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Throwing the World Series, and cheating to win the World Series are honestly equally egregious Integrity of the Game issues. The Astros are lucky they did this on Trump's clock and that nobody hates baseball as much as Rob Manfred.
 
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couple of relatively big pieces already starting to fall into place in the offseason (people afraid of lockout probably). Angels finally signed a frontline starting pitcher, and they of course achieved that by taking on the risk of someone that has thrown 2 innings the past two years in the MLB(average of one inning a year!). Noah Syndergaard is perfectly good quality at 1 year $22million if he is healthy though. But now that he's an Angel he is guaranteed to never be healthy again. sad to see really.

And on the topic of pitchers that haven't pitched seriously since 2019, Justin Verlander is "expected" to resign with the Astros for a 1 year $25million. Between this and the rumored offer they have for Correa the Astros are going to spend the bank to keep their guys. It's maybe not an overpay considering how good he was in 19 and all the talk that he was looking great in front of scouts.

Eduardo Rodriguez signs with the Tigers for a 5 year big money deal ($77mm). 15mm aav is actually pretty fair considering who he was last year. 28 year old worth about 4 wins per fangraphs, 2 per br. You would expect fangraphs to be more predictive, so decent for them, and good sign Detroit is tired of losing in a generally weak division.

Berrios signs an extension with blue jays. Had another year on the contract, but this is really a get-it-out-of-the-way-so-its-not-inseason-distraction. 7 years with an opt out after 5. Fair deal.

this is the only time i'll do any post like this lol
 

Adrenaline

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I am 34 years old and a Yankee has won a Cy Young award during my life once, an MVP twice (both the same player), and the Rookie of the Year award twice. That's 5 awards in 105 chances, about 4.8% of the awards given in the AL. The chance of a random AL team winning a given award was 7.1% from 1987-2012 (14 teams), and 6.7% from 2013 to now (15 teams). I don't really have a point here.
 

Paul le Fou

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It's a good day. (Well, it was yesterday. Two days ago? Sometime in the last few days.)
 

ShakeWell

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I am 34 years old and a Yankee has won a Cy Young award during my life once, an MVP twice (both the same player), and the Rookie of the Year award twice. That's 5 awards in 105 chances, about 4.8% of the awards given in the AL. The chance of a random AL team winning a given award was 7.1% from 1987-2012 (14 teams), and 6.7% from 2013 to now (15 teams). I don't really have a point here.
This is the first Brewers one in my lifetime. (Fingers won in 1981, Vuckovich in 1982, the year I was born, but I wasn't born until December.)

Also, Burnes and Hader (who combined for a no-hitter in September, the franchise's first since Juan Nieves in 1987, and only the second all-time) made first team All MLB.
 

karzac

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Somehow, the Blue Jays have had one Rookie of the Year, one MVP, and five Cy Youngs in my lifetime. That's especially funny because I think they've always been thought of as an offense first sort of team. I had forgotten that they had won it three years in a row between Hentgen and Clemens.
 

karzac

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Man, this has been a way more active offseason so far than I had been expecting. It's hard to keep track of everything that's happened.
 

Adrenaline

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Cool, a lockout. Already saw at least one comment on Twitter from a fan who thinks high ticket prices are a direct result of higher player salaries!
 

karzac

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The lockout is entirely expected, bit it's still disappointing that the final day of negotiations was such a joke. Here's hoping the 2022 season starts on time. I choose to take the recent free agent frenzy as a positive sign that both sides think no or few games will be missed.
 

Adrenaline

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I take it as cynically as possible, that teams intentionally splurged right before the Lockout so they could say this (from Manfred's letter): "While we have heard repeatedly that free agency is “broken” – in the month of November $1.7 billion was committed to free agents, smashing the prior record by nearly 4x. By the end of the offseason, Clubs will have committed more money to players than in any offseason in MLB history."
 
I take it as cynically as possible, that teams intentionally splurged right before the Lockout so they could say... Clubs will have committed more money to players than in any offseason in MLB history."
As you should. Average salaries for all players have gone down year over year since 2017. It doesn't help either that so many teams just tank, rely on fresh recruits they can lowball on salaries (hello A's), and not ever have to worry about a salary floor.
 
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