Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 5/9/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:17
How shallow is your league that you can't find a taker for Saunders or Rasmus given how well they've played?
Adam
12:17
Is it time to start talking about Kevin Pillar as a star player? His recent hot streak made me think about his WAR total from last year and I was surprised to find that since the start of 2015 he has been one of the top 25 players in baseball by fWAR.
Dan Szymborski
12:17
Given his defense, it's past time.
Socks
12:19
Is Miguel Cabrera is still great obvs, but is he still elite? He looks to be slowing down a bit. More pulled grounders.
Dan Szymborski
12:19
I think he'll be fine, but we ought to expect him to slowly decline these days.
Erik
12:19
Harper is getting the Bonds treatment already, as a 23-year old. Assuming no major injuries or regression, could he threaten either Bonds' walks or intentional walks career record? Seems plausible, if he gets this treatment for another 10 years or so.
Dan Szymborski
12:19
It's a possibility
12:20
But I think BGonds has the edge
Bonds started late, but he had some crazy IBB seasons.
12:21
Remember he had a 100 IBB season. Harper's still not IBBed at the level of craqzy bonds
Stenzy
12:21
Peavy and Cain. How much longer can the Giants put up with this? What are some realistic options?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
I think their options aren't that great, especially for Peavy.
I mean the expectations for Cain were always limited.
But they need Peavy to be adequate.
12:22
Like they have Heston as an alternative for Cain, but the options drop off considerably
They'd have to make a trade likely iff neither turn it around
humphrey
12:23
Have you heard anything about what is going on with Giolito struggling in AA? Are the Nats telling him to throw 30% changeups or something?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
Not sure if it's anything the Nats have done. Haven't seen him this year, but a scout I talked to who has thought he was nibbling and not just trusting his stuff
James
12:24
Smart for the White Sox to try and sign Lincecum, or are their options internally better?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
Meh
Guest
12:24
It's still early May, some reports coming out saying new M's ownership is willing raise payroll, who should they target?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
Call me in June - there are too many teams in the hunt.
12:25
Really the only targets are players on the teams we already expected to be lousy and we've talked a lot about them already
And yeah, the Yankees are lousy, but they're not cleaning house
Guest
12:25
Are the 'stros done already?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
Not done, but the hole they started off in is very difficult
12:26
If they just play from now on to the rest of the year like the team we thought they were, they finish around .500 and miss the playoffs by 5 games or so.
So it's an uphill climb
Erik
12:26
Manny Machado is currently leading the league in WAR and is still 23. How close is he to turning the Harper/Trout tier into a Harper/Trout/Machado tier?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
He's up there, though I still call Trout the best default choice until he clearly slips over a full year
John T.
12:27
What role do biometrics and the like play in the next CBA? If not addressed do you think they players association will end up regretting it?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
They don't tinker too much with the CBA
InSpades
12:27
What are the chances Alex Bregman is recalled to the Astros in the next month?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
That's a little aggressive
Stenzy
12:28
Cueto and Shark have been outstanding for the Giants. Are you buying? And if the Giants spent all this money on these two to win then how can they tolerate two automatic losses in Cain and Peavy?
Dan Szymborski
12:28
I praised the signings this offseason for the Giants, so given that what I expected to be has actually happened that way (so far), it would seem weird if I wasn't buying it!
12:29
Combined, they're right on their projected ZiPS ERAs (Shark very slightly better, Cueto very slightly worse)
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN
12:29
Why aren't the O's DLing Bundy with a "mystery injury" to go to the minors and work on his development? He's stalling in the BP.
Dan Szymborski
12:29
The Mystery Injury isn't quite as easy to pull offa s you think
Zonk
12:31
White Sox need a starting pitcher. Who would you target, Dan, assuming they don't want to surrender much in prospects, but have a few $$ to spend given LaRoche moving on?
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