MLBTR Chat with Steve Adams 3-8-16
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Jamesess
3:41
Did Peralta drink Jobu's rum?
Steve Adams
3:41
Nah, he didn't get hit by a stray bat in BP -- he tore a ligament in his thumb! Love the reference though.
Jeff
3:42
The Twins seem to be short a LHRP. At this point what if anything can be done?
Steve Adams
3:43
I'm expecting Fernando Abad and Taylor Rogers in the 'pen from the left side to open the year (plus Perkins, of course, but he'll be closing). I think Minnesota just feels it has too many power arms in its system that they love to go out and spend money on a reliever. Can't definitively say I disagree with their assessment.
Ramon
3:43
Not sure if this has been covered enough, but why aren't teams and free agent players who declined a QO keen to sign and trade deals? It's a win-win for everybody. A free agent can sign temporarily with a team that has their top 10 pick protected, then traded to the desired team, the desired team trades a nice prospect and keeps their draft pick. It's a good patch as it's clearly hurting players find homes. Loophole yes, but until there is a better resolution to the QO system, what else would you expect?
Troy
3:45
Will either Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard ever be traded?
Steve Adams
3:46
Neither of them has any trade value, so it'd be little more than the Phillies eating 90% of the salary and just clearing the roster spot. I can see either being moved this summer once the remaining money on their deal is down to a fairly small sum. A team looking for a bench bat or platoon DH could do worse than a couple months of Howard if all it costs them is a couple million bucks.
Rob
3:47
Why is Reyes on leave? Isn't he innocent til proven guilty?
Steve Adams
3:48
In the eyes of the US Government, yes, but MLB's domestic violence policy doesn't have any such stipulation, and there were reports prior to the announcement that the Rockies weren't keen on having Reyes around their players until the situation is resolved.

His administrative leave doesn't technically start until Opening Day anyway, as players aren't compensated for Spring Training games.
Kevin
3:49
There is no way the Cards will go outside the organization to add an infielder of quality. Walt Jocketty and Tony might have but ain't no way Mo will. Nit is very frustrating to some of us long term fans. Not getting one hope up on this.
Steve Adams
3:50
There's no definitive need to go add someone of note. A utility type that can shift to a bench role once Peralta is healthy would still be a better move than going with Gyorko though. Adding someone like Tulowitzki (bizarre Twitter suggestion I saw on multiple occasions yesterday) isn't realistic given the time and money remaining on Peralta's contract, the cost of acquisition and the fact that it'd leave the Blue Jays with a gaping hole of their own at shortstop with the season nearly upon us.
Sighern
3:50
When all is said and done. Who do you think has the better career- Harvey or DeGrom?
Steve Adams
3:51
Harvey was good at an age when deGrom was sitting injured in the minors. He'll have more of an opportunity to amass innings and deliver value in general.
Ck
3:52
Why do the Orioles keep throwing money at their lineup and comparatively not in their rotation?
Steve Adams
3:53
I'm pretty surprised by the fact that all the Orioles did this offseason was add a fourth starter who is at best a marginal upgrade over what they had in house. I'd have played Trumbo at first and spent a huge chunk of that money on the rotation long before re-signing Davis at $160MM+, but that was an ownership decision from an owner that clearly views Davis as a key to the club. They need a Gausman breakout so badly.
Pre-Arb Pouters
3:54
Social media and media in general making it seem like pre-arb salary renewal is a new and terrible thing teams do to players... do things even need to change? Plenty of examples of pre-arb "stars" not actually being stars.
Steve Adams
3:56
I find it silly that the pre-arb salaries are being treated like a huge story or any source of actual drama. They're so inconsequential. People made a big deal about Mike Trout's renewal a year before he signed a $144MM extension. Sure, if I'm Gerrit Cole, I'm a little salty that I didn't get much of a bump, but it's an algorithmic system that's in place and not a personal sleight. Agents need to communicate this to players, and any party making a big deal about pre-arb salaries in the media just comes off looking bad as far as I'm concerned.
AJ
3:56
If Byung-Ho Park has a good spring training, does Joe Mauer become expendable? (Astros?) Or does his contract make him untradeable?
Steve Adams
3:56
Full no-trade clause + enormous contract + lack of recent production. He's not getting traded.
Jack
3:57
Jays signing Morneau, good fit over Smoak?
Steve Adams
3:59
He might hit right-handers better and have the quasi-bonus of being Canadian, but he'd cost more money and the Jays already signed Smoak to a $3.9MM contract for the upcoming season. Sure, it's not guaranteed, but they'd have to pay him at least $639,400 to cut him ($959,000 if it were in the second half of Spring Training), plus pay Morneau the money he'd want on his deal. It doesn't make sense unless Smoak gets injured or something.
Chris
3:59
Anthony Gose says analytics are a scam. Care to comment?
Steve Adams
4:02
Thought that was just a stupid and frankly arrogant comment. Rather than looking at a metric that says maybe he had room to improve his game, Gose stubbornly called analytics a "scam" and implied they exist only to make people money. Firstly, if you see something saying you're not that good, maybe take an open mind and ask, "Is there something I can do to get better?" Secondly, how much does he think analytics employees with clubs make? Thirdly, his GM is a proponent of analytics and made several hires to bolster that department this offseason. He just looks bad all around -- stubborn, childish and out of touch.
Biff
4:02
Storen or Osuna, who closes?
Steve Adams
4:02
I'd give it to Storen if for no other reason than to have Osuna available for higher-leverage situations earlier in the game and to suppress his arbitration earning power.
Arte Moreno
4:03
Who was my worst investment Hamilton or Blanton?
Steve Adams
4:03
Vernon Wells.
Yaakov
4:03
Will Rodney be the full time closer in San Diego?
Steve Adams
4:03
To open the year anyway, yeah.
Michael
4:03
Can the Cardinals use Diaz at SS?
Steve Adams
4:04
Yeah I'd imagine he's getting a nice long look in Spring Training. Going 4-for-4 today can't have hurt his chances, but apply the usual spring stats caveat to anything he does this month.
Multiple Choice
4:04
2015 disappointment with the best 2016:
Cano, Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Puig
Steve Adams
4:05
I guess Cano was a disappointment overall, but he was awesome from June 1 through season's end despite playing through a couple of hernias. I think he'll be fine this year, and Puig, too. I'd give either of them an edge over the Sox players listed.
Jack
4:06
Jays should've signed Matt Thornton and Rodney to minor league deals. If they returned to form, they would have had a deep bullpen.
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