Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 8/2/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:03
Takes way less than three hours. You should try it!
Ronnie
10:03
Espinoza, Torres, Frazier & Brinson seem to be the top guys traded at the deadline. Which of the four do you think turns out best?
Jeff Sullivan
10:03
Brinson
Chris
10:04
What do you think of the Bruce deal from the Reds' perspective? Herrera a better prospect than Nimmo?
Jeff Sullivan
10:04
Herrera apparently has less questionable medicals than Nimmo, so that's a point in his favor
This all comes down to your perception of Jay Bruce. I don't think he's actually all that valuable of a player, so I liked that the Reds turned him into a potential long-term regular
Cave Dameron
10:04
A's farm system: top 10 yet? C'mon, give A's fans SOMETHING!
Jeff Sullivan
10:05
Jharel Cotton is cool
I think I like him the best of all three players they just got from LA
CamdenWarehouse
10:07
What team's fans should be most disappointed with its deadline moves?
Jeff Sullivan
10:07
Mar...lins?
10:08
I guess? It's hard to say. The Giants paid some heavy prices. But they're leading a division. The Orioles didn't get a sexy starter, but then, they couldn't
mtsw
10:08
Could the Orioles get anything for Ubaldo Jimenez if they agreed to eat his entire salary? (He won't have any trouble clearing waivers so can still be traded). They supposedly may be close to DFAing him anyway, doesn't he have some attraction to a non-contender who could attempt to rehabilitate him then trade him in the offseason?
Jeff Sullivan
10:09
If the Orioles paid everything, they could get a low-level pitching prospect of moderate interest.
Jimenez can still get some strikeouts. But he's in his 30s now. This is him
Zonk
10:10
Will crazy prices for starting pitching/relief pitching carry over into the offseason? Or was that a temporary function of deadline supply/demand?
Jeff Sullivan
10:10
Most deadlines don't have guys like Chapman and Miller available. And come the offseason, there will be more teams willing to move starters around, so the market will look more responsible
Oliver
10:11
Please say something good about the Pirates deadline. I am #confused
Jeff Sullivan
10:11
I'm pretty big on Felipe Rivero
Ben
10:11
How much does having an elite defender in CF cancel out a bad defender in LF? Specifically referring to Inciarte & Kemp. Does Inciarte's elite defense help decrease the impact of Kemp's bad defense? Is this just wishful thinking?
Jeff Sullivan
10:12
Pretty much all wishful thinking. There is very little overlap between outfielder ranges. Tons of batted balls that will be up to Kemp and Kemp alone
dock ellis
10:13
if you were in the brewers front office, which would you have preferred: the Cleveland Lucroy return + unknown Jeffress return (say something similar to what Smith got), or the return from the Rangers for the pair as a package?
Jeff Sullivan
10:13
I liked the Rangers return because I like both Brinson and Ortiz. Susac was a nifty get in the Smith move
Matt
10:14
I am a Braves fan, and have totally talked myself into Matt Kemp being an asset for the team in LF...How do you think he'll transition there? Will his defense improve from "national disaster" to simply "meh" going to LF from RF? (aside: between Markakis and Kemp, Ender Inciarte is REALLY gonna earn that paycheck, huh?)
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
I have some concerns about how Kemp has performed on a bad ballclub, and it won't be any easier for him to motivate himself on the Braves. But at the end of the day, he's just one guy costing a moderate amount of money, and the books are mostly clean, and the Braves aren't about to win anyway so they might as well get to watch some dingers
Hector Santiago
10:15
What the hell is going on?
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
I am so sorry
Jim Lonborg
10:15
Do the (so far divergent) fates of Kelly and Porcello affect Cherington's ability to get a GM job this winter? Or do teams not think that way?
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
I don't think Ben Cherington's hirability has anything to do at this point with Joe Kelly's career developments
Peter
10:16
Two years from now, what's Edwin Diaz's role? Dominant closer or does he make his way to the rotation?
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
Closer
He's never starting again
Billybob
10:16
Of all the "contenders", could it be argued that the Indians are the ones most playing over their heads? I think we all agree that Napoli, Santana, Naquin, Lindor and Kipnis are playing near their upper percentiles, and they've been extremely lucky regarding the health of their SP. Opposed to a team like the Dodgers or the Nationals, who have endured injuries and underperformances.
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
On the other hand, the Indians have played pretty much all season without arguably their best player. And he could be coming back! So that helps.
JD
10:17
Do you still see Cubs as the team to beat or has that changed since now that the deadline is over?
Jeff Sullivan
10:17
Cubs are the best
Cubs were the best, and they improved
Brandon
10:17
What are your thoughts on Diaz taking over as the closer in Seattle?
Jeff Sullivan
10:17
Inevitable. He's amazing
Roscoe
10:17
Had the Braves decided to trade him, Teheran would have fetched considerably more than Matt Moore at the deadline, right? Or were the Giants just really enamored of former superstar prospect Matty Mo?
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