MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk
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Mark P
11:02
Hi there everyone, due to some scheduling changes, the weekly Sunday chat will be taking place....right now!  If it goes past midnight, it'll technically be the Sunday chat anyway, which still counts, right?
Jeter's Gift Basket
11:03
With Urena and Walker getting hurt, who can the Marlins trade at the deadline?
Mark P
11:04
They'll be open for business on any veteran player --- Castro, Granderson, Romo, etc.
As to how much they'd get back for those players....well, it likely wouldn't be much.  But every little bit can help in a rebuild.
Guest
11:04
Will the Marlins trade caleb smith
Mark P
11:05
Now, the Marlins WOULD get quite a bit if Smith was dealt, though I don't think that's happening unless another team makes a huge offer.
Matt E
11:05
Who gets benched with the Yankees getting Edwin?
Mark P
11:06
I'd assume New York's first-choice lineup would be Edwin/DH, Voit/1B, Gleyber/2B, Didi/SS, DJLM/3B, Stanton/LF, Hicks/CF, Judge/RF, and Sanchez/C
11:07
That doesn't leave much room for Frazier, Gardner, or Urshela, but we obviously can't rule out the possibility of more playing time opening up due to injuries.
(or trades)
Randy
11:08
Is it time for the Reds to start shopping players?
Oats
11:08
Do you think the Reds and Pirates will be buyers or sellers at the deadline?
Mark P
11:09
Dick Williams says the Reds aren't making any decisions about buying or selling until they get their injured players back, which is a reasonable stance to take: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/dick-williams-on-the-reds-deadl...
11:10
Pittsburgh is the likelier of the two to sell, just because the Reds' run differential is so intriguing.  Cincy obviously has talent, but they've gotten no luck in close games, and that might have put them into too deep a hole in a tough division
Connor
11:11
Surprised Yankees acquired Edwin?
Mark P
11:12
As we've seen with the Yankees' bullpen additions in recent years, they believe that doubling down on a strength can be as effective as strengthening a weakness.  If you have an all-world offense and all-world bullpen, the lack of a top-tier rotation might not be as big of an issue in the postseason.

Plus, since Seattle was seemingly willing to give EE away for so little, it was a no-brainer move for the Yankees to make
Halifax
11:13
It's actually Sunday here now. Does that make it a two day chat!?
Mark P
11:13
If anyone asks, this was a 48-hour chatting marathon.  By the end, I'll think I'm some kind of hummingbird.
Les Gomez
11:14
Zack Wheeler for Chad Green and Florial. Who says no?
Mark P
11:15
The Mets and Yankees haven't made a proper trade since 2004.  It might make sense for the two to make some swaps on paper, but the civic rivalry might be too much
Chris
11:16
Braves Bullpen = Major Letdown
Mark P
11:16
*salutes* Major Letdown

It hasn't been very good, BUT, there are a lot of relievers available at the deadline. Plenty of time to make an upgrade.
Al Avila
11:17
With the Yankees trading for EE, could I get Frazier, Florian, Chance Adams and Joe Harvey for Boyd?
Mark P
11:18
This isn't a pun on Adams' name, but there's no Chance the Yankees give up that much for Boyd.
Joe E
11:18
If the Reds put Roark and Puig on the market now, what would they fetch?
Mark P
11:20
Roark is a free agent after the season, so while he's pitching pretty well, a rental will only net so much.

Puig, I'm honestly not sure teams would have any interest.  He isn't playing well at all, plus when you factor in his past off-the-field baggage, the Reds wouldn't get much of anything in a trade
Ca$hman
11:20
Scherzer to Yanks for Frazier, Andujar, and Albert Aberu? Who says no?
Mark P
11:21
Washington, without thinking for more than five seconds.  The Nats may not end up being sellers at all at the deadline, and if they do, there hasn't been any indication that they won't try to contend in 2020.  At this point, I would be shocked if Scherzer goes anywhere
Wire Fan
11:22
Is it surprising that a team like TB did not offer more for EE?  They have a bit of a logjam of prospects and probably will have a bit of a 40 man roster crunch this winter.
Mark P
11:23
This struck me as interesting, given the long history of trades between the Rays and Mariners since Dipoto took over Seattle's front office.

Given the relative lack of money and prospects involved, you would've thought Tampa would've made more of a bid, but maybe the cash was simply too much, or maybe the Rays are looking at options other than EE.
Stros Fan
11:26
First impressions of Yordan Alvarez? Is he the real deal?
Mark P
11:27
His bat looks as good as advertised.  Looks like another good prospect from the Houston farm system
JM7
11:28
Joe Mauer night in MN.  Hall of Famer in my book.  Will Minnesota be as active as they should be for pen help or will it be like their offseason picking up budget/team friendly players that they hope work as well as the FA’s they picked up so far?
Mark P
11:28
I'd lean toward yes on Mauer as a HOFer as well, though I haven't really sat down to look at his numbers in a while.
11:29
My guess is that the Twins will be more aggressive now, since now they know they're definitely contenders.  In the offseason, it was still a lot of uncertainty given how poorly last season went.
Jimmy
11:29
There's increasing chatter in pgh and nationally that the Pirates should consider making Marte available. Would the really be that much better than waiting for the winter?
Mark P
11:30
Couldn't hurt to explore the market now for possible Marte deals, maybe just for the sake of laying the groundwork for getting something done in the offseason.
doug
11:30
What moves can the Red Sox make to improve their chances of making the playoffs?
Mark P
11:32
Bullpen is the obvious answer.  In theory they won't need any rotation help once Eovaldi returns, but I've never been really sold on either E-Rod or Porcello, and even Eovaldi is an injury risk.  (Plus, you can't count on Sale not having another late-season fade.)
Curious
11:33
Parks and Rec or The Office?
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