FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 12/22/15
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Paul Swydan
9:19
Well, sure, there's always a chance. I wouldn't bank on it, but at this time last year, I didn't think the Astros and Rangers were going to be good either.
Jon
9:19
If Jose Reyes is guilty, how long do you think MLB suspends him for?
Paul Swydan
9:20
No idea, but I hope it's at least 50 games. I don't see much logic in it being shorter than a steroids suspension.
Theo
9:20
Let's pretend for a moment you're me - you aren't, but let's pretend - are you done for the offseason or do you have another trick up your sleeve?
Paul Swydan
9:21
Thanks for letting me know that I'm not you - I was really confused on that score. As for the offseason, I would probably be trying to fill out the bullpen a little more - but other than that I'd be in extreme listening mode.
Sam
9:21
How would you feel about a Jose Fernandez trade to the Red Sox for Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, and a lotto ticket A-ball guy?
Paul Swydan
9:22
I think that's way too much. I'm not real enamored with the prospect of trading for Jose Fernandez, to be honest.
LudeBurger
9:22
Did I make a mistake in trading deGrom for Rendon in a dynasty? traded from strength to shore up a weakness, but should I have gotten more?
Paul Swydan
9:23
If Rendon is healthy, that's at the very least an even trade. But I'm not sure I would want to bank on Rendon being healthy, so I probably would have held out for someone who was a bit more reliable.
The Dude
9:23
Can we establish a no Star Wars spoiler rule for this chat?
Paul Swydan
9:23
Don't worry, I have no interest in being that guy. An old friend of mine had a very big plot point spoiled for her before she saw the movie yesterday - I was crushed for her.
Josh
9:24
Scientists have suggested that the benefits of PED's may continue long after the player stops taking them and can explain why players like Nelson Cruz haven't declined as predicted. Do you think there is enough evidence to start taking account of this in our projection systems?
Paul Swydan
9:24
Not even remotely, no.
TommyLasordid
9:24
Maeda likely a Dodger? Seems they're sitting back waiting for that move. What % likelihood do you give?
Paul Swydan
9:25
I don't know, 20%? The Dodgers are hard to read right now.
Norrin Radd
9:25
Outside of MLB and it's minor leagues, what baseball league interests you the most? (college counts)
Paul Swydan
9:25
I can't imagine caring about anything else besides whatever league my children end up playing in, but I did enjoy my trip to a Worcester Bravehearts game last year (NECBL).
Mike Bordick
9:26
Someone offered me Betts for Cole. I've already got Kershaw/Fernandez but also have McCutchen/Marte. Deal McCutchen for draft picks and take the deal for Betts or stand pat w/ 3 awesome arms?
Paul Swydan
9:27
Well I would certainly take Betts for Cole. But only if you're going to hang onto McCutchen, I don't see why you'd trade him.
jpl
9:27
Do you think we'll see a couple more FAs with a QO in a situation like Morales and Drew where teams aren't willing to lose the 1st round pick? Is it realistic for any of them to consent to a sign-and-trade to avoid the issue?
Paul Swydan
9:28
No, I don't think so. Those worked out so poorly for Morales and Drew that I think their agents will find a way for them to be employed by the time spring training opens.
Trystan
9:28
Have you ever got a question on the chat from a real player?
Paul Swydan
9:29
I honestly have no idea. I doubt it, just because we're usually chatting during the time when players are, you know, playing. But I don't really check the IP addresses of people who submit questions, so I'd have no idea.
Al (Rhode Island)
9:29
Could MLB allow teams to move players under investigation onto the restricted list?
Paul Swydan
9:30
They could, but that would probably set a bad precedent.
hanna
9:30
Do you think the Dodgers sent Kershaw to Cuba to show that he had no problem with Puig?
Paul Swydan
9:30
No, I think it was probably a simple phone call from Torre to Kershaw asking him to do him a favor. I doubt it had it much to do with Puig.
Sam
9:31
How do you feel about a Jose Fernandez trade to the Dodgers for Seager, Montas, Jose de Leon, Alex Verdugo, and a lower level prospect like Zach Lee?
Paul Swydan
9:31
I'll assume you
are joking. That is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too much.
Yankees Fan
9:31
What the heck are the Yankees doing? are the jays still the team to beat or is it boston now ?
Paul Swydan
9:32
Well, I think it's probably Boston, but they're not going to be a lock until we see how Hanley and Sandoval rebound (if at all). I think the Blue Jays and Yankees are on relatively equal footing.
Sam
9:33
How do you feel about a Freddie Freeman trade to the Astros for AJ Reed, Tucker, and Michael Feliz?
Paul Swydan
9:33
Huh, that's interesting. I have to admit I
Ahh!
I have to admit that I'm not totally up on Astros prospects, but I like the framework of that.
9:34
Unfortunately, with Freeman under contract for awhile, and the Braves not REALLY needing to trade him, the Astros would really have to pony up.
hanna
9:34
WHo would you take first in a draft?
Paul Swydan
9:34
Like of all players? Trout.
Roger
9:35
If you had Sano, Bogaerts and Corey Seager in a Keeper League, which one would you deal? 3 players for 2 spots. Would you trade Sano for Mookie Betts?
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