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Danny
8:38
Braves are winning the East again, right?
Mark P
8:38
It'll be a heck of a lot tougher to mount a comeback this year than last, since in 2021, the Mets weren't winning everything in sight.
8:39
Hmm, just realized....welcome to the weekend chat!  Haha, I was so eager to get started that I didn't officially greet everyone!
Glenn
8:40
What kind of return would a Trey Mancini trade bring Baltimore?
Mark P
8:41
Since Mancini is only controlled through the end of 2022, he'd net Baltimore a good but not overwhelming return.  Probably not a top-100 type of prospect, or maybe a borderline top-100 at best.
Evan Bush
8:42
Charlie Morton is off to a very slow start, is a trade piece for the Bravos?
Mark P
8:44
Probably not, given that Morton has been leaning towards retirement and was very particular about playing somewhere close to home.  If the Braves were to trade Morton to, say, the Rays, he'd probably be okay with it, but he might be wary about pitching elsewhere even for a couple of months (especially if it's on a non-contender).

Morton doesn't have a no-trade clause, but the Braves are likely to give a respected veteran some say in his future
Perry Minasian
8:45
Should I listen to the fans and fire Joe Maddon for this embarrassing losing streak we're on?
Joe Maddon
8:45
Am I about to get fired?
Will I survive our homestand against the Red Sox, Mets, and Dodgers, or should I start packing now?
Mark P
8:47
As you might suspect, there are plenty of questions about Joe Maddon's future in the chat, considering that the Angels are in a tailspin.  Maddon carries a lot of weight within the organization, but it was already kind of assumed that this would be his last year unless the Halos made the playoffs (or showed a lot of improvement).  

A long losing streak isn't the end of the world since it's still June, and there are a lot of other AL teams in worse shape than the Angels.  But if things don't get turned around quick, we can't rule out a firing to shake things up
Jill
8:47
Will Cleveland be buyers at the trade deadline?
Mark P
8:48
To some agree, probably.  I think the AL Central will remain close enough that the Guardians will still be in the hunt come August 2, so they'll look to add some pieces.
Guest
8:48
Any shot the Mets land Devers? What would that deal look like?
Mark P
8:48
I think the ship has sailed on whatever minuscule chance there was of Devers being dealt anywhere
Rick
8:50
If the playoffs were happening now, in a 7 game series, who would be the odd man out of the Yankees rotation?
Mark P
8:50
Montgomery is clearly the weak link with his sky-high ERA of......uh, 3.02??
Astros
8:52
If the Astros tried to improve at first base before the deadline, who might be available in a deal?
Mark P
8:53
"Hey, how about Eric Hosmer?!" -- A.J. Preller

Josh Bell would be the biggest get, and players like Mancini, Christian Walker, or Garrett Cooper could all be available.
Minnesota
8:54
How excited should we be of our team? They seem good, maybe missing a player or two.
Mark P
8:54
A player or two??  Seems like the Twins have had about half their team on the IL all season, but they're still playing well.  A weak division helps, and once everyone (or mostly everyone) gets back, the Twins might be for real
Anti-tanking fan
8:55
Is it at all possible to do a playoff system where every team that is over .500 qualifies for the playoffs? Then there would be more games for the owners and anti-tanking incentives for the players. Playoff seeding/structure could be finalized after number of teams are decided.
Mark P
8:57
Using last season as a model, it would've been an eight-team AL playoff and seven teams in the NL playoffs.  You'd think some kind of bye would be in place to reward, say, a 105-win team who rolls into the playoffs over an 82-win team who just squeaks over the threshold.

In general, while it's a nice idea on paper, the "win and you're in" concept is probably too difficult logistically to manage
Concerned Engine
8:58
More disappointing team, Seattle or Anaheim?
Mark P
8:58
More disappointing team?

Angels (48.7% | 361 votes)
 
Mariners (51.3% | 381 votes)
 

Total Votes: 742
GRod
8:59
When will the Orioles call me up?
Mark P
8:59
Skipho
9:00
What catcher does the Yankees need 2 get
Mark P
9:00
Trevino has been everything the Yankees could've ask for and more.  I don't think catcher is high on their priority list, especially since Rortvedt will be healthy at some point for backup.
Nopey
9:01
Have we seen enough of Joey Bart to conclude that he's a bust?
Mark P
9:01
After 225 plate appearances?  Nope.
Matt
9:01
Odds Adam Wainwright returns next year?
Mark P
9:02
As elegant as the idea is of Wainwright, Molina, and Pujols all retiring at the same time, you've got to think Wainwright is considering keeping going, given how well he's still pitching.  If he's healthy and still has the willingness, I wouldn't at all be shocked with another return
Oddball Herrera
9:03
Would a desperate AJ Preller put Abrams out there on the block knowing that he is maybe a season+ from being a true difference maker, and that if he misses the playoffs again his goose is probably cooked?
Mark P
9:05
Preller is signed through 2026, so I don't think he's going anywhere (unless the Padres absolutely collapsed again).

You can't really rule anything out in a Preller deal, however, so moving Abrams is at least a possibility.  But it would take a special kind of return to get SD to part with Abrams
Joshua
9:06
After his terrible first month, Nelson Cruz is hitting .359/.438/.522 for a .960 OPS over his last 30 days. If he stays solid with the bat what type of return do you think he could realistically bring back to the Nats? Thanks.
Mark P
9:07
I think Washington would reasonably look to match what Minnesota got for Cruz last year --- two big league-ready pitchers.
ThadBosley
9:07
The Brewer fans are always wanting to trade a starter for a bat.  How realistic is that in that most teams that are rebuilding would probably want prospects and not starters with only two years of control?
Mark P
9:08
Teams will always be looking for pitching, pretty much no matter their circumstance.  But in general, the Brewers aren't likely to deal a starter since "you can never have enough pitching" --- especially with Peralta and Woodruff on the IL
Rick Rude
9:08
What do you make of the idea that so many Dodger fans think Dave Roberts is a horrible manager and want him fired?
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