Chat With MLBTR's Steve Adams: 7/24/18
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Steve Adams
3:21
Ahoy folks
Getting set up here one minut
minute, even
Cj
3:22
Best guess for Britton ?
Closers
3:22
Britton a legitimate closer?
Steve Adams
3:23
I'd assume Astros or Phillies, but the reality is that the Orioles don't know where he's going to end up.

I still have concerns about his control -- he's falling behind 55% of the batters he faces even over his recent scoreless streak, and the walks still aren't back down, but there's no denying that the velocity and ground-ball trends are extremely encouraging.
Kyle
3:23
Crazy trade idea. Castellanos and maybe Shane Greene for Dexter Fowler, Jose Martinez, and one or two decent prospects. Thoughts?
Steve Adams
3:24
I don't see why the Tigers would have any interest in taking on that terrible Fowler contract unless you're giving them a lot more than "decent" prospects
Especially if they're giving up two of their best trade assets in the process.
nfldraftbites
3:24
Dan Strally seems like a rarely mentioned name in the search for starting pitching. Thoughts?
Steve Adams
3:26
I'm sure he's available, but his walks are way up, K's / swinging-strike rate / chase rate way down. I don't think most contending teams would view this version of Straily as much of an upgrade.
Kap
3:26
Harvey to the A's
Steve Adams
3:27
Sure, I can see that. But I can also see him landing in Milwaukee, Seattle -- several places. Lots of teams eyeing rotation help right now.
Brad
3:27
Why are teams interested in Sonny Grey? He has been below average at best
Steve Adams
3:28
Still controlled through next season. Velocity up a bit, still missing bats and getting grounders. Price won't be that high (financially speaking)
3:29
He has a track record and is clearly talented, even if things haven't worked out that well in 2018 thus far.
Steve
3:30
Do you see the Rockies making a move for a starter or more bullpen help?
Steve Adams
3:30
Given how they've played of late, I don't see how they can justify not making some kind of upgrade. NL West is a tightly contested race right now, and they're very clearly committed to winning in the short-term
Mr. Machado
3:31
Did the O's do well with the Machado package?
Steve Adams
3:32
DIaz as a headliner and a handful of other parts that are something more than throw-ins seems solid enough to me. People will always unfairly compare a rental package to the Aroldis Chapman deal, which had Gleyber Torres in it. I think that's very clearly an outlier.
gelo
3:32
How do you rank these pitchers in terms of likeliness of being moved: deGrom, C. Martinez, Archer, Bumgarner
Steve Adams
3:35
Archer, deGrom, Martinez, Bumgarner, but I'd say it's more likely that none of the four is moved than even one of the four changing hands.

The Bumgarner talk is utter nonsense as far as I'm concerned, btw. Zero chance in my mind. If the Giants lose every game between now and July 30, then maybe I'd say there's a 5-10% chance he goes.
Pickle Rick!
3:35
Tebow with the injury!  Mets season is ovah!
Steve Adams
3:36
It's amazing to me that Tebow's season was even a storyline. Guy is 31 years old next month and was striking out at a 36% clip against Double-A pitching. He's not a prospect.
Chapman
3:37
It seems people forget that Torres was ranked in the 35-40 range when he was traded. Blew up in the fall league that year and became a top 5 guy. Rankings obviously fluctuate, but he wasn't widely considered can't miss at the time
Steve Adams
3:38
He was a top 25 guy on all of the midseason rankings that year and had continued to up his stock. I agree that people generally are too married to prospect rankings considering the constant state of flux, but he was generally considered to better than the 35-40 range at the time of the swap.
Swishdelish
3:39
Whats a name no one is talking about the yankees might grab as a starter?  Also are they really considering Floria for Britton?
Steve Adams
3:40
I don't know why no one is talking much about Kyle Gibson as a trade candidate. Reasonable salary, velocity is up, K's and swinging strikes are up, grounders are still solid. Controlled through 2019. Not necessarily just for the Yankees -- he'd certainly help them -- but he should be on more radars I think. Might write about that tonight. Maybe the Twins have no interest in moving him, but they have a lot of upper-level pitching prospects and plenty of money to spend this winter... they can afford to move him
Mets
3:40
Any rumblings on Cabrera? Assuming people are coming calling, but with the Os dominating the rumor mill it's a little hard to keep track.
Steve Adams
3:41
He's probably Plan B or Plan C for a lot of teams. Machado market probably slowed things down for him, and some teams might also be waiting to see where Eduardo Escobar and/or Brian Dozier go before Asdrubal is up. He'll be traded though.
ATX Halos
3:42
Chances Halos can get anything of value for 2019 from the few pieces they have available at deadline?
Steve Adams
3:45
I don't think they'll get much in the way of 2019 help now that Richards is down for TJS. Possible that one of Parker or Alvarez would get them a more controllable bullpen piece or a near-MLB infield piece, but I don't know that they'll trade either, and that'd be a best-case scenario in return. The Richards loss really hurt their trade possibilities.
Mike Rizzo
3:45
Should I be a seller?
Steve Adams
3:46
Six games out with plenty of talent on the roster -- I wouldn't.
Jason2
3:46
Tebow is not a prospect, but I'd be willing to bet that he was called up if he didn't get injured. Probably around September for some sort of marketing scheme
Steve Adams
3:47
Oh, I fully agree. The Mets would absolutely have called him up to print money on the jersey and ticket sales. It'd have been a completely shameless novelty act, but you can bet your ass they'd have gone through with it.
Joey Singles
3:48
Do you think the Sox are really willing to bypass the maximum luxury tax threshold in trade considerations, or is it just posturing?
Steve Adams
3:49
I'm sure they're willing to in the right scenario. That may not be a rental of Britton or something. But speaking completely hypothetically and just as an example, say they were able to sell the Mets on a deGrom trade ... of course they take the hit in that instance.
The Only Marlins Fan Left
3:50
If the Nats keep losing, do you believe they trade Victor Robles for JT Realmuto?
Steve Adams
3:50
Don't think they'll get that desperate. They've stuck to their guns in that regard, and I think they're set on a long-term OF mix with Robles in CF and Soto in a corner
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