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Dave Cameron
12:24
80/20 Allen. More value in having Miller available early.
Snowflake
12:25
Let's say a player could play about an average CF or be an elite defensive 1B. How good would this player have to be at 1B for you to play him there? Thinking about Cody Bellinger, but Wil Myers and Ian Desmond seem to be other recent examples of something like this.
Dave Cameron
12:25
The guy would have to legitimately be a +15 1B or something, and even then, it would depend on how many other good OFs you had.
Not Leaving Las Vegas
12:26
Conforto In Vegas or trade Bruce for a bag of balls.
Dave Cameron
12:26
If they could have traded Bruce, they would have.
But this is the kind of thing that will fix itself. Either Bruce is bad and gets benched, or he's good and then it's not a huge problem.
The Toe
12:27
How insane is Ravech's idea of a 7 inning game? Borderline commitable right?
Dave Cameron
12:28
I don't think the concept is insane, but if you don't like pitching changes, you'd hate 7 inning baseball. At that point, there would be no point in continuing the starting pitching tradition, and everyone would just go all bullpen, all the time.
The Hamburglar
12:28
Do you think the Dodgers are better set up for a sustained dynasty than the Cubs?
Dave Cameron
12:30
It's close. I'd take the Cubs because their best players are mostly young position players and Kershaw has an opt-out.
Mariner Moose
12:30
Have we seen the end of Dae-Ho Lee in the MLB?
Dave Cameron
12:31
Yeah, probably.
The Toe
12:31
I'm confused about Gleybar Torres. He was a consensus 40ish type prospect in 2015. He has a pretty average regular season, got traded to the Yankees towards the end, struggled, then had a hot AFL. Now he's a consensus top 3 prospect. I don't get it. Can you help me understand?
Dave Cameron
12:32
A 19 year old SS who runs a 120 wRC+ in high-A had an "average" season?
I think there's a decent argument that he's being a little overhyped, but that's true of every NY prospect. He's good.
Joe Pennacchio
12:33
Not a question, I'd just want it to be known before things get too out of hand, that some of us Cubs fans understand why the Dodgers are projected to be just as good or better than the Cubs. We're not all irrational fanatics.
Dave Cameron
12:33
The Cubs are really good. The Dodgers are really good.
5 Run Homer
12:34
If you were to choose a surprise division winner, who would it be and why?
Dave Cameron
12:34
Probably someone in the ALC. Cleveland has a lot of health risks and could tank if injuries go against them, so then you have an expected also-ran winning the division just because someone has to.
Josh
12:35
Sorry I can't see Oak getting to 85 wins at any point. Wouldn't you put them on that list?
Dave Cameron
12:37
It's a big if, but that rotation could be quite good if things break right. If Gray bounces back, if Manaea improves at all from what he was as a rookie, if the projections are right about Cotton, if Triggs' breakout was real...
I don't like the lineup or the defense, but there are definitely scenarios where the pitching carries them.
Logan
12:38
At what point would you expect Coppy to trade a sizable package of prospects for a big addition? Couldn't they be buyers at the deadline even if they are not in the playoff picture, assuming a long term player is available.
Dave Cameron
12:39
They can try, but the reality is that it will always make more sense for a team that can use a guy in the upcoming postseason to pay more than a team looking for a long-term acquisition. To pay the deadline premium when you aren't a contender is a waste of assets.
Earl of Baltimore
12:39
The Bend Snowmonsters are named as the 31st MLB franchise tomorrow and you are subsequently named the general manager. You have the choice of Francisco Lindor (less certainty in the elite offensive level but no doubt he sticks at SS) or Corey Seager (more certainty in the elite offensive level, 75%? chance he sticks at SS). Which player do you select?
Dave Cameron
12:39
Seager, without a lot of thought.
Kevin
12:40
Could good 1st halfs from Colon and/or J.Garcia make them valuable enough that ATL could flip them for more prospect depth?
Dave Cameron
12:40
That's the hope.
v2micca
12:40
It seems like advances in biometrics are going to be a landmine. On one hand, teams could use it to help identify problematic mechanics and help player adjust to increase their longevity, on the other hand, players are rightfully wary of teams accumulating and using that data against them in contract negotiations. How do you see this playing out?
Dave Cameron
12:42
It's a problem, for sure. If you're an agent, what's the upside to letting teams gather this kind of information on your player? If you're healthy, you can already just use playing time/lack of DL stints to show that effectively enough. It seems that biometric data would be used much more to pay players less than pay players more.
David
12:42
Good framers can't hit? What about Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal?
Dave Cameron
12:43
I said almost all. Lucroy can too, but more often, the guys who excel at framing at the Molinas of the world, or Austin Hedges, or Ryan Hanigan.
Dirk Diggler
12:44
If you were to guess at the 2-3 prospects with the best chance of being superstars, who would they be? (just asking chance, I won't hold you to this)
Dave Cameron
12:45
Going solely by likelihood of stardom, and ignoring the chances of a guy turning into just a good player, I'd probably go with Moncada and Reyes.
Kopech is in that mix too.
Sam
12:47
A shorter version; If you were Cashman, do you sign Chris Carter for 3.5 mil all things considered?
Dave Cameron
12:47
Yup.
Bird's health is a question mark, Holliday is 37, and depth is a good thing.
john
12:47
Whose the best player in NY in five years? Syndergaard? Sanchez? Torres? Rosario?
Dave Cameron
12:47
Harper.
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