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Two Socks
12:52
Last week you said it would be a bad idea for the Reds to offer Cozart the QO because he would accept. He has outperformed the value of this 2018 QO for two straight years now and there is minimal risk in a 1 year contract.  Why is it a bad idea?  It is low risk.
Dave Cameron
12:52
Because his market value is well south of $18M for 2018.
ohioastrosfan
12:52
IDK if you would know this, but what official system to teams use for trades and such? Do they have official paperwork they send to the commissioners office? Is there a piece of software for this? Any insight here?
Dave Cameron
12:53
It's calle eBIS. It's been around for a long time. Most teams hate it.
Matt
12:53
Would you still say a reliever game is a better choice for a team like the dodgers who have Rich Hill as a 3? Or is that the point where starters become better than releievrs
Dave Cameron
12:54
If you have Kershaw/Darvish/Wood/Hill, a bullpen game is less appealing. Most teams don't have those guys.
TKDC
12:54
If a manager tried the bullpen game thing in the wild card and it went bad, wouldn't there be a legitimate chance he would be fired? You'd need upper management buy in, or nobody is doing that.
Dave Cameron
12:54
Well, yeah, the manager can't do it on his own. It'd have to be the organizational plan going into the postseason.
12:55
But 10 years ago, the accepted narrative was that "closer by committee" couldn't work either. Things change.
Bryce Harper
12:55
Putting players on waivers as a distraction probably worked years ago, but now it must just be a procedural thing right? "It's August, time to put everyone on waivers." It's ultimately meaningless, and putting everyone out there is easier than picking and choosing.
Dave Cameron
12:56
Yeah, before every team had an army of interns, it was likely a lot easier to sneak guys through. These days, it's probably just habit.
FGFan
12:56
Re: waivers

If a team claims someone who has been waived, can't the team with the player just ask for an incredibly high price until the player has cleared waivers, and then negotiate with all teams? Or is it that if a team claims a player off waivers, the posting team must negotiate only with that team and if they fail to reach an agreement that's the end of things.
Dave Cameron
12:57
Only one team is awarded a claim, regardless of how many teams put in claim. The team awarded the waiver claim is the only team the original team can negotiate with.
So, once the Mariners were awarded the claim on Alonso, Oakland's options were trade him to Seattle or not trade him at all.
TJ
12:58
Given how he's played this year, what do you think Harper's contact is looking like now?
Dave Cameron
12:58
I still think he ends up over $500M.
12:59
Total price will depend on structure. How many opt-outs, etc...
RobSea
12:59
Would the A's have been nuts to give Alonso a QO?
Dave Cameron
12:59
Yes.
RobSea
1:00
Do you have a favorite breakthrough player you like moving forward for sustained success? I'm thinking more Gamel and less Springer level of player :)
Dave Cameron
1:00
Altherr.
Strong Steve
1:01
if you're managing the dbacks, who do you throw in the WC game. greinke or save him so u get him twice in the NLDS?
Dave Cameron
1:02
Their bullpen isn't good enough to go RPs all the way through.
So yeah, throw Greinke.
Alright, off to do some more writing. Thanks for hanging out this week.
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