Brad Johnson FanGraphs Chat - 11/3/16
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Brad Johnson
12:17
From what I hear, practically nobody finds an entry level job at the meetings. Your goal is to make the people you talk to remember you as somebody who's friendly, earnest, and likely to bust their ass for minimum wage
Then stay in touch with them via email or whatever form of communication they hand out
but not in an annoying way
12:18
I won't lie, it's an uphill battle. It'll help if you have good math skills
Ok, back to the games
Michael
12:18
Do the Cubs look to add starting pitching via trade this year?
Brad Johnson
12:18
Why?
I mean, maybe they do, but they have so much of it on hand already
12:19
They probably want some MiLB depth. Jason Marquis types.
Ampersand
12:19
Secret star of the World Series: David Ross, who batted .400/.429/1.429
Brad Johnson
12:19
What a way to go out. When he had the error and wild pitch inning, I felt bad for him
then he hit the solo shot to redeem himself
HappyFunBall
12:20
Theo signed a 5/50 extension about a month ago. Where would he fit on the <i>player</i> trade value list?
Brad Johnson
12:20
If memory serves, I think we decided he was equal to Martin Prado
Dubslow
12:20
I think most people would agree that SP after 2017 is the Cubs biggest weakness longterm wise, hence the question
Brad Johnson
12:21
Got it.
I'm sure Theo will explore the options, but this is not really the right time to be finding starting pitchers
Erik
12:21
If Trout doesn't get traded, will it be because no team is willing to meet a reasonable asking price for him, or because the Angels have an (understandably) unreasonably high asking price?
Brad Johnson
12:22
I think it's the former with a peppering of the latter
12:23
I constructed some sample deals for Trout in the past. You're talking a package like Moncada, Bradley, Devers, Benintendi, and a couple others. Trout's amazing, but he also has so much non-baseball potential as a marketing asset
We like to think of teams as maximizing for wins, but they're really maximizing for dollars
12:24
it just happens that the two are closely related enough that we're not slapped in the face with it
jon
12:24
Ross goes from concussed to homering off Andrew Miller in 5 minutes. Impressive way to go out.
Brad Johnson
12:25
when I saw him flop backwards, I felt so bad for him. Thought for sure he was concussed. Replay shows he just lost his balance
TengoPreguntas
12:25
He found Montgomerry for relatively cheap
Brad Johnson
12:25
That was a coup.
ohioastrosfan
12:25
What does McCutchen fetch? I would love him with Houston. Is there a package not including Bregman that works?
Brad Johnson
12:26
Definitely. Bregman is much more valuable than McCutchen
The Astros have enough bullets to find a deal
Ritt Momney
12:26
Is there another historical precedent/player to comp a Trout trade? I feel like he's just *too* valuable for anyone to pay his price (barring a down season, injury, etc).
Brad Johnson
12:27
Not really. They all pre-date the analytic era
Like Babe Ruth
Bob
12:28
What do you think the Cubs biggest pressing question is this winter? I'd wager to say the bullpen. Maybe adding someone of the ilk of Ziegler, Hunter, or Tazawa? Also would like to see if they hang on to Wood.
Brad Johnson
12:29
So I think they get out from under Montero, find a new third string catcher (A.J. Ellis?), and deal with that bullpen.
How the chips fall for the pen depend on if they go with Chapman, Jansen, or Rondon as the closer
I'm thinking they only sign one guy
ohioastrosfan
12:30
How much does Lourdes Gurriel get as a FA?
Brad Johnson
12:30
I can't say I have a feel for this, but I'll guess Moncada money (including the amount paid as tax)
Bart
12:30
Putting the cart before the horse here, but how many Cubs on this World Series team are ultimately going to Cooperstown?
Brad Johnson
12:30
I'll say 1.5 because it's deceptively hard to get there
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