Brad Johnson FanGraphs Chat - 11/3/16
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Brad Johnson
12:31
I grew up a Phillies fan and I would have sworn Utley and Rollins were HoF players.
Utley has a small chance but Rollins isn't anywhere close
Mike B
12:32
Do the Indians need to resign Napoli or should they part ways after what looked like his age caught up to him the last two months of baseball
Brad Johnson
12:32
It feels SOOOO much like Aubrey Huff
12:33
by that, I mean the Indians need to step back, take a breath, and objectively project what they expect
I think they'll find there are better ways to use their resources
Bruce
12:33
Odds Mccann is on the Yankees next season?
Brad Johnson
12:33
Pretty low
12:34
There's certainly room for him if a good trade offer doesn't appear
but McCann is too good to be a mostly DH
waste of resources
Dominik
12:34
how much luck was involved in building the cubs? epstein is probably the best at his job and he got multiple top 10 picks but almost all of the top prospects were either a hit (Russell, schwarber, bryant) or decent (baez, soler). no real busts (unless you count minor prospects like olt) and also they got a lot of unexpected production out of non top prospects (Hendricks, Contreras, arrieta). epstein did a great job but to construct such a team everything needs to fall in place, right?
Brad Johnson
12:35
There's a lot of luck involved in getting a roster like this to come together. But Epstein also made his own luck by laying the right bets
should he have been able to acquire Russell at all? Probably not, so he jumped on it when offered
12:36
Arrieta actually was a top prospect, the Orioles are just terrible at developing certain types of pitchers
Epstein and his team really deserve credit for taking that gamble.
It was super lucky that the Astros took Mark Appel over Kris Bryant
Moog
12:37
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate Rajai Davis? I love role players, and particularly journeymen who happen to do something great at the perfect time. Dave Roberts, Craig Counsell, etc. If Cleveland had won, Davis would be in that group.
Brad Johnson
12:37
Rajai will be listed as a Game 7 hero in my postseason write up for the THT Annual
12:38
Also, do buy the THT Annual - available sometime in the future
ohioastrosfan
12:38
Since we're on Trout, I figured that George Springer, Alex Bregman, Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker, and Derek Fisher would be close-ish?
Brad Johnson
12:38
Yea, that's getting most of the way there
still feels like it's missing one high quality name
Dubslow
12:39
Yeah, the montgomery deal is exactly the sort of thing they'll be looking to replicate going forward, IMO
Brad Johnson
12:39
I think every team is constantly looking to replicate that
At least for the context of the offseason, it's going to be hard to find that kind of situation
the trade deadline offers different opportunities
Jim
12:40
Hey Brad, in the event Cespedes does not come back would Fowler make sense for the Mets?
Brad Johnson
12:40
Fowler makes more sense than Cespedes
End The Drought
12:40
With the volatility of prospects, is there a possibility Trout could be had for a package of proven, youngish players. Bumgarner, Belt, and Strickland or Law; Posey moves to first. Would, could, should it happen.?
Brad Johnson
12:41
Could it happen, sure. Teams make bad moves. I think you'd have to be a special kind of dumb to take a high mileage pitcher as the primary piece for Trout
And you'd still need to double your offer somehow. The Giants just aren't a fit.
Brad Johnson (ex quarterback)
12:42
How many wins is Buxton worth if he has a 100 wRC+ in 2017?
Brad Johnson
12:42
3.5 to 4.5 if my mental math is right
Minty
12:42
As a Bucco fan, what would I hope for from Houston?
Brad Johnson
12:43
I assume this is referring to McCutchen
12:44
maybe something headlined by Joe Musgrove?
I'll say Musgrove, Teoscar Hernandez, and a projectable lottery ticket
Dominik
12:45
regarding trout: do they have to trade him below market value at some point to have a chance to rebuild at all?
Brad Johnson
12:45
No. You ride that horse into the ground
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