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Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals

Signs a one-year deal with the Mets.

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Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

I think the key will be(besides health obviously) will he keep the gains he's made on lefties the last 2 years. .519 and .587 OPS after .870 and .794 in 2016 and 17. 

van wilhoite LVW

Will all the adjustments he made as an Astro carry over to Yankee Stadium?   Because as amazing as he was last year ... and good as he was in 2018 and 2015 ... a fairly pedestrian 2017 isn't that far in the rearview mirror.

Other warning signs for me include 250 innings pitched this year through the playoffs, with an awful lot of high leverage innings at the end.  And a fly-ball right handed pitcher moving from Houston to Yankee Stadium.

But there's no team I'd rather see spending that much money ...

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Zack Cozart San Francisco Giants

Well, the big question will be about staying healthy.

I really don't get the Giants signing Cozart.  They have the too expensive to move Crawford at SS for the next couple years ... the too expensive to move Longoria at 3B  for the next 4 years ... and now the more expensive than you'd have needed to pay as a FA Cozart, presumably to play 2B?

Granted, Solano probably played over his head last year.  But the Giants have Dubon and Avelino knocking at the door, and let's face it - it's going to be hard for this club to have any shot at contending in 2020. 

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Max Kepler Minnesota Twins
Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

An offer even Scott Boras couldn't refuse.

Alex Patton Alex
Adam Jones Arizona Diamondbacks

MLB is worse for not having Adam Jones in it.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jose Rojas Los Angeles Angels

I have to admit that I have been overly enamored by Rule V picks over the years. I just love a good underdog story.

Moving to a 26 man roster would seem to give teams additional flexibility to carry a rule V guy -- that not quite ready pitcher, a 3rd catcher who you can stash for a year, a speedy defensive infielder/outfielder for late innings whose bat isn't quite big league ready. 

The draft is Thursday.

Lots of lists of likely candidates including this one from CBS.

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Didi Gregorius Philadelphia Phillies

Signs with the Phillies. 

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Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

9/324 to the Yankees

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Zack Cozart San Francisco Giants

Now on the Giants via trade. Here's hoping that a return to the NL will do something. He peaked at the right time to get paid, now if he can do it again. 

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Dakota Hudson St. Louis Cardinals

Interesting the only Pick is the Cardinals beat writer. No?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Kevin Gausman San Francisco Giants


Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

Oracle Park

On April 3, 1996, Pacific Bell, a telephone company serving California based in San Francisco, purchased the naming rights for the planned ballpark for $50 million for 24 years. The stadium was named Pacific Bell Park, or Pac Bell Park for short.

Just days before the sponsorship was announced, SBC Communications had announced their intention to acquire Pacific Bell's parent company, Pacific Telesis, a deal which closed in April 1997. SBC eventually stopped using the Pacific Bell name for marketing, and reached an agreement with the Giants to change the stadium's name to SBC Park on January 1, 2004.

After SBC bought AT&T Corporation on November 18, 2005, the name of the merged company became AT&T Inc. As a result, in 2006 the stadium was given its third name in six years: AT&T Park.

On January 9, 2019, it was reported that AT&T had given the Giants the option of ending the naming deal a year early, if the team could quickly find a new partner. The Giants and Oracle Corporation came to a rapid agreement, with the old AT&T Park signs being replaced with temporary Oracle Park banners on January 10.

Howard Lynch LynchMob

And now a Giant.

PacBell Park should certainly be friendlier than Camden Yards, Suntrust, or Great American.

Despite the first rounder hype, he's earned all of $10 total in 4x4 over first 5 seasons in the bigs.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Howie Kendrick Washington Nationals

2 years/10.5 million to remain with the Nats.  Seems a bit paltry for someone who put up a .967 OPS last year, but he's 36, he's probably comfortable in Washington after 3 seasons, it's a bit of a bump after making $7 mil over the last 2 years in DC, and the musical chairs game isn't kind these days to aging vets - even ones who are aging really well.

Likely the starting first baseman for the Nats in 2020 - you don't want to pay $20 for him, but protected at 1B and getting another 100+ ABs, he's got a very good chance of earning it.

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Dakota Hudson St. Louis Cardinals

Sneak preview of the Guide:

DROOKER PAN: His ERC (real ERA) was almost
a run higher than his actual ERA (4.32 / 3.35)...
tread lightly.

DENNIS PAN: Yep, 3.35 ERA and 16 wins, but
look, a 4.61 expected ERA. No Bueno. The 1.6
K/BB further tells you to expect a severe down-
turn and keep him away from your ratio stats.

GIANELLA PAN: Hudson will be the 2020 ver-
sion of Kyle Freeland. Do not draft.

TRACHTMAN PAN: A great sinker can make up
for a lot of issues but not this many.

ROTOROB PAN: The lofty win total and sweet
ERA look sexy, but even with his improved
control last year, he still led the majors in BB/9.
Throw in a low BABIP, high strand rate and an
FIP of nearly 5.00 and you’ve got major regres-
sion coming for Hudson.

WALTON PICK: You already know better than
to bite on his 16 wins and it is in vogue to expect
regression due to his imperfect peripherals. OK, 
but one other number has particular
significance - Hudson’s MLB-best 56.9 percent
ground ball rate. With an excellent defense
behind him, Hudson could still be a draft-day
bargain in 2020.

Alex Patton Alex
Tommy Pham San Diego Padres

Padres vs D-backs at Mexico City in April 18-19, 2020

The games will be played in newly-built Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium. They will be the first MLB regular-season games every played in Mexico City.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Ronny Rodriguez Milwaukee Brewers

Claimed by the Brewers.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

ESPN's MLB page has "next games" listed for Feb 22nd at the top of their page :-)

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