MLBTR Live Chat: 10/28/19
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Connor Byrne
5:59
Hey all, welcome to an exciting week. We'll have a new champion followed by the release of MLBTR's top 50 FA predictions. We'll get going in a minute...
AA
6:01
Should the Braves be going after pitching with everything in the minors? Or Donaldson and depth make more sense?
Connor Byrne
6:01
They should be going after pitching no matter what happens with Donaldson, but I don't see them getting Cole or Strasburg.
Phillies fan
6:02
Does Stephen Strasburg sign with the Phillies if he opts out?
Connor Byrne
6:02
The Phillies will be one of the teams in the race. I don't think that's an unrealistic fit at all.
White Sox
6:03
Who should the White Sox, realistically, sign for DH, RF, and SP?
Connor Byrne
6:03
I expect Castellanos to end up there. They may be in on J.D. Martinez if he opts out. I'm somewhat undecided on starters. Thy do have some real talent in house (Giolito, Lopez, Kopech, Cease, Rodon...)
Preller
6:04
I need veteran starters. What two pitchers should I add?
Connor Byrne
6:05
(This being Padres GM AJ Preller) - Cole and Strasburg are So Cal guys (Stras is specifically a San Diego guy), which could help. Do the Padres have the spending room for either, though? I'm skeptical. They could at least try for someone like Ryu on the high end and Porcello on the lower side.
Terry Francona
6:05
How much longer do I have with the Indians? If there is no success
Connor Byrne
6:06
I'd argue the Indians have had plenty of success under Francona, though they may be in a rebuilding stage within the next couple years. I don't think he'd hang around for that.
Amaury Telemaco
6:06
Any chance the Royals change their stance on Merrifield with new ownership?
Connor Byrne
6:06
I don't know what owner-to-be John Sherman's baseball opinions are, but I do know GM Dayton Moore absolutely loves Merrifield. Should the Royals trade him? Probably. Will they? I doubt it.
Hahn
6:07
Why are my fans wanting me to sign JD Martinez when I've got Gavin Sheets,  Andrew Vaughn, Zach Collins, and likely Abreu all playing 1B/DH?
Connor Byrne
6:08
(White Sox GM Rick Hahn) - Martinez is significantly better than all of those guys, and if the Sox can get him, I wouldn't necessarily bet on an Abreu re-signing. That said, I'm still skeptical JDM will opt out.
Buccos
6:08
Any word on the grapevine about GM candidates in Pittsburgh?
Connor Byrne
6:09
Seems kind of early for that. Leave it to the Pirates to fire their GM a month after the season. I think it was the right move, but what took so long?
Appa Yip Yip
6:09
Do you think Giles gets moved in the offseason, or do the Jays hold him and try to move him at the deadline?
Connor Byrne
6:09
I think Ken Giles would've been moved at the July deadline if healthy, so I'll be surprised if he opens 2020 as a Jay
Kole
6:10
Am I playing for a different manager besides Maddon? If so, the White Sox seem like a fit yes?
Connor Byrne
6:10
I do expect the Angels to buy out Kole Calhoun and use the $13MM they'd save on other pressing issues (rotation)
Johnny Cueto
6:10
I dont see this Lindor move by LAD. Doesnt it seem like a management of resources when they need pitching upgrades?
Connor Byrne
6:11
It's not every day a Francisco Lindor becomes available. I wouldn't blame the Dodgers one bit for aggressively pursuing him. They can figure out who fits where after they get him. The Dodgers, after all, love cramming as many capable position players as possible on to their roster (not an insult, but a compliment)
Matt Klentak
6:11
Am I going to sign  Gerrit Cole?
Connor Byrne
6:12
(Phillies GM Matt Klentak) - I think the Phillies will join the race, but I don't see Cole signing there.
Billy Eppler
6:12
Do you think I can get Cole, Grandal, and Keuchel this offseason?
Connor Byrne
6:13
(Angels GM Billy Eppler) - All of them? Definitely not. But I think they're the front-runners for Cole. Offseason outlook here: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/10/offseason-outlook-los-angeles-a...
Cole
6:13
Pirates pick up archers option and try to move him?
Connor Byrne
6:14
Yes to his option. I think moving him is more of a possibility now that the GM who acquired Archer is gone.
Cole
6:14
What’s a realistic number for keuchel this offseason?
Connor Byrne
6:14
I think he'll get a 2- to 3-year deal in the $13MM per annum range
Farhan Zaidi
6:14
What are some ways I could realistically shore up my outfield this winter?
Connor Byrne
6:15
Marcell Ozuna?
Andrew R.
6:15
Wouldn’t it make more sense if the Phillies went after a combination of Ryu, Hamels, Keuchel, Odorizzi, Bumgarner, Will Smith, in lieu of Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg?
Connor Byrne
6:15
You could make this case, but I'd rather have one absolutely elite guy than a couple good ones.
Yasmani
6:16
What’s my area code in April?
Connor Byrne
6:16
I don't know what the Milwaukee or Cincy area codes are
nmc
6:16
ausmus was fired after one season this year. is tingler likely the next manager to get canned after one season?
Connor Byrne
6:17
It could happen if the Padres fire GM AJ Preller after this season, as a successor wouldn't have any loyalty to Tingler.
Mark
6:17
Which Ranger outfielder will be traded in the offseason?
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