FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 1/19/16
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Paul Swydan
9:15
Oh I see it. Gambling, action, I see what you did there.
Let's hope he's innocent.
Sam
9:15
Your favorite book regarding fantasy baseball(trading bases, winning fantasy baseball, fantasyland etc etc)?
Paul Swydan
9:16
I honestly can't say that I've ever read a whole book about fantasy baseball, but if I was going to it'd be Mike Podhorzer's "Projecting X." I tend more toward fantasy magazines or services, like Lindy's Fantasy Baseball Magazine.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:17
Not sure I have a favorite, I probably personally reference Winning Fantasy Baseball the most
Paul Swydan
9:17
Oh, also, The Fantasy Fix does a good PDF for preseason leagues.
JWK
9:17
What are some players that aren't really good, but you're attached to?
Jeff Zimmerman
9:17
Lindy's had an awesome drafter this year
Paul Swydan
9:18
Guys that I liked on the Rockies when I worked there - Franklin Morales and Jeff Baker stick out. Ubaldo Jimenez, depending on how you feel about his qualities as a player. Also Daniel Nava, Scott Atchison.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:18
I love me some AAAA players. Dean Anna. Jose Martinez. Brake Treinen.
and Bartolo Colon
JWK
9:19
Wilin Rosario is going to the KBO, will he ever have another AB in the majors?
Paul Swydan
9:19
I want to believe that he will. It seemed like he washed out of the league far too quickly.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:19
Maybe, hard to tell
Rick
9:19
What is the most unreasonable fan-based projection so far? (My vote for now goes for Panik at 5.5 WAR)
Paul Swydan
9:20
I haven't really explored them yet, but I certainly wouldn't be pegging Panik for a 5.5 WAR season.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:20
I haven't looked at them yet.
Paul Swydan
9:21
Perusing them real quick right now, Addison Russell at 5.2 WAR strikes me as overly optimistic.
As does Kevin Gausman at 4.1 WAR.
Zigs
9:22
What are your thoughts on Cingrani? Now that it looks like his time with the rotation is done, any chance we see him as a late innings reliever?
Paul Swydan
9:22
Sure. I loved him before he got hurt.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:22
I have a feeling he will end up being the Reds closer at some point this season.
marlinfan
9:23
Would it make sense for the Marlins to sign Desmond to a three year deal and use him at 3rd? This would give them a 3rd baseman next year when they lose Prado and allow them to use Prado to fill in all over the diamond this season.
Paul Swydan
9:23
It might make sense for them, but I'm guessing Ian Desmond doesn't want to move over to third just yet.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:24
Desmond's free agency has been on the weird side. I have a feeling he is asking the world and not getting it.
Ulysses
9:25
Do the White Sox need Cespedes in order to compete for the AL Central crown?
Paul Swydan
9:26
They need more than him. Their pitching staff projects to have the ninth-highest WAR in the game, but their offense just 25th. Cespedes will help for sure, but they have more work to do, or they'll have to win every game 3-2.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:26
They need something more, but I think Fowler could be just as good
mapsamountainrange
9:27
Have you played a fantasy league with a defensive category like DRS? What platform did you use?
Paul Swydan
9:27
I have not. To be honest, that'd be frustrating to play in, because our defensive stats only update once a week.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:27
Sort of with scoresheet. I was not a fan of scoresheet one bit.
Paul Swydan
9:28
Oh, ya, I guess that's true. Scoresheet's defensive ratings though were static throughout the year.
And I LOVE Scoresheet. Wish I had more time to play.
Oneear
9:28
If you played Fangraphs' "The Game" and won, and never were contacted about getting your prize, how you let them know you were disappointed?
Jeff Zimmerman
9:29
Not sure, Paul?
Paul Swydan
9:29
What's your email? Paste it in a comment. I won't publish it, but I'll email you and we can hash it out.
Marvin
9:29
If we had robot umpires, would catchers, by market necessity, become better hitters?
Paul Swydan
9:30
That's an interesting thought experiment. I would think that evolution would have to wait until we could conclusively tell whether catchers could "beat" the robots with their framing ability.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:31
No, not really. I think catchers will still get consideration based on how they handle the running game. I am constantly amazed on how much people value pop times.
Fes
9:31
I'm calling Cespedes to the Padres. Ownership approves the deal because Cespedes gives them the All-Star rep they want since they're hosting the game this year.
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