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Dave Cameron
1:03
Common sense and reasonability for a poor decision to be named later.
Paul
1:04
Would Quintana and his contract really be second fiddle to pending-FA Darvish? That's surprising.
Dave Cameron
1:04
Teams would rather pay less for Darvish and get the more impactful short-term upgrade than pay the higher price to get more long-term value with Quintana.
1:05
So you'd lose some potential buyers.
Quintana would still command more in return overall, but probably less than he would if he's traded before Darvish is available.
botchatheny
1:05
guess who is starting in left field for the cardinals today....
Dave Cameron
1:06
Mozeliak should just trade Adams so that Matheny can't do this.
Craig in CHI
1:06
Why didn't TOR sign Thames?
Dave Cameron
1:07
Good question.
Kris Shaw
1:07
Hi Dave,
I read your thoughts re: arbitration from a few weeks ago, and also other pieces from Ken Rosenthal et al. I think there is a fairly straightforward market-based alternative to the existing system, one that eschews all rules and precedents. If interested, email me at shawkr@sas.upenn.edu and I can send you a brief description. Or don't, up to you.
Kris Shaw
PhD Candidate, Economics
University of Pennsylvania
Dave Cameron
1:07
Send me a note on Twitter. I'll be more likely to remember that than to remember your email.
David
1:08
Regarding trading picks. Not sure I agree with the reasoning. If a high draft pick out of high school or his agent tells a team that the player won't sign with them, the team will not want to waste that draft pick and move on to some one else that would actually sign.
Dave Cameron
1:08
Exactly. That gives the player leverage in determining where he plays.
Dylan
1:08
Do you think any player in the majors or minors today has a non-zero chance to hit .400? And who is most likely?
Dave Cameron
1:09
With strikeout rates at these levels, no.
You'd basically have to run a .450 BABIP or something.
Jaime
1:09
Nats won't replace Zimmerman if they absolutely have to? Based on a one week sample size? Zimmerman has been dreadful the past few years, is there reason to believe this is more than just a hot streak?
Dave Cameron
1:09
His exit velo numbers are still good, and they don't think his results last year are indicative of his true talent.
JWR
1:10
On a scale of 1-10, how serious is the Dodgers' "can't hit lefties" problem?
Dave Cameron
1:10
3
Joe
1:10
So is Otani not eligible for any sort of contract extension?
Dave Cameron
1:10
That was the issue I addressed in the article. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/mlbs-other-shohei-otani-problem/
MLB can't really say he's never allowed to sign an extension.
But they can say that he can't sign one right away.
1:11
So what's the point at which it's okay to sign him? No one knows.
JWR
1:12
Are you in favor or opposed to more agressive measures to speed up the game, including a pitch clock?
Dave Cameron
1:12
Yes. I think the time between pitches is a giant waste.
And is easily fixed.
toki
1:12
From what I'm reading wouldn't signing Otani to a 1 year deal with a wink-wink agreement for a very lucrative extension following the season be the best way to do this?
Dave Cameron
1:12
Wouldn't be allowed.
1:13
He can only sign a standard contract that gives the signing team the normal six/seven years of control.
Alright, that's it for me this week.
Thanks for hanging out everyone. I won't be chatting next Wednesday as my brother is flying up for a few days, but I'll likely chat on Tuesday or Thursday instead.
1:14
See you next week.
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