On Tuesday, Francys Romero was the first to report the news that MLB and Cuba reached an agreement to allow Cuban players to sign with MLB teams. Just now, Jeff Passan reported that the historic agreement has officially been finalized.
Francys joins us to talk about the implications of this agreement.
On Monday, WTTS spoke with Chris Camello, who first reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bryce Harper had reached an agreement. How legitimate are these claims? Listen to find out!
On this bonus episode of Welcome to THE SHOW, Manny spoke with Chris Camello, beat Writer/Columnist for The Rebel Media Group and freelance journalist for the Daily Breeze. On Saturday, Chris Camello reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bryce Harper had reached an agreement.
When asked why we should take his reporting seriously, Camello directed us to three stories:
- Justin Turner and Kanley Jansen's extensions
- Trading for LHP Scott Alexander
- The Dodgers losing Head of Research and Development, Doug Fearing
Camello was the first to exclusively break these Dodgers stories with the help of his source.
Camello alsoo made it abundantly clear that according to his source, the Dodgers want Bryce and vice versa. He also echoed Ken Rosenthal's statements that while the Dodgers "are widely rumored to be in on Harper, they do not want him on a long-term, record-setting contract."
In order for the Dodgers to feel comfortable moving forward with their "agreement" with Harper, they will have to move one or all of the following contracts:
- Matt Kemp (1-year, $21.5M left)
- Rich Hill (1-year, $18M left)
- Yasiel Puig (1 year before UFA)
After moving those deals, the Dodgers, will probably offer Harper a short-term deal worth big-time money.
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In this Bonus Pod, Manny and and CT break down the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings. Which moves (or non moves) helped improve a team the most?
While plenty of moves were (not) made, the boys discuss Bleacher Report's post Winter Meetings power rankings in which the Red Sox are slotted ahead of the Yankees. Surprisingly, Manny and CT both agree with the rankings. Especially, considering that the Red Sox were by far the best team in baseball last season and all the Yankees have done so far is add a SP.
Then, Manny and CT break down the J.A. Happ deal to the Yankees. Did the Bronx Bombers overspend on an aging pitcher?
When you take into account that J.A. Happ was more valuable to his team last season when compared to his comps, the 2-year, $17M deal he received seems fair. Adding an aging starting pitcher can't be, however, be the only way the Yankees address their starting pitching needs.
Next, the boys discuss the Craig Kimbrel situation, in which the closer is demanding a 9-figure deal. Manny breaks out some amazing stats that should support Kimbrel's asking price. Let's leave it at this, at this point in Kimbrel's career, he is the best relief pitcher in baseball. Scratch that, he's the greatest relief pitcher of ALL TIME!
Finally, Manny and CT discuss player deals. Does it make sense for an organization to reward a player for his prior performance? Or should a team base their offers on a players potential?
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