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  1. The Rays had a pretty good offense-by-committee this year that leveraged deeper COVID rosters to maximize value from heavy platooning, but with few individual standouts.

    So with a thinner roster next year after coming up short in the WS they don’t have a choice but to try to infuse more starpower in the lineup and see what they have in Franco.

    They really should give him lots of ABs to acclimate too. They know he’s got the elite hit tool, so it’s not worth it to jerk around his playing time.



  2. Interesting, 2021 will definitely have some arbitrage opportunities based on small sample size recency bias.  My inital thoughts:

    Give me Jose Altuve at a pick 109 price all day over Hiura at pick 69

    Give me Victor Robles at pick 158 all day over Kyle Tucker at pick 39

    How is James Karinchak not one of the 57 RPs on this list???

    I have no problem with Betts, Acuna and Tatis as the top 1-3 but if you’re weighting power/speed guys that heavily (which really is good strategy) then Franklie Lindor is a mega bargain at pick 15

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  3. Yeah this unwritten rule is ridiculous if it even if it is an unwritten rule.

    In other sports that have a game clock a comeback eventually becomes a statistical impossibility, at which point it is bad sportsmanship to run up the score.  Not so in baseball.

    It’s not like anyone can just hit a home run on demand either the same way someone can do a showboat dunk in the midst of a blow out basketball game.  Home runs are hard to hit! 

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  4. 6 hours ago, sleepysock said:

    Anyone think he has a chance to be the near-consensus 1-1 in redrafts next year? Let's say Trout has a Trout year, including, say, 6 or 7 SB. If Tatis hits at least .285 and knocks on the door of league leading RBI, R, and HR totals while stealing a dozen+ bases, does he leapfrog Trout (and Acuna, assuming he bounces back to have a good year)? I think I might "reach" for him at that point. Obviously the only things going against him are the way he plays (injury concerns) and Trout being such easy money in the bank (has he ever been outside the top 10-15 5x5 fantasy wise in his entire career??). But man, that sky high ceiling on Tatis. 40-40. 135 runs. 100+ RBI. It's just video game stuff that, if it happens, won't even be surprising.

    I don’t think near-consensus is possible, there is just too much evidence of young hitters experiencing growing pains after pitchers study them a bit that I don’t see how the more proven guys don’t get the edge. Doesn’t mean some people won’t say screw it I want to get my guy and take him # 1.


    I will say this, if you are currently competing to win it all this year, it would be very hard to justify trading Tatis for anyone, even Acuna, whether you are in a keeper league or not



  5. A guy with the upside to give you something in the spectrum of vintage Shin Soo Choo/Adam Eaton/Ben Zobrist production is a really good fantasy player regardless of position. Should be an easy top 10 fantasy 2B next year, especially in OBP leagues, if he locks down his job security (which won’t take much more at this rate).


  6. I assumed MLB had a plan in place where it wouldn’t have such a paralyzing effect every time a positive test comes in.

    Obviously the Marlins are a unique case, and the Phillies are being extra cautious because the played the Marlins, but why is a positive test in St Louis any different than any other case where a player is shut down after a positive test but the team moves on??

  7. 20 hours ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

    Not if the mayors of those cities ever want to get re-elected.  No one anywhere wants to invite in a covid carrying gang of idiots into their community.  But if you can think of one let us know. 

    And a facility has to be basically major league quality with large enough facilities for social distancing and major league lighting standards etc thus the delay of the Jays playing at their AAA venue until August.  It is the biggest capacity wise in all of the minor leagues with major league dimensions in the field and decent facilities as well.  But the lighting needs to be upgraded thus the delay.  If the modern Buffalo facility needed upgrading I doubt any other non major league park would be acceptable.

    And why would the Marlins be looking for a new venue anyway?  They have a ball park.  You seem to be assuming that the outbreak in Miami in general is to blame for their team outbreak.  But rumors have it several players went "clubbing" during a stopover of the team in Atlanta and that breaking of protocols there was where it started and they spread it quickly to other teammates who then helped spread it etc etc.  IF protocols were followed anywhere the players should be fine.  The Miami ballpark itself is being maintained just fine.  It is entirely on the original handful of stupid, idiot players and there jerk actions in this case.

    Part of the idea behind an alternate ballpark is that Miami being a hot spot probably  factors in to other teams refusing to travel and play there.  It is hard to see the same reluctance from other teams to match up with the Marlins if suddenly they were playing a whole new squad in a whole new location.

    It is a bold idea but I don’t know what the real plan is to resume Marins games anytime soon.  It seems better than waiting out however many weeks it takes to have a quorum of Marlins players and staff safely emerge from quarantine.



  8. 32 minutes ago, The Big Bat Theory said:


    What "venue" wants these lepers at this point.  No one wanted a healthy Jays team so who do you think wants this band of undisciplined covid carriers.


    There has got to be a municipality with a stadium somewhere on the eastern seaboard that wants the money!

    32 minutes ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

    And yeah just start the service time clock on ALL the players on the taxi squad.  No problem there.


    Fair point at least until the Super 2 coming up in a few days for prospects earmarked for a 2020 debut, but having a back up team was supposed to be the whole point of the travel squad. If there isn’t already another mechanism for teams to call up replacement players other than via the taxi squad the league needs to add one so as not penalize teams who are using it partly to keep top prospects on their development track for 2021 and beyond but not for actual 2020 use. Wow what an oversight if noone thought of that in advance.

    32 minutes ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

    As for calling up some of the taxi squad now as emplacements when they aren't playing games and "on pause" as they termed it?  No how no way.  Marlins players on active team NOT covid positive now may still become positive because of length of incubation period and contact with fellow players that were.  They have to be quarantined and tested and re-tested every day until deemed that enough time has passed that if they are testing negative they will remain negative.

    yep agreed, that’s why I said just activate the replacement team and phase in the regulars in accordance with Covid protocols.  It’s not great for competitive balance but better than taking an entire team out of the schedule

  9. 18 minutes ago, secretagentman said:

    Actually, it is mostly the 3 SE counties in Florida: Miami-Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach, with Miami being far and away the worst hit.  Most of the rest of the state is more or less in fair to decent shape. 

    That is more specific but the same point remains, all I am seeing so far is an outbreak with players on a team based in a hot spot, which doesn’t imperil the MLB season as a whole unless the Miami Marins can’t get a handle on it to the point where they can’t field a legal roster.


    I guess we will know soon enough if in game transmission is likely happening after the Philly and Braves testing comes back, which would add to the risk of losing the MLB season, but even then I think they’d try to tighten up and enforce protocols first....

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