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2:52
What would you do with Alex Reyes this year if you were the Cardinals?
Jeffrey Todd
2:53
I think they are doing the right thing since he's proved adaptable: use him wherever the need arises. I'm not sure they should rush into a starting job -- you can always start Garcia and have Reyes ready to step in for a long relief stint. Added benefit that the lineup will be stacked for a lefty.
Curiosity
2:54
Would britton fetch more then the chapman deal of left to that
Jeffrey Todd
2:54
Hmmmmm
2:55
Contracts aside, I think he's more valuable right now. The groundball rate is so unbelievably high that his great but not amazing K rate doesn't matter.
With contracts, he was head and shoulders more valuable than Aroldis.
(At the trade deadline, that is.)
Ryan
2:57
What were the Braves thinking not trading Jim Johnson for SOMETHING?
Jeffrey Todd
2:57
Do we know anything about what was offered? What if they couldn't get a single team to offer anything they considered more than organizational filler? Could certainly have made sense, IMO.
Brett Lawrie
2:58
Do I get non-tendered?
Jeffrey Todd
2:58
Nah, he isn't going to be very expensive and hasn't been that bad.
Michael H
2:59
Which reliever would you want most on your team, contracts aside?
Jeffrey Todd
3:00
Britton/Miller/Betances/Jansen/Chapman is mostly a toss-up, I think.
But I'll lean Britton just b/c he's so unique.
Derek Norris
3:00
Do I get non-tendered?
Jeffrey Todd
3:01
I don't think so. He won't earn more than guys like Avila/Navarro/Iannetta signed for last year. And there's club control beyond that. So he would still be a reasonable trade candidate.
Bravos
3:02
When will maitain play
Jeffrey Todd
3:02
Like 2021?
Disgruntled Braves Fan
3:02
Should the braves go after Rich Hill
Jeffrey Todd
3:02
No.
Matt E
3:03
Could Redick be a good fit for the Reds with a pillow contract if they don't think Schebler or Winker are ready for the everyday job? And would be a solid trade candidate if he bounces back quickly.
Jeffrey Todd
3:04
I don't see him getting a pillow contract, if you mean just like a one-year, $8MM sort of thing. He has a long enough track record and enough respect around the league to get a multi-year deal. Plus there's still two weeks and the postseason to show he just had a slump.
Shortstop
3:04
Trea Turner or Dansby Swanson?
Jeffrey Todd
3:04
I'll take Turner, b/c he has a higher ceiling and has shown evidence he can reach it.
JustAsking
3:05
Changes that Yo, Duda and Bruce are in the same lineup next year?
Jeffrey Todd
3:05
I don't see it happening, but not impossible. Maybe 5-10%?
Ryan
3:06
Will Jake Arrieta take an extension?
Jeffrey Todd
3:06
Probably not.
Gary H. Pornswinslow
3:06
Is Addison Russell elite yet?
Jeffrey Todd
3:06
High bar at that position.
(That's a no for me.)
3:07
Okay folks, I'm going to have to call it quits here.
Need to get to writing for the website.
Thanks as always for the great questions -- talk next week!
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