2017 Trade Deadline Day Chat
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Travis Sawchik
12:45
Now is the time to be looking at those bullpen depth charts
Jake
12:45
I don't get the love for Britton right now. He's not the same pitcher as last year, coming off an injury, and is pitching like something is bothering him. Would much rather have Hand.
Travis Sawchik
12:46
I think there is probably a pretty robust market for Hand at the moment ....Britton involves more uncertainty
Tony
12:46
If the Rangers want 1 of Verdugo/Buehler for Darvish/Claudio, and you're willing to do it (as LA)... don't you first call Billy Beane and see how much more it would cost to get Gray/Coulombe instead?
Travis Sawchik
12:47
I would. I'd rather have Darvish RoS but Gray has the control
CamdenWarehouse
12:47
Am I imagining that the deadline used to be midnight and not 4:00, maybe 10 years ago or so?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
It used to be midnight .... 4 pm allows it to be more of a spectator sport
Why not a prime time deadline at 9 pm?
(Sorry for that suggestion every MLB beat writer)
Robbie
12:49
Seems like your piece contradicts some other articles out of 538 and I want to say something here, but can't find it. While I think all agree that the added 5% now isn't necessarily moving the needle, it's best to bank on what you have now rather than what you might have later:
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/should-your-team-buy-or-sell-at-t...
Travis Sawchik
12:49
That's one way to look at it ... But if you look at each postseason as something of a roll of the dice, I'd prefer to have as many rolls (future competitive seasons) as possible
12:50
I believe Cueto in '15 is the only "good" starting pitcher to be moved at the deadline who went on to be part of a WS winning team in the last 20 years. I think you can often do more harm than good in buying
Carl
12:51
When JD Martinez or Lucroy get traded for next to nothing, is there a relation to there upcoming free agency? Is that a sign that maybe they wont get as much as they hoped?
Travis Sawchik
12:51
I don't think Lucroy had much value ... and his acquisition by the Rangers last year is an example of the risk in buying an expensive item at the deadline. In a sense, all players are prospects in carrying unknowns ... even MLers
Nelson
12:52
Does every minor leaguer get super nervous on deadline day?
Travis Sawchik
12:52
Hmmm. Probably depends on how the see their path to ML playing time
Lucy
12:53
Before I get ready for field goal practice, has this deadline shown that replacing me in a corner outfield spot is likely going to be dirt cheap in future years?
Travis Sawchik
12:54
Pretty interesting how little value is being placed there. Certainly one of the easier positions to fill, but it's almost too undervalued at this point
Dub
12:55
so you believe in 2017 Lucroy more than 2016 Lucroy?
Travis Sawchik
12:55
He's been in decline. Could he turn it around? I suppose. But I worry about where the bat and glove are trending. He was such a great player
12:56
I've just been informed that Dave Cameron, the main act, will be taking over at 1 pm est
JTT
12:57
Minor leaguers usually get traded to bad teams, bad teams get you to the big leagues faster. I'd be stoked to get traded to the pihllies right about now
Travis Sawchik
12:57
I think most MiLBers would be OK with trades
Fangraphs Reader
12:58
Do you guys do a motivational speech a la Independence Day every morning of Trade Deadline Day? I like to imagine so.
Travis Sawchik
12:58
I suppose we could all get on Skype earlier in the day
CamdenWarehouse
12:59
9:00 means that we don't have to ignore work to follow it
Travis Sawchik
12:59
The US probably losses a several million in worker productivity due to the 4 pm trade deadline
Peter
12:59
So there's lot of talk about the Yankees, but whats the chance they don't make another trade here today and be happy with their bullpen and not pay the heavy price for starter? 60+%?
Travis Sawchik
1:00
I don't see the Yankees doing something insane. ('Stupid' as Huntington described back in 2013 in today's piece, possible). But I think their bid to build a super pen can also be looked at as something of a hedge if they can't upgrade their rotation .
It's plausible they win the division without adding a Gray or Darvish
Jr.
1:01
Are people hesitant to trade with the Padres after the shaddy dealings of the last couple of seasons?
Travis Sawchik
1:01
I don't know how each team would view this, but I don't think it would preclude a deal. If, say, Hand helps your bullpen and like the offer you are still going to accept terms
Dave Cameron
1:02
Pretty sure he won't go to the Red Sox though...
(Hi everyone)
Travis Sawchik
1:02
The main act has arrived!
Thanks for the Qs everyone
Dave Cameron
1:02
Or the circus clown, depending on your perspective.
1:03
Thanks to Travis for holding down the first hour.
I'll stick around for a bit until something happens that requires some writing.
Travis Sawchik
1:03
Dave, I will be available in case of emergency or a Sonny Gray trade
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