Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 3/4/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:56
He's dropped his arm and his fastball has flattened out, generating more run but less rise. It's become a more hittable fastball, in addition to it having slowed down
10:57
Maybe it can be fixed, but at this point he's 39 years old
TJ
10:57
Decent chance the Braves trade Inciarte this spring or do you think they would prefer to keep him for a few years? Would it ever make sense for him to coexist in the same lineup as M.Smith? Seems like Inciarte's trade value may also never be higher, unless you think he has real upside we haven't seen.
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
I don't think he's a spring trade candidate. A year from now he'll still have four control years left, so I could see him on the move next December, given the pretty light FA market
forest
10:58
This offseason, why have mid-level pitchers seen much greater demand over hitters?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
I genuinely don't know!
Aaron
10:59
With the Indians projected to win the AL Central, shouldn't they invest more in their OF situation so they can maximize their chances of making the playoffs? I know their payroll is limited but this OF situation is pathetic for a potential playoff team
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
The Indians have all kinds of mediocre outfield depth. The only thing they could do to shake it up is make a splash for a 3+ WAR player, but that becomes a lot more difficult. Seems to me they plan to perhaps ride this out until June or July and then re-visit based on what's out there
Marc
11:01
Now DeGrom is following Coles lead and forcing his displeasure with the pre-arb money and wont sign his contract (for whatever thats worth). Does this get changed in the upcomming CBA?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
This is a pretty common thing to do, actually, since signing the contract or not signing the contract doesn't matter
11:02
The lowest salaries will get raised by the next CBA, but it would surprise me if something were done to greatly shift the amount of money made immediately available to the youngest major leaguers
Cody
11:02
So the spring training Brewers are 3-0 including a win against the "best team in baseball". Its too early to say, but is there a chance this year's team isn't any worse than last year's?
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
Last year's Brewers lost 94 times. I think this year's team is more in line for 90 losses or so
GSon
11:03
The Cubs present in many ways like the mid-90s Cleveland Indians. Tremendous offensive talent throughout the order, but, ultimately flawed with less than stellar # 3 & # 4 SP's and a pen that leaves a lot to be desired. Why isn't Theo and Jed breaking land speed records to FIX the middle of the rotation & building the pen three deep at the back?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Lackey and Hendricks were both just worth more than 3 WAR. The Cubs bullpen was also just fourth in WAR and a reasonable eighth in WPA. I don't think they have a problem. I think the beauty of the rest of the roster makes these look like problems
Brian L
11:05
Can you guys just have a big disclaimer on the top of every article, in big bold letters, saying "Check your biases at the door"? Half the comments on every article look like the person just read the title and skipped to the comments to begin their attack. If reading that disclaimer could save one seething comment per article, it would be worth it...
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
There's no accomplishing that on the Internet. Thankfully FanGraphs is selective for smarter readers than most sites so despite the site's popularity I think we do pretty well to generate intelligent conversation. There are awful comments and awful comment threads but compared to other places, we're doing OK
Munenori's Espresso Stand
11:06
Are the changes to sliding / neighborhood play going to be this year's "transfer rule"? Or will it actually NOT be a trainwreck?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
I'm really interested to see what happens with neighborhood plays. This could be a big deal! I haven't seen it covered yet in depth
dw
11:06
The Warriors will win more games than ___ MLB teams?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Six
Gabriel
11:07
Not counting the Royals ... which teams you think will most outperform and underperform their projections?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
I'll say...Rangers out-perform, and Marlins under-perform
Jeet
11:09
Is Berrios going to have a big impact for the Twins this season? Don't you think that rebuilding teams hurt MLB ready players by keeping them in the minors for too long for service time reasons?
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
I think Berrios is going to be an important player for this year's Twins, and I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that the Twins hang around again in the race
Seattle GM
11:09
What happened to the fantastic Seattle farm? Why isn't anyone talking about DJ Peterson and Lara in the same vein as Arcia etc
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
Everybody sucks
11:10
The hope is that a new player development system can salvage the talented players held over from the previous regime.
Fan
11:10
Mookie Betts is getting a lot of press as a young star player and he had 4.8 war in 142 games. He even ranked very highly in Dave Cameron's trade value piece. Joe Panik on the other hand had 4.2 war in 100 games. They both have similar service time. Is this a case of Boston hype or is Joe Panik really underrated?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
Panik is underrated. I like Betts more, but Panik is a really solid player
cornelius
11:11
who's throwing the ball in your twitter avatar
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
Raullllllllllllll
Okay, time to go!
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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