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OK, so the M's got Robinson Cano in free agency...

Tell me why I should give a damn about the Mariners this year, fellow Mariner fans.

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Yankee fans aren't exactly sad to see him go. FWIW. Immensely talented, otherwise great work ethic, nobody seems to know why he won't run out ground balls. Infuriating.

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And I have no clue what to say to those Yankees fans, because if they aren't particularly saddened to see one of the five best players in MLB in 2014 leave, then we're clearly thinking on diametrically different planes.

I mean, sure, whatever, he didn't tend to run out groundballs that were of the most routine variety and 999 times out of a 1000 end up being outs. Whatever. I liked it more that Robbie was pretty much a lock to play 159+ games a season. I liked it more that Robbie made the most beautiful underhanded throws to first base when his momentum was taking him towards left field. I liked it more that Robbie has the sweetest swing in the league. I guess it just goes to show how some people prioritize what they want to see when they watch baseball.

(and this isn't meant to be condescending to you, Goth. But the "didn't run out groundballs" argument, which Kevin Long inserted himself into in a moment of complete dumbassery, is about the weakest way of criticizing an elite player as exists. Robbie was an immature lazy brat back around 2008 or so. He got benched for it. He got the message. I have zero complaints about his overall production between 2009-2013. I don't see how any rational Yankees fan could. But, then again, Yankees fans aren't renown for their rationality, so what the hell should I expect?)

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OK, so the M's got Robinson Cano in free agency...

Tell me why I should give a damn about the Mariners this year, fellow Mariner fans.

The last year of Zduriencik.

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Angels signed Mike Trout to a one year, $1M deal. Hopefully it's a bridge deal to wait for some money to come off the books with Vernon Wells, then he can get his big-boy deal.

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1 year, 1 mil, doesn't sound like something worthy of the top player in the world.

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Michael Morse just got a home run robbed from him on his first ever swing as a Giant. I think I'm gonna like having this guy hitting behind Posey. The snag by Josh Reddick was absolutely beautiful, though.

Today is always the best day of the year. Baseball is back!

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Michael Morse just got a home run robbed from him on his first ever swing as a Giant. I think I'm gonna like having this guy hitting behind Posey. The snag by Josh Reddick was absolutely beautiful, though.

Today is always the best day of the year. Baseball is back!

Morse will probably get himself injured before the season begins. He had a good first week and a half for the Mariners last year.

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What a coup for the Angels... <_<

1 year, 1 mil, doesn't sound like something worthy of the top player in the world.

From what I understand, it's like monkeypower said. It's just a quick bridge/good faith deal to hold over until they can actually sign the huge deal. They're still talking about the big deal, and this probably means that they're close to it. They just can't officially do the big one yet.

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What a coup for the Angels... <_<

1 year, 1 mil, doesn't sound like something worthy of the top player in the world.

From what I understand, it's like monkeypower said. It's just a quick bridge/good faith deal to hold over until they can actually sign the huge deal. They're still talking about the big deal, and this probably means that they're close to it. They just can't officially do the big one yet.

That's all it is. They didn't even have to give him the 1M. I assume they picked it symbolically since the previous highest was the 900K that Ryan Howard got before he signed his absurd contract. It's really funny how baseball works - it can take a while to get paid. It gets even funnier when arbitration starts.

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I'm wondering why the Angels aren't just throwing money at him. They did that with Pujols, Wilson and Hamilton, so why not do it with IMO the best baseball player in the world?

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It's a combination of not wanting to hit the luxury tax and knowing that he's not even arbitration eligible for another 3 years and under their control for 4 years or something like that.

Basically they don't have to and can't. I know it's weird after those big contracts that all of a sudden they want to be financially prudent, but whatever. Just get it done.

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I'm wondering why the Angels aren't just throwing money at him. They did that with Pujols, Wilson and Hamilton, so why not do it with IMO the best baseball player in the world?

That's how baseball works. If you're a star, you don't get paid until you're close to arbitration. If you're good but not a star, you may not get paid until after arbitration.

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It's a combination of not wanting to hit the luxury tax and knowing that he's not even arbitration eligible for another 3 years and under their control for 4 years or something like that.

Basically they don't have to and can't. I know it's weird after those big contracts that all of a sudden they want to be financially prudent, but whatever. Just get it done.

All of this, plus the fact that all that money they threw at Wilson and Pujols and Hamilton means that's money that can't throw at Trout. They don't need to give Trout a megadeal just yet, but it won't be worth the money being saved in the short-term if it ultimately drives Trout's price up by a significant margin when he posts another MVP-caliber season.

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It's a combination of not wanting to hit the luxury tax and knowing that he's not even arbitration eligible for another 3 years and under their control for 4 years or something like that.

Basically they don't have to and can't. I know it's weird after those big contracts that all of a sudden they want to be financially prudent, but whatever. Just get it done.

He's arbitration elgible after this season, which will be his third.

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Yeah as a Dodgers, I'm hoping these negotiations fall apart badly because I'd feel like the dodgers would have a great shot at him by the time his deal expires, but with him being from New Jersey, I'd rather see the angles keep him than sign with the Yankees.

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Yeah as a Dodgers, I'm hoping these negotiations fall apart badly because I'd feel like the dodgers would have a great shot at him by the time his deal expires, but with him being from New Jersey, I'd rather see the angles keep him than sign with the Yankees.

He is from South Jersey so he is a Phillies fan. I don't think he would ever go to the Yankees but sometimes money talks.

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Hee-hee, the easiest way to piss off a Yankees fan is to remind them (or me, I guess) that Mike Trout was the #1 player on the Yankees draft board (the rational one, so Stephen Strasburg doesn't count) in 2009 and they would've taken him, except the Angels got him first.

I mean, the Yankees are total dreck at developing farm system talent, but it would've been really hard to screw up Mike Trout.

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Yeah as a Dodgers, I'm hoping these negotiations fall apart badly because I'd feel like the dodgers would have a great shot at him by the time his deal expires, but with him being from New Jersey, I'd rather see the angles keep him than sign with the Yankees.

He is from South Jersey so he is a Phillies fan. I don't think he would ever go to the Yankees but sometimes money talks.

He may be from South Jersey (and an Eagles fan), but he's a Yankees fan.

Hee-hee, the easiest way to piss off a Yankees fan is to remind them (or me, I guess) that Mike Trout was the #1 player on the Yankees draft board (the rational one, so Stephen Strasburg doesn't count) in 2009 and they would've taken him, except the Angels got him first.

I mean, the Yankees are total dreck at developing farm system talent, but it would've been really hard to screw up Mike Trout.

And the best part about that? The Angels took him first because they got a compensation pick for the Yankees signing Mark Texeira.

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