MLBTR Live Chat: 10/7/19
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Connor Byrne
6:00
Hey everyone, this Cardinals-Braves series is fun, isn't it? We'll get going shortly.
SoxGuy
6:01
Who should the White Sox target in free agency and who could they realistically get?
Connor Byrne
6:03
They should be targeting all the top starting pitchers and outfielders. I know the ChiSox have never signed anyone for more than Jose Abreu's 6/68, but they should nonetheless be players for a guy like Gerrit Cole, who may end up with triple that guarantee.
They at least made some effort on Machado and Harper last winter.
M’s Fan
6:03
What will be Mariners strategy for this off-season?
Connor Byrne
6:04
GM Jerry Dipoto has suggested they won't be nearly as busy as they were last winter. Whether or not you want to believe him is up to you. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/10/mariners-rumors-gordon-mallex-s...
6:05
There are clearly fewer trade chips on hand than there were a year ago, though, and it's obvious they're not in position to be all that active in free agency.
Redsfan
6:05
How close are the Reds to the top of the Central heap?  Grandal?  Didi and Grandal?
Connor Byrne
6:06
Definitely two guys the Reds should aggressively pursue, in my opinion. I like both fits.
William
6:06
Please tell me Markakis will not be a starter in Atlanta next year? I just can't anymore. And I'm sick of the media's obsession with him. THEY ARE ALL PROFESSIONAL HITTERS
Connor Byrne
6:07
Off the top of my head, I think ATL has a $6MM option or a $2MM buyout on him, so it's basically a $4MM decision. Markakis isn't exactly exciting, but you could do worse than him as a regular for that sum. I guess part of this depends on whether the Braves re-sign Donaldson. If so, they could kick Riley into a starting OF job.
Jake
6:08
Do you think the Mets could get both Aroldis Chapman and Daniel Hudson? They obviously need bullpen help...
Connor Byrne
6:09
Hudson's probably not going to cost all that much. Chapman obviously will; that is, if he gets to free agency. Wouldn't be surprised to see him opt out of the 2/30 left on his deal. If he does, the Mets should go after him. We know he can handle NY.
Dodgers
6:10
Does Rich Hill get offers for next season?
Connor Byrne
6:10
Without a doubt. Still very good when he takes the mound, though that obviously doesn't happen enough.
Blue Nation
6:10
How much pressure is on Theo to win now?
Connor Byrne
6:11
Cubs pres Theo Epstein has two years (and a lot of $) left on his contract. I don't think he'll be going anywhere before the deal expires, barring an absolute implosion next season.
Halo88
6:11
Is this a make it or break year for billy eppler
Connor Byrne
6:11
I think so. Angels GM Billy Eppler is entering a contract year. Put up-or-shut up time.
Papa D
6:11
Is Verlander starting on short rest a sign of confidence in him or lack of confidence (understandably) in the rookie Urquidy?
Connor Byrne
6:12
Probably a combination of the two, though "lack of confidence" sounds kind of harsh.
Jacob
6:12
How much will Ryu get in free agency with his injury concerns?
Connor Byrne
6:12
3 years/50-some mill?
PATigersFan
6:13
Jordy Mercer had a solid year (when healthy).   Major league contract?   Might he just be content re-signing with the TIgers?
Connor Byrne
6:13
Mercer got 1/5.25 last offseason, if memory serves. Another guaranteed deal's probably in the offing, but I don't think he'll do as well this time.
PATigersFan
6:14
Tigers trade-chips this winter..      um..   are there any?
Connor Byrne
6:14
Matt Boyd and Buck Farmer come to mind.
Ryan From PA
6:14
What do the Phillies have to do this offseason to make the playoffs in 2020?
Connor Byrne
6:15
Figure out the managerial situation, add pitching (SP/ and relievers)....
Cardinals win
Game 5 should be great
Anyway, Phillies also need to figure out 3B & OF
JDF
6:16
Would Angels do Kris Bryant and Ian Happ for Jo Adell?
Connor Byrne
6:16
No, I don't think so. Adell's probably close to untouchable.
Buck Showalter
6:16
where might i end up?
Connor Byrne
6:18
Doesn't seem any team's been strongly connected to Buck (not that I've seen). If the Phillies fire Kapler, Showalter does have connections there in Matt Klentak & Andy MacPhail, but obviously, that doesn't mean they'd hire him.
Baseball Guy
6:18
Will the Orioles trade Jonathan Villar this off-season
Connor Byrne
6:19
They should if they can. He has one year of control left. That said, there reportedly wasn't much interest in Villar at the deadline this year.
Aj Preller
6:19
Any chance I can get Cole or Strasburg
Connor Byrne
6:20
I expect the Padres to be in on those two if they're free agents. Both So Cal guys.
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