Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 2/17/17
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Jeff Sullivan
11:14
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J
11:14
Doesn't it always make sense to trade 2 months of a player right before they become a FA especially if they can be signed back?
Jeff Sullivan
11:15
Depends on the player. Sometimes there's just not enough value to get back if you're talking about a reliever or something. There's some value in roster continuity, and some value in keeping that player if you know you're going to want to try to get him re-signed
Chris
11:15
thoughts on Berrios this year?
Jeff Sullivan
11:15
Fresh start, cautiously optimistic.
Tyson in Oklahoma
11:16
How many more years until someone hits 62 homers in one year again?
Jeff Sullivan
11:16
My answer depends entirely on whether MLB actually succeeds in shrinking the strike zone
If the zone stays as it is, it'll take something extraordinary
Bort
11:17
Are hyped youngesters like Baez and Profar getting screwed by teams that refuse to play them everyday to let them develop into legit stars?
Jeff Sullivan
11:17
Rangers couldn't really play Profar regularly when he was hurt for two years
Last year he batted 300 times and wasn't good
Baez batted 450 times, which is plenty
Kristen
11:18
Who are some players that are still young but you think might have peaked already? Hard to see R. Odor becoming more than he currently is with his questionable plate discipline.
Jeff Sullivan
11:19
Jose Ramirez has probably had his best season. Bryce Harper, of course. Don't know what room there is for Mookie Betts to grow further. Rougned Odor is a good suggestion
DJ
11:19
Why does Jorge De La Rosa not have a roster spot in an MLB bullpen yet?
Jeff Sullivan
11:20
Probably because he hasn't been a reliever for a decade
El Duderino
11:20
Who hits more HRs in 2017.. Matt Holiday or Gary Sanchez? 30+?
Jeff Sullivan
11:20
Sanchez, no question
Mike
11:20
Why does everyone seem to be meh on vogelbach? Obv defense would suck but seems to have quite a knack for hitting and could be a decent maybe just below peak billy butler
Jeff Sullivan
11:21
Below-peak Billy Butler is like a 1.5-2 WAR player. That's a very meh player
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
11:21
When you go hiking, what's standard social protocol with dealing with others? Passing by is easy, but when you're at the summit, do you engage in convo or just keep to yourself?
Jeff Sullivan
11:22
I pretty much always say hi when hiking. Most people say hi back. If I'm stopped, and I'm near other people who are stopping or have stopped, then I'll evaluate and see whether I think they want to talk, but I like to be social outdoors
GG
11:23
Jeff, how do they cram all that graham?
Jeff Sullivan
11:23
By eliminating unnecessary nutrients
AZ
11:23
In a trade would a team prefer $50 million in prospect value or $50 million in straight cash?
Jeff Sullivan
11:23
Straight cash. Cash is good right away. Prospect value is realized over several years
Graves
11:24
Is Brandon Phillips the worst? I mean I mostly am going off of his blow up that one time about OBP, but also his huge decline. Should he be given the benefit of the doubt or is he actually a colossal Jerk?
Jeff Sullivan
11:24
One could argue his decline has actually been pretty graceful for a middle infielder http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=791&position=2B
11:25
He is certainly opinionated and he might hold too high an opinion of himself as a baseball player, but speaking in terms of him as a person, he had a wonderful relationship with the community in Ohio. Seems like a good dude, with a few drawbacks, like most of the rest of us
GianMarlo Stanfield
11:25
Dansby still eligible for ROY I believe by 1 at bat/game? Might be wrong on that.
Jeff Sullivan
11:25
If this is true, it's Dansby for RoY
11:26
Yeah, OK, confirmed, Swanson seems RoY-eligible because he had 129 AB, where the cutoff is 130.
Whoa, it's late! I need to stop chatting!
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
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