FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 3/8/16
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Paul Swydan
3:49
What are your feelings on spring training games?

Love it - any baseball is good baseball! (36.8% | 64 votes)
 
Like it (30.5% | 53 votes)
 
Meh (29.9% | 52 votes)
 
Dislike it (1.7% | 3 votes)
 
Hate it - They take too long & the player mix is suboptimal at best (1.1% | 2 votes)
 

Total Votes: 174
3:51
If you were the Cardinals, who would you play at shortstop until Peralta returns?

Aledyms Diaz (39.8% | 70 votes)
 
Greg Garcia (4% | 7 votes)
 
Jedd Gyorko (29% | 51 votes)
 
Someone they trade for (13.6% | 24 votes)
 
Pete Kozma, somehow (8.5% | 15 votes)
 
Other (5.1% | 9 votes)
 

Total Votes: 176
9:00
Hi everybody!
9:01
We always have the sexy results, because THIS chat happens after dark.
OK, I'll stop wasting time now.
Broak
9:01
Thoughts on a possible Josh Reddick extension? Seems like both sides are pretty serious.
Paul Swydan
9:02
I guess I'm pretty bearish on Reddick. He's only played full seasons in 2 of the 4 years he's been in Oakland.
He won't be the worst signing ever, and obviously the A's don't have a ton of commitments, but I wouldn't break the bank for him.
Ceej
9:03
How many players from 1 team is too many? I'm in a H2H dynasty and already have Rizzo, Bryant, and Schwarber but want to add Russell in my upcoming draft.
Paul Swydan
9:04
I think that's one too many for sure. I try not to have more than 2 position players on the same team. I could make an exception with this situation for 3, but I definitely wouldn't go to 4.
Ben
9:04
Would the Orioles not of been better if Davis left in free agency and they started to rebuild, or is Machado Gone by the time it would take to get good again?
Paul Swydan
9:06
I don't think they would have been better off yet, and the Machado thing is a big reason why. It's a moot point though - the owner wants to win now, and so that's what Duquette and Co. are trying to do.
Mike
9:06
18-team mixed 5x5 using OBP, pretty high inflation. Calhoun $12 or Moreland $3?
Paul Swydan
9:07
Moreland.
They have the same career OBP.
Drew Hutchinson
9:07
I single-handedly ruined many pitching staffs last year, but those who are a glutten-for-punishment look and see that I actually had an ERA of 2.91 and WHIP of 1.13 at home in 2015. With no velocity drop, might success this year result from just figuring things out on the road?
Paul Swydan
9:08
I doubt it is that simple, but I wouldn't be opposed to taking him in the last couple of rounds.
Ben
9:08
Is Tulo an Allstar ever again?
Paul Swydan
9:09
He's got his work cut out for him now that he's got Correa, Bogaerts and Lindor to deal with, but I'll say yes. At least once more.
Nick
9:09
Do you know any websites that give highlights for all games last night (throughout the regular season) in a easy to navigate central location. Much like how dtmts.com is for hockey highlights. I never really looked for highlights online before so am looking for recommendations for this coming april.
Paul Swydan
9:09
Uh, this little site called MLB.com does a fantastic job cutting video.
Jake M
9:10
What do you think more likely: the White Sox hitting and defense is too weak to overcome and they win about 77-80 games or the pitching and bullpen carry them, and they get improved offense and enough defense to win about 87-90 games and a WC Spot?
Paul Swydan
9:10
The former. I see them in the 77-80 range right now, but that doesn't mean 87-90 is out of the question.
Zorak
9:10
Do you think Vince Velasquez makes the team out of spring training? Worth drafting as a dollar guy? Shallow bench so tough to draft most minors guys.
Paul Swydan
9:11
He's worth drafting as a dollar guy, but I am not sure he will make the rotation out of spring training.
AKA22
9:11
Where do you stand on the scarcity question in valuing fantasy players? Would a C of similar stats be worth much more than a player at another position in a 2 C AL or NL Only league?
Paul Swydan
9:11
Yes, absolutely. I try hard to find star players at middle infield and catcher, because the alternatives make me uneasy. That would especially be true of a two catcher league.
Stephen
9:12
Paul, for our keeper league, I typically wait until all keepers have been submitted before releasing our draft order. The top six picks are a lottery of the bottom six teams (12 team league). Do you think it's a big deal if keepers are submitted after the draft order is released?
Paul Swydan
9:12
It *shouldn't* be a big deal, no.
Zorak
9:13
Looking at dollar guys available in my league since I've got too much salary tied up in keepers. Is it worth drafting both Singleton and AJ Reed at a buck each?
Paul Swydan
9:13
Yeah, I think that's a worthwhile gamble. Singleton is still young. If you can get them both that cheap, I say do it.
Yakety Sax
9:13
What sort of prospect could a season of Erick Aybar at $6 million (assume the Braves pick up part of his salary) realistically fetch from the Cards? 50 FV? Or is that too much? Do you think the Cards just roll with Diaz and Gyorko, or do they try and swing a deal for another SS?
Paul Swydan
9:14
Yeah, the Cards have no reason to give up anyone of value for Aybar. They can happily float Diaz and/or Gyorko, knowing that they are good enough to absorb Peralta's loss while he's out. Now, if we get to June, and Peralta's timeline still is foggy, that might change. But I don't expect the Cardinals to make a big trade before opening day.
It's just not the Cardinal Way.
Vic
9:15
12 Team NL only that starts 2 catchers 5 x 5. Can only keep 6 of the following (2016 salaries included). Do you agree with my 6? Or should I swap one or more out. Schwarber (8), B Hamilton (13) M Franco (16) AJ Ramos (6) Baez (8), Mesorasco (10)........others; Inciarte (12), Quackenbush (6), Drury (2). Thanks.
Paul Swydan
9:15
I would probably keep Inciarte over Baez.
9:16
Given that Baez no longer has a clear window to playing time, I can't see why he would cost $8 again this season.
Jake
9:16
Is David Peralta "this year's AJ Pollock"?
Paul Swydan
9:16
No, I don't think Peralta is that good.
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