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Tim Dierkes
1:39
I'm ready to argue with you guys with the fury of Bryce Harper, or at least on par with Peter Bourjos' infield skills.  Let's get chatting!
Springs coming
1:41
Chris sale thoughts?
Tim Dierkes
1:42
I think, with his fastball velocity at least in place, that he'll be fine and will post a quality start tonight.
Ellsbury
1:42
I can't even get a mention in the list of injured Yankees... Everyone forgot i'm making $20mil on the IL
Tim Dierkes
1:43
I think that's because Ellsbury has never been considered a significant part of the 2019 or someone they are counting on.
Gary
1:43
Do the Cubs really need to address the bullpen? Seems pretty solid to me, after the walk fest of the first week ended.
Tim Dierkes
1:45
With the Morrow setback, the Cubs should still add reinforcements.  Like good reinforcements, not the guys who are coming soon like Montgomery, Barnette, Cedeno, etc.  Strop is solid, Cishek has his moments, and Kintzler has been a pleasant surprise, but there's a ton of room for improvement.
Ronny
1:45
Imagine if the Marlins held on to Paddack and Castillo... that rotation would be NUTS
Tim Dierkes
1:46
I'm trying to find something positive for the Marlins in those two trades and I just can't.
Choptober
1:46
Who are “external” bullpen options not named Craig Kimbrel?
Tim Dierkes
1:48
Bud Norris and Ryan Madson are a couple of other free agents I expect to see in the bigs this year.  The trade market, as always, has many names...Ken Giles, Will Smith, Mychal Givens, maybe Cody Allen, Alex Colome, Shane Greene, and 50 other guys.
Loyal Giants fan
1:48
Tim, i am most certain the Giants will be moving Madison Bumgarner, and a few relief pitcher this season. Do you see Farhan asking for prospects back in return, or mlb ready players who are on teams current 25 man rosters.?
Tim Dierkes
1:49
I'm thinking that if Farhan has the chance to lean toward MLB ready or MLB-close guys in return, he'll do that, as the D'Backs did with Paul Goldschmidt.  The Giants are tied into a lot of their bigger contracts, making a complete teardown difficult.
Overbearing Padre
1:49
Who are some solid OBP guys the Pads can target in a near-future trade?
Tim Dierkes
1:53
Some of the better OBP types, I don't see how you could fit them onto the Padres' roster.  Maybe a Nick Castellanos?  A bat like Juston Smoak would help but I don't know where.
Farhan Zaidi
1:53
Can I trade Bumgarner for a top 25 prospect ?
Tim Dierkes
1:53
I'm not picturing that.
BFG
1:53
Big Fantasy Guy here. Thoughts on Gregory Polanco?
Tim Dierkes
1:54
Capable of a .335 OBP, 25-30 HR pace, possibly 10 SB if his abandonment of the headfirst slide doesn't stop him from running.
The Loop
1:54
Chances Moncada and Anderson both go 25-25?
Tim Dierkes
1:55
I don't think Moncada gets 25 SB, and I don't think Anderson gets 25 HR.  But still, Sox fans have to be thrilled with that combo.
Matt
1:55
If you are the Mets why not move Lugo to SP and Kimbrel to pen? Maybe Gio for cheap?
Tim Dierkes
1:57
Don't hold me to this, but I think the Mets would have to give up the #53 pick in the draft if they sign Kimbrel before it.  That, plus the money involved, is why they are not doing it right now.
Td
1:58
I’m an aspiring sports writer. Any advice on how to get into and advance in the field?
Tim Dierkes
1:59
I would ask this question of a bunch of traditional sportswriters, because I am not one and didn't take a traditional path.  I will suggest you get cracking on building an online resume of awesome work.  You have to have something you can really show off to get noticed, I think.
Montana Illini
1:59
Cubs nearly took the division last year with a slumping Bryant, nothing from Darvish and nightmares from Chatwood - but now I feel like people are writing them off. I mean, Yelich is a beast and the Cards and Bucs are improved but I still see the Cubs as the team to beat in the Central.  Deluded die-hard optimist?
Tim Dierkes
2:00
I don't think people are writing the Cubs off, people are writing them the appropriate amount.  The Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, and Pirates are four teams of about the same ability.  The Cubs have a reasonable chance at winning the division, and might even be a slight favorite, but only slight.
intriguing username
2:01
Why have players like stratton, bour, cozart, pujols, bourjos and others get so much room to fail on our roster but would be DFAd or sent to minors on others? I know its early in the season but the Halos have a history of this with struggling players
Tim Dierkes
2:03
Each situation is different.  In the cases of Pujols and Cozart, those are really bad contracts, and most teams are reluctant to eat large amounts of money and swallow those mistakes, at least until the contract is closer to being over.  Bour is just a cheaply signed platoon bat who will be of slight value.  The other guys will probably get bounced when guys get healthy.
Gary
2:03
Do you see Tyler Chatwood as a potential high leverage piece in the Cubs bullpen? His velocity was outstanding in his start, and his control was good. I know it is one game, but if he continues to show the ability to keep the ball around the plate, is he a viable option?
Tim Dierkes
2:04
No, there's no reason to think Chatwood can avoid walking tons of guys.
Tim Dierkes Bentley
2:04
How hard is it to sign a player who you traded away?
Tim Dierkes
2:05
Every player is different, but I believe overall it decreases the chances of re-signing the player.  The Yankees were able to sign Aroldis Chapman, but Jon Lester specifically said the Red Sox trading him hurt their chances of re-signing him.  But maybe it was just talk, because if the Red Sox had offered $150MM they probably would have gotten Lester back.
Jim The Donut Man
2:05
Any chance of a Mark Prior to go with Zambrano?
Woad Raider
2:05
Chris Sale has already pitched today. He did okay.
Tim Dierkes
2:06
Yeah my bad, I didn't realize that game was in progress.
Z alone is a reason to check out a Chicago Dogs game.  Prior made peace with his comeback attempts.
Joe
2:07
Thanks for this afternoon break, Tim.  I have been Giants season ticket holder for 29 years. So, I have experienced the ups-and-downs and stuck with the team.  No doubt, they are on a current down-slope and need an infusion of young talent.  That said, the strength is the bullpen.  But, realistically, what can they expect in trade for Smith, Dyson, Watson, Melancon?  Top 25, 50, 100 prospect?
Tim Dierkes
2:08
I see Smith as the only reliever there likely to bring back a notable prospect.  But he's a rental so I wouldn't be willing to predict more than a top 100 type of prospect.
Ross
2:08
What would an extension for Matt Chapman look like? As an A’s fan, I’m worried he’ll be well out of their price range since Boras is his agent.
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