Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams 6/29/21
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Steve Adams
2:28
Greetings! Sorry for the delayed start -- wanted to get a quick item on the Santiago suspension up on the site.
Jon Gray
2:29
Will I be traded to the cubs ?
Steve Adams
2:30
He'll be traded, but I think there'll be sufficient demand -- such that another team probably outbids the Cubs. I haven't been expecting the Cubs to make a huge splash in terms of rotation pieces they add, and yesterday's report from The Athletic didn't do anything to change that thinking.
Andre
2:30
Thoughts on Wanders first few days in the majors?  Have his at bats seemed to confirm or deny any of your assumptions of his ultimate abilities?
Steve Adams
2:31
He's 20 years old. I wouldn't judge his future based on his first handful of MLB plate appearances or really based on any struggles he has this year. I have every expectation he'll be a star still.
Marlins Man
2:31
Hey Steve - I've seen this floated a few times and wanted your take on it. With the Miami being flushed with pitching prospects, could you see a trade either at the deadline, more likely in the offseason for young position player talent?
Steve Adams
2:32
Yeah -- they've done it before (Gallen for Chisholm). It'd be somewhat ironic for the Cardinals to have to go back to the Marlins and try to pry away pitching depth after trading them Alcantara and Gallen, but St. Louis has some catching depth and the Marlins want a long-term answer there.
Bryan Reynolds
2:32
I have to be an all star right? Top 10 average. Top 6 WAR. Top 14 hits. Top 12 OPS. And top 8 OBP
Steve Adams
2:33
Should be an All-Star, sure. But we see snubs every year.
Duquette
2:33
With the Galvis injury, who do the Orioles move at the deadline, if anybody? Do they move a prospect to rebuild?
Steve Adams
2:34
They'll listen on Mancini, Means, Mullins, Santander, Paul Fry, Tanner Scott, Cole Sulser
There's a pretty decent chance they find a Mancini deal, and I think they'll get compelling enough offers on the relievers (Fry in particular) to consider it.
Guest
2:34
Why can't the MLB make a grip like substance into the seams of the baseball at the facility that makes the ball and say that's all you need
Steve Adams
2:35
I think a lot of people are asking this question right now. The KBO implemented the use of tackier ball, for instance. It shouldn't be that hard for MLB. Or they could at least develop a league-approved grip substance to have on the mound.
Frederick Freeman
2:36
What uni am I donning next year???
Steve Adams
2:36
Extension or not, I can't see him outside Atlanta.
South Side guy
2:37
Hey Steve, what moves do you see the White Sox making if they can’t land Escobar or are just looking somewhere else?
Steve Adams
2:39
Still like them for Adam Frazier if the Escobar thing falls through. Bullpen has been mostly good, but that's one area where a contending club can always improve. A center fielder who can actually hit would be a nice add as well, though there aren't going to be many of them out there.
And Marlins GM Kim Ng just said like five minutes ago they've begun extension talks with Starling Marte (doesn't mean a deal will happen, of course)
Jason
2:40
Do the Mariners go after starting pitching at the trade dead line
Steve Adams
2:41
I could see them surprising people by making a play for someone who is controlled well beyond 2022. I don't think they'll add much for the current season unless the cost is negligible.

But if you're the Mariners, and you know you're on the cusp of all these high-end prospects reaching the big leagues and know you have all this money coming off the books ... no need to wait. Go make a move for German Marquez if you can get the Rockies to agree to it, sure.
Brewers
2:41
Do you buy moving Adames to third and going after Story/Bullpen help at the deadline?  Can never have too many bench bats…
Steve Adams
2:43
I buy it as an outside possibility, but the Brewers' corner infield needs don't feel AS strong as they did earlier in the year. Luis Urias is hitting well since moving off of shortstop. Keston Hiura has only played a handful of games, but three homers and a way better approach after completely overhauling his K/BB profile in his most recent demotion to AAA is encouraging.
Loki’s brother
2:43
What kind of contract does Syndergaard get next year.  Does anyone take a chance on 3-4 year  deal or does he get a pillow contract?  How much $ ?
Steve Adams
2:44
There's no way to answer that until we know when he comes back and how he pitches. He's already had one setback. It also comes down to player preference. If he wants to max out his earnings, someone will probably give him an affordable three-year deal that has the potential to look like a laughable bargain if he bounces back.

He may prefer a straight one-year deal with a chance to go back out, though. He could just accept a qualifying offer.
2:45
Generally speaking, I think the increased prevalence of opt-out clauses has altered the definition of what a "pillow" contract is. Some team will probably give Thor two years, with the second a player option, or even three with an opt-out or two, because of his ceiling. That's a pillow contract to me in 2021.
Cubsfan
2:45
Do you expect the cubs to sell ?
Steve Adams
2:45
Not unless they're like 6+ games out of first.
Sharon Peters
2:45
Do you think the Marlins will trade Marte?
Steve Adams
2:46
I have a hard time seeing them line up on a deal, but he's said he loves it there and wants to finish his career there, so maybe he won't push for full market value.
Lurne
2:46
Who gets Ketel Marte?
Steve Adams
2:47
He's on the injured list right now and signed for four more years. Everyone wants him, but I've never felt strongly that he'd actually be traded. I think it's likelier he stays.
Nelson Cruz
2:47
Chances I'm a Ray? 50/50?
Steve Adams
2:49
I've said before that the main candidates to add Cruz seem like the Rays, Jays and A's -- if the Twins sell. Have to see how they do in their upcoming stretch of AL Central games. They're likelier than not to sell, but let's say they stay hot, take 3-of-4 in Chicago, sweep the Royals, and then take 2-of-3 from the Sox right after that. They're not going to feel like sellers at that point. It's a critical stretch for them and, by proxy, for the many teams around the league who'd love to trade for Pineda, Cruz, etc. etc.
King Kelly
2:49
Your thoughts on mlb allowing teams to trade draft picks?
Steve Adams
2:49
Do it
Lars Nootbaar
2:50
Will I get a candy bar named after me?
Steve Adams
2:50
He should.
Fake Steve Adams
2:51
Hey Steve, it's me, Steve. Thoughts on the Jays/Marlins deal? Feels like the Jays filled a few holes in one go (bullpen help, lefty bat, more playing time for Santiago Espinal).
Steve Adams
2:52
They spent a little money to basically buy Cimber from the Marlins and get a Dickerson lotto ticket.

The Marlins added a quasi-interesting arm, dumped part of a contract they don't want anymore, and turned a guy they acquired for $100K into something like $1.3MM ($2.3MM if the Jays are on the hook for the deferred signing bonus payout owed to Dickerson this winter)
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