MLBTR Chat: 1/11/22
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Anthony Franco
2:36
Hey everyone, looking forward to another chat this week. Going to give the queue a minute to fill up and we'll get going
Guest
2:36
More player chats?
Anthony Franco
2:37
Don't believe there's any specific ones lined up over the next couple days, but still making an effort to get additional players, yeah
Brady
2:37
Where will Correa land?
Anthony Franco
2:38
Tougher to find an obvious fit with a bunch of teams reported to not really want to spend that much on a shortstop
Still feel like one of the Yankees or Phillies come off that and land Correa though
Future Reds Gm
2:38
Reds fa and trade targets ?
Anthony Franco
2:39
Tommy Pham and an Alex Colomé type reliever? Doesn't seem like they're going expensive but they need OF and bullpen help
#1 Angels fan
2:39
Are Angels more likely to go after a name starter like Rodon or Castillo or a 5th starter type?
Anthony Franco
2:40
I think the rotation's actually alright but would view the cheap, boring innings eater type as a bigger "need" at this point
2:41
Syndergaard and Lorenzen are both upside plays with innings question marks (albeit to varying extents). Ohtani and Sandoval arguably fit in that bucket too. There's downside from a workload perspective but a chance for that group to be really good if they stay healthy
Tstats
2:41
Should I be worried about Thursdays discussions
Anthony Franco
2:41
I think it's a moderate positive that they're talking at all
2:42
But Nightengale's report that the league still doesn't want to discuss free agency or arbitration eligibility changes makes it seem like it's probably not going be revelatory
I think this is probably a very small but necessary step to get the ball rolling
David Bowie
2:42
Is there life on Mars?
Anthony Franco
2:43
Ha, way above my pay grade. It'd be cool if there were though
Charlie Montoyo
2:43
Who’s playing 3rd base for me?
Anthony Franco
2:43
(Montoyo is Toronto's manager)
2:44
I get asked about the Jays infield basically every week, and I think my general answer is that one of Matt Chapman or Jeff McNeil should probably end up there
Obviously Chapman would just play third and kick Biggio to second. McNeil would stay at the keystone and keep Biggio at third
Eric T.
2:44
Not with a current or former MLB player. #FakeChat #NotARealChat
Anthony Franco
2:44
Ha, valid criticism
Franco Anthony
2:44
White Sox deal Kimbrel for whatever, sign Conforto to finally solve RF, and roll with a Leury/Romy platoon at 2B in the 9-spot. Good offseason?
Anthony Franco
2:45
I'd be happy with it if I were a White Sox fan, yeah. Not sure they'll want to take on the money needed to land Conforto even if they flip Kimbrel though
brewers
2:46
what pitcher do we trade and for who?
Anthony Franco
2:46
I wonder if there's something to be had with the Mets around Houser or Lauer and one of their surplus position players like J.D. Davis or Dom Smith
H
2:47
Do players really not talk to the coaches and team management at this time? Or unofficially lot of “preparation business” continues.
Anthony Franco
2:47
I think they're generally following orders to avoid direct contact. But it seems like it's fine to have indirect communication via some form of third-party conduit
2:48
Ken Rosenthal wrote this week about how the Cubs were keeping indirect tabs on Nick Madrigal by having their conditioning and medical staff stay in touch with his private trainers even though they're prohibited from interacting with Madrigal himself
I'd guess that sort of thing is more prevalent, if not ideal
jamoche1
2:49
Is Josh Bell a fit for the Guardian's outfield vacancy? Can he still play the outfield?
Anthony Franco
2:49
He still does play outfield on occasion but not well
I think he'd be kind of Franmil Reyes-ish out there
Hawt Bayb
2:50
Why is a universal DH so supported by the players?  It seems that most players, relievers and bench guys, wouldn't benefit.  And a lot of starting position players are more likely to become bench guys than full time DHs.
Anthony Franco
2:50
Generally speaking, I think teams are going to shuttle the back of the bench and bullpen guys on and off the roster regardless, particularly those guys with options
2:51
So I don't think the union sees it as "adding the DH takes a job away from an eighth reliever" so much as "teams don't care about their eighth reliever anyways, but they'd probably care about a DH"
Seamhead
2:51
If the lux tax threshold goes up to $240m like the players have proposed, is there gonna be just a massive free-for-all among the high revenue teams, just buying everything in sight? That should be fun.
Anthony Franco
2:52
I doubt they'll all immediately spike to $240MM. I'm guessing a lot of big-market owners were relatively content to let the payroll settle in around $210-220MM anyways, and with the CBT threshold being at $210MM, that proved a convenient number to dip just under
2:53
Relatively speaking, the fees for exceeding the CBT aren't much, particularly for first timers
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