Chat With MLBTR's Steve Adams: 12/18/18
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3:07
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3:08
The Royals signed Terrance Gore to a Major League contract because... I don't really know why. Rosell Herrera DFA.
Team just announced
Max
3:08
Another big splash for the Nats this offseason?
Steve Adams
3:09
I'm not really going to rule them out for Harper until Harper signs somewhere, even with Lerner's comments. But as far as adding someone like Dallas Keuchel, I think their rotation additions from here on will be a bit on the smaller scale.
I can see the Nats adding a 2B -- Dozier, Harrison, etc. as well
Josh
3:10
How much of a impact would Tulo have on the Pirates?
Steve Adams
3:11
I don't think there's any real way to gauge that since no one knows how well his legs and feet can hold up. But it's one of those "Why the hell not?" situations for me. Doesn't hurt that much to give him six weeks or so early in the season to see if he can perform even like an average big leaguer, and their infield mix is kind of thin
Matt P
3:11
Do you think the white sox end up with machado/Harper?
Steve Adams
3:12
I really don't. It's just a hard sell for them to come to a team that was that bad last year. I mean, if they blow the field out of the water in terms of bidding, sure, but there's been no real indication that they'll do so. The Sox have never even handed out a $100MM contract -- let alone a $300MM+. There's a first time for everything, but I personally don't think it happens.
Mike
3:13
Will the Yankees get any bullpen help via Free agency?
Steve Adams
3:13
I'd be surprised if they don't add at least one solid veteran to the mix. Could also add a reliever in the inevitable Sonny Gray trade, too.
Kluber staying put?
3:14
After the EE and Alonso trades?
Steve Adams
3:17
I always considered Bauer likelier to move. I wouldn't rule it out entirely, but they saved a fair bit of cash in those deals. It depends on how much more Antonetti, Chernoff & Co. want to do this winter. If they're content with the current roster makeup, then sure, hang onto all the starters. If they still want to try to get younger, establish more long-term payroll flexibility, etc. or just simply want to sign some relievers, then yeah they probably need to move some more money. Doesn't necessarily have to be Kluber or Santana, though.
Kluber or Bauer**
No idea where Carlos Santana sneaked into my brain there, haha.
Joy C.
3:17
Realmuto goes where?
Steve Adams
3:18
If I had to guess -- and that's all it is right now; even the Marlins don't know where they're going to trade him -- I'd pick the Astros. Adding Brantley makes it easier to stomach dealing Tucker as a headliner. Houston could easily add Stassi and one more well-regarded (non-Whitley) prospect and really pique Miami's interest.
Dick Williams
3:18
What are your thoughts on all of those Reds/Dodgers scenarios from Vegas? Seems to make some sense to me. Puig/Kemp/Wood would all be an upgrade for the Reds, particularly if Bailey goes and the prospect damage isn't severe going back to the Dodgers.
Steve Adams
3:21
I don't think Kemp is really a huge upgrade over what's in house there, but it'd be a good deal for Cincinnati if they could save some 2019 dollars by taking on a contract like Kemp who has a higher luxury hit (which doesn't matter to the Reds at all). If they're getting Alex Wood, though, they'd need to surrender some young talent. That'd be a solid addition to the rotation, but I still don't buy Wood/Roark/Castillo + two in-house options as a competitive rotation.
Loren
3:21
Ian Kinsler still doesn't make any sense to me as a Padre fan, especially with Luis Urias there and the fact that Kinsler hasn't played 3B before. Wouldn't Marwin Gonzalez have made more sense? Help?
Steve Adams
3:22
Sure Marwin would've made more sense. He'd also have cost something like 5-6x as much though and required twice as lengthy of a commitment. And Marwin is going to have interest from probably 25 teams ... tough to sell him on going to the Padres when he'll have multiple teams who won 85+ games last year throwing huge money at him.
3:23
Kinsler is cheap, can bounce around the diamond, brings the leadership qualities that Preller and his staff seem to like, and he's still an absolutely stellar defender at 2B. Let Urias play SS to open the season (or, honestly, work in AAA a bit -- it's not like he did much in his brief MLB cameo last year). Kinsler 2B early on, move to 3B when Tatis comes up, and bounce around in a utility role if they get a young 3B to the Majors, too
For $8MM total over two years, there's not a ton to dislike. I thought it was a fine value.
Jeff Ala
3:24
Best team in NL East is?
Steve Adams
3:26
Brodie Van Wagenen seems to think it's the Mets. Crazy to hear a GM come out and say that, ha. I lean Nationals right now after the work they've done so far, but there's so much of the winter left that making such a statement right now doesn't matter much. If the Braves add a quality starter and right fielder in the next seven days, for instance, you have to give strong consideration to changing the answer.

I'll say this: there should be four legitimately good teams in the NL East, and it should be a tough and entertaining division to follow in 2019 (and beyond)
Karl
3:26
Why haven’t the twins signed Nelson Cruz?
Steve Adams
3:27
They're my pick to do so eventually -- have to imagine Cruz's camp is probably trying to drum up enough competition to get the bidding to two years at a fairly premium AAV. Minnesota and Tampa Bay being two of your primary bidders makes that hard to do.
Luhnow
3:27
Is tucker for 2 years of Realmuto worth it?
Steve Adams
3:28
J.T. Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball right now. Kyle Tucker, awesome a prospect as he is, hasn't proven anything in the Majors yet and plays a position that is among the easiest at which to find quality players (e.g. Michael Brantley). I'd be fine making him a headliner in a JTR deal.
Peter
3:29
Any whispers of Harper to the Mariners?
Steve Adams
3:30
My favorite scenario to joke about this offseason has been that Dipoto guts the roster/payroll, then just turns around and signs Harper and Machado on the same day, ha.

But no, he's not going to the Mariners. I realize USA Today wrote something on that today, but sounds like they're just going to do a piece on how all 30 teams could *technically* make sense for Harper? I don't know -- I haven't read it yet.
BK
3:30
Harper to Angels for 5/200, Trout agrees to re-up.  Angels renamed to the Los Angeles Epplers.  World rejoices.
Steve Adams
3:30
Bryce won't take 5/200.
Alvin Davis
3:31
Who says no: Mariners send EE and $8mil to the Twins for Stephen Gonsalves.
Steve Adams
3:31
I don't see why the Twins would give up Gonsalves there when they could just sign Cruz, a better hitter, for around the same amount that they'd be paying EE in that scenario.
Jay
3:32
Is Mazara worth an elite level SP prospect for the Braves in a deal from strength to fill a weakness type of trade?
Steve Adams
3:33
Generally speaking, I'd usually trade the outfielder for the starting pitching talent. It's just way easier to find corner OFs. Of course, it's also worth pointing out that the Braves probably wouldn't give up an elite SP prospect for Mazara for that same reason. Especially not when Mazara only has three seasons of control remaining and still hasn't really broken out at the plate.
Bob Pollard's No HItter
3:34
I realize it's more $$$ but I digress, I find it interesting a year ago you had 3 teams willing to absorb all or quite nearly all of Stanton's deal and this offseason you're hearing from multiple reporters that Harper and/or Machado may have to settle for less than 10 years.  Posturing?
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