Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 11/21/16
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12:19
Back injuries are no joke. Even though he cam back strong, how concerned should be be for the long-term health prospects of Kershaw? Should LA look to lessen his workload in 2017?
Dan Szymborski
12:19
I don't think there's a reason to be over-concerned. *yet*
Matt M
12:20
Does Knapp become the Phillies backup catcher just because of 40 man roster spots being unavailable for an addition?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
The Phillies have shuffled a *lot* of their 40 man. I owuldn't write it in pen.
Though it seems likely right now as I don't think they start Alfaro in majors without giving him job
Don
12:21
Where does Utley go? Chances he goes to one of the LA teams?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
Pretty good I think.
Jason
12:21
Will the reds be able to rid themselves of them Phillips contract? What are the best fits?
Dan Szymborski
12:22
They've been trying, but remember he threw a wrench in the Nats trade
12:23
It's one of life's ironies that Phillips was one of the most valuable Nats anyway.
Since it was only after he turned down the trade that they really turned to Dan Murphy
Chris
12:23
Who will be a better player in 2017: Granderson or Bruce?
Dan Szymborski
12:23
Granderson
Logan
12:24
Is Scooter Gennett a non-tender canidate? Who would have interest in him?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
I think they go Arb1 with him at least.
D
12:24
Looking back to the dodgers 2015 international spending, do you think they will end up better having taken the path they took, signing Yadier Alvarez, Yusniel Diaz, Omar Estevez, Starling Heredia and Ronny Brito? Or would have come out more on top just simply blowing by the limit the previous year and signing Yoan Moncada, something reports say they seriously considered?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
May not be working out, but I think with international prospects, you'll still do better in the long-run going for quantity on these types
Roadhog
12:25
Gray + Vogt for Inciarte + Newcomb + anyone seems like a slam dunk for both sides, IMO
Dan Szymborski
12:25
Gray's trade value has collapsed.
Elton
12:25
Last week Dave predicted that the Cubs would look to fill center field by trading for a veteran, and later suggested they might be looking at Ellsbury (assuming some salary relief from NY). What do you think? Even if Fowler becomes too expensive and they don't believe Heyward will be a plus CF, I don't see why they would tie themselves to a declining hitter with four years left on his contract.
Dan Szymborski
12:26
They *might* look at Ellsbury, but they're going to need a lot to be eaten - they're not stupid.
I still suspect they're going wait-and-see with Heyward CF as the fallback
D
12:27
In your estimation, what's your best guess as to what the Dodgers end up with at 2nd and 3rd base in 2017?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
I suspect they bring back Justin Turner in the end and use Kiké
Rob
12:27
Let's assume Sale is traded in the next few weeks, is it a mistake to hold onto Quintana? It seems like a mistake to hold onto him. I understand he has four years of control versus three for Sale, but why keep him if Sale goes??
Dan Szymborski
12:28
Mostly because the White Sox prefer to be the Diamondbacks or pre-summer Padres.
12:29
The FA market is weak enough and the lack of big help in the minors means, I think the jig is up in Chicago.
Out of time for half-measures. It's like your house being on fire and deciding to just put out half of it.
Ned Yost
12:29
What would you think about the Astros going trading for Lorenzo Cain or AJ Pollack as the last piece of their puzzle?
Dan Szymborski
12:29
Always depends on the price. Not sure Arizona in mood to sell low on Pollock.
12:30
Nor is KC likely to go full rebuild until after 2017
Gary
12:30
Is Matt Harvey's career over? :(
Dan Szymborski
12:30
Wouldn't say that
Bork
12:30
The Padres, Athletics, and Rays are apparently all interested in Thames. Doesn't the Rays make the most sense for him? Hard to showcase his donger power in pitcher stadiums.
Dan Szymborski
12:32
I should note that ZiPS translates Thames KBO performance at 240/313/464. He's nothing more than a lotto ticket for a team that can't do better.
I have a great
12:32
Hi Dan, how do you think officiating in the MLB compares to that which occurs in the NBA/NFL?
Dan Szymborski
12:32
Actually might be better since there are fewer judgment calls.
Fat Kenny G
12:32
How can you justify the people's insistence of Cleveland changing their logo/team name, yet every year around this time literally millions of innocent turkeys are murdered in the name of a "tradition" of giving thanks with those same Native People that we are systematically eradicating by ignoring them and their plight? Eno said that it's a false equivalence of Turkeys and Humans, but if you go back far enough we share a common ancestor.
Dan Szymborski
12:32
If you go back far enough *everything* has a common ancestor.
Ethan
12:33
Hey Dan. Now that the AFL is over and done with, how much importance do you think the average team assigns to a prospect'a performance in that league? On the one hand, it's less than 100 PA for pretty much everyone, and on the other it's nominally against the best competition the minors have to offer. How much should teams take away from a great performance in the AFL, or a terrible one?
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