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  1. It's reasonable that Isan Diaz may be hanging his head a little. After all, he is "competing" against a player with more defensive range, a better glove, better arm, far more footspeed, and of course much more bat speed. I hear the nonsense about Isan Diaz having nothing to prove in the minors. Tell that to Harold Ramirez and Austin Dean, who both had superior OPS to Diaz on that 2019 Baby Cakes team. Fact is, Eddy Alvarez had the same OPS as Diaz on that club. I'm just pleased that Jazz is starting to show signs of fulfilling his vast potential.
  2. I believe Edward Cabrera will come out of spring training as part of the rotation. His upside seems huge to me. Our lefty in waiting should have been Asa Lacy. We were so dang lucky to have a shot at drafting him ... then passed in favor of Max Meyer. Actually, the Jeter regime has screwed up all three of its drafts ... taking Bleday instead of CJ Abrams and then Connor Scott before that.
  3. Monte Harrison may have big contact issues in the majors ... perhaps as poor as Brinson ... but everything else he brings to the field is vastly better than Brinson. So long, Lewis. You don't protect Dickerson. An expansion team doesn't want his salary for next season.
  4. Players did not agree to any pay cut ... merely a proration based on shorter length of season and their contractual salary. You could call it a reduction in hours, I guess, but not a cut.
  5. The ideal outcome for Miami is Lacy and then JT Ginn with second pick. Arguably, the team would net both the top LHP AND RHP in the draft. Ginn had TJS in March and would return early 2021.
  6. Jazz, Monte, Lewin, Jesus, Sixto, Cabrera, Neidert ... those are the guys I want to watch. Milb.tv makes that possible!
  7. Are the big league Marlins just the second best team in their organization? Wichita fans are in for a treat.
  8. Ten different pitchers started games last season. Gallen (the most effective), Richards, and Noesi are no longer with the team. That leaves C Smith, Yamamoto, Lopez, Alcantara, Hernandez, Dugger, and Urena. Yamamoto yielded the lowest BAA and WHIP. Alcantara threw the most innings. Smith and Lopez started well and finished poorly. Hernandez was so-so and Dugger got shelled. Which, if any, of these returning starters will give the Marlins a fair chance of winning this season? How many different players will grace the mound to start games this season? I'll toss out a guess of 13 - the returning seven plus Bradley, Sharp, Neidert, Sanchez, Castano, and Cabrera.
  9. ONE whiff this spring ... that's helpful ZERO walks ... that's a problem
  10. Jorge Alfaro has been cleared to resume his baseball activities ... namely whiffing and chasing down passed balls.
  11. I thought there was also 100% agreement that Sixto looked really fat..
  12. Jeter cheap? Hardly. Yankees paid him a gazillion dollars to hit .256 with a .616 OPS in his final season. That's way beyond expensive. Makes Pujols seem cheap.
  13. No more Clevelander ... one less place to land a twelve-dollar beer.
  14. Six-ton makes it all look so effortless ... especially the conditioning.
  15. Here's a tough one: Predict 'em in order. 2020 OPS for Marlin OF prospects Harrison, Sanchez, Bleday, Encarnacion, Burdick and Misner. Last minor league season at various levels: Peyton .949 Monte .792 Jerar .756 Kameron .750 Jesus .723. Bleday .640. My guess is Harrison, Encarnacion, Sanchez, Bleday, Burdick and Misner. Which three become the 2021 starting OF in Miami?
  16. CF Berti SS Villar 3B Anderson LF Dickerson 1B Cooper RF Ramirez C Alfaro 2B Alvarez*** Watch out for Eddy to be biggest story of the spring Bench: Rojas, Cervelli, Joyce, Sierra, Aguilar SP Smith, Lopez, Yamamoto, Alcantara, Hernandez BP Vezia, Brigham, Kintzler, Sharp, Stanek, Steckenrider, Tarpley, Urena Preferences: Heineman on roster instead of Cervelli, sharing the catching ... but he's a Giant now. Garica in the pen over Tarpley ... but he's a Giant now.
  17. His name is Eddy Alvarez. The late bloomer impresses everyone with his Berti-like demeanor/effort.
  18. If the goal is to be competitive as well as evaluative, Brinson, Sierra and Lee comprise the OF. They are superior defenders with great arms. Dietrich lands at 2B, where he's actually done a reasonable job, in platoon with Rojas. Castro needs to be the SS. There is no Addison Russell or Didi Gregorious to supplant him on this roster. His offense will be huge at that position. Opening Day lineup: Lee (huge OBP), Realmuto, Castro, Bour, Prado (ouch), Dietrich, Brinson, Sierra, pitcher. That's one fan's take.
  19. CF B. Lee C Realmuto SS Castro 1B Bour 3B Prado 2B Dietrich LF Brinson RF Sierra P Chen, Straily, Urena, Peters, Richards BP Steckenrider (CL) Barraclough, Wittgren, Conley, Garcia, Ziegler, Tazawa, Beltre Jeter will want to put an entertaining, competitive team on the field to start the season. The speed of the three OF will excite fans. Castro back to SS is not necessarily the best defensive move, but vastly improves offense from the position. Getting Dietrich in the lineup is a huge upgrade over Riddle/Rojas types. The bullpen is even worse than the rotation - a work in progress. I expect to see Ben Meyer join the rotation and Merandy Gonzalez join the BP sooner than later. Can't see any point in signing any free agents.
  20. My take is different. Why not target Kieboom (and try to keep him at SS, where the bat would play up), Raudy Read (a Double A catcher who hit 17 HR last season), and Daniel Johnson (one of only seven minor leaguers with 20-20 HR and SB last season)? His LH bat would fit perfectly with RH Brinson and RH Harrison in the 2019 OF - all can play anywhere in the OF with plus speed and arm strength. All three of the Nationals players rank in their top ten. Soto is a great hitting prospect, but not the five-tool talent Miami should be after. Fedde doesn't look special at all. Romero may be very good in time, but I think my top three should be priorities. B. Lee and Mags Sierra figure more as challengers for a 4th OF role down the road. A year from now, Miami could easily feature an entire Opening Day OF, SS (Kieboom), 2B (Diaz) and C (Read) - all from the Yelich and Realmuto trades. Beyond being desirable from a Marlin perspective, I think it's something Washington would sign off on.
  21. A little different perspective. I think Harrison is the marque name here. Scouts compare his tools to Acuna and Robles - just lagging because of his three-sport emphasis. Can Brinson hit .282 with 81 rbi this year or next (like Yelich)? Why not? Diaz is a great prospect at 2b or ss (MILW MiL POY in '16. Can you imagine getting 20 HR from a second baseman? Yamamoto was excellent at A+Carolina League last season - his team's best overall pitcher. Based on achievement, even he belongs among the top 15 Marlin prospects. All in all, an amazing trade.
  22. Realmuto's five tools and durability are hugely valuable but I wouldn't close my eyes at an offer of four of Washington's top ten beyond Robles and Soto. A SS like Kieboom would be a huge asset for a team starved at that position. Antuna is also a five tool infield prospect and only 18.
  23. Time to add budding new stars to the team. Marlins receive Soto and Kieboom from Nats, along with final year and $10M of Weiters. Nats get Realmuto and Tazawa or Ziegler. This deal breaks close to even $ wise, but Marlins get true #1 and #2 prospects for the future. Yelich to Atlanta for two of top five pitching prospects. Castro to MILW for OF prospect. Straily to SD for the return of Chris Paddack.
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