Live Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams: 7/18/17
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Steve Adams
3:04
Greetings! Less than two weeks 'til deadline day, and some names coming off the board plus plenty more rumors... I'll get to all the questions I can in the next hour!
NATS
3:04
Should we ask the Reds about Storen and Feldman(even though he is hurt)?
Steve Adams
3:04
I don't know that that's a big enough upgrade over their in-house options to justify parting with much, plus who knows if they want any part of Storen again
Emiliano B
3:04
Do The White Sox Have The Best Farm System In Baseball?!
Steve Adams
3:05
White Sox, Braves, Yankees -- they're all up there. Depends who you ask, but prospect valuations are in a constant state of flux. White Sox are among the three best or so, though some would argue that there are other systems with more depth
CT
3:05
Are the Cardinals going to sell?
Steve Adams
3:05
I expect them to market some shorter-term assets like Lynn while still looking at bringing in some pieces that're controlled beyond the 2017 season
Rizzo
3:06
Did you like the Madson/doolittle trade?  Do I have another move for a reliever coming?
Steve Adams
3:06
I did like it -- for both ends, really. I'm still a Treinen believer despite his poor results this season, but the Nats get an immediate upgrade in the 'pen, which they direly needed. And they kept their very top-ranked prospects to further pursue other options. I think there's another reliever coming, yeah
Drew Arne
3:07
How likely is it that the Twins trade Ervin Santana?
Steve Adams
3:07
There's no real science to determining how likely a trade is in this type of scenario, but I'd be stunned. 5% chance?
Dub
3:07
If the Phillies made Aaron Nola available would he bring back the biggest package of the available pitchers?
Steve Adams
3:09
It depends on who else is made available, but I do think he'd bring back more than Gray given the team control, so yeah.

I half wonder, if Oakland is really going full-on drastic rebuild... why not make Sean Manaea available right now? That'd be another one in that vein. But, there's no indication of that being likely at all. It's purely a speculative idea from me, but if anyone with 4-5 years of control remaining became available, the return would be massive.
Mark Shapiro
3:09
Is the smart thing to follow my instincts and start rebuilding by trading one or more of Donaldson, Happ, Stroman, Osuna and Sanchez?
Steve Adams
3:11
I still like the core in Toronto, and they'll have some cash to work with this offseason. If they want to market short-term assets and take one more run with Donaldson in 2018, I don't think that's necessarily a foolish strategy. If their rotation next year is a healthy Sanchez, Stroman and Happ plus a decent free-agent pickup, that's not a bad-looking group
3:12
Donaldson will have huge value even if he's moved in 2018, and Happ will still command a decent piece, while the prices for Stroman/Osuna/Sanchez will be largely unchanged given their remaining control
Alek
3:12
Is Duda the first Met to be traded?  Small market for first basemen might mean the Mets jump the gun.
Steve Adams
3:12
You could say the same thing about any other team marketing a first baseman, though. And the A's have already begun moving pieces
Pat
3:12
With Quintana now off the board, who is the next likely player the White Sox trade?
Steve Adams
3:13
I assume Frazier, given all the Red Sox talk in the past few days. Narrower market for him, whereas they'll be pitching Robertson to a number of teams and trying to drum up a bigger return via competition.
Ron
3:13
Are the Cubs done? Span Britton Avila or someone else?
Steve Adams
3:14
I don't think they're done at all, no. Could definitely see Avila or any backup C upgrade, plus another reliever or starter.
Nationals
3:14
Can you give me a few trade potential targets for us?
Steve Adams
3:15
Any top-end reliever (setup men too, not just closers), and probably some rental arms as well. So Britton, Justin Wilson, Trevor Cahill, Lance Lynn, Brad Hand, Brandon Maurer, etc.
Wesley
3:15
See any moves to be made by the orioles?
Steve Adams
3:16
If I'm an O's fan I'm extremely encouraged to hear that they'll consider selling some relievers. I think moving Brach and Britton would be wise for them. Frankly I think they should conduct a larger sale, but that's never happened under Angelos/Duquette so we'll see. But if Britton and Brach are out there, it's easy to see a team offering enough to make the moves happen
Ricardo
3:16
I realize that teams have to listen to anything, but there's no way the Tigers trade Fulmer, right?  I don't care if they can make a package deal with an undesirable contract; I just don't see it happening
Steve Adams
3:17
I don't think they'd use Fulmer as a means of shedding a contract. If he's moved, it's because someone offers a comically large package of top-end prospects and MLB-ready assets. I agree, I don't see it happening.
Francisco Mejia
3:17
The Indians almost dealt me to Milwaukee last year.  Where am I playing my minor league ball in August, as they can pretty much get any starting pitcher in a deal for me.  I'm thinking Oakland for Sonny Gray.
Steve Adams
3:18
They almost dealt him last year, and his stock has only risen since that time. I don't necessarily think there are any "untouchable" prospects -- everyone has a price -- but I don't think Mejia's getting moved, especially not with Gomes continuing to struggle at the dish.
Chris
3:19
What are the chances the Yankees get both Yonder Alonso and Gray together in the same trade?
Steve Adams
3:20
I think that'd go against Cash's "careful buyers" mantra, and all reports on the Yankees are that they're loath to part with the very top pieces in their farm. I can see Alonso, but I don't think they'll go so big as to acquire both.
Braves Phanatic
3:20
Is Chaz Roe the answer for the Rays? I'm kidding about that one, but he could be a sneaky good pickup since he's proven he's okay to do an inning or just a batter.
Steve Adams
3:21
Yeah it's more of a depth pickup than anything. But, he can come up in September (or sooner I suppose) and be a nice matchup piece against righties with that delivery
Still think the Rays will be pretty aggressive in pursuing more established bullpen pieces
Neal Huntington
3:21
Should I try and splash by going after Chris Archer?
Steve Adams
3:21
You can try all you want. The Rays aren't trading Archer
Companyassassin
3:22
Cardinals move for a reunion with Neshek or a move for Hand? Bullpen (specifically the 9th) is in need of attention
Steve Adams
3:22
I think they'll be looking at longer-term options than Neshek, who should have a decent price tag on him even though he's a rental, simply due to reliever demand. Cards have been more heavily linked to adding a bat anyhow
3:23
Rays' acquisition of Chaz Roe is for cash considerations, per Marc Topkin. Which isn't really a surprise -- guy cleared waivers and was outrighted off the 40-man roster just 4-5 days ago
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