Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/18/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:08
They don't. These teams have a choice to either suck in a way that helps the future or just suck.
12:09
The fact that the AL has parity and the NL has the best teams makes rebuilding in the NL simply smarter than in the AL
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
12:09
Favorite winter beer?
Dan Szymborski
12:10
Type of question that I will give different answers on different days in different moods. Right now, Great Lakes Christmas Ale?
Shoot, meant to star these for Lightning ROund. Sorry, slow today
(Me, not the chat)
Bork
12:10
So Ian Kennedy signed a surprising deal. Odds are Gallardo will sign a similar contract. Who will be worth more for the length of it and how disappointed will their teams be?
Dan Szymborski
12:10
I'm pretty sour on Gallardo - that K rate declining every year is frightenning.
spudchukar
12:10
Your opinion of Cards' 2015 rookie outfielders, Grichuk, Piscotty, and Pham?
Dan Szymborski
12:11
I think they'll all have value, but the firs ttwo have more upside
Dan
12:11
With Fredi Gonzalez already stating that the ATL closer job is Grilli's to lose, is there any chance that Vizcaino still wins it in spring training?
Dan Szymborski
12:12
No, I think Grilli gets first shot regardless. The Braves are going to stink in 2016 by design, so no need to inflate Vizcaino's long-term salaries yet.
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
12:12
So, your boys just gave a ton of money to Chris Davis (though a good amount of it will be Bonilla'd). I get the impression that the O's were one of the AL teams that could stand to rebuild, but they're kind of "all-in" with this one now, right? Good or bad decision?
Dan Szymborski
12:12
It's a good decision if there's actually a follow-up. If not, they're essentially the 2015 teams with a couple extra hitters instead of their beest pitcher.
But it's good they got off the fence
Bork
12:12
It would obviously be hugely disliked by the Jays fans, but does signing Upton and letting Bautista walk at the end of the year make sense for them?
Dan Szymborski
12:13
As always, contracts vary and can't answer in a vacuum.
ASM
12:13
How great were the 2008 Toronto Blue Jays? I'll hang-up and listen. Thanks.
Dan Szymborski
12:13
One of the great modern underachievers.
Zonk
12:14
Using ZIPS, how much did the Orioles overpay for Chris Davis, in your opinion?
Dan Szymborski
12:14
About $30
million. ZiPS is obviously not precise enough to decide $30
Chris
12:14
Would the Jays consider trading dickey and prospects for Sale, or even EE?
Dan Szymborski
12:15
Yes, but the White Sox would not right now and if they were in a position that they wanted to, they don't have much of a reason to want Dickey.
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
12:15
Do either of Cespedes and/or Upton take under $100M at the end of the offseason?
Dan Szymborski
12:16
Only in a short-term deal. I think people are too quick to decide they're doomed.
J
12:16
Thoughts on Leake contract?
Dan Szymborski
12:16
Fairly priced and deciding un-sexy.
decidedly
Skarp Hedin
12:17
Isn't the core argument for the feasibility of +30%k rates and +15% swstr rates that there has been nothing more than an aesthetic aversion to them in the past? And that this aversion led to players behaving in ways not optimal for performance? I am trying to figure out why people are so ahistorical in their views on this subject...
Dan Szymborski
12:17
I'm actually not quite sure what you're asking as I don't know what you're referencing.
Craig in Chicago
12:17
Avisail for Jay Bruce, who says "No"?
Dan Szymborski
12:17
I don't see the purpose of this trade for the Reds
Which of course, isn't necessarily a disqualifier.
MSW
12:17
What would be better for the Mets, signing Cespedes now at the cost of whatever his contract is, or waiting until midseason to acquire a bat at the cost of minor leaguers in a thinning farm system?
Dan Szymborski
12:18
Probably signing him now, but they may feel more comfortable trading value than dollars.
Brett W
12:18
How many dollars will Justin Upton be guaranteed this winter?
Dan Szymborski
12:18
Multiple.
j6takish
12:18
Why do teams hate hitters so much?
Dan Szymborski
12:18
They don't, the ones remaining just aren't that exciting relative to waht they cost
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