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 Post subject: Robins Roundup 2033/1
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:58 pm 
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"Writing was on the Wall", Flores Opts Out


Just days after the Brooklyn Robins decided to change course and resign Enrique Salazar (6/5/8/4/7 Ratings), another Robins outfielder decides it's time to look for a new team. Francisco Flores (6/7/6/6/6 Ratings) came to Brooklyn just two winters ago. The Robins were in need of a center fielder. They felt the best two options were Flores and Francisco Chacon. So they gave similar offers to both, hoping that one of them might bite before the vultures swooped in. Chacon was the first to give his John Hancock. With one of the targets in the bag, Brooklyn decided to keep the offer to Flores on the table. With no better offers to be found, Flores too, joined the Robins.

Flores thrived in Brooklyn's platoon heavy system. He made his 2nd career all star appearance in 2031 while posting a .296/.401/.506 line. His defense continued to slip in center. Fortunately the Robins other Francisco was capable of holding down that spot. So Flores shifted to the right where his defense went from being a negative to a positive. He even finished in third place in the comeback player of the year voting. It wasn't all roses during Francisco Flores (6/7/6/6/6 Ratings)' tenure in the borough of homes and churches. In 2031, he missed 5 weeks due to various injuries and was suspended for starting a brawl. 2032 was more of the same as Flores was on the DL for roughly 10 weeks. His stats regressed some even though he was still adequately productive(306/.387/.463).

The Robins never soured on Flores. He was always meant to be a stopgag. Henry Rectenberg (7/6/7/7/6 Ratings) and Harold Smith (7/8/7/4/8 Ratings) are ready to take over the bulk of the playing time in the corner outfield. The resigning of Enrique Salazar (6/5/8/4/7 Ratings) put the final nail in the coffin.

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"The writing was on the wall" Flores said. "There are only three outfield positions and like 4-5 other left handed bats. If I decided to stay, I'd probably be traded anyway. Id rather decide where I get to play."

Francisco Chacon, on the other hand, decided to continue his written deal with the Robins and not opt out. He is due to make $5.8 million next season. The Robins do hold a buyout though. They can void the contract for $3 million. No word yet on what they plan to do. All told, the Robins have close to $20 million to work with this winter and $40-45 million in cap space. Red Robin Park at Ebbets Field is scheduled to get some more seating before opening day and fan interest is at an all time high right now. The team is still weighing the pros and cons of resigning Fernando Moreno (7/5/10/8/6 Ratings) or using that money on pitching. A meeting has been scheduled with Moreno's agent and the two sides are expected to play hardball this week.

Alan Ehlers
GM of the Brooklyn Robins

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