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NOV. 12: Outfielder Colby Rasmus will become the first player ever to accept a qualifying offer, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that he’ll take the one-year, $15.8MM deal extended to him by the Astros.

Ha!  Astros be like "....Dammit.  We're paying a 29-year old, .238/.314 OBP hitter $15.8M....."

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"Saves" meaningless stat. He's a great closer, but like with all closers he's a 1 inning guy who's  thrown 70 innings in a season once, last time 5 years ago.   Everyday players hold more value. I sure as heck wouldn't of traded Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner for Craig Kimbell. And those two aren't exactly the best starters in baseball at their respected positions.

Are wins meaningful?  Because relievers directly contribute to wins and stuff. 

Just because a guy can get a save despite holding a 3-run lead, thus making the statistic itself a bit dubious, doesn't mean you don't need quality relief pitching.  Plenty of teams use closer-by-committee, and that's fine.  But all that means is they don't have a guy they feel comfortable pitching the 9th all his own or possibly getting 4+ outs to close the game. 

You need a lot of arms these days, and while it's optimal to have 3-4 really good arms back there instead of just 1 dominant one, 1 is better than none.  That's pretty much what the Red Sox had before adding Kimbrel; no quality back-end relievers.  Can't begrudge this decision at all.

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The Reds are shopping Frazier and Chapman, oh man. It would gut the farm for any team but those are some seriously good players. 

They might as well trade Votto too.  They're going to need to build from the ground up to compete in that division.

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so Mets are saying Ben Zobrist is apparently too rich for our blood? rut roh...

Probably not the most outlandish possibility.  He was a ridiculous tough out all World Series long and everybody saw that to be the case.  He's about to get paid in a big way. 

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