Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 2/1/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:17
While I like the trade, I highly doubt Aaron Hill becomes a deadline commodity.
12:18
He's going to be a 34-year-old second baseman who has been absolutely horrible for two years.
Gary
12:18
Think Votto gets moved anytime soon?
Dan Szymborski
12:18
No
Q-Ball
12:18
Cardinals OF.....Holliday, Grichuk, Piscotty, Pham. I could see that group being pretty good, but I could also see it being pretty bad. What say you?
Dan Szymborski
12:18
I think it'll be a decent group.
Bill
12:19
Can the Orioles do anything to be one of the better AL East teams this year this late in the off season?
Dan Szymborski
12:19
No.
CamdenWarehouse
12:19
Are you positive, negative or neutral on the Qualifying Offer system? Why?
Dan Szymborski
12:19
Neutral. Owners have always insisted on *some* kind of compensation for free agent loss, going back to the start of free agency, and they're likely to stick to it.
Yeah, QOs suck sometimes, but the Elias ratings were pretty awful.
Zonk
12:21
Why isn't David Freese an Indian yet? Seems like a perfect fit....
Dan Szymborski
12:21
Frankly, I'd rather play Jose Ramirez at 3rd than Freese.
Now Freese is better than Urshela, but how many two WAR seasons does Freese have in his career? 2?
12:22
Well, 4 by FG, but just barely
(2 by BR, just checked)
Point is though, Freese just isn't that good and the Indians would have to trade for him.
12:23
Wait, he's a FA, duh
(sorry, I have a head cold, so I'm slow on the uptake today)
Still, meh.
12:24
(Completely forgot, since nobody's talked about him this offseason, because, well, he's not that good)
Hank
12:24
Do you expect AJ Pollock to have a repeat of last season?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
Yes
Matt
12:24
D'Backs acquiring Segura show that they're really regretting parting ways with Didi?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
I don't like to guess on subtexts.
They're not acquiring a player out of regret, they're acquiring a player they think will be better than the options.
12:25
Now, I think that the board state is worse with Segura than what they traded away, but they certainly didn't do it out of some pining for Gregorius.
If they got something really awesome for Gregorius, they'd likely still want Segura.
Wade
12:25
Do you think there Are there handshake agreements that a player will take the opt out? This would make the Ian Kennedy signing make more since.
Dan Szymborski
12:26
Nobody in baseball has ever kept a secret, so I doubt it.
12:27
The Blue Jays were *this close* to being reprimanded for the Clemens handshake agreement.
12:28
MLB does not like secret covenants.
mtsw
12:28
What does a do-able Machado extension look like?
Dan Szymborski
12:29
I don't believe there's any figure that would be acceptable to both parties.
Julio Pepper
12:29
Is it just me, or have position players been going for pennies relative to pitchers, if you take projected WAR seriously? Does anyone expect Mike Leake to be more valuable than Howie Kendrick over the next few seasons? Speaking of which, why on earth did Kendrick get less money than Daniel Murphy?
Dan Szymborski
12:29
No, I don't think so. I've been getting similar implied $/WAR value for hitters and pitchers.
It's just that there were better pitchers than hitters available.
12:30
In Kendrick's case, I think they misread the argument and Kendrick *is* older.
The Cincinnati Kid
12:30
ZiPs seems to like AJ Reed (as do I), do you see him as a Super 2 deadline call-up, only in case of injury emergency call-up, or a September call-up this season?
Dan Szymborski
12:30
I think if he crushes AAA and the Astros have a need, he'll come up.
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