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Dave Cameron
12:51
Not planning it, no. I don't have the sentimental attachment to Griffey than many others do. I'll be front row when Adrian Beltre gets in, though.
JD
12:51
To follow up on front loaded contracts, if the out years are for less money, wouldn't it make the contract more tradeable, more of an asset later as opposed to a liability. I think about the Votto deal, you pay for performance on the front end but could flip the contract if you wanted to later in the life of the player/contract. I know there's the 10/5 rule to deal with but especially for a smaller/medium sized market club, couldn't it increase the value of the contrat?
Dave Cameron
12:52
You can already do that by just agreeing to pay a portion of the deal as part of the trade. You don't have to frontload a deal to make the out years cheaper for an acquiring team.
Lance
12:52
I have this feeling the Astros might decide to bid on Cespedes. Gomez and Rasmus are probably gone after this year. What do you think?
Dave Cameron
12:52
I don't see it.
Gareth
12:52
There's been differing opinions on who is the best Indians pitcher right now. Kluber or Carrasco. Who do you like better?
Dave Cameron
12:52
Kluber.
Mr. Mariner, Alvin Davis
12:53
Favorite place to eat in the Seattle area?
Dave Cameron
12:53
Paseo.
Matt
12:53
You mentioned on twitter the Angels should consider trading for Ozuna if they really want to stay under the tax, but they've got so few trade assets beyond their SP "depth." What might that trade look like?
Dave Cameron
12:53
Marlins want pitching, so it feels like there could be a fit there.
Gareth
12:53
Padres and Orioles. Who's more mediocre?
Dave Cameron
12:54
Neither one offers up enough interest to force a choice.
Gareth
12:54
Is it me or are the Dodgers monopolizing the international market?
Dave Cameron
12:54
That's pretty much true. The international system is so broken that it incentivizes teams to just keep spending once they've gone over the limit.
The Gyorko Store Called
12:55
re CBA: What change is the players' highest priority? Increasing the luxury tax threshold?
Dave Cameron
12:55
Yeah, probably.
Hayek
12:55
If you believe in the public school system, then playing the lottery could be considered an investment in our children's future. So there's that I guess.
Dave Cameron
12:55
Or don't support a regressive tax on the poor (which is what the lottery is), and just pay more in taxes or donate directly to your children's school.
Murdoc
12:56
Does the Braves' return for Miller change the way you look at the Heyward trade at all?
Dave Cameron
12:56
Nope. You can't count on Dave Stewart looking his mind a year in advance.
Urban
12:57
So teams who are locked into cable contracts longer term than other teams will be at a disadvantage?
Dave Cameron
12:57
My guess is when the cable industry begins to implode, MLB will have their over the top network ready to go and have a procedure in place to end existing deals with networks.
But this is all a good ways down the line.
Gareth
12:58
The swap of Ben Revere and Drew Storen is being lauded as a very fair and equal trade. I disagree. Toronto for hosed. 2 years of Revere for one year of Storen, who was not wanted in Washington. Sure Toronto had an outfield surplus. But c'mon.
Dave Cameron
12:59
Revere will have basically no value in 2017 after another round of arb. If anything, I'd say a great year from Storen could result in them making him a QO, which could potentially them get a draft pick and cause them to come out way ahead. I like this for TOR more than WAS, though I see it as worth doing for both sides.
Bob
1:00
Kendrick looking foolish for not taking QO. Not too many options for him. I like the Royals fit for him better than Parra, tho costs them a pick. Very late pick tho.
Dave Cameron
1:00
Kendrick will do just fine.
Tim
1:00
Do "late game defensive replacements" make any sense? Those defensive replacements are usually great-glove, no bat players that can't sniff a starting lineup. But isn't a run on offense and a run on defense worth the same, regardless of score? If the replacement is overall worse than the starter, doesn't it hurt the team's chance of winning?
Dave Cameron
1:01
You put in a defensive replacement after the bad fielder hits, so the good fielder gets 3 innings worth of defensive value and often doesn't ever have to bat.
So you gain fielding value and lose nothing offensively.
Brian
1:01
CBA idea: every team puts in $5M to a pot whose proceeds get distributed out to players based on performance who are under team control. Your thoughts?
Dave Cameron
1:02
In my THT Annual piece, I proposed a workers comp system that would do something to the same effect but for players who get injured, since they're the ones who really get screwed by the current system.
John
1:02
What makes you think Lagares is "fine" as an everyday CF? He had 1.0 WAR with 140+ games played last year, appeared to have regressed offensively, and his valuable 2014 season was based exclusively on defense which relied on a throwing arm that has an underlying condition that hasn't been addressed. Why should we expect a bounceback year?
Dave Cameron
1:02
Because opinions based on a single year of data, when there is more than a single year of data available, are mostly worthless.
RO
1:03
As a late twenty-something how much of my cash should i be keeping in a bank and how much should i be putting into index funds? I'm maxing my 401(k) contributions. Do I then just take cash out of the index funds when i need a down-payment for a house? Any insight to this will be helpful, thanks a lot Dave!
Dave Cameron
1:04
You should have a significant emergency fund, equal to something like 3-6 months of your expenses, so if you lose your job, you won't end up running up big credit card debt. If you're saving for a down payment, you probably don't want that to be in something as volatile as the stock market, so depending on your timeline, you'd probably want to look at something more like a CD.
Compton
1:04
Any FG meetups planned for Arizona Spring Training this year?
Dave Cameron
1:05
So we're actually not doing our Arizona ST trip this year, because we're going to do something pretty cool in June instead. Stay tuned for an announcement about that.
Greg
1:05
Is the draft pick compensation part of the CBA? It would seem that from the player's point of view it's costing them money when teams may be gunshy of signing them if that pick is tied to them.
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