FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 3/8/16
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Paul Swydan
9:31
Also, they don't pay as well, so I don't see why the American HS/college player would have a ton of incentive to go there. Unless he has family there or something of that nature.
AL-only Guy
9:32
My AL-only league auction is this weekend and I'm hoping you'll share some guidance. Available options are McCann, Gomes and then a bunch of $1 guys. Do you resign yourself to the bottom feeders or is the smart play going after McCann? If the latter, how much do you drop for him?
Paul Swydan
9:32
I definitely want McCann or Gomes in that situation. How much I drop would be dependent on your salary cap and your available dollars, etc. I would need that context. Context is key!
Jake
9:33
Ottoneu points league: Gave up Lindor and Kela for Addison Russell, Pederson, and Hammels. I needed OF help bad, and I came out a couple bucks ahead. How did I do
Paul Swydan
9:33
I think you did great. Russell may be just as good as Lindor, and you got two other solid players in return. I wouldn't worry too much about losing Kela.
Billy Beane
9:33
Thoughts on Pedro Alvarez signing in Baltimore? While the deal makes less sense from a real baseball perspective, I feel like Alvarez could hit 30 bombs in Baltimore. What say you?
Paul Swydan
9:34
30 homers are definitely in play for Alvarez in Baltimore, though keep in mind he only went for 18 and 27 the last two seasons.
JBL
9:34
Favourite bounce-back candidates this year? Do VMart or Carlos Santana make the list?
Paul Swydan
9:34
I'm done predicting what Carlos Santana will do. That dude has burned me two straight seasons. NEVER. AGAIN.
Airp0w
9:35
Is the Jays minor leaguer who failed the physical in the potential Jay Bruce trade known? Shouldn't it have been easy to find a replacement if he was one of the smaller parts?
Paul Swydan
9:35
I never heard the name. Also, let's not pin the whole thing falling apart on one variable. Three-team trades are hard to pull off for a reason.
Brian McCann
9:35
25 HR, 85 RBI an automatique for me in 2016 ?
Paul Swydan
9:35
I don't think so, no. Within the range of likely outcomes? Yes. Automatic? No.
Carlos vs Carlos
9:36
best pitcher between Rodon and Martinez
Paul Swydan
9:36
Right now it's Martinez, but by the end of the year they may be neck and neck.
Ted
9:36
Does Swihart continue to build on his great second half? I know there are issue with his defense, but is he likely to be the regular catcher and consolidate the offensive gains we saw last year?
Paul Swydan
9:36
I read that he is likely to be the opening day catcher, and I do think that he will continue to hit fairly well.
Bob
9:36
Jackie Bradley Jr. was the best hitter in the AL over the course of a month last season. Super sneaky MVP candidate this year?
Paul Swydan
9:37
No, just a hot month. Clint Barmes once hit over .400 for a month too. It happens.
Fred
9:37
Is there a consensus on how to split your pitching and hitting on your roster? 23 player roster, does 11/12 sound right?
Paul Swydan
9:38
I don't think there is an optimal stance on this. If you end up having a bunch of stud position players who don't need to be cycled in and out of the lineup, I can go fewer position players, and vice versa.
Which way might I set Sale?
9:38
I have a tough decision in my 12 team dynasty league, keep 15 each year no restrictions, 7milb. It's our second season and I'm starting to think I should maybe trade Sale in fear of that inverted W he throws and the higher potential for TJ he carries. I have the roster space available to take on an extra player which could help my OF, my weakest spot. I can trade Sale right now for Strasberg + either Brantly, Gomez, Blackmon. Pros? Cons? and what might you do?
Paul Swydan
9:39
Well, you're sure as hell not *lowering* your injury risk if you do Sale for Strasburg and Brantley/Gomez. So I'd just stick with Sale.
zach
9:39
Should I trade Rizzo/Buxton for Correa in a keep forever league? I also own Goldschmidt and Seager.
Paul Swydan
9:40
I would be very tempted to make that trade, yes.
Ben
9:40
Some journalists and others have suggested Travis Shaw could be a better MLB bat than MiLB bat? Thoughts on this? He seemed to have a swing tailored to Fenway last season, but that obviously comes with a small sample size. Is there something to be said psychologically about being in the Majors versus Minors and how that impacts performance/confidence?
Paul Swydan
9:41
There is, but I think this is mostly just a byproduct of the fact that the Red Sox have very few jobs available this spring, and the writers need something to talk about.
I love Milwaukee
9:41
Did you stretch today?
Paul Swydan
9:41
I did, thank you for asking!
Eternal Darkness Is Upon Us
9:42
What is your favorite Disney movie?
Paul Swydan
9:42
Are we doing Disney and Disney/Pixar, or just Disney? For just Disney, I have to stick with Aladdin, but that's the Arab in me talking.
End of Days Beckons
9:42
What is your favorite flavor of slushie/slurpee?
Paul Swydan
9:43
I was never a big Slushie/Slurpee kid/guy, but I usually tended to pick red over blue.
The World Will Collapse Tomorrow
9:43
What song makes you the happiest when it comes on the radio?
Paul Swydan
9:44
That's a great question. My standard answer is generally "Ignition Remix" by R. Kelly, but that song doesn't make me as happy as it once did now that I know R. Kelly is more or less the scum of the earth.
Dave Cameron's Fomer Barber
9:44
Is Nate Karns a keeper if you need Ks in an AL only league?
Paul Swydan
9:45
Are you really Dave's old barber? If so, that's awesome. It's a lot closer to yes in AL only than in Mixed, but I still am not confident in that yes.
Stephen
9:45
Seen the new Game of Thrones trailer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuH3tJPiP-U
Paul Swydan
9:45
No, I never really understood why I would waste time on a LoTR knock-off when I have LoTR on DVD. But that is an increasingly a minority opinion, it seems.
Ryan
9:45
Orioles, Diamondbacks, Royals, White Sox, Rangers--which team with playoff aspirations and a sub-500 projection will make the post-season?
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