Live Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams: 5/30/17
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Steve Adams
3:23
They wouldn't trade Sano, Berrios, Buxton, Kepler, Polanco -- anyone they're controlling for 5+ years and also counting on to produce for them.
Jesse
3:24
The Brewers really need to pickup a solid sp and rp to round out their team for the duration of the season. Agree or disagree and who should be the targets.
Steve Adams
3:25
I don't like their starting pitching enough to project them as anything more than a fringe Wild Card club, and I wouldn't trade away too many long-term assets in the hopes of making a one-game playoff appearance. If they're trading for someone like Sonny Gray that will be around for another two years after 2017, then that's another story. But I don't know that Stearns is quite ready to gut the farm in such "win-now" capacity.
Cory
3:26
As a Twins fan, can you add Nick Gordon to your other 5 of not tradeable? Or would you put him on the table potentially?
Steve Adams
3:27
Yeah I'm sure they wouldn't trade Gordon either -- he fits under the same umbrella. Controllable, long-term piece. I just didn't list him since he's still a prospect while the others are on the roster. Doubt they'd send Fernando Romero, Tyler Jay, Stephen Gonsalves, etc. anywhere either.
Mark
3:27
When will Dahl be ready?
Steve Adams
3:27
I don't think the Rockies even know the answer to that question.
Drew W
3:28
Any ideas on why the A's are sticking with Matt Joyce in rf? He is under .200 and playing an awful defense. Why not rotate through some AAA guys and see if anyone can give more production?
Steve Adams
3:29
He still walks a ton, and they gave him a two-year deal that they're hoping to salvage some value from. Joyce is also making tons of hard contact (35%) with less soft contact than he's ever had in his career. And he's popping up less often, too. There are plenty of indicators that he can right the ship.
Jeff Lunhow
3:30
I'm tired of the Quintana and Archer rumors, who is an outside the box pitcher I should target to plug into the 3 hole in my rotation? Contrary to popular belief I have a world series 1-2 caliber top of the rotation punch. Any ideas?
Steve Adams
3:33
Gerrit Cole if you want a long-term answer. I'd have said DeSclafani if he were healthy, but no dice there. Marco Estrada would be nice for a rental. Jake Odorizzi for another more controllable option. I agree that they don't necessarily need a No. 1 type of starter. (Sorry phone rang while typing that one)
(And yes, Jays fans, I recognize they're playing better and may not sell on guys like Estrada -- preemptively covering myself there)
Suspensions
3:33
Is it time for MLB to start handing out 30 game suspensions to pitchers like Strickland to deter this kind of behavior? There is no way for a batter to stick up for himself besides charging the mound. Maybe Harper shouldn't get suspended and Strickland gets a 30 game suspension to put pitchers on notice.
Steve Adams
3:35
It won't be anything that drastic, but generally speaking I do agree with the principle. Strickland should get a precedent-setting punishment. It was a preposterously stupid and petty thing to do, and his claims that he just missed inside are laughable.

The problem with a 30-game suspension, or anything of that magnitude, would be that there's no way to firmly prove intent (even though it's blatantly obvious), and in this instance, it's not like he was headhunting.
3:36
There's also no way they'd totally let Harper off the hook. Both will receive a punishment -- probably marginal in nature and no sort of real deterrent to future behavior of this manner
Blah
3:36
Kendall Graveman to the Cubs at the deadline. Thoughts?
Steve Adams
3:37
He's on the DL for the second time this season due to trapezius/shoulder issues. I don't mind the idea of him as a trade target, but there's an awful lot of risk there, and I think he's a mid-rotation guy at best. (More of a back-end guy outside of the canyon that Oakland plays in)
FIRE SALE
3:37
Does the Duffy injury make Dayton Moore a more likely seller sooner rather than later
Steve Adams
3:37
I think a sale has been likely for quite some time now, but yeah it could accelerate the decision.
Loren
3:37
Besides Solarte and Hand, who else do you see the Padres having that would be of interest in a trade?
Steve Adams
3:38
A healthy Trevor Cahill should get interest from just about every team that's even snifing contention. He's been outrageously good with 11+ K/9, decent control and a 60%+ groundball rate
Clayton Richard has been serviceable, too, and could get some interest. Maurer if he keeps distancing himself from that rough week
Bryan
3:38
You mentioned Gerrit Cole as a young/controllable starter that could move at the deadline. I'm curious what you think the Yankees would have to offer to nab him.
Steve Adams
3:39
An enormous package. One starting with Torres and/or Frazier and then including 3-4 other names that make Yankees fans cringe.
M's
3:39
If the Mariners are out of it at the deadline, what kind of haul could they get for Paxton
Steve Adams
3:40
He has so much club control remaining that I doubt they'd look to move him, though I think they'd get a substantial amount of Dipoto decided to sell high on someone so talented but also so injury prone. Again, we're talking multiple young top-ranked prospects and/or an MLB-ready replacement for Paxton, assuming he's healthy heading into the deadline.
Danny
3:41
Other than Joe Jimenez; do you have any potential pitching prospects bound for a closer role?
Steve Adams
3:42
Most prospects don't get thrust immediately into that type of role. I'd have said Nick Burdi from the Twins if he hadn't had Tommy John two days ago. Maybe J.T. Chargois in Minnesota if he gets healthy?
bob
3:42
Braves shot at the playoffs without Freddie?
Steve Adams
3:42
I don't think they really had one with him
Danny
3:42
Will ball clubs interested in Braun be able to put aside those nagging injuries he continues to get?
Steve Adams
3:43
The only team it really matters for is the Dodgers, because Braun can veto a trade anywhere and doesn't seem keen on anything outside of California. Of the CA teams right now, tough to see anyone other than LAD buying this summer.
Danny
3:43
Was Harper in the right or the wrong for charging Hunter Strickland?
Steve Adams
3:44
I don't necessarily think it was "right" to charge Strickland -- I'm not going to condone starting a bench-clearing brawl where either one of those players or virtually anyone on the team could get seriously injured, but his actions were more defensible than those of Strickland, whose mindset I cannot even begin to fathom.
Zach Burdi
3:45
I am also a potential pitching prospect bound for a closing role.
Steve Adams
3:45
Perhaps but not in 2017, I don't think. ChiSox have other good relievers they can plug into the ninth if they move Robertson (e.g. Kahnle, Jones if he's healthy). Twins' bullpen is a mess, and one of their young guys could get the role more easily as a result.
Pretty please?
3:46
What's the lag time between when we post and when you post the same question up for everyone to see? I'm wondering when I should generally give up on if you're going to answer a particular question.
Steve Adams
3:47
There're hundreds of people in here submitting questions. I can get to probably like 1-2% of them, haha, sorry! I try my best but there's a lot, and it'll only get more crowded as the deadline approaches
Barry
3:47
Why is David Robertson still a white sox with so many needy teams in need of Closers ? What are they asking for ?
Steve Adams
3:48
Asking price can only have skyrocketed since this winter. And a lot of clubs early on are committed to trying to make it work with what they have in-house (e.g. the Nationals). Significant trades in May are pretty rare. There'll be a few in June, but most names of Robertson's caliber won't move until July.
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