Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams: 9/19/17
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Steve Adams
4:24
Greetings! Apologies on the delayed start. The joys of hunting for a new apartment in New York City prevented me from being ready at the usual time.
I'm going to scrounge for some form of caffeine but will get rolling in a minute or  so here. Feel free to start sending questions in
4:26
Caffeine acquired! Let's go
EPPLER
4:26
Offer Upton 4 years 100 if he opts out, do not think he'd get much more on market. What do u think Steve?
Steve Adams
4:26
Cespedes got 4/110 last year when he was a year older than Upton will be. I think it's reasonable to look for $125MM+ and five or six years for Upton.
Dark Knight
4:27
Should I hang up the cape?
Steve Adams
4:28
Well Harvey's not going to retire, but it's fair to wonder at this point if he'll ever return to the pitcher he was pre-surgery. Not that many guys have gone through both Tommy John and Thoracic Outlet surgery -- let alone so close together. And the success rate from TOS seems to be decidedly lower than from TJS.
Mark fr NJ
4:28
Is there a good chance the Met's release Matt Harvey opening a spot for another pitcher.
Steve Adams
4:29
I think they'll still tender him a contract. The upside is significant, and his price tag will be limited by this year's injuries and poor performance. Realistically speaking, the Mets need all the arms they can get. Look at how many starters they've cycled through in 2017
Mayner
4:29
Bautista is wrapping up his time as a Blue Jay. Who's in the market for a .205, 160Ks, 37 year old injury prone outfielder?
Steve Adams
4:30
He still walks and still has power. I'd imagine there are a few teams that'll be open to signing him for $5-8MM, putting him at DH (and getting him off that turf every day) and hoping he can put up a .350 OBP and 30 homers.
NY Mets
4:31
Should I trade for Dee Gordon?
Steve Adams
4:33
Second base doesn't strike me as their greatest need -- especially not when addressing it would require them to part with some meaningful young talent. They do need some infield depth, but they have options at second with Rivera, possibly Asdrubal coming back.
FA Pitchers
4:33
Who would you rather have, Arrieta or Darvish?
Steve Adams
4:36
They're really close in my book. I'd take Arrieta slightly if we're just looking totally in a vacuum, because he doesn't have a major surgery in his recent history and is an absolute freak about keeping himself in shape and taking care of his body (not to say that Darvish doesn't do the same).

I think they both have cases for $100MM+ in free agency this winter and will enter the market seeking to comfortably top that threshold
David
4:36
What is Joey Gallo's role next season? 3rd? 1st? OF?
Steve Adams
4:37
It's not going to be third base unless Beltre blows out his knee in Spring Training or something. I'd imagine he'll split time between 1B/DH/3B/OF in a similar capacity to 2017, though early in the year it'll be mostly first base. Guzman's arrival will impact that eventually.
Joe
4:38
Mlb network just talked about joe mauer and they all agree he is not a hall of famer. What are your thoughts about him being in the HOF now and with a couple more years like this year .300 hitter and if u look at defensive metrics he should be hands down the gold glove winner this year (one of only a couple players to win at multiple positions)
Steve Adams
4:40
It depends on your view of what determines a Hall of Famer. He's not going to accumulate that much more in terms of counting stats, but he was as good a player as there was in the game for a short time. He was historically good as an offensive catcher for about half a decade, won three batting titles and an MVP (and probably should've been more heavily considered the year Morneau won, but... RBIZ and whatnot).

I don't think his case will stack up to other HOFers, but if you wanted to argue that he should get in based on winning three batting titles in five years when only three other catchers had ever done so at all -- I wouldn't call you crazy.
4:41
But, I also don't really get worked up about who gets into the Hall of Fame. It's a shrine to the game -- and the exclusivity mindset most people seem to carry regarding it just sort of confuses me
Kevin
4:41
What year should White Sox fans expect a return to relevance by their major league club?  Lopez, Giolito, Moncada and Fulmer have all graduated/shown some flashes of promise in the bigs this year (albeit in a small sample size) plus they have guys like kopech and jimenez who may be ready sometime in the second half of next season.  Quicker turnaround than people thought possibly?
Steve Adams
4:43
If everything breaks right for them, sure they could contend in 2019. But I think 2020 is a safer bet. Fulmer has yet to show that he can be a starter -- he may yet end up in the 'pen -- Rodon's injuries have to be concerning, Anderson didn't take a step forward in 2017, etc.
Baby Reds
4:43
Is Castillo a legit 200k guy next year?
Steve Adams
4:44
I don't know if he'll get enough innings, but I think he'll average comfortably north of a strikeout per inning. 180+ seems reasonable to assume in terms of sheer volume.
I suppose he has almost 170 IP between the Majors and Minors this season, so 200 IP isn't as unreasonable as I thought. I'll go yes -- I'm very much on the Castillo hype train
Bartolo Colon
4:44
Should I hang up the cleats at the end of the season?, or do I have something left in me?
Steve Adams
4:45
NEVER RETIRE BARTOLO
NEVER
DO YOU HEAR ME
He says he still wants to pitch. Someone will give him the chance to do so.
Matt Klentak
4:45
Marcus Stroman for Sixto Sanchez, Scott Kingery, Mickey Moniak and Jake Thompson
Steve Adams
4:46
I'm not giving that up for three years of Stroman.
Ralph C
4:46
Would a Happ trade in the offseason get the Cubs a pitcher like Bundy, Gausman, Teheran or Manaea  straight up? Or do you feel that is not enough
Steve Adams
4:47
I don't think the Orioles would do it since they're in such dire need of pitching themselves. Happ for Manaea would make for an interesting framework.
Zack Cozart
4:47
Do I get a QO?
Steve Adams
4:47
He absolutely should. I think the Reds will.
Alek
4:48
Could Severino steal the AL Cy Young Award away from Kluber/Sale with a good last two starts?
Steve Adams
4:49
I think it's primarily a two-horse race, but I guess if Sevvy tosses a couple of shutouts to finish the season he could force himself into the mix.
MLBTR Juggalo
4:49
My beautiful and dearly loved A's are hot garbage.  Is there any reason to feel hope for October baseball over the next 3 years?
Steve Adams
4:51
Olson, Chapman, Barreto all on the verge of cementing themselves in the Majors (well, the first two probably already have). I'm still a big Manaea believer. Graveman is a fine fourth-ish starter. Fowler and Mateo on the horizon to add into the outfield -- there's a lot of young talent to like in Oakland
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