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Old 02-05-2019, 01:05 PM
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I think they've been offered contracts. They just don't like them. They want teams to bid up. Teams don't wanna. Teams know how much they'd spend on those guys, and the price is already too high.

That's a lot different from 0 teams offering any contract of any kind.
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I think they've been offered contracts. They just don't like them. They want teams to bid up. Teams don't wanna. Teams know how much they'd spend on those guys, and the price is already too high.

That's a lot different from 0 teams offering any contract of any kind.


Isn't $cott Bora$ the agent for both of them?
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Isn't $cott Bora$ the agent for both of them?
Harper yes, Machado no.
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This probably isn't allowed per The Agreement, but I'd like to see a team offer either of these guys 3-years, $100,000,000 contracts, with the team option, at the end of each season, to add a year to the contract at 10% above the final year.
And allow a player option to add a year, at 10% below the final year.
Some years, the player won't get the added year from the team, because sucked. But, he can add a year.
Some years, the player will get the added year from the team, because didn't suck.

Cap the number of years added. Say, four.
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This probably isn't allowed per The Agreement, but I'd like to see a team offer either of these guys 3-years, $100,000,000 contracts, with the team option, at the end of each season, to add a year to the contract at 10% above the final year.
And allow a player option to add a year, at 10% below the final year.
Some years, the player won't get the added year from the team, because sucked. But, he can add a year.
Some years, the player will get the added year from the team, because didn't suck.

Cap the number of years added. Say, four.
They could agree to a series of team and/or player options or both. Not that they would, but they could.
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There are just not many team that can afford these 2. Of those that can, a few don't need either. Red Sox and Yankees are both out. Both feel fine about their hitting and need pitching. At this stage, I would bet Machado goes to Phillies for 6/175-180 with a player out after 2-3 years. Harper won't get more than 5. Won't be surprised if he ends up in Chicago, with the White Sox. Second choice, St. Louis.
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I feel both guys are a bit tainted. Machado for his hustle, Harper for inconsistency and club house demeanor.

While most teams would want these guys, there is a fear to over investing in them
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I'm wondering if the news of the potential DH in the NL this year is what's holding them back. Harper knows this is coming, thinks it might pull a couple of NL teams back into the bidding if they were already set in the OF. Maybe the Mets think about it knowing Cespedes is a full time DH when he gets back. Harper wants more bidders, so he holds tight.

Machado wants either a massive bid or the Yankees. But the Phillies, ChiSox, and Padres are also seeing if they can land Harper for a little less. Once Harper signs, Machado becomes a little more valuable to teams that missed out on Harper. So he holds tight.

Kimbrel continues to think he's worth more than he is, and everyone knows that. So he holds tight. (Sorry, this last one was just a shot at Kimbrel, who I used to love).
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2 new proposed rule changes: Universal DH and minimum 3 batters per pitcher.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/...s-universal-dh

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association engaged in a back-and-forth regarding potential rules changes to improve pace of play and discussed other measures, including a universal designated hitter and requiring pitchers to face at least three batters before being removed from a game.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the news, noting MLB made a proposal to the players' union Jan. 14 that included the three-batter minimum rule. The union responded Friday with a proposal that included a plan for the National League to adopt the designated hitter as soon as the 2019 season.

According to Rosenthal, "further ideas and potential tradeoffs are certain to be explored in the weeks ahead" as both sides look for ways to improve the sport and draw bigger audiences.

One notable part of the Players Association's response was aimed at competitive integrity and suggested teams' draft positions could be lowered if they do not win a set amount of games during a series of seasons.

That would, in theory, provide a disincentive for tanking and stripping down major league rosters to improve draft positioning as a rebuilding method for struggling clubs.

Rosenthal noted the failure to reach an agreement would give Commissioner Rob Manfred power to implement three of his proposals from last year. That power was collectively bargained, and the proposals were a 20-second pitch clock, decreasing a team's mound visits from six to five per game and a rule that would put a runner on second base in the 11th inning and beyond in the All-Star Game and spring training contests.

MLB's most recent proposal called for mound visits to be reduced to four as soon as this season and three in 2020.

Pace of play has been a significant talking point in recent years, especially as times of games have increased. According to Baseball Reference, the last seven seasons ranked among the top eight in baseball history for longest average game.

The 2017 campaign set a record with games averaging three hours, eight minutes, while the 2018 season landed third (three hours, four minutes).

Proposals such as a pitch clock, fewer mound visits and longer pitching stints would surely decrease the time of games, while a universal designated hitter would likely result in more balls in play and further excitement for fans.
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2 new proposed rule changes: Universal DH and minimum 3 batters per pitcher.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/...s-universal-dh
3 batters minimum will be the death of the LOOGY.
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