Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - April 4
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LA Mike
11:41
Would you deal Ellsbury for a C. Bellinger bench stash?
Brad Johnson
11:41
blech
11:42
Ellsbury's really bad, but I'm not expecting all that much from Bellinger this year either. If it's at a keeper, then go young.
Closer
11:42
Have multiple good closers but need one more. Reed or Iglesias in HTH?
Brad Johnson
11:43
Take Reed for now. If Familia boots him as expected, then you get to rinse and repeat with more information.
Ted
11:43
How long before Neris takes the closer reigns in Philly?
Brad Johnson
11:43
Not sure it happens. I know everyone says it will, but if they wanted to do it, they would have by now.
11:44
So they clearly view it as an emergency plan
Josh
11:44
What are your expectations for Alex Cobb this year? Worth a stream tomorrow?
Brad Johnson
11:44
I do not have expectations for him. Could be anything between dumpster fire and a return to his old form. I have no information to narrow it down at all
Aaron
11:45
Does Shawn Kelly have any value?
Brad Johnson
11:45
Not really. He's been used as a short burst reliever. By spurning him this spring, I think WAS has signaled that they don't believe he can do full innings.
JD15
11:46
Glad Fangraphs has some MIAC representation. I played at Carleton until '14. On to my question.... how do you handle inning/game limits early in the season? Do you go case by case
each day or play people early in the year and worry about limits toward the end?
Brad Johnson
11:47
Depends on the limits. Most are taut - you need to play somebody almost every day to get there. For easy to hit caps, there's obviously a lot more involved
in both cases, you want to reach the cap, so I'd build stats early then start platooning later
The Average Sports Fan
11:47
Do you think Puig is going to hit bottom 3 of the order all year?
Brad Johnson
11:48
It's a good lineup. If he isn't remarkably better than he was the last few seasons, he probably gets benched by June
replaced by Braun maybe?
DC
11:48
I'm not buying the Nat's closer situation, how long before Kelley or Glover get the save chances?
Brad Johnson
11:48
Keep an eye on Treinen's command
11:49
that's the only thing holding him back from being a Sam Dyson quality closer
Jack
11:49
Last bench spot for 14 team H2H, Holliday or Schimpf?
Brad Johnson
11:49
Ooh. I'm a Schimpf fan, especially after he homered against Kershaw!
11:50
if you need run production and AVG, go Holliday
if you need MI/CI and HR, I'd go Schimpf
I'm answering questions 15 minutes in the past, I'm going to skip forward
Nolan
11:51
In a vacuum, would you trade Keuchel for one of Kris Davis, Carlos Santana, or Trumbo to insert over Corey Dickerson at DH?
Brad Johnson
11:51
Yes!
They're all so much better than Keuchel. I'd take that trade if I had Mike Trout at DH, then worry about playing time later
Pops
11:51
Thoughts on Kyle Schwarber? Is there a shot that he gains catcher eligibility this summer?
Brad Johnson
11:52
Pretty sure he will at some point
Going by the 5 game standard at least
B
11:52
Do you see upon Beltre's return any likelhood Mazara continues to hit towards the top of the lineup? He batted 3rd in yesterday's game projections had him hitting middle-bottom of the lineup.
Brad Johnson
11:52
They want him to bat third because they see that as his future role. However, the quest for current wins may force them to be more pragmatic
Penguin
11:53
Does a platoon work in fantasy? Have Choo in OBP league and thinking of picking up a lefty masher.
Brad Johnson
11:53
It's usually better to have two righty mashers. Or stream.
Starbuck Johnny
11:53
I'm intrigued by Mitch Haniger. Thoughts on his stats if he holds down RF all year?
Brad Johnson
11:53
I think we're all intrigued. You want the upside or median?
11:54
Something like 15-28 HR, 8-16 SB, solid run production
the big question is the batting average. Could be anywhere between .220 and .290
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