Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/18/16
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Dan Szymborski
11:59
Fritter away one of your remaining hours of existence in fancy-but-futile fashion! It's the Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat!
Zonk
11:59
The most regrettable FA signings of the offseason might be the two made over the weekend. Do you think that's the case?
Dan Szymborski
11:59
I think Davis is overpaid, but I don't think that's the big regret - the issue with Davis contract is more the O's other issues.
But Kennedy seems to be a source of possible regret
12:00
There really aren't many awful signings this winter.
NutButters
12:00
If I am Brian Ashman, should I try to convince Doug Fister to sign for 1 year as a swingman to attempt replacing Warren? If not, where does he end up?
Dan Szymborski
12:01
THink he'll still get a starting job. Too many teams remaining like O's that need another starter.
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
12:01
Both the Brewers and Reds figure to have a moribund few years with entering obvious rebuilds, and the other three NLC teams being so good. Who do you think makes a quicker return to serious playoff contention?
Dan Szymborski
12:01
Brewers, I think, but still too early to tell. The Reds started the rebuilding later than the Brewers did.
REds could've been faster, but they wasted their opportunities to get value for their players
Q-Ball
12:01
The markets for Fowler and Kendrick are reportedly very thin. What's your take on where they might be a fit? The chances of Fowler going back to the Cubs on a 1-year deal look greater than zero, don't they?
Dan Szymborski
12:01
I'm not a fan of FA predictions simply because there are so many ways things can end up
12:02
I don't think Fowler takes a 1-year deal to return to Cubs simply because if he signs a 1-year deal, he's not going to want to be a 4th outfielder too.
Fact is, Cubs are going to give Heyward ever opportunity to play center unless they give up on Soler in some way
Zonk
12:02
If Reyes is guilty, I hope they throw the book at him. Secretly, aren't the Rockies actually hoping he gets deported? Saves money, and takes a real PR problem off their hands.
Dan Szymborski
12:03
Yeah, it's the probably the best opportunity for the Rockies.
goldy the gopher
12:03
Evan Drelich reported yesterday that Chris Correa of the Cardinals told authorities of his communicating the data theft to other members of the front office. Are the Cardinals not really kind of downplaying this whole mess? When you step back and look at it, this was really an egregious violation of fair play was it not?
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
12:03
Jeff gave a good answer to this question the other day, but I'd like your opinion here too: What do you make of the whole Chris Correa/Cardinals hacking situation? Do you think any discipline is coming to the Cards? I'd think that to be consistent with the theme of maintaining the integrity of the game that MLB espouses so vehemently any time there is a notable PED incident, they kind of have to mete out discipline here, right?
Dan Szymborski
12:03
As I've said before, it's something you dont' deal with until all the investigations are done and all the details they're likely to get are out.
There's no pressing need to punish the Cardinals right now versus punish them later.
12:04
I would be surprised if, in the end, the Cardinals get away without some kind of penalty.
Jon
12:04
The Cubs have a DH in Left field but a roster otherwise filled with versatile players and manager in Joe Maddon generally considered excellent at in-game strategy. Would the Cubs be more at an advantage in relation to the National League if the NL adopted the DH tomorrow or if they did not and preserved NL-style late game strategy?
Dan Szymborski
12:04
The Cubs would do well, simply because they have good depth.
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
12:04
Will Smith for Austin Hedges, who hangs up first?
Dan Szymborski
12:05
Should be the Padres, but they might not because they're in tread water mode.
Art Vandelay
12:05
Who would've thought the Bobby Bonilla deferred contract would be the deal du jour of this offseason? I know it's not the same situation, but I can't remember many (if any) of these deals happening and then we got two big ones in the same offseason.
Dan Szymborski
12:05
It's not really the same thing at all. There's a gigantic difference between deferring money at 8% and deferring money at 0%
Cory S.
12:05
What is Marlins end-game? They sign a good pitcher, but still want to trade one of their better OF (which lacks depth). Yelich isn't a CF.
Dan Szymborski
12:06
They try to be an 84-win team, fail, and trade Gordon and Chen next winter.
They're thrashing.
Phil
12:06
Are we going to see Julio Urias or Jose Deleon in major this season?
Dan Szymborski
12:06
I think they at least get espressos down the stretch.
Is the plural of espresso espressos? Or espressi? Or just espresso?
Q-Ball
12:06
Tigers and White Sox have protected first-round picks...if the price drops, wouldn't Dexter Fowler make sense for both teams?
Dan Szymborski
12:06
Yes
Art Vandelay
12:06
Are you interested in watching the 434 minute Godfather Epic? 1 and 2 combined with all the deleted scenes.
Dan Szymborski
12:07
Yeah, but I don't like the resorting in chronological order
The flashbacks are chosen to intersperse with scenes in the presents to make parallels and commentary. You lose that when you reshuffle
12:08
I mean it's not as bad as reshuffling Slaughterhouse-Five would be, but pretty bad
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
12:08
There seems to be a fair amount of backlash coming out with several teams in the NL undergoing rebuilding processes, with nobody really doing so in the AL. The negativity seems a bit misguided, don't you think? What other choice do teams like the Braves/Phillies/Brewers/Reds etc. have? Spend a ton of money inefficiently to buy themselves into contention, likely fail, then have an even bigger mess on their hands that they'll have to spend more time rebuilding from? Just sour grapes from AL team executives who, by and large, won't have guaranteed patsies to beat up on while some of their NL counterparts will?
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