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Dominos Falling?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 21, 2018

Interesting take about Will Smith and Tony Watson by Alex Pavlovic: With Miller now signed, Zaidi will look at trade interest for “Will-Wat”. But again, what would those guys be worth right now? Just like Bumgarner, they will be worth more at the deadline if they produce in the first half of the season. Obviously a solid offer would make trading either of them an easy decision….

Question of the Day: What do you expect out of Mac Williamson this year? He’s out of options and there are like 12 open outfield spots in our rotation. If healthy and hitting well in ST he’s got a job. Is there a scenario out there where you see him hitting 30 home runs this year? How about 30 home runs in his career?

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  1. willedav said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I think you are better off trading pen guys now if that’s the way you want to go–the market is there and as written doms are moving. Speaking of which, would Yanks trade Betances?
    Mac, idk. I’d rather have proven corner OF or two and let Mac show he belongs out there. Definitely more pop than Slater, another guy who can’t stay healthy either.

  2. Bozo said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Tough question. Will he hit 30 HRs in a year? Heck, he might not even get 30 ABs. Even though they are a small sample size, if you look at his stats in the bigs, he’s Bowker redux (but with a beard). His ST and April stats last year, looked like maybe he figured it out, before concussing his way to forgetting it again.
    I don’t know, with so many 4th OFers in camp vying to be a starter, Mac and Cheese better have a good spring because I’d imagine his DFA rope is mighty short.
    Hey, maybe Panik and Mac for Sonny Gray.

  3. willedav said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Venditte thing still seems weird.
    How does he warm up in pen—both arms or only one as situational guy?
    Same ? for when he comes in–8-10 pitches one arm or split them?
    Say a LH is announced, V is brought in and then mgr. hits for batter with RH. V has to face him but is he allowed to throw RH or must he throw LH?

  4. unca_chuck said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:33 am

    30? I’d be thrilled with 20. 15 even. The last guy to hit 20 was Crawfish in 2015. There are 3rd string catchers with more dingers than our entire team.

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:49 am

      I wonder when the last time a major league team went 3 seasons without a 20 home run hitter.
      Is James out there? I would bet it’s before 1950…

      • Flavor said, on December 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

        it’s just absolutely pathetic. I get so tired of hearing about OPS. You know what pops up your OPS quickly? Bombs. We need more BOMBS.

      • unca_chuck said, on December 21, 2018 at 11:29 am

        I’m sure the Cards in the 70s had about 8.

      • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        Close enough with the Cards, Chuck:

        1982: George Hendrick (19)
        1983: George Hendrick (18)
        1984: David Green (15)

        Jack Clark ended the streak with 22 in 1985.
        Not fair to count 1981 (the strike year), but Hendrick was already at 18 when they went out.
        Don’t know if this was the last time it happened.
        Another bet I would’ve lost…

  5. alleykat69 said, on December 21, 2018 at 10:26 am

    So the Giants just signed the Venditte dude.
    So maybe that eliminates another pitcher from the squad since he’s a switch pitcher saving the payroll more, Genius move!
    Are he hurts both arms and turns into Cueto+2?

  6. dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 21, 2018 at 11:21 am

    No idea how Zaidi is going to value Williamson – he’s had some decent OBP in the minors so maybe he can translate that to improve his value somehow. If he makes breaks camp healthy it’ll be a minor miracle. I anticipate at least Gorkys level HR output. 20-25 tops.

  7. djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Mac turns 29 in July. If he was gonna make it, I think it would’ve happened by now.
    He’ll probably bang his head on the mistletoe and get another concussion…

  8. alleykat69 said, on December 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t see anybody in their LU that can hit 20 bombs especially in their park..

  9. unca_chuck said, on December 21, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Well, if he can just get through a season . . . or half a season . . . he might get us 18-ish. Which is monumental for this team.

  10. unca_chuck said, on December 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Longo should be able to do it. Buuuut (there’s always a big but) he has to stay on the field.

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      I’m holding out a little hope that Longoria will bounce back after having a season to adjust.
      A little – not a lot…

  11. Bozo said, on December 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Here ya go Unca

    • alleykat69 said, on December 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      6 finger Mordaci??
      Are 5 finger discount?

      • unca_chuck said, on December 21, 2018 at 3:47 pm

        That’s crazy. I thought maybe in folded inside out.

    • willedav said, on December 21, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Bozo thx for this one and the rules on the V. I wondered about the glove too.

  12. alleykat69 said, on December 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    So when Boch wants to bring in Vendette will be cross both arms to cover a lefty righty move??

  13. alleykat69 said, on December 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Can end the Puig BS, he’s just been traded to the Reds along with Kemp&Alex Wood
    Only know Homer Bailey going to LA so far their will be more pawns included..

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Good! We have a much better chance of getting him from the Reds than the Dodgers.
      I wonder if this means Harper is Dodger-bound…

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      The #Reds have acquired LHP Alex Wood, OF Matt Kemp, OF Yasiel Puig, IF/C Kyle Farmer and cash from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Homer Bailey and minor leaguers IF Jeter Downs and RHP Josiah Gray.

      • zumiee said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        I’m surprised the Dodgers traded Farmer. I thought they were higher on him.

  14. djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Giants will sign Puig as a FA about one year from today…

  15. zumiee said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    It will be interesting to see what numbers Puig puts up playing everyday for the Reds, instead of playing Dodger-SABR platoon-ball.

  16. zumiee said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Poor Turner Ward, new hitting coach for the Reds. Re-united with his assaulter Puig.

  17. zumiee said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Dodgers cleared out salary space with that trade. Making room for Harper?

    • xoot said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      they cleared their OF surplus too.

  18. sandog said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    That’s a pretty good infusion of talent for the Reds and they dumped Bailey’s contract too
    Curious to hear how highly rated those prospects are.

  19. bryceharpershair2097 said, on December 21, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Now the Dodgers are going to give me millions to showcase my amazing hair in beautiful LA.

  20. djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    So, Harper turned down 10/300 from Nats – should the Giants offer 9/300 if only to fuck with LA?

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      I wouldn’t.

  21. gianthead said, on December 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I see a Bic Mac/Shaw platoon for half a season then a decision before trade deadline where this team is going for 2020…

  22. gianthead said, on December 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Seems pretty obvious Hair Harper is SmelLA Bound….

  23. unca_chuck said, on December 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    The shampoo commercials are limitless. I just hope Harper’s numbers continue to swirl down the drain with all the product

  24. zumiee said, on December 21, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    The Dodgers have released Homer Bailey after the trade.

    • Bozo said, on December 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Subtraction by subtraction?

      • zumiee said, on December 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm

        Yeah, I get the feeling the Giants, pre-Zaidi, would pick up Bailey and put him in their rotation.

  25. Bozo said, on December 21, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    According to Jon Heyman, the Mets signed Blanco.

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      And Rajai a few days ago. WTF???

      • Bozo said, on December 21, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        Maybe they’re trying to win some golden years gloves?

      • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 6:51 pm

        I entered the NY Golden Gloves in 1974.
        I knew a guy in the neighborhood who was a GG champ.
        He assured me I would be killed within 15 seconds if I showed up.
        I took his advice.

      • Bozo said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:21 pm

        I’m glad you took his advice.

      • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:25 pm

        Thanks, Bozo.
        He was so right…

  26. zumiee said, on December 21, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Zaidi has no desire for Smarj to be on the team. Smarj’s value over the years has been as an innings-eater, and Zaidi has no use for inning-eating. He’s a strong believer that a team is better off not letting a starter go a third time through a batting order.

  27. djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Giants apparently have no intention of bringing Hundley back either.
    This team is fucked for at least a decade…

    • gianthead said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Maybe just a half decade…

  28. willedav said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Reading through MLBTR story on Puig etc. trade, a blogger pointed out something interesting.
    Btw Puig Kemp Grandal and Machado LA lost 81 bombs off last year league leading total of 235. hmmnn.

    Also the OF guys they have left (Toles Joc Bellinger Verdugo) except for Kike and Taylor all hit LH. double hmmnn

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      I think he started that:

  29. willedav said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    heard a cool song on jazz radio on way to work this morning by vibist Joe Locke from new release Subtle Disguise.
    It’s his band’s take on Dylan song Who Killed Davey Moore?

    If you look for CD/MP3 on amazon a reviewer has the song and accompanying vid which is very well done and features footage from the fight itself.

  30. Flavor said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    he nailed it again.

  31. djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Are there any “straight on” kickers now? I doubt it.
    Who was the last one?
    The Gogolak brothers were the first soccer style PKs, I believe…

    • Macdog said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Mark Moseley?

  32. djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I remember Tex Schramm (?) getting in trouble for griping about half foot Dempsey’s steel plated kicking shoe.
    Might’ve been the beginning of political correctness…

  33. sandog said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Bud Grant with Vikings was very reluctant to accept soccer style kickers. He had a guy named Rick Danmeier who I’m pretty sure was the last straight on kicker.
    How I remember this, I have no idea.
    Ask me about something like the Bill of Rights, and I’ll give you an answer that is about on par with what a second grader would tell you.

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Was he watching Jan Stenerud on Jan. 11, 1970?

      • sandog said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm

        Yes. Probably also watching Christmas day 1971.
        That was the day I became a Chiefs fan. It hasn’t been an easy ride.

      • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:38 pm

        That loss was all on Stenerud.
        Lowery and Lin fuckin’ Elliot cost us playoff games to a lesser extent…

  34. Flavor said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    PK trippin’ me out pretty hard with this one…..
    https://thelaughorist.blogspot.com/2018/12/flash-point.html?spref=tw

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Is he on acid?

      • Flavor said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:27 am

        that’s PK’s normal homeostatic state as he walks the earth….

  35. mrsprtdude said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Puig is gonna hit 40 HR’s in Cinci. Not that i give 2 shits but the Reds made a very good trade. 2 OF and a # 3 starter for the worst pitcher in decades.

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Any financial advice, Sports Dude?

  36. mrsprtdude said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    PS..Keep Will Smith. he is a very good pitcher who did a decent job closing. Yes we will suck, but losing games in the 9th is just so awful. Lets be honest. We are all still going to watching / following the games.

    SF .was about 500 when they traded Cutch and Lost Posey. If we can have a team that is just south of decent the waiting till we can be good again won’t be quite so bad. I repeat. keep Smith!

    • djloo27 said, on December 21, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      I’m not watching.
      I’m taking next season off…

  37. sandog said, on December 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Votto and Puig as teammates should be interesting. I predict they need to be separated from going after each other in the dugout at least once before the All Star Break.

  38. unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 1:01 am

    I think Pawlie built that whole story around the word ‘fixity.’ Hell of a word.

  39. unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I thought Mosley was the last. I remember seeing Bruce Gossett, who was considered good, miss 2 extra points and made 1 of 3 FGs in a loss to the Colts back in 1969.

  40. djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Mosley is basically the right answer except for one fluke kick after him…

    https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/european-soccer-style-kickers-started-revolution-50-years/story?id=42756874

    Looked up Danmeier – gone in 1982
    Bud Grant not long after…

  41. djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Baseball Digest guy on the radio says Stanton could wind up in LA…

    • Macdog said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:43 am

      I think he has a no-trade clause.

      • djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:44 am

        He might be happier out there…

    • gianthead said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:02 am

      So that does make more sense with those lefties and Hair Harper ends up with the Yanks.

    • Flavor said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:29 am

      i love that you’re listening to the radio.

      • djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        This is it:

  42. djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Contracts of Longoria and Crawford give the Giants a built-in excuse not to pursue Machado who would otherwise be a great fit…

    • sandog said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:05 am

      It’s a valid excuse in my book. If they wanna throw stupid money at someone, throw it at Harper. Longo and Craw could reasonably bounce back, but our outfield is an embarrassment.

  43. Flavor said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Machado and Harper are obviously great players capable of great statistical seasons. But added one of them to our puss line up doesn’t justify the cost. We sign one of them and then we’re done cause we’re tapped out. And then teams just walk that guy every game. It looks like a good move on the surface but it doesn’t make our team much better. The better approach is to spread the remaining money around and hit on as many lower end guys as possible. I’m not talking about the Aubry Huff’s or the Pat Burrell’s. Zaidi seems to have a nack for finding younger, controllable players. At least the A’s and the Dodgers have done it, I have to assume he had a role in that or at least picked up some tips on what to do.
    I’ll be shocked if we sign a big free agent money guy. Doesn’t seem like this dude’s style at all…..

  44. willedav said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:34 am

    LA seems concerned enough about $$$/staying under lux cap to rule out Stanton but GH makes a good point. Also read this opens up room for Pollock, RH CF. Are there more opt outs in Stanton deal?

    • Macdog said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Stanton can opt out after 2020.

      • willedav said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:08 am

        thx Mac. hey um will Monmouth b-ball win more games than football? poor guys, what happened over there?

      • Macdog said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:30 am

        Ha, that’s a joke I’ve come up with, too. Not sure what’s happened with MU, maybe it’ll get better once conference play starts. Next is Penn on New Year’s Eve, so the first W won’t come until ’19.

  45. willedav said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Like to ask Unc Chuck about possibility floated of Raiders playing at ATT next year, which Niners would have to approve as per NFL territorial rules. Noticed this season Raiders played 2 home games in September.
    this story in Chron generated a lot of comments…one guy mentioned he lived nearby in MissionBay and wondered about increased police presence.

  46. alleykat69 said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:29 am

    The Raiders should play their home games at San Quentin their guaranteed in house sellouts!

  47. unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Shit, if the owners are fine with dirt bike races and monster truck rallies, they’ll certainly go for football games. They already play one of the 1,200 bowl games there.

    But during the baseball season? That would be fucked up for the Giants. The team had a hard enough time keeping the field with all the concerts, rugby, and soccer matches last year.

  48. sandog said, on December 22, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I pretty much agree with Flav’s 7:28, but I think every now and then, adding one superstar can transform an entire line-up. Barry did that for us and I’d be fine with seeing if Harper could do the same.
    If we don’t go that route, I’m warming up to the idea of avoiding the Burrell and Huff types in favor of the Gerbers and Drew Fergusons.

  49. sandog said, on December 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Raiders otta come pay in San Diego. It would be funny, as they are so hated here, but they have supporters everywhere and we have an NFL stadium just sitting here.
    Also, I think the Raiders in Vegas is going to be a match made in heaven. I feel badly for Oakland, but I think they will have no problem selling out games in Vegas.

    • unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 9:40 am

      They won’t have a home field advantage. All the fans will be away fans,

    • Flavor said, on December 22, 2018 at 11:34 am

      I agree about the Vegas situation. All sellouts. And I’m not so sure about it just being casual fans going to see a “show”. I’m not a big hockey fan but I heard the Vegas knights are huge there—super passionate about the team. Why couldn’t they be that way about the Raiders too? Especially if they get good.

      • djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm

        I wonder how Giant season tix are selling…

      • alleykat69 said, on December 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm

        About as well as the Expos..

  50. alleykat69 said, on December 22, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Any chance the Giants could pry a deal with Seattle for RF Mitch Haniger? Dude has unlimited potential with power that would be sorely needed in are pathetic OF..

  51. pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I just read Magnus’s (Flavor’s) post of yesterday 8:09p; Loo’s reply of 8:27p yesterday; and Magnus’s 6:27a today. Not on acid. It explains why I never was. I’m just trying to use an imagination I always felt I didn’t have, which is why I write nonfiction.

    • djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      I apologize for my moronic remark…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:40 pm

        was logical, not moronic; no problemo

  52. pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I was one of those, maybe more than anyone, who felt Puig would thrive under Bochy. His antics and swagger never much bothered me. If he did that shit for us on our team, we’d love him.

    • unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      No. Not me anyway.

      • djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm

        That makes 4 here for Puig.
        Brace yourself, Chuck.
        If he goes 35/100 this year and doesn’t beat up any women, we’ll sign him for about 4/80 as a FA…

  53. pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I thought I was going to like Farhanzie. (No, haven’t heard back from him on CHASING WILLIE MAYS. I mean, he evidently has tons of free time, right?) But it seems EVERY team is making significant moves (ok, not the White Sox, yet). It’s like all these trains are leaving the station and we’re standing inside the station reading the fecking schedule on the wall, not even at the ticket window yet. C’mon! Plus, Farhanzie’s “strategy” seems easy to figure out: get players who can do multiple things, such as play several positions, throw with either hand, jerk off with either hand, etc.

  54. pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Love Loo’s radio.

  55. unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Dawg, when Bonds got here we had Matt Williams, Robby Thompson, and Will Clark, among others (ET McGee, RIkkert Faneyte). We weren’t exactly hurting for talent.

    As far as what we are doing, this is what I thought was going to happen. Mid-level medium interest guys that we sign a bunch of. This team isn’t one guy away from being great. We are about 3-4 guys away from being contenders.

    • sandog said, on December 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      We have Posey, Belt, Longoria, Crawford. I know they all have flaws, but there is some talent there as well.

      …and Raider fans are going to flock to Vegas in droves for weekend trips. 8 weekends a year? No problem. Silver and Black will be everywhere out there.

      • unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm

        Clark, Thompson, and Williams had 79 HRs between ’em. Throw in Bonds and you have 117.

        Posey, Belt, Longo, and Crawdad? 49. Talent? Sure, but not even close to those guys.

      • sandog said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        They’d hit a helluva lot more than 49 with Bryce in the line-up with them. Plus Candlestick was a better yard to hit in.

      • unca_chuck said, on December 23, 2018 at 8:45 am

        Not really.

    • unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      If they are good. Raider fans weren’t going to Oakland when they were shit. I don’t think they had a sellout the first 4 years they were back.

      The Gruden thing is a ginormous risk. If that backfires, they stand to be shit for a good while. I was convinced Chucky was going to dump Carr, but now I’m not so sure. Even still, he has ruined a bad defense and destroyed a decent offense. 9 years to go is plenty of time to fix shit, though.

  56. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on December 22, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Seems it often happens in the off-season that other teams get off to a fast start making moves while the Giants seem stuck in neutral and we all wait somewhat grumpily for something to happen. There was one recent off-season, can’t remember exactly which one, when the Giants made some fast moves and seemed done by end of December, and seem to remember the following season being a bust. So, I’m cool with the Mighty Z taking his time on all of this. I tend to think that means he has a plan, and not just for the next season. Something Booby Evans never had, that’s for sure.

  57. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    MLB story tabs Belt as most likely player Z will trade first. As a longtime Belt supporter (geez, that sounds like a product description for old people products), obviously everyone is on the table, but it raises questions. I guess the big picture plan would have to be understood, and I’m still guessing Z has one, that a Belt trade wouldn’t just be a one-off move but related to others falling into place. I’d be sad to see Belt go but as long as there’s a plan………………

    • djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Belt & Will Smith would be a nice fit for either NY team.
      Let the concocting begin…

  58. djloo27 said, on December 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Experienced Chief fans already know the Chargers are going to win 17-16…

  59. zumiee said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Great basketball game. Arizona St. defeated Kansas. Walton doing his wacky commentary. It’s all good.

  60. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah, also saw the trade discussions about Smith and Watson (didn’t they found IBM?), but kind of makes me scratch my head that the ‘pen is the only somewhat strong suit of the team, why would they trade those guys? What do I know. Sure, let the concocting begin indeed.

    • alleykat69 said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      Agree P/A,
      Smith&Watson =Affeldt&Lopez
      2 experienced pros both lefties that “GET OUTS” Why trade those 2?

      • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:36 pm

        Yeah, Kat, good comparison. Without Lopez and Affeldt, Giants most likely don’t win in 2010….

  61. mrsprtdude said, on December 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Go Devils!!! I agree with Paul. The only thing we have is a decent bullpen. Get a few more, Openers all the time, and be the west coast Rays!

  62. Bozo said, on December 23, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Paul, If they do trade either Smith or Watson, they do have Ty Blach slotted for a lefty relief role. Also, the kid that they picked up in the Rule 5, Travis Bergen, will get a shot for that role in ST. If he’s able to match his AAA numbers, he might be an awesome (inexpensive) answer to either Smith or Watson.


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