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ChopChop
1:13
Why Machado over Arenado? (Not that I wouldn't necessarily do the same, just want to know.)
Dave Cameron
1:13
Less risk with Machado, since you don't have to figure out what happens to him outside of Coors. Both are awesome.
Boston Dan
1:14
What would Kershaw get in free agency if he were available this winter after a season like this?
Dave Cameron
1:14
6/$275M, maybe?
Don't think MLB teams would jump to $50M per year for a player yet, but he'd blow past $40M.
Ed in Iowa
1:15
In another FG chat the moderator (It might have been Eric), responded to a question about whether Eloy Jimenez could be the centerpiece of a trade for a high end reliever by saying that he wouldn't trade Jimenez for ANY reliever. That's hyperbole, no?! Surely you would trade Jimenez for Bettances, right?
Dave Cameron
1:15
I would, yes.
still too late
1:15
i'm catching up so i apologize if this was already asked, but the kershaw opt out clause is something i don't recall seeing before. is his talent/value more of a reason for this or is his agent just that savvy?
Dave Cameron
1:15
Alex Guerrero had the same clause in his deal. LAD liked to offer that one, for some reason.
1:16
It actually used to be a standard provision in player contracts, maybe 10 years ago, something like that.
Erik
1:16
" I would bet that we eventually learn that some coaches/coordinators/trainers are worth a ton." This contrasts with the general sabermetric wisdom that the manager isn't worth much, right? Or are you referring to assistants?
Dave Cameron
1:17
Well, the manager isn't generally doing a lot of development himself; he's meeting with the media, dealing with players and the front office.
But it's possible that managers can create an environment where development is more likely, even if they aren't doing it themselves.
DG
1:18
Would it be possible for a reliever to make it onto the Top 50 Trade Value list? If so, how good would he have to be?
Dave Cameron
1:19
It'd be tough. Probably require a move towards relievers throwing more innings than they do now, and some kind of fireman role where the reliever showed he could put up 80-100 innings a year without breaking down.
Barry
1:20
Is the all star week a place for GM's to lay trade groundwork like the winter meetings?
Dave Cameron
1:20
No, most GMs don't go to the All-Star Game. It's the closest thing front office members get to a vacation during the year.
1:21
On that note, I'm going to wrap this up. Back with the last two parts of the Trade Value series tomorrow and Friday, so stay tuned for a pretty fun group of talent.
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