Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

(12/13/2017 10:25:00 PM) - Al

I'll probably go a little more in depth tomorrow, but as of this moment, I still feel the top two players available in the Rule 5 draft are Dom Nunez (C, who can also play INF) and Rob Kaminsky (LHP).

Stearns said today they would be meeting tonight to decide whether to make a pick (and before that, clear a spot on the 40).

12/13/2017 10:25:00 PM

(12/13/2017 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says they have not felt comfortable paying the price for relievers other clubs are paying. He says he think there will be plenty of good arms left to build a quality bullpen, using both internal and external options.

No one mentioned it, but what Jared Hughes was asking for might look better now as well. No word if they will be clearing a 40 man spot to make a Rule 5 selection either.

12/13/2017 03:56:00 PM

(12/13/2017 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Tomi wins the internet for today.

The rest of us, well, there's always tomorrow.

Of course, it's true too.

12/13/2017 03:53:00 PM

(12/13/2017 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Santana has two years more team control, is younger/cheaper, but is not as good a defender as Ozuna.

Still, you'd get a pretty good idea what Domingo is worth just by adding a lower level prospect to what the Marlins get for Ozuna, when it is eventually announced. 

12/13/2017 12:45:00 PM

(12/13/2017 10:43:00 AM) - Al

Swarzak signs with the Mets, 2y/$15M.

Money seems market based, wonder if the Brewers made an offer or not.

12/13/2017 10:43:00 AM

(12/13/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm no expert, but I am curious why Pocahontas called the NY senator a slut.

Of course, I'm not a fictional native American, so maybe it's part of her faux heritage and fabricated upbringing. Maybe it's normal to do when you are a fraudulent, falsifying fibber.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm afraid if I use one more F word to describe Liz, it won't be family friendly.

12/13/2017 07:00:00 AM

(12/13/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

My goodness.

How out of touch are these buffoons?

12/13/2017 02:30:00 AM

(12/13/2017 12:40:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal reports on MLB Tonight that Brewers have talked to Tigers about Kinsler and to Royals about Whit Merrifield, a name we have not heard before this week.

Merrifield is a late bloomer who had a nice debut at 28, plays mostly 2B but has also played the other 7 non battery positions in the minors, though rarely outside of 2B/LF/RF in the bigs. Does not walk much, so his OBP is very BA dependent. Good speed, and defense at 2B was well regarded by the metrics. His 2018 BR projection is almost identical to Jonathan Villar's, and is actually 2 years older than JV.

Brewers have both prospects and plenty of financial flexibility, so are overwhelmed by teams and agents, juggling lots of issues, per Rosenthal. Mentioned again they are set up for an Archer deal if they choose to pursue him. 

12/13/2017 12:40:00 AM

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

(12/12/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

As others have pointed put, Strange would have won by 25-30 points tonight.

The most important character trait of primary winners needs to be the ability to win elections.

12/12/2017 10:30:00 PM

(12/12/2017 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Other than that...

12/12/2017 10:06:00 PM

(12/12/2017 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Just saw a tweet that said liberal counties that supported Hillary have 77% turnout tonight compared to a year ago...the conservative ones that supported Trump are at 62%.

This looks like McCain and Romney's numbers...the suburban GOP voters stayed home, and it looks like a 3% or thereabouts loss for Moore, something like 50-47.

For the most part, they did not switch sides, but they didn't care enough to show up either.

What does this mean? The only sure thing is simple...unproven, but loud attacks will continue. That same phrase often said..."If Moore is guilty, he doesn't deserve to win," while true, hides the simple fact that very few know what the truth is or where the exaggeration is.

This means, there's plenty of room for mean spirited attacks by mean spirited people with no proof, but with a lot of agenda.

12/12/2017 09:23:00 PM

(12/12/2017 08:41:00 PM) - Al

NYT vote analysis has had Jones at about 68% to win most of the night,up to 75%, expecting a huge turnout in Dem counties and a lesser one in GOP counties.

The worst number I've heard for Moore is a 48-48 Trump favorability in exit polls...AL is about +30 on Trump. Many, including myself, are reading this as Trump voters and Republicans deciding they'd stay home because they felt both results were bad.

As I say 100 times a day, there's always a least worst outcome.

12/12/2017 08:41:00 PM

(12/12/2017 07:16:00 PM) - Al

Addison Reed close 3 year deal with Phillies, per reports.

Olney says he was wrong, it's Tommy Hunter close to a deal with Phillies. 

12/12/2017 07:16:00 PM

(12/12/2017 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Lots of talk on Twitter about the Giants going after Santana hard now that Stanton is off the market. As the fans are pointing out, however, SF really does not have a young, impactful SP that MIL wants in return.

12/12/2017 07:14:00 PM

(12/12/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

If I didn't know better, I'd swear they were dishonest.

12/12/2017 06:30:00 PM

(12/12/2017 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Tommy Hunter and Bryan Shaw telling teams they have deals in place.

Relievers falling quickly.

Mets out on both, Phillies believed to have snagged Shaw.

Most feel it's Astros or Dodgers for Hunter.

Rockies believed to have won Shaw. 

12/12/2017 06:12:00 PM

(12/12/2017 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Kinsler close to being traded, Mets are rumored to be in the lead.

12/12/2017 05:45:00 PM

(12/12/2017 04:31:00 PM) - Al

No idea if this involves MIL or not, but Kinsler would be a one season fix, as opposed to some other 2-4 year options.

As I have pointed out before, Kinsler would seemingly pair nicely with Sogard also. Giving him a day or two off each week versus a RH SP would make sense.

JS says Josh Harrison has been studied by the Crew as well. Tom guesses Gerrit Cole was brought up as well.

12/12/2017 04:31:00 PM

(12/12/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

We may never know the actual reasons for their ratings slippage.

12/12/2017 04:30:00 PM

(12/12/2017 04:18:00 PM) - Al

The casuals that say Chris Archer is overrated are the same ones who insisted Hauser be jettisoned from the 40 man because he was injured.They were the same ones who didn't think Chase Anderson had any value becuase "he isn't an ace."

Archer is really good, and his contract is extremely team friendly.

The more folks I see that don't like Archer makes me feel better about him. 600+ innings, a sub 4 ERA, and a near 4-1 K/BB ratio the past 3 seasons in the AL East, along with those 4 offensive juggernauts?

12/12/2017 04:18:00 PM

(12/12/2017 03:59:00 PM) - Al

It's all politics. Kimmel is not only a fraud, he's a lying fraud.

And worst of all, he ain't funny.

12/12/2017 03:59:00 PM

(12/12/2017 03:56:00 PM) - Al

GM David Stearns said he has offers out to free agents -- I'm assuming pitchers -- and is awaiting answers. Is prepared to do more than one thing. Trade talks also ongoing.--Tom H, JS

As Doug often pointed out, he often had to put a 72 hour limit on such offers, because FA's with no intention of signing with MIL would use such offers simply to get more money/more years from their preferred destination.

This is why the artificial "end" a trade deadline, spurs movement.

12/12/2017 03:56:00 PM

(12/12/2017 03:46:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if they are lying liars with an agenda.

12/12/2017 03:46:00 PM

(12/12/2017 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Email asking what it would take to get Archer and Colome both from the Rays.

A lot.

For both, you're probably looking at 5 young players or prospects, with 2-3 top guys, like Santana, Brinson, or other top 100 prospects or starting players with several seasons of team control (Shaw/Arcia/Davies), and 2-3 lesser players/prospects.

An example?

Santana or Brinson, Isan Diaz, Brandon Woodruff, and a couple more lesser prospects or young players.

12/12/2017 02:42:00 PM

(12/12/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have talked to Rays about pitching, the specifics are not known. Also have talked to Jesse Chavez, veteran swing man who pitched for Angels last season.

I took the Rambling wife to her rehab and doctor appointment so I will not link these now. FYI, that's rehab as in "gosh my knee hurts" not rehab as in "give me another bottle of wine it's almost 11."

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

12/12/2017 01:00:00 PM

(12/12/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

12/12/2017 11:30:00 AM

(12/12/2017 08:54:00 AM) - Al

No more unfunny person alive than Craig.

And the irony? He thinks he's intelligent and funny.

12/12/2017 08:54:00 AM

(12/12/2017 08:40:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, you'd use these techniques if you had their record.

12/12/2017 08:40:00 AM

(12/12/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

12/12/2017 12:30:00 AM

Monday, December 11, 2017

(12/11/2017 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Only a couple more Brewers notes tonight:

--Stearns says Crew would have to have a a young, impact pitcher" for Santana.

--The A's are looking for a power OF bat or two, and one could guess INF Jed Lowrie, who has a single year left on his contract, might be a match with MIL...though the A's would probably have to add a SP of some merit.

--An observation...the Brewers still have a full 40 man roster, so one might expect them to remove a player or two before the Rule 5 draft FRI. Recently claimed Dylan Baker, Oliver Drake, and Andrew Susac would probably be the bottom 3 on my list.

ADDED: Forgot that Stearns says he does not plan to schedule a meeting with Swarzak or Walker's agents...neither appears at all wanting to give the Crew a discount, and in Walker's case, is said to want a 2-3 year deal...we have heard many say the Crew loves Dubon and expects him to be ready. Isan Diaz is also a top ten organizational prospect, while Hiura was just drafted last season, he is expected to move up the ladder quickly, and if his elbow stays healthy, he will be at 2B as early as 2019.

Stearns has shown no desire to spend on relief pitching, as HOU did not, until they were true contenders.

12/11/2017 07:52:00 PM

(12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Many predicting lots of reliever signings this week. Market appears set, just need to pick out where to spend 6 months

12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM

(12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

They just can't fathom the facts that:

 1. Women who wait 40 years to come forward are often viewed with skepticism.

2. Roy Moore is not running against Ronald Reagan or even a mostly reliable modern day GOP candidate like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. He's running against a Democrat who supports abortion up until the minute before birth. A Dem who would give up his pinkie finger in order to figure out a way to collect taxes on the $20 bill you found in a mud puddle on your morning walk.

JFK was a very flawed candidate. So was Bill Clinton. So were Hillary and Trump.

The irony is, those that defended Ted Kennedy, are the ones who loudly say guys like Moore should just step aside...because of accusations. Politics ain't a pretty business. It often means ignoring troublesome things and voting for the one who agrees with your outlook.

12/11/2017 04:00:00 PM

(12/11/2017 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Someone has to be. And, more than likely, they work for CNN. 

12/11/2017 02:02:00 PM

(12/11/2017 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Life comes at ya fast.

12/11/2017 01:48:00 PM

(12/11/2017 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife looking at finishing her last class for this semester for her online college, and what classes to sign up for next. Yelled at me for wanting to have the leftover lasagna for lunch. Told me not to eat all of it. Said maybe I should make a doctor's appointment for that 2 week persistent cough that she told me last night would be a waste of money to have a doctor look at. Picked out a new hairstyle, having me drop her off at salon when I pick up the Rambling son after school and take him to curling practice.

Guess what? It's been 12 days since her knee surgery, and I take it she's feeling better.

12/11/2017 01:36:00 PM

(12/11/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

A year ago, they were eating steak and crapping hamburgers.

How dumb do they think we are?

12/11/2017 01:30:00 PM

(12/11/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Most truthful paraphrase in history.

12/11/2017 11:00:00 AM

(12/11/2017 08:51:00 AM) - Al

Brewers notes/rumors:

--Brewers would consider trading Braun.

I doubt they will, as only the Dodgers are an option...though as long as LA thinks they can throw money at the wall and win, I suppose it's a possibility.

--Matt Harvey still available, after being linked to the Crew last summer, will probably continue to be until he's injured or traded elsewhere. I like him as a "buy low" candidate, as the irony is, if he was healthy, he'd probably revert back to his 2015 and prior form. But, he's lost about 3 mph since then, and the idea of that just suddenly showing up again is minimal. Also, as a FA after this season, if he does have anything left, he has every incentive to have a tremendous 2018.

--Crew still looking for arms, despite the arms having little interest in MIL. 

--TOR writer says Jays looking at lots of 2B, including Villar.

12/11/2017 08:51:00 AM

(12/11/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

You'll save $2500 a year they said. If you like your doctor you can keep your plan they said. This GOP replacement plan is terrible, premiums might go up by 10% they said.

Them rubes deserve what they get for believing those lying liars.

12/11/2017 07:30:00 AM

(12/11/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, I like the Big Mac and Filet o Fish, so he probably does too.

12/11/2017 05:00:00 AM

(12/11/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Even Parker Posey gets old.

It's a damn shame.

12/11/2017 03:00:00 AM

(12/11/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

County jails are meant to slowly coerce guilty pleas. I remember what it felt like to land at a federal prison after serving 10 months in jails with very little sunshine or exercise. They had bright lights shining down on us when we tried to sleep. Prison felt like freedom.--Shon Hopwood

1. Good.

2. That's a shame.

12/11/2017 01:30:00 AM

Sunday, December 10, 2017

(12/10/2017 08:48:00 PM) - Al

More talk about Archer ending up in MIL.

It does make sense, and could also include more major league pieces on each side, but the bulk of it would probably be a pair of Brewers' top youngsters headed to the Rays.

12/10/2017 08:48:00 PM

(12/10/2017 08:30:00 PM) - Al

That's because economic numbers can be gauged by the numbers they release monthly.

People are afraid to say he's good at the other things, because the old media and their liberal friends insist he's terrible. Either that will ease over time, as it did for Governor Walker...

{People used to say "I like some of the stuff he's doing." Now, they act like he's a hero returning home from war.}

...or it won't.

12/10/2017 08:30:00 PM

(12/10/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al

12-4 for the week. Tied for 24th of 114 at NFL Pickwatch.

Eliminator victory. 9-4 for the year, still 2 perfect, tied for 14th of 30.

123-69 for the season.Tied for 47th of 114.

Bengals (e)--L

Lost my eliminator. I narrowed it down to the Jags and Bengals, and thought the Seahawks were too good. Poor decision. Now 9-5 for 2017.

9-5 after the late games. 

12/10/2017 07:00:00 PM

(12/10/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

This is why the left wants Trump to stop tweeting...because he points out their lies and deception.

As I have said often, if his tweeting is so bad, why would they want him to tweet less? They see how devastating it is. Obama's would have been too if he had used it.

12/10/2017 06:00:00 PM

(12/10/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

12/10/2017 04:00:00 PM

(12/10/2017 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Biggest overpay of the offseason, by far.

Morrow is quite limited, though he had a good 2017.

12/10/2017 03:05:00 PM

(12/10/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

My guess? It's one of two things:

1. He has figured out he does not help himself. He's up by 5-10 per the polls, he's letting his wife (who was extremely effective a few weeks ago) and others do the job.

2. Is there a final hail mary? Has some woman (or worse, young man) been asking for money and/or threatening to go public with some true/partially true/false, but damaging info?

12/10/2017 02:30:00 PM

(12/10/2017 10:27:00 AM) - Al

The difference is simple.

The Obama economy tried to hold everyone back. Not a single quarter of good growth, only president since can google it.You don't make things better for some by making things worse for all.

Meanwhile, a good economy is good for everyone. They can complain and bitch all they want, but they're doing it with full pockets.

12/10/2017 10:27:00 AM

(12/10/2017 10:12:00 AM) - Al

Giants also asking about Broxton, though as I have mentioned, would involve far less of a return than Santana

12/10/2017 10:12:00 AM

(12/10/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Their transparency is so obvious, the old media even sees it.

12/10/2017 10:00:00 AM

(12/10/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Who decides what hats are offensive?

This is how they get more Trump. They're simply too stupid to see the big picture.

12/10/2017 06:30:00 AM

(12/10/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Imagine the stuff Slate decided not to run instead of this.

He completely owns them, and they don't even know it.

12/10/2017 03:30:00 AM

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