Chasing The Storm 2036-6 An Offseason Preview

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Chasing The Storm 2036-6 An Offseason Preview

Post by njherdfan » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:13 am

As the Seattle Storm head in to a pivotal offseason, as they hope to build on their 2036 success, they find themselves facing a number of questions. For now, the most important question is this: what's going to happen this off-season, and what can the Storm do to improve their team?

Seattle fans got the news they had long been dreading this past weekend, when Jesus Gonzalez announced that he will be opting out of his contract to test the free agent market. Gonzalez was Seattle's top position player this past season, and he recently won a Diamond Glove award to cap his terrific 2036. While he has not indicated what he plans to do next, sources speculate that he will command top dollar, and it's unclear if Seattle will be able to offer what he wants. Ramiro Marino has also opted out of his contract, but Seattle fans are less distraught; Marino never entirely panned out in Seattle, and Seattle has a number of competent outfielders.

If Gonzalez leaves, it's unclear what Seattle do next. Jose Cortez is Seattle's top offensive prospect, and he plays third base, but it would be unfiar for the Storm to put Cortez in the starting lineup and immediately expect the same type of production that Gonzalez provided. Seattle might also look to the free agent market for a new third baseman.

Seattle will have some money to use this offseason, but they must also be mindful that a number of Seattle's best young players will be due for significant extensions in the near future, so it's likely that Storm GM Nathan Eagan will want to maintain financial flexibility. While Eagan has not indicated what Seattle's top offseason priorities are, a number of league sources have speculated that Seattle will hope to strengthen its bullpen.
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Re: Chasing The Storm 2036-6 An Offseason Preview

Post by RonCo » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:12 pm

Gonzalez will be a fun case to watch. His performance is stronger than his ratings. At 31/32, this is probably his big FA year. But with the talent that will be there, how long will he last, and what will his actual demand be?
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Re: Chasing The Storm 2036-6 An Offseason Preview

Post by njherdfan » Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:52 pm

RonCo wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:12 pm
Gonzalez will be a fun case to watch. His performance is stronger than his ratings. At 31/32, this is probably his big FA year. But with the talent that will be there, how long will he last, and what will his actual demand be?
It's a good question. I kinda think last year was more of an outlier for him than anything we can expect in the future, but it only takes 1 GM to disagree...
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