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Jeffrey Todd
2:04
Hi everyone. Thanks for joining!
I'll allow some time for folks to filter in and we'll get rolling shortly.
Wayne
2:06
Is Dansby Season Braves shortstop of the future? Thanks Jeff!
Jeffrey Todd
2:06
Now and the future, yes.
Mike
2:06
Who would you choose as the 4th starter for the Dodgers in the playoffs?
Jeffrey Todd
2:06
I think that if you don't have a clear option, but have several good arms that can throw multiple innings, you mix and match in some kind of modified pen game.
2:07
Huge advantage to avoid pushing guys a third time through the order, switch arm side (righty/lefty), and utilize a pinch hitter.
Playoff hopes
2:07
Who's your top pick to win and how has it changed over the last month?
Jeffrey Todd
2:07
The Cubs, and that has changed in that it has become more likely with several other teams losing key contributors.
2:08
Take the Nats, who won't have Ramos, may not have Strasburg, etc. We might pick the Cubs to beat them anyway, were they to match up in the NLCS, but the odds are only shifting in Chicago's favor.
Daniel
2:08
Will it be the O's, Tigers, or Mariners in the wild card with the Jays?
Jeffrey Todd
2:09
Were I betting, I'd take the O's, b/c a one-game lead is a huge advantage at this stage.
Connor
2:09
Hi, Mr. Todd, thank you for the chat. Do you think the Phillies signing Colby Rasmus, a left handed 1B (Moreland Loney Morrison) and a pitcher like Doug Fister or De La Rosa to a one year deal this offseason would be a success?
Jeffrey Todd
2:10
Thank you for joining! That sounds like an entirely plausible scenario to me. Grab a little upside and youth in the hitters, none of whom figure to be all that expensive.
I do think that a truly successful offseason, though, will involve at least exploring larger-scale moves that involve utilizing some of the Phils' massive payroll space to take some risks without clogging up the budget in future years.
Kyle
2:11
With Ramos injury who is first catcher signed or traded in your opinion?
Jeffrey Todd
2:11
I think Wieters has a chance either to go quick or to sit on the market for a long time. If some team/s think he is a great buy-low-ish investment opportunity, he could be pursued hard right off the bat.
Brian Dozier
2:12
I know the Twins need pitching, so who are some names that get thrown around in trade talks for me? Julio Teheran? Jacob deGrom?
Jeffrey Todd
2:12
Neither of those names sounds terribly plausible to me, honestly. Certainly not deGrom, who is injured anyway.
2:13
My own guess is that the Twins will be looking more for upper-level prospect types than established, controllable major leaguers. I'm not sure Dozier would bring back that kind of pitcher anyway -- he only has two years of control remaining.
NYTT
2:13
Has Mike Foltynewicz solidified himself as a starting pitcher going forward? Seems to be one of the only young Braves' pitchers to take a step forward this year.
Jeffrey Todd
2:14
He has solidified a full-blown chance to stick or fail as a starter. But it's probably still too soon to tell which way he'll go.
AdamE
2:14
How badly has this year hurt Bautista's chances at a 4 year deal at 100 million plus?
Jeffrey Todd
2:14
Well, it basically has ended them in my estimation.
2:15
I don't see him commanding that kind of guarantee.
Chris
2:15
I keep reading on Braves fansites about trading for an Ace like Archer. What would that realistically take, even if it isn't the best decision for the Braves going forward
Jeffrey Todd
2:15
Whoops, another Braves question. Sorry! They are interesting.
2:17
I would see that as barely plausible, b/c the Rays (and other teams with similar assets) are going to want Dansby Swanson to be the centerpiece in that kind of trade. True #1 starters (well, at least when they are on) playing on incredibly favorable contract terms are not going to be had for a regular old smattering of prospects.
dabears07
2:18
How much does the Wilson Ramos injury affect the Nats?
Jeffrey Todd
2:19
I think it's a huge blow. Lobaton/Severino isn't the worst imaginable combo, but you're basically going with a well-below-average unit instead of one that would've been an area of distinct advantage. Not disqualifying by any means, though.
Chip
2:19
Marlins get any compensation from MLB for loss of Jose
Jeffrey Todd
2:19
I'm not aware of any kind of provision that would provide compensation.
Jose : (
2:20
Just so terribly sad.
Manny Machado
2:20
How much will I get in an extension?
Jeffrey Todd
2:21
Probably not going to happen, but if I repped him I'd be looking at the Stanton contract as a comp.
Dave
2:21
With signs pointing to Ramos moving on to free agency, who do you think with be the replacement catcher for the Nats?
Jeffrey Todd
2:23
Not sure, but I think that is the priority for the winter. Could be in on Wieters. Maybe even explore a McCann trade? I feel like that's the one glaring need for the Nats. Back-end bullpen help, probably, too.
M.J.
2:23
MLB had guys like Rickey Henderson and Vince Coleman swiping 100 bases in a single season. Are these days over? Also, why do you think players no longer steal at this rate?
Jeffrey Todd
2:24
If Billy Hamilton can up his OBP yet further and Trea Turner has a full season, we might yet see someone in that territory. Generally, though, I think the cost/benefit has changed some so it's obviously a less-frequently-used part of the game.
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