Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 8/12/16
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Guest
11:05
How much of dick is Joe Girardi?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
This week be damned, I think Girardi deserves more credit for the long-term way he's handled the Alex Rodriguez situation
Zonk
11:05
Last year, Maddon batted the pitcher 8th alot. This year, mostly 9th, but I've noticed many other teams are now batting the pitcher 8th. What's better, statistically? Does it really matter much?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Doesn't matter nearly as much as you'd think based on the volume of articles written about it
Pennsy
11:07
Jayson Werth: best megacontract of the last decade?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
The first A-Rod deal was pretty awesome
So was the first Miguel Cabrera deal
Bernie
11:07
How is it that we could have stats to manage every possible defensive metric yet have no rudimentary way of quantitatively measuring managers?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Managers don't perform on the field
11:08
Even if you wanted to do something like compare player performance to projected player performance, you still have to keep in mind the potential influence of the manager on projections for incumbents. It's so difficult!
Guest
11:09
if you were a mlb coach would you play arod all week and 3rd base for his last game
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
I'd ask him what he wants and go from there
joe
11:09
Should the Mariners look to trade Cruz this offseason? How do Cruz and Vogelbach fit comfortably in a lineup together, given they should both not be in the field?
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
You're not going to get killed by first-base defense
Chris
11:10
Odor is the second best non-Altuve second baseman going forward... right?
Jeff Sullivan
11:10
I don't think so. Hard to give that to a .301 OBP
Zonk
11:11
What team do you LEAST want to face in a playoff series right now, and why?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
The Cubs, because they're the best baseball team
Bernie
11:11
Is the .500ish deadline team having a "yard sale" (ie Mariners, Yankees) and continuing to be competitive the new thing?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
Pretty big difference between selling Mike Montgomery and Wade Miley, and selling Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Carlos Beltran
Justin
11:11
Holliday likely out for the season. Should Cardinals go hard for Gomez? Or just see if their young guys can figure it out?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
I don't think Gomez is worth it
Guest
11:12
would have arod gotten a farewell tour like ortiz or jeter?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
No
joe
11:12
What's the most thought-provoking question you've gotten in a chat? Or, if not the most, one you can remember thinking about much later
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Probably this one
Brad
11:12
Do the Dodgers have the highest upside in regards to pitching staff next year? Kershaw, Urias, Hill, Maeda, De Leon; with Jansen as closer and Wood, McCarthy in Pen. Yadier Alvarez looking like a legit arm as well and could help in pen next year.
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Well, Hill is a free agent
Mets still have crazy upside
Bork
Q-Ball
11:14
Question on the Prince Fielder, roster-space thing. I get that they may have to keep him on the roster to meet the obligations of the insurance policy, but couldn't they reach a settlement all around to avoid that? The insurance company and Prince don't care about the roster spot, I bet they can get paid a little more to settle and make the problem go away.
Jeff Sullivan
11:14
I don't know nearly enough about the ins and outs of this stuff but there is a wonderful opportunity here to maybe get some insight into how teams financially value a single 40-man roster spot
11:16
When this sort of thing happened with Albert Belle, the Orioles didn't negotiate, and they wound up keeping him on the 40-man roster to keep getting the insurance money. Maybe times have changed
joe
11:16
Is Kyle Seager still underappreciated or if you sign a contract for one hundred million dollars is that impossible
Jeff Sullivan
11:16
Not underappreciated in Seattle, but definitely underappreciated outside of Seattle
11:18
All right, I need 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
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