Let’s see owned baseball on September 24, 2019
Earning Full WOBs:
Gerrit Cole fanned 14 Mariners over 7 shutout innings to set the single season strikeout mark in Astros history and earned the 3-0 decision.
Michael Conforto homered twice, including a game winning shot in the 8th, to help the Mets keep their slim playoff hopes alive beating the Marlins 5-4 in extra innings.
Mike Leake held St. Louis to 1 run over 6 innings. He was long gone from the game when the Diamondbacks walked off 3-2 in 19 innings.
José Ramírez continued his playoff tune up by smacking a pair of homers, driving in 7, to help the Indians blank the White Sox, 11-0.
Earning 1/2 WOBs:
Elvis Andrus reached base 4 times, driving in 2 and scoring 2 runs but the Rangers dropped the 12-10 slug fest with Boston.
Jack Flaherty took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 7 innings of 1 hit, shutout ball, striking out 11 Diamondbacks. The Cardinals bullpen blew the lead in the 9th and the game went on for a crazy 19 innings before Arizona walked off, 3-2.
Brad Miller homered twice, driving in 4 runs, in the 6-5 Phillies loss to the Nationals in the double header nightcap. He had gone 1 for 3 in the 4-1 opening game defeat.
Spencer Turnbull held the Twins to 2 runs over 6 innings but took the hard luck 4-2 decision for Detroit.
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Let’s see owned baseball on April 13, 2019
Earning Full WOBs:
Elvis Andrus reached base 4 times, homered, drove in 2 runs and stole home in the Rangers 8-7 come from behind win against Oakland.
Josh Bell went 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI and 2 runs scored as the Pirates edged the Nationals, 4-3.
German Marquez took a no hitter into the 8th and finished with a complete game 1 hit shutout, striking out 9 Giants in the Rockies 4-0 victory.
David Price blanked the Orioles over 7 innings, scattering 3 hits and striking out 7, to give the Red Sox a 4-0 win.
Earning 1/2 WOBs:
Manuel Margot led off the game with a homer and added another hit, but the Padres were out slugged by the Diamondbacks, 8-4.
Billy McKinney collected 3 hits, including a homer, but the Blue Jays were doubled up by the Rays, 8-4.
Thomas Pannone came out of the bullpen to throw 3 perfect innings including an immaculate 3 strikeout 9 pitch frame, in the Blue Jays 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay.
Jose Urena held the Phillies to 1 run over 7 strong innings. He would not factor into the decision as the Marlins dropped the 3-1 final in 14 innings.
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Clayton Richard threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 6 Phillies in the 3-0 San Diego final.
Trevor Story got on base 4 times, homered twice and drove in 6 to help the Rockies demolish the Braves, 17-2.
Charlie Morton struck out 9 Diamondbacks in 6 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run and earning the 9-5 decision for Houston.
Elvis Andrus homered, collected two more hits and a walk with a stolen base and 4 RBI to help the surging Rangers double up the Tigers, 12-6.
They all owned baseball on August 16, 2017
Ervin Santana threw a complete game victory, striking out 9 Padres and allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs and drove in a pair himself with a hit as the Twins got a much needed 5-2 win.
Vance Worley held the Nationals scoreless for 7 innings, giving up 2 hits to earn the 7-0 decision for the Marlins.
Elvis Andrus got 3 hits, including a homer, in the Rangers 5-1 victory over Seattle.
Yadier Molina homered twice and added another hit as the Cardinals edged the Brewers, 5-4.
They all owned baseball on August 2, 2017
Jon Lester was perfect into the 6th and allowed only 3 hits and 2 runs over 8, striking out 10 Cardinals, to get the 3-2 Cubs victory.
Danny Salazar returned from the disabled list to threw 7 innings of 1 hit shutout ball, logging 8 strikeouts of Toronto batters. He did not get the decision but the Indians walked off 2-1 winners.
Ryan Braun reached base 4 times, homered and drove in 4 whiles scoring 3 to help Milwaukee get a crucial 9-8 victory over Philadelphia.
Elvis Andrus got 3 hits including a homer as the Rangers came from behind to top the Rays, 4-3.
They all owned baseball on July 22, 2017
Happy 4th of July everyone! It’s Tuesday which normally means it’s a huge slate of baseball but since it’s the holiday we have a split slate to contend with. We’ve got some great pitching options and some even better bats to look at today.
In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel and DraftKings on 7/4/2017. The DFS lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options, and of course, value plays.
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FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Pitchers
Career vs Current Marlins Roster
AVG: 0.184 [23 for 125], BABIP: 0.256, K%:27.1, BB%: 11.1
FIP: 2.70 Strikeout: 39 Groundout: 30 Flyout:18 Walk: 15 Single: 13 Double: 8 Pop Out: 7Lineout: 4 Hit By Pitch: 2 Grounded Into DP: 2Sac Bunt: 1 Intent Walk: 1 Forceout: 1 Triple:1 Field Error: 1 Home Run: 1
Career vs Current Cubs Roster
AVG: 0.286 [2 for 7], BABIP: 0.400, K%: 28.6, BB%: 0.0
FIP: -0.13 Flyout: 3 Strikeout: 2 Double: 1Single: 1
Career vs Current Rays Roster
AVG: 0.234 [26 for 111], BABIP: 0.292, K%:27.0, BB%: 11.1
FIP: 4.59 Strikeout: 34 Groundout: 20 Single:16 Walk: 14 Flyout: 13 Pop Out: 8 Grounded Into DP: 6 Double: 5 Home Run: 5 Lineout: 4Hit By Pitch: 1
Career vs Current Mariners Roster
AVG: 0.303 [33 for 109], BABIP: 0.315, K%:13.6, BB%: 10.4
FIP: 5.99 Groundout: 26 Single: 21 Strikeout:17 Walk: 12 Flyout: 11 Pop Out: 9 Double: 6Home Run: 5 Lineout: 5 Forceout: 4 Field Error: 2 Grounded Into DP: 2 Sac Fly: 2 Triple:1 Hit By Pitch: 1 Intent Walk: 1
Career vs Current Padres Roster
AVG: 0.323 [10 for 31], BABIP: 0.400, K%: 19.4, BB%: 0.0
FIP: 1.49 Single: 9 Groundout: 6 Strikeout: 6Flyout: 3 Pop Out: 2 Forceout: 2 Lineout: 2Double: 1
Other Pitching Options: Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Brad Peacock
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Elvis Andrus- SS vs. David Price
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Jordan Montgomery threw 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run and struck out 8 White Sox batters to earn the 6-5 decision for the Yankees.
Lonnie Chisenhall went 3 for 5 and drove in 3, including the tying and go ahead runs, as the Indians made a remarkable comeback, 15-9, over Texas.
Michael Wacha give up 5 hits and 1 Reds run over 6 innings to win the 8-2 final for St. Louis.
Jedd Gyorko homered, got another hit and a walk, drove in 3 as the Cardinals topped the Reds, 8-2.
They all owned baseball on June 26, 2017
Edinson Volquez threw the first no hitter of 2017, going the distance against Arizona, striking out 10 and walking 2 for the 3-0 Miami win.
David Price gave the Red Sox a much needed strong start, going 7 innings, allowing 1 run and 3 hits while striking out 7 Orioles en route to the 5-2 decision.
Chris Taylor reached base 4 times, stole a pair of bases and hit a dramatic come from behind grand slam in the 9th to give the Dodgers another comeback victory in Milwaukee, 10-8.
Ryon Healy doubled twice and homered twice to lead the A’s in a 10-4 rout of the Nationals.
They all owned baseball on June 3, 2017
Robbie Ray threw a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 10 Pirates for the 3-0 Arizona win.
Austin Hedges hit a 2 run homer and a 2 run double to propel the Padres past the Cubs, 6-2.
Eric Skoglund threw 6 1/3 innings of 2 hit, shutout ball, whiffing 5 Tigers, in his big league debut and earned the 1-0 decision for the Royals.
Elvis Andrus singled, doubled and homered, driving in 5 runs and scoring a pair as the Rangers outlasted Tampa Bay, 9-5.
They all owned baseball on May 30, 2017
The winter has seen a lot of great Free Agents sign like Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman, Dexter Fowler, Kenley Jansen, Ian Desmond, Mark Melancon and Edwin Encarnacion, however none of them were historic by any means.
While Cespedes’s $110 MIL pact over 4 years is $27.5 MIL per year, which ties him for the 2nd best AAV ALL – Time for a position player with Alex Rodriguez, (trailing Miguel Cabrera‘s 8 YR/$248 MIL extension that started in 2016) – only brings him in for a tie for about 60th on the ALL – Time Biggest Contracts list.
To crack the top 50 list ALL – Time right now, you need to bring in a deal that makes at least $120 MIL for the life of the contract.
During last years offeseason, David Price ($217 MIL), Zack Greinke, ($206.5 MIL) Jason Heyward, ($184 MIL), Chris Davis, ($161 MIL), Justin Upton ($132.8 MIL) and Johnny Cueto ($130 MIL) all inked pacts in excess of that.
Texas Rangers State Of The Union For 2017: Jon Daniels Must Counter To Houston/Seattle’s Early Moves
Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
The Rangers have been one of the better teams in the MLB since the 2010 season. Back to Back AL Pennants, and now back to back AL West Division wins have seen them reach the playoff 5 times out of the last 7 campaigns.
Simply put, the development of all of their Draft Picks, domestically or international, coupled with the management’s keen eye for talent, have the club still in the conversation for another few years.
Here is the thing though….The Astros and Mariners have been the two busiest clubs in acquiring talent thus far in the winter. Both of these teams have closed or narrowed the gap on Texas already,
Houston has signed Free Agents Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran – with also dealing for Brian McCann. This will not affect their 2017 squad as both didn’t require anybody from the Major League Roster to get it done.
Seattle has not made as big of a splash like Houston, but has shored up some depth, and have nicely added Jean Segura (who was an ALL – Star and top 15 NL MVP in 2016 – without losing anything of note.)
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Tomorrow we will point out the clubs that were hurt most in the short term. today we talk about the winners of the new deal.
I am calling the Nationals, Mariners, Astros, Jays, Cardinals and Giants the immediate victors under the new format.
When i was thinking about more the past two days, the new structure seems to favor mid level payroll teams more than the lower or higher payroll clubs.
With the new penalties for spending way more money than the Luxury Tax Threshold, the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox and Tigers are going to find that the impact will run pretty steep on their roster decisions for the next 5 years.
Being that that all of those franchises are still going to dole out the kind of money on player contracts they are, I am not calling them losers for the new CBA either. Read the rest of this entry
Have you noticed that Marco Estrada is putting together a terrific October resume? I thought Cole Hamels was going to be a playoff hero. Nope. Turns out a new hero is emerging. And suddenly my pick to win the World Series could be on their heels.
Meanwhile Jason Kipnis wants to be beloved in Cleveland and Terry Francona showed how a bullpen is handed.
Time to see who owned October.
Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)
And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.
At the end of the post season, we will see who had the highest WOO total as a pitcher and a hitter.
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From October 6th. AL Division Series Game 1:
Receiving 1 WOO’s
Josh Donaldson reached based 5 times, doubling twice, driving in 2 and scoring twice and sparked the Blue Jays to a 10-1 blow out in Texas.
Marco Estrada pitched a shutout into the 9th, finishing with 1 run over 8 1/3 innings, 4 hits and no walks, as the Blue Jays cruised to a 10-1 beating of the Rangers.
Jason Kipnis collected 3 hits, including a homer, driving in 2, to lead the Indians past the Red Sox, 5-4.
Andrew Miller came out of the bullpen in the 5th innings and struck out 4 Red Sox in 2 shutout innings, earning the 5-4 decision for Cleveland.
Receiving 1/2 WOO’s
Current ‘WOO’ Totals MLB 2016:
Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,
Josh Donaldson – Blue Jays 1, Edwin Encarnacion – Blue Jays 1, Conor Gillaspie – Giants 1, Jason Kipnis – Indians 1, Elvis Andrus – Rangers 1/2, Andrew Benintendi – Red Sox 1/2, Curtis Granderson – Mets 1/2, Mark Trumbo – Orioles 1/2,
Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,
Madison Bumgarner – Giants 1, Marco Estrada – Blue Jays 1, Andrew Miller – Indians 1, Marcus Stroman – Blue Jays 1, Darren O’Day – Orioles 1/2, Noah Syndergaard – Mets 1/2,
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Marco Estrada took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 7 innings of 1 hit, 8 strikeout ball, giving Toronto a critical 3-2 victory in Seattle.
Clayton Kershaw threw 7 innings, allowing no earned runs, striking out 7 Giants and allowing only 3 hits. He did not get the decision but helped set up the Dodgers 2-1 come from behind walk off win.
Freddie Freeman went 4 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI to lead Atlanta past the Mets, 7-3.
Elvis Andrus got 3 hits, including a homer as the Rangers edged the Angels, 3-2.
They all owned baseball on September 19, 2016.
P- Ivan Nova (vs. Cincinatti Reds): $9,800. Over his last three starts, Nova has a 2-0 record, 1.71 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched. He has been absolutely dominant since joining the Pirates at the trade deadline. In six starts in the Pirates rotation, he is 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA. The Reds offense is average at best, so hopefully Nova can take care of business at his home field on Thursday.
P- Trevor Bauer (vs. Houston Astros): $7,900. Considering there is only seven match-ups on Thursday, there were some very slim pickings for starting pitching. The Houston Astros offense can be dangerous, but Bauer has done a great job against them in his career. In 51 career at bats against Bauer, the Astros are batting .137, with a .226 OBP, and 21 strikeouts.
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Yadier Molina got 4 hits, including a grand slam, to help the Cardinals win a wild 9-7 game in Pittsburgh.
Elvis Andrus homered and his 3 doubles, scoring 3 and driving in 2 as the Rangers took a 10-7 slugfest in Seattle.
Jeff Samardzija struck out 9 Rockies over 7 strong innings. He did not get a decision but helped set up the Giants much needed 3-2 victory.
Miguel Gonzalez threw 6 1/3 shutout innings as the White Sox blanked the Tigers, 2-0.
They all owned baseball on September 6, 2016.
P- Carlos Martinez (vs. Cincinnati Reds): $10,600. Martinez is coming off one of his best starts of the season after striking out 13 Brewers hitters on Monday. Over his last three starts, he has a 2-0 record, 1.29 ERA, and 25 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched. In 70 career at bats against Martinez, the Reds’ offense is hitting .229 with a .289 OBP and 17 strikeouts.
P- Eduardo Rodriguez (vs. Oakland A’s): $6,500. The Oakland A’s have really struggled over the past week hitting only .184, with a .260 OBP, and a .278 slugging percentage. On the other hand, Rodriguez has been very good recently. In his last three starts, he has a 3.31 ERA, and 14 strikeouts. Since being called up from Triple-A, E-Rod has given up three or less earned runs in seven of his eight starts. Sunday will be his first start against the A’s.
P- Tyler Anderson (Philadelphia Phillies): $9,500. Anderson is coming off a very strong start, which he gave up one run, on two hits, and five strikeouts over seven innings pitched against Rangers. Over his last three starts, he has given up a total of four runs (1.80 ERA) with 16 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. Philadelphia has the worst OPS and OBP against left-handed pitching this season, which is clearly favorable for Anderson.
P- Zach Davies (v. Cincinnati Reds): $7,600. Davies has faced Cincinnati twice this season, which has has done quite well in those starts. In 12.2 innings, he has given up only two earned runs to the Reds. Over his last three starts, he has a 2-0 record, 3.32 ERA, and 12 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched.
P- Jameson Taillon (vs. San Diego Padres): $8,600. Taillon has been the definition of consistent. Over his last five starts, he has thrown exactly six innings, with a 2.40 ERA, and 28 strikeouts. Each one of those outings led to a quality start. He will be facing the Padres on Thursday, who doesn’t have a very impressive lineup.
P- Matt Garza (vs. Atlanta Braves): $5,700. In 120 career at bats against Garza, the Braves’ lineup is batting .217, with a .280 OBP, and a .331 slugging percentage. Garza has been very effective in his last three starts, which is a great sign for hopeful success against the Braves on Thursday. Over those starts, he is 2-0, with a 3.12 ERA, and 10 strikeouts.
P- Aaron Sanchez (vs. Kansas City Royals): $10,800. Over the last seven games, Kansas City has struggled at the plate. They have a .202 batting average, .251 OBP, and a .300 slugging percentage. Sanchez has been dominant all year long and it shouldn’t be any different on Saturday as he faces this mediocre Royals’ offense.
P- Jose Berrios (vs. Tampa Bay Rays): $7,100. Tampa Bay’s offense has been lackluster in 2016. Berrios has struggled in his rookie season, but he continues to rack up the strikeouts. In 2016, the Rays have struck out 971 times, which is ranked 26th in baseball. Berrios has the potential to put up a huge game on Saturday if he can stay ahead in counts and keep the Rays lineup off balanced.
P- Masahiro Tanaka (vs. New York Mets): $9,700. In two career starts against the Mets, Tanaka owns a 1-1 record with a 1.20 ERA. The Mets offense has struggled all season long, so hopefully Tanaka can take advantage of their struggling bats. Over the last seven games, the Mets’ offense has a .622 OPS, which is ranked 27th in baseball.
P- Gerrit Cole (vs. Atlanta Braves): $9,000. Cole is coming off a beautiful complete game performance. He is also facing one of the worst offenses in baseball, so this should be a favorable matchup. In his last two starts, he has allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out 13 batters.
P – Anthony DeSclafani (vs. San Diego Padres): $9,400. DeSclafani has been incredibly reliable this season when he is healthy. He is 6-0 on the year, with a 3.09 ERA, and 46 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched.
He is pitching in San Diego’s home stadium, which is a much better pitcher’s park than what DeSclafani is used to in Cincinnati. If this righty continues to pitch like he has over the last two months, the Padres’ offense shouldn’t pose a problem on Saturday..
P – Jeremy Hellickson (vs. Atlanta Braves): $8,900. Now is Hellickson’s time to shine if he wants to get dealt to a competing team. Over his last seven starts, he has a 2.20 ERA, which is obviously very appealing to teams looking to acquire pitching around the trade deadline.
He will be facing one of the worst offenses in baseball, so this should be a great matchup for the righty.
P- Cole Hamels (vs. Kansas City Royals): $9,900. Hamels is coming off a successful start against the Royals his last time out. He threw 5.1 innings, giving up only one unearned run. He has won both his starts since the all-star break, giving up only two runs in 13.1 innings pitched.
P- Tyler Anderson (vs. New York Mets): $7,700. Anderson is facing an offense who has struggled all season long. Over the last seven days, the Mets are ranked 28th in OPS and 29th in runs scored. Over Anderson’s last eight starts, he has given up no more than three runs in seven of those starts. He has also walked two or fewer batters in those starts, which is great for daily fantasy.
P- Jon Lester (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $10,600. In four career starts against the Brewers, Lester holds a 2.22 ERA with a 2-2 record. Lester has been impressive all year long. He currently owns a 10-4 record, with a 2.89 ERA, and 111 strikeouts in 118.1 innings pitched. Milwaukee ranks in the bottom third in the MLB against left-handed pitching this year, so this favors Lester on Sunday.
P- Rick Porcello (vs. Minnesota Twins): $9,200. Porcello has been on fire over his last four starts as he is unbeaten. In his last time out against the Twins, he gave up only one earned run over seven innings pitched. Throughout the last five years, Porcello has dominated every hitter in the Twins’ lineup, so I don’t see anything different happening on Sunday.
Due to the amount of time dedicated to the analysis of my midseason top 100 prospect rankings analysis, which you can find on my blog, I will not be providing reasonings behind my DFS picks for the next few days.
I can assure you my picks below have been chosen using the same research methods I use on a daily basis. These methods include weather, B v. P stats, recent success, splits, stacks and much more. If you have any questions or comments, I will be glad to answer via social media (@dynasty_digest).
P- Carlos Carrasco (vs. New York Yankees): $11,600
P- A.J. Griffin (vs. Minnesota Twins): $7,000
P – Max Scherzer (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $13,900. In 61 career at bats against Scherzer, the Brewers’ offense is batting .115, with 28 strikeouts, and a .169 OBP. In his last start against Milwaukee, Scherzer held together a perfect game through seven innings. Unfortunately he lost the perfect game in the seventh, but he only gave up one hit with 16 strikeouts in the complete game. In his last three starts, he owns a 2-0 record, 0.90 ERA, and 27 strikeouts.
P – Cody Reed (vs. San Diego Padres): $7,200. In his MLB debut, Reed showed lots of promise. He threw seven innings against the Houston Astros, giving up four runs, and striking out nine. His ability to strike batters out should make him a very good play on Friday. San Diego is ranked 27th in strikeouts, which is great for Reed.
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Jason Hammel allowed 1 hit and 2 runs over 7 innings of work and drove in the go ahead run himself as the Cubs topped Arizona, 5-3.
Brandon Moss went 3 for 4 with a homer to help the Cardinals come from behind against the Giants, 7-4.
Josh Tomlin pitched into the 7th, finishing with 1 run over 6 1/3 innings as the Indians won against the World Champion Royals and advanced to first place.
Elvis Andrus reached base 3 times, including a homer, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored as the Rangers bested Seattle in an division showdown, 10-4.
They all owned baseball on June 4, 2016.
Stephen Strasburg Ties Felix Hernandez For 17th On The MLB’s ALL – Time Top 50 Contract List With Extension
Chuck Booth (MLB Reports Majority Owner/Lead Analyst)
Stephen Strasburg shocked he baseball world the other day – by inking a 7 year extension worth from $175 – $180 MIL. It ties him for 17th All – Time with Felix Hernandez to start with, but he can earn an additional $7 MIL with $1 MIL per year bonuses for reaching 180 IP.
The deal pays him $15 MIL annually from 2016 – 2023, and then the deferrals kick in from 2023 – 2030, in 7 installments of $10 MIL each.
Some will say his deal is worth more like $162 MIL in present day dollars, however we do not operate our top 50 contracts list like that. The deal is guaranteed at $175 MIL for now, and we will change it if bonuses are hit.
With this contract, the Nats have 4 current players that are on this ALL – Time List with Scherzer (10th), Strasburg (T 17th), Zimmerman (37th) and Werth (Tied 44th).
This signing is a great move to open a 3 year window for Washington, as they also have Bryce Harper under team control until after the 2018 season, however it also may seal the fate the of the young reigning NL MVP to move elsewhere for 2019.
Werth’s contract does end at the end of the 2017 year. but Zimmerman is still on the books until at least 2020.
It will be tough to come up with the dough necessary to drop a 11 – 13 years contract worth $35 – 40 MIL per annum when it comes to Harper.
Even with Scherzer’s and Strasburg’s deals both containing a ton of deferred money- all of them will still run simultaneously to Harper’s deal – even if they are not on the roster each after the 2023 season.
I think you couldn’t risk trying to outbid everyone for Harper’s services, yet to pay Strasburg market value makes sense.
This club could even save some payroll by trading Gio Gonzalez, as they have Joe Ross and Tanner Roark starting in the rotation for depth, and Lucas Giolito has not started his time service clock. Read the rest of this entry