August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 1/13/16
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august fagerstrom
12:47
we've seen enough of Starlin Castro to probably know roughly what he is
but there's no reason he couldn't put up a 115 wRC+ again and play good second base defense
Norm MacDonald Colonel Sanders
12:48
How you like my chicken, son?
august fagerstrom
12:48
think I've had KFC maybe once or twice in my life
Norm MacDonald's comedy >>>>>> fried chicken
one of the funniest people ever. so underrated
JZ
12:48
Does Cleveland have enough money for Austin Jackson?
august fagerstrom
12:49
I HAVE to imagine that if they really wanted Austin Jackson they could go get him
then again it's Cleveland
Neil
12:50
The pirates brass pretty much said at their mini-camp that they are planning on having cole and Liriano pitch normal workloads but are going to use multi-inning relievers in tandem with their 3-5 guys because that plan (to limit guys to 90 or so pitches) worked very well with JA Happ. do you think this is a viable strategy or will it blow up in their faces?
august fagerstrom
12:50
the key to executing this is having strong bullpen depth in the high minors
the reason we haven't seen more of this strategy is the grind will wear down relievers
Craig in Chicago
12:51
Any chance BAL really deals Gausman? Guy is such a stud!
august fagerstrom
12:51
I wouldn't be surprised by it all. The way they've handled him so far is so strange, it would be a fitting ending
And, while I agree that he's a very exciting and still-promising young talent, his ML performance to date doesnt exactly scream stud quite yet
Jason
12:52
What do you make of Ian Kennedy's HR (and hence ERA) spike last season? KC seems to be closing in on signing him. The K suppresses home runs big time. Rebound candidate in KC or beginning of the end for a 30+ year old?
august fagerstrom
12:52
surprised by Kansas City's interest in him
Gallardo makes more sense IMO
the K does suppress home runs, yeah, but Kennedy is coming from PETCO, after all
12:53
last year's HR/FB% was fluky, for sure, but when you give up bombs, you give up bombs
12:54
I'd expect a rebound in the sense of "he won't be as bad as he was last year," but a reasonable expectation would be a totally average (4 ERA) innings eater who has a pretty nasty floor
Zonk
12:55
Shouldn't the Rockies have a trade lined-up BEFORE signing Parra? Seems like they lost some leverage by clearly having too many OF. Cubs clearly had Castro trade done BEFORE signing Zobrist, which was the right way to do it, IMO....
august fagerstrom
12:55
Yeah, I thought about this yesterday
12:56
Especially given how flawed all those outfielders are. I don't think teams will necessarily be pressing to acquire any of them, and if the Rockies don't lower asking prices, there's no reason they couldn't just say "Fine, keep all 4"
Ben Lindbergh
12:56
You don't like FiveThirtyEight?
august fagerstrom
12:56
yeah, Rob Arthur and now of course Ben are awesome
TY
12:58
Closer predictions for COL or MIL? Any guys you like or feel will win the jobs?
august fagerstrom
12:58
Will Smith is interesting in MIL. He's kind of had a LOOGY label throughout his career but hasn't ran a discernible platoon split and was actually better against righties last year
12:59
Jeremy Jeffress might be the more logical candidate, with Smith remaining a matchup guy
they don't have much else in the way of quality lefties, so you might wanna keep Smith's role flexible
1:00
as for Colorado, seems like Motte?
"closer experience"
he's not been very good though. strikeout rate is alarming. Justin Miller might be the best option, he had great peripherals last season. But I'd bet on Motte getting it to start the year
GSon
1:01
Two deals.. Atlanta & Cleveland: Markakis for Rob Kaminsky and Colorado & Cleveland: Carlos Gonzalez for Carlos Santana.. Which one (or both of these deals) would make sense?
august fagerstrom
1:01
second one makes no sense for Cleveland
something like the first one could make sense
1:02
Markakis is also only a marginal upgrade over what Cleveland already has. they're probably not looking to move a prospect for that little of an improvement
Joe
1:02
Why is no one talking about Justin Morneau?
august fagerstrom
1:03
35-year-old league-average hitters with injury problems who can only play first base aren't super enticing
philly rocks
1:03
Are my PHILS going to find enough ABs for Ruf to make an impact? He's a 30 HR guy waiting to happen with enough plate appearances.
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