Klawchat 4/6/17
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Keith Law
2:02
Getting what you want can be dangerous. Klawchat.
addoeh
2:02
How big of a gap is there between the value of J. Baez and I. Happ? If included in otherwise similar packages, is it the difference getting a #1/2 starter and a #2/3 starter?
Keith Law
2:03
I think Happ's probably about as valuable as Baez is, given Baez's known flaws and additional year of service. I'm not sure either headlines a deal for an ace - Eloy probably has to be in such a trade either way.
EricVA
2:03
What ever happened to Jesus Montero? Was he just overhyped? Did the Mariners make an adjustment that ruined him? Was he just a spectacular bust?
Keith Law
2:03
PED guy with what turned out to be very questionable makeup.
Gabriel
2:03
Hey KLAW, when is your first mock draft coming out?
Keith Law
2:04
Mid-May. I don't think mocks this early have any value to readers. They're just wild-assed guesses.
Dan
2:04
I know you are not a hitting coach but how would a long swing turn into a short swing (i.e Jason Heyward)?
Keith Law
2:04
When a player has a shoulder injury and changes the swing to prevent pain.
Woland
2:04
Hey Keith, any thoughts on Brandon Finnegan for this year? SSS obviously but he looked great in his start. Is he a potential top of rotation guy, or more middle of the road? thanks!
Keith Law
2:05
I think he ends up in the bullpen.
Josh Meyer
2:05
Do you see the Twins drafting Hunter Greene with the top pick?
Keith Law
2:05
No, I think it's more likely they take a college guy like McKay there. But I would probably take Greene myself, given what I know now. I'm supposed to see him pitch tomorrow.
S.S. Size
2:06
Wow, can you believe it!? Mad-Bum is on pace to hit 60+ home runs!
Keith Law
2:07
Go away. I don't want to hear from you until at least Memorial Day.
David
2:07
Steven Matz ever pitch a full season?
Keith Law
2:07
Maybe once. Cashner and Ross both did it, and both came in with injury and/or delivery concerns.
Travis
2:07
What are your thoughts on Adam Haseley?
Keith Law
2:07
First rounder. CF who never strikes out. I was skeptical of the power but he's hitting the ball harder this year.
Dan from Cincy
2:07
When do you start hearing who specific teams seem to be targeting in the draft? Have you heard anything yet on the Reds at #2?
Keith Law
2:08
For most teams, not until May. However, the Reds are high enough in the draft and clear enough in their actions so far that I would say it's 90% that they take Greene or McKay.
Darren
2:08
Hello Keith,
I have a friend with a son that is starting to experience issues with anxiety. I recommended she have her son read your work as you speak out about your personal issues. What would you recommend for a young boy first trying to come to understand and deal with this illness. Thanks for all you do.

Darren
Keith Law
2:09
Therapy is key, because he will need someone to help him understand what emotions/feelings are normal and what are the anxiety taking over. I also always counsel folks to consider medication, and to look at meditation, exercise, and possibly adjusting their diet (especially if the anxiety is affecting his stomach) too.
Ryan
2:09
Complete Cards homer so I admit bias but I would like to respectfully disagree with your opinion that Yadi does not belong in the HOF. He is currently sitting around 33 WAR which is pretty low by HOF standards. My issue is that Yadi's best skill set is probably the one thing WAR is the worst at quantifying. I don't think it's a stretch to say Yadi has had as good if not better defensive career than Omar Vizquel who is currently 7 dWAR ahead of him.
Keith Law
2:10
33 WAR is absurdly low by HoF standards, even if we just look at catchers, and if you're gifting Yadi a bunch of wins for catcher woo, you have to gift some to every catcher already in the Hall for a fair comparison.
Kyle KS
2:10
Preordered the book, excited for it! Speaking of baseball books, do you ever get into biographies like Ankiel's upcoming one?
Keith Law
2:11
No interest in that.
J
2:11
So, the endless fattening of pitching staff calf is starting to get comedic. While I love the Bethancourting of rosters, it's frustrating and boring to have a three-man bench. After the Indians postseason bullpen usage, and the Reds claiming they will have multi-inning relievers abounding, do you think there's a chance of a team making the move back to an 11-man staff, leaving room for an actual 5-6 man bench? The team that does it and succeeds.... all the base with belong to them.
Keith Law
2:12
I think it'll be a while before any team tries that (the smaller staff) because everyone is so terrified of overworking pitchers. (Except the Orioles, I guess, who ran Bundy out there for the seventh when he was throwing 88-90 last night.) First we'll have to see managers develop a new model for using multi-inning relievers, and then you might see a team willing to back off the eight-man bullpen, which I agree is utter insanity.
Zeon
2:12
Did you ever play any baseball simulation video games, like Micro League, Tony LaRussa or OOTP? If so, which was your favorite(s)?
Keith Law
2:12
I played some Micro League and Earl Weaver Baseball as a kid.
Dana
2:13
Suzyn Waldman is the latest media member to take a shot at Clint Frazier. Are there character issues with Frazier or is this just a guy who rubs some people the wrong way because he dares to have fun playing baseball?
Keith Law
2:13
Apparently she made the whole story up, for which she should be suspended. I wouldn't say much for her bona fides as a journalist, but she is a member of the press, and fabrication is a cardinal sin.
John from Northern Virginia
2:14
I know medication can help keep depression and anxiety in check when the insanity of the word comes crashing in around one's rational view. Do you have any favorite strategies for coping when the meds just aren't enough? (other than starting to drink heavily, of course). Thanks again.
Keith Law
2:14
Yeah, I don't recommend booze as a long-term strategy. But you've probably noticed I'm taking in more movies and haven't slowed up at all on my reading. A little escapism helps as long as you don't lose contact with reality.
Chris
2:14
I'm interested in getting your take on the Cards extension of Molina (3 yr /$60M.) As a Cards fan, I don't mind overpaying a little for fan sentiment as long as it doesn't seriously hamper the teams ability to compete down the road. Does this deal seam to find that balance?
Keith Law
2:15
I think that deal may also include the price of him mentoring Carson Kelly for a transitional year or two. I hope so, actually, because I think it's a good use of Molina's skills and because I think it can turn Kelly from a potentially above-average regular into a star.
Andy
2:15
Now that the season has started, we can definitively say that the Giants haven't figured out their bullpen, Cleveland will be carried by their hitting, and that Seattle and Texas won't attain last year's heights. We know all this so why watch anymore baseball this year? Things are decided.
Keith Law
2:16
You forgot that the Blue Jays are doomed.
Nelson
2:16
What do scouts mean when they said " that player doesn't have a good make up"?. What is make up ?
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