Al's Ramblings



Monday, July 31, 2017

(7/31/2017 05:18:00 PM) - Al

Having trouble figuring out why 2 months of Liriano was worth a solid OF prospect like Hernandez to Astros.



7/31/2017 05:18:00 PM



(7/31/2017 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers chatted with Mets about Granderson, Walker, and possibly Bruce today. Nothing came of it, agreed to stay in touch in AUG.

Per Daily News/Post.


7/31/2017 04:43:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Top 100 prospect Willie Calhoun, two others go to Rangers for 2 months of Darvish.

Of course, LA would probably give up AUG/SEP if he could only pitch for them in the playoffs.


7/31/2017 03:35:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says he expects a busier than usual AUG trade season, based on the names he heard talked about today, per Adam.


7/31/2017 03:28:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says he was active all day, still talking in last 10 minutes, but Jeffress only deal made.

Talked about SP's, RP's and position players, including one "larger" deal. 


7/31/2017 03:24:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:21:00 PM) - Al

Darvish to Dodgers.




7/31/2017 03:21:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:12:00 PM) - Al

And the Orioles trade for Tim Beckham from the Rays.

Because BAL is right in it.


7/31/2017 03:12:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Kintzler to Nats.


7/31/2017 03:08:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:07:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers get Cingrani from Reds.


7/31/2017 03:07:00 PM



(7/31/2017 03:03:00 PM) - Al

Nieuwenhuis DFA'd to make room for Jeffress. Official release usually indicates trades done for day.


7/31/2017 03:03:00 PM



(7/31/2017 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Hernandez to DBacks, Watson to Dodgers.


7/31/2017 02:37:00 PM



(7/31/2017 02:35:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers trying to close for Britton, working out backup deal for Tony Watson of PIT.

DBacks in mix for Dave Hernandez of Angels.

Tribe gave 2 minor leaguers not in their top 30 for Joe Smith. Rental relievers are very cheap.


7/31/2017 02:35:00 PM



(7/31/2017 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Joe Smith to Indians.

Angels close to moving a reliever.


7/31/2017 02:13:00 PM



(7/31/2017 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Gray to Yankees, per YES.

ADDED: NYY do not include CF A's loved

Similar to Phillips/Diaz/F Peralta.


7/31/2017 01:59:00 PM



(7/31/2017 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Brewers said to have discussed Happ with Jays again today.

Happ/Aoki?


7/31/2017 01:51:00 PM



(7/31/2017 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Several unreliable Twitter sources have the Brewers back into the Gray talks. Some think it is legit, some feel the A's are simply using them to get the Yankees to ante up.

Time will tell.


7/31/2017 01:40:00 PM



(7/31/2017 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Aoki to TOR in Liriano deal...do Blue Jays want him?

Be a nice rental for a couple months.


7/31/2017 01:29:00 PM



(7/31/2017 01:12:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will have to clear both a 25 and 40 man spot for Jeffress, though he may not report right away.


7/31/2017 01:12:00 PM



(7/31/2017 12:57:00 PM) - Al

BREAKING: Brewers have acquired Jeremy Jeffress from Rangers.

Crasnick reporting.

I was hoping they would pair him with Kela. 

ADDED: Brewers send AA pitcher they signed out of indy ball last summer. 


7/31/2017 12:57:00 PM



(7/31/2017 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Heyman says Crew may get involved with Gray talks if unable to reach a deal with Yankees. May try and piece together a deal without Brinson.

We have no idea if Ray is available or not, but he seems very similar to Estavan Florio, the top 100 ranked OF the A's supposedly love. The other key piece is infielder Jorge Mateo, who is a young SS/2B who may end up in CF. I would assume an Isan Diaz would be a similar player, or possibly Mauricio Dubon.


7/31/2017 12:55:00 PM



(7/31/2017 12:46:00 PM) - Al

Astros acquire Francisco Liriano from Jays, will work out of bullpen. HOU still working on Zach Britton too, so are Nats and Dodgers.

Many folks seem to be noticing what I am...the SP market is so thin, teams are kind of just moving right to the relief market. SL did that back in '11, and I have long said I feel it is the future; SP's either going less, or teams just moving to an all middle relief style parade of pitching, as they are far cheaper and they would only face most hitters once.


7/31/2017 12:46:00 PM



(7/31/2017 12:26:00 PM) - Al

OUT--Trump makes the US a laughingstock in the world.

IN--What the hell?


My Twitter is full of mentions that, you know, Obama traveled over to the IOC meeting to fight for Chicago, and they were eliminated on the first vote. He was a legend you know. 


7/31/2017 12:26:00 PM



(7/31/2017 12:21:00 PM) - Al

This was one of the first times we all saw the old media just lie for the story, and continued to do so for years. Moises Alou said he didn't have a chance to catch the ball, but that was not reported.




7/31/2017 12:21:00 PM



(7/31/2017 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Brewers have checked in on Ian Kinsler, nothing expected.

I think they call this "doing due diligence."


7/31/2017 11:50:00 AM



(7/31/2017 11:44:00 AM) - Al

The Angels are marketing Bud Norris and David Hernandez and are expected to move them before the deadline.--Olney

Both are rentals, and neither is consistent enough to be worth anything more than a middling prospect. If the Crew is interested, this may be an opportunity to trade a guy who they will not be able to protect on the 40 man this offseason. 


7/31/2017 11:44:00 AM



(7/31/2017 11:23:00 AM) - Al

I would think it would have been 8 years, but the point is the same.


7/31/2017 11:23:00 AM



(7/31/2017 11:10:00 AM) - Al

About a dozen teams asking about Brandon Kintzler. He was a nice cog for the Crew until he told them he was injured and could not be sent to the minors. Brewers never trusted him after that.


7/31/2017 11:10:00 AM



(7/31/2017 10:56:00 AM) - Al

Sony Gray to Yankees expected to get done. Still working on final mix of prospects.


7/31/2017 10:56:00 AM



(7/31/2017 10:25:00 AM) - Al

No Brinson.

The problem with having top prospects? Other teams never shut up about them.


7/31/2017 10:25:00 AM



(7/31/2017 09:57:00 AM) - Al

This reminds me of Ensure, which was created as a meal substitute for people on liquid diets, due to stomach trouble or a wired shut jaw. Turns out, that number is tiny, so they switched it to being a "liquid nutritional supplement" that no one really needs, but apparently should have, because we're all fat because we need to drink more calories.

Hormel is wise to make inroads with the older folks. That demographic is growing and growing quickly. 




7/31/2017 09:57:00 AM



(7/31/2017 09:37:00 AM) - Al

Red Sox look to have Addison Reed. Most steady, and durable rental reliever on the market.


7/31/2017 09:37:00 AM



(7/31/2017 09:34:00 AM) - Al

Last year on deadline day, Ramblings had about 8500 hits as Lucroy was dealt for, what looks a year later, like a robbery of mammoth proportion.

I expect far fewer hits this year, but I will be here, not expecting much Brewers' news, but Stearns could surprise.

Thus far, the only thing I see out there is they continue to talk to the Mets about Granderson, though as many point out, Curtis will be available next month.

Keep refreshing.


7/31/2017 09:34:00 AM



(7/31/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Just when you think you have heard it all, you find out Blockbuster still exists in Alaska.


7/31/2017 03:30:00 AM



(7/31/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Chelsea removes all pretense and becomes just another liar in the family.

Ironically, her father in law who went to prison for investment fraud is probably the most honest person in the extended family.


7/31/2017 12:30:00 AM


Sunday, July 30, 2017

(7/30/2017 10:58:00 PM) - Al

Cubs send their #1 and their #10 (and player to be named) to Tigers for Wilson/Avila.



7/30/2017 10:58:00 PM



(7/30/2017 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Avila and Wilson to Cubs.

I would assume they would need to send their top 2 prospects for them, if only 2 are going, as is the belief.


7/30/2017 10:18:00 PM



(7/30/2017 10:07:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe the Cubs only have 9 "average" or better prospects in the their entire system.

I assume they will be giving 3 of them to the Tigers.


7/30/2017 10:07:00 PM



(7/30/2017 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Cubs close to getting Wilson.


7/30/2017 09:53:00 PM



(7/30/2017 09:28:00 PM) - Al

The Detroit Free Press reports 4 teams are still in for Justin Wilson, and the Brewers are not among them.


7/30/2017 09:28:00 PM



(7/30/2017 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Off to assist Rambling wife to ensure she does not fall and knock herself out as she showers.

Rambling son is sitting on the front stoop, filling up a couple dozen water balloons in our never ending fight to keep 3 evil squirrels out of our bird feeder.

Yep, still living the dream.


7/30/2017 08:40:00 PM



(7/30/2017 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Cubs trying to land Avila and Wilson from DET.


7/30/2017 08:14:00 PM



(7/30/2017 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy to Rockies is done, per Rosenthal.


7/30/2017 08:10:00 PM



(7/30/2017 08:08:00 PM) - Al

Brewers also still in on Granderson.


7/30/2017 08:08:00 PM



(7/30/2017 07:54:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers' prospects Alex Verdugo and Willie Calhoun are in OKC lineup tonight, an indication they are not part of any imminent deal.--Fox

Or, that could be just what they want us to think. 
 


7/30/2017 07:54:00 PM



(7/30/2017 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal and others saying Cubs are very close on Justin Wilson.


7/30/2017 07:51:00 PM



(7/30/2017 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Brewers supposedly still in for both Justin Wilson and Zach Britton.

More to come...


7/30/2017 07:40:00 PM



(7/30/2017 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Being a hypocrite is in. You just have to do it in such a manner that no one wants to call you out.


7/30/2017 03:39:00 PM



(7/30/2017 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Deceptive editing and no conscience.

Fake news. It's what they are.


7/30/2017 03:35:00 PM



(7/30/2017 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Cubs hit ball 45 feet, RBI single. Why the playoffs are a crapshoot.

Better lucky than good.


7/30/2017 02:37:00 PM



(7/30/2017 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Breslow should never face a RH hitter, but he's still very effective as a loogy. He's a nice fit in SEP or on a team that carries 8 relievers.


7/30/2017 02:06:00 PM



(7/30/2017 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Be nice if they did not have to use Wang today, he flew from Vegas at 12:30AM, Houston at 6:30AM, and either flew or rode from Chicago this morning, arriving a bit before game time. I'm sure he's caffeined up, but he's set up to have a terrible outing.


7/30/2017 01:27:00 PM



(7/30/2017 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Guerra sent to AAA. The Crew will need a SP at some point, though not until SAT due to the day off tomorrow.

They do have quite a few options in the organization, Jungmann is on the 40, Wilkerson is doing very nicely at AA (his stuff is not conducive to altitude), Woodruff pitched last night at AAA and did fine, Espino already in house.

EDIT: I did not forget they need to have someone go WED/THU, I just assumed Garza would come off the DL. Suter can go on regular rest either day due to no game MON.






7/30/2017 01:21:00 PM



(7/30/2017 01:11:00 PM) - Al

I would think he would have several teams claim him, as RH power is always in demand. Former top draft picks always get a bunch of chances as well. He's got nice versatility too, 1B/3B/LF.


7/30/2017 01:11:00 PM



(7/30/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

We can only hope.

Wait until they figured out all that federal cash would stop flowing in by the truckload. Too ignorant to even consider it. Never mind now many patriots would race across the border.

It's be illegals and far lefties remaining, and they both have two things in common...they want everything, and they want someone else to pay for it.


7/30/2017 12:30:00 PM



(7/30/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Misdirection.

It's what they do best. This is about the 4th scandal with far more to it than Russia they have uncovered, and the old media's reluctance to cover them makes one think there's something to them.


7/30/2017 11:00:00 AM



(7/30/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Because Medicaid money just magically floats down the sky.


7/30/2017 09:30:00 AM



(7/30/2017 09:06:00 AM) - Al

Lucroy to the Rockies expected to happen.



7/30/2017 09:06:00 AM



(7/30/2017 08:54:00 AM) - Al

JS says A's insisted on Brinson. Brewers said no.

Still interested in Hand, Pads have lowered price. Still in on Wilson from Tigers.

Have talked to Mets about Granderson.



7/30/2017 08:54:00 AM



(7/30/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

What is Because They Know I Will Not Show Up Anyway for $1000, Alex?


7/30/2017 08:30:00 AM



(7/30/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I don't believe this for a minute.

Nor do I believe the old media never once published a picture of him chain smoking in 8 years of his presidency, even though he did.

Remember, they truly believe it never happens if they ignore it.


7/30/2017 06:30:00 AM



(7/30/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

I like the cut of his jib.


7/30/2017 03:00:00 AM



(7/30/2017 01:59:00 AM) - Al

Wang called up to MIL.

Barring Guerra going on the DL, I would assume Nieuwenhuis will just be DFA'd again and then outrighted.



7/30/2017 01:59:00 AM



(7/30/2017 01:42:00 AM) - Al

Substitute a quality prospect, like Phillips or Clark, for the lower level one in a Straily deal. Those 3 years of team control give him more value than one would think.



7/30/2017 01:42:00 AM



(7/30/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

He's right you know. On every single thing.


7/30/2017 01:00:00 AM


Saturday, July 29, 2017

(7/29/2017 06:40:00 PM) - Al

Dan Straily now seems to the focus of MIL.

He would cost far less than Gray and actually has an extra season of team control. His raw numbers look a lot like a pitcher I have in mind.

Since 2015
Straily-----21-15, 3.87 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 7.8 K/9, 1.4 HR/9, 1.20 WHIP, 5.82 IP/S
Pitcher X--25-23, 3.99 ERA, 2.9 BB/9, 8.4 K/9, 1.4 HR/9, 1.30 WHIP, 5.71 IP/S

Any guesses who the mystery pitcher is? I'll update in about an hour, but leave a gap for the latecomers.


{GAP}







{GAP}








Pitcher X is Mike Fiers.

Straily is comparable to Matt Moore, who had 3 years of team control left when the Giants dealt for him last season. He got the Rays one lower level prospect and a pretty good one, in addition to a decent young big leaguer; though none "elite" like say Brinson or Josh Hader (before Josh graduated due to time in the majors).

A comparable package might be: Villar, Freddy Peralta, and a lower level middling prospect. Will that be enough? Depends what else the Marlins are offered. 



















Pitcher 



7/29/2017 06:40:00 PM



(7/29/2017 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Skole is a poor man's Travis Shaw, was available in the 2016 Rule 5 draft but not chosen.


7/29/2017 03:19:00 PM



(7/29/2017 03:10:00 PM) - Al

I have not seen it said out loud, but to me, it seems likely that the offer the Crew has on the table for Sonny Gray is a couple prospects and Corey Ray; while the A's want Brinson instead of Ray. Supposedly, the A's have a similar standoff with the Yankees.

Many on Twitter are saying Broxton and Phillips may be involved in trade talks, and that's why Nieuwenhuis came up. While I, of course, have no idea if they are or not, nothing is close to completion, as both played last night in AAA.

Simply put, Nieuwenhuis is up because of the 10 day rule keeping Keon and Brett down.


7/29/2017 03:10:00 PM



(7/29/2017 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Nieuwenhuis up, Peralta DFA'd.

Still an open spot on the 40. I assume Kirk will be used mostly as a PH and maybe spot Brinson in CF versus tough RHP.

However, with Phillips and Broxton artificially stuck in Colorado Springs, I would certainly recommend renting, not buying for Nieuwenhuis.

As for those wondering why Kirk and not Kyle Wren, two quick thoughts come to mind:

1. Kirk is very likely to be removed from the 40 when others are able to return and/or a trade means a 40 man spot has to be opened up. They are not as worried about losing Kirk as they are Wren. Put another way, if Kyle was added to the 40, he would probably have to stay on the 40.

2. Wren can certainly play all 3 OF spots, but is not much of a RF due to his arm. He also lacks HR power. While Kirk is not very likely to hit a homer, he certainly has run into a fair amount of them.

FYI, I would think a team may well trade for Peralta, though the return will be minimal. The Rangers were said to have almost acquired him in March.

EDIT: To be clear, if Wily is not claimed (unlikely, due to contract) or traded, he would forfeit his salary if he refused to go to Colorado Springs, so he would have to report. Not enough service time to become a free agent AND get the cash. 


7/29/2017 02:58:00 PM



(7/29/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

No one will riot, because he's "just a cop."

This is why I hate people so.


7/29/2017 02:30:00 PM



(7/29/2017 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Heyman had the Brewers getting Justin Wilson a couple days ago, though I don't think he's got one right yet.


7/29/2017 01:04:00 PM



(7/29/2017 12:56:00 PM) - Al

So, is he bothered by his illness, or is he simply flip flopping because he just wants to complain?




7/29/2017 12:56:00 PM



(7/29/2017 12:35:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers and Athletics have hit an impasse in their discussions about Gray, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets. The hangup, it seems, is that the A’s want top young outfielder Lewis Brinson, and the Brewers don’t want to trade him.--MLBTR

Good. 


7/29/2017 12:35:00 PM



(7/29/2017 10:22:00 AM) - Al

Brewer Nation is citing a source that Kirk Nieuwenhuis is on his way to MIL. Both Broxton and Phillips are within their 10 day window, though that is void if a player is DL'd.

Only thing I can think of is they wanted to add a bench player in place of a pitcher, especially with a good 7 inning start last night.

Or, is something happening with Peralta?

Someone commented maybe he'll just stay at the hotel in case a move is made. Anything is possible, I guess. He has poor numbers overall, but far better of late, a .350+ OBP in June and July.

He did play some 1B in AAA, is Thames injured? Just throwing that out there.



7/29/2017 10:22:00 AM



(7/29/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

These articles that speak with such complete shock that supply and demand sets market prices makes me shake my head.

It's the principle theory that the free market is based on. Why the surprise?


7/29/2017 03:00:00 AM



(7/29/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Seeing lots of people retweet AZ voters stuff that McCain ran several ads promising to repeal Obamacare...as Meghan has pointed out almost daily on Outnumbered, premiums have risen at an unheard of rate in that state (I would say it's probably related to the many retirees in that 55-64 age range, as many are married to an older spouse that is 65+).

Again, I just wish he would give a bullet point list (hopefully, no readers were offended by my violent imagery) saying why he could not support it, because his press release this AM was, at best, cliched cliches. Many have pointed out, he does not have to worry about reelection, "a mortality term limit" many have said.

I think he may have made the Dems very unhappy, though none will admit it, because it will all revert back to them when Obamacare falls apart. Not only did they pass it, they still have not admitted it is a disaster and will soon end, or at least, very few have. Manchin, a very conservative Dem from WV, who is up for reelection in '18, seemed very on edge today, saying he thinks both sides should sit down and work on a solution, as if to say, "We know O-care will soon fail, let's fix it."


7/29/2017 01:00:00 AM


Friday, July 28, 2017

(7/28/2017 10:07:00 PM) - Al

Hellickson ends up going to BAL, who is 6 games back in the wildcard behind 6 other teams. I will assume they will argue he basically cost them nothing except payroll the rest of the campaign, but, I have to admit, the phrase what the hell comes to mind.

Ramos is dealt to the Mets, who will probably trade Reed now. Mets give a "50" RHP and a "45" OF (on a 20-80 scouting scale), be about equal to a Brewers swap of Burnes and Gatewood...not overwhelming for a solid major league reliever.

Kendrick goes to the Nats. Howie is a poor man's Josh Harrison, and is a nice piece especially for the playoffs. He may allow DC to carry an extra role player, like an extra loogy or a PR.

EDIT: Folks reminding me that Showalter waited to take over BAL his first year for a couple weeks while they added role players, as many suggested he did not want to hurt his W/L percentage. Remember my old saying not to chase that 78th win? BAL appears to be doing just that.

That is a stunner and a half. 


7/28/2017 10:07:00 PM



(7/28/2017 09:02:00 PM) - Al

So, how long until we start to think we may have had Brent Suter's ceiling a bit too low?

Asking for a friend.


7/28/2017 09:02:00 PM



(7/28/2017 08:42:00 PM) - Al

Still awaiting word on where Hellickson will end up, but rumors continue to persist the Crew would love to add Granderson from the Mets.

He is similar to Hellickson, costly payroll wise, but because of that and the fact he's a rental, would likely cost the Crew just a middling prospect.


7/28/2017 08:42:00 PM



(7/28/2017 08:16:00 PM) - Al

One of the worst weeks I can ever recall for MLB umpiring. Many needless ejections; horrendous job on ball/strike calls, bordering on appearing to be making decisions with their eyes closed; and then compounding their mistakes by being the aggressor, going after players when they dare to point out that the call they made was either borderline or just flat out wrong.

Must be hot out.

Poor babies.


7/28/2017 08:16:00 PM



(7/28/2017 08:06:00 PM) - Al

A thought I had tonight.

Many people of both parties in the past few days have had both good and bad things to say about John McCain. Irony?

--Many on the left are hailing him as a hero and a savior just a few days after unabashedly hoping and wishing for his death.

--Many on the right are using words like "puzzled" and "disappointed" today after days of love and respect were shown to him.

Amazingly, I have not yet saw a single person on the right rooting for a quick demise. I guess they just don't get it.


7/28/2017 08:06:00 PM



(7/28/2017 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Cards appear to be going into full sell mode, Lynn and Grichuk both on the block.


7/28/2017 07:50:00 PM



(7/28/2017 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Went to Target today to take the Rambling wife's scrip in to be filled, still in pain from her operation. She mentioned she would like some Teddy Grahams, as she was getting tired of eating Cheerios plain as one of the bland foods. I rememeber thinking to myself, "Do they still make those? I haven't seen Teddy Grahams since my nephew was a kid, about 30 years ago."

Sure enough they did, so I bought a box. When I get home, she insists she said Golden Grahams. If she did, it's sure not what I heard.

Note, she is enjoying her Teddy Grahams, thank you.


7/28/2017 07:03:00 PM



(7/28/2017 06:55:00 PM) - Al

PHIL has scratched Hellickson for tonight due to being close to a trade, and wet field conditions. As soon as I heard that, it just seemed like a deal MIL would make, because Hellickson will not take much, as he is only signed thru this season. Time will tell, no leakage yet.

MLB Network is reporting MIL or KC for Hellickson, both teams were in the running. 


7/28/2017 06:55:00 PM



(7/28/2017 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Al,

If the Cubs win all 3 games this weekend, would you look to sell on Sunday night and Monday?

If the Brewers win all 3 games this weekend, would you look to buy? 

GW

One of the better emails I can recall receiving.

1. I'm not really sure who the Crew has to "sell"...Garza would be a name to bring up, but he is on the DL and has an option for $5M next year. Swarzak? I have often said Santana being traded in the offseason makes sense, but it'd be tough to get market value for him with just prospects, as no team is going to deal part of their big league team if they are contending.

2. I would not deal any prospect that ranks higher than Cordell. I'd consider buying role players for depth, an overpaid guy like Curtis Granderson, makes sense, as do a SP and a reliever. I'd ignore Sonny Gray and Justin Wilson while going after guys that are making too much money and will take limited resources to acquire...Jaime Garcia and Drew Storen would be examples. 


7/28/2017 02:50:00 PM



(7/28/2017 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Remind me again, why do they lose elections?

It's stupid to build factories in WI, says the state senator.

Or, maybe the former state senator.


7/28/2017 02:21:00 PM



(7/28/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I've seen this posted on FB and Twitter a dozen times.

With luck the left will continue saying it, over and over.


7/28/2017 11:30:00 AM



(7/28/2017 10:50:00 AM) - Al

One of the stranger trades you will ever see. Mariners take back the pitcher they gave up on, admit SP's are far tougher to come up with than relievers.


7/28/2017 10:50:00 AM



(7/28/2017 10:47:00 AM) - Al

Ben Shapiro says the same thing a wise man has been repeating over and over.

McCain's inconsistent wants aside (sadly, his statement this AM does not explain anything, I'm not sure if he even knows why), he may have done the GOP a huge favor. Obamacare has failed because it ignores a single principle, supply and demand. Any replacement that ignores this is doomed to fail as well. We seem to forget, up until a few years ago, health insurance worked fine without any government intervention. Obamacare basically repaired a problem that did not exist. There were a few people that had to pay more because they have health problems, or because they were heavy or because they took certain meds. There were even a few people (though this number has been greatly exaggerated) that no one would cover because they were so unhealthy.

Most states had a program for people like this. Those that didn't, well, have problems building roads, paying their bills, and so on. Hopefully, they won't come out with a federal government program to "fix" these things, because they are never ending.

It's failed because it was intended to fail. It was never about health insurance, it was about changing the culture to allow citizens to give the government more control.


7/28/2017 10:47:00 AM



(7/28/2017 10:29:00 AM) - Al

And to think, all it took to improve the economy was to stop having a president that insisted we need to spread the wealth and do something about the terrible country we live in.

The apology tour of infinite length is over.


7/28/2017 10:29:00 AM



(7/28/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

What does Glenn always say? If you look at them as Dem operatives with a byline...you'd be right.

The irony is, if it was a fraction as successful as the old media pretends it is, it would not be dying a natural death of incompetence. Of course, the fact is, its failure means it is working as planned...


7/28/2017 07:00:00 AM



(7/28/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

It'd be easier to talk about the things the Dems don't complain about.

They know better you know. So shut up.


7/28/2017 06:00:00 AM



(7/28/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Utopia? Not so much.


7/28/2017 03:00:00 AM



(7/28/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

When you were for slavery, sharecropping, and fought civil rights and voting rights for blacks, you'd proudly rewrite history too.


7/28/2017 01:00:00 AM


Thursday, July 27, 2017

(7/27/2017 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is more willing to part with top prospects in order to land Sonny Gray than his front office is, according to Heyman. General manager David Stearns and his staff are reluctant to part with the club’s very top prospects, and Attanasio has been deferring to the preferences of his baseball operations staff. The Athletics are eyeing center field prospect Lewis Brinson, Heyman continues, but it seems that the Brewers’ front office isn’t keen on parting with that level of talent.---Heyman, via MLBTR

Tough giving up 6.5 years of production for even 2.5 years, especially when your playoff odds are 10%.


7/27/2017 10:05:00 PM



(7/27/2017 07:40:00 PM) - Al

The irony here? ESPN so misjudged the audience (stop me if you've heard this before) that they covered them nonstop the first couple weeks. ESPN is so far left, they have went from can't miss to can't watch in half a decade.

And deservedly so.


7/27/2017 07:40:00 PM



(7/27/2017 07:25:00 PM) - Al

Espino scratched from his start tonight in AAA.

About the only question is if the Crew will add one or two pitchers tomorrow. Paolo certainly appears to be taking over the long man spot.


7/27/2017 07:25:00 PM



(7/27/2017 07:18:00 PM) - Al

I mentioned Granderson about a month ago. He'd be a nice fit to back up Brinson and Santana, and as insurance for Braun. I doubt he'd cost much, as he makes a fortune


7/27/2017 07:18:00 PM



(7/27/2017 07:06:00 PM) - Al

I'd get off the Gray/Wilson/so on train and try and hitch a ride with the Rangers here. They might even take a discount if the Crew takes Jeffress too.


7/27/2017 07:06:00 PM



(7/27/2017 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported they offered Ray and pitcher Luis Ortiz for Jose Quintana.--Heyman

They probably needed another midlevel guy to beat the Cubs' offer. Or to sub in Brinson for Ray. 


7/27/2017 02:06:00 PM



(7/27/2017 01:50:00 PM) - Al

I'm against this in principle as well, but Messing may have just come out as the most selfish person on the planet.
 
Like most on the left, she wants higher taxes on everyone but herself.


7/27/2017 01:50:00 PM



(7/27/2017 01:42:00 PM) - Al

Adam is correct as usual, but, Jeffress was almost released earlier this season and would cost next to nothing.

I could almost see a Peralta for Jeffress swap, though MIL may have to even out the money involved.


7/27/2017 01:42:00 PM



(7/27/2017 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Not only does hardly anyone except those on the extreme left disagree, many have pointed out the brilliance of Trump timing his transgender announcement to dominate the news on the day the Senate voted on Obamacare repeal and the like. His immensely popular transgender policy, by the way.

It's been 6 months, and he's still playing the old media like Charlie Daniels plays the fiddle.

Because he's so much dumber than them. Heh.


7/27/2017 01:23:00 PM



(7/27/2017 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Idaho?

Is that near DC or NY?

Then, who cares?


7/27/2017 01:15:00 PM



(7/27/2017 01:12:00 PM) - Al

If Obama would have been as accurate as Palin, they'd be chipping his head out of granite on a mountain in South Dakota.

Drill baby drill.


7/27/2017 01:12:00 PM



(7/27/2017 01:10:00 PM) - Al

And while Blazek can be optioned, Peralta can't. As I have discussed before, it's difficult to imagine a situation in which Wily is offered arby, so I don't think anyone would be surprised to see him outrighted and see what happens.

Counsell is not one to want to use a position player to pitch, though necessity is the mother of invention, but Knebel needs an inning, so I assume CC will use him, Torres and maybe Drake to get through the game.


7/27/2017 01:10:00 PM



(7/27/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I had high hopes for Blazek today, as not only did he pitch terrific in the minor's toughest environment, he looked superb in his first few outings since coming up. Harper hit 2 pitches that were balls out, but the rest looked to be mistakes.

Now, they may well be looking at a situation where they have to option him out just to shore up the relief corps in case of extra innings or another ineffective outing tomorrow or SAT.  Espino, Webb, or Lopez would be the choices on the 40, as Woodruff and Williams are still in rehab mode, while Jungmann just pitched.


7/27/2017 12:30:00 PM



(7/27/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Wonderful, self written obit.

There's no reason for a long life to be sad. Perfectly proven here.


7/27/2017 11:00:00 AM



(7/27/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Chicago Tribune blames Dem leaders for allowing FoxConn to build across the border.

People vote with their feet. So do businesses. With IL's financial troubles, all caused by fiscal mismanagement (that's political talk for spending too damn much), Governor Walker has to keep reminding folks that, yes, Wisconsin is open and ready for business.


7/27/2017 09:30:00 AM



(7/27/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Part of me wants to go get another dog just so I can get one of these.


7/27/2017 07:30:00 AM



(7/27/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

You know, they might just be tired of being taxed to death also.




7/27/2017 05:00:00 AM



(7/27/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Deadspin proudly carries on the tradition of ESPN.

The irony of your disdain for an actual hero in McCain and love for someone who killed a young woman in Ted Kennedy is not lost. Weak.--Macaroni

You idiots on the left wonder how Donald Trump is president. Keep this stuff up. I love it.--Bama for Life

A wise man has pointed this out on numerous occasions. In fact, I hope they double down.


7/27/2017 03:00:00 AM



(7/27/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Last year memebers of our Navy were captured by an Iranian boat. Same scenario today but we fired on them. A difference a few months make.--Tim Kennedy

Amen.

The difference in being allowed to fight back is immense.

Kennedy is a former special forces hero, as well as a former MMA fighter. He is most famous for his quote after being told by the FBI that he was on an ISIS hit list. Supposedly, the conversation went like this:

FBI--We have credible intel that ISIS wants to kill you, Mr. Kennedy.

Tim Kennedy--Let those cowards come. They can send whoever they want...as long as they don't want them back.


7/27/2017 12:30:00 AM


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

(7/26/2017 10:19:00 PM) - Al

Philips goes down to make room for Swarzak. Brinson looks to be a better defender and hits same handed pitchers better. To be honest, I think the Crew would like to have both up right now, but the rotation's inability to go 5-6 innings consistently keeps them from cutting down to 7 arms.


7/26/2017 10:19:00 PM



(7/26/2017 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Blazek will start tomorrow on place of Garza. That would take him out of the running for going down to make room for Swarzak.


7/26/2017 04:22:00 PM



(7/26/2017 03:48:00 PM) - Al

Ssshhh...don't tell anyone.

The guy that the old media pretends does not exist. When in reality, there's millions of them. That's why the map is so red.




7/26/2017 03:48:00 PM



(7/26/2017 03:36:00 PM) - Al

FoxConn adding lots of jobs in WI, announcement with all the WI boys in DC in a few minutes.

I can only imagine how unhappy this makes the left. Nothing they hate more than success. Why do you think they have been "resisting" even as they admit Obamacare will be dead (of course, that means it's working!) soon.


7/26/2017 03:36:00 PM



(7/26/2017 03:29:00 PM) - Al

Garza to DL with a lower leg strain.

He was scheduled to start tomorrow, though Suter could be bumped up and work on regular rest. Blazek could also be given the start, as he could probably be go 5-6 innings if effective, as he is likely still stretched out from starting in AAA. An additional SP will have to start at some point THU/FRI/SAT.

Or, conspiracy nuts, is there a trade for a SP on the horizon? Jungmann has pitched nicely in AAA, but is pitching today, as I type.

Garza can be added back onto active roster AUG 1st, which is a week from yesterday, next TUE. He may only miss a single start, due to MON's off day and next MON's off day. 


7/26/2017 03:29:00 PM



(7/26/2017 03:19:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I have a dog in the fight on transgenders in the military, but I do know this...if the powers that be do not know how to house them, or work them into service, on ships, in platoons, and so on; there isn't much choice.

As often happened in Obama's 96 months in office, he made a decision and was never held responsible for it. He changed the policy, but did not explain how to work them in. It was all politics and we know it. It was like saying all the cars are going to run on wind power and then walking away, leaving engineers and design guys to explain, "Um, is someone going to tell him that doesn't work."

The United States military is the greatest fighting force the world has ever known. It ain't a social experiment. It ain't even PC, as combat is designed to kill and maim the enemy to win the battle.




7/26/2017 03:19:00 PM



(7/26/2017 02:44:00 PM) - Al

Brinson in DC and in CF tonight.

Perez is not in the starting lineup, Villar at 2B, Aguilar at 1B, Shaw at 3B.

Roster move to make room for Lewis expected soon.



7/26/2017 02:44:00 PM



(7/26/2017 11:05:00 AM) - Al

One scenario: Brinson comes up to start vs. Gio and a reliever is sent out. Then Brewers activate Swarzak tomorrow and send out a position player.--Adam, MLB.com

Makes sense in why they waited so long to make the decision...waited until after game was over to ensure only Drake had to be used. By the time Counsell and Stearns chatted after the game, Colorado Springs had begun. 


7/26/2017 11:05:00 AM



(7/26/2017 10:36:00 AM) - Al

Stearns says Swarzak will hopefully join team tomorrow...and says there will be another move later today.

Assumed to be Brinson, but he will not confirm or deny.


7/26/2017 10:36:00 AM



(7/26/2017 10:19:00 AM) - Al

Stearns tells JS Braun is not injured, will not confirm Brinson call up.



7/26/2017 10:19:00 AM



(7/26/2017 10:19:00 AM) - Al

Barring an injury to Braun, Perez, or Santana, Brinson's promotion is a bit of a puzzler. As Tom H said today, they've known the SP's for several days, so a mid game promotion is odd. Besides, they have 3 RH OF's to play versus southpaw, if all are healthy.

Is it possible they changed their mind or simply forgot to tell AAA manager Sweet? Yes, but not probable.



7/26/2017 10:19:00 AM



(7/26/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

A cobra once bit John McCain's eyebrow. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.--Ben Sasse

Heh.

John McCain is the new Chuck Norris.


7/26/2017 08:00:00 AM



(7/26/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Nothing the Dems hate more than good news.

Again, the best in 16 years is simply incredible...that's just before 9/11, my friends. The entire Obama presidency went by without hitting these levels, despite claims that the entire 8 years was one utopian milestone after another.

It's almost as if they were covering up. 








7/26/2017 07:00:00 AM



(7/26/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Amen.


7/26/2017 05:00:00 AM



(7/26/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Another libertarian/conservative suffers an attack at the hands of the left.

As others have stated, if the situation were reversed, you would be hearing A LOT more about this. As is, nothing to see here, move along, says Lt. Drebin.


7/26/2017 03:30:00 AM



(7/26/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

I beg that they go forward with this narrative.

Please, pretty please.

Ed points out, a few years ago, the left made the scouts a political issue. Why was rthe president so warmly received last night? He spoke of patriotism and freedom...two things the left not only can't stand, but doesn't even pretend to put up with anymore. 


7/26/2017 02:00:00 AM



(7/26/2017 12:54:00 AM) - Al

A few people are throwing out the possibility Phillips has been traded. I thought of that too, but unless they are bringing Wilson or Gray aboard, seems doubtful.



7/26/2017 12:54:00 AM



(7/26/2017 12:49:00 AM) - Al

Brewers face 3 lefties in next 4 or 5 games. That might be why Brinson is on his way up, to platoon with Phillips. Might well have to cut down to 7 relievers to make it work.



7/26/2017 12:49:00 AM



(7/26/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Military men spending less time on silly politically correct liberal propaganda?

Yes, please.




7/26/2017 12:30:00 AM



(7/26/2017 12:25:00 AM) - Al

The cluelessness of Brinson's callup. People asking why not let him finish the game. Why not let him get a couple AB's.

No one cares about a random AAA game, and rest is 100 times more valuable than a couple PA's versus Reno.



7/26/2017 12:25:00 AM


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

(7/25/2017 11:54:00 PM) - Al

All indications are Bronson is heading to DC to join Brewers. Braun was HBO tonight? I must have missed it playing nurse to the Rambling wife.



7/25/2017 11:54:00 PM



(7/25/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

No evidence at all on Trump, it's been 8 months.  One of his sons met with a Russian adoption lawyer is the "smoking gun."

Old media ignored thousands of deleted emails for months, and now are trying to ignore destroyed hard drives and a fleeing IT dude.

It's almost as if they have an agenda...

Many are saying this is why the whole Russia thing was brought up...without Hillary in office to cover up the crimes, they knew this would eventually be found. Classic misdirection, always blame the other guy for doing what you're doing, because when they accuse you of it, you look like a whining copycat.


7/25/2017 10:30:00 PM



(7/25/2017 10:21:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports Brinson is not injured and has not been traded.



7/25/2017 10:21:00 PM



(7/25/2017 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Heyman reporting Brinson was pulled from the Colorado Springs game in the 1st inning, but he has not been traded.

I would say it has to be one of 3 things...traded, promoted, or injured (or illness).

There is a LHP going for the Nats tomorrow night...Braun did come out late tonight, but I think we all assumed it was just because of the large lead.


7/25/2017 10:11:00 PM



(7/25/2017 10:00:00 PM) - Al

McCain had to risk his fragile health because GOP Sens. Collins and Murkowski joined Dems in trying to keep HC bill from even being debated.--Brit Hume

1. Incredibly selfish broads. What are they afraid of? The public finding out the facts?


2. Why did McCain have to fly to DC? We have the technology, he could have voted in any number of ways. Need to change that ASAP.


7/25/2017 10:00:00 PM



(7/25/2017 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Brewers could just send Blazek back to AAA, but Drake and Torres have been up and down performance wise, as has Peralta.

Interesting choice. 


7/25/2017 09:14:00 PM



(7/25/2017 09:08:00 PM) - Al

I have been thinking of this since the trade, but keep forgetting to add it to a post.

Cordell was on the 40, and Swarzak will be a FA after this year, so he will not be on the 40 in the offseason. Thus, this trade opens up a 40 man spot that they would have needed to do anyway, as the Crew probably has 2-3 more players than they will have roster spots for.

Of course, others may be traded for, but regardless, without Cordell, they have one less player in need of protection. That's one reason the Crew was able to acquire Villar when they did, the Astros had others to protect from the Rule 5 draft.


7/25/2017 09:08:00 PM



(7/25/2017 08:54:00 PM) - Al

No trade will be announced tonight, per Adam. White Sox may be looking at Cordell's medicals, or some other issue. Cordell has been on the DL at AAA for a while, back trouble.


7/25/2017 08:54:00 PM



(7/25/2017 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Cordell goes to the White Sox for Anthony Swarzak.

I liked Cordell for what he is, a guy with nice RH power, though he probably ends up as a 1B/3B/OF utility guy, platoon, role player. Nice pickup for 2 months of a quality middle reliever. I think he'll have a nice, if unspectacular career.

Swarzak has been very consistent over the years, and has upped his velocity and production of late.


7/25/2017 07:17:00 PM



(7/25/2017 05:18:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports Brewers are "in talks" with White Sox about Anthony Swarzak.

Almost all the talk of late is for rentals. I think that tells you the price of controllable pitching and the fact the Crew wants to keep their highly ranked prospects.

In the MLBTR chat today, Steve Adams said Brinson and Dubon would "be a good start" in an offer for Sonny Gray, but would require a 3rd piece. Compare that to the ridiculous offers I've seen on message boards with Brett Phillips as the headliner with a couple lower level, non top 30 in the organization types.

Personally, I like Dubon more than anyone in the system except Brinson, Hiura, and maybe Hader (who is no longer ranked, due to his time in the majors). I suggested a package of Diaz and a couple other top 10 in the system guys for Gray a while back, but since he has been very good in his last couple outings, his price has gone even higher.


7/25/2017 05:18:00 PM



(7/25/2017 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Yankees concerned about Sonny Gray's high fly ball rates. OAK has a pitcher's park, but his numbers are all but identical home and away.



7/25/2017 12:23:00 PM



(7/25/2017 10:54:00 AM) - Al

Being reported today Beane looking for very young players for Gray, prefers 2+ years from majors...trying to time arrival with new stadium.

Exact opposite of the norm. Contrarian thought at its finest.



7/25/2017 10:54:00 AM



(7/25/2017 09:46:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal reports MIL talking to TOR about reliever Joe Smith. He is a rental, signed only through this season.



7/25/2017 09:46:00 AM



(7/25/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife is having surgery this morning.

And yes, I did say this a couple months ago.


7/25/2017 09:00:00 AM



(7/25/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al




It's almost as if the entire thing was a web of lies.

Because it was.

Note that it failed to go down in a single state. Not one. Because they're lying liars.

If only someone could have predicted this...because it costs more to insure sick people. Who could have foresaw basic economics would play a part in premium cost?


7/25/2017 06:30:00 AM



(7/25/2017 04:30:00 AM) - Al

If John McCain comes back after cancer surgery to vote to repeal the ACA, I hope God immediately strikes him dead and I'm not joking one bit.--Charles Freeman

With luck, they will continue this behavior forever. Nothing makes me feel better about my side.


7/25/2017 04:30:00 AM



(7/25/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it is true.


7/25/2017 03:00:00 AM



(7/25/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

What if Donald Trump won because a majority of the country agrees with his traditional views and values, not because we are all racist??--Katelyn Rose

Ssshhhh. Let them keep thinking it and being puzzled how to win.


7/25/2017 01:30:00 AM


Monday, July 24, 2017

(7/24/2017 11:44:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says Crew fading in Sonny Gray trade talks.



7/24/2017 11:44:00 PM



(7/24/2017 08:36:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Woodruff fails to get through the 1st inning in his rehab start at Colorado Springs, giving up 8 runs, 4 earned.

Also of note, Broxton doubles in his first AB at AAA, and interesting to see they have Brinson in LF with Keon in CF. I assume they will mix and match a bit, but it is interesting that Keon has basically played CF all but exclusively in his MIL time. When Phillips and Brinson were both in AAA, Brett played mostly RF, and he's a very capable CF as well.


7/24/2017 08:36:00 PM



(7/24/2017 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Twins get Garcia, ATL takes their 22nd ranked prospect rather than their 17th.
Seems as if that could have been worked out without the 2-3 day delay.


7/24/2017 04:24:00 PM



(7/24/2017 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Those lost coverage numbers? Pure fiction.

More fake news. Obamacare covers 9M people, and they say the new plan would make 23M lose coverage. Think about that for a few minutes and realize the pure evil ignorance we are up against. They have no shame, and will lie until the planet stops spinning, because their goal since day one has been single payer...the fact Obamacare is failing means it is working as planned.

Many of us predicted this at at the time, because the way the math worked, the taxes began right away but the coverage did not follow for a couple years...the math was faked this way to make it seem like less of a poorly thought out, shortsighted piece of crap.

This is his legacy. A complete and massive failure that was never designed to be anything but a complete and massive failure.

The true irony? They still defend it like their first born child, even as they start to admit it's falling to pieces.

You can't change it, because ours is about to die on its own! 

Can't argue with logic like that.


7/24/2017 04:03:00 PM



(7/24/2017 03:27:00 PM) - Al

This didn't just become a problem in the last 6 months.

When you have a president who doesn't give a damn about anything except his approval ratings, quite a bit gets kicked down the road.


7/24/2017 03:27:00 PM



(7/24/2017 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Al,

When you say they are less willing to take a rental now than they were a week ago, what do you consider a rental? A player who is a free agent after 2017, or 2018?

Matt

A rental usually refers to a player who is only under contract (or who has an exorbitant option) for the current season.

The only true "rentals" the Crew has been associated with are Neshek (outstanding bullpen piece, almost unhittable to RH's) and Garcia (solid SP whose cost seems very minor compared to other SP's who are controllable).

Even if said player is only under contract for one more year, it gives the team an option to trade them in the offseason or next season to make the acquisition cost lower, as TEX may do with Lucroy.  


7/24/2017 02:41:00 PM



(7/24/2017 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Two quick notes:

If you weed through the massive pile of junk on Twitter, two things come to mind.

1. Suddenly, several writers are saying Keon Broxton is available. I never doubted for a second he wasn't, as the Crew have 3-4 replacements at AAA for him, and that does not take into account they have 4 more at high A and AA (not to mention Hernan Perez) for the future. However, I would assume that may well mean teams are considering him because Brinson (and maybe Phillips) are not available. If a team or two leaks they were offered Broxton, it becomes obvious he is "available." Another thing to consider, teams may have started asking about him now that he's not starting most games in CF.

2. Kinsler being brought up again makes me think Villar could be had, especially for teams looking for a bargain or to "buy low." He would come with 4 years of team control


7/24/2017 01:55:00 PM



(7/24/2017 01:39:00 PM) - Al

Joey Hauser of Point chooses Marquette.

The Badgers have been recruiting him hard for  2+ years, and since they only had one scholly left, were unable to offer one to a Twin Cities player who they first contacted in 8th grade, and have followed for 4 years. He committed last week to Minnesota, leaving them to probably carry over that scholarship, unless a player breaks out late.


7/24/2017 01:39:00 PM



(7/24/2017 11:22:00 AM) - Al

GM David Stearns on if tough week changes trade talks: "We try not to get wrapped up in emotion of the day-to-day wins or losses."--JS

To be honest, when the Crew loses, it makes them LESS likely to give up part of the future. I think Stearns has been patiently waiting for the price to go down, and as they had a bad week, teams have probably lowered their asking price somewhat, but given their playoff odds have fallen from about 30% to about 10%, trading to improve the present simply hold less appeal.

Remember, while rumors have said Mark A would like to be far more aggressive, he did say that the team runs its own numbers as far as playoff chances. Given that the ones I use, Fangraphs, does not seem to be based on anything more than random numbers based on preseason expectations, their numbers may be more optimistic...but I'm sure they have fallen greatly as well. Hence, if a trade(s) is to be made, there is less chance of a rental and more with plenty of years of team control.

EDIT: Just checked, SL still has a 6% greater playoff chance than MIL, despite 6 fewer wins, just like they were a week ago. No offense, but that just seems like mathematical improbability, and bias to me.


7/24/2017 11:22:00 AM



(7/24/2017 11:01:00 AM) - Al

Straily's track record is far shorter, so his value is lower. However, the guy has been really good for the past year and a half.


7/24/2017 11:01:00 AM



(7/24/2017 10:53:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers were connected to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler over the weekend, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick adds some more context. Per Crasnick, while the two sides have discussed Kinsler, those talks were more about Detroit trying to package Kinsler with left-hander Justin Wilson in a deal. The Brewers “would love to have Kinsler,” Crasnick writes, but their primary focus at this point is on improving the rotation and/or bullpen. Milwaukee is actively exploring trades for help in both areas, according to Crasnick.--MLBTR

Kinsler has value, so he wasn't just a salary dump. DET looks to be doing whatever they can to simply rid themselves of high priced veterans and start over. As I said SAT, I wonder if the Tigers would take less back in prospect value if MIL would take more salary.


7/24/2017 10:53:00 AM



(7/24/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

First of all, settle down, we don't even know if Kid Rock (Mr. Rock?) is actually going to run or not.

Secondly, his immense name recognition more than makes up for the normal incumbent bump. Many folks have no clue who Stabenow is, while in reality, she is a very popular incumbent, who would win easily against any "normal" opponent.

Thirdly, and perhaps more importantly, Stabenow does not incredibly high unpopularity numbers like a certain presidential candidate, not does she laugh at inappropriate times, to my knowledge at least. 

That said, two things...the excitement created by this is a reminder of how we have President Trump. The fact the Dems have responded with laughter, scorn, and disgust is remarkable, as one would think they would have learned their lesson and would welcome him into the race publicly while searching for dirt privately, something along the lines of "We welcome Kid Rock into politics and feel Michigan will choose the experience of Senator Stabenow rather than vote for a rock star," complimenting him while pointing out his inexperience.

{Of course, also much like Trump, Kid Rock has spent a lifetime saying outlandish things and "dating" beautiful women. The problem with this is twofold, A) the "dirt" is minimal, as their life is an open book; B) while some pretend to get a case of the vapors at their behavior, just as many see them as regular people with the same issues as others. Of course, while Trump has always been a nondrinker and drug user (to my knowledge), Kid Rock abused drugs for a decade and has openly called for their legalization. Also, while Trump has supported the gay community (a fact the gay community proudly overlooks, even though he is far more gay friendly than Obama ever was), Kid Rock has publicly expressed libertarian views, but while often using words which are considered offensive, though probably common in his world. For example, a quote such as "I do not care who adults sleep with, even if they are a f*g***" would be par for the course.}


7/24/2017 10:00:00 AM



(7/24/2017 04:30:00 AM) - Al

Nothing is more exhausting than negative nellies.

I hope the Dems never figure this out.


7/24/2017 04:30:00 AM



(7/24/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

The difference? Back in Jefferson's day, everyone was not a complete wuss.


7/24/2017 02:30:00 AM



(7/24/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I still recall the day I had to show my driver's license to pick up a painkiller for the Rambling dog, but not to vote.

Because that makes perfect sense.


7/24/2017 01:00:00 AM


Sunday, July 23, 2017

(7/23/2017 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Old media shocked...shocked, to find an angry Trump voter right in the heart of NYC.

Seriously, she should still be living and basking in the glory of the Obama presidency!


7/23/2017 05:26:00 PM



(7/23/2017 05:13:00 PM) - Al

Lots of folks saying "If Chase Anderson came back now, I'm not sure he would replace Suter."

Um, I do not think so. Guerra has an option, and Suter, despite his lack of "stuff," has been from passable to very good in his starts, and was solid in relief before that.

This is not a team that is 20 games below .500, looking to get Guerra's confidence back. If they trade for a SP, I would assume Junior is #5 right now.


7/23/2017 05:13:00 PM



(7/23/2017 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Jorge Lopez has a 2.51 ERA since being moved to the bullpen in Biloxi, with 12 K's and 3 BB's in 14 innings. He is down to a single option, so he needs to put it together.


7/23/2017 01:50:00 PM



(7/23/2017 01:06:00 PM) - Al

I find it funny that Twitter is full of casuals who insist Jaime Garcia, who has a 4.30 ERA and a 4.14 FIP, is worthless.

The average MLB SP this year? 4.52 ERA.

So, what the casuals are saying is, why do teams want to add an average to above average pitcher to their rotation?

Yes, it's a puzzler.


7/23/2017 01:06:00 PM



(7/23/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

How dare they do what the left does?


7/23/2017 01:00:00 PM



(7/23/2017 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewers among teams still involved in Jaime Garcia trade talk, as Braves try to finalize another deal with Twins, per Crasnick.

EDIT: The Twins had agreed to send Nick Burdi, a high draft pick who is a reliever prospect, but had TJ surgery a couple months ago to ATL. The closest player to him on the Crew would be Josh Pennington, who came over from BOS in the Thornburg trade, who just returned from injury.

Pennington was ranked 21st before the season on MLB.com in the MIL system, and since the draft has taken place and he has barely pitched, is likely in the low 20's today for the Crew. 


7/23/2017 12:59:00 PM



(7/23/2017 12:52:00 PM) - Al

Fact check: True.

It's also why they have lost most of the country.


7/23/2017 12:52:00 PM



(7/23/2017 12:51:00 PM) - Al

So, if I'm understanding this correctly, not casting minority actors in roles in which few or no minorities took part in is now considered "ignorant" and "inaccurate," as is casting good looking fellas.

This rewriting of history is not just exhausting, but justifying it makes the left look like ridiculous fools.

Next on the list, why they never cast an unbearded guy with a buzz cut as Jesus Christ...apparently, racism.


7/23/2017 12:51:00 PM



(7/23/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Glenn sums it up succinctly, but those that are so unhappy with Trump...not only is he not Hillary, he's not Obama.

There's a lot there to like, just with his adoration of the police and military and ridding the land of needless regulations; which, it should be noted, were put in place solely to slow the successful.


7/23/2017 12:00:00 PM



(7/23/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

If the Dems had an ounce of common sense, they would have put forth an amendment similar to this, as they would be heralded as "saving" healthcare.

But they didn't because...sure Obamacare is failing, but it's still the greatest thing ever, because shut up.


7/23/2017 11:00:00 AM



(7/23/2017 09:43:00 AM) - Al

Scahill DFA'd to make room for Peralta, who has not pitched as well as Rob, to say the least. Wily will probably have a rather short leash, to be blunt. He is unlikely to be offered arby, so it would just speed up the inevitable separation.

Scahill has cleared waivers twice, and I assume has already agreed to go back to Colorado Springs if he does again. However, he has pitched solidly and could be an improvement for a team like the Twins or Braves, or depth for a team like the Marlins, who are selling their relievers off.



7/23/2017 09:43:00 AM



(7/23/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Dads are always uncool.


7/23/2017 07:30:00 AM



(7/23/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny because it's true.

This is why he got the job. Tough, taking the offensive from day one. Hey CNN whiner, I'm in charge now. Go to hell.


7/23/2017 05:30:00 AM



(7/23/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Who does this remind you of?

Nice to see someone not the least bit afraid of losers that think they are all powerful.

Fake it til you make it.


7/23/2017 03:00:00 AM



(7/23/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, they had to pass the bill before they found out what was in it.

Because it's worked so well. When you base a bill completely on multiple lies and fake numbers by the CBO, you get what you deserve.


7/23/2017 01:00:00 AM


Saturday, July 22, 2017

(7/22/2017 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Keston Hiura hitting .438 in Appleton, has been their for 2-3 games so far.

Next best BA in the lineup tonight? .236.

Heh. I bet they all hate him.


7/22/2017 11:06:00 PM



(7/22/2017 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Neither Drake or Barnes had given up a run for weeks.

It's just an astonishing game sometimes.


7/22/2017 10:14:00 PM



(7/22/2017 08:16:00 PM) - Al

I think it's great more business folks are getting into politics, instead of lawyers and bureaucrats.

And, as Meghan McCain pointed out, what could be more American than his proposed (albeit, I assume tongue in cheek) slogan , "God, guns, and strippers."


7/22/2017 08:16:00 PM



(7/22/2017 06:08:00 PM) - Al

The Cardinals bullpen has a 9-20 W-L record.--Buster Olney

Seriously, is there a more meaningless stat than reliever wins and losses?

ESPN continues to operate far left of center stuck in the 70's. Is it any wonder why many have simply given up on them?

Years ago, I said they were ripe for a competitor. Turns out, they have lost viewers solely to a slanted viewpoint and a generally crappy quality of output.  


7/22/2017 06:08:00 PM



(7/22/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

I know many people love Posnanski's writings. I find them very forced and unfunny. This piece is really long and basically says he thinks it is hilarious when a fan wears a jersey from a good player but not for the team he played most of his career with.

Yeah, that's a knee slapper.


7/22/2017 05:30:00 PM



(7/22/2017 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Per Brewers, Sogard activated, Broxton to AAA.

I would say this puts Thames in LF often, unless Braun is able to return and play regularly. Phillips and Perez will likely platoon in CF.

I hope Keon gets going and is able to return before 20 days are up, as he only has a single option remaining. Be nice for him to have that next season, as many young OF's are on schedule to be part of the roster as soon as '18.


7/22/2017 11:57:00 AM



(7/22/2017 11:47:00 AM) - Al

I was just in the shower, and I thought to myself:

Self, if the Brewers want to make their offer to the Tigers better without sacrificing more (many) prospects, they should offer to take a spendy player off their hands. I'll have to look them up, but the two I know of offhand are Ian Kinsler and Anibal Sanchez.

First link I came across after sitting down.

They have more, including Jordan Zimmerman, who is owed 3y/$74M after this season. Kinsler is owed $10M next season, but can be bought out for $5M...only a $5M difference, obviously. Even the Tigers' fans in the comments do not think Kinsler would draw a premium prospect or package. If DET is entering rebuild mode, Kinsler would seem to be both a minor upgrade for MIL and eminently replaceable in Detroit.


7/22/2017 11:47:00 AM



(7/22/2017 08:37:00 AM) - Al

Unlike the Dems, I didn't sabotage Bernie Sanders in the primaries, then try to cover my tracks with ludicrous Russia conspiracy theories.--Jill Stein

Oof. When Jill Stein makes fun of you, you know ya got problems.


7/22/2017 08:37:00 AM



(7/22/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Let me sum this up briefly...if you kill enough of them, the rest quickly lose their desire to fight.

These cowards aren't Rangers or Seals, they're just hoodlums and thugs who have been given weapons and get a paycheck on occasion. All it took is someone who understands how the military works.

Note, Obama fired Mattis because the general was polite and up front about the fact that the dog and pony show they had going on would never work.

He was right you know...


7/22/2017 06:30:00 AM



(7/22/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

20M sterile skeeters released.

1. Think of the vets that did those operations.

2. Deet is far too cheap and effective to be utilized by the government.If it cost 3-4 times as much, then it might be an option.


7/22/2017 02:30:00 AM



(7/22/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I think the NY Times just hates all Americans.


7/22/2017 01:30:00 AM



(7/22/2017 12:00:00 AM) - Al

They believe in free speech as long as you agree with them. Otherwise, no.


7/22/2017 12:00:00 AM


Friday, July 21, 2017

(7/21/2017 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Whoever eats innings here tonight might well be the one making space for Peralta.


7/21/2017 07:50:00 PM



(7/21/2017 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Matt Arnold does not seem to be very comfortable on TV, acts like he's rather be anywhere but there. Much like Ron Gardenhire, who coached 3B for a decade of bad Twins' teams, those guys usually depend on their teams being good in order to move up the ladder, or even to get an interview for a promotion.


7/21/2017 07:18:00 PM



(7/21/2017 06:59:00 PM) - Al

BUMP, correction at bottom.

Cards/Mariners make a prospect for prospect trade, though Gonzales is far more proven, older, and has been injured quite a bit.

EDIT: I see what SEA is doing here, but trading 5 prospects of various skill levels for a middle reliever and a rarely healthy SP...with a 20% chance of a one game wildcard spot (per Fangraphs)...20% of 50/50 is 4%. It's not the path I would wander down. I had never heard of David Stearns when the GM search was on in MIL, so my 2 favorites were Matt Arnold (who ended up as the Asst GM, of course) and DiPoto, who is SEA's GM (I can't recall if he was hired before or after Stearns) now.

Very happy we ended up with DS.

EDIT 2: I think it was Chaim Bloom, who was/is the Rays' assistant GM, who was interviewed by the Crew, not Arnold. Fuzzy memory.   


7/21/2017 06:59:00 PM



(7/21/2017 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Sogard and Peralta are in Philly, per Adam. Braun hopes to play SUN, wrist bothering him, as it has all season, he reports.

Of course, Eric and Wily do not have to be activated tonight, and they both played yesterday, so they may not be.

EDIT: Sogard will be activated tomorrow, Peralta "by the end of the weekend," per Counsell. Barring a trade or injury, I believe only Broxton and Phillips have options on the position player side.

As for pitchers, Blazek can go up and down along with Hader, Hughes, and Barnes...and Scahill has been DFA'd and outrighted twice before this season. 


7/21/2017 05:51:00 PM



(7/21/2017 05:10:00 PM) - Al

The Tigers are reportedly willing to pay the rest of Justin Verlander’s remaining 2017 salary in order to facilitate a deal, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. This works out to roughly $10.89MM. Reports earlier this week indicated that Detroit was open to including some money as part of a Verlander deal, though according to rival executives who have spoken with Fenech, the Tigers would need to bump that figure up to $25MM-$30MM if the club hopes to receive a good prospect return for Verlander. The former Cy Young Award winner’s future salary obligations ($28MM in each of the next two seasons, and a $22MM vesting option for 2020) and his struggles in 2017 have greatly limited his trade value, though Fenech notes that teams like the Cubs and Dodgers still had scouts at Verlander’s most recent outing.

Also from Nightengale, he reports that the Brewers “have been aggressive” in their pursuit of Tigers closer Justin Wilson. The Astros, Nationals, Rays and Red Sox are among the other teams known to be checking in on Wilson, who has only elevated his stock since taking over the ninth inning for Detroit. Milwaukee has been linked to any number of relievers and controllable starters, with Wilson joining such names as Brad Hand, Addison Reed and Sonny Gray. --MLBTR 


So my statement yesterday that Verlander had negative value seems correct. DET will pay this year's salary (it's already in the budget, they figure) to expedite a trade. MLBTR feels even with them paying $11M for this year's money owed to him, that JV would basically be given away if the team acquiring him agrees to pay his 2018 and 2019 salaries (never mind Verlander has a no trade clause and may insist on a team exercising his 2020 option to accept the trade). As I discussed, if DET is forced to throw more cash in, they would, in effect, be "buying" a prospect.

As for Wilson, remember that the Crew got Bickford and Susac, so a solid top 50 prospect and a solid former prospect, who was always blocked in SF (that's "blocked" by Buster Posey, not "blocked" as in he needs more fiber). So, Wilson is a bit better than Will Smith (not much, though Wilson looks to have had a healthier past), but not under team control for as long.

I'd say a trade of Verlander and Wilson for a top 100 prospect and 1-2 lesser ones is about right, given how little JV is worth being owed that much. Of couerse, as with all cases, a player or package is worth what the stupidest or most desperate team will give up.


7/21/2017 05:10:00 PM



(7/21/2017 12:56:00 PM) - Al

On phone, so this will be short. Cubs and Crew still talking to Tigers about Verlander, per USA Today. Reading between lines a bit, best pitcher on market that does not require top prospect (s) in return...if Tigers do not pay part of his salary.



7/21/2017 12:56:00 PM



(7/21/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Fact check: True.

Note the complete lack of outrage as well. It's the situation created by 8 years of reacting stupidly and controlling the narrative that violence against Caucasians was unimportant.


7/21/2017 12:00:00 PM



(7/21/2017 10:58:00 AM) - Al

Travel agents all across the USA have plenty of time on their hands today...


7/21/2017 10:58:00 AM



(7/21/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Government spending money foolishly?

The hell you say.

When you have a never ending wallet called the taxpayers, why go cheap? Hey, it's not their money.

Never forget:

Reporter--Don't you think a lot of the stimulus money was just wasted?

Dave Obey, my former congressman--So?


7/21/2017 05:30:00 AM



(7/21/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

He also bragged about Venezuela's government and economy for years, until the people began starving, a common result of socialism historically.


7/21/2017 03:30:00 AM



(7/21/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Even worse, there were no white dudes in the Tuskegee Airmen movie I watched the other day.

Racists.

These guys are so transparent as to be irrelevant.


7/21/2017 01:30:00 AM


Thursday, July 20, 2017

(7/20/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Conservative speakers already being cancelled in CA. Why? Because they know they'll make sense if allowed to speak.

So, fictional problems such as "security" always come up. No matter how vile the words, one maintains freedom of speech. The KKK has become an afterthought by government  allowing them permits and the right to make fools of themselves.

Simply put, they have to be punished financially. No money for roads, no money from financial aid. I realize this is a bit of an empty punishment, as CA is broke now and will be in IL's situation soon. Speeding up the inevitable, well, best we can do. They brought it upon themselves. The hell with them.


7/20/2017 09:00:00 PM



(7/20/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Kid Rock is a conservative...doesn't matter if he is a Yale valedictorian, a Christian contemporary singer, or a rock star who, I assume, has had a rock star life filled with drugs, alcohol, and too many women to count.

W was Hitler, McCain was Hitler, Romney was Hitler, Trump is Hitler. The facts do not matter, the story is always the same.

Franken assaulted a guy in public, and then bragged about it later. No charges filed. Why? He's left of center. Get with the program son.


7/20/2017 06:00:00 PM



(7/20/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

What bothers people about The Hillbilly Elegy?

The fact the author is living proof anyone can be born into poverty and despair and work their way to success in a single generation by utilizing freedom and living the American dream the left insists does not exist, and that the only way to help the poor is a check every month confiscated from the successful.

The irony? The smug "I can't believe how stupid everyone else is but me" attitude of the bookstore worker. That is not lost on anyone, trust me. How many folks say, "That condescending talking down to me...I like it. I think I'll vote like them from now on?

Thankfully, very few.



7/20/2017 04:30:00 PM



(7/20/2017 03:51:00 PM) - Al

Quick back of the envelope calculation, PIT had about a .350 BAbip for the series, give or take a bit, as I did not look up SF's and the like. I was guessing .400, but still well above average and nothing the Crew can do about that.

Counsell again very positive after the game, it's as if he wants to bring up analytics and more in depth stats but keeps it to himself, knowing the old media would be clueless. Pirates playing well and getting lucky, that's a tough combo to beat.


7/20/2017 03:51:00 PM



(7/20/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

This is not the best solution...one lawmaker trying to pass a law to keep fellow politicians from being idiots and anti capitalist...but it will have to do.


7/20/2017 03:00:00 PM



(7/20/2017 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Verlander actually makes sense for a couple reasons...and not just that I might run into Kate Upton at the concession stand.

1. The Crew's payroll is so low, they could actually afford him.

2. He's so hellishly overpaid, his value is almost zero or even negative. If the Tigers pay something...say $10M a year, they are basically just "buying" the prospects they would receive.

3. While the playoffs are a crapshoot, the standard model is to have 2-3 top SP's and a solid bullpen. If JV is healthy, he's a proven very good pitcher, always a bit better than you think he will be.

The negative? $67M owed and a 4.54 ERA this season, declining velocity, and more walks/fewer strikeouts.

However, even in a disappointing campaign, he's still averaged just under 6 IP/S...just a fraction behind Jimmy Nelson. I can certainly imagine him thriving a bit in an organization that limits him to 100-110 pitches a start...he has thrown 106 or more pitches in 13 of his 20 starts this season...I am all but positive the Crew has not had that many as a team this season, and haven't since Sabathia's 2008 campaign.

{For example, Nelson has thrown 107 pitches 3 times this year.}


7/20/2017 02:52:00 PM



(7/20/2017 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Woodruff made his first rehab start in AAA last night. Hopefully, he was just rusty, CC says he will be under consideration to return "soon."

Funny, Colorado Springs scored 4 runs in the 12th when the opponent ran out of pitchers. Folks that follow teams in the minors rather than individuals are kind of like fans of pro wrestling. They care who wins, yet even the participants are uncaring about the outcome.


7/20/2017 01:59:00 PM



(7/20/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Misleading headlines from the old media?

I, for one, am shocked.


7/20/2017 01:00:00 PM



(7/20/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

She fiddles as Germany burns.

This is what happens when you don't love your country enough to do the right thing.


7/20/2017 12:00:00 PM



(7/20/2017 11:56:00 AM) - Al

TV team shares Brett Phillips' throw from deep OF was clocked at 102.6 mph the other night.

Suddenly, I like him a lot more than I did five minutes ago. You can't teach arm strength, you can barely improve it...in years of working with Khris Davis, they only went from awful to well below average.


7/20/2017 11:56:00 AM



(7/20/2017 11:09:00 AM) - Al

Crasnick reports MIA is taking calls on every reliever now that they have declared themselves sellers.

Ramos, McGowan, Barraclough, Wittgren all likely available, all but McGowan have years of control.


7/20/2017 11:09:00 AM



(7/20/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Phelps to SEA, 3 minor leaguers going to MIA.

Every name the Brewers are associated with seems to be dealt within a few days and for more than you would think...although, 3 minor leaguers could be very valuable or next to worthless.

SEA has a pair of top 30 prospects, but both were supposedly off limits. They had no other top 100 prospects...though a nice return can be had without receiving any top 300 guys, depending on their age and ceiling.

EDIT: Now said to be 4.

EDIT 2: CF Brayan Hernandez, RH Brandon Miller, RH Pablo Lopez, RH rlvr Lucas Schiraldi going to MIA.

6/22/29/unranked by MLB.com preseason, SEA had 23rd ranked system per Minor League Ball. 

Schiraldi is the lowest ranked, but may have the highest ceiling, K's over 15 per 9 innings this season. Yes, he is Calvin's son. 


7/20/2017 11:00:00 AM



(7/20/2017 10:33:00 AM) - Al

Astros supposedly close on a deal for Sonny Gray, per Fox.

Still interested in Verlander/Wilson from DET too.


7/20/2017 10:33:00 AM



(7/20/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony?

None of the leading Dems has yet admitted it's anything but the greatest creation in the history of mankind.


7/20/2017 10:30:00 AM



(7/20/2017 09:42:00 AM) - Al

Brewers continue to show interest in pitching upgrades; in on Justin Wilson of DET, among others.

I just noticed today that since going 2-4 since the break, the Crew's playoff chances have gone from about 30 to 16%. The Cards are still higher than MIL...heck, so are the Rangers, who have no chance at the division title.

As I have discussed before, I'm a big believer in making trades to improve your team "in the playoffs," not "to make the playoffs," and this is especially true if you are "going for" a wildcard berth, which, at best, is a 50/50 coin flip. Of course, some of that is minimized if a team trades for players under team control for more than this season...though along with that, comes the risk associated with  longer term deals; injuries, expected decline, and so on.


7/20/2017 09:42:00 AM



(7/20/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

So, when they insist Trump voters are deplorable idiots, this is what they are talking about.

Careful who ya mock.


7/20/2017 09:00:00 AM



(7/20/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

What happens right in front of our eyes while everyone is looking for the Russian boogieman.

Nothing to see here, just unions stealing taxpayer money.


7/20/2017 08:30:00 AM



(7/20/2017 07:18:00 AM) - Al

Sad news! But Senator John McCain is a tough man and a POW survivor. I feel sorry for the cancer! Praying for you sir!--John Casas

Amen.

I like this because it sounds like something Jim Mattis would say.


7/20/2017 07:18:00 AM



(7/20/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Even if Senator McCain chooses chemo and radiation- his 5 year survival chance is 4%. So sad.--Edward Cage

It may come off as heartless to some and braggadocio to others, but if it were me, I'd just say "I feel sorry for the other 96%."

And to be blunt, I ain't a fraction as tough as John McCain.

I'm not saying being positive always works or cures illness, but I do know one thing...no way being negative heals you.


7/20/2017 07:00:00 AM



(7/20/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

The answer is obvious.

Build a trolley for a sinful amount of money and watch it run in the red until it becomes too expensive to maintain and you have to shut it down.

Because you're smarter than they are.


7/20/2017 05:30:00 AM



(7/20/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

If only some wise man could have seen this coming, and been predicting it for over a decade...


7/20/2017 04:00:00 AM



(7/20/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

95% of what you plan for never happens.

I'm sure baseball front offices feel this way too.


7/20/2017 02:30:00 AM



(7/20/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

1000 words.


7/20/2017 01:00:00 AM


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(7/19/2017 11:11:00 PM) - Al

IBD often does a very good job doing the research I do not care to do.

They're right. The Dems continue to hope and pray they can wash their hands of the entire mess.


7/19/2017 11:11:00 PM



(7/19/2017 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Back when I read survival websites, they often discussed this...in short, 99% of drugs last 20-30 years, or beyond...beyond meaning only that no one has ever tested them older than that.

Meanwhile, the Rambling wife won't take Tylenol if it expired yesterday. Trust me dear, if the military is using vaccines that past the mythical date in 1986, that Tylenol is still as worthless today as it was the day it was made (no, I haven't had much luck with acetaminophen, thank you).

Why do hospitals and nursing homes throw out drugs?

1. They didn't pay for them, so they don't care.

2. The legal risks far outweigh the societal benefits.




7/19/2017 11:00:00 PM



(7/19/2017 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Trust me, those that are celebrating Senator McCain's illness...please keep it up. Not only am I retweeting them, many others are too. Most are being deleted by cowardly fools, but screenshots last forever.

I've removed several from my list. Trust me, the swing voters that are shifting after reading that ain't moving to the left.


7/19/2017 09:53:00 PM



(7/19/2017 09:46:00 PM) - Al

Not much you can do about cheap hits, as there are always gaps no matter how good your defense is. Those things usually even out over the long run, however.

Counsell hints at it and kinds of says it without using the words, but they're not being outplayed, just losing tough games. Often, you lose a 1 run game by hanging a breaking ball and the hitter not missing it, or by not making a play. Other times, grounders sneak through and bloopers fall, and you just shrug and move on. 


7/19/2017 09:46:00 PM



(7/19/2017 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain with a release about her father's diagnosis of a cancerous brain tumor.

The consensus seems to be if he survived 5 years in a POW camp, he can beat this too. I hope they're right.


7/19/2017 08:17:00 PM



(7/19/2017 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Reminder...violent rhetoric from the left, past and present.

I hope they keep it up.


7/19/2017 05:38:00 PM



(7/19/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I have to wonder if the police officer in question saw a reflection or something along those lines. That's quite a mystery.


7/19/2017 05:00:00 PM



(7/19/2017 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Call me a sucker, but I'd be all over Pablo Sandoval once he clears waivers and will only cost the minimum.

2017--.236
2016--.270

If you give Sandoval a .300 BAbip in his time with the Red Sox, let's take a look at his numbers:

SF-----.345/.465, 810 OPS
BOS--.286/.340, 626 OPS

If you give Sandoval a league average .300 BAbip with all singles?

BOS--.313/.390, 703 OPS

No, it's not all BAbip related, but Boston is a terrible place to play if you are struggling. Add that to the fact he's a far better hitter LH (831 OPS versus 667), he's still a decent option at 1B or 3B if he is utilized in a hard or soft platoon or off the bench.



7/19/2017 04:07:00 PM



(7/19/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Irony alert!

How dare the president not fix the disaster we created and refuse to help him with!

It took 24 hours, but it has gone from "they gotta fix this" to "Oh no! What if they don't do anything? The Dems will look awful."



7/19/2017 04:00:00 PM



(7/19/2017 03:18:00 PM) - Al

Red Sox moving onto other 3B targets like Eduardo Nunez and Josh Harrison.

Both of which are oodles better than Todd Frazier.


7/19/2017 03:18:00 PM



(7/19/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Note the relative silence of the old media about Charlie Gard.

Why?

A more cynical person may say the fact it proves Sarah Palin's death panel prediction to be 100% accurate. When the government controls health care, eventually, they're going to start making the final call. It's just a matter of time.

If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free.--PJ O'Rourke


7/19/2017 02:00:00 PM



(7/19/2017 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Mark my words, in a decade, the Dems will insist school choice was all their idea and the GOP fought it every step of the way.

Rewriting history is a specialty of theirs. Note their anger every time someone points out Obama said "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" many, many times. Save your sanctimonious faux outrage, "Benghazi was caused by an online video" folks.


7/19/2017 12:59:00 PM



(7/19/2017 12:44:00 PM) - Al

This is CNN.


7/19/2017 12:44:00 PM



(7/19/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

A wise man has often mentioned that those who are very worried about incredibly minor things do so with a full belly in a warm, comfy house.

They don't worry about climate change, carbon footprints, and transgender rights in Somalia and Venezuela and other hellholes.


7/19/2017 11:00:00 AM



(7/19/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe their morale was down when Obama's boys were running guns that killed border patrol agents.

Old media too busy fawning to give a damn.


7/19/2017 09:30:00 AM



(7/19/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This is also known as "the vegan problem," because as others have pointed out for years, no one cares what other people eat or do not eat, just like no one cares what religion others are, or if they are not religious.

The "vegan problem" is simple. Vegans are unpopular because they start every conversation with "I'm a vegan. And you should be too." Automatically, all non vegans immediately dislike vegans, because they are automatically defensive at being attacked. Dems are very quickly reaching the same heights of disgust, because, Dems not only disagree, but they are also disagreeable about it. They do not tell you what they dislike about Trump, they tell you he's a moron, and that anyone that voted for him is a moron.

As a wise man has pointed out, nothing makes you solidify your decisions quicker than being called names. Remember, it's tough to imagine this conversation taking place:

Dem--You're a fool. I know Hillary is a poor choice, but Trump is the devil himself.

Reluctant Trump voter--I disagree. Trump is exactly what we need, he's not a politician. 

Dem--I can't believe how dumb you are.

(2 years later)

Dem--So, you switching over to the good guys this time? 

RTV--You bet. Nothing makes me happier to to change sides and join up with you folks that insisted I was a moron 2 years ago. 

Dem--Really? By the way, you're ugly too.

RTV--Thank you, may I have another? 

As I have said often, with luck, I hope they continue the boorish behavior. Every time I hear about another march, I smile and await old media coverage, because no matter how they try and glorify them, they still leave a mess and swear on camera.


7/19/2017 07:30:00 AM



(7/19/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

The Dems failed to learn their lesson, rather than explaining why they have the better candidate, they make fun of a nontraditional candidate who will get substantial votes due to his celebrity.


7/19/2017 04:00:00 AM



(7/19/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, they're 100% accurate.

If Trump cured cancer, there would be a bunch of liberal women in tumor hats walking down DC streets this weekend. Because they're so darn positive.


7/19/2017 02:00:00 AM



(7/19/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Modern day snake oil.


7/19/2017 01:00:00 AM


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(7/18/2017 11:59:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says it seems unlikely MIL would include top prospects Brinson and Ray in a Sonny Gray swap, so Phillips would almost certainly be in it. I would tend to agree. That said, they have other OF's as well, including Trent Clark and Ryan Cordell.



7/18/2017 11:59:00 PM



(7/18/2017 10:16:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Counsell voice his displeasure at that phantom hit by batted ball call. The 2B umpire seemed extremely intent on making himself the center of attention, and those guys are always terrible. Shut up and quit sucking.


7/18/2017 10:16:00 PM



(7/18/2017 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Always funny when you see the Yankees giving away an overpaid player to "help balance out salary."

I would assume it might have more to do with luxury tax concerns than $2M in payroll.

The White Sox continue to build the Astros way, and now have 8 guys in the top 100 prospects, and not a lick of concern about being crappy for a year or 3. Of course, as we have seen, sometimes, it just doesn't work.


7/18/2017 10:05:00 PM



(7/18/2017 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Also in the news...water is wet, the sun is hot, and no one likes Hillary.

Trump is still doing a masterful job at all he has to...not being Hillary Clinton.


7/18/2017 09:54:00 PM



(7/18/2017 08:47:00 PM) - Al

Amazing how many "insiders" don't seem to know Aguilar has been taking grounders at 3B for at least 6 weeks. It's been reported at least twice that I've seen.

Once was when Shaw was out on paternity leave, maybe both times.


7/18/2017 08:47:00 PM



(7/18/2017 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Miss an obvious call, eject the player, eject the manager.

The triple play of umpiring incompetence. His punishment? A job for life with platinum pay and benefits.

Hard to believe the effort is so weak with that kind of system.


7/18/2017 08:43:00 PM



(7/18/2017 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Todd Frazier has been traded, seen saying goodbyes in dugout. Probably by himself to BOS or with Robertson to NYY.

Leaks are saying Frazier/Robertson/Kahnle to the Yankees.


7/18/2017 07:59:00 PM



(7/18/2017 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Tigers are open for business.

The Brewers have been linked to Mike Fullmer, who is extremely unlikely to be moved, and Justin Wilson.


7/18/2017 06:20:00 PM



(7/18/2017 06:12:00 PM) - Al

The only exceptions are if the player is recalled as the "26th man" for a day where a doubleheader was scheduled at least 48 hours in advance (or for the second game of the doubleheader only if the doubleheader was scheduled less than 48 hours in advance), or is recalled to replace a player on the 25-man roster who is placed on an MLB inactive list (Disabled List, Bereavement List, Paternity List, Restricted List, et al), or if the player is traded.

Why Blazek was able to return and, I assume, back up Guerra tonight.


7/18/2017 06:12:00 PM



(7/18/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

If 10M are covered by Obamacare, how will 22M lose coverage if Obamacare is repealed?--Scott Baio

Owned by Chaci. Oof.

By the way, it's at 9M, they've lost 1M in 6 months...because it's affordable and incredibly successful.


7/18/2017 04:00:00 PM



(7/18/2017 03:17:00 PM) - Al

Vogt to DL. Bandy up.

Guerra off DL.

Blazek back up.

Rivera and Webb down.

Blazek was not down 10 days, have to see if he was allowed back due to replacing an injured player (Vogt).



7/18/2017 03:17:00 PM



(7/18/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Where all the children are above average.

Teachers insist they not be judged by standardized test scores. Why? Because they are a fair gauge, and they do not want that. They want to be judged by warm fuzzies.


7/18/2017 02:00:00 PM



(7/18/2017 12:33:00 PM) - Al

(Obamacare) did not patch the roof. It blew up the building into splinters. You can't glue splinters back together.--Herm Cain

Many are hinting around, but all are afraid to come out and say it. Cain himself today said it nicely...this does not effect most people at all. But he stopped short.

Iaid it many times, if I were king, I would do 3 things:

1. Kill Obamacare.

2. Go back to free market health insurance.

3. Install some sort of "safety net" that gives money to states to design their own plan for those who cannot get coverage. WI had a great one in HIRSP, others should copy it. 

Of course, killing something that exists and changed laws, not an easy task. It had to be slowly and in steps.

Again, one thought keeps popping up to me...the GOP continues to insist Obamacare is a disaster. It is. This fall, somewhere between 50 and 150 counties will not have any plans to choose from. The GOP quietly passed a bill a while back allowing "regular" health insurance to be sold in those counties and no penalty for any of those folks. About 45% of the counties in the USA will only have 1 plan to choose from this fall, and it is reminiscent of the USSR's "choices" back in the day that Bernie says was utopian. That's an embarrassing amount, and if Hillary had won, it would be "well, let's transition to single payer."

But, how will 2/3rd's of the counties having 0-2 choices play? That's the million dollar question. The Dems have quietly insisted Obamacare is the best thing to come along since fire. Trump and the GOP have insisted it is not. Seeing it is failing, lack of choices, premiums up, deductibles up...will help the left? I have a tough time seeing that.

ADDED: I have to think at some point, some Dem will make the mistake of being honest and say, "We gotta make these insurers cover these counties even if they do not want to," which is as close to Lenin and Stalin as one can get, and will go over very poorly with all except true Marxists. 




7/18/2017 12:33:00 PM



(7/18/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Note what a 12 year old has to go through in order to sell ice cream in the summer.

Multiply that by 100 or so, and you see what adults have to go through.

Back when Obama created his $1T "stimulus" which was basically pork for blue districts, a fellow sales guy in the same office as myself saw it as a fine opportunity to hire himself an assistant and phone helper to help him make appointments and do basic paperwork on occasion. He thought it would allow him to pay an hourly wage rather than a commission. He applied to do so. About a month later (the government wheels turn slowly), he got a Fed Ex box in the mail. Assuming it was from a company he represented, he set it aside. By the weekend, he had 5 Fed Ex boxes, all very heavy. SAT morning, he opened them. One was what he thought, applications from a company he represented. The other 4? Paperwork to take part in the "stimulus" program. One was like an application to take part, and the other 3 were like "what would you do with the money" proposal, a "who are you and how long long you been doing this?" and so on. All together, it was about 1200 pages.

Never got filled out. Imagine that.


7/18/2017 11:30:00 AM



(7/18/2017 09:50:00 AM) - Al

Funny, you never hear the old media talking about HSA taxes or FSA taxes with Obamacare.

It's almost as if they're hiding the truth.

I also distinctly recall a former president insisting he would not raise taxes on anyone that made under $200K...I'd say almost everyone who has a FSA or HSA makes well under that amount. If only the old media would stop bowing and do their work.


7/18/2017 09:50:00 AM


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