Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 11/11/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:59
Not guaranteed, but probable
Joe
11:00
Would it be crazy for the Cubs to consider trading Baez in a package for someone in the Archer/Sale/Quintana class following his postseason run? Seems to be the type of high profile headliner the White Sox or Rays would be looking for. And because he's been so inconsistent with the bat, I wonder if the Cubs might ultimately benefit from selling high.
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
It definitely wouldn't be crazy for the Cubs to think about trading Baez. He's an exciting but flawed player, and his flaws generally don't go away over time
11:01
The Rays have insisted on getting Baez in trade negotiations before. So that sets a precedent. They used to insist on getting Brad Miller, too, and then they eventually got their man
majordanby
11:01
last year the angels made the first big move of the off-season by acquiring simmons, but remained inactive the rest of the way. this year they pick up maybin - predictions on what else the angels will do this off-season?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
They'll get a 2B/3B, they'll get at least one reliever, and I wouldn't be surprised if they picked up a starting pitcher as well
Nothing huge
dgrussel
11:01
Can we confirm that Kiley McDaniel is the reason the Braves signed Colon? 'cause if not, the credit should be attributed to him anyways
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
After the Colon news came out, Kiley texted me this morning to say it's time to re-run those projected standings
majordanby
11:02
most likely to be dealt this off-season - sale, quintana, gray, archer, odorizzi, smyly, tehran, miller, verlander?
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
Odorizzi
I am the Walrus
11:02
Seems like Schwarber has a big work ethic. What are the odds he becomes only an average defender in LF?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
I definitely think he could pull himself up to being a -5 to 0 LF. Being average might be his ceiling, but one knee surgery isn't a defensive death sentence
Alec
11:03
How about Matt Holliday in Cleveland as a 1B/DH?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
I like it. He'd also offer some emergency corner OF flexibility
John
11:03
What does Detroit do if Miguel Cabrera turns into Ryan Howard?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
Suffer
majordanby
11:04
i like the articles that you and dave wrote regarding arguments for and against the blue jays rebuilding now. what are the for/against arguments for the royals and d'backs?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
The D-Backs have a half-decent roster core -- they should push forward, given a healthy Pollock, and then re-visit where they are in July. I could see them winning something like 85 games
11:06
As for the Royals, their situation is obviously complicated, with so many pending free agents and so little on the farm. I don't think they need to completely tear things apart, but it would make sense for them to think about dealing Wade Davis if the market believes that he's healthy
11:07
The Royals could use some bridge players. They could withstand the loss of Davis and still be all right. They probably don't have the stomach to move Hosmer
Eric
11:07
I noticed this yesterday: there hasn't been an article written about Melky Cabrera since 2014! That's pretty much his whole tenure in Chicago
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
who would want to
Tits Mcgee
11:08
Inciarte for Joe ross... Who be saying no?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
The Braves probably want someone with fewer health concerns
Doolitte's Beard
11:08
RE: Rosenthal's article about the A's open for business, wouldn't Vogt, Gray, and Doolittle all have more value at next years deadline? Should they even be selling these low-cost controllable team leaders when there is a young core coming?
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
I could see them moving Vogt now, as an affordable regular catcher. But, yeah, no point in trading Gray or Doolittle soon
majordanby
11:09
do you have any insight on why Kim Ng hasnt been hired as a GM? Seems like she interviews for a GM position every year (this year was the D'backs), but gets passed up.
Jeff Sullivan
11:10
This is going to sound more accusatory than I intend, but teams are always supposed to interview a minority candidate for those positions, and it's hard to do better than interviewing an Asian woman
11:11
I have to question the collective teams' level of interest. But, also importantly, I have no idea to what degree Ng is actually qualified to run an organization.
Sonny
11:11
If you only read these chats you would think Inciarte is one of the five best trade assets in baseball
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
At least among the assets available for trade!
You know you're on FanGraphs when _
Roberto
11:12
Nicolas just posted an article on Bartolo signing with the Braves and called it a "brilliant" move. I'd say it was highly intelligent despite your characterization of the move as hardly novel.
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Brilliant is very strong
I just don't see brilliance in this. It's good, but it's not groundbreaking
Outside Animals
11:12
Do you ever think that WAR will ever be added as a performance bonus?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Contracts aren't allowed to have performance bonuses built in
11:13
Playing-time bonuses are different, and those are correlated to performance, but that's the extent of it. Playing-time bonuses and milestone bonuses
Dudley
11:13
Any expectations for the new CBA’s initial luxury tax level?
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