Official 2016 San Francisco Giants Season Thread - NLDS (3-1 CHC) Congrats Chicago Cubs! - Page 232
I like going after Tomas, but those Cubans are unproven commodities and are a huge gamble. If I had to choose i'd rather allocate the money into our pitching.
Lester is the real deal, a tested and proven ace. Him and madbum in this rotation.
It all seems like a pipe dream right now, though.
Its that same thought process that made Jose Abreu pick the White Sox instead of us last offseason. Yes, I know it worked out quite nicely. But how awesome would it be to have him batting between Posey and Pence?
too many righties! we'd have to split em up. but i like all aforementioned scenarios.
If Russell Martin got $80 million+, market rate means nothing anymore. But I get what you're saying. Instead of giving Lester a Matt Cainian type contract, I'd rather get two good pitchers to replace Peavy and Vogelsong.
And lets not forget we need to (hopefully) replace Romo and Machi in the pen.
MLB Trade Rumors had a pretty decent article on the Giants' offseason options. Not sure most of them are entirely realistic but it's worth a read. Putting Belt on the trading block has me intrigued.
Cubs can throw out more dollars, that's fine...if it's clearly over a certain amount for whatever position, I'd rather build up with volume than concentration.
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Ugh seriously? Why do we always low ball the Cuban players? I dont get it. I know I have absolutely no reason to complain given the results of last season, but we could have had Jose Abreu on our team instead of Brandon Belt. We offered Abreu the same annual salary as the White Sox did, but they offered him more years.
This is really frustrating. He was the one bat in this market that could make up for the loss of Pablo. SMH.
The overall guarantee lands just a hair over the $68MM that the White Sox promised Jose Abreu last year. Given changes in the market in the interim — largely driven, perhaps, by Abreu’s own incredible success — that price tag may feel low at first glance. Indeed, much attention has been given to the idea that Tomas, with his prodigious power and youth, could not only beat the Rusney Castillo contract (seven years, $72.5MM) but also reach nine figures.
Of course, the opt-out will play an important role in assessing this deal’s true value, especially once it is learned how much of the guarantee falls under the contract’s last two years. The 4+2 opt-out structure means that Tomas could reach free agency before his age-28 season. If his bat lives up to the hype, he’ll have another shot at a massive payday at that point. But he will have to prove it on the field first.
As MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes wrote in his profile of Tomas, the 70-grade raw power is the right-handed hitter’s calling card. His other tools appear largely to be average or slightly below, and it remains unclear precisely what position Tomas will play and how his defensive ability will shake out. Though considered mobile in relation to his hulking frame, Tomas has drawn some concerns about his body and overall conditioning.