In which we pick apart our options http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , by position" rankings done previously. The infield is not so much a single unit, and so it makes more sense to break things down by possible candidates at each position. There’s no way, for example, that Alex Avila is going to compete with Nick Ahmed for the shortstop position. So, I’ve taken each spot and listed the potential candidates at each position, with fairly loose rules to qualify - basically, did they start at that position last year more than once? However, there have been some executive exceptions granted to that rule, e.g. Jake Lamb is a candidate for first base. [He did actually start there twice in 2015, which I’d completely forgotten]Catcher6.1 Carson Kelly8.6 Alex Avila10.1 John Ryan Murphy12.6 Daulton Varsho13.3 Tyler HeinemanN/R Caleb JosephIt doesn’t seem that fandom is exactly enthusiastic about any of the options, none of them making the top five of our infielders. However, new arrival Kelly gets the benefit of the doubt, having been blocked by some Yadier guy in St. Louis.Despite a horrific start to the season, Avila is still rated above Murphy, who overall was ranked behind two players yet to appear in the majors (Chisholm and Cron). It would have been interesting to see where new new arrival Joseph ranked, relative to the other three, but news of his signing only came out yesterday morning. First base3.3 Jake Lamb4.5 Wilmer Flores7.5 Christian Walker9.7 Kevin Cron14.8 Wyatt MathisenLamb would appear to be the best bet for the team here, and it’s a position which should help mitigate his defensive issues. That said, Lamb has cut back on the errors considerably over the last three seasons, basically cutting the rate in half at third (F% going from .945 in 2016 to .977 in 2018). The expected move to first is as much about keeping his bat in the line-up. He’ll also need to prove he is fully over the left arm problems which hampered him in 2018. How well he hits left-handed pitching is also a big question: if there’s still no improvement on previous seasons, then we can expect to see Flores and/or Walker get more of the starts at first vs. LHP. Second base4.5 Wilmer Flores11.8 Ildemaro Vargas12.2 Domingo Leyba13.4 Kelby Tomlinson14.6 Andy Young14.8 Wyatt Mathisen15.2 Juniel QuerecutoWith Ketel Marte probably moving to center field (though some recent comments from Torey Lovullo suggest this may not be as certain as it seemed a month or so ago), that appears to open up second for Flores. That’s going to be interesting: he made just six starts their last year, and ten the season before that Drew Smyly Jersey , as part of a career total of 77. Throw in Marte and Lamb, and we could have three-eighths of our starting line-up on any given night, playing positions at which they have very limited major-league experience. It’s going to be a challenge for our coaches this year, to keep Arizona’s defense in the “above average” spot where it ranked overall last season.Shortstop2.0 Eduardo Escobar2.1 Nick Ahmed9.0 Jazz Chisholm11.8 Ildemaro Vargas12.2 Domingo Leyba13.4 Kelby Tomlinson15.2 Juniel QuerecutoBased on the result, this might be the area where our depth is most questionable. Escobar is going to be elsewhere, and although Ahmed was rated almost as highly, there’s a steep drop-off behind him. And while Chisholm is potentially the future at the position, he hasn’t seen a pitch above High-A. This leaves us with Vargas as the highest-ranked backup in this exercise, just ahead of Leyba. There’s not much confidence shown in Tomlinson’s experience, despite him recently being Steve Gilbert’s pick to make the Opening Day roster, in front of the two young prospects. Third base2.0 Eduardo Escobar3.3 Jake Lamb4.5 Wilmer Flores9.7 Kevin Cron13.4 Kelby Tomlinson14.6 Andy Young14.8 Wyatt Mathisen15.2 Juniel QuerecutoFinally, we have the hot corner, where Escobar topped all infielders in our poll, and is seen as the best player we have. With him being a switch-hitter and not excessively sharp in terms of platoon splits (35 OPS points better against left-handed pitchers), it seems reasonable to assume that he’ll be close to an everyday player. He does have some positional flexibility, so it’s possible against right-handed pitching, he moves to shortstop with Lamb going back across the diamond. However, it is worth noting that Lamb is only “true” left-handed infield bat on the 40-man roster. Escobar, Leyba and Vargas are all switch-hitters, along with Querecuto. Something on which to keep an eye, perhaps.Predicting the Opening Day infieldHaving told us who you think should be on the roster, we’re going to do the same as we did with the bullpen. Tell us who you think will be on the roster, bearing in mind factors such as player options and roster needs Brandon Morrow Jersey , rather than purely player quality. You can either fill in the embedded version of the form below, or click on the link. I threw Caleb Joseph - whom I keep wanting to call Carson Kelly, for some reason! - into the list, just for amusement. We’ll collate the answers and review the results in a couple of days. Link to form Tolerate him or hate him, Bedrock is going to stay on this roster forever."So... Blake Parker just signed with the Minnesota Twins for $3.2 million. That’s cool, I suppose. He was projected to make right around that had the Angels chosen to tender him a contract, but the front office has elected to direct those funds toward a more worthy reliever instead. Cam Bedrosian will be tendered a contract, and the deadline for each sides’ respective figures is January 11th. This gives the parties ample time to hash out a lifetime contract for the legendary bullpen arm. A contract of such magnitude is unprecedented for a player so early in their career as a major leaguer, even one as incredible and game-changing as Cam. It is important, then, tokeep in mind that much of this will need to be speculative. Here is a cursory glance at a few factors that we considered when figuring the amount of leverage both sides have in a mega-deal that keeps the 2010 first-rounder in Anaheim where he rightfully belongs.He is going into his Age 27 season. This dude is right in the middle of his prime and we have the chance to lock him up for all time!He has three years of arbitration left and is projected for 1.7 million in 2019.He is from Georgia, and you just know that the Braves would love to steal yet another top pitcher from us.The Yankees exist and are always in the game when it comes to competition for top free agents. Plus, he’s been cutting his fastball usage and elevating his slider usage! It's safe to say that Cashman would pounce on an opportunity like that.Bedrosian knows where his strengths lie, and this guy managed to limit his infield hit rate to a miniscule 3.5% in 2018! He’s going to want to get every cent out of that type of performance!From June 1st through July 11th in 2018, he raised his stock into the exosphere! He allowed only 1 run across 18.1 innings. If you take that rate across 17 runs allowed, he would have pitched 308 innings. What a freaking workhorse!Let’s start by examining player similarity scores and go from there.Baseball-Reference.comI must admit, I’m not exactly a history buff, so sometimes I see all-time greats like the above and don’t recognize the name. It’s embarrassing, but I had to look up Braden Looper’s page.It did not disappoint.Though his career was tragically cut short due to collusion from the Cubs and Father Time after his age 34 season, Looper was the real deal. He had a 4.15 ERA in the National League during the height of Barry Bonds’ second peak, so when you adjust for the era, he probably would have only given up 1 earned run per 9 innings! He ended up with approximately 24,476 http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey ,000 dollars over the course of his ephemeral career, which was mostly just peak years, to be honest. When adjusting for inflation, that number gets higher. This will help us figure Bedrosian’s final tally.So let’s do some calculations.Bedrosian is estimated to earn about 1.7 million this year. What a steal. If he continues the same phenomenal play he has thus far produced, he will likely be somewhere around 2.3 million in 2020 and 3 million in 2021. Thus, a little over 7 million buys out his arb years. Assuming that Bedrosian will need some serious moolah to be swayed to stay with Arte given the tough competition vying for the righty Rembrandt, the dough is going to start ramping up after this. During Looper’s age 30-34 seasons, he earned around 19 million. We can assume that Bedrosian will not suffer the same pitfalls Looper did prior to his age 30 season though because he is our foundation and our rock, and we can trust him. Thus, after adjusting for inflation, we can probably assume around 50 million would be a fair price. We know this for two reasons:His estimated arbitration numbers are around 1.5 times Looper’s. Looper’s age 30 season set him back quite a bit in terms of finances, and we can safely bet that no setbacks will be experienced during Bedrosian’s tenure as an Angel. He is a model of consistency.A fair price isn’t going to buy loyalty though. Bedrosian will expect restitution for the bought-out arbitration years. The Evil Empire is just a call away, after all. Let’s bump the number up to 65 million paid out during this time frame for the greatest setup guy of a setup guy of this or any generation.Typically in larger contracts like these, the pay does not go down as the player’s dance with degeneration increases its tempo. Bedrosian is not a dumb man however, and his agent is no less intelligent. He is fully aware that the pay up to this point is going to keep him in Anaheim for the rest of his playing days. No one will match these numbers, and he certainly does not want to hit free agency at age 35. It is now time to ease off the gas and secure a living for his great grandchildren.Through the last eight years of his lifetime deal (through age 42), he will take a steady decline in pay, receiving an average of 2 million less per year, resulting in an additional 64 million earned.Here is a table of his projected salary should he take a lifetime deal with the Angels.Looks solid and completely unlike a pattern which would have been done for simplicity’s sake.136 million over 16 years at an 8.5M AAV. Hard to argue with that.