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SABR Mattstill would rather have the devil I know than the one I don't for this club1 hour 15 min ago
SABR Mattthe first round pick is a very good point.1 hour 15 min ago
Tacoma RainPlus the Mariners keep their first round draft choice going with Tomas4 hours 57 min ago
Tacoma RainI would rather not go over 3 years with VMart... and I really do not want to go over $80M for Tomas either, but I think of the two choices I'd rather have Tomas. The Cubans have just been too good at the MLB lately not to take the gamble - especially if somehow he is under $13M per year.5 hours 53 sec ago it is up.5 hours 16 min ago
moethedogMy VMart sign-on didn't come up. But I'll add this. 7/$118 seems very unlikely for Tomas, to me. he's not an Abreu or a Cespedes...based on Cuban numbers, but I like his short-quick stroke. Last year he carried a bunch of weight......looking almost Ruthian with those pin-like legs, but he moves and sprays the ball and has power. If he's a 5 yr./$50M guy, there's much to roll the dice on.5 hours 20 min ago
mojicianV-Mart!!!!! No sueldo Tomas mucho dinero por favor.5 hours 30 min ago
moethedogRemember that the VMart we might get isn't the '14 VMart, please. That year was his career outlier year, most likely. he was more than 20% better (OPS+) than any previous year (at age 35) and 60 OPS pts better than anything before (nearly 100 pts better than his previous #2 season). We're paying for a very good player, .300+-.370+-.460+ (before any decline), but we're not getting '14 VMart. He's not my #1 pick, but I would take him over Tomas, I believe. VMart is a waiting game, too. Make the move early.5 hours 35 min ago
SABR MattVMart. We're in win-now mode and Tomas is a bit of a gamble.6 hours 4 min ago
Tacoma RainGuys - who move would you rather see the Mariners do... VMart at 4 years / $68M or Yasmany Tomas at 7 years / $118M?6 hours 19 min ago
SABR MattIf we could somehow get Zobrist and Vic Martinez..I would start giggling the moment it was done and not stop giggling until we were having our WS parade in Seattle.7 hours 32 min ago
SABR MattI still want me some of that Zobrist. Even if he is in decline.7 hours 33 min ago
Tacoma RainThe best part about Zobrist is that he is a switch hitter, with very little splits... and it appears he is stalking pitches as well8 hours 43 min ago
mojicianThere are openings at the Twins and Rockies.10 hours 26 min ago
moethedogMLBTR says so.10 hours 33 min ago
SABR MattJoe Maddon quit the Rays????10 hours 42 min ago
moethedogJoe Maddon opts out in Tampa Bay. Zobrist has only '15 on his contract then is a FA. I would have no problem with sending Saunders for Zobrist, in a hurry...if we could get him to extend for a year (or not). Get him for both '15 and '16. Heck, I would move Ackley for him, too. But Saunders might be a nice thing to dangle in front of the Rays. They are in a weird spot now. Move quickly. Make an offer they can't refuse. At $7.5M Zobrist doesn't drive salary up much and he gives you a career vL line of .285-.363-.447 (better last year). I've not been a huge fan of getting Zobrist as THE guy, but this deal could be had, I think...if we're aggressive. TB loses him in a year anyway.10 hours 58 min ago
moethedogThey'll dicker...but we have pieces to make it happen. They are going to want to give Franklin PT...probably at 2B, anyway. Saunders+ likely gets it done. The + guy could be Romero or Marte, etc. Might take a younger guy. But act now. Zobby in RF would be just fine with me. Then you get Van Slyke or your other RH bat. Done right, you could get a Miller as a lefty reliver and you're off and running. I would prefer Kemp...but mostly I would prefer getting a RH bat soon. then you have a while to sniff around and add the next piece.10 hours 59 min ago
SABR MattJAMA has had a number of conference talk summaries dedicated to the concern among healthcare professionals about the rising shortage of docs as the early retirement rate spikes, BTW. I encourage you to google takes very little effort to find corroborating evidence.11 hours 37 min ago
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