2017 Trade Deadline Day Chat
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Eminor3rd
2:34
Any team (buyer or seller) that you think is botching the deadline season currently?
Paul Swydan
2:34
I haven't stepped back enough to decide this yet, sorry.
Anon
2:34
Who polishes the marble lobby at Fangraphs HQ?
Paul Swydan
2:35
As if. If we had an HQ, I'd rather have a nacho fountain in the break room than a marble lobby.
Jerry DiPoto
2:35
Wow, Teoscar Hernandez was included in that Liriano deal. That seems like a very steep price for the Astros to pay for Liriano. Teoscar can be a legit decent  MLB outfielder
Paul Swydan
2:36
I mean, Hernandez might be good, but he's a 24-year-old outfielder who is hitting worse in his second stint at Triple-A. Let's not get too carried away.
John
2:36
I've seen nothing on Jhouyls Chacin. He's put up great numbers the last two months, surprised I haven't even seen a mention on him today.  Very similar numbers to Jaime Garcia, but yes he's not a lefty.
Paul Swydan
2:37
Chacin has even less of a consistent track record than Garcia, and has also had his share of medical issues. Not surprised there are no rumors on him.
Bo
2:37
Braves ought to be selling anything not bolted down... Right?
Paul Swydan
2:38
I think so, but they also have tickets in a new ballpark to sell, and the football team just went to the Super Bowl. If they sell off everything now, well, training camp is already open and tickets for *that* are also on sale. So, I get it.
HappyFunBall
2:38
If FG were a real outfit, you'd have a nacho fountain in the break room, and the break room would have a marble floor.
Paul Swydan
2:38
That'd be the day.
CamdenWarehouse
2:38
Does Carson cook the nachos?
Paul Swydan
2:38
Please no.
Anon
2:38
I was loiking at prospect busts the other day and a disproportionate number of them were 3B prospects. Could it be that players who can't really defend enough for tge middle infield positions or mash enough for the corners get stuck there?  Maybe someone wants to look at that for an article idea.
Paul Swydan
2:39
I think the bottom line is that because it's in the middle of the defensive spectrum, you have to both hit well AND field well to stay there long-term, and it's honestly not a skill set that a lot of players have, which thereby leads to more busts.
Kosch
2:39
Legit Decent is an oxymoron.   Stros have Springer / Reddick / Fisher (who is better than Teoscar) and Marisnick as the supersub defensive replacement
Paul Swydan
2:40
Right, Hernandez was obviously not cracking that OF.
Pine Marten
2:40
You play OOTP? Seems like a day to mess with fictional trade scenarios if there ever was one.
Paul Swydan
2:40
I don't. I used to play Scoresheet, but that's not the same thing.
Babe Lincoln
2:40
Why do you assume the Mets were too cheap to pay for Reed's contract?  Just because they didn't do so?  There's a report that the Sox actually preferred to pay Reed themselves and lower the prospect cost (https://www.sny.tv/mets/news/mets-to-trade-addison-reed-to-red-sox-for... to fight that if you're the Mets, no?
Paul Swydan
2:40
Really, the TV station that the Mets own says that the Red Sox really wanted to pay for Reed's salary? There's a shocker.
2:41
Actions speak louder than words. The Mets were already on the hook for his salary. If they wanted to pay for it, they would have.
Other teams besides Boston wanted Reed.
Sad Giants fan
2:41
Can you provide any hope for this sad Giants fan?
Paul Swydan
2:41
You get to watch one of the best catchers of all-time on a regular basis?
toki
2:41
So Eno is running the bar?
Paul Swydan
2:42
Only the beer part of the bar. Carson or someone else would do the mixed drinks.
Blue
2:42
A lot of teams seem hesitant to make otherwise beneficial trades because their fans demand they "win" them. Would we see a lot more trades if there weren't thousands of us watching and waiting to criticize every detail of every move?
Paul Swydan
2:43
No, I don't think that's it. I think teams are now hesitant to make trades because of the cost of trading for a rental for the possibility of having only one more game -- the Wild Card Game.
A. Reitz
2:43
This trade deadline stinks and I know there's all the hooplah about "X" team doesn't need "Y" player but, teams go for it every year. Something seems off about this one.
Paul Swydan
2:43
Just a down year. Lot of races are already decided.
USA
2:44
The Mooch is out, does he clear waivers?
Paul Swydan
2:44
This is the second time someone said that, and it looks like it's true. Not that I want to bog us down in politics, but WOW, that was fast.
Well-Beered Englishman
2:44
*provides the beer*
Theo
2:44
If you were given total control over the O's, what would you do?
Paul Swydan
2:46
I would have Manny Machado and his family out to my vacation home for the weekend, and have a heart-to-heart with him about his long-term plans. If he is dead set on going to free agency, I'd thank him for his loyal service to the organization and let him know that we're going to trade him and start our rebuild.
But if he wants to stay, I'd sign him, dig in, and figure out how to stay competitive.
Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe
2:46
Who at Fangraphs is most likely to order something with kale?
Paul Swydan
2:46
Eno? I dunno, I like kale.
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