Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 11/18/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:51
They're closer than many teams. Imagine, say, if Britton got hurt in spring training
10:52
The Orioles are maybe a little like the Royals -- they could stand to make some longer-term moves now to ease the transition into the next stage
RIck Hahn
10:53
Got any advice for me for this offseason?
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
Just pick a direction and fully commit. Don't settle for ditching guys like Frazier and Eaton and whatever. Either build or sell.
You're presumably going to sell. Make sure you own the winter meetings
Curtis
10:54
Is it generally harder for pitchers to be excellent hitters, or hitters being excellent pitchers? Could Trout or Harper be a better pitcher than say Kershaw or Bumgarner are as hitters?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
I...actually...don't know the answer to this
10:55
We've more often seen successful-hitting pitchers than successful-pitching hitters, so maybe that answers your question
But hitters are also given few opportunities to pitch, because of the health risks. And pitchers, at least, take batting practice
What's probably true is that the skills are so specialized they're almost equally difficult
Jason
10:56
If the Mariners trade for Cozart what is the return at this point? Probably not Gohara I would assume/hope. What's fair for one year of a non-elite but not totally sucky SS?
Jeff Sullivan
10:57
Cozart is a pretty useful player. Gohara *might* be too much but then he's never pitched above A-ball, and he's hardly been dominant there. He's not an elite prospect
Rick Hahn
10:57
Are Sale, Quintana, and Eaton the top 3 available trade targets in all of baseball right now?
Jeff Sullivan
10:57
Nope, not so long as Archer is out there
Guest
10:57
What do you think of the Reddick deal? I've read a lot of people think it's an overpay...I feel like it a win is worth about 8 million though, it's a good deal
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
I think it's a little expensive, but not by enough to matter. Would've been more comfortable with the fourth year being a vesting option based on 2019 PAs
Mike M
10:58
Is Texas Cashner's last shot at being a starter?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
Not a bad way to see this
Kristen
10:59
If TEX makes Choo their full-time DH (which they should because he's injury-prone), how do they address LF (Mazara would be in RF) this offseason?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
As things stand, I wonder if they'd be willing to move Profar around
He's the internal guy who could use a season to sink or swim
Andrew
11:01
How is history different if the Rizzo/Cashner trade never happens? Paint me a word picture.
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
Rizzo gets traded somewhere else. The Cubs get like Goldschmidt or Hosmer or something
Jon
11:02
Theo Epstein has said how important getting an elite bullpen arm was to last year's team, yet the Cubs seem to be signaling that they won't pursue any elite free agent bullpen arms. Which is the better move, winning the bullpen arms race this winter or going year to year trading for a hot bullpen arm at the Trade Deadline again?
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
They're so good they don't need to splurge for what's out there right now. If Rondon is okay and Strop is okay, they can go into the deadline once more and re-evaluate. Maybe in July they can get Zach Britton!
botchatheny
11:03
do you think the president-elects apparent/alleged immigration stances will impact baseball?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
I expect that Adrian Gonzalez and various other Latin players would go on to make occasional statements
Rob
11:03
You think the Nationals would give up both, Giolito and Robles in a package for Sale?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
Absolutely
Slew
11:04
The three best teams in the AL in 2017 will be Houston, Boston, and...?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Cleveland
NotBobby
11:04
There are seven volcanoes erupting in Central America. Have you ever seen an erupting volcano?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
I've been on one!
Nick
11:04
Wade Davis for Jorge Soler and Rob Zastryny. Who says no first?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
I don't think Soler is a Royals type
Bob
11:04
Danny Duffy's actual ceiling? Is he a top of the rotation type arm?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
A full season of what he just did
aj
11:05
Latino ESPN was raging hard at the Trout victory. They really dont like WAR.
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
Debates get viewers
Outside Animals
11:06
Jeff, I love baseball, but I hate that so many tax dollars are spent on stadiums when it could be spent on social causes. These owners are rich! Is there a good way to balance this moral conflict?
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