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Dave Cameron
12:32
I'm happy to see those things caught on.
Zach
12:32
How far up the chain of command does a decision to be a "seller" typically come from? I'd assume that it might be different for different teams, but is it more often the GM/head baseball decision person, or the owner?
Dave Cameron
12:32
The owner generally has to sign off.
Terry Collins' Pen
12:32
Last year, Freddie Freeman didn't crack your top 50 trade value chart. Since last June, he has a 186 wRC+ and after this year, has 4/86 left on his deal. I know there are a ton of great young players on cheaper deals, but any chance freeman cracks the top 15 this year?
Dave Cameron
12:33
Top 15? No. Top 50? Yes.
David
12:33
I'm a happy subscriber but I'm too lazy to actually login. I'm not missing out on anything in doing so, correct?
Dave Cameron
12:33
As long as you don't mind clicking the x on the box asking you to think about subscribing, no.
The site runs the same for members and non-members.
The only difference is at the ad-free tier, which does what it sounds like it does.
PTBNL
12:34
Thoughts of Moustakas to the Red Sox at the deadline if the 3B issues persist for Boston? He's in the last year of his deal and it's the biggest weak spot in Boston's power-starved lineup/
Dave Cameron
12:34
Would imagine he'd be a guy they'd look at.
mcgee51
12:35
speaking of the royals....do you think they'll sell herrera? and will it be to the nats along with lo-cain?
Dave Cameron
12:35
The Cain/Herrera to WAS package makes sense, but will depend on cost and how big the Nats lead is in July. If they're up 15 games or something, they might decide that it doesn't make sense to give up premium assets for just a postseason upgrade.
Tj
12:36
How far could Judge hit a 105mph Chapman fastball?
Dave Cameron
12:36
Probably less far than he could hit an 86 mph slider. Pitch velocity has minimal impact on a ball's exit velocity.
Guest
12:37
So are you still getting tons of questions about Kyle Schwarber, i.e. second coming of Christ, or are people finally getting their expectations in line with the reality that he is a good batter but flawed fielder? Your lefty-Mike Napoli comp seems more apt than ever. Dude has a K% of almost 30% right now.
Dave Cameron
12:37
Well, it's still early. I don't think anyone has moved dramatically off their earlier Schwarber positions.
Will be interesting to see how the Cubs handle this over the next year or two, though. If Happ forces his way onto the team, then what?
12:38
At some point, Schwarber might just be in the way.
Sam
12:38
Now keeping in mind this is Mike Rizzo. What do you think the Nationals actually do in the wake of the Eaton injury? Trade for Cain or Gardner?
Dave Cameron
12:38
Stay in-house until July, evaluate then. I'd imagine they'll kick the tires on everyone, but if the cost is Robles or Soto, I wouldn't be surprised if they just went with what they have.
Josh
12:39
Is Trevor Cahill a good pitcher now?
Dave Cameron
12:39
Jeff Sullivan writing about this soon.
Ace of Base
12:40
What should the Mets do now? Invest in pitching help? Ride out this wave and hope for the best?
Dave Cameron
12:40
Harvey looks bad, Gsellman might be hurt, Thor is out for most of the year... at some point, you just say "this isn't our year" and stop throwing good money after bad.
They aren't there yet, but I wouldn't be pushing in on Quintana or anything.
Pinstripe Wizard
12:41
Is the handling of the Thor situation more dumb, less dumb, or equally dumb to the Bumgarner injury?
Dave Cameron
12:41
More dumb.
That was one guy making a bad call. This is a lot of people making a bad call.
Jordan
12:41
Dave I either read or was told that you had a 160 IQ, is that true?
Dave Cameron
12:42
I don't think I've ever taken an IQ test. So, no.
(To clarify: I don't think I'd score much above average even if I did.)
Dan
12:43
Just wanted to say thanks and kudos for all the great work @ FG--I think you get too many negative comments in chats.
Dave Cameron
12:43
Well thank you.
Eric Weinstein
12:43
The Orioles/Red Sox series touches on two unrelated issues that I think are actually related: Beanballs and Race. Could enforcing an anti-beaning rule help black participation in the sport long term? My thought is that beaning is the cultural enforcement that is used to prevent the types of displays of emotion that you see in sports with higher percentages of black athletes. And that the problem has gotten worse as the sport has gotten whiter. Sort of a death spiral of whiteness. By enforcing an anti-beaning rule, you could have some more displays of emotion by black and latin players that are popular with minority communities.
Dave Cameron
12:44
I guess my question would be do we think that the white culture of baseball would really not find some way to enforce itself even without throwing at hitters? It feels to me that MLB needs to work on changing the culture, not on just outlawing the current way the culture is enforced.
Murdoc
12:45
So, cross off Boston as a potential landing spot for Machado in 2019?
Dave Cameron
12:45
Yeah, probably.
Colinbaseball
12:46
If you woke up tomorrow and for some reason were driven only by the desire to see your kid play in the major leagues, what steps would you take over the next 16 years?
Dave Cameron
12:46
1. Get a therapist
2. Let my kid be themselves.
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