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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/8/20

The Cubs’ potential Sinclair blackout; the Angels’ lackluster offseason; 2020 bounce-back candidates

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: The Cubs have a new TV deal with Sinclair and a new network in the Marquee Network, but that doesn’t mean every Chicago-area home will have access to the games. Sinclair has yet to make a deal with Comcast/Xfinity, the largest TV provider that serves ~1.5 million households. The two sides will play chicken, but it could be bad news if it isn’t resolved by Opening Day.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: The Angels at one point this offseason had a real shot to make a massive jump in their standing. They signed Anthony Rendon, sure, but they also needed to fill the glaring hole(s) in the rotation. Instead they only signed Julio Teheran, and whiffed on pretty much every minor or major free agent pitcher, from Jordan Lyles to Gerrit Cole. That’s a huge indictment against their offseason, and now nearly a decade into the era, they have still yet to win a playoff game with Mike Trout.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): It’s simple enough, but some players’ projections mean that they could very well bounce back in 2020. One is Vlad Guerrero Jr., who had a disappointing debut but is almost certain to improve at his age and talent level. Another is José Ramírez, who had a massive drop-off and injuries but has basically been a five-win player beforehand, to name a couple.