Brad Johnson FanGraphs Chat - 11/3/16
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Brad Johnson
1:15
Kluber wasn't Kluber last night
the stuff was visibly less bendy
Merv Throneberry
1:15
Will DeLeon make the LAD rotation or could Anderson, McCarthy a/o Ryu stand in his way?
Brad Johnson
1:16
De Leon probably should make the rotation, but LA is going to go depth crazy
vets will get the first look
KCH
1:16
I have a feeling that Theo will put Arrieta on the market this offseason. Who would be interested?
Brad Johnson
1:17
Red Sox? Rangers? Nationals? Dodgers? Mariners?
Dudley
1:17
So should the Yanks put for sale signs on anything with a pulse over 26, offer Tanaka at deadline?
Brad Johnson
1:18
They'll have to gauge where they stand. They're one of the teams that should rebuild without tearing down to the studs
we haven't seen them use their financial might in awhile, but they still have twice the war chest of any team but the Dodgers
britishcub
1:18
given mike trout has enough accumulated enough war to earn his whole deal i feel the angels should trade him out of kindness
Brad Johnson
1:19
It's sad he's stuck on that broken roster
maybe they'll find an Odubel Herrera in the Rule 5
Justin
1:19
Trading for Rizzo was the first and, probably, the best move. Traded a time bomb in Cashner, added an AS/MVP-candidate cornerstone player, who also happens to be the team's leader, in Rizzo. So to answer Erik, I'd say adding a strong, emotionally mature player like Rizzo for essentially a crap shoot.
Brad Johnson
1:19
And going back to the Mets question, this is an example of the alternative to building around pitching prospects
Bun
1:20
Does Anthony Alford have the potential to be as good as Bradley Jr?
Brad Johnson
1:20
I don't think the bat will be remotely comparable, but the overall production might get up there
I see him more as a Kevin Pillar
Mike
1:20
Some of these trades for Trout seem crazy. Realistically Trout is a 9-10 WAR player for the next 4 years, right? He only has 4 left on his contract, so you're looking to get about 38 WAR in return for him plus some extra prospects to gamble. Some of these offers are likely 10-12 WAR in the first year for young players who are still getting better. Are you sure the value is this high?
Brad Johnson
1:21
No, I'm not positive.
As I noted earlier, Trout offers so much marketing potential
1:22
So it's not just about paying for the wins, you also have to pay for the cash money
JGD
1:22
Assuming Jacoby Ellsbury is traded this offseason, can you give me your approximation of a reasonable trade?
Brad Johnson
1:23
I think the Yankees can trade Ellsbury and half of his contract for approximately nothing. Give me a second to doublecheck my gut
1:24
Ok, maybe they don't need to eat a full half of the contract. One-third of it should do (for nothing)
Noel
1:24
What moves do giants need to make for you to consider them at minimum a solid bet to at least nab a wc next year?
Brad Johnson
1:25
I'd like to see them shore up the bullpen. Overall depth hurt them this year.
They're in pretty decent shape even without a major overhaul
1:26
Ok, I'm going to start to wind this down. It's been a pleasure. I'll do a few more before I go
Ninny
1:26
What should the Blue Jays do this offseason? Does it make sense to rebuild? Their farm system is not very good
Brad Johnson
1:26
Now that's a difficult situation
1:27
If they try to stay competitive, that means dropping money on EE or Bautista
in which case they return the same roster less one of them and Saunders
since they barely made the postseason in the first place...
1:28
However, a rebuild is going to be hugely unpopular after the recent success. And that's a commitment to a good 5 years of pain since the farm system is barren
in that division, 5 years can quickly turn into 15 years of noncompetitive rosters
1:29
So...I might try to walk the line by devoting resources for re-signing EE/Bautista into role players
If you can't tell, I'm a big proponent of hiring role players for fringy rosters
1:30
I like to give a roster a chance to succeed then pivot accordingly at the deadline
Andrew
1:30
So where do the Mets go from here in shifting the emphasis to position players? Or is it too late for this core?
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