Chat With MLBTR's Steve Adams: 7/7/20
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Steve Adams
3:58
Greetings! Just over two weeks until the scheduled opener -- it'll be an interesting 17 days. Let's chat!
Scooter2Reds
3:58
Where will Scooter land?
Steve Adams
3:59
Based on Gennett's comments in the most recent interview he did, it doesn't sound like he'll land anywhere. He wasn't happy with the offers he received and didn't want to sign for less than he felt he was worth. He's earned close to $20MM in career salary -- if he want to sit it out and dedicate himself to his family, that's plenty respectable. Best of luck to him.

(To be clear, he did not formally indicate he was retiring or anything -- but he's not going to get a bigger offer now, that's for sure)
Guest
4:00
Will STL actually made a trade for Arenado this year?
Steve Adams
4:02
I feel like a trade of that magnitude is much more likely in the offseason. And I know Cards fans have been beating this drum forever, but there are cleaner fits for him out there than St. Louis in my mind.
cheechj411
4:02
CAN U PLEASE LIST THE TEAMS IN DIVISIONS THANKS
Steve Adams
4:03
Divisions haven't changed. Teams will play games within their divisions and interleague series against the corresponding division in the other league.

So AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, AL West vs. NL West.
4:04
40 games within your division, 20 interleague
Gurriel
4:04
Do you think Yuli could pull a 2 year contract if he has played with the same quality he did last year?
Steve Adams
4:05
Under normal circumstances I'd say yeah -- hard to make any predictions about what free-agent spending will look like this winter though. A 37-year-old 1B seems like the type who might get squeezed more than younger options, though.
John
4:06
Will teams be less likely to take on a trade with decent money attached to it? Alex Cobb fo example
Steve Adams
4:06
Cobb was going to be hard to trade even under normal circumstances. I don't see how the O's are getting out from under that one anytime soon.
DeGrom
4:07
Third straight Cy Young in 2020. Buying or selling?
Steve Adams
4:08
No reason to bet against him, but even in a full year you'd have to consider Scherzer, Strasburg, Buehler, etc. as options -- and in a shorter year we could see some weird awards races.
Paul Dewgong
4:09
Should I keep Verlander, Soroka or Glasnow?
Steve Adams
4:11
In terms of pure 2020 results, I'd take Verlander. Long-term I'd go Glasnow over Soroka. Both are excellent, both have durability question marks, but Glasnow's strikeouts give him a notable leg up over Soroka, in fantasy, for me.
Houston Asterisks
4:11
Does David Price opting out really negatively impact the Dodgers?  Could May, Gonsolin, and Stripling actually be rotation upgrades over a declining Price?
Steve Adams
4:13
Price was awesome last year until the wrist issue really started to bother him. He had a 3.16 ERA and 3.00 FIP through 88 innings heading into the All-Star break. There are more health questions with him than there used to be, and I'm not saying he's the capital-A Ace he once was, but Price is still a very good pitcher.
Tyler
4:14
Whatever happened to Evan Gattis?
Steve Adams
4:14
He said this winter that he's done playing:
Er, guess that was spring
Money Mark
4:15
Evan White is known for his glove, but could he eventually hit 30HRs? What's a current comp for him?
Steve Adams
4:18
He's more of a hit-over-power type of prospect. Obviously that can change with some altered mechanics -- Christian Yelich was hit-over-power at one point -- but I think you'd be better off hoping for a solid average/OBP, lots of doubles, 15-20 HR and some awesome glovework at 1B.
Royals announced Brad Keller and Ryan O'Hearn tested positive for COVID-19. Mild symptoms for Keller right now. No symptoms for O'Hearn.
Guest 34
4:19
Would players who opt out for the season who are in their last year of contracts be eligible for qualifying offers at the end of the season? Also, can players opt out once the season starts?
Steve Adams
4:20
They can opt out after the season starts, yes.

The QO thing is a good question. Players are technically on the restricted list and would be reinstated when the season ends, so my assumption would be yes? I can look into that. Not something I've really considered to this point.
Thomas D
4:21
Do you think this offseason will see a flood of 1 year deals?
Steve Adams
4:22
Yeah -- beyond owners looking to recoup losses by spending less on traditional free agents, I expect we'll see a huge wave of non-tenders, leading to more one-year deals.
Jeff
4:23
Is it really worth trying to develop Vlad at the hot corner?  Even in a best case scenario we are unlikely to get better than average defence; I would rather move him to first now and look to Groshans / Martin.  Thoughts?
Steve Adams
4:23
I don't think there's much harm in seeing if he can beat expectations there.
Chris
4:24
Should the braves trade for a lefty vet like Kyle seager?
Steve Adams
4:24
Seager's contract makes him practically untrade-able under normal circumstances -- and that's all the more true with revenue losses throughout the league.
Ben
4:25
I'm confused about service time. Didn't the March agreement say that all players would receive service time this year no matter what? Because I've also seen that players identified as high risk who opt out will get service time, implying that those who aren't high risk who opt out won't. How much service time will a non-high risk player who opts out receive? Please explain. Thanks!
Steve Adams
4:26
Players will receive service time under the March agreement. The union pushed for anyone who opts out to be able to receive service but an agreement obviously wasn't reached.

Players electing not to play because they have family or others close to them who are high risk do not get paid and do not receive service time.

A high-risk player who opts out (say Jake Diekman, for example) would still be paid and receive service.
Phillies2020
4:26
Do you think the phillies will have JT Realmuto locked up long term? If they fail to , I think Klentak should get the boot
Steve Adams
4:28
I think there's enough interest on both sides that something gets done.

Failing to get a deal done at all costs shouldn't be seen as a knock on Klentak without full context, though. What if John Middleton isn't willing to spend after these revenue losses? What if Realmuto's camp is hell-bent on signing for $180MM or something insane? Klentak would be right to say "Well, we won't do that."
Guest 34
4:29
Is there any thinking that pitchers may pitch differently due to the short season (ie. throwing harder knowing they will be pitching less innings / appearances)?
Steve Adams
4:30
I could see some velocity upticks because pitchers are generally asked to work in shorter stints. I think we'll see a lot more guys making 3- and 4-inning starts, especially early in the season. Teams will experiment with some tandem/piggyback pairings and things of that nature.
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