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Mark P
6:35
It's Saturday night, and time to chat!  Let's dig into some questions.
Carlos rodon
6:37
What is my market looking like? What kind of deal do you think I get?
Mark P
6:39
Our top 50 list had Rodon taking a one-year, $25MM deal, predicting he'll take a high payday on a shorter term, then re-enter the market next winter with (he hopes) a healthier and even better year of production under his belt.

Scott Boras, as you might expect, wants a nice multi-year deal for his client this time around, rather than waiting.  I could possibly see a compromise between the two positions --- Rodon signs a multi-year pact but with an opt-out either next winter or maybe after the 2023 season.
Brian Cashman
6:39
Do I end up only addressing SS, or do I fill multiple position player needs
Mark P
6:39
Cashman is on record as saying he's looking at center field, catcher, and first base, so it would be pretty surprising if he got a new shortstop and called it a day.  I'm guessing it'll be a pretty busy winter for the Yankees.
Brett
6:40
What will the royals do this winter
Mark P
6:40
I can actually see a repeat of last year's offseason --- sign a couple of free agent veterans to modest contracts, maybe make a trade for a notable player with more control (a la Benintendi) and try to contend
Jerry Dipoto
6:41
Would a trade built around Trammel and Evan White land me Matt Chapman?
Mark P
6:42
It'll take a lot more than that, considering White's injury-plagued year.  He can't be considered any kind of a centerpiece in any notable trade.
Joshua
6:44
What do you think the value is of Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom, respectively? Do you think a non-contending team like the Rockies (or a similar org) would have a definitive interest? Thanks.
Mark P
6:44
Some value to be sure, but the Nats would be selling low on either player.  Teams would probably be more interested in Kieboom since he's cheaper and he's still had such a small sample size as a big leaguer.
Athletics
6:45
It's interesting that speculation is that the A's are going to get under $50m when all that would take is trading Manaea, Bassitt, Olson and Chapman. They've never torn down like that. Do you think there's merit to a target of $50m or is that just speculation as to what payroll could look like. It doesn't seem like it's been a mandate.
Mark P
6:46
$50MM would seem like a pretty extreme cut, but it can't be ruled out since we're in the wake of the pandemic, and since ownership may be more focused on move to Vegas (and buying land in Vegas for a new ballpark) rather than trying to spend on talent.
6:48
As I noted in my A's offseason outlook the other day (cheap plug!), the A's could look to tie Piscotty or Andrus to one of their more attractive trade assets, if they wanted to purely dump salary and not care about the return for a particular player.  If they got a good haul for Olson and Bassitt or something, their third trade could be a Manaea/Piscotty move for a minor prospect that just gets cash off the books
Cards
6:48
Heard stroman rumors coming our way.... have you heard anything or is it just internet speculation at this point?
Mark P
6:49
Basically just speculation based on the fact that a groundball pitcher like Stroman in front of that great Cardinals defense seems like a great fit
Rangers fan
6:50
Does a trade for Ketel Marte make sense for the rangers to address second base?
Mark P
6:50
Absolutely.  Marte is controlled through 2024, and the Rangers definitely plan to have a winning team on the field by 2023 at the latest
Tiger Fan
6:51
If the Tigers choose to trade, who’s a realistic target? A SP rental like Bassitt/Manea or a longer term add like Gray?
Mark P
6:52
Sonny Gray is only controlled through 2023, so he doesn't offer much more control than the A's pitchers, though the Reds would obviously want a premium for that full extra year.

Any of that trio seem realistic to me, frankly.  Detroit may have made its big long-term pitching add in E-Rod, so adding a shorter-term veteran might be the logical next play.
Ben
6:52
What do you think about the Cubs as a match in a trade with OAK?  Chapman/Bassitt, for example would be nice fits
Mark P
6:53
In theory, except I'm not sure the Cubs are really aiming to win in 2022.  That would make Bassitt a little superfluous, and Chapman (controlled through 2023) only a little less so.  While the Cubs did get Miley for one year, he more or less fell into laps --- that move was a lot different than having to give up some significant prospects to Oakland in a trade
A’s Fan
6:54
Could a Bassit trade net a similar return as berrios
Mark P
6:54
Doubtful, since Bassitt only has the one year and Berrios had a full year plus the remainder of the 2021 campaign
Glasnow
6:54
Do the Rays extend, trade, or go year by year with me? ( After having TJ and missing all of 2022.)
Mark P
6:55
I would predict the Rays trade him.  Teams will still be willing to offer something substantial for Glasnow on the trade market, and I can't see the Rays just eating a year of salary for a pitcher who won't do anything for them in 2022
Mr. Future
6:56
Who is currently the most often seen name in fans proposals now that the Frazier/Andujar pairing is gone?
Mark P
6:56
Jo Adell laughs at Frazier/Andujar even challenging his throne as the king of MLBTR Chat trade proposals
chefboyardont
6:56
at the beginning of the offseason, Shi Davidi speculated Jays ideal offseason would be to land Corey Seager + trade for a SP. Do you see the Jays as a legitimate contender for Seager?
Mark P
6:57
It depends on how willing Seager would be to switch positions now, since the Jays are committed to Bichette at shortstop.  If Seager is willing to play 3B or 2B, then I agree he'd be a great fit for Toronto
Calvin Griffith
6:58
It sure seems like Jim Pohlad did well to hire Falvine. They wouldn't pay Berrios what is at the high and long end of reasonable,  but still reasonable. Looks like they'll do the same with Buxton. I am proud. They won't go qny deeper in free agency waters than the Matt Shoemaker-type signing, will they?
Mark P
6:59
The Twins did give Donaldson a ton of money, so it's not like they're allergic to longer-term, big money contracts for free agents.
Stevie D.
6:59
Ok......how bout this.....ill trade you Mike Mustakas,   for Justin Upton.    What say you?
Justin Upton
6:59
Would anyone be interested in my contract? Angels seemingly need me less with Trout, Walsh, Marsh, and Adell. Could I find a trade partner or will I have to wait to hit FA next season?
Mark P
7:00
Obligatory "Justin Upton has a full no-trade clause" response.  If the Angels did want to make a move, they'd need Upton to sign off on it, and past reports have indicated that he would prefer to stay on the west coast.  For instance, I doubt he'd sign off on a move to a Reds team that doesn't appear to be committed to contending
Farhan
7:02
SF media says I am hot on Marcus Semien. Assuming he wants to come back to the Bay, where does he go with firm spots taken by Craw, Longo and La Stella?
Mark P
7:03
(Farhan Zaidi = Giants president of baseball ops)

La Stella will be relegated to part-time duty in a hurry if the Giants can land Semien, no question.  Semien would take over as the everyday second baseman in this scenario, and La Stella would bounce around to share time at 1B, 2B, 3B, and DH.
Could still be plenty of playing time for La Stella, given Longoria and Belt's injury concerns
Turkey
7:04
Dodgers a possibility for Matt Olson?
Mark P
7:05
Lots of teams should be in on Olson, the Dodgers chief among them.  The DH spot will help alleviate the infield logjam, but even that might sort itself out anyway in the event of injuries or whatnot.  Olson at 1B, Muncy at 2B/DH, J. Turner at 3B, Trea at SS, Lux getting some 2B work when Muncy is DH'ing....it can all work out
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