Live Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams: 7/11/17
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Steve Adams
3:32
So we now know that Aaron Judge and Miguel Sano can hit balls V far. Good start to the All-Star break. Huzzah!
3:33
Feel free to start asking questions and I'll start answering once I rustle up some coffee to replace the cup that I just spilled -- luckily not on my laptop!
3:34
Ok crisis averted. Caffeine attained. Desk mopped up. Begin.
Dan
3:35
Is Roberto Osuna the best closer in baseball?
Steve Adams
3:35
He's awesome but he's not better than Kimbrel, Jansen, Miller or Britton (when healthy)... no shame in being one of baseball's 10-15 best relievers though, which he probably is.
Bumgarner
3:36
I know they said I was untouchable, but could the Giants try and restock the farm in trading me? (despite my injury)
Steve Adams
3:36
They won't, no. And even if they were going to entertain the notion of trading him, they wouldn't do it right now with his value at an all-time low due to the uncertainty around the injury.
PhillyPhan
3:36
Any parting words for Coco Crisp?
Steve Adams
3:37
Coco -- I couldn't take you seriously when I first saw your name, but turns out you're a pretty damn good ballplayer. Nice career.

(I'm SURE he's reading this right now)
Ian
3:37
Barring major injuries to starters or key offensive contributors, can the Red Sox still win the AL East with its current collection of third basemen?
Steve Adams
3:38
Well, they're in first place right now despite getting nothing out of the spot. But the Yankees are almost assuredly going to make some improvements via trade. I'd say sure, it's possible they can win it, but that's a moot point. I'll be stunned if Dombrowski doesn't acquire someone to play there
larry
3:39
will the reds trade cozart, Feldman and Storem at the deadline?
Steve Adams
3:40
Yeah I think they're all gone -- I like the idea of Cozart to Kansas City if the Royals are going to be buying up rental pieces. Can't keep trotting out Alcides' .226/.242/.306 slash line (good lord it's actually worse than I imagined before looking it up)
Baltimore's GM
3:40
Am I selling, buying or staying pact
Steve Adams
3:41
The Orioles should be marketing most of their roster to the high heavens, but they've never really been sellers under Duquette that I can recall, and he's made public statements suggesting that his team is a contender. Which is baffling. Because it is not.

They *should* sell. I doubt they will.
Marlins man
3:41
Realistic shot Stanton gets moved before the dead line?
Steve Adams
3:42
I can't see it. Full no-trade, nearly $300MM remaining on his contract. If he's moved it's an offseason undertaking... too difficult to put something like that together right now. (And I don't think he'll suddenly be trade-able this offseason, either... just saying it's more realistic then)
Kyle
3:42
What do the tribe do at the deadline?
Steve Adams
3:43
Get some help for the back of that rotation. It looked bad coming into the season and still does... especially since Clevinger is in for some pretty significant regression
Ryan
3:44
The Twins are looking into controllable pitching via a trade.  What would it take to get someone like Quintana, Gray, or Stroman? Start with Gonsalves, Gordon & Romero?
Steve Adams
3:45
Minnesota won't put all three of them in a package. One as the headliner, sure... maybe two if they really like one of those guys. But not all three, I wouldn't think.

For the record, I can't really see them trading for Quintana because of the whole division thing, and I don't think the Jays are going to sell aggressively enough to consider moving Stroman. Gray I can at least see as an on-paper fit for the Twins.
jack
3:46
Do you think the Braves and Moose will be a good match in the offseason?
Steve Adams
3:47
Assuming they abandon this wacky Freeman to third base experiment, yeah. And Matt Adams' bat is already coming back to earth, so I don't think there's any reason to suggest it's a long-term thing.
Mike rizzo
3:48
Do I have the pieces to acquire zach Britton and end the bullpen saga?
Steve Adams
3:49
The notion that the Nationals simply need to add a closer is misguided. That team needs multiple relievers, regardless of whether one has the "proven" closer moniker attached to him. Plus Britton has been out almost all year with elbow issues... not sure that's who Rizzo's going to entrust to anchoring the 'pen. (Also, as stated above, I feel like the O's will stubbornly try to contend this year)
JP
3:50
What does the NL Central look like at the end of the season?
Steve Adams
3:51
Largely dependent on what happens in the next three weeks with the Brewers, Cubs and Cards. Aug. 1 is a Tuesday... ask me then and I will provide the hottest of takes.
Jim
3:51
So maybe sell high on Clevenger, esp. as part of package to upgrade rotation?
Steve Adams
3:52
Well, Clevinger's in for some regression, but I didn't mean to suggest he's going to turn into a pumpkin and become useless. I wouldn't deal from the rotation right now or anything... I think they just need to add some kind of mid-rotation arm or even just a back-end innings eater for some stability
Guru
3:52
What are the chances the Cabrera, Verlander, or Kinsler get traded?
Steve Adams
3:53
Next to nothing on the first two. More likely for Kinsler, but without too many teams actively seeking help at second base I feel like he might be more of an offseason thing.
JT
3:54
Corzart to the Twins?
Steve Adams
3:55
If they can get him reasonably cheap just due to the lack of a market, sure. They like Polanco quite a bit, but his bat has been a disappointment this year. Which is odd, since that was supposed to be the sure thing about him, whereas his glove wasn't supposed to play at SS (and has been fine)
Bro
3:56
Alex wood the most underrated player in the league? He always seemed to be the best pitcher on the team when he was with the braves but never seemed to get much credit. And now he's doing his best Kershaw impersonation and only made the all star team as a replacement
Steve Adams
3:56
Yeah he hasn't gotten the attention he's deserved. I don't think there's ever been a question of his talent, necessarily, but watch the delivery and it's easy to see why a lot of people assumed he wouldn't hold up and/or said he should be a reliever.
And, to be fair to those skeptics, he's obviously had some arm issues already
Chris
3:58
Steve the Yankees better not trade Torres or Frazier for Quintana it would be a big mistake and bad deal for the Yankees, what do you think?
Steve Adams
4:00
I think there was probably a time where you'd have said it's a bad deal to move Mason Williams and Jesus Montero or something similar. Quintana is presently good, and cheap for three more years.

Sure that pair of players could come back to haunt the Yankees, but I wouldn't call it a "bad" trade to get three-plus years of a considerably above-average starter
Hannah Hochevar
4:00
With the Twins showing interest in controllable starters, do you think the Granite call-up is an indication that an OF might get moved or is it unrelated? Think they keep him at this level for a while?
Steve Adams
4:01
Nah, I think it was a reward for a great year-plus for Granite, but he'll be optioned back down pretty early in the second half. In the long run Granite's probably only a fourth OF for them anyhow.
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