August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat
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11:37
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11:58
alright, let's do this!
Crazy Buck Martinez
11:58
Please give me some good reasons not to be terrified of the Red Sox next year.
august fagerstrom
11:59
incredible bullpen, ace starter, Mookie Betts + Xander Bogaerts, and Hanley and Sandoval can't possibly be worse
if I were a Red Sox fan, I'd be feeling pretty good about this year
Matt
12:00
If the White Sox were to sign Upton or Cespedes and trade for Frazier, would that make this legit contenders? Or would it be smarter for them to hold onto their top prospects and go after someone who would cost as much as Frazier (Lawrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, etc.)?
august fagerstrom
12:01
is there any indication the White Sox are in on any of those guys?
they just have way too many holes to be considered a contender
JW
12:01
Your thoughts on Steamer's relatively pessimistic view of JD Martinez next year...
august fagerstrom
12:02
guys like Martinez are tough, because he was bad for nearly as long as he's been great, and Steamer can't know about his swing changes, so it's got little reason to believe in the last 2 years moreso than the first 3, beyond that they're more recent. so it throws its hands up and assumes league average.
career average*
given what we know about Martinez's transformation though, it's safe to take the over on that
Spencer00
12:03
How much does it cost the Nats to extend Bryce??
august fagerstrom
12:03
not worth thinking about because Scott Boras isn
...isn't letting that happen
Cory S.
12:04
Best bullpen rebuild so far? Red Sox, A's, Nats, or other?
august fagerstrom
12:04
well the A's just went from "the worst" to "probably average or better"
12:05
the Red Sox might have the best bullpen in baseball, so I'll say them
the Nats aren't done yet. Kelley and Perez are fine additions but we need to wait until they deal Storen and/or Papelbon before we evaluate
Kyle
12:05
Thoughts on the Gyorko?Jay trade?
august fagerstrom
12:05
kinda weird but with the reported money involved it makes more sense
12:06
Gyorko's kind of a weird fit in STL but depth is important and he could probably help Wong's productivity by giving him some time off vs. LHP
Kyle
12:06
Has there been any release of the potential prospects the reds get for chapman?
august fagerstrom
12:07
deal appears to be on hold now after last night
last night's allegations*. I'd imagine if anything even gets done at all it's a Matt Kemp situation where it takes a couple weeks
Dan
12:08
As a Cubs fan should I want to keep Soler, Baez, or both? I'm enamored with Soler.
august fagerstrom
12:08
I'd want to keep Soler, wouldn't mind moving Baez
all depends on the return though. I don't think the Cubs need another top of the rotation starter as much as the FO seems to think they do
Jackson
12:09
Where do the Red Sox turn next after the Wade Miley deal? Can they feel confident with Joe Kelly in the rotation?
august fagerstrom
12:09
he's not going to kill you as a 5th starter, and maybe you think there's still some upside there. and it might not have to be Joe Kelly. Elias or Owens or Johnson are in the mix too
Doctor Doom
12:10
Given the market for starting pitching this offseason, what kind of return should Cleveland fans expect when they (inevitably) trade one of their young cost controlled arms? Any teams match up particularly well?
august fagerstrom
12:10
I don't think it's inevitable, in fact I think it's unlikely, but I wrote about this last week wrt to Carrasco
The Dude
12:10
I thought that this years crop of FAs would be the one of the deepest we'd see in years. Then I realized that in 2018-2019 offseason, Harvey, Machado, Harper, Donaldson, Mccutchen, Fernandez. Hosmer and Davis will all be FAs (assuming no extensions). So will Kershaw and Price if they opt out of their contracts.
august fagerstrom
12:11
and then Trout the next year, right? or maybe it's 2020
yeah stove will never stop burning
Alex
12:11
What's going to happen with Alex Guerrero this year?
august fagerstrom
12:12
probably something similar as this year? he has that weird contract where he can't be optioned without his permission and can also elect free agency at year's end if he's traded, so his contract kind of keeps him on the roster
12:13
and last year's stat line looks about right. power, no discipline, kinda always out of position
he's an odd case
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