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2024 Season | Series #5 | Yankees @ Guardians | April 12-14, 2024

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As all American League games have concluded, the Guardians rank second in both runs per game (Baltimore)and fewest runs given up per game (KC).

Only KC has a wider run differential.
 
Not me. Long term contracts always come with risks, especially for a player with no position flexibility. But I see Josh having a monster year and any chance we had of keeping him beyond 2025 will be gone. And it will be a shame.
I'm thinking that if Nails and Kwan were gonna be extended, it would have happened by now.
 
What a thriller. Im proud of these guys. They dont quit. Something to build on with a young team
 
I'm thinking that if Nails and Kwan were gonna be extended, it would have happened by now.

Not sure about Kwan. He's not a free agent until 2028. Naylor will be a free agent after next season.
 
Not me. Long term contracts always come with risks, especially for a player with no position flexibility. But I see Josh having a monster year and any chance we had of keeping him beyond 2025 will be gone. And it will be a shame.
There is no denying the hitting ability, but you have to bring into question his ability to stay healthy and mobile. This is why I wish he was in better shape. Well that and he could help us in the OF if he were 30lbs lighter and I don't believe it would have a negative effect on his hitting. He would be closer to his little brother's weight and build.

My concern is if he is struggling with his weight now then what does the security of a longterm contract do to his lack of discipline. I don't want to sound negative or degrading toward Josh. I love his hitting ability and his hard nosed play, but if I'm investing millions of dollars into a player as a small market team then I'd be concerned.

Cleveland has some leverage and he goes by the name of Bo. I firmly believe that he'd like to continue to play with his brother.
 
Josh is in a Catch 22 situation. If he has a 40 HR/125 RBI year he would price himself out of what the G's would be comfortable with. Closer to 25-28 HR/90-100 RBI and the club would probably want the roster flexibility and bet Manzardo could reach those numbers in '27 at 1/10 the cost.

The wild card is getting a 3 or 4 year team-friendly deal (until his age 31-32 years) with Bo in town.
 
There is no denying the hitting ability, but you have to bring into question his ability to stay healthy and mobile. This is why I wish he was in better shape. Well that and he could help us in the OF if he were 30lbs lighter and I don't believe it would have a negative effect on his hitting. He would be closer to his little brother's weight and build.

My concern is if he is struggling with his weight now then what does the security of a longterm contract do to his lack of discipline. I don't want to sound negative or degrading toward Josh. I love his hitting ability and his hard nosed play, but if I'm investing millions of dollars into a player as a small market team then I'd be concerned.
Josh's weight issue (officially at 250 at age 26) reminds me of Pablo Sandoval (official weight was 268). He was above average 123 OPS+ through his age 27 stint with the Giants, signed a free agent contract with the Red Sox and had a 85 OPS+ through his last substantial playing time at age 32 back with the Giants. Fighting nagging or substantial injuries every year.

If Josh is hitting like prime Pronk you take that risk. If he is hitting like Kung Fu Panda, not as much.
 
I think the powers that be are in wait and see mode when it comes to extending Josh. It'll take more than a good performance season to lure them into a longterm commitment. He'll have next offseason to demonstrate to them that he means business is my best guess.
 
Crawford looks sharp...as expected.

Hes got that short arm motion...kinda like Ken Hill, later in his career when we picked him up for the stretch run in 1995.
 
X is throwing a lot harder in the second.

Two Ks and a grounder.
 

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