Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 11/18/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:13
Moving Quintana means the White Sox are thinking about, like, 2019 and beyond. So they'd want prospects, not super-2 outfielders
Tani Cantil-Sakauye
10:13
wtf are the Braves doing? Rebuilding or trying to contend? Any chance they move Inciarte for prospects?
Jeff Sullivan
10:13
I'll just say, don't worry too much about the trade rumors until there's an actual trade
But the Braves clearly want to have a competitive product on the field in April
Okra
10:14
What are your thoughts on a team changing their ballpark dimensions in an extreme way to try and create a strategic advantage. I'm thinking move the outfield fences way out and just punt HRs (as an offense) and sign three center fielders to fill your OF. From there, try to build your whole team around speed and athleticism. Shouldn't cost more to build this team vs a conventional roster. Thoughts?
Jeff Sullivan
10:14
Players would hate it
With any kind of extreme ballpark, either your hitters are upset or your pitchers are upset. The only way to keep them calm is to make sure things are reasonably neutral
Ryan C
10:14
What is the outline for a Junior Guerra contract? A ton of cheap control left, was quite good this season, but is also already in his thirties.
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
He's 32 soon and he has five years of team control. No point in an extension
Dynamite_J
10:15
MLB had a pretty fantastic season and seemed to grow in popularity. Besides CBA harmony, anything else they can do to keep momentum moving forward?
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
Market the shit out of Mike Trout
Justin Case
10:15
What can we expect for the Opening Day RF for the Orioles?
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
League-averageness
Outta my way, Gyorkass
10:16
What ballpark figure would you estimate as to the return MIL would get from a hypothetical Junior Guerra trade?
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
Two moderately interesting pitching prospects. He's a pretty low-ceiling guy
Mo Vaughn
10:18
How much trade value do MLB-ready prospects who project as league average starters at a non-premium position have? Are these types a dime a dozen?
Jeff Sullivan
10:19
Definitely not a dime a dozen. A league-average player is valuable, especially when he's cheap and cheap for a while. Chance Sisco projects to be about average over a full season. BA ranked him #85 in their midseason top 100
Jon
10:19
Is there any way to attempt to quantify the negative value a player might have for being a "bad clubhouse guy"?
Jeff Sullivan
10:20
In theory, you'd need to start with a list of "known" bad clubhouse guys
Then you just go through their careers and examine all the transactions. Were they underpaid, relative to what you'd expect? Did, say, Danny Valencia get less in trade than you'd think he would based on surplus value? That would get you somewhere
Matt S
10:21
Or maybe the cards could give up a huge haul for Kiermeier AND Longoria? Thinking Adams, Garcia, Peralta, Bader/Sierra, J Fernandez, and Weaver plus taking on Longo'a contract and paying the $10 on Peralta?
Jeff Sullivan
10:21
I don't see the part where that's the Cardinals giving up a huge haul
Tommy Lasordid
10:22
Would Deleon, Calhoun and Verdugo get Dozier?
Jeff Sullivan
10:22
That's way too much for two years of Brian Dozier
Outta my way, Gyorkass
10:22
What happens first, universal DH, or either one of a Reds or Padres WS win?
Jeff Sullivan
10:22
Universal DH
Mike
10:23
Is Bautista a match for anyone but Toronto now? He's nobody's everyday right fielder anymore, and still seems like a very good fit there as a 1B/OF/DH.
Jeff Sullivan
10:23
He would fit there comfortably, but he could become an option for the Yankees or Astros or something
EG
10:23
The A's have approximately one outfielder, who may fare better as a DH, leaving them 2-3 spots to fill with (hopefully) Major League starter outfielders. Who might they be?
Jeff Sullivan
10:24
I do think they like Eibner enough. Canha will be back and he's played the outfield before. They'll look for a long-term CF but they might wait and go into the year and see what they have in Gray and Doolittle
Bork
10:25
Please tell me Justin Smoak won't be the Jays starting 1B next year.
Jeff Sullivan
10:25
Justin Smoak won't be the Jays' starting 1B next year
Did that make you feel better?
AKA22
10:25
What can you surmise about the Braves plans to contend in 2017 from the offseason so far? Signing Colon and Dickey could be a signal they're going to make a move to win... or just biding time with depth so they have financial room for 2018 and beyond. What's your prediction / recommendation?
Jeff Sullivan
10:26
I have no problem with the Braves signing decent veteran stopgaps. They don't lose anything from doing that. I would have a bigger problem with them pushing forward by making a huge SP splash. That hasn't happened yet
Roadhog
10:26
Could the A's land Dexter Fowler? He seems like such a perfect fit for them
Jeff Sullivan
10:26
Problem: the A's are not good
Andrew
10:26
Yankees should sign Valbuena, right? He, Headley, and Bird can all split DH and Valbuena rotates between 1B and 3B. Yankees don't like having a permanent DH.
Jeff Sullivan
10:26
It's not a bad idea. Obvious fit for the park and I like the pseudo-flexibility
Tani Cantil-Sakauye
10:27
Jedd Gyorko hit 30 HR in 400 AB. What sort of package of prospects do you think teh Cards could get if they sell high?
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