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Jeremy Pena Houston Astros

They're definitely an AL Dynasty.

It's kind of like the Braves of the 90s at the is point, only better. The Braves won the NL a hell of a lot, but only won one World Series.  They lost the WS in 91, 92, won in 95, lost in 96, and 99. Braves had 1 win and 4 losses in 9 years. 

Astros won in 17, lost in 19, 21, and won in 22. That's 2 wins, 2 losses in 6 years. I wouldn't be surprised to see them win the AL again next year if they resign Verlander and there's no reason he won't re-up with them.

Not to rehash the history of it, but there aren't many players left from 2017 who benefited from the regular trash can bangs at home. (It was too loud in the playoffs to be effective). 

Gurriel and Bregman. That's it.  Everyone else has turned over. Altuve did not use the trash can, even though he's been treated the worst by fans around the league.  Pick on the little guy, I guess.

Marwin Gonzalez doesn't get any boos and he benefited the most.  Hell, the Yankees welcomed him. Beltran retired and will never manage b/c of it. Correa will get a huge contract again this off-season and his new town will welcome him with open arms. Springer, beloved in Toronto. Reddick, retired. McCann, retired. Tony Kemp is the only other one who I think is still around in the majors. And, he had zero bangs in very few PAs. Is Jake Marisnick still playing? 

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 7

Can you be a dynasty with just two titles, one of which was not legitimate?  Just asking.

Mike Landau ML-
Nov 7
Chris Bassitt New York Mets

Chris Bassitt (P) - Nov. 06
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=13613

Bassitt informed the Mets on Sunday that he will decline his $19 million mutual option for 2023, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The Mets would have been happy to welcome Bassitt back at that $19 million salary figure, but the 33-year-old right-hander shouldn't have much trouble securing a multi-year deal at a higher annual average value following a strong season in New York.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 7
Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox

Tim Anderson (SS) CHI-A - Nov. 06
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=12960

The White Sox exercised Anderson's (hand) $12.5 million team option for 2023 on Sunday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Even though Anderson was limited to just 79 games in 2022 due to a pair of trips to the injured list, the two-time All-Star is still viewed as a core piece for the White Sox. The team's decision to keep him aboard for 2023 thus comes as no surprise, and barring a dramatic downturn in performance, Anderson will most likely stick around with Chicago through the 2024 season, when he can be brought back on a cost-effective $14 million team option. Since the start of the 2019 campaign, Anderson's .309 batting average ranks third in the majors among players with at least 1,000 plate appearances.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 7
Geronimo Pena Cleveland Guardians

As it turns out, though, the connection between Jeremy Pena and Dusty Baker goes way, WAY back. The now-Astros manager first started his coaching career in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants. The first team he ever faced was the St. Louis Cardinals. The leadoff hitter for that 1993 Cardinals team? Geronimo Pena, the father of Jeremy Pena.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 6
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros


Yordan Alvarez (No. 44) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning of the Astros' 4-2 World Series-clinching win over the Astros.
Yordan Alvarez (No. 44) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning of the Astros’ 4-2 World Series-clinching win over the Astros.
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Alex Patton Alex
Nov 6
Jeremy Pena Houston Astros

Annoying dynasty talk OVER.  Dynasty confirmed. Carlos who??

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Nov 6
Ryan Pressly Houston Astros

The Series ends on . . . a Ryan Pressly slider. Slider for WS MVP.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 6
Anthony Rendon Los Angeles Angels
Looking the prices up there, the expert prices, and my last published bid limit (LABR $19, Tout $20, CBS $19, MG $19) and this is about as Stage 3 as you were going to get.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 5
Jose Quintana St. Louis Cardinals

It will be interesting to see what Quintana goes for today in the XFL mixed-league draft at First Pitch Arizona.

Pitchers 21-30 in the free agent sweepstakes, as seen by Jon Heyman in the Post:

21. Taijuan Walker: Yet another Mets free agent. Teams: Mets, Rangers, Mariners. Expert: $70M, 5 years.

22. Andrew Benintendi: Yankees missed him. Teams: Yankees, Tigers, Rockies, Red Sox, Rangers. Expert: $56M, 4 years.

Andrew Benintendi
Andrew Benintendi
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23. Noah Syndergaard: Fastball down a bit. Twitter star. Teams: Giants, Rangers, Phillies, Jays. Expert: $28M, 2 years.

24. Jurickson Profar: Versatile player should cash in after declining $8.3M option. Teams: Padres, Rangers. Expert: $48M, 4 years.

25. Josh Bell: Hometown Rangers a potential fit? Teams: Rangers, Padres, Giants. Expert: $51M, 3 years.

26. Jose Quintana: Thrived in Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Teams: Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants. Expert: $25M, 2 years.

27. Zach Eflin: Showing versatility in relief for surging Phillies. Teams: Phillies, Mets, Rangers. Expert: $20M, 2 years.

28. Michael Conforto: May need to do short deal to reprove himself after missing 2022. Teams: White Sox, Mets, Yankees, Mariners. Expert: $14M, 1 year.

29. Christian Vazquez: Backup for Astros, but fine two-way catcher in Boston. Teams: Cardinals, White Sox, Angels, Twins, Red Sox, Brewers, Rays, Padres. Expert: $33M, 3 years.

30. Adam Ottavino: Had big year in Mets pen. Teams: Mets, Rockies, Red Sox, Phillies. Expert: $20M, 2 years.


Alex Patton Alex
Nov 5
Tyler Anderson Los Angeles Dodgers

The next 10 Jon Heyman free agent predictions:

11. Jose Abreu: White Sox got him on bargain last time. Great leader. Teams: White Sox, Giants, Rangers. Expert: $75M, 3 years.

12. Clayton Kershaw: Is Dodgers legacy too strong for all-time great to leave? Teams: Dodgers, Rangers. Expert: $18M, 1 year.

13. Kodai Senga: Yu Darvish protégé had 1.94 ERA for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Teams: Padres, Cubs, Giants, Rangers, Mariners, Mets. Expert: $65M, 5 years.

14. Willson Contreras: The Mets tried for him at deadline. Teams: White Sox, Tigers, Twins, Angels, Cardinals, Red Sox, Rays, Mets. Expert: $88M, 4 years.

15. Chris Bassitt: Very dependable for Mets. Teams: Mets, Rangers, Jays, Cardinals. Expert: $66M, 3 years. 

16. Tyler Anderson: All-Star in L.A. Teams: Dodgers, Jays, Rangers, Mets, Mariners, Cardinals. Expert: $50M, 3 years. 

Tyler Anderson
Tyler Anderson
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17. Anthony Rizzo: Outstanding both ways. Will opt out, but qualifying offer may be tricky call for him. Teams: Yankees, Giants, Rangers. Expert: $40M, 2 years.

18. Kenley Jansen: Superb his first season away from L.A. Teams: Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Cubs. Expert: $14M, 1 year.

19. Jameson Taillon: Solid season. Teams: Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Giants. Expert: $60M, 4 years.

20. Martin Perez: All-Star performance in Texas in 2022. Teams: Rangers, Red Sox, Mets. Expert: $50M, 3 years.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 5
Brandon Nimmo New York Mets

Rounding out Jon Heyman's top 10 free agent predictions:

7. Carlos Rodon: Big year by the Bay. Teams: Giants, Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox, Mets, Yankees. Expert: $150M, 5 years.

8. Dansby Swanson: Gold Glove winner had best year offensively, too. Teams: Braves, Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals, Phillies, Red Sox, Giants. Expert: $175, 7 years.

9. Edwin Diaz: Expecting record reliever deal. Teams: Mets, Dodgers, Yankees, Cardinals. Prediction: Expert: $105M, 5 years.

Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz
N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

10. Brandon Nimmo: Much improved and will benefit from weak CF market. Teams: Mets, Rockies, Mariners, Giants, Rangers, Tigers, Red Sox. Expert: $145M, 7 years.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 5
Jacob deGrom New York Mets

Jon Heyman in the Post:

The free-agent list this year is filled with stars again, with two New York players topping our roster, and three Mets making our top 10. Here’s our top 30, ranked by a Q rating/interest/value combo (included are possible teams and an outside expert’s pay prediction).

1. Aaron Judge: The Yankees are feeling more confident this week. One reason I’d guess he will stay is that he shows great loyalty sticking with his longtime, very small-time agent. Teams: Yankees, Giants, Dodgers. Expert’s prediction: $330M, 9 years.

2. Jacob deGrom: Zack Wheeler told The Post’s Mike Puma deGrom likes being a Met. Teams: Rangers, Mets, Dodgers. Expert: $125M, 3 years.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 5
Jonathan Schoop Detroit Tigers

Wise move Jonathan!

Plans to return to Detroit in '23
November 4, 2022
Schoop doesn't intend to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract ahead of next week's deadline and plans to remain with the Tigers in 2023, Evan Petzold of The Detroit Free Press reports.
ANALYSIS
Schoop inked a two-year, $15 million contract extension with the Tigers last August, so he would be forgoing a $7.5 million salary for 2023 if he chose to opt out of his contract. After submitting a career-worst .561 OPS over 510 plate appearances in 2022, the 31-year-old was unlikely to approach that $7.5 million salary figure if he chose to become a free agent, so his decision to stick around in Detroit comes as little surprise. Coming off a wretched season, Schoop will likely have to compete for a regular role during spring training. Even if he emerges from camp as the victor in a job battle, Schoop probably won't have a long leash on an everyday gig.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 5
Chris Ellis Baltimore Orioles

Chris Ellis (P) - Nov. 04
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=13454

Ellis (shoulder) elected free agency Friday instead of reporting to Triple-A Norfolk, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Ellis was outrighted to Triple-A on Sunday, but he has decided to test the open market instead of reporting to Norfolk. The right-hander appeared in two games with the Orioles in 2022 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, surrendering five runs over 4.1 innings. The 30-year-old will look to return to his 2021 form at his next destination after posting a 2.15 ERA over seven appearances during that campaign.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 5
Andrew Chafin Detroit Tigers

Andrew Chafin (P) - Nov. 04
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=12155

Chafin plans to decline his $6.5 million player option for 2023 ahead of next week's deadline, Evan Petzold of The Detroit Free Press reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Chafin won't have to formally submit a decision regarding whether or not to exercise 2023 option until five days after the end of the World Series, but the 32-year-old has already decided to try his luck on the open market following an impressive season in Detroit. The veteran lefty made 64 appearances for the Tigers, notching two wins, three saves and 19 holds while submitting a 2.83 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 15.9 K-BB% across 57.1 innings. No matter where he ultimately lands in 2023, Chafin is unlikely to get a look as a full-time closer, but he should be a key part of his next team's late-inning mix.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 5
Jeremy Pena Houston Astros

Online odds-on favorite for WS MVP.  +110 in books I can see. Bregman 2nd at +550.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Nov 5

Ah. Easier to believe but still amazing.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 4

I think they said rookie shortstop.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 4
Jean Segura Philadelphia Phillies

He finally got a big hit. When it left the bat, I thought Tucker would catch it easily. When he didn't, I thought the Fightins' chances were a little better than 50-50.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Jean Segura (PHI)

Pitcher: Rafael Montero (HOU)

Situation: Bottom 8th, 1 out, 0-1 count, Runners On 1st and 2nd

Score:  HOU 3, PHI 1

Single to RF (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF)
1 run scored on the play, and PHI's win probability increased 24% points, to 49%
HOU went on to win the game, 3-2

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 4

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