Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 2/3/17
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Jeff Sullivan
10:31
They must really not think he'll get over his injuries
Erik
10:32
What are the odds that Theo Epstein is just a run-of-the-mill executive who happened to be in the right place at the right time? Seems quite low to me, but how would we know if he was?
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
We wouldn't, really. But there's enough evidence that he's a good one, just in terms of the team and loyalty he's built around himself
Prich
10:32
Mariners acquiring Gallardo has to be up on the list of bad moves... Espcially considering they could have had Hammel for the same $$$s and used Smith more efficiently
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
Oh yeah, that was also bad
Joe
10:32
Does Carson really hate baseball?
Jeff Sullivan
10:33
No, but he has a stronger interest in non-MLB
Norrin Radd
10:33
When you scout the stat line where do you start? Do you like going right into the advanced section or starting at the more traditional lines?
Jeff Sullivan
10:33
With pitchers in particular, I start at K-BB%
Which reminds me. James Hoyt!
Poseidon's Beard
10:33
Mariners pick Park up and revisit idea of Vogelbach era?
Jeff Sullivan
10:33
Can't see it
Rex
10:33
What do you think of the latest rumors regarding PED use by Cubs players?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
I have not heard them and will not seek them out
EbenezerBatflip
10:34
Pablo is still updating social media with pics/video of him working out and looking slimmer and more fit. How much will his body shape really affect his ability to hit? I expect him to be better defensively, but will being in better shape really help him remember how to hit?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
I refuse to believe there's zero correlation between Pablo's health and Pablo's performance. When you're out of shape, literally everything is harder to do and keep up
The big question, of course, is how long this sustains. He's gained the weight back before, pretty quickly
Robin
10:35
How does payment work at FG? Do you get paid annually or by the article? If it's the latter, Travis will be a millionaire by the end of the month!
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
Once a month
Guest
10:35
Blake Snell: A lefty McCullers?
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
Works pretty well
Hannah Hochevar
10:36
Would you put in a waiver claim on Park with 9.75 million still owed over 3 years?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
Depends who I am. I'd love him in Colorado
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
10:36
If you won a Spend-a-Day with Mike Trout, what would you do?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
Probably challenge him to an article-off just so I could pat myself on the back
Guy probably can't write for a hill of beans!!
EbenezerBatflip
10:37
Which relief pitcher should Boston fans be most excited for in 2017, Thornburg, Carson Smith, Joe Kelly, or another guy?
Jeff Sullivan
10:37
Smith, if he's at 100%
HappyFunBall
10:37
Speaking of Nats and depth and old players ... Mike Rizzo should run, not walk, to snap up Byung Ho Park shouldn't he?
Jeff Sullivan
10:37
Similar-ish to Zimmerman, in terms of promising EV numbers
James
10:38
Apparently the Dodgers were considering trading Alex Wood to Seattle for prospects(most likely Gohara+), then flipping them with De Leon for Dozier. Would you have done this or the 1 for 1 Forsythe deal?
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
The latter. I like Forsythe a lot
Joe
10:38
Chat tip: if you have the question "Is [former top prospect pitcher just acquired by my team] the next Jake Arrieta?", the answer is always "No." Arrieta is an extraordinary situation that almost never happens.
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
Correct!
Ryan
10:38
Will Mitch Moreland be the Red Sox starting 1B at the end of the season?
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
No
Reds Fan
10:38
When does Amir Garrett get the call up? Chance to grow into a #1/#2?
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
I'm not going to speak to his top-of-the-rotation potential at all, because he still has plenty of work to do, but he'll get at least...six starts or so in the majors this year. That rotation will be fluid all season long
Ryan
10:39
Do you think Houston will soften their stance on including Martes and/or Tucker to acquire a SP at the deadline?
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
I don't think they're the problem. Musgrove has been the problem
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