Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 1/8/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:01
Cespedes, I'll stick back in Detroit
Upton could fit on the White Sox if he's really looking for something short-term. The Angels are an obvious match but they don't seem to have the money
Carr
10:01
If the Rangers are offering Chi-Chi for Ozuna, the A's could one-up them with something starting with Graveman or maybe even Hahn, right?
Jeff Sullivan
10:02
In theory, yeah. But maybe the Marlins particularly like Chi Chi. Or maybe the rumored second piece would be substantial
Max
10:02
Been to any awesome trampoline gyms recently?
Jeff Sullivan
10:02
If I ever go to one again in my life, it will only be to protest outside the door
Jim
10:03
Will Yan Gomes bounce back or is Dioner Navarro the better option?
Jeff Sullivan
10:03
Gomes Gomes Gomes!
Chuck
10:03
Why baseball?
Jeff Sullivan
10:03
Existence is bleak
Nick
10:03
Royals need another SP, but with their payroll already breaking records are they looking?
Jeff Sullivan
10:03
Yeah, but they're rumored to be looking at the uninteresting Kennedy/Gallardo tier
10:04
Seems to me it's not worth it
Tom
10:04
Could you still see the White Sox landing one of the two big outfielders remaining? As a fan, I don't think three years will cut it but it could be a posturing move by the Sox
Jeff Sullivan
10:04
I don't think either signs for three years. I think it's either going to be one year or 5-6 years
AKA22
10:04
What are your projections for Hector Olivera? I think every Braves fan hates him... do we have any reason for optimism?
Jeff Sullivan
10:05
I think he's something like a league-average bat, but if his defense isn't adequate anywhere then that's not really a very useful player
Ken Griffey's Backwards Hat
10:05
Jefffff can you explain the luxury tax to a dumb-dumb like myself? I read an article somewhere that basically surmised that if the Tigers make a move that takes on more salary, they will go over the luxury tax, something the Dodgers and Yankees have avoided these last few years. Is what I've said even close to being correct?
Jeff Sullivan
10:06
The Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, and Giants exceeded the mark last season, and paid penalties in turn
10:07
The Yankees have talked publicly about trying to get under the mark but they haven't actually done it
GSon
10:09
Denard Span is recovering from a labrum tear and bone shave.. same thing that made AROD a full time DH.. Are the Giants taking a gamble here with a three year deal and more than $ 10MM/yr?
Jeff Sullivan
10:10
I believe Troy Tulowitzki had a similar hip procedure and he's remained an above-average defensive shortstop
Obviously the Giants would prefer that Span *not* have required the surgery, but if Span were healthy, he might've commanded twice as much money on the market
I like the risk, myself
Sarah
10:11
Padres need a SS and a LF. They are rumored to be interested in Desmond as his price is probably dropping due to a lack of suitors. At what price would Desmond be a good idea for them? Would it make more sense to try to trade for a d first, cheap SS and go after Cespedes or Upton; or try to get Desmond low enough and see trade for a LF or sign Parra?
Jeff Sullivan
10:12
The Padres should see if they can get Desmond for something resembling the Denard Span contract. Gives them a little bit of upside as long as they're trying not to actually rebuild, and then if Desmond rebounds but the team is bad, he becomes very much tradeable
MK
10:12
Which OF is the best fit for the Nats in a potential Gio Gonzalez trade?
Jeff Sullivan
10:12
Would've been Inciarte. Maybe Gardner fits
Matt in KC
10:13
I really enjoyed your post on DeJesus. I vividly remember talk radio segments about whether he was a viable lead off hitter because he couldn't steal bases in KC. I think the alternative was Joey Gathright. Things have changed somewhat since then.
Jeff Sullivan
10:13
DeJesus always struck me as maybe the most average and uninteresting regular player in baseball. I'm pleased to have been able to find something interesting about him
Dan Duquette
10:13
What's the best case scenario for my Orioles as far as the rest of the offseason/remaining FAs are concerned?
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
Cheap Upton, while Davis walks. You sign, I don't know, Doug Fister. Dylan Bundy gets healthy quick
Zach
10:15
Any particular Griffey memories stand out for you?
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
No more than the usual ones. I didn't grow up in Seattle, so I didn't get to watch him every day
Jeremy
10:16
a lot of anticipation for Anderson Espinoza, but at age 17, is it way too early to rank him among the top 10 SPs in baseball?
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
Yes
j6takish
10:16
What should a rebuilding team do with homegrown average players? Trading a 2-war guy isn't going to get you anything worthwhile but holding onto them doesn't seem great either
Jeff Sullivan
10:17
Every team needs those players. Cheap average players are incredibly useful. Daniel Murphy got 3/$37.5m while costing a draft pick and he's about as average as it gets
RPs in the hall of fame
10:18
On one hand, it makes me kind of mad that punters are poorly represented in the football hall of fame -- if you have a position, why aren't the best performs at that position represented? On the other hand, RPs do the same thing as SPs just in fewer innings, and many of even the best couldn't hack it as SPs. Help resolve my dilemma.
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