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Kosmo
12:51
If you were offered a job with all 30 teams to be their gm, what team is the last one you would wanna take based on their future outlook?
Dave Cameron
12:51
San Diego, probably. They're bad, Preller gutted the farm system, and they play in a division with a behemoth.
Mr poopy butthole
12:51
What happened to kiley
Dave Cameron
12:51
He got hired by the Braves.
Threat Level Midnight
12:52
Why do you think we don't see more cases in which rebuilding teams "buy" prospects by taking on big contracts? I.e. hypothetically the Brewers acquire Hanley Ramirez and his full contract along with Rafael Devers for nothing.
Dave Cameron
12:52
We saw that a bunch of times last year. See Broson Arroyo/Touki Toussant.
The Dude of NY
12:52
Are you in favor of brining the DH to the NL?
Dave Cameron
12:52
Yes.
zach
12:53
Joc pederson or jorge soler, who's career would would rather have?
Dave Cameron
12:53
Pederson.
Andrew
12:53
Should I prioritize paying of 22k of student loan debt at 6.6% over saving up for a down payment on a home?
Dave Cameron
12:53
6.6%? Pay that off.
Or at least see if you can consolidate it and get a lower rate.
Todd
12:54
Indians - Rockies swap: Bauer for Dickerson. Makes sense, right?
Dave Cameron
12:54
Trevor Bauer in COL would be an unmitigated disaster.
John
12:55
What is the best way to identify league averages for items like HR/FB%, Hard hit%, etc. Thanks.
Dave Cameron
12:56
If you go to the leaderboards, then click on league, you can get the league average for any stat we have on the site.
Michigan Man
12:56
You say 2016 will be a "last hurrah" (unless everyone ages well) for the Tigers - would that "hurrah" involve making the playoffs, or do you simply see it as the year before they start tanking?
Dave Cameron
12:57
I think they can make a run again this year and get back to the postseason. They'll need big rebounds from Verlander and Martinez, but it's possible.
Adam
12:58
While only having Beltre in Boston for a brief time, I have to chime in and say he's endlessly entertaining and impossible to not be a favorite.
Dave Cameron
12:58
If you don't like Adrian Beltre, you should consider buying a soul.
Matt
12:59
Re: Pederson vs. Soler, why do you go with Pederson?
Dave Cameron
12:59
Much better defense, and not sold that there's a big difference in offense.
Logan
12:59
Adding the DH to the NL would have to be a delayed thing, right? Something like 2 years after the CBA to let the NL teams prepare.
Dave Cameron
12:59
Yeah, it won't go in immediately.
Bork
1:00
Girlfriend's family member and spouse have both decided to drop out of college and sell Primerica. Both early 20's, both have no real post-secondary education. It sounds terrible, but it's great seeing their facebook posts about how to save money (they suggest investing at 9.9% interest compounded yearly until 55...)
Dave Cameron
1:00
Break up with her.
1:01
(Only mostly kidding)
Craig in Chicago
1:01
how didn't the cubs overpay for both Lackey and Zobrist? If you think they got "deals", I really am surprised. Why do you keep harping on free agent ages, EXCEPT FOR THE CUBS!?!?!?
Dave Cameron
1:02
Lackey is twice the pitcher Ian Kennedy is and signed for half as much money. Zobrist is a +3ish WAR player who signed for what back-end starters are getting. Nothing wrong with short-term deals for good old players.
Joe
1:03
Do you think the tank-to-rebuild strategy looks more appealing/foolproof than it really is right now because of how smoothly it went for the Astros and (especially) the Cubs? Not that it's a bad strategy (the CBA obviously encourages it)...but it's hard to imagine it consistently working out as well as it has for the Cubs and Astros (in part because most owners probably aren't patient enough to stick to the full process).
Dave Cameron
1:05
I think people who believe the Cubs and Astros rebuilds were based around tanking for high draft picks haven't been paying attention. Yes, the Astros got Correa with the #1 pick, but they also got Appel and the Brady Aiken mess, and the Astros were winning before they called Correa up last year. They didn't get Keuchel, McHugh, Altuve, Rasmus, etc... through tanking.
1:06
They took advantage of non-competitive seasons to not just stockpile picks, but to acquire undervalued assets and take shots on guys who deserved them. That's just as important as getting a good draft bonus pool. The idea that you can suck on purpose, get a bunch of good picks, and easily turn things around based on those picks, is not true.
Alright, that's going to do it for me today. Thanks for hanging out everyone.
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