FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 2/16/16
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Paul Swydan
4:58
Do you like polls?

I love polls! (19.3% | 37 votes)
 
I like polls. (15.6% | 30 votes)
 
Meh. (21.4% | 41 votes)
 
I like *good* polls, but this one is bad. (29.2% | 56 votes)
 
Polls are stupid, just like Paul. (14.6% | 28 votes)
 

Total Votes: 192
9:00
Hi everybody!
Surprisingly few of you voted that both polls and me are stupid.
9:01
Ok Jeff is ready. Let's do this.
Birch Barlow
9:01
Paul Swydan, you are well known for your lenient stance on crime, but suppose for a second that your house was ransacked by thugs, your family was tied up in the basement with socks in their mouths, you try to open the door but there's too much blood on the knob....My question is about the budget.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:01
BTW, here is the link to tonight's LABR draft: http://www.rtsports.com/labr-mixed-draft
9:02
What budget?
Paul Swydan
9:02
Go Jeff! Boo everyone else!
J
9:02
Why is everyone so high on Wacha? Because of his age and velocity? I've seen him ranked around the top 25 SP and I just don't get how he's that high.
Paul Swydan
9:03
His K rate really spiked after April, IIRC.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:03
I am not that high on him either. Probably top 40 though
Paul Swydan
9:03
Hmmm, nope, I guess it kind of washed out in the end.
Larry Eagle
9:04
Is this the best year in recent memory to pick at the end of a snake draft?
Paul Swydan
9:05
Probably last year was, but each successive year gets better, because the industry is pumping prospects out earlier each year, it seems.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:05
It's better, but not great. The top four and their 2nd rounders will likely have the most surplus value
Andrew B.
9:05
McCullers, Samardzija, Ventura, Smyly, and/or Iglesias?
Jeff Zimmerman
9:06
Did I miss a question?
Paul Swydan
9:06
I'll vote McCullers or Iglesias, though if you're more risk averse, Samardzija.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:06
Iglesias over the rest if we are just picking one.
Paul Swydan
9:06
Oh actually - he said pick two.
i guess i didn't post that part
Joe
9:07
Any advice on how to break into the fantasy baseball writing industry?
Paul Swydan
9:08
Write a lot. Read more than you write. Be a good self promoter.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:08
Find a place, even your own and write on a consistent basis. People want to know you can put out consistent work
Train
9:08
Poll questions like that make me laugh.
Paul Swydan
9:08
Then my work here is done!
Tampa Quandry
9:09
Tampa beat writer thinks J Loney gets traded, but it takes two to tango - why would anyone give up a prospect for Loney - If they could sign J Morneau - for $4-$6 mil ? Isnt Logan Morrison (more) Likely the odd man out? Hit .219 last year & was a non tender candidate. SEA wanted him gone. Couldnt he be released/cut.
Paul Swydan
9:10
I would think it less likely that they release/cut the guy they just traded for (Morrison) but I suppose you never know. I bet the Rays are hoping this works itself out one way or another during spring training.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:10
I think the Rays wait on Loney and trade him for team which gets an injury. He could bring back a AAAA bullpen arm which is fine
Train
9:10
AL only league, need to protect 5 since we have a new expansion team. $260 cap, 23 spots.Definitely keeping Correa ($10), Cain ($10), sale ($35) and kluber ($15). Down to my last keeper are darvish ($7), McCullers ($10), Gausman ($5), Brad Miller ($2), Andrew Miller ($1), or Calhoun ($15). I'm leaning darvish or McCullers, what say you? Thanks!
Jeff Zimmerman
9:11
Darvish - easy choice with talent and price
Paul Swydan
9:11
I would keep Darvish. Longer track record and $3 cheaper.
DK
9:11
In my 1st yr keeper draft I took Segura as my SS. At the time I liked the upside. Now I'm scared of how low the floor is. Semien is still there. Claim him y/n
Paul Swydan
9:12
Probably worth claiming, yes. I am not huge on Semien, but I am way less huge on Segura.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:12
Worth the claim right now. Can drop later.
The Dude of NY
9:12
Paul, why are you rooting for Jeff Erickson in LABR? There are multiple Fangraphs writers competing!
Paul Swydan
9:13
Hey I love Jeff Erickson! In a past life, I worked as a consultant for Rotowire, working the phones to land them radio gigs. Peter and Jeff are great guys.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:13
Right now my money is Bell, Votto was a great get
Rick
9:13
PECOTA likes the Rays to win the AL East. Is this madness?
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