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Jelly
12:37
Padres turned down Michael Fulmer for Justin Upton last deadline. That's looking like a pretty poor decision now. He's gotta be worth more than the comp pick they got, no?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Absolutely.
CubsNerd
12:37
Think Aaron Nola stays as a top 10 MLB pitcher for the next few years i.e. until phils are good again?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Yeah, I'm in on Nola. He's legit.
Joe
12:38
I'm surprised you'd put Yadier Molina in the HOF. 31.3 career WAR, only one 6 win season (and only three better than 3.3 WAR). Do his pitch framing skills and intangibles really make a big enough difference to overcome his good-but-not-great traditional stats?
Dave Cameron
12:38
Catchers need to be judged on their own scale, given the demands of the position and the different career lengths than other positions. And yes, we're wildly underrating Molina by not measuring the parts of the game he excels at.
Cory
12:40
AL central is extremely tight between the top four teams at the moment. Who do you like most going forward?
Dave Cameron
12:40
I liked Detroit pre-season, but the back-end of that rotation looks thin again, and the bullpen is still terrible. So probably Cleveland now.
Alex
12:41
Did you see the Dodgers piece saying they need to stop trying to outsmart everyone ("overthinking it") and just use their vast resources to outspend the competition? I believe it was at the Ringer. How bad of a take is that?
Dave Cameron
12:41
I didn't read it, but yeah, it's stupid.
Timmay
12:42
Ventura's contract seems cheap enough to just put him in the bullpen and turn him into an "ace" reliever, no? He seems like exactly the type of guy that would work for.
Dave Cameron
12:43
Agreed, but an immature unlikable bullpen conversion isn't exactly a great trade chip.
Tristan
12:43
What do the Dbacks do with Tomas? Send him down, or try and unload him for anything?
Dave Cameron
12:43
No one's taking that contract.
Jack Conness
12:43
Back to Daniel's question - I would say the signing of Pujols and Hamilton for the Angels. Lost draft picks, hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, worst farm team in the league.
Dave Cameron
12:44
Solid contender as well.
Daniel
12:44
What is the main difference between bWAR and fWAR? If it can be quickly summarized. (for position players!)
Dave Cameron
12:44
Different park effects, different defensive metrics.
Beau
12:45
Out of all the stadiums you've been to, what's your favorite and why?
Dave Cameron
12:46
San Francisco's park was great. Pretty tough to beat the location and the size, since you felt like you were right on top of the players.
Christian
12:46
When do the Brewers start pulling the trigger on some trades? Lucroy's value can't possibly get any higher.
Dave Cameron
12:47
Teams don't make big deals before the draft, usually. Stuff will pick up soon.
Jack
12:47
Is this the best crop of young shortstops since the early 90s when Jeter, Nomar, ARod, etc. broke into the league?
Dave Cameron
12:47
This crop is better.
CameronDaClub
12:48
Was Felix, at any point in time, the very best pitcher in the American League?
Dave Cameron
12:48
Yeah, a few years back, when Verlander declined a bit.
Pessimistic Sox Fan
12:48
Do you think the White Sox can afford Bruce? With the shortage of OF around the league and the Sox lack of prospects to trade I have assumed they would be outbid.
Dave Cameron
12:48
Bruce isn't really an OF anymore, so only AL teams will be interested. He's a salary dump, which is perfect for Chicago .
Ray
12:49
"It lit" and "it me" are two of the most annoying things on Twitter.
Dave Cameron
12:50
No, that's still "nice"
kevinthecomic
12:50
mlb.com just announced that RBI16 is now available in stores. was that it?
Dave Cameron
12:50
Nope. Much better.
JR
12:50
If you had the #1 pick in the draft who would you grab?
Dave Cameron
12:51
Probably Corey Ray, but I'm not any kind of draft expert.
R
12:51
Your pick for best team GM/President over the past 10-15 years? If you could pick, who would you want to blow up a team like the Braves/Padres and turn it around fastest or best through the draft/trades?
Dave Cameron
12:51
Don't know how you argue with Theo, right?
Snarfle
12:52
Which Mitch Hedberg joke?
Dave Cameron
12:53
I've always had a fondness for the "If you have a pulse and legs, you are never blocking a fire exit" joke, but that would be a weird one to use as walkup music.
hscer
12:53
Wasn't "vast resources to outspend" the entire Yankees 2002-2010 strategy? Or was Cashman enough of a check on Steinbrenner? At least they got one championship in that time period.
Dave Cameron
12:54
Yeah, the people advocating for "just spend money" approach are ignoring the fact that the teams that have done just that have failed miserably.
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