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Just now, Gabriel said:

If I'm sculpting the roster for next season's Jays club, I'm on the phone with every other GM trying to see what kind of pitching package I can get for Tulo right now. Work out some kind of deal where it's Tulowitzki headed out, and a C level prospect coming back for sure... then work around what kind of money we would have to eat on his deal to improve that prospect return, and kick tires on whether or not I can get a better prospect, or a few B level guys, if I add in some position players.

That would be amazing. But if I'm any other GM, I'm hanging up the phone immediately. 

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Drew Smyly and a player TBA to the Rangers from the Cubs for a player TBA. Cole Hamels is staying with the Cubs.

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No way does someone give anything for Tulo. Even if the Jays agree to eat his contract, that’s still a spot on your 40 and 25-man roster you’d have to give him over someone younger, cheaper, and most likely just as if not more productive. That’s just a contract and player Toronto has to eat, just like the Yanks with Jacoby.

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4 minutes ago, Meacon said:

No way does someone give anything for Tulo. Even if the Jays agree to eat his contract, that’s still a spot on your 40 and 25-man roster you’d have to give him over someone younger, cheaper, and most likely just as if not more productive. That’s just a contract and player Toronto has to eat, just like the Yanks with Jacoby.

Come on now, I know the Yankees are the Evil Empire, but you don't have to resort to cannibalizing your own players.

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4 minutes ago, Meacon said:

No way does someone give anything for Tulo. Even if the Jays agree to eat his contract, that’s still a spot on your 40 and 25-man roster you’d have to give him over someone younger, cheaper, and most likely just as if not more productive. That’s just a contract and player Toronto has to eat, just like the Yanks with Jacoby.

That's fine though too. What are the rules around guys refusing to play? If he doesn't win the SS position in spring training, and he walks away, can the Jays terminate the contract? Because that does more for us than eating a bunch of salary and getting prospects back who probably won't ever see the majors.

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Gold Glove winners announced:

NL
P Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves AND Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (tied vote totals)
2B DJ Lemahieu, Rockies
SS Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
LF Corey Dickerson, Pirates
CF Ender Inciarte, Braves
RF Nick Markakis, Braves

AL
P Dallas Keuchel, Astros
C Salvador Perez, Royals
1B Matt Olson, Athletics
2B Ian Kinsler, Angels/Red Sox
SS Andrelton Simmons, Angels
3B Matt Chapman, Athletics
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
RF Mookie Betts, Red Sox

They did a much better job with these than they have in recent years.  The defensive metrics support just about all of these choices except for the catching spots which seemed to go to Molina and Perez mostly off of reputation.  In fairness, catcher is a harder spot to evaluate for this award now because so many teams began operating under a strict timeshare at that position.

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Billy Hamilton got ROBBED. He's been nominated 4 years in a row and hasn't won yet. This should have been his year. I blame it on him playing for a small market team.

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9 hours ago, GhostMachine said:

Billy Hamilton got ROBBED. He's been nominated 4 years in a row and hasn't won yet. This should have been his year. I blame it on him playing for a small market team.

Hamilton maybe should have won in previous years but he wasn't even in the top 3 of best defensive center fielders in the NL this year. 

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And he's admitted 2019 is it for him. I'm hoping Brett Gardner does the same. I don't really want to see him leave and play for like the Twins or something for a season. Accept that this is it and ride off into the sunset in pinstripes. 

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You either retire or you play long enough to see yourself in pinstripes. 🤮

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I give credit to CC for deciding in advance that this will be it.  He's pretty much got a rubber arm and could've kept continuing indefinitely.

Speaking of which, Bartolo Colon wants to pitch another year, which would be his age 46 season.

At his age to see him rack up sub-4 FIP years from 2011-16 was impressive not to mention the guilty pleasure of watching him swing the bat with the Mets.  After a terrible 2017 I understand why he wanted to play another season and try to end on a better note.  But he was even worse last year, 5.47 FIP with 32 home runs allowed.  He met his goal of passing Juan Marichal for most wins by a Dominican pitcher, and now he should call it a career.  I love the guy, but it's time.

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57 minutes ago, Ms. Canadian Destroyer said:

The Nats offered Bryce $300M over 10 years. 

*laughs in Dodger/Yankee/RedSox*

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That deal included no opt-out clause, which is something nearly every big time free agent signing wants in their contract nowadays.

The Nats knew he wouldn't take that offer, but at least they can say they tried.

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He's going to be overpaid no matter where he lands, since Boras is his agent. I do not want him on the Red Sox.

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40 minutes ago, GhostMachine said:

He's going to be overpaid no matter where he lands, since Boras is his agent. I do not want him on the Red Sox.

Well, yeah, because then he wouldn’t be a Yankee.

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We didn’t want JD Martinez on the Red Sox and look where it got us.

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With that short porch in right field, Harper would probably be good for 30 home runs a year just in home games alone.  I don't buy these anonymous sources telling Buster Olney that the Yankees are not even considering him.

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