Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 2/8/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:03
Boom.
Zonk
12:03
Is Peyton Manning the greatest football player of all time?
Dan Szymborski
12:04
Sorry, I gotta go with Montana.
curious
12:04
What types of player generally gets big differences between Steamer and Zips, and why? In which cases should we lean toward one projection or the other?
Dan Szymborski
12:04
Honestly, I haven't found a clear pattern one way or the other. There will be some differences at times, but it doesn't appear to come down to a matter of player *type*
I would keep in mind both systems and simply be aware when there is disagreement.
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Q-Ball
12:04
What non-QO free agents left do you find interesting? Who do you think should be a target for bargain-bin shopping FOs?
Dan Szymborski
12:05
Jackson and Uribe.
Zonk
12:05
White Sox should forego the 28th pick, and sign Dexter Fowler. He makes a ton of sense for that team. What say you?
Dan Szymborski
12:06
Yes. I wrote a piece to that effect! The AL Central (and really, the entire AL) is wide-open.
I hate Go Big or Go Home, but it's reasonable hear. TAKE THE SHOT!
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BLAH
John
12:07
What does Brandon Belt do by the end of the year? That hard hit % is luring me in but the injury risks scares me...so conflicted.
Dan Szymborski
12:07
Honestly, I think he'll be fine. Hitter injuries don't frighten me long-term the way pitcher injuries do
12:08
And while concussions are scary and he had some lingering issues last fall
I don't think it's at the point where we have to be over-concerned, but you can't completely ignore it.
Q-Ball
12:09
The Gurriel brothers, IIRC, were on record as saying they wouldn't leave the island without permission. Am I remembering that right? If they are allowed to leave, is pretty much every good Cuban headed this way now?
Dan Szymborski
12:09
I don't actually remembe roriginally
I'd like to see more on this story though.
The headlines are talking about them as having "defected" which tends to imply without permission.
Oakland Athletics of San Jose
12:13
Could the A's still swing a preseason trade? Beane was talking big about making a trade in January and didn't. Or are Coco and Butler both expected to actually receive playing time?
Dan Szymborski
12:13
They absolutely could. The A's come out of nowhere with those things.
mike
12:13
Do you think N. Mazara, J. Bell and JP Crawford all contribute for their big league clubs this season?
Dan Szymborski
12:13
The first and third especially.
12:14
I think they push their way up.
Gerb
12:14
ZIPS seems super low on Indians middle infield. Kipnis + Lindor combined for 9.8 WAR last season with Lindor only playing 99 games, but are only projected for 6.4 this year. Is there a 2B + SS combo anywhere else in the league other than Houston you like better?
Dan Szymborski
12:14
I'd hardly call that super-low. You want to be careful about establish Lindor's new baseline as *that* high and Kipnis has been all over the place.
the artist formerly known as ?
12:14
Dan: where do the Orioles go from here? Would you try to sign Pedro Alvarez for DH and move Trumbo to RF? Or would you go after Venable or Jackson to fill the RF void? And what about the #5 starter? Worley, Lincecum or some internal options? I won't mention the former SD pitcher since I can't spell his name and he's not likely to be of much help. Thanks.
Dan Szymborski
12:14
Honestly, none of these are the least bit interesting. The last really interesting fit, I feel, for the Orioles, was Doug Fister.
12:15
Alvarez isn't a good enough hitter for any position he can play.
Jackson's best in a situation in which you're willing to use him in CF
And the #5 spot is a true whatever position.
BASEBALL SEASON
12:15
Reddick - extended or traded?
Dan Szymborski
12:15
Traded
Quirks
12:15
For the Cubs, Bryant, Soler, Russell, and Schwarber all had K% above 28% last year. Any concerns about the Cubs offense supporting 4 batters with that high a K rate?
Dan Szymborski
12:16
Not really.
Eric Blair
12:16
Eric Wedge continues the Clevelandization of the Blue Jays. How worried should John Gibbons be about his job?
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