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Manny Machado San Diego Padres

The Top-100 Prospect list I use has nine Padres on it. I'm thinking that at least 3-to-4 of that group are going to be solid everyday players, with a couple having star potential. I definitely think we see Tatis Jr. by no later than the break this year.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

When is the auction?

joel schreier jschri

The Patton & Co League (PCL, NL-only 5x5) has an opening for the upcoming 2019 season ... we started in 2011 ... our rules are what I'd call near-standard ... we do our auction and weekly transactions via the web site ...

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Howard Lynch LynchMob
Manny Machado San Diego Padres

Unless "over-hyped prospects" is redundant, they can't *all* be over-hyped ... right?

And Franchy Cordero and Franmil Reyes have not been over-hyped ... have they? 

Or maybe it's just the pitching prospects who will fail to live up to expectations ... still lots of a "if's", "and's", and "but's" ... and the weight of Padres history, I s'pose ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

More likely the Padres end up looking to dump Machado's contract in a year or two after all of the over-hyped prospects fail to live up to their expectations.


It's a good move.  Nobody else would put up legitimate cash.  The Padres are on the verge of good things in the next 3-4 years.  It's not just Tatis Jr., Luis Urias, and Francisco Mejia who will be up this year. MacKenzie Gore will be up in 2021 (pitcher caveats).  All are top 25 prospects.  Chris Paddack is on the border of the top 25 and he's coming up this year too.  Logan Allen is top 100.  They have a few other pitchers in the top 100 who are on Gore's timetable.  

If the prospects don't pan out, Machado can look to go to a contender in 5 years after making the bulk of the money in the deal (if there's a signing bonus to make it more front end loaded).  

But, if these prospects do pan out, he will be the veteran on the team when they are in years 3-6 and making their run at the WS.  Plus, it's the most money.  And, he goes back to 3B, where he is significantly more valuable.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed


I sure hope he does better than .273/.338/.487 ...

And I hope he's OK playing 3B ... if so, he's a GREAT FIT!

If he's all in, I'm all in :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob

You know Spring is right around the corner when you see "The Monkey" is back up and running!

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Manny Machado San Diego Padres

Now to the Padres on a 10-year-deal, with a 5-year opt-out.

Mike Dean TMU2009
D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

I'm looking at Voit's FRAA at BP... 1.4. Not bad, especially considering the playing time.

Maybe Voit plays first and Andujar is the DH. Or Andujar plays left and Stanton DHes.

However it plays, the Yankees jumped on LeMahieu because the numbers nerds in the front office and Aaron Boone saw the same thing: infield D was a weakness last year. The big lineup weakness was strikeouts, which LeMahieu also addresses. 

Alex Patton Alex
Maikel Franco Philadelphia Phillies

I would also add that the Phillies are still going to give Scott Kingery regular at bats, especially early on.  Shortstop is now spoken for, Hernandez has a pretty firm grip on 2B and the corner OF spots are now crowded with the addition of Cutch.  That means Kingery will cut into Franco's at bats until one of them shakes the other off.

Oh...and if the Phillies do sign Machado...

Gary Cruciani Megary
Caleb Joseph Arizona Diamondbacks


Frank Smith Pancho
D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

If LeMahieu's offense doesn't take a post-Coors nose dive, I see him getting more ABs than are being projected, because his defense is that good.

Is said to be by all the metrics -- I haven't actually seen him play very much. 

When Didi returns I see an infield of Didi at short, LeMahieu at second, Gleyber at third and Andujar at first. Voit, if he has kept hitting, is the DH and Stanton is in left. Hicks is in center, Judge is in right.

A tough lineup. An airtight infield defense.

Alex Patton Alex

Thanks, Alex!

Scott Shea SJS
Justin Upton Los Angeles Angels

Justin Upton (OF) ANA - Feb. 18

Upton is battling patellar tendinitis in his right knee and will take things slowly this spring, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Upton has received at least 600 plate appearances in eight straight seasons. It doesn't appear that the knee issue will be serious enough to threaten that streak, though the injury is at least one to monitor. If Upton starts the season on the injured list, Michael Hermosillo could be in line for unexpected outfield starts.


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Yolmer Sanchez Chicago White Sox

Yolmer Sanchez (3B) CHI-A - Feb. 18

Sanchez is expected to open the season as the White Sox's starting second baseman, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Sanchez and Yoan Moncada are expected to swap positions, with Moncada taking over at the hot corner and Sanchez covering second base -- at least until prospect Nick Madrigal is ready to debut.

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Kelvin Herrera Chicago White Sox

Kelvin Herrera (P) CHI-A - Feb. 18

Herrera (foot) was noncommittal when asked about his status for Opening Day, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "I'm working on it. It's a process," the reliever said.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Herrera is still working his way back from season-ending surgery that he underwent last September to repair a torn ligament in his left foot. While the veteran right-hander recently resumed throwing and is scheduled for regular bullpen work, his status for the start of the season remains up in the air. Even if Herrera isn't ready to go by Opening Day, it doesn't sound like he'll be too far behind. Once healthy, it's unclear whether Herrera or Alex Colome will serve as the White Sox's primary closer.

Alex Patton Alex
Ji-Man Choi Milwaukee Brewers

Ji-Man Choi (DH) TB - Feb. 18

The Rays expect Choi to serve as their top designated hitter and an occasional first baseman in 2019, Juan Toribio of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Choi was quietly one of baseball's most productive hitters in the second half last season, supplying a .275/.382/.523 batting line and 149 wRC+, which ranked 17th among all hitters with at least 150 plate appearances after the break. That late-season surge should keep his spot atop the depth chart secure, though Choi will most likely have to settle for a platoon role at DH with Avisail Garcia or at first base with Yandy Diaz. The lefty-hitting Choi should at least benefit from earning the larger side of any timeshare.

Alex Patton Alex
Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds

Nick Senzel (3B) CIN - Feb. 18

Reds manager David Bell suggested that Senzel is "the favorite" to win the starting center field job, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bell also suggested that Jesse Winker is expected to get 500 at-bats, meaning that both Scott Schebler and Matt Kemp would thus lose playing time. Earlier, Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams told Mark Sheldon of that they would "... put the best team out there ..." for Opening Day when asked about Senzel's likely Opening Day status. Neither quote affirmatively says that Senzel will be with the team on Opening Day, but at least with their comments, the Reds are addressing Senzel differently than the Jays are with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Alex Patton Alex
Matt Kemp Cincinnati Reds

Matt Kemp (OF) CIN - Feb. 18

Kemp is unlikely to be part of the Reds' first base picture, Mark Sheldon of reports. "We hope Joey (Votto) plays every day for the most part, but I think there's going to be some thought to making sure he's strong all the way through," manager David Bell said. "Matt Kemp has never played there. I know we talk about moving positions a lot and try to talk about how possible it is because I believe that, but that's a tough thing. At this point in his career, to have never played the position, that would be a big ask."

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Obviously Votto is the everyday starter at first base, but in the event that Votto is injured or needs a day off, it's unlikely that the Reds turn to Kemp. Kemp is going to have a difficult time playing regularly absent an injury, especially if Nick Senzel starts up with the big club on Opening Day.

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