-Kim, coming off a very strong season.  Why?  Because he is due 8M this year and becomes a free agent at the end of the season.  This is a bad sign.  You have already dealt away Juan Soto’s big bat and contract.  Now you move a popular Kim too?  This looks like a salary dump.  Are you getting fair value for Kim if the return is 2B-CF-Jazz Chisholm, coming off an injury riddled subpar season.  Or maybe back of the rotation starter Jesus Luzardo.  Tell me this is not a salary dump, please?

DODGERS…So if you are keeping score at home, the Dodgers have spent (1.2B) on payroll to acquire Shohei Ohtani, Tyler Glasnow, and Yosh Yamamoto.  And the cost, aside from writing checks, with lots of deferred money, all they gave up was P-Ryan Pepiot, a star in the making.  The Dodgers last  week moved AAA-hitting star Michael Busch in a deal for a top lower minor league pitcher, to clear roster spots.  How brilliant is the Dodger trading powers?  Is the deferred money issue a real injustice to the rest of baseball that cannot structure contracts that way?

ANGELS…I am waiting, so are the fans.  So GM-Perry Manasian gives us all this rhetoric about ownership willing to commit to have a strong payroll.  If that is the case why have you not spent the (30M) paid to Ohtani, who has left, to go get another star?  The Angels have signed 8-journeyman pitchers and players to fill empty slots on the roster at minimal cost.  As of last weekend, the Angels had taken on (6.8M) in new salary with all these one year contracts.  You’re not telling me ex Padres reliever Luis Garcia puts you in the playoffs?  Still out there, established starters, toxic talents Trevor Bauer-Julio Urias.  You’re worried about negative public reaction from the fans?  What do you think the reaction is right now in the 714-949-area code to what the Angels have done so far this off season?

I asked questions.  Looking for answers.
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