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Joe
12:33
What do the Dodgers still need to do this offseason? Bullpen? Is Seager replacing Rollins enough of an upgrade that we all just need to relax?
Dave Cameron
12:33
The Dodgers are a very good team. They don't need to do anything. They can make more moves if value presents itself, but there's no gaping holes that need patching.
Kahler
12:34
Do you think the Braves had real interest in Justin Upton or did they just make a call for an old friend to help his market out?
Dave Cameron
12:34
I'm sure they'd have been interested if the price was low enough. It wasn't.
Doug
12:34
Do you have a gut feeling on if the Cubs will acquire a CF?
Dave Cameron
12:34
I think they will, yeah.
Bork
12:34
Stupid question that I'm too lazy to google...with opt-out's, can teams still offer QO's to the playing opting out? Thus potentially gaining a draft pick?
Dave Cameron
12:34
Yes.
The Dude of NY
12:35
Andrew Marchand of ESPN wrote that MLB should limit teams to two visits to the pitching mound per nine innings to improve pace of game. Thoughts?
Dave Cameron
12:36
Then you'd just have delays where the catcher is talking to the manager from behind the plate, then the catcher would go as far as he could without it constituting a mound visit to communicate with the pitcher. You'd just move the delays into a different format.
MSW
12:36
So if it's assumed that the Mets will want to trade for "something useful" at the deadline, who do you project to be out there at positions they might need (CF, SS, maybe 3B or C if Wright/d'Arnaud can't stay healthy)?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Guys get hurt. Someone projected to be good will be bad. You can figure out what unexpected need you have in June.
John
12:37
What signing do you like less, Kennedy or Davis?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Davis because of the O's weak position in the AL East. Kennedy is a huge overpay but at least KC can take advantage of his value in the short-term.
Duke
12:38
I'm not sold on the LAD being the favorites in the NLW. Convince me.
Dave Cameron
12:39
Kershaw is as good as any other teams two best pitchers combined. They have the most SP depth of any team in baseball. They have no holes in their line-up, so even without a superstar hitter, they'll score runs by not having any easy outs.
anon
12:40
Coghlan would form a better platoon partner in LF with the Angels than sit on Cubs bench. Do you agree?
Dave Cameron
12:40
Yes.
The old professor
12:40
Addison Russell could very well be the top ss in the NL this year .. Not a question I guess but I'll take your opinion on it
Dave Cameron
12:40
I'm not as high on Russell as a lot of others.
RRPP
12:41
You mentioned the Nats as coming in second/third for premium FAs as perhaps a function of their discipline/rationality. We often see the same labels attached to the Cardinals. Devil's advocate - is this also, in a market that could be described as irrational when, say, Ilitch wants to win before he dies, a recipe for finishing second in the standings? This isn't like trading equities, where if you're in the top 25% of performers, but not #1, you're quite happy with yourself. In other words, do the slightly irrational/slightly lucky have a better chance of finishing at the top than the more risk-averse?
Dave Cameron
12:41
Winning the off-season and winning the in-season have very little correlation. Most times, coming out on top of the FA spending means you made a mistake.
Joe
12:42
The Dodgers front office does seem to love their platoons. Do you think Utley and Hernandez can be a serviceable duo at 2nd base this season?
Dave Cameron
12:42
Yeah, plus Barnes is still around. I'd bet they get 2-3 WAR from their 2Bs this year.
Matt
12:43
Can I make the case for the Braves signing Cespedes? Markakis-Inciarte-Cespedes is one of the best OFs in baseball on both sides of the ball (assuming Markakis moves to LF). It would be huge to have that ready to go in 2017, along with Freeman-Swanson-Olivera-Peterson/Albies in the IF. Bring in Newcomb, Sims, Jenkins, Blair, Banuelos, Foltynewicz, Ellis, Gant, and myriad other pitching options to pair with Teheran and Wisler, and competing for the playoffs in 2017 isn't as far fetched as some believe. Are you buying or selling?
Dave Cameron
12:44
You're overly optimistic about those guys. Markakis is not good, there's no real reason to think Olivera is anything of value at this point, Swanson probably won't be ready to help a contender next year, and those young arms are more likely to be bad or injured than carry a playoff team in the next 24 months.
The Dude of NY
12:44
Jeff Bridich said he doesn't see an OF trade as a necessity. Doesn't that seems...wrong?
Dave Cameron
12:45
They don't have a 1B, so if they don't make a trade, Dickerson could play 1st. So he's not entirely wrong. But it would make sense to trade CarGo now.
The Dude of NY
12:46
I really like all the NEIFI blog posts. Is this going to be a regular feature on Fangraphs?
Dave Cameron
12:46
They'll contribute guest pieces occasionally. It's not a permanent part of the schedule, but this probably won't be the last thing you see from them on FG.
Otter
12:48
Team that would benefit the most from signing Cespedes? Cardinals? White Sox?
Dave Cameron
12:48
White Sox need an OF more than anyone else in baseball.
James
12:48
Do you follow any other sports just as a fan and not as an analyst? If so, does your enjoyment level differ?
Dave Cameron
12:48
I don't have a lot of time for other sports, but I'd say college basketball is probably the one I'd watch if given a choice.
Meowmix
12:49
Why is Adrian Beltre your favorite player?
Dave Cameron
12:49
Why isn't he yours?
dave cameron
12:49
Which fangraphs employee has highest trade value
Dave Cameron
12:49
Sullivan.
Q-Ball
12:49
Where does Howie Kendrick end up? I honestly can't figure out where he fits with QO comp attached. Can you?
Dave Cameron
12:50
Arizona is the obvious fit; someone there just needs to help Dave Stewart understand that giving up a second round pick isn't a big deal.
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