Live Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams: 8/8/17
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Steve Adams
3:42
Well, players that are DFA'ed aren't immediately placed on waivers. Teams can explore trades involving those players before deciding to put them on outright waivers.

Once they're on waivers, it's league-specific and ordered from worst record to best record. (So, for example, Pirates DFA Jhan Marinez, place him on waivers, and the order is worst to first in the NL and then worst to first in the AL)
3:43
In the offseason, priority is just worst record in MLB to best record in MLB based on the prior season's standings.
That holds true for the first month of the subsequent season as well, so a team like the Dodgers or Nationals doesn't get top waiver billing simply because they start the year 0-2 or something.
Eppler
3:44
What do I do in off season? 3B, LF, 1B 2B and Cowart fill a spot?
Steve Adams
3:46
I don't really get all the Cowart love based on 40ish plate appearances. He has a much longer track record suggesting that he can't hit in the Majors than the six games he's hit well in 2017. He's making a ton of hard contact, and of course you're going to give him a chance to prove he can sustain some of this, but it's far too soon to be penciling him into the 2018 lineup.
More to your point, yeah they could use some help at all of those spots, and they'll need to restock the bullpen and add some rotation insurance as well. They'll have more questions than answers heading into the offseason.
Colin
3:47
Ever  played MLB Beat the streak?
Steve Adams
3:48
I have -- quite a long time ago. But I've also been contributing to MLB.com's fantasy baseball department for like six years now, so as a part-time MLBAM employee I don't participate in it anymore. Great fun, though I can only imagine the stress of making those picks once people get streaks into the 30s and for the rare guys who get into the upper 40s.
Waivers?
3:48
So do waivers move, and if you make a claim you fall to the end of the waiver order, or is the worst team always 1st to get the change?
Steve Adams
3:49
Nope. That's a fantasy sports thing -- it's not how waivers work in MLB
Adam Stevens
3:49
Do the Angels have anything worth selling at this point?
Steve Adams
3:50
Bud Norris and especially Yusmeiro Petit seem like valuable pieces to me. Maybin, too, if he hits well for the next couple of weeks.
Probably needs to show he's healthy first, though.
Chris M
3:51
Besides Estrada from Toronto who else could fit Dipoto's mold as a SP?
Steve Adams
3:52
There aren't a ton of great SP options that'll hit waivers with a genuine chance of being moved this month, so he probably won't be picky. Estrada, Lance Lynn, Jhoulys Chacin... if the Twins make Ervin available, I'm sure Seattle would have interest. Hector Santiago out of MN, too, if he can get healthy and make a couple starts. Dipoto's traded for him in the past and gotten some mileage out of him.
Colt
3:52
How about a Verlander kemp swap of bad contracts?
Steve Adams
3:53
Doesn't help the Tigers at all
Danny wheeler
3:53
Who do we send down for Hoskins
Steve Adams
3:53
I can't imagine the Phils are all that committed to Hyun Soo Kim.
Eppler
3:54
Norris has been horrible nobody would want him. Petit has been great will sign him again in off season
Steve Adams
3:56
I don't think giving up a couple of HRs in big spots damages trade value as much as most fans would believe. If there's been a noticeable decline in Norris' velocity, movement, etc. it's one thing. If he misfired on a few pitches and had a couple of mistake pitches demolished, meh -- it happens. Teams don't have as much recency bias as fans.
O's Fan Matt
3:56
Buy low on Tillman extension? What to do with Bundy's innings in playoff race?
Steve Adams
3:59
I wouldn't go anywhere near a Tillman extension right now. Everything about him is down, across the board, and he was injured to start the season. I have to assume there's a correlation there, and I wouldn't bank on him magically staying healthy. He looks like a surefire one-year deal candidate this winter.

Honestly, I think the Bundy innings thing will take care of itself, because the O's rotation will slowly force them out of the race. Twenty of their final 35 games or so are against the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.
4:00
They do get to beat up on the Angels and A's for the next few weeks though, so perhaps they'll hang around. I'd still skip a start for Bundy when possible, and maybe limit him to five innings a couple of times. I cringe at the thought of jumping his, of all arms, from 120 IP to like 180-190 this year.
Masahiro Tanaka
4:00
I'm pitching with a torn elbow ligament.  There's no way I'm opting out of my deal, right?
Steve Adams
4:03
He's pitched through it for years now. Ervin Santana did the same and never had surgery. Adam Wainwright's partial tear held up for more than half a decade before he needed surgery.

I haven't seen any recent updates on Tanaka's health, but it's possible that the minor tear has largely healed or is at least of minimal concern.

Tanaka has a 2.84 xFIP and a 100-to-13 K/BB ratio across his past 81 innings and a sub-3.00 ERA/FIP/xFIP/SIERA over his past eight starts (63-to-7 K/BB ratio). He's been awesome lately. I think there's more of a chance of an opt-out than most would expect... at this point I consider it likelier than not.
yo
4:03
what specific  prospect would  the blue jays get for estrada
Steve Adams
4:04
Even the Blue Jays and the theoretical team he's being traded to don't know the answer to that question. I'm not going to pretend to have an answer to that -- and anyone who did right now would just be misleading to sound informed. Not an exciting answer, but it's the truth.
Trader Rick
4:04
Who gets traded first in August?  Estrada or Miguel Gonzalez?
Steve Adams
4:05
Estrada is way better than Miguel Gonzalez. I honestly just don't know that anyone will have enough interest in Gonzalez to trade for him. Very few teams would see him as an upgrade. Maybe as a long reliever, I guess.
hello
4:06
kyle lewis,christopher torres,greifar andrade, for estrada and pearce
Steve Adams
4:06
The Mariners are not giving up Kyle Lewis for Marco Estrada (and/or Steve Pearce)
DAVE H.
4:06
whats the next move for the twins?
Steve Adams
4:07
I think they'll just wait until the last week or so of August before determining if there's a move to be made at all. I could see them bringing up some of their better-performing minor leaguers (John Curtiss, Stephen Gonsalves, for example) in the near future. But in terms of trades, they'll probably just wait out the month and see how close they are to the division/Wild Card. If they're a ways back the last week of August, Matt Belisle has quietly been pretty solid outside of a terrible May and is cheap.
4:08
Could flip him somewhere, though again, the return would be rather minimal.
Masahiro Tanaka
4:08
Your points about my recent success are fair.  However, it's also worth pointing out that Ervin Santana had to settle for a 1-year deal the first time he hit free agency, and even his 4-year deal with the Twins was for a relative bargain.  I don't think teams are going to break the bank for a guy pitching with a partial ligament tear, which I have.  Just my opinion, but hey, it would be good for me if I were wrong!
Steve Adams
4:10
It's true -- he's an incredibly hard pitcher to pinpoint in terms of market value. But, Ervin was also 4-5 years older than Tanaka will be upon reaching free agency, and he didn't come with anywhere near Tanaka's upside. He doesn't need to feel like he can make $125-150MM in order to opt out. He just needs to be confident that there could be something like $80-100MM out there for him in order to feel the risk is worth it.

And any club signing him could push for the John Lackey/Felix Hernandez clause, which states that if he has TJ surgery throughout the contract, a minimal cost club option is added to the deal.
Tyler Chatwood
4:11
Any chance I get moved before the off-season? I need to get out of Coors!
Steve Adams
4:11
Nah, not with the Rockies trying for a Wild Card spot. He'll get out of Coors this offseason and probably have a markedly better year in 2018, though I don't think he'll suddenly be any kind of ace thanks to moving out of Denver.
Grover
4:12
Does Jed Lowrie stay in Oakland through the rest of the season?
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