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The Clubhouse / Re: Harper trade speculation (breakout from off-season thread)
« Last post by Ray D on Yesterday at 01:15:57 PM »
  I suspect he'd not get nearly as much as he and Boras think he would.
Harper could save himself alot of embarrassment by signing an extension (saying, this is really where he wants to be).  I agree, he isn't going to get anywhere near the figures that get thrown around.  $400 million?  A team looking rationally at this might figure he's worth $30M/year, 7 years max.  $210M (like Scherzer).  Nationals would do that deal, right now. So why not just do it?  Better than testing free agency looking for that $400m and embarrassing himself by settling for $210M after all.
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The recent "Something to Wrestle with Bruce Pritchard" podcast covering Bret Hart in WWE in 1996/97, up through the Montreal Screwjob, is really good, even at 4 hours of audio.  They go deep into the weeds on the issues between Hart and Michaels through the years and the development of the decision to double-cross Hart at Summerslam.  It's been 20 years this year.

Wow, does nagard actually claim that the screwjob was incepted at SummerSlam?  I knew he didn't know crap from a shingle on this subject, but that's a new one.  Yeah, Prichard is full of it on this one.  If you actually wasted your time on that, you got duped.

Prichard gives a lot of good inside dirt on a number of subjects, but the Screwjob is not one of them.
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The recent "Something to Wrestle with Bruce Pritchard" podcast covering Bret Hart in WWE in 1996/97, up through the Montreal Screwjob, is really good, even at 4 hours of audio.  They go deep into the weeds on the issues between Hart and Michaels through the years and the development of the decision to double-cross Hart at Summerslam.  It's been 20 years this year.
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The Red Loft / Re: The Garage
« Last post by imref on Yesterday at 01:01:58 PM »
It actually annoys me that taxpayers are subsidizing tax credits on cars that cost multiples of the average US household income.

the electric car credit is dead in the GOP tax plans.  But subsidies for oil/gas companies will survive (please take any further discussion to politics :) )
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The Farm / Rule 5 Eligibles (2018)
« Last post by imref on Yesterday at 12:59:59 PM »
Here's a nice writeup on where the Nats stand heading into the Rule 5 deadline on Monday at 8 AM.  The Nats have 5 open 40-man slots.

http://www.nationalsarmrace.com/?p=14586

There are about 20 or so guys who would be Rule-5 eligible.

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Wander Suero (already added)
Kelvin Gutierrez
Taylor Gushue
Drew Ward
Joan Baez
Who would I consider: Kieboom, Bacus.  Maybe.
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The Clubhouse / Re: Harper trade speculation (breakout from off-season thread)
« Last post by nfotiu on Yesterday at 12:39:08 PM »
The angels do stupid things, his free agency is close to when philly should get competitive- maybe they bid, the cubs have cash, same with the Red Sox.

Red Sox and Cubs might be players at a 300 million payroll.  Neither of them seem like teams that would give out 400 million contracts.  I can't see Harper going to Phillie unless the money was too good.  I think you're right about the Angels being a bit of a wild card.   I'd love to know what Harper would be asking for this winter, what the Nats are willing to offer, and what he'd truly get in free agency.   I suspect he'd not get nearly as much as he and Boras think he would.
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I saw this quote in an espn article today
I think that the Yankees are pretty much out of the Harper conversation, especially with the emergence of Judge.   The Dodgers are probably too deep into the luxury tax to go for Harper.   If neither of those teams are serious bidders, does Harper even get more than Stanton's contract in free agency?  Maybe there is a possibility that he hits free agency but still signs here.

The angels do stupid things, his free agency is close to when philly should get competitive- maybe they bid, the cubs have cash, same with the Red Sox.
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The Clubhouse / Re: Harper trade speculation (breakout from off-season thread)
« Last post by nfotiu on Yesterday at 12:23:19 PM »
I saw this quote in an espn article today
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Steinbrenner reiterated the Yankees' desire to come in under the $197 million threshold in 2018. That objective casts significant doubt on the team's willingness to play at the high end of the free-agent market.

"It's absolutely a goal of mine -- to be under,'' Steinbrenner said. "And I believe it's very attainable.

"I've been saying you can have a world championship caliber team and not have a $200 million-plus payroll. We're finally getting to a point where that's coming true for us. We've got a lot of good young players on our team and we made it to Game 7 of the ALCS, and we've got a lot of good ones coming. I think that flexibility -- it's going to be a reality for us to do that and still field the kind of team that our fans demand.'

I think that the Yankees are pretty much out of the Harper conversation, especially with the emergence of Judge.   The Dodgers are probably too deep into the luxury tax to go for Harper.   If neither of those teams are serious bidders, does Harper even get more than Stanton's contract in free agency?  Maybe there is a possibility that he hits free agency but still signs here.
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The Red Loft / Re: The Garage
« Last post by Slateman on Yesterday at 12:14:52 PM »
But it helps them develop the off the shelf technology they use
No it doesn't. The money spent developing these cars could have been put into researching and developing battery technology.
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The Out of Town Scoreboard / Re: Braves implosion!
« Last post by houston-nat on Yesterday at 12:00:18 PM »
John Hart left.
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