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And Michael Wacha Jersey , no, I ain’t talking about the Halos."We have just gone through some incredibly lovely times here in Orange County. Not too cold, not too hot, beautiful sunny days with lovely, puffy white, clouds drifting overhead to entertain us. But these good things don’t last forever. They never do. Storm clouds are on the horizon. In the near future, we get nothing but dark and gloomy skies and rain after rain after rain.If you step back far enough and squint your eyes and re-read that paragraph above, I could be talking about the fortunes of the Angels. After all, I have lived with the sunshine and dark times with this franchise from the 60’s. I know the above to be true.But I’m not. It’s just a weather forecast.Cheer up with these Batten-Down-The-Hatches-HaloLinks:A Little Bit Of Angels NewsMoney talks, B.S. walks, small change rides the bus. Vegas (meaning “money”) expects this LAA team to win 83.5 games in 2019. (Yep, Vegas uses half games to force a conclusion.) The 2018 team won 80. It would have taken 98 to get out of the AL West and into the playoffs last year. Billy Eppler isn’t even trading water..........for the Halos? One-year,$18.25 million. That’s a whopping $325,000 more than he could have gotten from the Dodgers simply by saying yes to the QO, and for the same period of time. So, yeah, probably. You could have had Grandal for the QO value. That’s arguably the 2nd-best catcher in MLB last year, 30-years old, for $14.9 million more than taking the 23rd-best catcher in MLB last year Ozzie Smith Jersey , who will be 33 early next season. But, hey, it ain’t my money...........uh...ummmm....ok. Bryce Harper wouldn’t be signing with the Phillies because that is Mike trout territory?..............Machado is rumored to be up in the +$300 million mark, which is the market projection we all have had for him for years now. But WTF is with Jon Heyman doing trying to invent a “mystery team”?.......... And Machado to the White Sox? Does this mean that Chicago can ‘waste’ his prime years?..........And what are the Yankees waiting for?............Machado and Bryce Harper might be giant corks in this FA marketplace. This is why I don’t think it’s important to exclusively point the finger at ownership for time factors. Case in point: Dallas Keuchel. And right behind would be Mike Moustakas. Sure, it would be a lot more interesting, fun, and more productive for scribes if more FA signings were happening before the off-season runway ran out (er...excuse me...”comes into focus”). But signing early is rarely the best strategy for the best FA’s, as Scott Boras has proved and as other agents are following suit. And the best FAs command the larger shares of the overall net-new monies being contracted out to labor. This means that it is prudent on ownership to wait along with those big contracts in order to properly understand their financial commitments..........And because of the immediate above, there is still meat on the bone. Drew Pomeranz, anyone?..........The Mets have been crazy busy this winter, with a succession of blockbuster acquisistions. But what is surprising is to learn that they have actually LOWERED payroll. That they might be out of money to spend is merely status quo for the Wilpons.........The Duffle BagI encourage you all to give 3 minutes of your time and thoughtfulness. We will all benefit...........Some baseball things, Noah Syndergaard for instance, should be illegal..........We Pimp The Inevitable. All pitchers must bow upon their inability to reach out and prevent the conclusion..........Go forth and try your hand at naming the new Marlins MiLB team to be stuck placed in Wichita, Kansas..........David Wright’s final career At-Bat had a tiny backstory that is kinda cute..........Say a prayer for former MLB’er Chris Duncan..........Jonny Gomes: D’Backs fielding and baserunning coach. Someday Arizona might hire Jeff Mathis as their hitting coach..........You should already know this, but that doesn’t minimize the shock value..........The 2019 king of bobbleheads?.......... NEW YORK (AP) — Jed Lowrie would rather talk about wine than whine.The infielder visited Citi Field on Wednesday after finalizing a $20 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets, likely less money and a shorter term than he would have gotten before the free-agent market for solid-but-less-than-stellar veterans buckled a year ago.“I think that argument could be made,” he said. “But you deal in reality, and so I’m excited to be a Met.”A switch-hitter who turns 35 in April Albert Pujols Jersey , Lowrie and is coming off his first All-Star appearance. In his 11th major league season, Lowrie set career highs last year for Oakland with 23 homers, 99 RBIs, 78 walks and 128 strikeouts, hitting .267.“He’s a big wine connoisseur. He gets better with age like many of the wines that he collects,” said new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Lowrie’s former agent.Lowrie, wife Milessa, daughter Saige and son Miles likely will live in New York City, possibly in Brooklyn. They have homes in Houston and his hometown of Salem, Oregon, where he keeps his wine collection of several hundred bottles.“Mostly reds. I’ve got California. I’ve got a lot of good Oregon pinot noir,” he said. “Got some whites for my wife. Not a lot — some French.”Lowrie spent the last three years as a second baseman but played all around the infield before that. Van Wagenen plans for him to back up 36-year-old second baseman Robinson Cano, 23-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario and third baseman Todd Frazier, who turns 33 next month. Rookie Peter Alonso, Frazier, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith are possibilities at first.“We have a veteran club and we want to make sure that we’re not overtaxing the players that we have,” Van Wagenen said. “We don’t want to feel like anybody has the need to play 162 games, but if we can manage the workload to get the maximum performance out of each guy , there’s more than enough playing to play time to go around.”Lowrie likely will hit second in the order behind right fielder Brandon Nimmo and ahead of Cano.“He’s going to be in our lineup virtually every day,” Van Wagenen said. “We’ve talked a lot about this offseason of making sure that we are covered in the event that the inevitable adversity happens to our club.”Lowrie will wear No. 4 with the Mets — he was No. 8 on the Athletics, but the Mets have not given out that number since 2001 and seem likely to retire it in honor of Gary Carter.In signing with New York, Lowrie said he is willing to move around the infield.“If you look at look at a lot of teams that have had recent success, they’re very deep, and I think that’s what it takes to win at the major league level at this point,” he said.Van Wagenen has been reshaping the Mets roster, acquiring Cano, closer Edwin Diaz and catcher Wilson Ramos and reacquiring reliever Jeurys Familia. Jeff McNeil will see time in the outfield, and Keon Broxton was obtained to back up Juan Lagares in center.While making these moves, Van Wagenen reads his Twitter feed “every day throughout the day” and is aware Mets fans are clamoring for a big-name acquisition such as Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.“I’m really happy that this fan base is not apathetic, and some of their ideas make more sense than others,” Van Wagenen said. “But they’re all interesting content, for sure.”He thinks the Mets are in position to win the NL East and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.“I think that we’re a good team. I think that we’re a complete team. I think that we’re a balanced team,” Van Wagenen said. “We’ve got veterans. We’ve got youth. We’ve got a hunger and a desire to win. And I look forward to showing people that that we’re a team to be reckoned with.”
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