LA Angels Monday News Crash: Expiring Contracts

Here is a big list of all the Managers and front office types who may be on borrowed time. What do you think? If Joe Maddon has another losing season, is he out of here?

The Dodgers signed infielder Eddy Alvarez to what must be a minor league deal.

The Padres are hiring Mark Loretta as a special assistant.

Pitcher Robert Stock is likely signing with the Doosan Bears of the KBO.

Meanwhile, Tyler Chatwood is going to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

Here is a feel good story from the minor leagues. Twenty three full time employees of the Cubs AAA affiliate received whopping goodbye checks from the outgoing owner.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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MarineLayer
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12 days ago

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-perks-of-a-rangy-first-baseman/

Here’s an article that shows why Jared is a top defensive first baseman.

Mia
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LanaBanana
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12 days ago
Reply to  Mia

😳

Mia
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Mia
12 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

You’re reaching for something that just ain’t there, dude. I play golf on the regular, but sitting through a televised tournament is like watching paint dry.

Let’s revisit whether Rendon cares about baseball in November.

Last edited 12 days ago by Mia
cookmeister
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12 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Lol this is a hot take for sure.

Who cares if he watches or not? Baseball players play games for 7 months straight, nothing wrong with not wanting to watch something when you have limited free time.

It’s like going home after work and continuing to talk about, think about, and do work that you just did for 8 hours.

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
12 days ago
Reply to  cookmeister

Then there’s the guys like Kobe and Jordan who never stop thinking about the game and always trying to get better. That’s the kind of guy I admire.

I am lucky enough to love my job and am happy to bring it home with me as well. I guess I might not feel that way if I worked at a Starbucks.

Last edited 12 days ago by MarineLayer
matthiasstephan
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12 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Nothing in the interview suggests he doesn’t work at the game, think about his playing and performance. Not wanting to be a spectator, or agreeing to focus on family when one is home, makes me like him more, not less.

Cowboy26
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Way to scrounge up an 8 year old article that was written midway though his second year in the league. Hey people evolve over time. Maybe Tony Two Bags now possesses an opinion on this subject that is more to your liking

Last edited 12 days ago by Cowboy26
2pints
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11 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Isn’t there a Jackie Robinson quote where he says he thinks watching baseball is a waste of time?

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
13 days ago

The two sides don’t realize that the hot stove league is vitally important to maintain interest.

When they finally come to an agreement both sides will have gotten something and given up something. So why not acknowledge that now and get it done? Grrrr

Fansince1971
Super Member
13 days ago

Happy New Year Eric!

In response to your general question, the reason this thing is not going to get done anytime soon is because there is distrust and paranoia on both sides. Both sides have been fed a lot of one-sided information by representatives including lawyers. As a result, both sides feel anger and distrust towards each other which is not the environment that a deal gets done – especially with rich people involved.

And speaking of rich people issues- there are massive egos involved so neither side wants to be the first to blink.

As a result, the only thing that can bring them together is a common interest, which of course is money. When the owners begin to lose enough and the players start wanting to fund their expensive lifestyles, then they will both come to the table and do business. I doubt that will be anytime soon and that we are likely looking at June for the start of the season with a May spring training at the earliest.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Ugh. If your analysis is right (and it feels like it is) then I think your timeline is right, too.

steelgolf
Super Member
12 days ago

Feb. 14th. The MLBPA and MLB will get stars in their eyes and make up for Valentines Day.

red floyd
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12 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

By the FSM’s Noodly Appendage, I hope not. I’ve purchased a suite for my graduation party in May.

rspencer
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11 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

Wow! Congratulations! I didn’t realize it’s been that long since you started.

Brent
Trusted Member
13 days ago

I can see Maddon coming back for one more year if (when?) this team doesn’t make the playoffs again.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
13 days ago

Start of a New Year and in MLB let the negotiations begin. Millionaires’ vs Billionaires and let the fans eat shit and bark at the moon. Let’s just hope that the two parties at war come to their senses and do what is right for the game and the fans.

Good morning to all.

LanaBanana
Trusted Member
13 days ago

Right? The holidays are over, I need baseball to be a firm date to look forward to.
and by firm date I mean Spring Training in the middle of February.

Twebur
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

We’ll, if they don’t play next year, they can’t disappoint us……trAdition.

max
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max
12 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

imagine losing one of Trout’s last prime years (what a waste) and losing one of the final two of Ohtani’s pre FA years. That’s disappointinger.

Fansince1971
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13 days ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Ain’t gonna happen in my opinion. To avoid disappointment I suggest you prepare yourself for no baseball until at least May.

LanaBanana
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12 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

🤬

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