FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 3/15/16
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Paul Swydan
5:45
Do you like St. Patrick's Day?

Yes, I'm Irish. (14.6% | 18 votes)
 
Yes, I like alcohol. (22% | 27 votes)
 
Meh. (32.5% | 40 votes)
 
No, we don't really need another excuse for debauchery. (8.1% | 10 votes)
 
No, I just don't think it's a big deal. (22.8% | 28 votes)
 

Total Votes: 123
5:52
How many years would you want your favorite team to sign Edwin Encarnacion for?

I DON'T CARE JUST SIGN HIM (6.2% | 9 votes)
 
6+ Years (0% | 0 votes)
 
5 Years (4.9% | 7 votes)
 
4 Years (12.5% | 18 votes)
 
3 Years (31.2% | 45 votes)
 
2 Years (21.5% | 31 votes)
 
1 Year (3.5% | 5 votes)
 
NONE I DON'T WANT HIM (20.1% | 29 votes)
 

Total Votes: 144
9:00
Hi everybody!
Jeff will be by in a couple of minutes.
Ed in Iowa
9:01
I have to teach two classes tonight. Gonna miss most or all of the chat for the second week in a row. My IQAR (Insightful Questions Above Replacement) is plummeting!
Paul Swydan
9:01
Oh, Ed. Ed, Ed, Ed. You promised you'd be here this week.
9:02
I forgot to send Jeff his chat invite. Whoops!
Medias Rojas
9:02
Why do I get the feeling I'm going to be seeing a lot of Travis Shaw this year? The only question is, primarily at third or first?
Paul Swydan
9:04
If everyone is healthy, I don't think that will be the case. He may make the team as the 13th position player, but they've got to get Holt playing time too, and the most likely place for Holt to play is at third.
However, if/when players start dropping, we might see Shaw more.
Gavin
9:05
Austin Barnes has been hitting like crazy, .500 OBP with 4 homers in 26 PA. Is there any chance that he's on the 25 man after spring training?
Paul Swydan
9:06
I guess it all depends on what they want to do with Ellis. If they're ready to move on, yes. If not, I don't see them carrying three catchers. Mainly because carrying three catchers is stupid.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:06
Hi everyone and Barnes could make the 25 man. I am a huge fan
Jake M
9:07
How do you view the White Sox bullpen? How much of an impact can Nate Jones being possibly healthy for the year have?
Jeff Zimmerman
9:08
It is adequate. I think the Sox have other issues they will need to deal with.
Paul Swydan
9:08
I like Nate Jones a lot. Partially because I like yelling NATE JONES!!!!!! But also because he's good. I like him and Robertson as a 1-2. Duke is good. I like Putnam. It's not awesome 1-7, but it'll do.
Rick Hahn
9:08
Adam LaRoche just quit. Thoughts on the decision?
Paul Swydan
9:08
Quit seems like a strong word, first of all.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:09
I am little surprised, but I he could be done
Paul Swydan
9:10
Second, I don't think he'll be hard to replace. He was projected at or near replacement level this season, and has been near or below replacement in two of the last three seasons. Definitely a solid career, but only the timing really makes this peculiar.
If he had retired in say, November or December, no one would have been surprised.
Erik
9:10
Too early to say that only major injuries keep Trout and Harper out of the Hall of Fame? Do players of their caliber and age ever just flame out without injury?
Paul Swydan
9:11
I think it's too early to say that for Harper. I don't think it's too early to say that for Trout.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:12
Without injuries ...... no, not really. And I agree with Paul that Harper has not done enough yet
Ceej
9:12
Seeing as how Peraza might be the starting CF, in an OBP league, how do you think his OBP/speed will play?
Jeff Zimmerman
9:13
I am not a huge fan of Peraza. It will be interesting to see how the Reds use him.
Paul Swydan
9:13
The only time he's had a walk rate about four percent since leaving A ball was in the 25 plate appearances he had in the majors last year. In other words, I'm not optimistic at all about his OBP.
Kyle Schwarber
9:13
Can you envision any scenario in which the WSox are able to trade for me to replace LaRoche?
Jeff Zimmerman
9:14
No ... none unless they move Sale.
Paul Swydan
9:14
To be honest, I'm not familiar enough with the White Sox's farm system to say yes or no, but that's certainly an intriguing idea. Alternatively, they could also trade for Travis Shaw.
Rockies fan
9:14
+/- 178.5 IP for Matz and Smyly
Paul Swydan
9:14
Combined? I'll take the over. Individually, I'll take the under for both.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:15
Under for both
Daneyko
9:15
best offensive season. Duda vs Trumbo. 2nd matchup: Belt vs K.Morales
Paul Swydan
9:16
I'll say Duda and Belt.
Jeff Zimmerman
9:16
Tumbo, Morales
Paul Swydan
9:16
DISAGREEMENTS!
Brian
9:17
What do you make of Trevor Story? Is he Trevor Story!!!
Paul Swydan
9:18
Well it looks like he'll be the Opening Day starter, and get at least a month or two to prove he can handle the job. The prevailing theory is that even if Reyes is found innocent and not suspended, that he'll need to go to extended spring training to ramp up for the season.
That's his opportunity. As for his talent - I like him, but don't love him. But we'll see.
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