Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 1/22/16
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mattbalasis
10:35
How do you think MLB will approach the player "opt out" clause in the new CBA?
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
Probably more of a Dave question. I don't think it needs to be regulated
LioneeR
10:38
Could the Cubs projecting Heyward as their 2016 CF'er in their pitch for Lester be considered tampering? Feels like it is walking the line.
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
Teams are allowed to forecast whatever they want. It would only really matter if the Cubs were having conversations with Heyward about it back then
Trapper
10:39
Do these huge (maybe they aren't huge anymore, but they seem huge) contracts for decent-to-good free agent pitchers make the Wade Miley deal look better?
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
Miley still cost a seemingly excellent reliever and a 6th starter
They kind of make the Happ deal look better
Meowmix
10:40
I know you don't like fantasy baseball questions, but what if there was a baseball that grew little wings on it and could fly around like a bee? That could be really hard to hit.
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
Important baseball. Would be terrible if it got fouled off into the seats though
Montucky
10:40
Is Felix due for a bounceback, or have we seen the last run at a CY?
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
I suspect he was struggling last year with some ankle issues. We have presumably seen the best of him, but I think he's still an ace when he's right
Kevin
10:44
What could the Sox potentially get midseason for Christian Vasquez, after let's say he looks good for a month? What's their game plan wrt having two of the top young backstops in the game? They can't seriously 'use Swihart in LF if Rusney's bad' as I've read, can they??
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
I assume Vazquez begins in Triple-A, and you go from there. He comes up if Swihart struggles. He comes up if Hanigan struggles. He doesn't come up, if he struggles. And then you don't really have a roster crunch after all
Who_Is_Zorbist?
10:45
The Rays are waiting til next week to announce Piece signing. Lots of rumors about Cubs/Rays. Any one of the Rays starters seem way more valuable than Soler/Baez. Why would the Rays want another Steven Souza, or another Sean Rodriguez?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
Because Soler and Baez have star-player upside and the Rays seldom get a chance to invest in star players
Pinstripe Wizard
10:46
Why are LHPs with good changeups held in such higher regard than RHP with good changeups?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
I'm not sure. Are they? People love Felix's changeup
Dan
10:47
Is it possible the Nats rotation is underrated? No one seems to talk about Ross or Giolito's eventual promotion...
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
I think there's definitely some Nats fatigue. And there's Strasburg skepticism. But if this turns into a really strong unit, it shouldn't be surprising
Eric
10:48
When MLB decided to expand to Colorado, were they aware of the implications that playing a mile above sea level would have on the game?
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
You know, that's a good question
10:49
There was already minor-league baseball in Colorado Springs
Raindog
10:50
Doug Fister 2015: 14.0 K%, 5.4 BB%, 44.6 GB%, 86.2 FBvel. Mark Buehrle 2007: 13.8 K%, 5.4 BB%, 43.2 GB%, 85.9 FBvel. Clearly Fister's got another 8 good years in him, right?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
Just need to turn him into a pickoff machine
Dan
10:50
Nats line up still better than Mets, even if the Mets sign Cespedes?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
Probably a little bit, especially if Rendon rebounds
mike sixel
10:51
Have you seen the REI app for the national parks? Looks like a very nice free app for hiking. Odds the Twins' Park can hit MLB pitching enough to be a good DH?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
Just got an email about that. Will give it a look! I like Park. I might be higher on the good Korean hitters than other people but I think he can be an average overall player, even as a DH
10:52
The downside is he's Chris Carter
Tim
10:52
Going to Portland for a quick trip this weekend. Favorite restaurant or bar or anything else you'd recommend doing?
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
Weather looks like it'll be bad. I love Cascade barrel room. Bailey's downtown if it's not crowded which it is. Eat brunch at Screen Door if you don't mind waiting. Hale Pele is an awesome tiki bar which I didn't think I'd ever say
Teddy
10:53
Are you a nice person
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
I think so, but I could be nicer
Brian
10:53
Fernandez and Stanton for Betts and Eduardo Rodriguez?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
nope
tenaciousdeucer
10:54
r.e. Nats bad rep - but they hired DUSTY BAKER!!!!
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
And actually he should help the clubhouse reputation
mattbalasis
10:54
Ozuna or Pearce as an OF sleeper candidate?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
Ozuna for upside, Pearce for adequacy
JV
10:54
Samardzija going to have a comeback year in Frisco?
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