Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 2/1/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:47
(Never did have an official singular AFAICT)
12:49
And going that insane over pitcher mix is crazy
12:50
I don't think the 12 PA he has in his career against Kershaw were suppressing his overall numbers.
Pinstripe Wizard
12:50
Let's say Heyward is a negative defender in CF with Schwarber being awful in left. How much of an impact will the lack of outfield defense hurt the Cubs?
Dan Szymborski
12:50
Well, they'll allow additional runs.
The Maddness
12:50
Ahmed both outhits and outfields Segura....that trade makes 0 sense for the D'Backs.
Dan Szymborski
12:51
I don't think in the end it's Ahmed that loses playing time.
Bill
12:52
It is completely against the interests of a fringe QO player to be cool with having a QO put on him as evidence by a half dozen players who lost their value.
Dan Szymborski
12:52
Any compensation system, by its very nature, is going to work against somebody's interests.
Fact is, in this system, it at least forces teams to put their money where their mouth is. The QO is better than the arbitration acceptance in previous sytem.
Ronnie
12:53
Wily Peralta throws a high volume of high velocity fastballs yielding a high percentage of groundballs & Colorado could use a starter. How is 3B prospect Ryan McMahon + pieces on either side as needed?
Dan Szymborski
12:53
Again, WHY
12:54
The Rockies current needs are essentially irrelevant.
Stan
12:54
Maybe Mike Leake is underrated. He's a good innings eating pitcher who can hit better than some shortstops and catchers out there. He's athletic, fields his position. Maybe I like Mike Leake too much, but I thought he was a great sign for the Cardinals, and I'm not even a Cards fan.
Dan Szymborski
12:55
No, I think he's rated at this point.
He's an adequate pitcher with little upside, fairly safe, and got a contract exactly in line with his projections.
TO me, that's rated.
Pinstripe Wizard
12:55
As someone who saw AJ Reed play at Kentucky, his only real weakness as a hitter is against pitchers that consistently get the ball in on his hands. He's going to mash mistakes and probably be like Rizzo and get beaned a lot.
12:56
Szym just basically said he does better work than other people. Gotta admire the acknowledgement of the truth.
Dan Szymborski
12:56
Wait, what specifically did I say?
Don't remember.
But yeah, I believe I do good work.
Oh, the using other people's work?
12:57
I'm not saying I'm better than KATOH, but I believe in doing my own work, not just using that of others.
I will always have access to and have the legal right to use, by default, products of my own research.
Matt
12:57
How much you think Latos gets? 2/$12?
Dan Szymborski
12:58
1/8?
JKD
12:58
One possible reason for the discrepancy between position player and pitcher contracts this winter: teams are relatively more confident in their ability to identify and develop hitters than they used to be, while pitchers still have a huge (and seemingly inescapable) risk factor in terms of injury. Basically: your cost of, and level of confidence in, developing a 2-WAR position player is now much lower/higher than doing the same for a pitcher.
Murrel
12:58
Can Albert hit 40 dingers again? Will he ever be a 300 hitter again?
Dan Szymborski
12:58
Yes, no.
Chuncey Wiggins
12:58
Which baseball player would make the worst president of the USA?
Dan Szymborski
12:58
Papelbon?
mtsw
12:58
If the NL adopts a DH, there's nothing stopping the league from a semi-radical division realignment. Moving Houston and Texas into the same division seems to have done well for both teams, why not more of that, (especially if 2 expansion teams requires a realignment anyway). How about something like this:
Dan Szymborski
12:59
I read these vertically because I'm stupid and didn't see lines.
BJ
12:59
Latos seems like a good Pirates reclamation project in the mold of AJ Burnett, no?
Dan Szymborski
12:59
Would be fun.
EC
12:59
Does Kershaw pass the HOF Bus test yet?
Dan Szymborski
12:59
Mine at least.
RotoLando
12:59
Would a sixth finger help or hinder a pitcher?
Dan Szymborski
12:59
Probably neither.
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