Live Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams: 8/1/17
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Steve Adams
3:43
Apologies on the later-than-usual start! I'll stick around for the next hour regardless and get to as many questions as possible.
Brendon
3:43
Did you get to sleep for the first time in a week last night?
Steve Adams
3:44
Ha. I slept better last night than I have in awhile
Donyellson
3:44
Where do you think Albies will play? 2b or SS?
Steve Adams
3:44
Maybe split time at both for now -- second base in the long term there, though.
Dominic Smith
3:44
Should i be insulted im still in vegas
Steve Adams
3:45
I'm sure it's just a matter of when they can clear another corner bat via trade to make some additional roster room for him.
Mike Rizzo
3:45
Robles in MLB next season? Fedde in rotation next year and Soto in AA?
Steve Adams
3:46
He's 20 years old and has all of seven games in Double-A. MLB next season is an absolute best-case scenario -- and an aggressive one at that.
Fedde rotation, perhaps. Soto to Double-A, sure, but sometime midseason probably.
Rory
3:46
Steve, look the app, but how do I get less notification? I don't mind the major stories, but getting an alert for minor MLB transactions?
Steve Adams
3:47
Just set the alerts to only give you notifications for Top Stories. You can also set up columns for your favorite teams/sports/players, etc.
Hit the little slider icon on the top right corner of each column -- you can set it to "All Stories" or "Top Stories" within.
Dp
3:48
How much of a risk is it for the A's to take on two injured players on the return of Sonny?
Steve Adams
3:49
Fairly risky, to be sure, but I'd imagine they did quite an extensive bit of analysis of each player's medical record. Fowler's, in particular, is probably one they're reasonably comfortable with. Returning 100% from TJ is obviously no guarantee, but a healthy Kaprielian is one of the game's best pitching prospects. He'd probably have been in that "untouchables" group were it not for the elbow.
3:50
Ultimately, I'm a little surprised at the acquisition cost and like it for the Yankees, because there's a good deal of risk in it for Oakland. But perhaps that's also a reflection of the fact that Gray has now had an arm injury himself in each of the past two seasons.
sam
3:50
padres standing pat make sense to you?
Steve Adams
3:51
Well, they didn't stand pat. They moved Buchter, Cahill and Maurer -- just not on deadline day. I'm assuming they didn't get any offers to their liking for Hand, but if their reported ask of multiple guys in the Top 100 was legitimate, then that was a silly asking price in the first place. Hanging onto Chacin and Richard, sure -- I doubt they were offered much for either and they may have simply preferred the stable innings rather than rushing some unready arms to the Majors.
Jay
3:51
Why exactly is Drew Storen still a Red?
Steve Adams
3:52
Lots of relievers on the market and he wasn't among the best of the best. I thought he'd move, too, but I'm assuming that as was the case with Chacin/Richard in San Diego -- there just wasn't enough demand to offer anything worth all that much. He could still go somewhere this month.
Anthony
3:53
Surprised the Yanks didn't get Alonso? Holliday is awful
Steve Adams
3:53
Holliday hit quite well for the first several months of the season and has been ice cold of late. That exact same statement is true of Alonso.
Gogerty
3:53
Top 3 August trade predictions?
Steve Adams
3:54
I'm going to be spending a fair bit of time on this, as I'll be doing a weekly ranking of August trade candidates throughout the month. I haven't dived too deeply into it yet, but the Mets have plenty of guys (Bruce, Cabrera, Grandy), the Braves have Phillips, someone like Storen makes sense. Verlander will clear, though he probably won't be traded still.
Spencer
3:54
How do you rate the Blue Jays trade deadline moves?
Steve Adams
3:56
I love that they got Teoscar Hernandez for eating the remainder of the Liriano and Aoki contracts. Atkins and Shapiro basically have Harold Ramirez, Reese McGuire and Hernandez because they were willing to absorb all of that Liriano deal between the past two deadlines. That's tough to complain about
You never answer me
3:56
How do you rate the Twins deadline deals? Was there ever any substantial buzz on Santana or Dozier?
Steve Adams
3:57
There wasn't much talk on them at all. Mariners kicked the tires on Ervin. I don't think the new front office was aggressively shopping anyone controlled through next year. I think their acquisition of Garcia and immediately flipping of him for a better return (facilitated by eating all of his contract) was an outstanding move. They got about what I'd expect for Kintzler -- a decent arm that's more of a B-level prospect at best, for now, but has some projectability and ceiling yet to grow into
Eppler
3:58
Cowart looks like he can be regular in 2018. Should I go after Dee Gordon or Mike Moustakis in off season?
Steve Adams
3:59
There is nothing in Cowart's past to suggest that he can be a regular. He raked in AAA in 2015 and bombed there and in the Majors over the rest of the 2015-16 campaigns. Maybe he can turn it back on, but the 20-30 PAs with a fluky batting average thus far aren't going to force him into any future plans.
Moose and Gordon both make sense for the Angels, sure.
rox
4:00
did the rockies do enough before the trade deadline to at least keep one of the wild card spots?
Steve Adams
4:00
I'm not overly impressed with their moves, but maybe they see something in Lucroy that they feel is fixable. I still thought they needed more rotation help.
Bird in Hand
4:00
I think the Orioles did fine at the deadline. Slowly building up decent players hoping to overwhelm the Yanks and BoSox is just not a realistic plan - they have a small chance, go for it and keep the fans and players focused on 2017 & 2018. What is your take?
Steve Adams
4:02
The Orioles continue to be the most baffling franchise in the game, to me. I'd say I have n earthly idea why they won't just tear it down, but the reality is that it has to be fueled by their owner. Short of acquiring Beckham -- which was a fine but unexciting move -- I didn't like anything they did. Their willful ignorance of the international market and frequent willingness to trade away Comp Balance picks continually puts them behind the eight-ball in terms of prospects, and cashing in on some combo of Brach, O'Day, Britton, Machado, Jones and even Givens would've been the better course of action.
4:03
Instead they once again punted their entire international budget and decided to hold on all of their assets. I don't get it, honestly. Sorry O's fans.
Ernie
4:03
With Seth Smith becoming a free agent do you think Hays will be the starting RF next year ?
Steve Adams
4:04
He'll be in the mix but he's still barely played in Double-A so I'd like to see how he does there and possibly in Triple-A (if they don't have him jump right from AA) before making that sort of proclamation.
Sad Days in Tigertown
4:04
Hypothetical Winter Trade:  Michael Fulmer for Acuna, Albies, Soroka, and Anderson.  Who says no?
Steve Adams
4:04
Can't see the Braves parting with that much
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