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Jeffrey Todd
2:00
Hey all! Get some questions in and we'll get rolling shortly.
Gogerty
2:01
Do you see another Braves OF traded?
Jeffrey Todd
2:02
Gogerty with the first question in the queue ... impressive man.
I don't see any particular reason to expect it. If they could've offloaded some of Markakis's salary, I suspect they would have preferred that to doing anything with Francoeur.
Who'd have guessed that Jeff Francoeur would be involved in a 3-team trade, though.
John Conway
2:02
Chris Sale traded in the offseason?
Jeffrey Todd
2:03
Obviously pure guesswork at this point, but I still lean "no."
Every time I run through the White Sox MLB asset list in thinking of trade candidates, I end up feeling like they should be trying to contend. It's a pretty long list.
Mike
2:03
You and Steve and the others do in terms of chats is excellent entertainment, thanks for what you do! Go Red Sox
Jeffrey Todd
2:04
Thanks! We'd be nothing without our readers. (Always wanted to say that, makes me feel like a rock star.)
Bret
2:04
Will Edwin Encarnacion's legal situation impact his free agency in any way?
Jeffrey Todd
2:04
If some really ugly facts emerge -- emphasis, facts, not allegations -- it could have an impact. But it would be more of a shading than a direct impact unless/until there's an indication of criminal proceedings or league investigation.
Ryan
2:05
What's up with Danny Salazar??!
Jeffrey Todd
2:05
He's a pitcher. Shrug.
@MarkZuckerman
Stephen Strasburg is currently playing some light catch in the outfield. Can't imagine he'd be doing that if he had a serious elbow injury.
Speaking of pitchers. There are good days and bad days.
Chris M
2:05
Braun get traded in the offseason or he is part of the next contending Brewer's team?
Jeffrey Todd
2:06
There are some other possibilities than these two, but I am not sure he's a likely trade candidate unless his no-trade stance changes or one of the teams that's not on his list decides they want him and will pay fair market value.
Josh
2:06
Chapman back to the Yankees in this off-season?? He's the only free agent who makes sense for them in this terrible free agency.
Jeffrey Todd
2:07
The Yankees can ALWAYS find a free agent to sign. Why just last winter, they ....
oh wait, right, they didn't sign one.
Yes I'd put them on the list of likely pursuers, esp with Miller traded.
Brody
2:07
Hey Steve, who in your is the worst manager in baseball?
Jeffrey Todd
2:07
Steve? C'mon!
Ol Perfesser
2:08
Will Brian Mc Cann end up in Atlanta?
Jeffrey Todd
2:08
It is generally foolish to say there's more than a 50% likelihood of any single player ending up with any single team, but this seems pretty plausible.
Josh
2:08
The elite free agency is 3 free agencies away. Instead of waiting 2 more seasons after this, will the Yankees buy Arrieta in 2 free agencies?
Jeffrey Todd
2:09
Don't see why they need to wait and spend it all in one year.
Dom
2:09
Any chance the Votto to Jays rumors are true ?
Jeffrey Todd
2:10
Well, the report only said they talked about him last year. So, sure, that's probably true. But as for any rumors of an ongoing connection, those are just rumors. No reporting that I have seen to connect those dots.
Kinda hard to see Shapiro/Atkins going after that target, but he fits the roster and the organization pretty well.
NYTT
2:10
Josh Reddick seems to have Nick Markakis downside this off season. What do you think?
Jeffrey Todd
2:12
That is a kinda scary comp in some ways, but not in others. It isn't as if Markakis has been a disaster. Reddick's track record at the plate is a bit better heading into the year, but there are definitely some parallels. Not sure that suggests anything about JR's future, though.
Josh
2:12
Talk about Gary Sanchez
Jeffrey Todd
2:12
Can't, too distracted watching home runs fly off of his bat.
Jeff
2:13
What are the chances Ervin Santana gets traded? Who's would be interested, and what kind of return would go back to the Twins?
Jeffrey Todd
2:14
Fairly low but still not impossible. I guess he probably won't clear waivers, but a team could claim him and try to work something out. Would have to be a pretty big offer to get the Twins to bite, it seems, but if a team gets desperate you never know.
Brody
2:14
Sorry Jeff, my bad
Jeffrey Todd
2:14
All good haha.
potatoe
2:14
Could deGrom be dealt in the off-season for a huge package? Massive super 2 raise coming.
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