Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 11/4/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:49
Power pitching
J
10:49
Why don't win now teams trade all their marginal prospects that are far away without a ton of upside to fill a hole?
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
Because prospects that are far away and don't have much upside are bad prospects that nobody wants
Logan Davis
10:50
Are elite relievers overvalued? Alternately, are good-not-great relievers undervalued? It seems weird that Chapman/Jansen/Melancon are about to get nine figures but a decent setup-esque guy can be had for a song.
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
Good setup relievers can't be had for a song
10:53
Sorry about that, just lost my connection
10:54
The worry with the top guys is durability. Wade Davis has injury questions, Craig Kimbrel has red flags, Sean Doolittle and Greg Holland got hurt...
There is still some sort of elite-closer premium, but I think it's diminishing
Three Hamburgers
10:54
Any worries about Lester going forward sans David Ross?
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
Only minor ones. He's already improved himself, and Contreras will have learned Ross' techniques from the man himself
If one thing is clear, it's that Jon Lester can be an amazing pitcher even with the yips
weezy
10:56
how funny is it to go from writing about an amazing game 7 to Cameron Maybin?
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
It's actually a little bit of a relief. After Game 7, I felt like there was no way anything I could write could get a handle of it all. I can get a handle of a Cameron Maybin trade.
Aladdin Sane
10:57
Do you think a Soler + Happ + Candelario package is a meaningful offer for Quintana? The Cubs don't need a starter right now, but Quintana plugs a long term hole the FO is constantly trying to fill and keeps Montgomery in the bullpen another season while moving away from Hammel.
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
White Sox are going to want more certainty than that
10:59
They still can't be sure Soler isn't an approximation of Dayan Viciedo
Plenty of upside there, obviously, but Soler faced one of the easiest slates of opposing pitchers in the game in 2016. He is totally unproven
Bob
10:59
Have you considered hiking the full PCT?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
I still don't know if it's something I aspire to do. I think about it probably every month
11:00
One important question: I have this job that's important in the summer
Da Bum
11:01
Do Cubs let Fowler go, assuming he gets a pretty big contract, and slide Heyward over? They don't need more OF. They have Schwarber in LF, Soler in RF, Heyward in CF with Almora backup to RF/CF. Plus with Baez being so valuable defensively, Zobrist has to play somewhere. Any chance they move Bryant to RF predominantly, Baez at 3b and Zobrist at 2b with Schwarber back?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
If there's one thing that's clear about the Cubs, it's that they like their positional versatility. I wouldn't expect them to worry too much about regular locked in defensive spots
They definitely don't need more players, though, assuming Heyward bounces back some, which I think he will
Roadhog
11:02
Who says no to Sonny Gray for Andrew McCutchen?
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
A's. They both have to bounce back, and Gray has an extra control year
StackedDeck
11:03
Does Greg Holland find a job this offseason?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
No question at all
Ant
11:03
Can Puig be what Yoenis is today?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
It's something like his 90th percentile projection
Urban
11:03
The rain delay likely hurt the Indians.
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
I think it hurt them more than it hurt the Cubs. But not to any measurable extent, and, most importantly, oh well!
End The Drought
11:04
If you were the Giants, would you have any interest in the sweepstakes for Trout, Harper, Machado, or Otani? Or will they be albatrosses, like most free agent mega deals? I miss watching the greatest player in baseball every day.
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
I don't think the Giants are going to play at that end of the market. It's not their style
11:05
You do get Buster Posey. That's pretty nice.
E
11:05
The rain delay was not fun for non-baseball reasons in the park. They shut down all concessions after the 8th inning, I thought people were going to riot, no water, soda, etc. Luckily after about 10 minutes they opened some stuff back up but it was tense.
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
I know where you could've found some water
Toki
11:05
Braves do something weird.... Like give Cespedes 6 or 7 years?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
I don't think they'll be THAT weird.
James
11:06
What about something like Newcomb for Odorizzi?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Newcomb probably wouldn't appeal to the Rays
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