Live Chat With Tim Dierkes
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Tim Dierkes
12:56
Early chat today!  I have plans later to assist Madison Bumgarner in finding a baseball in the ocean.
Al
12:57
What do you expect from Keuchel for the braves
Tim Dierkes
12:59
Much the same as he was last year - ERA under 4.00, takes the ball every fifth day, keeps said ball in the yard.  It's not adding an ace but it's a nice shot in the arm for the club.
Andrew
12:59
Should the Rangers be buyers at the deadline? Go after MadBum or Thor?
Tim Dierkes
1:01
The cold hard analytics say no - FanGraphs gives them a 2.1% chance at the playoffs and sees them finishing under .500.  I say yes though, within reason.  If they are still leading or near a WC spot in a month, then definitely make additions!  Most rentals honestly don't require notable prospects.  Even if not at the MadBum/Thor level, it would be relatively easy to improve their pitching staff.
fans
1:01
why are pitchers so cranky?
Tim Dierkes
1:02
Bumgarner is a known longtime cranky guy - I believe redass is the term.  He's being a little bit fun police, especially with Muncy barely doing anything, but it's mostly a harmless story unless he starts plunking Dodgers.
PICK ME PICK ME!!!
1:02
The Jays wouldn't be silly enough to trade Stroman to the Yankees would they?
Tim Dierkes
1:04
I don't see anything silly about that.  It's just an auction of Stroman, and if the Yankees make the clear best offer, you take it.  Him pitching for your rival, probably during a period in which the Jays aren't really trying to win, isn't something today's GMs seem to care much about.
Tork
1:04
With the last 30-40 innings from the Twins' bullpen being as bad as they were. When do they start bringing guys in via trade?
Tim Dierkes
1:05
Normally the relief trade market doesn't really kick off until mid-July.  But with the elimination of August trading, we're all flying blind.  But I don't see why a lack of an August trade period would cause a seller to accept an offer a month early.
Jim Scott
1:05
Do you see Marcus Stroman as commanding a top-of-rotation price, or something more consistent with his career 3.85 ERA?
Hmm...
1:05
What kind of haul would Mike Minor bring in a trade?
Champdo
1:06
It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the Tigers to get two top 100 guys for Boyd would it?
Tim Dierkes
1:07
I think these are questions that deserve more than off the top of my head answers.  I'll try to get an MLBTR article going looking at the starting pitchers traded the last few summers and evaluating what was received.  I did a bunch of this type of research this morning, but...it was in regard to relievers.
Jays2021
1:08
With Stroman/Giles pitching well... and an apparent lack of sellers... is it the perfect storm for the Jays to maximize their return before the deadline?
Tim Dierkes
1:08
Certainly if the Jays receive an offer that they think can't be beat, they should take it now.  But there are several other teams that are equally open for business right now.
Lee Harvey Oddball
1:08
Should the Mets be buyers or sellers?
Tim Dierkes
1:09
They should just be waiters.  Wait back, you've got a solid month of baseball, and then make the call.  That can even be pushed to late July - plenty of assets still able to be acquired at that point.
Jed & Theo
1:10
What lefty relievers should we be targeting now that we have our closer?
Tim Dierkes
1:13
Sean Doolittle, Will Smith, and Brad Hand are the prizes - why not aim big?  There's also Jake Diekman, Tony Watson, Oliver Perez, and Tony Sipp as options.
The Matrix
1:13
Are you guys always plugged in while on the clock? How many twitter feeds, websites, and news feeds do you monitor? (We appreciate it - I know it has to be a ton of work!).
Tim Dierkes
1:14
The person doing the coverage pretty much can't take their eyes off Twitter.  We're following 234 people on Twitter at present and most of the action comes through there.  Some times of year you're scared to even run to the bathroom.
Conor
1:14
Do you think the White Sox wind up moving Colome?
Tim Dierkes
1:14
Yes - I can't see why they wouldn't cash him in.
Brian, or maybe Steve
1:15
Even if the Mets fall out of contention this year, they're capable of contending the next couple of years, right? If so, why would they trade Syndergaard? Is there a return out there that is likely to help them as much in the near term, or whose long term potential upside is big enough or certain enough to justify the loss of Syndergaard for two potentially contending seasons?
Tim Dierkes
1:16
I see your point, but there's also inherent risk in a guy who's only made 30 starts once.  If something is offered that's a step backward this year but clearly provides more value in 2020-21, it could make sense to trade Thor.
Evan
1:17
Who fetches more, Giles or Stroman? And what kind of return can we expect for each?
Tim Dierkes
1:19
For Giles, a guy who is controlled through 2020, recent precedent suggests the Jays could snag both a 50 and a 45 grade prospect in the deal.  The Twins were able to do this last summer with Ryan Pressly, and the Marlins pulled it off two years ago with David Phelps.  In the Phelps deal, the 45 grade prospect turned out to be Pablo Lopez, so that worked out well for them.
1:21
The Orioles managed to get a 50 prospect last summer in Jean Carlos Encarnacion in the Kevin Gausman trade, so the headliner for Stroman could be a player of that caliber.
dontrump
1:22
Can we do a poll to see if readers would rather have Tim Dierkes,1 go back to behind the seen's or go on with doing his poor job on the live chats
Tim Dierkes
1:22
Tim Dierkes should...

Go back to behind the seen's (18.9% | 65 votes)
 
Go on doing his poor job on the live chats (81.1% | 279 votes)
 

Total Votes: 344
Interesting, interesting
Andrew Friedman
1:22
Which prospect(s) do I need to part with for Doolittle?
Tim Dierkes
1:26
For a guy like Doolittle, I'd think the price would be a group of prospects led by a 50, maybe 55 at best, player.  The Rays definitely have a bunch of those types.  I don't really know enough to differentiate all of them, but I wonder if a Nate Lowe would be possible?
Cardinals Fans Everywhere
1:26
After the Cardinals latest sweep at the hands of the Cubs, a lot of us Cards fans are thinking it's time to blow it up. Aside from Goldy, Molina, DeJong, Flaherty, Hicks, everyone is expendable. Do you foresee any chance of a full tear down?
Tim Dierkes
1:28
This is still a team with a legit shot at the wild card.  I know it doesn't seem like it in this moment.  They could shop around someone like Marcell Ozuna in a month if the situation worsens, but a 24% shot at the playoffs is nothing to sneeze at.
Mark
1:28
It seems to me that bat flips and celebrations are very one-sided these days.  Batters do them all the time, for doing their job, but pitchers really don't.  I think pitchers should start jumping around and flipping their glove in the air when they strike out any of the bat-flippers, no matter the score or game situation.  I know I'm old but I am so tired of the excessive celebrations.  You celebrate with your teammates after you win.  Now get off my lawn.
Tim Dierkes
1:30
I think the pitcher equivalent is kind of the aggressive fist pump, possibly with some screaming into their glove.  Or Fernando Rodney's arrow thing.  I generally enjoy seeing that because it adds some emotion.  As a baseball fan, I like seeing the public displays.  If it were my kid doing it on a Little League field, probably not.
Ghostdawg
1:30
What would Will Smith cost the Cubs? Ian Happ no doubt, but what else? I personally think Alzolay would be too much since he's so close.
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