August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat
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Kevin
12:13
Most random person that you have encounteted at the meetings thus far?
august fagerstrom
12:13
I actually didn't make it down to the Opryland yesterday. we've rented a house a mile or so away and Jeff and I ended up writing at the house for most of the day before dinner. Planning on heading down today though
The Dude
12:14
Alright, time to address the elephant in the room: Thoughts on Shawn Kelly signing with Nationals?
august fagerstrom
12:14
it's something
the Nats needed to do something with their bullpen, they've done a couple somethings and will do a couple more somethings
12:15
not sure how much there is to say, really. Kelley was really good last year and less good in previous years, and he's 32
Marc H.
12:15
With the Kimbrel and Carson Smith trades, some are comparing the potential 2016 Red Sox bullpen to the Royals bullpen of the last few years. But that seems to count on a reliable Koji Uehara. What can fans reasonably expect from a 41 year old who missed a significant chunk of last season?
august fagerstrom
12:16
thing about the Red Sox pen is even if Uehara misses time, you've still got Smith in the 8th and Tazawa in the 7th leading into Kimbrel and that still stacks up with about any team in baseball
and Uehara's suffered no performance decline, either
Doctor Doom
12:16
Ozuna or Bauer. Who hangs up first?
august fagerstrom
12:16
i think Indians, but I might be in the minority on that
Erich
12:17
Of the three NL Central beasts, whose "contention window" closes first, allowing one of the two bottom teams a path back up? Do the Cubs succumb to a curse-like run of regression and implode upon making hasty panic moves, do the Pirates simply wind up having to dismantle an aging and expensive core after a good run, or does the Cardinals devil magic well finally run dry?
august fagerstrom
12:17
Cubs will be good for the longest, I'd bet
my gut tells me Cardinals but it's just hard to consider that window ever closing
The Dude
12:18
I understand why people are critical of the Smith/Miley trade for the Mariners. However, seeing as Steamer projects Smith to be worth .9 WAR (which makes sense,seeing as Smith had better rate statistics in MLB than in the Minors) doesn't this trade make a lot of sense for the Mariners? Trading a highly volatile, unproven commodity for an average SP?
august fagerstrom
12:18
I don't see it that way. kind of a head-scratcher from Seattle's side, imo
12:19
also, Smith's numbers were incredible in the minors too
Lawrence
12:19
Joey Butler. Starting OF, platoon guy, or 4th OF? Did very well at AAA and for TB, and finished the season with a 3-4 2HR 6RBI game.
august fagerstrom
12:19
he's a AAAA player who had a fluky first half
Indians likely aren't expecting much
The Dude
12:19
Carson Cistulli just indicated on Twitter that you two are shairing a hotel apartment. You have my deepest condolences.
august fagerstrom
12:20
house, actually! whole FanGraphs full-time staff (minus Farnsworth) is here
and Cistulli is a pleasure
Lawrence
12:20
If the Mets sign Zobrist to play 2B, is Dilson Herrera a trade candidate or does he become the flexible utility guy?
august fagerstrom
12:20
utility guy
The Dude
12:20
The biggest surprise of the offseason so far is_____?
august fagerstrom
12:21
the entire Chapman saga has been pretty strange
Tommy Lasordid
12:22
Best guess on where Cueto lands? Dollars/years?
august fagerstrom
12:22
I guess Giants?
for 6/140 or something?
Erich
12:22
What does the beer selection look like in the FanGraphs house fridge?
august fagerstrom
12:22
Eno is here. it's good
Kyle
12:23
What would be the odds of Jose Fernandez traded? Price is so high isnt it?
august fagerstrom
12:23
i think it's less high than a lot of people think. Cameron is writing about this as we speak
The Dude
12:23
When do you think that the FA bats will begin to sign?
august fagerstrom
12:23
when Ben Zobrist does
Scott
12:23
Hey August, any chance we can get a FG meetup over the next couple of days while you guys are in Nashville?
august fagerstrom
12:23
that's a possibility. i can talk to Dave about maybe setting something up
Kyle
12:23
Who are the main suitors for Chris Davis?
august fagerstrom
12:24
i've thought the Astros made sense for a while. Blue Jays could be a possibility, or maybe the Cardinals
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