MLBTR Live Chat: 12/4/19
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Connor Byrne
6:23
There was too much going on Monday night for a chat, so let's do one now!
Phillies fan
6:23
Thoughts on the Wheeler deal?
Connor Byrne
6:24
More than we at MLBTR predicted, but I think it's reasonable. I'm bullish on Wheeler, and the Phils obviously had a need toward the top of their rotation. He and Nola make for a nice duo there.
TK
6:24
What do the A's do at 2B? Pick up a cheap FA or audition Mateo/Barreto/Neuse?
Connor Byrne
6:25
There are approximately 635 decent second basemen in free agency, and most will come at prices even the A's afford. I think they'll bring in one of those guys.
Bill
6:25
What's next for the Reds after the Moustakas signing?
Connor Byrne
6:26
They still need a catcher and at least a corner outfielder. And will keeping Galvis really stop them from trying for a better shortstop (Gregorius)?
Anthony Rendon
6:26
Who I’m I signing with??
Connor Byrne
6:26
I'll say Nats or Rangers
Eppler
6:27
Do I move forward on Maldonado or Castro.
Connor Byrne
6:27
Angels GM Billy Eppler should try for Jason Castro, the best catcher left on the market
Dave C
6:27
With the free agent pitching market being thin next year, do you think the Yankees will try to extend Pax?  Even if they sign one of the big 2?
Connor Byrne
6:28
Regardless of how next year's market looks, I think they should attempt to extend Paxton. He just showed he can pitch in New York. Not everyone can, as we saw with Sonny Gray.
The Fonz
6:28
Do you see MIlwaukee taking a step backward this season?
Connor Byrne
6:29
Yes, but I also thought they were done when they didn't do a lot at the trade deadline this year, and when Yelich went down. They still made the playoffs. Pres/GM David Stearns knows what he's doing, so bet against him at your own risk.
Joey
6:30
Cubs fan so didn’t pay real close attention but isn’t Cesar Hernandez a decent player? I’m confused as to why he wasn’t tendered a contract, is he obp or glove deficient? Seems like a decent fit on the cubs at 2nd
Connor Byrne
6:31
He is a decent player, but the Phils didn't want to pay him around $11MM in arbitration (similar to the Orioles letting Villar go). Hernandez is certainly not OBP deficient. I think he's one of the most appealing second basemen out there right now.
Rangers
6:31
Would the Rangers prefer Rendon and a mid tier starter or Cole/Strasburg and an average 3B?
Connor Byrne
6:32
If I'm them, I'd probably lean toward Rendon because they already have two front-line starters in Minor and Lynn, not to mention decent-looking complements in Gibson and Allard.
J Money McSqueezy
6:32
Does MadBum score a larger contract than Wheeler? Where do you think he ends up?
Connor Byrne
6:32
I'll be shocked if MadBum beats Wheeler's $118MM. I predicted he'd go to the Twins in our FA contest, and I'll stick with that.
Bye-Bye Wilpons!
6:33
It’s a Festivus miracle!
Connor Byrne
6:33
No bagel, no bagel, no bagel!
Eric
6:33
Do you think the Dodgers trade for either Josh Hader or Ken Giles?
Connor Byrne
6:33
Either would fit, but would the Brewers trade Hader to a team they're trying to jump in the NL?
App user
6:34
Any future plans to overhaul the app? Mainly making the interface more user friendly (up/down votes, interactive polls, etc.) (not complaining, just curious all of you deliver the best rumor site in the world!!)
Connor Byrne
6:34
Thank you! This isn't in my purview. I'll ask Tim about it.
White sox
6:34
What do we do after missing out on Wheeler??
Connor Byrne
6:35
Well, I predicted they'd sign Keuchel, so maybe they go that route? They also clearly need to upgrade their outfield.
Vandelay Industries
6:35
Where do you think Hyun Jin Ryu will end up?
Connor Byrne
6:36
"And you wanna be my latex salesman" - I'll say back to the Dodgers
Richard Simmons
6:36
What's next for the Braves?
Connor Byrne
6:36
Full-court press to re-up Josh Donaldson?
Probably Not Maddon
6:36
How risky is our Dylan Bundy trade? Will we beat the Yanks to signing Cole?
Connor Byrne
6:37
I like the Bundy trade for both sides. He's at least an OK innings eater (and an affordable one at that), which the Angels needed toward the back of their rotation. Of course, they MUST land a front-line type as well. I still think they'll get Cole.
Rick Hahn
6:38
Any chance we had to build a playoff team just went out the window not getting Wheeler right?
Connor Byrne
6:39
No, White Sox GM Rick Hahn. You've still got some talented pitchers there, and you're in the AL Central. At the very least, fix your outfield.
Trader Phil
6:39
I'm going to keep submitting my AJ Pollock for Carlos Martinez proposal in every chat until I get someone's opinion on it...
Connor Byrne
6:40
My opinion is that the Cards wouldn't do it. They already have one undesirable contract in the outfield (Fowler). C-Mart's still pretty valuable.
Jim Brockmire
6:40
How great would it be if I toured the league calling a game at each park?
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