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Dave Cameron
12:38
The move to the OF was the best thing he could have done.
zachA
12:38
Marlon Byrd failed another PED test. He'd been producing (129 wRC+) for Cleveland this year. Sucks for them.
Dave Cameron
12:39
He had a 109 wRC+, not 129. He's replaceable, but they still need to make a trade for an OF or two.
Nik
12:40
Do the Phillies dangle Hellickson at the deadline ans what would the return be like?
Dave Cameron
12:41
They'll listen, but they're going to have to shut down Nola and Velasquez at some point, so you can't just have no pitchers for the second half. If the offers are good, they'll make a deal, but they shouldn't just give him away.
Sirras
12:41
Re: bleakest outlook - Angels have to be up there with the Padres, no?
Dave Cameron
12:41
If they didn't have the best player in the world, sure. But they do.
Q-Ball
12:41
Has Albert Pujols, in your opinion, already earned a trip to the Hall of Fame, even if he is not ever good again?
Dave Cameron
12:41
Certainly, no question.
Daniel
12:43
Any thoughts on the draft next week? Fun things you're hearing from draft experts?
Dave Cameron
12:43
Seems like we might see a lot of deals cut at the top of the draft. Consensus is that there isn't a true 1-1 in this draft, so top teams all looking to save money to try and draft a guy who slips with their 2nd/3rd picks.
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:44
Is Alex Guerrero the guy who has the right to opt out if the Dodgers traded him? How does that work if he gets claimed off waivers due to being DFA'd? Does he still have that opt out power?
Dave Cameron
12:44
He's been so bad he won't opt out. He'd get a minor league deal if he was an FA, so he'll keep his guaranteed money.
HUNGRY
12:45
How long do you think it will be until the average fan realizes that someone like matt kemp is bad?
Dave Cameron
12:46
We're not that far away. OBP is mainstream now, and everyone knows a .250 OBP for a corner OF sucks.
Daniel
12:47
Predict an all star snub!
Dave Cameron
12:47
They never carry four second baseman, so one of Altuve, Cano, Kinsler, and Pedroia won't make it.
Sgt Cortez
12:47
Podcast this week?
Dave Cameron
12:47
Recording today!
Bonertron5000
12:48
Do you have any details on what exactly happened with the lasers being used prior to the Dodgers/Mets games last weekend? How are lasers being used to help players find their defensive spots?
Dave Cameron
12:49
Lasers are overstating it. They're rangefinders, which are commonly used in lots of outdoor activities. They just measure how far from a certain distance you are.
Ben
12:50
If you're the Cubs, what do you do as the trade deadline approaches? Try to make a splash (and at what position?) or hold tight and dabble with picking up a depth piece here and there?
Dave Cameron
12:50
I'd aim for the best lefty reliever I could get -- Andrew Miller is the dream scenario -- and a left fielder.
Colin
12:51
There was discussion in Sullivan's chat that an argument could be made that Rich Hill would be in the top 5 list of pitchers right now, meaning you select any pitcher to make one start, and he'd have to be considered. I'd have a hard time picking Hill over Kershaw, Arrieta, Thor, Sale, or Stras in a must win game. Thoughts?
Dave Cameron
12:52
Yeah, I don't see the argument. You didn't even mention Jose Fernandez, Max Scherzer, or David Price. Hill is not in the conversation.
Big Fish
12:53
Mike Trout has been remarkable consistent with the bat his whole career, with a wOBA in the .402 - .423 range. Do you think he'll ever see a hitting spike, and turn in a run of Cabrera-esque/Pujolsian .440+ wOBA seasons? Or do you think he'll just keep doing what he's doing?
Dave Cameron
12:54
It's just tough to see what he can realistically improve on. It's already top-shelf power. I guess he could figure out how to strike out even less, but there just aren't many guys who can hit for power and not strike out.
Ian
12:55
Could the Red Sox get a quality SP if they packaged Swihart + lesser prospects, while ideally keeping the Moncada/Benitendi/Espinoza group?
Dave Cameron
12:55
Sure. Lots of teams would love to pick up Swihart as a buy-low guy.
Chicago Mark
12:56
Where do you see Kershaw in the list of top pitchers when all is said and done? Top 10? Top 20?
Dave Cameron
12:56
Depends on longevity. 10-20 seems likely, could be top 10 if he keeps this up for a few more years.
Will
12:57
George Springer has to be in the conversation for best non-Harper/Trout outfielder in baseball, no?
Dave Cameron
12:57
No, that's still McCutchen.
Richie
12:57
Probably should mention why starting pitching is overrated in the postseason. Not everyone is as smart as you and me. Well, me.
Dave Cameron
12:59
Relievers pitch a larger percentage of innings in the postseason, so their value goes up and SP value goes down. The one SP who matters as much or more is the #1 guy who gets 2 starts in a 5 game series, but having multiple good middle-of-the-rotation guys isn't as valuable in October as it is in April-September.
JWR
1:00
Cubs' 4th and 5th starter this year are Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. Are they the best 4th and 5th starters in baseball?
Dave Cameron
1:00
It's them or Matz/Colon.
Snarfle
1:01
For HOF considerations, do you see value as purely cumulative? If a borderline player has an extra few years of hurting his team, can he go backwards in your own view of him?
Dave Cameron
1:01
I don't care too much about negative production years. Pujols is in for me even if he's -2 WAR for the next decade.
ShakeyourtooshyHasegawa
1:02
Is Buster Posey on a HoF trajectory. I saw that his 7.7 WAR season was a top 10 season all time among catchers..plus, ya know, he's amazing.
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