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And another sign of baseball’s broken economic system.
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Mike Moustakas to play second baseThe Brewers are an absolutely fascinating team and were just one win away from winning the National League pennant in 2018. There are some conventional reasons they were so good — they had the NL MVP Mookie Wilson Jersey , for one thing — but they also do some really interesting things to differentiate themselves from other squads. They don’t really have a whole lot of starting pitching, but instead rely on a bananas bullpen. On top of that, they have decided to sort of punt on infield defense, just putting together the best offense they can and worrying about the rest later. Last year, that meant old friend Travis Shaw playing second base and doing a lot better than I ever would have expected. This year, they brought Mike Moustakas back in free agency and he’s going to spend his time at the keystone position. This is a wild move to shift over the guy who has played third for his entire career. Why do we care as Red Sox fans? Well, many are hoping for a similar shift from Michael Chavis. Now, Chavis isn’t as established at the hot corner as Moustakas, and the Red Sox prospect did get drafted as a shortstop not that long ago. Still, it seems optimistic for him to play in the middle infield just like it does with Moustakas. Milwaukee’s logic is that they shift enough and have enough faith in their positioning strategy that they can hide players off their natural position. Theoretically, if the Red Sox were confident enough in their positioning they could possibly talk themselves into Chavis at second. However, the Brewers do also have a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop in Orlando Acria, which is something the Red Sox don’t have. Ultimately, I still don’t think Chavis makes sense up the middle http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , but this Moustakas decision does make things a little more interesting. He’s obviously just keeping the spot warm for Mauricio Dubon, though.Blake Snell gets modest raise from RaysWe know the baseball economic system is broken. There is disagreement about who is to blame, how much we should care and how to fix it, but the system is broken. Players have always been told they’d make up for being underpaid early in their career and get that money later on. Now, teams understandably don’t want to pay worse and aging players, but it’s not being made up for on the front end. Case in point: Blake Snell. The Rays lefty just won the damn Cy Young and the Rays have 100 percent control over his salary. Generally, teams give star players who are in their pre-arbitration years some sort of token raise to put them significantly above the league minimum. There is no rule saying they have to, but it’s a show of good faith from the organization. The Rays, however, will pay Snell just $573,700, less than $20,000 over the minimum. Tampa is within their rights to give out such a small deal to the reigning Cy Young, but it’s a bad look and is understandably pissed off. He can’t do much about it now Gary Carter Jersey , but he will now be motivated to go get as much as humanly possible in arbitration and likely feels no loyalty towards the Rays organization. This is good news for the Red Sox, but another example of why the next CBA negotiations will be so contentious. Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals is going through a similar situation as well. Big name free agents are starting to find new homes around MLB. Meanwhile, the Orioles have a lot of work to do before they start building up their roster."Good morning, Camden Chatters.At some point, MLB’s hot stove season was bound to start heating up, and yesterday brought a little bit of news — mostly from Atlanta. Not only did the Braves bring back catcher Brian McCann on a $2 million deal, but they landed the first big-name free agent of the offseason by inking former MVP Josh Donaldson to a lucrative one-year contract worth $23 million.That’s an interesting deal for both sides. Donaldson will try to restore his value after an injury-ravaged 2018 season and re-enter the free agent market next year, while the Braves added a potential impact player in their attempt to defend their NL East crown.The Orioles, who were a frequent victim of Donaldson’s lethal bat during his three-plus years with the rival Blue Jays, won’t be sorry to see him leave the AL. He tagged O’s pitching for an .888 OPS, 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 67 career games.With Donaldson off the board, who’s the next domino to fall? The winter meetings start in less than two weeks, and there’s usually a flurry of activity leading up to and during the event. Don’t expect the Orioles to be heavily involved in whatever player activity goes on, though. They’ve still got plenty of more urgent tasks on their plate Dwight Gooden Jersey , such as finding a new manager.LinksReading between the lines of Mike Elias’ message to Oriole fans - BaltimoreBaseball.comRich Dubroff searches for clues about Mike Elias’s plan in the e-mail he sent to season ticket holders. I wouldn’t expect Elias to divulge any organizational secrets in a form letter to fans, but it was a nice gesture all the same.Orioles need to make current roster changes to help jumpstart the rebuild – The AthleticJonathan Bernhardt looks at which non-tendered or on-the-outs players might be a fit for the Orioles, and suggests Derek Dietrich, Avisail Garcia, and Yangervis Solarte. Get excited!Baltimore Orioles: Five potential Rule 5 draft targets - BirdsWatcherSpeaking of getting excited, we’re just a couple weeks away from the Rule 5 draft, in which the Orioles hold the first pick. Tim Smart offers five options for the Birds.What should the Orioles look for in a new manager? - Steve MelewskiThey should look for someone who can handle a lot of losing. Like, a whole lot. Just so, so much losing.Some leftovers from the Adam Jones tailgate - School of RochIn today's “Adam Jones is awesome” story, Jones plans to send some Cabernet to Buck and Angela Showalter in Texas. Can I change my answer to that question about the next O’s manager? Can it just be Adam Jones, please?Orioles birthdays and historyIs today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have five Orioles birthday buddies, including 1989-92 first baseman Randy Milligan (57), improbable T-shirt-day-honoree and 2009-12 righty Jason Berken (35), brief 1997 catcher Tim Laker (49) http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , lefty Bill Short (81) of the ‘62 and ‘66 Orioles, and late lefty Johnny Schmitz, who ended his career with the Birds in 1956. Schmitz, who died in 2011, would have been 98 today.On this day in 1963, the Orioles traded slugger Jim Gentile, who co-led the AL with 141 RBIs in 1961, to the Kansas City Athletics for fellow first baseman Norm Siebern, who was an All-Star in the first of his two years with the O’s.
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