Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 11/4/16
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Jeff Sullivan
11:06
The Rays are numbers-driven, and Newcomb's numbers are marginal
Dumpster Fiers
11:07
Odorizzi to Tex for Gallo
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Now we're talking!
Going to be interesting to see what happens with Gallo this winter. He could be lined up for a regular spot in Texas, but the Rangers seemed to indicate down the stretch they don't trust him a lot
weezy
11:07
does making the WS and having some extra revenue change the Indians offseason plan from what they would have done a month ago?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Yeah, now they've got some extra tens of millions. That's more important to them than the extra revenue is to the Cubs, relatively speaking
11:08
I mean, the general plan is probably still the same, but they can just go a little higher with their investments
Nick S
11:08
I think it would be wise for teams with clear postseason aspirations to use their closer a few times during the regular season for more than 1 inning, especially if they are rested with an upcoming day off. They need to break closers from the "1 inning in the 9th and only with the lead" mindset.
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
It's a conversation more teams will be having
Logan
11:08
Does Atlanta acquiring James Shields make some sense? Veteran Innings Eater, likely won't cost much at all.
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
The problem is he's bad
Guest
11:08
how many more years until postseason baseball no longer resembles regular season baseball?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
Arguably zero?
Um
11:08
Francisco Liriano was very bad for the Pirates, and then very good for the Blue Jays. Just SSS?
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
Some of that. But also worth remembering that Ray Searage isn't the only coach in the world who can make a guy better
Alex
11:09
Ender, Albies, Newcomb, and Touki to LA for Urias?
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
I like the idea but LA wouldn't do that. Not enough upside, I don't think -- Urias, they believe, can and will be an ace
Dock Ellis
11:10
How well do you think Steve Bartman will sleep this weekend?
Jeff Sullivan
11:10
Not very well unless he puts his phone on silent
Miky
11:10
Hi Jeff, is it possible the A's will trade for McCutchen? If so, what would it take?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
I see them more in the Inciarte pool. McCutchen would be a big get for them but I don't think it would work to their benefit to deplete some resources for a two-year player
Snarfle
11:11
How many wins would you project current roster Braves and Phillies for?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
70?
RaysFan#1
11:12
What do you think of something like Archer heading to Atlanta, maybe we could get Swanson and Allard? They have Albies to replace Dansby?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
This trade idea holds much appeal to me
11:13
Fascinating to think about -- the Braves lose a year of control going from Swanson to Archer, but Archer is also locked in at some incredible prices
Dock Ellis
11:13
Do you have an opinion on the international draft that's coming?
Jeff Sullivan
11:13
Not a very informed one. This isn't my area of expertise. I'd like to be smarter but it's a work in progress. In the meantime, talk to Dave!
And/or Eric.
Robin
11:14
What's the most interesting story on your notepad that you didn't write up this season?
Jeff Sullivan
11:14
I just about exhausted every idea I had -- I'm not in position to let an idea go to waste. I think I was going to try to write something historic about Billy Hamilton right before he got hurt
But that could be re-visited in the offseason
Andrew
11:15
Astros have huge holes in the OF. Assume they don't sign Cespedes...does trading for J Upton make sense? (a) Detroit wants to shed payroll, (b) he's only signed through age 34, (c) you may be buying a little low on him, and you may get him for a light prospect package if you take on the contract. He's overpaid, but the Astros' best players are all underpaid for the next few years.
Jeff Sullivan
11:16
It's not a terrible idea, but I think the Astros want to get more left-handed, and they'd be conscious of assuming someone else's potential albatross. So many of their good players are cheap now, but cheap players get expensive in a hurry
Astros might prefer to focus on shorter-term investments -- Rich Hill could be perfect. Throw money at him for two guaranteed years
Ted
11:16
Since it's been like the only move so far, what do you think of John Lamb? Were you surprised the Reds already gave up on him? Is he already hopeless?
Jeff Sullivan
11:16
I have to assume his medicals just suck
britishcub
11:17
odds of cba talks affecting next seasons games? 0%?
Jeff Sullivan
11:17
0.1%
Aaron
11:17
This question should be an article: "Who would you be looking for among mediocre starters that even in this hyperinflated pitching market, might be a good target to become if-not-Andrew-Miller-then-at-least-Joe-Blanton?"
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