MLB 2020-2021 OFF-SEASON NEWS AND RUMORS

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  1. fsudog21

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    Schindler's List?
     
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    How about a hint ?
     
  3. blazer5

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    Lucha Libre
     
  4. irish

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    nacho?
     
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    Give Molly a break. She’s actually a good reporter and has covered the Dodgers forever. She is actually a real deep Dodger fan, has written books about them, and shows up in the Bay Area to talk Dodgers on sports radio.

    She is not the first person to bring up the Bauer issues (man or woman). She won’t be the last. Bauer is an ass, and if he wasn’t signed to the Dodgers, we’d have issues too.

    And we are probably going to give up on a genuine good guy in Turner for a proven dickweed in Bauer. Great baseball decision though.
     
  6. blazer5

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    Yezir
     
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    Damn, Pedro Gomez. Definitely one of the good guys.

    I think his son is playing minor league ball?
     
  8. THINKBLUE

    THINKBLUE DSP Gigolo

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    She can be a good reporter/Dodger book writer and a virtue signaling bully at the same time.
     
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    good reporters don’t let their emotions dictate what they write
     
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    Her bra size is 36 C...she can't be all bad.
     
  11. ColoradoKidWitGame

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    Rosenthal is reporting that MLB has once again altered the baseball and it is very likely that we will see a noticeable drop in HR's. The best reference I saw in the piece was that this new ball will be the equivalent to adding 5 feet to the OF wall in every stadium. The expectations are a 5% drop in home runs which will put us back to like 2017ish numbers. He also said 5 more teams have added humidors, but didn't mention which ones. Might be a good time to have a stacked pitching staff.
     
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    good
    cody and mookie won’t need to leap anymore
     
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    I like how nobody is panicking because the Dodgers often take forever to officially announce trades or free agent signings, in the case it's probably clearing a spot on the 40-man, whether it winds up meaning they release somebody (sorry, Luke Raley), make a trade, or just wait until ST actually starts and put Tommy Kahnle and Caleb Ferguson on the 60-day.
     
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    baseball hates fun don't they?
     
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    Who's the odd man out in the rotation?
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    y JORGE CASTILLOSTAFF WRITER
    FEB. 8, 2021 12:29 PM PT


    Last week, before they agreed to make Trevor Bauer the highest-paid player in the major leagues, the Dodgers had six starting pitchers for five rotation spots.

    Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and David Price would populate the first three slots. Some combination of Julio Urías, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin would hold the final two. One would not have made the cut to start the season.

    Now, after Bauer’s arrival, two won’t be in the starting rotation on opening day, barring injury or a trade. As it stands Monday, a week before pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch for spring training, the plan is for Urías to round out the rotation, leaving May and Gonsolin out.

    Urías was a starter during the 2020 regular season and made two postseason starts, but he shined out of the bullpen in the playoffs. He closed out the Atlanta Braves with three perfect innings in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series and secured the final out of the World Series to complete 2 1/3 spotless frames against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    In all, he allowed one unearned run and four hits in 13 1/3 innings across four relief appearances in the postseason. The success fueled speculation about his future. Was he destined to become a late-inning weapon, maybe used the way the Milwaukee Brewers deploy Josh Hader?

    The answer appears to be no, for now.

    As for May and Gonsolin, the Dodgers could move both to the bullpen or have them start the season in the minors. Both have experience as relievers in the majors. Including the postseason, May has 18 relief appearances on his résumé. Gonsolin has seven.




    Both right-handers, however, proved they’re major league caliber starters in 2020. May, 23, finished the regular season with a 2.57 earned-run average in 12 regular season games. Gonsolin, 26, forced his way into the regular season rotation after not making the roster out of summer camp. He had a 2.31 ERA in 46 2/3 innings and was named Baseball America’s MLB rookie of the year.

    Both pitchers figure to start games for the Dodgers this season, whether they’re in the rotation on opening day or not. Injuries are bound to occur. Teams can never have too much starting pitching. Josiah Gray, the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, is also expected to contribute in 2021.


    But Bauer’s addition does give the Dodgers the option to trade a starter to address another area, perhaps to replenish the farm system or address third base.

    The easy answer at third is to re-sign Justin Turner. He would fill the hole at the position and give the Dodgers the right-handed bat they seek. But we’re into the second week February and Turner remains unsigned, leaving open the possibility of the team acquiring another third baseman. Options include trading for Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs or Eugenio Suárez of the Cincinnati Reds.

    A trade of some sort is possible. Bauer’s signing isn’t official yet because the Dodgers’ 40-man roster is full. They need to create a spot for him and would need to create another one for Turner to re-sign him. A trade could open slots for both.

    Would the Dodgers trade the inexpensive May — who cannot become a free agent until 2026 — or Gonsolin, who can’t until 2027? What about Price?

    Price, 35, was acquired from the Boston Red Sox alongside Mookie Betts last year but hasn’t pitched in a game for the Dodgers after deciding to opt out of the 2020 season. The 12-year veteran is slated to make $32 million each of the next two seasons, but the Red Sox agreed to pay half of it. The Dodgers could entice another team by offering to pay another chunk of his salary and reduce their competitive balance tax payroll.








    As of Monday, the Dodgers are nearly $28 million over the $210-million CBT threshold.

    As first-time offenders, the Dodgers would pay a 20% tax on all overages up to $230 million, and they would be subject to a 12% surtax on top of the 20% penalty for a payroll between $230 million and $250 million. They would be taxed at a 42.5% rate and have their first pick in the following draft drop 10 spots if the payroll exceeds $250 million. Re-signing Turner would likely inflate the Dodgers’ payroll to around that number, limiting the Dodgers’ flexibility for in-season moves.

    Trading May or Gonsolin would garner a bigger return, perhaps giving the Dodgers a chance to replenish their farm system, but it wouldn’t afford them payroll relief and they are considered future rotation stalwarts.

    In the end, the Dodgers could just stand pat, pay the taxes, find another way to create room on the 40-man roster for Bauer and maybe Turner, and enter the season with a surplus of starting pitching. You can never have enough starting pitching.
     
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    in a covid era, keeping all of them may be necessary
     
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    this
    and coming off a 60-game season
     
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    I know many were throwing during the break, but is it reasonable to expect them to go from 50+ innings to 150+? If not, then I think it's necessary to keep all 7.
     
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    Her Dad is actually a family friend..... I just learned that a few months ago... kinda can’t stand her lol
     
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    lastatman DSP Legend Staff Member Moderator

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    Can someone explain something to me? If Price gets $32M in each of the next two seasons, but the Red Sox pay half of it, that means the Dodgers or another team if he's traded has to pay $16M. Is that really considered high for a starter of Price's ability? I don't understand why the Dodgers would have to eat some of the contract to deal him - unless we're getting a real team-friendly contract in return.
     

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