August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 2/9/16
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august fagerstrom
12:28
I agree that he could be a potential bargain, but he's also the kind of player that's like one more decline away from being useless
Guest
12:28
My favorite fangraphs writer has long hair, is way into music, and is of western European descent.
august fagerstrom
12:28
Agreed. Eno is great.
BurleighGrimes
12:29
What is the most exciting trade that is going to happen between today and opening day?
august fagerstrom
12:29
the Javy Baez one
Bork
12:30
Are the Orioles in the worst possible position in regards to their starting pitching? They can't give up a draft pick, but the (decent) starting pitching left has a draft pick attached, and if they were to go after one of those, they really should of gone after one that would bring more value.
august fagerstrom
12:30
yeah, I really thought they'd have addressed the rotation through a more substantial trade, or a smaller deal for a guy like Happ or Fister without draft pick compensation
I probably like the Orioles outlook, as a whole, less than any other AL team
jtt
12:30
If they are going to sign Gallardo they may as well sign fowler afterwards
august fagerstrom
12:30
Wouldn
12:31
Wouldn't usually hate this line of thinking, but worth remembering that the only guy the White Sox got in the first 4 rounds last year was Fulmer
Tough to totally gut the front end of their draft back to back years
Merv Summers Dang It
12:31
How much better should Carrasco be than Cueto this year? Or...not?
august fagerstrom
12:31
would certainly count on him being better
12:32
Carrasco is just way more dominant than Cueto. A healthy Cueto is tough to beat by *much* though
Ross
12:32
Do you think we see more first half Cano this year or the second half monster version?
august fagerstrom
12:32
The first half Cano was the surprise
He's always been more like the second half one
TheOtherSoxFan
12:33
Given their division, what might be the White Sox's reasons for not taking a chance on Ian Desmond and, say, Austin Jackson or some other outfielder who is at least replacement level?
august fagerstrom
12:33
Well those guys are still out there and the White Sox could still sign them
I think Jackson makes a ton of sense, and I think there's a pretty good chance the Sox end up with at least one of Jackson/Fowler/Desmond and probably a pitcher, too
Raindog
12:34
The White Sox and Orioles have identical needs, don't they? Another SP and an OF. Is it taking forever because the teams just waiting for one of Fowler/Jackson/Gallardo/Latos to blink?
august fagerstrom
12:34
It's the qualifying offer. Both teams would rather *have* Fowler and Gallardo, but both teams would rather *sign* Jackson and Latos
Bron
12:34
Did you know there is a Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence? What score would you get?
august fagerstrom
12:34
i have never smoked a cigarette before so hopefully 0, if that's the best score
12:35
Though my mom smoked in the house growing up so maybe I would register on there somewhere
Russel
12:36
What are your expectations for Rob Kaminsky this year and beyond? After watching video of him I can't help but see a smaller Drew Pomeranz.
august fagerstrom
12:36
he's definitely more of a low-ceiling, high-floor type
The key is adding a third pitch beyond the curve. That was the main emphasis of development last year. He needs another weapon if he wants to be more than a back-end ground baller
cecilfielder
12:37
What city are you based out of?
august fagerstrom
12:37
Kent for now, downtown Cleveland very soon
Derek
12:37
Is Glasnow going to do what Syndergaard or Harvey did last year? Also I cannot recommend Jack White live enough...saw him back to back in Miami last year and I couldn't breathe because I was so happy.
august fagerstrom
12:38
you never want to expect a Syndergaard or a Harvey, but Glasnow's got as good an arm as any young pitcher who will likely make an impact this year, aside from probably Giolito
Ross
12:38
More likely to happen; Cano rebounds to previous MVP candidate form or Cruz repeats last years numbers?
august fagerstrom
12:38
Cano
Russel
12:39
Who do you see making the Tribe's opening day roster out of Robinson, Grossman, Choice, Almonte, Butler, Cowgill, Davis, Naquin, Ramsey, and Walters?
august fagerstrom
12:39
well Almonte is the starting center fielder
that one's a lock
I'd say opening day OF is Davis-Almonte-Chisenhall with Cowgill and probably Butler on the bench
Naquin first one up if they need an OF
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