August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat
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august fagerstrom
12:25
things are still so foggy on hitters with Zobrist holding things up. should start to become more clear in the next 48 hours or so
The Dude
12:25
Does Tyler Flowers make sense as backup catcher for NYY?
august fagerstrom
12:25
sure. good framer, right-handed, not much bat
Slew (Seattle)
12:26
If the Indians aren't willing to spend when they have a solid core and the marginal difference of a few wins could make a huge difference in the outcome of the season, should we concede that spending is never going to happen in Cleveland? With this in mind, should the team be moved/sold?
august fagerstrom
12:26
yeah, this offseason to me makes it pretty clear that the payroll will not budge under any circumstance
The Dude
12:26
Who else is at the Winter Meetings?
august fagerstrom
12:27
at the house, it's myself, Eno, Appelman, Cameron, Sullivan, Cistulli, Swydan and Laurila
at the hotel, it's literally everyone else in baseball
I am the Walrus
12:27
Best low bargain SS option...Rollins or A.Ramirez? Both only 1 yr removed from 3+ WAR.
august fagerstrom
12:27
i'd prefer Ramirez
Cards Fan
12:28
Who is the favorite in the AL East?
august fagerstrom
12:28
i like the Red Sox
Nelson
12:28
Please tell me the Indians dont start the year with a Chisenhall, Sands, Almonte outfield. Please?
august fagerstrom
12:28
they'll get someone, but 2/3 seems like a possibility
Nelson
12:29
Anyone sharing rooms or beds in Nashville?
august fagerstrom
12:29
Eno and I are sleeping on adjacent futons, and I think Cistulli and Swydan are doing something similar downstairs
Kyle
12:29
Who would you compare Maeda to?
august fagerstrom
12:29
Eno did this post!
The Dude
12:30
Is Lorenzo Cain due for some regression from his 6.6 WAR 2015?
august fagerstrom
12:30
i mean, yeah, you can't ever really expect 6+ WAR from a guy unless that guy is Trout or Harper, but Cain is really good
12:31
he's a 4 win player, probably, and sometimes 4-win players have 6-win seasons
JW
12:31
Your thoughts on Trayce Thompson next year and moving forward...
august fagerstrom
12:31
good defensive outfielder, fast, can play all 3 spots but probably shouldn't be a starter on a good team
Colo
12:31
Is there an updated $/WAR yet?
august fagerstrom
12:31
think ~8 is the general assumption. nothing official from this offseason yet, though
Scott
12:32
What do FanGraphs writers do in Nashville at these winter meetings? Are you all collecting scoops too, schmoozing with the front office baseball community or what?
august fagerstrom
12:33
Laurila is constantly at the Opryland, Cameron did a panel yesterday and is making an MLB Network appearance today. Eno got some quotes yesterday and I probably should today. we're not much in the way of scoop-getting, though. more of a social event scheduled around work than anything else
Colin
12:34
Do you think the Steamer projections used in the contract calculator take the possibility of long-term injuries in account enough? For example, the likelihood Greinke needs TJS at some point during his contract
august fagerstrom
12:34
well, aging curves kind of help with that. but, yeah, you could probably mentally knock pitchers down a peg or two given their volatility
The Dude
12:34
Well Chapman freely admitted to firing a gun eight times, including one shot that went into a field, so at the very least, he's admitted to a variety of crimes even if he doesn't get charged with domestic abuse.
august fagerstrom
12:34
it's not a good situation for anyone involved
Norrin Radd
12:34
Compare the comments sections on your MLB.com and FanGraphs articles.
august fagerstrom
12:34
FG x1000000000
Derek
12:35
It seems like teams are starting to pay for bullpen depth now. Have FO's seen something that changes the thoughts that bullpens can be bought on the cheap?
august fagerstrom
12:35
teams have been paying for relievers for a while
Johnny5Alive
12:35
you seem to like the A's Madson deal, while I think most think it wasnt a good sign and not a very A's thing to do. Just curious why you liked it
august fagerstrom
12:35
I like what the A's have done with their bullpen in general more than the Madson deal, specifically
12:36
the third year is a bit surprising on Madson, but the money is the money and Madson is really good
I find myself generally ambivalent toward most deals. I can see pros and cons in most, and usually end up in the middle, unless it's something totally egregious
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