Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat
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CW
12:16
Are we in a pre-planned content lull?  I don't mean this to come off as a complaint, just wondering if the site uses the couple post deadline weeks as a time for writers to recharge.
Dave Cameron
12:17
Most of the staff was traveling to/from Saber Seminar in Boston over the weekend, Carson is still on paternity leave, and I was up in Seattle until Monday helping my parents after my Dad's stroke. So, more of a confluence of events than a planned lull. We'll be back to full steam ahead soon.
Reginald Denton III
12:18
How did Alonso clear waivers?  I thought he was going to be a big trade chip at the deadline.
Dave Cameron
12:19
He didn't clear; the Mariners claimed him and then worked out a trade. And he hasn't hit for much power since June, so a rental bat with a short track record of impact hitting wasn't going to bring a lot back.
Boba Chett
12:19
Hey Dave! I was wonderimg where I can go to find statistical data sets? I want to do some analysis on something simple like FB veloci across the league. Is there a free/convenient place I can find that kind of data?
Dave Cameron
12:19
FanGraphs.
12:20
Sarcasm aside, go to our leaderboards, and you can export all the data on the site into a CSV.
Well-Beered Englishman
12:20
What's for lunch?
Dave Cameron
12:20
It's 9:20 in the morning here, so I'll figure that out in a few hours.
RJ
12:20
Given the delay in promoting Rhys Hoskins, do you think the Phillies are concerned about something that isn't so obvious?  He's clearly an upgrade to Tommy Joseph, right?
Dave Cameron
12:21
They wanted to trade Joseph in July to make a spot for Hoskins. When that didn't happen, they decided to try him in left for a while.
Porcho Villa
12:21
Nice piece on Matt Chapman. You don't talk much about his solid power metrics: do you see him as a guy with 40+ HR upside in a full season?
Dave Cameron
12:21
Hitting 40 homers in a season is hard. Giancarlo Stanton has never even done it.
Hannah Hochevar
12:22
With Chris Davis on waivers, is there any chance for an August deal?
Dave Cameron
12:22
He cleared waivers because no one is taking that contract.
And there's no market for overpaid 1Bs right now.
Moltar
12:23
Now that the mainpage redesign has taken some time to settle in, here are some lingering thoughts about it. For one, the top of the page is still a little jumbled, between the top article, the "latest" and "most popular", the little image box, I find myself tuning it out and going straight for the list of articles below. To that end, I'd be in favor of listing all articles there, even if they're duplicated right above it. Less confusing for a simpleton like me. My other main thought is that the community blog, whose articles are stronger and more interesting than ever before, is relegated so far tot he bottom of the page I usually forget it exists altogether. I only remember it's there when the afternoon doldrums hit and I'm desperate for some fresh content. Maybe add a featured community article somewhere near the top? Anyway, the redesign is overall great, and I'm happy to be a paying member. Thanks for all the great content!
Dave Cameron
12:24
I appreciate the feedback. I do agree that having somewhere on the site, even if it's not on the main page, where there's just a chronological list of articles, would be a good feature. I'll talk to the guys in charge and see what is possible.
toki
12:24
What would happen if a team had claimed Harper?  I mean wouldn't it be quite a distraction if some GM just went "why not?" and posted a claim?
Dave Cameron
12:25
Lots of guys are claimed and pulled back and we never hear about it.
So no, not really a distraction. The Nationals would be notified that someone claimed Harper, they'd revoke the waivers, and that would be the end of it.
CamdenWarehouse
12:25
Re Kershaw and Sale - Is being the best pitcher in baseball really based on past and not current performance?
Dave Cameron
12:26
Do you think Chris Taylor is the best left fielder in baseball?
Oddball Herrera
12:26
Seems odd that Detroit apparently hasn't put Cabrera on waivers. Wouldn't it be prudent to at least see if a team desperate for a bat would be willing to take him off their hands. No one is going to claim him outright with that contract, but when he gets through waivers, who knows, maybe Boston bites
Dave Cameron
12:27
There's no one shopping for a 1B right now.
If that kind of deal was going to happen, it would have been talked about already.
Charlie
12:27
You have talked about how the White Sox prospects are "overvalued" by the media recently in writing and this chat. Then in last weeks chat someone asked you who YOUR top 5 would then be based on what you hear about how players are valued, and you listed Vlad-Rosario-Gleyber-Acuna and a 5th I can't recall, the point here being no Yoan Moncada, one of the White Sox overhyped prospects. However, in your top 50 trade value, a piece you say you complile based of talking to sources, you ONLY listed Yoan Moncada of all the prospects in baseball. So how is Yoan Moncada overvalued by the media, but also the clear #1 prospect according to team sources? Sorry, this would have been better last week but it didn't get responded to.
Dave Cameron
12:28
I said in that answer that I wasn't counting the promoted guys (Moncada and Devers at that point) as prospects anymore, since they won't go back to the minors.
Moncada's a very good prospect, obviously. He's also probably being overvalued a bit publicly.
Those things aren't mutually exclusive.
12:29
And for what its worth, if we did the Trade Value list now, I'm pretty sure Devers would be on it.
JB
12:29
Would you leave your FG job to work for MLB or MLBPA to coach players on financial literacy?
Dave Cameron
12:30
I'm pretty sure MLB would say that's the agents job.
Vlad Jr and Bo Bichette
12:31
Are we Blue Jays a year from now?
Dave Cameron
12:31
I could see both being September callups next year.
Matt
12:31
Rank in likelihood: JV not traded, JV traded in straight salary dump for not much, JV traded for real prospect and Tigers eat $$. Which do you personally think will happen?
Dave Cameron
12:31
In August? 1, 3, 2.
Before his contract expires? 3, 2, 1.
Tanner
12:32
Re: starting Chapman (or any closer). Do you take into consideration--even a little bit--that it's something they've never done before, and as a result might be slightly less effective than they are normally?
Dave Cameron
12:33
Sure. But I think there's time to prep him for it, and at the end of the day, he'll still throw 103.
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