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Dave Cameron
12:51
Nope. The game is getting younger, not older.
Jack
12:51
What is AJ Reed's ceiling comp?
Dave Cameron
12:51
Absolute best case scenario? Goldschmidt.
Justin
12:52
Are you higher on DeGrom or Gerrit Cole to make the next step to full-fledged Ace?
Dave Cameron
12:52
I think they're already there, but I'll take Cole long-term.
Mike
12:52
Pre-Mortem: It's October and the Cubs missed the playoffs. What went wrong?
Dave Cameron
12:52
I actually am writing that piece for next week.
Urban
12:53
Can pitch framing be taught? If everyone is more aware of it, and can track it, then even catchers who weren't great at it can improve.
Dave Cameron
12:53
Definitely. That's one of the reasons teams won't pay for it in free agency.
mtsw
12:53
Considering how much depth the Cubs have in the OF, should they consider sending Schwarber down and trying to make him into a real catcher? Seems insane when he's one of the best hitters in the league but not as insane as how valuable he'd be as an average defensive catcher.
Dave Cameron
12:54
He'll probably never be an average defensive catcher, and they have a kid coming who is going to be better anyway.
Johnny
12:54
What are your expectations of D Travis when he returns? Can we look at the small sample size from last yr and hope for the same?
Dave Cameron
12:54
He won't be that good, but a healthy Travis is probably a +2 to +3 WAR player.
Forsyth
12:55
A lot has been made about the Red Sox needing a #2 SP. Do you agree, or do are you confident in their 2-5 SP's?
Dave Cameron
12:55
Last year, everyone said they had to have an ace. Now that they have one, they have to have a #2. If they get one of those, everyone will just say they need a #3.
BBK
12:56
Under what circumstances would you commit murder?
Dave Cameron
12:56
If someone tried to kidnap my wife/kid/dog while screaming #6org, then I'd be okay ending them.
Brian
12:57
I recently stumbled onto an article where the idea of MLB level bonuses were handed out for records. I know this is fraught with issues, but how much fun would baseball be to see a player trying to break the all time HR record for an extra $20MM for that year or something like that? Again, I see issues with it, but would you enjoy watching that or is that mainly attractive to people outside of baseball?
Dave Cameron
12:57
A-Rod had those kinds of clauses in his contract. I don't think fans really care much about players wealth.
Beyond being unhappy about it.
John
12:59
Who would trade for Bruce, and who would they have to offer?
Dave Cameron
12:59
Well the White Sox just got salary relief in the exact amount of Bruce's 2016 contract.
And the Reds are apparently not asking for much in return if they can dump his contract, which is weird.
Joe
1:00
Will Matt Holliday be considered for the Hall of Fame?
Dave Cameron
1:00
Probably not. Very good career, but never the very best player in the game, and will get docked for starting his career in COL. If they won't put Larry Walker in, then Holliday doesn't have a great shot.
Ernie Camacho
1:01
Where do you think Zips/Steamer are going wrong with Indians starting pitchers? Health risk or performance?
Dave Cameron
1:02
A little bit of both. I think the Indians emphasis on controlling the strike zone leads to a bit more hard contact (and higher BABIP) than most.
Chase Utley
1:03
Fill in the blanks: I need to average __ WAR over the next __ years to get in to the hall of fame
Dave Cameron
1:03
More than I can reasonably get. He just won't have the counting stats voters want.
Ol Sea Capn
1:03
What's the over under for at bats for Aaron Hicks?
Dave Cameron
1:03
400.
Forsyth
1:04
Does Andrew Benintendi pull a Schwarber/Conforto and impact the AL East race this year?
Dave Cameron
1:04
I'd guess 10% chance.
Robbie
1:06
Sounds like you're a fan of Wilson Contreras, but do you really think he'll be "better" than Schwarber?

Are you that sold on his jump from a .700 to .900 OPS last year?
Dave Cameron
1:06
I don't think he's going to hit at that level in the big leagues, but plus defense from a guy who can be a league average hitter will make him more valuable than Schwarber's good bat/bad glove combo.
Frank
1:07
Well, didn't the Sox kinda need both a #1 and a #2 last year in the end?
Dave Cameron
1:07
No, they needed Hanley and Pablo to not combine for -4 WAR.
mtsw
1:08
Which player are you most confident would've been a Hall of Famer if he hadn't had bad luck with injuries?
Dave Cameron
1:08
Grady Sizemore, maybe?
Della
1:09
Is JP Crawford a bat first, def second or the other way round?
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