Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 11/4/16
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Jeff Sullivan
11:17
And I'm sure that it will be!
And it'll probably even be mine, now that August is gone!
Matt
11:17
Do you think Dombowski brings in a big name to fill the DH spot or a Steve Pearce type?
Jeff Sullivan
11:17
I'm hoping that this is the winter Steve Pearce finally has an active market. He should be in pretty high demand
Roadhog
11:18
Eric Thames to the A's?
Jeff Sullivan
11:18
There's a good one, although the A's really need some defensive improvements
tahoe willie
11:19
Who is the 2017 Mookie Betts?
Jeff Sullivan
11:19
If Lindor taps into more power, he could become the best player in baseball
Nick
11:20
What is "crisis level" financially for you? The Cubs payroll was almost double that of the Indians, if I remember correctly.
Jeff Sullivan
11:20
And that's not good! But a decade ago, the Yankees spent almost eight times as much as the (Devil) Rays. This year, the Dodgers spent less than four times as much as the Astros
John
11:21
Cleveland just announced that Brantley is expected to resume baseball activities in December and be ready for spring training.
Jeff Sullivan
11:21
That's obviously huge for them, if his shoulder is back close to 100%. He's one of the better outfielders in the game when he's going. But it's worth wondering how much permanent damage has already been done
5 Run Homer
11:21
Does McCutchen get back on track? And where does he start the season? Pittsburgh, or somewhere else?
Jeff Sullivan
11:21
I think he'll be a real good player again
Jaff
11:22
What team do you think would win in a 7 game series. 2016 cubs or 05 white sox?
Jeff Sullivan
11:22
The 2016 Cubs had the better Pythagorean record by 16 games.
Southi
11:22
Of the Braves outfielders whom do you think is the most likely to get traded? Kemp, Inciarte, Markakis or Smith?
Jeff Sullivan
11:22
Inciarte
Gabe
11:23
Mariners best chance for contention next season is _____?
Jeff Sullivan
11:23
I don't get how to answer this. Yes?
Tanner
11:23
Can you think of one sure-fire or borderline HOFer in the game today who's largely overlooked?
Jeff Sullivan
11:23
I feel like people might've already forgotten how good Pujols used to be
Logan Davis
11:24
To given an example: the Mariners got Joaquin Benoit for essentially just his 1/$10M contract. Really, any of the relievers the Padres have traded recently. A lot of the deadline reliever trades seemed way out of whack with the Miller/Chapman deals.
Jeff Sullivan
11:24
Joaquin Benoit was already showing real signs of decline in 2015. He lost almost a quarter of his strikeouts, and his walks went up. When he was at his best, Benoit was underrated, but the Mariners didn't get him at his best
Ant
11:25
Why aren't elite closers starting pitchers? What stops them from being a starter? curious
Jeff Sullivan
11:25
Usually, it's either durability or lacking a third pitch
Kenley Jansen essentially throws one pitch. It's reasonable to question how good he'd be over six-inning stints, with his cutter also losing a couple miles per hour
11:26
All right, it's time for me to get rolling
So thank you everybody for hanging out, and I'm sorry for what I didn't or couldn't address. We'll do it again next week at the same time, and until then, be well and have great days. Welcome to the offseason!
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