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Astros this year Michael Wacha Jersey , the Bullpen has to rank fairly low. With that said, with 3 spots open in the Rotation, and a..."”34. Joakim Soria – Mets. Two years, $18MM. Soria, 34, continues to find success with his combination of a high strikeout and low walk rate. He was able to avoid the long ball despite a precipitous drop in ground-ball rate this season, which he split between the White Sox and Brewers. With a fastball under 93 miles per hour, Soria isn’t a flashy choice, but he still provides plenty of value.” Hammah’s Note - Soria seems like a solid but unspectacular option to fill out a bullpen. I just don’t see the Astros needing that player, especially when the rumored $9 Mil/year is in the same tier (although fewer years) as options with similar floor but much higher ceilings. My Vote: No. Elsa - Getty Images”37. Cody Allen – Braves. Two years, $16MM. Allen dominated as the Indians’ closer from 2014-17, posting a 2.62 ERA, 12.1 K/9, and 120 saves. This year, an increase in home runs and walks allowed torched his value. Just 30 in November, Allen shouldn’t have a hard time finding a team willing to bet on a return to form. Perhaps his camp even prefers a one-year deal with an eye on reentering the market next season, but multiple years should still be possible if the goal is to take max dollars now.”Hammah’s Note - Cody Allen seems intriguing, from 2013-2017, Allen was consistently above average posting an ERA between 2.07 and 2.99. The home run rate is not the primary concern to me Ozzie Smith Jersey , but the increase in walks, reduction in strikeouts, and decline in velocity (94.3 to 93.5) is concerning to me. Unless there was an injury or a mechanical item the Astros see that makes him a good recovery project, My Vote - No ”40. Bud Norris – Indians. Two years, $12MM. Norris, 34 in March, has transitioned successfully from the rotation to the bullpen. This year for the Cardinals, he managed a 3.59 ERA, 10.5 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 1.25 HR/9, and 42.6 percent ground-ball rate in 57 2/3 innings, including 28 saves. His ERA sat at 2.85 in August 28th and ballooned after a rough week in September. Another factor to consider is that Norris is decidedly old school in the clubhouse, and was revealed as Mike Matheny’s bullpen monitor in Mark Saxon’s July story for The Athletic. A two-year deal seems likely.”Hammah’s note - Ohhh Bud Norris. From your statement saying “They are definitely the outcast of major league baseball right now, and it’s kind of frustrating for everyone else to have to watch it,” to your public criticism of the Singleton deal (he has to feel stupid about this now), to your mid-level results and advanced age. My Vote: Hard No. ”41. Brad Brach – Brewers. Two years, $12MM. Brach, 33 in April Albert Pujols Jersey , had success out of the Orioles’ bullpen with a 2.74 ERA and 9.5 K/9 from 2014-17. He even earned an All-Star nod in 2016. After a rough 39 innings to begin his 2018 campaign, Brach was traded to Atlanta. The top line result — a 1.52 ERA — was strong, but Brach’s peripheral stats didn’t support it. He remains a useful righty arm, but his stock took a hit in 2018.”Hammah’s Note - Another previously very solid relief pitcher that had a “rough” 2018. His performance over the past 5 years in the AL east, has been consistent and is in some ways very intriguing. The most concerning aspect to me is the loss in velocity, which generally is the beginning of the end. It is a low risk deal, but I don’t foresee the Astros actively spending money on the consistent middle of the road performer unless there is something they see that they can improve. ===================================================================So let me know your thoughts, who would you be interested in signing or even having me deep dive into their profile. It’s an item of note, that the Astros truly had one of the best bullpen’s in baseball and that did not seem to be driven by “luck”. While you never want to bank on consistent performance from Relievers, I have to believe most of us feel good going into next year, even with McHugh (or others) potentially converting back to the Rotation. Additionally, there are some excellent prospects in the minors, who deserve a chance to cut their teeth in the MLB. Five seconds hardly seems worth talking about, and in a way it’s not. Trimming the time between innings might save a minute or two over the length of a game, but the real heavy lifting toward solving baseball’s many issues is still to come.Eliminating one mound visit for the upcoming season isn’t going to suddenly make baseball America’s Pastime once again, either. America has moved on, even as a dedicated core of fans keeps baseball propped up and keeps profits flowing to owners.Actually, the changes announced Thursday in an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ union don’t do much of anything to make the game better in 2019. If anything, they are merely Rob Manfred’s way to show that he’s trying to do something — anything , really — to keep baseball from growing too stale.Still, it’s a start in a sport that in normal times resists changes like no other. And it’s a signal that there is a might just be a new willingness among owners and players to make the game great once again.Baby steps at best, but that’s what baseball is. Keeping things like they have been in the past is part of its charm and a big part of the reason it has been around and is still relevant after more than a century and a half.And, really, were you expecting more?Maybe next year when Manfred is free to introduce rules requiring relievers face at least three batters. Maybe a few years from now after issues like the shift and the declining number of balls put in play are finally tackled.Hopefully never when it comes to the DH, which has no place in the National League despite the best efforts of the union to get it implemented.The agreement announced Thursday was unprecedented if only because both management and the union found enough common ground to make a deal. That it got made was groundbreaking in a way because the two sides rarely agree on anything, but the reason it got made was largely because neither side was forced to give up muchThe owners got superficial changes that will make it look like they’re trying to speed up the game. The union got a chance to reopen contract negotiations, three years before the current collective bargaining agreement expires.That’s important for players because they took their eye off the ball in the last negotiations. While they asked for things like more days off and private chefs in every clubhouse, owners got increases in the luxury tax that prompted more teams to cut veterans who cost them money and chilled the free agent market.Beginning contract talks not even halfway through the current agreement doesn’t mean players will get the changes they want or that there will be labor peace beyond 2021. But it does mean both sides can begin exchanging ideas that might lead toward a longer agreement.“How things manifest themselves moving forward remains to be seen,” union chief Tony Clark said.Under the agreement, breaks between innings will be five seconds shorter this season and teams will be allowed only five visits to the mound each game without a pitching change instead of six. The union agreed not to fight new rules that make a reliever face at least three batters or end an inning next year, while owners agreed not to try and implement a pitching clock until 2022 at the earliest.Again, baby steps. But baseball fans should cheer the fact the two sides are at least talking so baseball doesn’t get sucked into the labor disputes that ruined the sport for many fans in the 1990s.What comes next will determine just how serious players and owners are in making desperately needed changes to the game itself.The bigger problems have little to do with the length of time between innings or how many conferences are held on the mound. They have everything to do with the way baseball is being played in the analytical age, which is the greatest threat facing the game.Starting pitching has been devalued, as has batting average. The front office doesn’t care if players strike out three times a game, as long as they can produce an occasional home run. There are long breaks between balls put into play, and the shift not only looks out of place but artificially limits hitting chances.Shaving five seconds off the break between innings doesn’t change that. Neither does taking away one trip to the mound.The good news is the conversation has officially been started. There seems to be a growing realization that baseball is in a funk and needs to find a way out.But save the cheering until someone hits a home run.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or

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