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Mark P
9:29
The weekend chat needed to be postponed last week due to the flood of pre-deadline news and rumors, but we're back with a vengeance tonight!  Let's take some questions after a busy week in baseball...
Royals Fan
9:30
Did the royals sell too low on Benintendi? I know he was only a rental but still seems a bit cheap for him
Mark P
9:31
Three young pitchers is a pretty decent return, and yeah, Benintendi being a rental certainly impacted his market.  The Royals have been shopping veterans since June, so after all that looking, this might've been the best offer they received
Guest
9:31
Great job on the deadline coverage! Y’all are the best!
Mark P
9:31
Much obliged!  The whole team did a great job amidst all of the deadline madness.  It was a terrific group effort.
Dodger Dog
9:32
Did the Dodgers offer for Soto ever leak?
Mark P
9:32
I'm sure it'll come out at some point, in some form.
Lucas
9:32
who is your go to character in mario kart?
Mark P
9:33
Koopa Troopa.  I favour control over pure speed.
Guardians Fan
9:33
Thoughts on the DFA of Franmil Reyes and what it may mean for cleveland??
Mark P
9:34
It means the Guardians had probably already made up their minds about non-tendering him this offseason, and since a taker couldn't be found before the deadline, it was DFA time.

Reyes has struggled really badly, and for a Guards team that wants to make the playoffs, their better chance to win might very well be with Gonzalez or Jones rather than Reyes
Franmil Reyes
9:35
what uniform am I wearing next week?
Mark P
9:35
Any number of teams would be a good fit for Reyes, from contenders looking to see if he can spark a turn-around, or teams looking at him as a longer-term add.
Dm
9:36
In your opinion do you think the Royals should have traded Michael A Taylor and Scott Barlow?
Mark P
9:37
Taylor is under contract through 2023 and Barlow is arb-controlled through 2024.  So it would've taken a better offer to pry them away, since I'm sure the Royals still probably think they're not too far away from contending.  Even by next year.
Andrew
9:37
Any chance Soto gets traded again, rather than extended??? San Diego can’t possibly afford 3, $300M+ players.
Mark P
9:39
There's a chance, given how Preller likes to think outside the box.  But keep in mind, Padres ownership doesn't seem to have a ton of objection to paying the luxury tax, and it's possible SD might even be able to duck back under the line and reset their penalty this very winter.  

It's interesting to wonder, however...obviously in February 2021 when Tatis was extended, the Padres couldn't have known Soto would be on the table eventually.  But having Tatis still under arb control would've made for a much clearer payroll picture than having him on that big extension
John
9:40
Will the Orioles regret trading Lopez and Mancini? This team is fun
Mark P
9:41
USA Today's Bob Nightengale had a funny sarcastic tweet tonight, pointing out that a contender like the O's could sure use a good closer or a good veteran hitter.

But I think the O's front office has their eyes on the long-term, and it was ultimately the correct decision.  If Baltimore only finishes a couple of games out a wild card, however, there could certainly be some second-guessing
KC3
9:43
Biggest non-move made a tt eh deadline? Has to be the Cubs holding on to pretty much everyone right? Are they thinking extension with Contreras? Or do they feel the QO will be more valuable than any offer they got?
Mark P
9:43
I don't know if teams were really lowballing the Cubs or what, but it doesn't make much sense to me that Contreras is still on the roster.
Chris
9:44
If the orioles and mariners make the playoffs what would be the bigger story?
Mark P
9:45
The Orioles, since nobody had them being halfway respectable before the season started.  Whereas a lot of people thought the Mariners would be in the mix
Giants fan
9:45
what do you see the Giants doing in the offseason?
Mark P
9:46
It'll be a really fascinating winter for the Giants.  They could stick with their strategy of trying to build a roster based on platoons and versatile players, or they might use their payroll space to finally sign at least one dependable everyday guy.
9:47
Belt and Longoria are likely to be gone, Rodon will surely opt out.  That creates big holes in the rotation and in the lineup.
13Morgs
9:48
Why do people get mad at guys like Hosmer for using the no trade clause?  That’s what it’s for to avoid going somewhere u don’t want to go
Mark P
9:49
Agreed.  It didn't end up impacting the Padres' plans to get Soto, but naturally I can see why SD fans were in a tizzy there for a couple of hours wondering if Hosmer would be the roadblock.
Sen. John Blutarsky
9:50
How much convincing will it take for Ohtani to re-sign with my beloved Angels?
Mark P
9:51
Unless they go over $400MM or something, I think he's gone.  There has already been a lot of rumbling over Ohtani playing elsewhere, and if I'm the Angels, I explore dealing him this winter if he isn't open to an extension
Aranda56
9:51
Marlins holding on to Pablo Lopez, despite having a dreadful offense should be considered a major non move also? Right
Mark P
9:52
All of the Marlins' pitching injuries perhaps impacted their decision-making on Lopez.  To be clear, it would've taken a haul to get him in a deal, and I don't blame Miami for hanging onto him.  The Marlins are another team that is hoping to contend next year, but their investments in Soler and Avisail aren't looking too good at the moment
Die Hard White Sox Fan
9:54
What is the chance the White Sox sign Michael Conforto since the trade deadline was a major disappointment with upgrading any needs?
Mark P
9:55
I would tend to think no dice, given that Jerry Reinsdorf and Scott Boras aren't the best of pals.  (though I think there is at least one Boras client on the Sox roster currently)
Ryan S.
9:56
Would you trade Jack Flaherty?
Mark P
9:57
It would be a real sell-low, but I don't see Flaherty as a long-term fit in St. Louis.  Whether that means a trade or a departure in free agency, we'll see
Guest
9:57
Do you think Correa will opt out? Seems Minnesota has a few options Lewis/Martin incase he does. But I see Minnesota did some trades to convince Correa to stay.  What is your thought?
Mark P
9:57
I would be shocked if Correa didn't opt out
TxDude
9:58
Major second thoughts from the Brewers on the Hader trade, right? Their pen has blown a few games since and they didn’t upgrade the offense. Why not just wait until the off-season to trade Hader?
Mark P
10:00
It was a fascinating deal, and I agree that it was a big risk for the Brewers.  There's certainly something to the idea of deadline trades impacting a team's psyche, so as much as this Hader move might make sense in the bigger picture and for the 2023 Brewers, the 2022 team could certainly see it as a kick to morale.
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