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SABR MattIn the 20s through the 50s, the game of choice for young black men in the cities was baseball. In the 60s and 70s it became basketball and football and has never looked back. Meanwhile, the kids (especially the poor) in the Caribbean and certain parts of Central and South America are now playing either baseball or soccer. Societal forces being what they are...the game will continue to get increasingly Hispanic as white baseball players begin to be distracted by soccer and lacrosse.5 min 56 sec ago
SABR Mattat the present time, the game is 7.8% black, 2.2% asian, almost 40% Hispanic9 min 25 sec ago
rick82James Jones and Taijuan Walker are currently the only African Americans on our 40 man roster (happy to be checked on this). The demographics of this game have really shifted.25 min 1 sec ago
SABR MattI think Melky wants to feel wanted.53 min 30 sec ago
okdanI think Melky wants to come here and play with Cano and Cruz. But he's holding out for that 4th year, because he'd feel embarrassed perhaps if he was only worth 3, when his two buddies got much more. He is 4 years younger than Cruz, after all.1 hour 57 min ago
GLSI would just give Melky the 4th year. I'm not sure why it's an issue for a player that's been a pretty solid hitter for his career and can actually play an outfield corner. Granted, he's not winning a gold glove out there, but he can play the position.10 hours 32 min ago
SABR Mattmerks - yes12 hours 32 min ago
merksSo is it a coincidence that the M's are loading up on Dominican players as there DR Academy gets rolling or are they trying to create some kind of recruiting, symbiotic thing?13 hours 4 min ago
SABR MattI'm bored, Z. Sign Cabrera, please.14 hours 5 min ago
Bat571Last year is a QO or a $4M buyout; then he chooses which way he wants it. then at Cruz's level, which the Ms have said they're looking at, it's $46M guaranteed, and $56M+ if he deserves and takes the QO. Put a signing bonus on it to sweeten and let's go!17 hours 49 min ago
SABR MattCabrera had said he wanted to stay east if he could...but all the east coast teams are ignoring him...so now he's choosing between KC, Seattle and maybe Texas.17 hours 55 min ago
SABR MattI think what Melky wants is the best contract he can get...and so far...that's Seattle's...but he's trying to get them to go up a little more.17 hours 56 min ago
moethedogInteresting: I think it sounds like Melky doesn't want to head to Seattle. If he wanted to he would be here....Things may change.17 hours 58 min ago
TaroWhat I love about this is that it sounds like Melky WANTS to got to Seattle. We just need to offer him something reasonable.18 hours 9 min ago
SABR Mattall of those options should be on the table. Let him choose.18 hours 10 min ago
benihanaI'd even do a vest / player option. 4th year vests with 500 appearances but player can void, sell it as a win-win.18 hours 12 min ago
TaroJust give him 4 years guaranteed with lower AAV while hes on the ledge. 4/$50 seems fair. He could be worth another qualifying offer at the end of that deal. :-)18 hours 16 min ago
SABR Matthe keeps saying he wants it guaranteed. If he really must have it guaranteed...I'd do it...but if you can sell him on "but you'll trigger this no problem dude...seriously...it's easy...we're just covering our butts in case you have something completely catastrophic happen...so if you get 400 PA in 2017, 2018 is triggered...cool?" then I'd start with that.18 hours 34 min ago
moethedog500 PA's in year 3. How's that.18 hours 45 min ago
SABR MattSounds like Cabrera is leaning hard in our direction and just checking to make sure no one else wants to play.18 hours 52 min ago