GWJ OOTP League Thread

Novocain wrote:

Dear Boston, quit winning so many games. Simmer down. Kthxbai.

Agreed. You're supposed to let the rest of us think we have a fighting chance if we make it to the playoffs

Prederick wrote:

New file!

Boston, Wayne Boyce refuses demotion.

Yeah, didn't realize he was out of time on the DFA list, sorry.

CptDomano wrote:
Novocain wrote:

Dear Boston, quit winning so many games. Simmer down. Kthxbai.

Agreed. You're supposed to let the rest of us think we have a fighting chance if we make it to the playoffs ;)

Holy hell, I didn't realize we're on a 12 game win streak. 3 of my best 10 or so players are on the DL for a while, so you've got the next month or so to chip away at me...not to mention almost all of my pitchers' ERA are well below their FIP, so I'm sure I'm in for a correction at some point. Although, my batters are underperforming relative to their career numbers, so maybe things will balance out.

I knew my pitching was gonna be a sore spot, but no one on my team is hitting this year.

Derek McCoy's huge salary and subpar performance is killing my team. At this point I'm simply waiting for September to call up some kids.

Also, my entire MLB roster is available for trade, sans Abreu.

Looking for prospects, especially catchers (catcher ability more important than hitting) and infielders.

Gonna be a long year

And lo..., spoke the commissioner, unto you a file is new.

Also, we got a No-no! San Francisco's Knuckle-curve flinging 22-year-old threw a stunner. 9 IP, 10 K's, 2 BB's, no hits.

Hey all - I need to clear some space in the OF. I'm looking to move Antonio Trejo - 21 year old 4 star RF. I really like him, but I have too many young OF's to keep them all. Not really looking for anything in particular, although I'm a little thin at middle IF so maybe a SS/2B? Prospects are fine as well.

Hey! I managed a 4 game win streak.

Ramon Ventura got killed in his MLB debut though. I knew it was too early to call him up, but I was hoping for more than 3 innings from him.

Knightsabre wrote:

Hey all - I need to clear some space in the OF. I'm looking to move Antonio Trejo - 21 year old 4 star RF. I really like him, but I have too many young OF's to keep them all. Not really looking for anything in particular, although I'm a little thin at middle IF so maybe a SS/2B? Prospects are fine as well.

I'm in the same situation, if you like what you see in any of my outfielders, let me know. I'd probably trade for some low level prospects if Mark Cowie is part of the package.

Ok, I suck at coming up with trade suggestions. Just being honest.

So here's what I'd like to do: I'd really like to pick up a dedicated Left Fielder. Doesn't need to be a top-of-his-game player yet, but a moderate-to-solid projected guy who's ready to at least be starting in the Majors, if not already having a couple seasons under his belt.

I cannot afford an expensive contract unless you're taking one from me in trade.

And so I'm not wasting your time, the following are part of my core team that I'm not willing to part with just to shore up left field :): Shawcross, Ward, Robinson, Marrero, Robinson, or my top Closer (Newman? I can't recall at the moment). I have some decent other guys in MLB and AAA that I'd consider parting with for a relatively equal trade.

[edit]In fact, I just checked my updated file, and Jimmy Lange is messaging me again that he is very dissatisfied with his role on the team. He expects to be the primary Closer, but while he is a good pitcher in that role, he's not good enough to replace Ken Newman in that role.

I picked up Lange in a trade a couple seasons back, and he's proven to be an asset to the team. I hate to let him go, but I also don't want a guy who's going to continue to be disgruntled with his role in the bullpen. If someone has a suitable LF they will trade for him, that would be an ideal trade for me. I'm currently paying him $1.75 million/season, and even though he may be unhappy, if no one wants to trade for him I'm willing to pay him a bit more in contract renewal to keep him content enough to keep playing (he's a solid backup closer) for a few more years while I let some prospects prove themselves.

So don't think you're getting him off the free agent pool; I don't aim to let that happen.

Farscry and Garion trade offers sent.

Well the season started out ok, but now my team is in a free fall. I didn't expect to win the world series this season, but sure as heck didn't think I would start this bad.

pizzaddict wrote:

Well the season started out ok, but now my team is in a free fall. I didn't expect to win the world series this season, but sure as heck didn't think I would start this bad.

Don't freak out just yet. You can have a really wretched start to the season and then gradually dig your way out of it. That's what happened to me last season.

Don't remind me.

I did work out a trade to pick up a decent LF. Still looking to trade off Lange for a team who could use a new primary Closer. Mostly looking for a 1:1 trade on him, will take a roughly equivalent major league player (just not an RF or another CL please!) or a good (not great; that'd be an unbalanced trade) minor league prospect for almost any position.

New file! Deals are done, games have been played.

Much to our dismay, it looks like this will be a .500 year in Vancouver, although Ramon Gomez is proving that it was a smarter idea to hang on to him. It's a bit of a surprise to say we'll be .500 in comparison though, our pitching's just above average, and our hitting is pretty strong, even if we strike out a lot.

Probably the standout stat of the season so far is that Boston, as a team, has a ERA of 2.78.

The pool for the next draft has been revealed, so let's take a look at the biggest names in this year's draft.

Michael Manning, 22 y/o, SP: Manning is the most ML-ready player available in the draft, he could literally make the jump up to big-time ball within 2-3 months of being drafted. But he's injury prone, and there are a lot of questions if his college numbers are just a paper tiger. Opinion seems to be genuinely split over whether he's a franchise player or just a guy who is going to fool some team into overpaying him.

John Bayles, 19 y/o, 1B: It's notoriously hard to try and project the futures of High School players, but Bayles has serious potential. Bayles is the kind of player who could lead the league for years in doubles and triples. A spray-hitting slap-hitter who batting .538 in his Senior year, Bayles has no power, but is defensively sound, a lightning bolt on the basepaths, and has the plate discipline of a player with years of experience. If he can turn that into something concrete, he's an all-star. Bayles is also experienced a several positions other than first, and enterprising team might try to convert him.

Cristian Garcia, 22 y/o, CF: Garcia's plate discipline was described by a scout thusly: "See ball. Try to knock the f*ck out of it."

And that he does. The free-swinging Garcia will not appeal to small-ball teams, but anyone looking for a potential long-ball king, look no further. A solid defender in all three parts of the outfield, Garcia projects to be the kind of guy that, if he hits the ball, just chalk it up on the scoreboard and move on. He could hit .300, he could hit .240, but he's going to mash some homers along the way, guaranteed.

While nothing is assured, this could be a very rich draft for teams across the league. Scouts have nine separate players as 5* prospects, with another nineteen 4 1/2* kids. Out of those 28 players, only one is a reliever or a closer. Clearly, all of them won't pan out, but that's a LOT of potential future all-stars for teams to choose from.

Oh my, we're starting to look respectable.

Geez, I got guys all the way down in Short A that it says are ready for Triple A. Guess I better start cleaning out some of the crappy players up in triple A to make room for the youngsters that are ready to be promoted.

pizzaddict wrote:

Geez, I got guys all the way down in Short A that it says are ready for Triple A. Guess I better start cleaning out some of the crappy players up in triple A to make room for the youngsters that are ready to be promoted.

That's what I did. Darn AAA slackers need to earn their way back to the top of the minors!

Nearly forgot, New File!

Anyone interested in my former-CL/SU/MR Greg Powell? I'm running out of room on my active roster and he's a solid performer with great WHIP and OAVG. He's easily plugged into anyone's bullpen.

I'm not looking for much in return, just 1 or 2 minor leaguers. Thanks.

So this upcoming draft. It's all run in one day, correct? I'm thinking that it's probably a colossal waste of time to try and do a draft order unless you have a pick in the 1st.

peedmyself wrote:

So this upcoming draft. It's all run in one day, correct? I'm thinking that it's probably a colossal waste of time to try and do a draft order unless you have a pick in the 1st.

I pretty much agree with this. I feel like I mainly build my team via free agency and waiver wire.
I think I have the 23rd pick or something. I let my scout/front office fill out my draft order.

Novocain wrote:
peedmyself wrote:

So this upcoming draft. It's all run in one day, correct? I'm thinking that it's probably a colossal waste of time to try and do a draft order unless you have a pick in the 1st.

I pretty much agree with this. I feel like I mainly build my team via free agency and waiver wire.
I think I have the 23rd pick or something. I let my scout/front office fill out my draft order.

Yup. I throw together a draft list of the ones I really want, expecting I might get one of them, and then let the AI pick the rest. I'm not advanced enough to predict rounds of a draft.

New file!

Seattle, Miguel Santana absolutely refuses demotion, so I re-assigned him to your ML roster. You're only getting rid of that dude by trading him or eating his contract and releasing him, he'll never take a demotion.

Always check to see who you're trying to demote when you're trying to demote them. It's not just a matter of whether they have any minor league options left, but their age and whether they have the right to refuse demotion. Some 36-year-old journeyman on the league minimum will probably waive his right to refuse demotion, but anyone making a real salary just isn't going to accept a move to the small-time, no matter how crap they are.

I'm away from my computer for at least a couple of days getting a baby pulled out of the wife. Last time it took a week, which is why I mention it. Please don't let anything too dumb happen to San Diego! Hopefully Farscry didn't Gillooly Brian Burke tonight while I wasn't looking.

Gah...Looks like April was just a fluke month, as my Bears are starting to slip a bit to drop down to 5th with a 23-28 record. It's probably my own fault for putting so many youngins in my starting roster. But hey, the kids gotta play sometime, right?

That being said, I think I'm still doing better than I was last year, and since the expectation is near .500 by the owner, I'm still doing fairly well. Hopefully the upcoming draft can net me some more quality players. I need to take a look at the draft pool and see what I can get.

Ugh, my All Star RF Craig Peterson went on the DL today for 6 months, effectively ending his 2015 season. He has been a huge part of our offensive force ever since the inaugural season. I'm looking forward to getting some familiar faces back on the active roster, specifically SP AntoOio Palhas. Gotta stay ahead of those pesky Bostonians.

That said, CL/MR Greg Powell is still up for any reasonable deal, mainly looking for pitching prospects, 2 or 3 years out okay.

peedmyself wrote:

I'm away from my computer for at least a couple of days getting a baby pulled out of the wife. Last time it took a week, which is why I mention it. Please don't let anything too dumb happen to San Diego! Hopefully Farscry didn't Gillooly Brian Burke tonight while I wasn't looking.

I don't think I did.