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Dave Cameron
12:53
Probably not.
JT
12:53
Re : Trout on HoF, isn't that basically what happened to Andruw jones? He probably won't get in
Dave Cameron
12:54
Andruw wasn't as good as Trout is at his peak.
Doug
12:54
Would Conforto for JBJ be a fair trade?
Dave Cameron
12:54
Bradley is worth more.
Joe Don
12:55
Who should the Rangers keep between Odor and Profar?
Dave Cameron
12:55
Odor.
powder
12:55
Now that you're in Oregon, have you grown a mustache to fit in?
Dave Cameron
12:55
I grow facial hair like Jared Weaver throws fastballs.
Sandy Kazmir
12:56
If Sale and Quintana have similar surplus value, and you think Martes+Tucker+stuff is enough for Quintana, then how much did the Red Sox overpay for Chris Sale?
Dave Cameron
12:56
I think Sale was worth more than Quintana, and I think the Red Sox overpaid a little.
Anthony
12:56
Isn't the way to think about "prospects vs. proven players" to consider both player uncertainty and team uncertainty? Getting from 87 to 90 wins is a lot more valuable than getting from 80 to 83 wins. So, if I'm fairly confident I have a contending team next year, the guy I'm pretty sure is going to be good next year is more valuable to me than the guy I'm pretty sure is going to be good three years or four from now, since my whole team might have slid into mediocrity by then. And, if I'm fairly confident my team next year is going to be mediocre, the logic is reversed.
Dave Cameron
12:56
Yeah, you basically just described the win curve theory.
Matt
12:57
My weekly suggestion that FG either allow me to pay for ad-free, or find a new ad provider. I'm convinced they are the source of all freezing and focus moving from the text box people keep referring to.
Dave Cameron
12:57
Stay tuned!
jon
12:58
They told me my whole life that hell would freeze over if the Cubs won. Then 2016 happened.
Dave Cameron
12:58
Well it was pretty cold this weekend.
Lance
12:59
Is there any way for baseball writing and blogs to focus on player development in a similar way we focus on scouting? It seems like scouting is only half the battle, but public fandom focuses on it without paying any credence to development. I'm not exactly sure what this would look like, it just seems like a blind spot in the way myself and most people follow baseball at the moment.
Dave Cameron
12:59
Writing about player development is just harder.
Teams don't let you attend their meetings, or let you watch as they tinker with mechanics or approaches.
That stuff happens out of the public view.
John
1:00
David Freese to the Red Sox seems like a good fit
Dave Cameron
1:00
He re-signed with PIT.
Boo Radley
1:00
Re: hard salary cap, it's true that it's a leap from the current CBA to that. But it's a step in the direction of controlled spending at a time of (seemingly) ever-increasing revenues. Does that not foretell possible future difficulties in labor relations?
Dave Cameron
1:01
I don't think the new international rules are controlled spending any more than the draft has been. No one violates the draft signing pools because the penalties are so onerous. The draft effectively works as a hard cap.
That was already in place, and didn't set us up for problems.
1:02
I think the PA sees a huge difference between money going to non-union members and money going to union members, and they'll fight for the latter much harder than the former.
Kosch
1:02
I think $20 is a fair price for the content of FG, but I have reservations about the auto-renew policy. Lots of companies have great intitial prices, but go up drastically in time. Is there a way to make single payments?
Dave Cameron
1:03
I can tell you that there has been zero discussion of any future price increases on FG Membership.
Our goal isn't to trick you into subscribing, then steal all your money.
Electric
1:04
Was leverage folded into the reliever equation recently? I seem to recall much discussion about the widespread undervaluing of relievers.
Dave Cameron
1:04
It's been in there for years.
Grumbleshoes
1:04
These days, it doesn't seem like teams can be divided along the axis of whether or not they value sabermetrics. They almost all do. Is there any new "front line" along which front offices are philosophically divided?
Dave Cameron
1:04
Probably the biggest difference at this point is how freely the information flows up to the decision makers, and how heavily it is used.
1:05
Everyone has analytics departments now, but not every head of R+D has a seat at the table when it comes to making a big decision.
Bananastand
1:06
When news comes that a team has been working really hard to get a deal done, what does that mean? Is it that they are constantly negotiating?
Dave Cameron
1:06
It means the source that leaked the deal is confident that a deal is going to get done, but it's not yet finalized
MeDeKe
1:07
Re: Catfish Carl's Q. I think he may have been asking "how often does a loaded farm system not translate into a championship team?" The obvious answer might seem to be "a lot of the time" but the Royals parlayed their minor league juggernaut into a WS winning squad. Which teams didn't have the same success, though? Thanks, Dave.
Dave Cameron
1:07
Well, everyone loved Texas' farm system a few years back.
1:08
Arizona got hyped up as having one of the best farm systems in baseball not too long ago.
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