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12 minutes ago, Photo-Realistic Billy said:

Sounds like one team might punt the draft and save the money and picks for 2021 (which isn't the craziest idea given how many players are planning to wait until then anyway).

Any guesses which team is thinking that? My guess is the Pirates.

I've heard Orioles might actually be one of those teams. 

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100% behind the idea of Asa Lacy. Continue to stack up the rotation and whoever isn't going to make it into the rotation, turn them into relievers / spot starters. Our main rotation can get 26-30 starts (save them for playoffs!) and the spot starters combining for the remaining 12-32 starts. I feel like, especially once we have the DH, having relievers who can all go 2 or 3 innings at a time can be incredibly valuable.

Imagine a rotation with ...

Lacy, Sixto, Cabrera, Garrett, Sandy (for example)

Bullpen with ...

Vesia (m'boy), PabLopez, Neidert, Rogers, Guzman, Holloway, Fitterer ... the 8th spot available could really be anyone, potentially another lefty (Castano?). This was just off the top of my head, there may be even better options.

No reason we should ever have any pitcher going two days in a row at any point. Freshest bullpen in the game.

Whichever pitcher can't even crack that bullpen, trade for batters! But really. That entire staff, starters can consistently go 5 or 6 innings and we could use, maximum, three pitchers a game as a normal thing. The BULLPEN could almost have a rotation of its own!

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How can a team actually punt this draft? Like purposely drafting cheap guys to save for next year? Why would that work? Next year is next year why waste this year? At least try to get something good with your picks this year. 

 

If I'm not understanding this right let me know. 

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2 minutes ago, SilverBullet said:

Wait, can teams just decline to draft anyone? I didn't know that was even allowed. That's awful. 

Yes, I am pretty sure you can pass your turn. Just doesn't happen since it typically makes no sense.

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4 minutes ago, SongInTheAir said:

I truly believe we will draft a baseball player in this baseball draft. Check back here later to see if I got it right!

Bold prediction

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29 minutes ago, gizmo said:

I like the potential of an Asa Lacy pick just for his new nickname of Acey Lacy

I believe the name is pronounced as Ace-uh, too.

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2 hours ago, SilverBullet said:

Wait, can teams just decline to draft anyone? I didn't know that was even allowed. That's awful. 

You can, but you wouldn't get compensation. The strategy being suggested here isn't to pass on picks, but to select unsignable guys with your first pick or first couple picks. This means you'll have twice the picks, twice the slot money in 2021, a year that should come with a full season of high school / college stats and scouting reports. Or maybe you end up signing some guys at a discount that nobody in the industry thought could be had.

There's also a number of players who have said they're waiting until next year before they even consider signing, guys who might be mid-round steals if you've got enough slot money.

So it's not a crazy idea, and certainly not just a money decision. But for a franchise that's struggling with liquidity, this would probably look very attractive.

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10 minutes ago, SonOfJack said:

I love his name but I don't know anything else about him

Right handed Bryce Harper type hitter in high school. Maybe not as good. Probably a DH type honestly. Either way as a 15 year old he was hitting homers in MLB ballparks, so there's that.

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