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Brett Lawrie's Empty Redbull Can
12:57
I wonder about the trade value of a guy like Roberto Osuna. Still only 21, proven he can get big league hitters out, has the repertoire of a starter and seems like the Jays will try him as a starter in the future. Would he need to prove he can start at the big league level to be in the discussion?
Dave Cameron
12:57
Yes.
The Former Chief, Scott
12:58
I don't know how to feel about some of these outrageous team friendly deals that are out there. Goldschimdt should fire his agent, rehire him and then fire him again because he gave up all his prime years for 10 cents on the dollar
Dave Cameron
12:58
Well, it's not that bad; his prime years were arbitration years, so it's not like he could have gotten to free agency any sooner. But yeah, the timing of that extension wasn't so great for him.
Michael
12:58
Spin rates is really what you're going to use to justify Giolito?
Dave Cameron
12:58
The question was why scouts are high on him; that's one of the reasons.
Concerned White Sox Fan
12:59
Any chance Shields opts out?
Dave Cameron
12:59
Sure, if Zika comes to Chicago en masse.
(No)
Boston Dan
12:59
Moncada looks amazing but even if he turns into a superstar, he'll cost +40 mil in arbitration, so it's really a $100 mil deal over 7 years. Still worth it?
Dave Cameron
12:59
By a ton. Have you seen what $100 million buys in FA these days?
TheDudeofNY
1:00
Who's this year's Schwarber/Conforto who gets called up and goes on a torrent for a playoff team?
Dave Cameron
1:00
Benintendi.
Eric
1:01
Name something that you believe about baseball that the majority of GMs would disagree with.
Dave Cameron
1:01
GMs are overpaid.
1:02
(Front office members in general are underpaid, but the very high price put on the executive level, and the much lower price put on their support staff, is suboptimal.)
Mike_C
1:02
I know front offices tend to overvalue their own assets. But, can you think of a recent greater divide in valuation between that of what the Braves think Teheran is worth and what everyone else thinks he is worth?
Dave Cameron
1:03
Well, we don't actually know how much of this is posturing from ATL. If they actually choose to keep him, when there are strong offers on the table, then we can start talking about that.
Barry BonziBuddy
1:04
Dave, my favorite thing about your trade value pieces every year is the inevitably histrionic gnashing of teeth in the comment threads. Because, like most people, I love drama. Do you enjoy that aspect of the response too, or do you just find it tiresome?
Dave Cameron
1:04
People getting overworked about a fun exercise is always weird to me.
Zorak
1:05
Beyond the blackout, shouldn't MLB adopt the NBA's position that any sharing of highlights on vine/youtube/etc is free advertising for the league and shouldn't be subject to such draconian take-down rules?
Dave Cameron
1:05
Different TV rights deals in MLB than the NBA.
ChopChop
1:05
Pick your third baseman for the next 5 years.
Dave Cameron
1:05
Machado.
Wayne
1:05
Do you think the Braves keep both Julio and Viz?
Dave Cameron
1:05
If they do, they're crazy.
Robbie
1:06
If you had to pick a team that had a bad first half to have a much better second half who would you pick and why?
Dave Cameron
1:06
Did STL have a "bad" first half? If so, them.
Colt Holt
1:07
In regard to the question of who would you trade for who, is it safe to assume, a team would not trade for someone only marginally better (ie number 13 vs 14) because of the risk of backlash if it went wrong that would outweigh marginal returns? Assuming positional need and control time are consistent.
Dave Cameron
1:07
Yes, there are frictional costs that keep teams from moving similarly valuable assets for each other.
Barry BonziBuddy
1:07
re: player development possibly eclipsing player acquisition in the future, why would that be? Improved medical technology/techniques filtering into baseball?
Dave Cameron
1:08
Not just medical, but greater understanding of how to help players maximize their physical abilities. If you can buy a +2 WAR player and turn him into a +3 WAR player, that's much cheaper than buying a +3 WAR player.
Erik
1:09
"I think we're going to enter an age where player acquisition is emphasized less than it has been, and player development is emphasized more." That's way more significant than it sounds, right? Or did you mean it in a very toned-down way? Seem like it would have huge ramifications.
Dave Cameron
1:10
I think it will have pretty big ramifications. Teams aren't going to abandon player acquisition, but I would bet that we eventually learn that some coaches/coordinators/trainers are worth a ton, and the market starts paying them like it.
Northsider
1:10
Have you completed the trade value list or are you still tinkering?
Dave Cameron
1:10
It's basically done, but every night, I end up tinkering a little bit before writing the blurbs. Even this morning, I was talking with some friends in the game about the top 10, and how it should shake out.
Joe
1:11
On an average day, how much work does a GM do? I know it's probably higher during deadline season, but it's not like teams make acquisitions or recall players every day.
Dave Cameron
1:12
A lot of work. At the higher levels (GM/President of BB Ops), a good chunk of their time is devoted to dealing with ownership.
Josh in DC
1:12
Wait ... you expect Benintendi to be a GREAT player THIS year? That seems like a reach, but I'm a Red Sox fan, so I'll take it!
Dave Cameron
1:13
Not saying he'll be great, but I could see him being a league average hitter with terrific defense and baserunning value.
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