Klawchat, 7/21/17.
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Keith Law
2:31
He's a corner outfielder without exceptional power, patience, or defensive ability. There's no way he'd be a top 100 guy. Also, I think you're confusing the rules - protecting a player from the rule 5 draft merely means putting him on the 40-man, not calling him up.
Anthony
2:31
After trading Sale, Quintana, Eaton, Frazier and the relievers, how do you feel the entirety of this last year for the White Sox?  It seems to me that they are handling this rebuild as well as they could and have made solid trades all around.  Over under on prospects they received becoming everyday regulars?  5.5?
Keith Law
2:32
I think they've done exceptionally well so far.
Levitator
2:32
Dunkirk is getting rave reviews, do you plan to go see it in the theatre?
Keith Law
2:32
Probably not.
Steven
2:32
Tyler O'Neill seems to be adjusting -
at least from a performance view -
to AAA with wRC+ by month: 52, 84, 121, 179.  Can he be an impact bat for the Mariners in 2018+?
Keith Law
2:32
Well, now he certainly won't be. I also don't like using month to month splits like that as evidence of anything but random variation.
Levitator
2:32
The Jam-band Phish is playing 13 consecutive concerts at Madison Square Garden (with a day off after every three shows). Have you ever seen a jam band live before and allowed yourself to relax and enjoy the unstructured flow a la jazz?
Keith Law
2:33
Boring AF.
Steven
2:33
He's years away, but is Taylor Trammell a GUY?
Keith Law
2:34
Not yet. The pro reports I've gotten on him so far have been a touch disappointing - I expected raves about the athleticism, but everyone I've asked has called him just a good athlete but not an exceptional one. I haven't seen him since before he signed, so I don't know if he's really lost something or if everyone just overrated him on draft day.
Adam
2:34
Okay, so we know your opinion on the alternate flavor Oreos, but what is your stance on regular vs Double Stuf?
Keith Law
2:34
Regular all the way. Double Stuff is double wrong.
Young Hoss Radbourn
2:34
Hello Klaw. If you're Brian Cashman, are you better off staying the course and putting Chance Adams in the rotation? Or do you give up a package of Mateo/Acevedo, etc for Sonny Gray and let Adams continue to work on his 3rd pitch in Scranton?
Keith Law
2:35
If Mateo + Acevedo gets you Sonny Gray, you do it before Beane comes to his senses. (But I'd call Adams up.)
Chris
2:35
If you're Jeff Luhnow, what is a realistic package of players you're willing to give up for Sonny Gray?
Keith Law
2:36
I don't see any reason why they need to acquire Gray, at least not at the likely cost. I wouldn't give up Tucker for him, but the A's would probably insist on that. I don't think Martes is a sure thing, though, so if he could headline such a deal I'd consider it. Martes has a great arm but I'm not sure he's ever going to have enough fastball command to be that kind of starter.
John
2:36
How often do you go back and re-read a book?  I read many of the "classics" back in my teens and 20s, but now I don't remember much more than the basic storylines (and I suspect that my younger self would have missed important aspects of the writing).  I'm tempted to reread them, but I feel like that would come at the expense of books I haven't read yet.
Keith Law
2:38
I think I've probably read fewer than a half-dozen novels twice - outside of Harry Potter, which I read once myself and again all the way through to my daughter. Off the top of my head: Master & Margarita, Great Gatsby, Pride & Prejudice, The Eyre Affair. I've also re-read one Agatha Christie novel and one PG Wodehouse novel twice, both because I hadn't realized I'd already read them until I was halfway through.
Minnie
2:38
Heard Rutherford may have been working to cut his swing down to make it quicker, but sacrificing power for now. Does any of that jive with what you saw?
Keith Law
2:38
No, it doesn't. That sounds like a post hoc rationalization to me.
Sean
2:39
Keith, thanks for chatting as always.  JP Crawford has really been hitting well in July, hitting for power, getting on base a lot - this seems a lot more like what was expected.  Any chance he's "back", or was the words you heard from scouts so negative that you'd be surprised to see this kind of performance continue moving forward?
Keith Law
2:39
It's just a handful of games, not enough to believe it's all changed. And it doesn't address why everyone I asked said his defense was just average or below, after it was consistently above-average to plus in the past.
Nick
2:40
Ok, so you're Sandy Alderson. For whatever reason you didn't call up Amed Rosario earlier this year after the super 2 date, and somehow still haven't. Am I nuts to think that at this point just wait until next year super 2 date, or would 3 months of big league experience be worth losing that extra year of control on the back end?
Keith Law
2:40
If you want players to develop, you call them up when they're ready. Returning Rosario to AAA would not accomplish anything.
Ben
2:40
Reaction to T. O'Neill for M. Gonzales trade?
Keith Law
2:40
I'll file something on this later today.
toddfather
2:40
How do you deal with sunburn prevention/care? You must have gotten some insane sun burns scouting the Arizona League in the middle of July
Keith Law
2:40
AZL games are at night.
TK
2:40
How much trouble is our Republic in if Trump starts handing out pardons left and right, fires Mueller and not a single person in the GOP stands up to him?
Keith Law
2:41
I would consider this - including Trump pardoning himself or family members - a de facto coup d'etat.
CD
2:41
I know they're the best team in the league right now, I just get the feeling the Dodgers are going to make a play for Sonny. The FO have history, they know the players inside and out, they did a big deal last year. Is Verdugo/Buehler too rich for your blood, or should Oak shoot lower, like Calhoun/White?
Keith Law
2:41
Oakland should ask for Verdugo and Buehler - whose outing last night would scare the hell out of me, because it's the kind of thing that happens when a pitcher is hurt - but expect to only get one of them, if a deal happens at all.
Ed
2:42
I had some sticker shock after the Quintana trade, and while I am feeling better about it (Q's first start helped!) I'm still disappointed to see Cease go given the Cubs inability to develop pitching.  Where did you have Cease fitting in with the pitchers in the Cubs' latest draft?  3rd behind Little and Lange?
Keith Law
2:42
Cease > Lange. I don't think Lange is a starter in the long run.
steve
2:42
Keith:  The Red Sox have done a terrible job with Swihart. (C to LF, now 3b), does he have value left?
Keith Law
2:42
If he hits like he used to/is expected to, he can be a good value overall at 3b - he played it some in HS, even played some short, and was athletic enough to be good there.
Josh
2:42
Frequently sports media personalities expound about players increasing/decreasing their value at the trade deadline by having a really good/bad start the week before; e.g., Jaime Garcia. Just finished Smart Baseball this week and I have to assume actual front offices don't put any stock in this beyond potential injury concerns from a bad start, right?
Keith Law
2:43
Right. So with Buehler last night, it's not that he had a bad line, but that a guy with his stuff failing to record a single out and walking 3/5 guys is a concern that something is physically wrong with him.
Ed
2:43
Now that we're through a good portion of the season, what are your thoughts on Heyward's new swing?  While his numbers aren't spectacular, they're better than last year.  Just season to season noise or do you think the swing helped?
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