Klawchat, 7/21/17.
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Keith Law
2:57
The college players get there faster, so it would wash out.
PhillyJake
2:57
How hard were the Pirates shopping Cutch this past offseason?  Seems the only real suitors were the Nats and what NH was asking for was ridiculous.  Or was it more the Nats asking about Cutch and NH seeing if he could get more than Cutch was worth?
Keith Law
2:58
I am not sure how to answer that precisely, but I can say he was definitely available this winter. I know Pittsburgh approached at least some specific teams.
Marshall MN
2:58
Do you think there's any truth to the rumors that the Marlins want to get rid of Stanton?  Shouldn't a well-to-do franchise (are any outside Oakland NOT well-to-do) take a serious look at trading for if the Marlins are seriously looking at it like a salary dump?
Keith Law
2:58
Stanton's is one of the worst contracts in baseball from the team's perspective. They should be looking to trade him.
John
2:58
There was a Joel Sherman report suggesting that Blake Rutherford wouldn't hit for power nor stick in CF.  Legitimate concerns, or spin from the team giving away a prospect?
Keith Law
2:59
There is no chance Rutherford sticks in CF. I have no idea how anyone got the idea that he would. Just watch him play.
CVD
3:00
Besides the Doolittle and Madson additions, do you think the Nats will do anything else to address the bullpen?
Keith Law
3:00
I don't think they need to do anything else.
Angelo
3:00
Mitchell White was recently promoted to AA, any concerns with him thus far other than missing innings with the toe injury?
Keith Law
3:00
Nope.
michael
3:01
Kris Bryant is kinda soft, right?
Keith Law
3:01
Don't know. I've never touched him.
Patrick
3:01
You ever use an Aeropress? I think its changed my life. I used to make coffee daily with a French Press.
Keith Law
3:02
I haven't. I use a V60 for drip, and I have an espresso machine that I use most days.
j
3:02
Have you heard any good reports on Jorge Mateo lately? Lot of extra-base hits so far in his stay with Trenton. I know, it's only been a few weeks there
Keith Law
3:03
I have not; I'll go see them again soon. And I'd ask this: If this is somehow the "real" Mateo, which I doubt, was he just being lazy in Tampa? Not trying? Sulking?
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
3:03
It's known that Sixto needs to work on his breaking ball.  What do you think he needs to do physically or mechanically in order to do so?
Keith Law
3:03
Nothing. I wouldn't change the delivery.
And he's not going to get much bigger (nor should he try to).
Matt
3:04
Keith, you seem largely unconcerned about Kopech's control issues over the last couple of years despite a sky-high walk rate. What do you see in him that makes you think he's more likely to resolve the issue than other guys with similar control problems?
Keith Law
3:04
Plus athlete with a delivery that should eventually allow it.
Josh
3:04
It was great having you in Harrisburg last weekend, thanks again!  I know your reports on Meadows are down.  Does he have any trade value?  Wondering if the Bucs could package him and stuff for someone like Gray.
Keith Law
3:04
Trade value would be very low between injury and non-performance in AAA.
John
3:04
Keith--as someone who doesn't seem afraid to take on anyone on Twitter and sifts through a lot of garbage--I have a dilemma. I'm somewhat new to Twitter and love to discuss baseball, mainly the Pirates. However, the large majority of discussion is negative, uneducated, or flat out wrong. This makes the discussion unenjoyable and draining. So, how do you view this kind of interaction? Is it worth it?
Keith Law
3:05
No, it's not worth it. I don't engage in Twitter discussions or arguments anywhere near as often as I did before.
MikeM
3:05
You have been bearish on Severino's ability to be a SP long term.  So far this year he has looked great.  Has your outlook on him changed at all?  Is he just one of those guys who has a funky delivery and is able to make it work?
Keith Law
3:06
He looked awful last year, he's looked great this year. He has improved his slider by at least a full grade, and he's throwing it a LOT this year. Whether he can hold up with that delivery is another matter.
I have said before, though, that I haven't seen him live this year to see if he's corrected the failure to use his lower half.
Matt
3:06
Has there ever been talk about a Senior League for MLB? Kinda of how there's a Senior PGA Tour. It would be pretty cool to see match ups that never happened in MLB. Like Jim Palmer facing Barry Bonds or something like that.
Keith Law
3:07
There was one in 1989-90 in Florida; it folded during its second season. They played in the offseason, which probably didn't help, and they played in Florida, which definitely didn't help.
Ben
3:08
The Tigers say Manning's velo drops when he's focused on the zone and pitching ahead in the count. That sound like BS to you?
Keith Law
3:08
The only velo that matters is the velo he shows when he's throwing strikes. 98 to the backstop is just eyewash.
Brett
3:08
Would you rather have Bo Bichette or Fernando Tatis in your minor league system and why?
Keith Law
3:08
Tatis might stay at short; Bichette won't. And Tatis has more power.
Carljam
3:09
What is step 1 in the Orioles righting their sinking ship?
Keith Law
3:09
Something that isn't likely to happen while Angelos is alive.
MRA in Pasadena
3:09
Are you interested in the film adaption of "Station Eleven"? I really enjoyed the book (on your recommendation) but think it would be a better mini-series than movie
Keith Law
3:10
It might also be creepy as hell on film, where in the book the post-apocalyptic setting managed to be more atmospheric.
John
3:10
Keith,

I plan to be at GenCon all 4 days, but I couldn't find you in the event list.  Where/when do you specifically intend to be holding a book signing there?  I definitely don't want to miss it.
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