Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 9/12/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:36
He's like an extreme Kazmir
JB
12:37
Considering August's piece from this morning on Baez and the huge range of UZR and other defensive rankings of players on a year-to-year basis, it seems as though analytics on the defensive side of the game is still far behind the offensive side of the game. To that end, what value can we really derive from WAR rankings for offensive or defensive-sided players?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
You can derive value, you just need to understand the limitations and volatility of the components.
A player with a greater percentage of his WAR from defense, assume a greater margin of error.
Bork
12:37
How will you react when the Braves/Twins go worst to first and face off in the World Series next year?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
Assume I'm having a coma dream.
Kek
12:38
tengopreguntas
12:38
Watching MLB Network - DeRo is talking about how Strasburg needs to say things like, "ill do my best to get out there" vs. what he said.

Am I the only one who actually prefers to see athletes make candid responses when prompted?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
No, but they're stupid to.
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:38
Is there an actual chance that Otani gets posted? And if so, wouldn't an NL team have more reason to bid highly for him (and by how much)?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
I don't think this year.
$11 worth of Taco Bell
12:38
What kind of contract does Kendrys Morales get? Does he get a QO? If so, does he turn it down?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
I don't think he gets a QO. Maybe 2/20 or something
Erik
12:38
Could you elaborate a bit on your Bryce Harper answer? Are you saying that the historical comps are based on multi-year samples and don't really care how you distribute your production across those years?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
Yes
12:39
The ups and downs don't really add a lot
Steve
12:39
When is the correct time to trade Andrew McCutchen? How badly did this season hurt his value?
Dan Szymborski
12:40
I would absolutely try to trade him this offseason. In a weak free agent market, someone's going to pay him assuming terrific odds he's a superstar.
Bobbbby
12:41
Do you think Addison Russell can become a Troy Tulowitzki like shortstop? Does his recent power surge now make him the 'best of the second-tier', behind Seager, Lindor and Correa?
Dan Szymborski
12:41
SSs don't tier that well.
$11 worth of Taco Bell
12:41
Any hope for Yordano Ventura?
Dan Szymborski
12:41
I still hold out.
Zonk
12:41
Is there a way to incorporate position flexibility into a player's value, or does that have to be subjective?
Dan Szymborski
12:41
It's tricky.
$11 worth of Taco Bell
12:41
Will Wade Davis have any trade value this winter after his trips to the DL this season?
Dan Szymborski
12:41
Yes
Erik
12:42
Where do you plug in numbers to get a hypothetical WAR?
Dan Szymborski
12:42
I just plugged it into ZiPS in the WAR calculation part.
Mike
12:42
If the Cubs don't reup with Fowler after the season, who do you see them using to leadoff? Zobrist?
Dan Szymborski
12:42
Doesn't seem liuke a stretch.
Fred
12:43
Does Gary Sanchez have a legitimate chance to win AL ROY?
Dan Szymborski
12:43
I don't think so.
12:44
There's a rookie who is the current AL ERA leader, after all
And Sanchez isn't maintaining *this* level.
Dave Szymborski
12:44
Some HOF voters will hold it against Beltre for not repeating his 48 HR year in LA and the dent Safeco made on his mid-career numbers. The again, some will hold his career 338 OBP against him.
Dan Szymborski
12:45
Voters that are smart enough to understand OBP in context would likely look at the other stuff.
David B
12:45
What is the A's motivation for releasing Billy Butler in September? It's not as if he's occupying a roster spot, and they'll still be on the hook for the remainder of his contract assuming he clears waivers. He wouldn't even be postseason eligible.
Dan Szymborski
12:45
Well, they can save the 500K if someone signs him. I think he's a dead cost at this point.
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:45
Who is your AL MVP? Can Mike Trout lose AGAIN? If the Angels didn't suck, we might be looking at a 4 time MVP by 25.
Dan Szymborski
12:46
I'd vote for him (but that's not the award I'm voting in). He won't win.
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