MLB 2020-2021 OFF-SEASON NEWS AND RUMORS

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  1. ColoradoKidWitGame

    ColoradoKidWitGame DSP Legend Administrator

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    Can’t imagine MLB will just let that slide though. They still do their own investigations and have laid some heavy handed punishments for dudes that never got in actual trouble.
     
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    I would not be shocked if this is the winter of the Blue Jays. They are said to be the most active team in free agency, in trade talk and in some other news headlines:
    • The Blue Jays are exploring the potential of building a new stadium. Outside of Oakland and Tampa, the Jays getting a new stadium makes a lot of sense since there have been grumblings about the playing surface for some time. The team made a switch a couple of years ago to something better, but with all except 1 other team now playing on natural grass, this move makes sense. The current plan would be to demolish the Rogers Centre and build the new stadium on the current site, which would in turn make the club homeless for likely 2+ seasons. Another idea being floated if that is turned down is a lakefront site. This is not something that would happen overnight like in Atlanta and Arlington as Canada moves a bit slower with projects of this magnitude. Expectations are that it would be at least 5 years to come together and maybe even reach the 10 year mark to come to fruition. Toronto is an amazing city, so something a bit more picturesque would be nice. Feels like moving to a lakefront location could push some fans away as ease of access to Rogers is aided heavily by Union Station being roughly only 3 blocks away.
    • The Blue Jays are said to be past the kicking tires phase with the Indians in talks for SS Francisco Lindor. The Jays are one of those teams that could go from mediocrity to scary in a flash. Though their payroll is regularly in the bottom 3rd of baseball, they have the assets to set themselves up with the other league powerhouses and buy their way into continued contention. With the emergence of their young/cheap stars, they could be looking at a run that could push the Yankees in that AL East.
    • The Jays are also said to be going HEAVY after Justin Turner and have emerged as a serious threat to the Dodgers to retain our clubhouse leader.
    • Another player the Dodgers are said to have interest in that the Jays are also pursuing heavily, Brad Hand is also near the top of the Toronto wish list. Toronto is setting themselves up to be the champions of the 2020/2021 offseason, but their biggest hurdle seems to be whether players will want to play a season in Buffalo before calling Toronto truly their home.
    • The club is also said to be going hard after catcher J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto is considered one of the, if not the prize of the free agent market this offseason.
     
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  3. DodgerLove

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    Sounds like I may get a call from the Jays expressing their interest soon lol
     
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    :laff:i know when you look at mlbtr they're in on everyone
     
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    homo?
     
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    Hosers.
     
  7. ColoradoKidWitGame

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    This is one of those offseasons where it can change the direction of your franchise for the next decade. Not only for the good, but spend some money poorly and you can set yourselves back. Will be interesting to watch. Astros could be walking away from the next couple of offseasons fairly pilfered.
     
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    oh no question it just reminds me when we were "in" on every FA for a decade
    would be a crying shame to see the asstros damaged for eternity
     
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    ...and may the Gods grant that it comes to fruition.
    So let it be written, so let it be done.
     
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    • In a piece that I can not access, Buster Olney apparently said that from what he is hearing, a Dodgers-Rockies deal for Arenado is going to be nearly impossible to pull off. Like I have said in the past, the Rockies FO and ownership do not like the Dodgers and it would take a gross overpay for them to send a star player to us. Something we don't need to do.
    • Andy McCullough had an article about Corey Seager this morning. Unless everyone is playing this coy, it does not sound like the 2 sides have engaged in extension talks. He said from what he is hearing from the club, if they were to re-sign Corey, the team is likely looking at Buehler or Bellinger as someone that is not going to be a piece of the franchise long term... and vice-versa. He thinks the club may take this year to watch Gavin Lux, then make a decision after that. He believes the club is also somewhat hesitant to give a monster deal to a guy that has such a checkered health history, but points out that Seager has taken weight training much more seriously and last year focused heavily on better strengthening his lower half. I have been back and forth on this, but I think the club is going to hang tight and not sign Seager to an extension. Next off season could be really interesting with 5 star short stops on the market as well as a scenario with 3 star 3B, in the event Kris Bryant returns to form, Seager has another mediocre year of D at SS and if Arenado opts out, the market will be heavily saturated in guys looking for big contracts with less teams to compete with for their services if Covid heavily impacts the upcoming season. The Dodgers could wait things out then strike on multiple fronts, or allocate resources elsewhere if Lux finally breaks out.
    • Expect some finite decisions this week on the future of MiLB for the upcoming season. The league is going to begin sending out PDL's(Professional Development Licenses) to the 120 teams that made the cut. It will be interesting to watch unfold as some franchises have said they will simply refuse if they are moved down levels or into franchises they are not interested in. The move to shrink affiliates has been met with plenty of criticism, but one can argue that there is some understanding for the moves. Some of the changes to expect:
      • There will now only be AAA, AA, HiA and LoA. Short Season leagues are gone. Rookie Level clubs will be based out orgs spring training facilities and at DR complexes.
      • Seasons lengths have changed to 132 for A, 138 for AA and 144 for AAA
      • Leagues are expected to be an East-West for AAA, Central-South-Northeast for AA, Mid Atlantic-Midwest-Northwest for HiA, Cal-Florida-Southeast for Low A. The Dodgers affiliates are expected to be in the West, South, Northwest and Cal Leagues.
    • Baseball America announced the Dodgers as the organization of the year.
     
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    And yet, the hard science is clear; Americans under the age of 40 (which 99.9% of minor league players are, of course) have am infinitesimal chance of dying of Covid-19. Fewer than 2000 Covid related deaths have claimed both genders under the age of 35, and of those, I cannot find proof that even one active professional baseball player who has died of it. Others have tried, too. No Soap.

    This is disgraceful. The great American game brought low by a tiny coterie of pussies afraid of getting a cold that everyone is going to get sooner or later anyway.
     
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    Huh? Did I miss something? Aren’t the minor league cuts something MLB has wanted to do well before COVID?
     
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    Maybe, but I'm out of the loop on that aspect. CKid mentioned the fiscal losses to MLB. I was piggybacking.
     
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    The only thing Covid did was kill the MiLB season last year. This was all expected to happen this year.
     
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    Fresno has a beautiful AAA facility built in 2002. The Giants, the Astros and the Nationals (made no sense) have been the affiliates. Despite the shifting affiliations, the team was pretty well supported.

    Now the Nationals have pulled out and Fresno might have to settle for an A team. Fresno had a Cal League team until 1998.



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    Oh yay the team is going to have a light show in the parking lot to celebrate the championship
    tickets are going to be$ 55 -115 per car
    wonder why they didn't just charge $50 per person and make more money
    seriously who the fuck decides $50 a car isn't enough to drive through the fucking parking lot and goes for that extra $5
    i guess if you drive a nice car its $115
    fuck these motherfucking clowns and the mccourt they rode in on
     
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    hard to beat downtown Fresno
    then again i like the smell behind my ear after a day of hard work
     
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    Alexander back for $1mil
    i like it
     
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    He's paying us, right ?
     
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    His contribution to the championship was remaining on the IL.
     
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