Live Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams: 6/6/17
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Steve Adams
3:01
Greetings! I'll get underway in a minute but feel free to start piling up questions
Gogerty
3:02
Releasing Bartolo would just be a mistake right? Send him to the pen for a couple weeks and let him bounce back?
Steve Adams
3:03
I don't think they'll simply cut him -- he's been awful thus far, obviously, but they paid him $12.5MM largely to eat innings and he's at least done that. The investment they made him in gives him a longer leash... 'pen for awhile makes sense, especially since none of the arms they'd call up to replace him are guaranteed to be any better.
Jason
3:04
Is Eric Thames becoming Chris Shelton?
Steve Adams
3:06
Nah -- he's just pressing and expanding the zone more than he was early in the season. There's going to be a readjustment period for any quasi-unknown hitter that experiences fast success like that. He went from chasing something like 18% out of the zone to mid-20s now, so it's back on him to get back to the discipline that allowed him that level of success in the first place. He was never going to sustain April's pace, but he won't keep flailing away like he did in May either
Zack Cozart
3:06
Where am I playing after the trade deadline?
Steve Adams
3:08
There aren't tons of glaring shortstop holes on contenders at the moment, so it might take an injury to a starting shortstop somewhere to make his ultimate destination more clear. I still like the Nationals fit, with Turner moving to center field, because I don't think Taylor can maintain a decent batting line when he's K'ing a third of the time he comes to the plate
Mark
3:08
Any updates on who and when White Sox might unload?
Steve Adams
3:09
I'm sure they're focused pretty heavily on the draft right now, as most teams are. Things should begin to pick up in terms of trade talks once that's out of the way -- especially as teams begin to actually get their picks signed. Robertson, Frazier, Holland, Melky all seem like locks to go. Robertson's value probably won't ever be higher, and Frazier/Melky/Holland are free agents at season's end.
Yoan Moncada
3:09
I'm waiting for Super Two... when can I that putting it on the boarrrrrrrrrrrd?
Steve Adams
3:10
I'm sure Super Two is a part of the equation, but I also do believe that the Sox want to continue to see him make improvements in the minors. He's sporting a 28% K-rate in Triple-A, which isn't the most encouraging sign
Johnny Cueto
3:10
Am I opting out after this season?
Steve Adams
3:11
An injury or an absolutely disastrous second half is the only way I can see Cueto staying with the Giants. I fully expect him to opt out
WesTex1
3:11
Dysons fall from grace has been hard to watch since he was a huge piece to the Rangers bullpen. Obviously due to mechanics as he looked dominant at times. Any thoughts on the what they might get in return?
Steve Adams
3:12
He's been terrible, has already been designated, and has a relatively notable salary. Even if the Rangers pick up most of the remaining tab, I don't think they'll get much for him. I wouldn't expect anyone that's going to be of much help in 2017 or anyone that would really bolster the perception of their farm system.
Drew
3:13
If all 4 were available, who would be the most sought after pitcher? Darvish, Gray, Quintana, Cole? Or in what order?
Steve Adams
3:14
It depends on which teams are looking... some clubs might prefer the rental and the lower cost of acquisition. They'd all draw interest, but if you're basically asking who commands the largest return, I'd rank them Cole, Quintana, Gray, Darvish. The remaining control on the first three is significant.
KO
3:14
Is Koda Glover for real?
Steve Adams
3:15
He's a fine reliever -- not like he's one of the best in the league or anything. I'd like to see him miss more bats (and I expect him to do so eventually based on his pure stuff). But he's better than his ERA has shown thus far, and I think he can hold down a late-inning role for the Nats, yeah.
3:16
Probably not the ninth inning all year, since I imagine they'll trade for someone with some name value
Pit boss
3:16
Where does Sam Dyson end up?
Steve Adams
3:16
I'm guessing the Twins
3:17
Thad Levine knows him well, and the Twins need to try to bolster their relief corps on the cheap while also not fully deviating from their rebuilding plan. Opening the year as contenders has put them in a weird spot.
Fred Lynn
3:17
How has the scouting consensus for Orlando Arcia changed over the past 12 months? This time last year he seemed to be one of the top prospects in baseball as a superb fielder and a much improving if not excellent bat. Seemed to be possible that he was a kind of poor man's Lindor. Now he seems to be Jose Iglesias.
Steve Adams
3:18
The bat was always more of a question than the glove, but I wouldn't assume he's a no-hit, all-glove shortstop in the Hechavarria mold just yet. He's still only 22.
Guest
3:18
Do you see any fits for Yonder Alonso and Eric Hosmer at the deadline?
Steve Adams
3:20
Yankees make sense for any first baseman, given the complete lack of production they've gotten there so far. And Hosmer/Yonder wouldn't block Bird in the long term, so they make sense for either.

Mariners, too, if they decide to act as a modest buyer on the recent strength of their play. They'll probably take another month-plus to decide, though.
Rangers make sense as well
Dave D.
3:21
I'm kicking myself for trading away Travis Shaw right now. 3rd base is killing me.
Steve Adams
3:21
Generally speaking, if you're trading away an MLB-ready piece for a reliever -- even one with several years of control -- it's rarely going to be a trade that strikes me as a good one. That said, Thornburg's shoulder issues weren't exactly foreseeable
Andy
3:21
How real is Robbie Ray's season?
Steve Adams
3:23
Ray was one of my favorite breakout candidates entering the year based largely on his ridiculous strikeout rate from 2017. He's probably not going to sustain a 3.00 ERA with such spotty control, and he's had some good fortune in terms of home runs allowed (especially considering his home park), but I'm on board with him as a considerably above-average starter.
A No. 2/3 type if you want to put numbers on it, though I find those labels a bit too nebulous for my liking.
Rod
3:24
Jaime Garcia --- worth a Top 100 prospect?
Steve Adams
3:25
Definitely not worth it. Doesn't mean Hart and Coppy can't pull it off -- just takes one team -- but a guy with a 40-to-27 K/BB ratio in 62 innings isn't worth that, no. I wouldn't expect such a strong return for him.
AJ Preller
3:25
When would you start looking for me to being unloading my veterans?
Steve Adams
3:26
In general, significant trades before late June are pretty rare. Even once late June/early July rolls around, we'll probably only have 4-5 significant trades until about a week to 10 days before the deadline. There'll be tons of rumors and such leading up to that point, of course.
James Paxton
3:26
Should I be getting more all star hype? Or is the 50 innings hurting me, even with my 1.2 ERA
Steve Adams
3:27
Having 43 innings on the year isn't helping his cause, nor is the fact that he plays in Seattle. But yeah, he should be in the All-Star Game as far as I'm concerned
Mlbtrade
3:27
Curious splits I came across today. Yuli Gurriel hitting over .300 and slugging .500 against righties but against lefties an horrid .150 and .160 slugging. To small of sample size or does he just hit righties ?
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