August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat
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august fagerstrom
12:55
especially in the outfield, though
Zonk
12:56
Pirates did a great job last offseason on a limited budget. This year, I can see Happ and the other budget moves just blowing up, and the Pirates getting swamped in a brutal NL Central. Where do you stand?
august fagerstrom
12:56
yeah, not as high on the Pirates as I've been in years past
hard to like teams that tread too much water in the offseason, even if they're treading from a good position
Dean
12:57
You think Cano's got anymore 5+ WAR seasons in him? Multiple 5+ WAR seasons?
august fagerstrom
12:57
not sure the D will allow it anymore
FireDrayton
12:57
Market for closers/elite RPs clearly has moved, based on returns for Kimbrel, Giles. You think teams are valuing leverage differently/more highly? Is it just copy-catting the Royals?
august fagerstrom
12:57
yes and yes
12:58
little bit of both
I definitely think teams place a higher value on leverage than what's in the public sphere
and also it's hard not to look at the Royals last couple years and say "we want that at whatever cost"
kramer
12:59
seriously, what would a 15 war offensive line look like?
august fagerstrom
12:59
impossible
Norm
12:59
Which of the top-tier FA's yet to sign will be most disappointed with their eventual contract? It just seems that there aren't that many teams that want to spend big bucks right now. Maybe taking a 1-yr contract isn't the worst idea since next years FA class sucks.
august fagerstrom
12:59
maybe Upton? he's the most one dimensional of the outfielders left
Rudy
12:59
What does Nelson Cruz's WAR look like this year - north or south of 3?
august fagerstrom
12:59
south, but he's proven me wrong in consecutive years
so
Mike
1:00
Mookie Betts or Kris Bryant?
august fagerstrom
1:00
still take Bryant but it's close
Jon
1:00
Doesn't the placing higher value on leverage only work if you have smart managers that are willing to use their best RP in high leverage situations (and not just the ninth inning when the team has a 3 run lead)? When is the last time you saw a team trot out its best reliever with the bases loaded in the sixth inning?
august fagerstrom
1:00
Francona did that with Cody Allen this year after a rain delay
might have been the 4th or 5th actually
he uses Cody Allen the way that I think we all want managers to use their best reliever
Bud
1:00
Taijuan Walker or Lance McCullers?
august fagerstrom
1:00
McCullers
Colin
1:01
What kind of hitter is Xander going forward?
august fagerstrom
1:02
looks like he wants to be more of a slappy hitter
last year's GB spike is pretty noticeable
it worked, but it's hard to hit for much power when the ball is on the ground that often
1:03
the answer is 'good' either way, but if I were a Sox fan I'd probably want to see more lift
Q-Ball
1:03
The Red Sox, Phillies, Reds, White Sox are all examples of teams that have picked a definite direction, up or down. You know where they are trying to go, even if you disagree with the moves. What teams, in addition to the Rockies, seem directionless right now?
august fagerstrom
1:04
Padres still kind of strike me as caught in-between, though Kimbrel was a nice move that might signal a new approach, and part of it is just being hamstrung by some of last year's moves
"having Matt Kemp," basically is what I was trying to say there
Marlins are in an interesting position too
Worrie
1:05
What are the chances the Cubs flop next season?
august fagerstrom
1:05
lower than pretty much any other team
which is the same thing we said about the Nats last year, so
Q-Ball
1:06
Can Billy Hamilton be fixed?
august fagerstrom
1:06
could be that he's not even broken
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