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  1. So the infallible Astros lost. *insert Nelson haha jpg* Toronto and Milwaukee kicked The Stove off when the Brewers sent Chase Anderson to the snowy north. Good pick up for the Jays if I’m being honest.
  2. Pitchers and catchers report in a week, dozens of free agents are still on the market, and amidst that standoff come the news that the league and union are exploring some potentially drastic rule changes. Among the ideas being thrown around: -Universal DH -Only having one trade deadline (right now 7/31 is the regular trade deadline and 8/31 is for waiver trades) and moving that trade deadline up to before the All Star Break -26 man rosters, no more than 12 pitchers allowed -20 second pitch clock -Pitchers required to face a minimum of three batters -Lowering the mound -Changing draft order to discourage tanking -Allowing two-sport amateurs to immediately sign big league contracts (aka the Kyler Murray Rule) Could be some pretty interesting times. I really don't want the universal DH but I've long accepted that it's inevitable so whatever. I also like the idea of expanding the rosters by an extra player so teams can have a six man bench and it'll give jobs to specialists who otherwise wouldn't be able to make the league. The three batter minimum for pitchers though is ridiculous, it'd basically end the career of lefty specialists all at the expense of making games faster.
  3. Let's start the year off the way we all drew it up, with Rafael Palmeiro attempting a comeback at age 53.
  4. Here's a fun way to start the season. I'm cherry-picking random headlines for each team: AL East! Baltimore knows how it's done: Efren up, Hoes down. Red SAWX are hosting a snowboarding event next month in Fenway. Somewhere, Dennis Boyd twitches. The Yanks are paying Ivan Nova $4.1 million because cripes everyone seems overpriced around here. Dickerson to the Rays, giving them exactly one and one half Desmond Jennings types. Tulo better work out as a good leadoff guy...'cause Drew Storen ain' stealing bases this year. AL Central! Noted underachieving team makes unexpectedly shrewd move, so long as nobody gets all aggro off the bench. Albert Belle will be an inductee into the Indians Hall of Fame, provided he's not in Fenway alongside Boyd. J.D. Martinez could cause Detroit to have its first arbitration hearing in 15 years. The Royals have two former Braves pitchers that I really liked and I still hate them. I'd post something about the Twins here, but really, they have done next to nothing that interests me. AL West! Astros' GM believes they're built "to go the distance", not realizing that every team will play 162 games regardless. Alliteration Alert Activated:  Angels Acquire Al Albuquerque With no beard rival to speak of, Josh Reddick once again slinks to the A's right field spot. Someone is honestly trying to suggest Nelson Cruz may not be the best DH option in Seattle. D. A. F. U. Q. Question mark. Texas' Dillon Tate manages to look in his 20s before the pitch, in his 30s during the stretch, and then like D-Von during the delivery. NL East! Atlanta's Freddie Freeman is selling his Georgia home, which is surprising because he's a known player still technically in Atlanta. Also, I've realized that whiskey is not the best drink for a baseball season. I've switched to everclear flavored with bleach. No link for Miami, just gonna say I'm confident Barry Bonds will be starting by the end of the year. The Mets signed arguably my favorite player in the majors. Andy Galdi goes from Google to Philly. Inspired, Atlanta poaches Garrett Gruener from ask.com. BRONSON ARROYO IS STILL FINDING WORK! NL Central! Blockbuster deal sends Julio Tehran to the Cubbies and Jorge Solar to Atlanta. BRONSON ARROYO HAD MULTIPLE TEAMS INTERESTED!? Miller Park renovations included improved kids' area, more executive suites and cleaner suicide booths. Pittsburgh starting Jaso at first, firmly believe Starling Marte is just the man to play 162 in games left field. Just read all these stories about the Cardinals and then tell me they're not MLB's Patriots. NL West! The Diamondbacks are doing their best Dodger impression, complete with signing Howie Kendrick. Colorado getting ready to give CarGo the Big Papi Treatment. No sarcasm here: Dodgers do classy thing. The Padres took Christian Bethancourt because mediocre catchers are like, their thing, man. MySpace founder offers to pay for Anthony Kiedis' Giants salary.
  5. Yeah, I'm taking liberties here...but I've never been able to start one of these and we're but a mere few month from pitchers & catchers reporting. Plus I'm the Commish of the fantasy leagues, so it makes sense. Miggy may miss the start of the season. Justin Upton ain't afraid of no Petco Park. (Side note: ) Ned Yost will lead the Royals for at least one more year. Obligatory Braves story: Braves give Wandy Rodriguez a minor league deal, now have 50% of all starting pitchers in the Major Leagues.
  6. We didn't get an offseason thread going last year but whatever...after that great World Series it only feels appropriate to move on and get one started before too much else happens. Maddon to the Cubs, Molitor to the Twins, Rays still in the process of searching for their next manager, Nice day in Met land. Jacob deGrom won NL ROTY (Jose Abreu won the in the AL unanimously) and they signed Michael Cuddyer for 2 years, $21 million...the first "big signing" of the offseason. I like it. They badly needed a righty bat in the outfield. The contract is reasonable, the park plays to his strengths, and everything I've read suggests that he's a high character guy. He turned down the guaranteed $15.3 million qualifying offer so the Mets now need to surrender the #15 pick in the draft, that does hurt a bit but trading for an outfield bat probably would have proven to be even more costly. Speaking of qualifying offers, everybody declined for the third year in a row. Not too sure what David Robertson is thinking. He won't come close to getting $15.3 million a year on the open market. Nelson Cruz should be able to cash in though along with the obvious candidates like Scherzer, Lester, and Shields.
  7. Yeah so it's too late in the offseason to bother making a formal offseason thread, but continuing discussions in the MLB 2013 season thread seems weird. Figured I'd just kick off a new thread for the year 2014 for all remaining offseason/spring training talk and then keep the season talk in here as well. Anyway, the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be unveiled today (Wednesday). I'd say Biggio will be in this year after a bunch of writers basically submitted blank ballots last year. Maddux and Glavine appear to be the only surefire locks to go in of the first-timers. I think The Big Hurt will get in first ballot as well, but idiots who are unfairly anti-every-steroid-era-hitter will cost him some votes and make it a closer call than it should. Meanwhile I think those same idiots will cause Piazza and Bagwell to miss out again. And I don't think Jack Morris makes it in either in his 15th and final year on the balloting.
  8. Opening Day has arrived! Time to get the new thread started. May as well toss some predictions in here: NL EAST 1. Nationals 2. Braves (Wild Card 1) 3. Phillies 4. Mets 5. Marlins NL CENTRAL 1. Reds 2. Cardinals 3. Brewers 4. Pirates 5. Cubs NL WEST 1. Dodgers 2. Giants (Wild Card 2) 3. Padres 4. Diamondbacks 5. Rockies AL EAST 1. Rays 2. Yankees (Wild Card 2) 3. Blue Jays 4. Red Sox 5. Orioles AL CENTRAL 1. Tigers 2. Indians 3. White Sox 4. Royals 5. Twins AL WEST 1. Angels 2. Rangers (Wild Card 1) 3. Athletics 4. Mariners 5. Astros Given the amount of media hysteria over the state of the Yankees currently, them making the post-season at all probably qualifies as the biggest "shock" of my predictions. But I do like their pitching and once Granderson and Teixeira are back I think there will be plenty of runs to go around. In all actuality forecasting the AL East this year is basically a crapshoot, much moreso than the other divisions. I can see all 5 teams finishing over .500 and it just being super competitive throughout. Wild Card -Braves over Giants -Yankees over Rangers Divisional Series -Nationals over Braves in 4 -Dodgers over Reds in 5 -Tigers over Yankees in 4 -Angels over Rays in 4 Championship Series -Nationals over Dodgers in 7 (MVP: Ryan Zimmerman) -Angels over Tigers in 6 (MVP: Albert Pujols) World Series -Nationals over Angels in 6 (MVP: Stephen Strasburg) AWARDS NL MVP: Bryce Harper NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw NL Rookie of the Year: Julio Teheran NL Comeback Player of the Year: Tim Lincecum NL Manager of the Year: Davey Johnson AL MVP: Mike Trout AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander AL Rookie of the Year: Jurickson Profar AL Comeback Player of the Year: Lance Berkman AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon
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