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Doug
2:24
Would the Reds trade Joey Votto this offseason the guy is on fire right now
Jeffrey Todd
2:26
He has full no-trade protection. Unclear if he'd be willing to move. Unfortunately the free agent market does have some nice power bats, so it isn't quite a perfect market situation, but you have to figure there'd be interest. Whether they could get a really nice prospect return and shed the contract is still an open question, but he has been stellar and now might be the time to sell.
It's awfully hard to do that, but from a pure baseball perspective, it might make sense. Better to take the risk that he lives up to the deal elsewhere, perhaps, than to keep the risk that he falls off and ends up being dead weight.
Cortana
2:27
How much does the Ramos injury help the other catchers/teams in free agency/trade talks
Jeffrey Todd
2:28
Immensely. This isn't like, say, Cervelli signing an extension -- which also takes away one team from the demand side. That had some impact, b/c it was the Pirates, who weren't likely to spend a lot. Now, though, you have the Nats still in need at the position with lots to spend, and the clear #1 option on the market is not even a certainty to suit up behind the plate next year.
John farrell
2:29
Am i going to get fired if we don't reach the alcs or world series
Jeffrey Todd
2:30
I mean, delivering a division is a more impressive feat. That's success over a long haul, handling all the ups and downs and uncertainties. I don't think that any rational assessment of a manager would hinge on winning one or two postseason series - unless, perhaps, they perform terribly in terms of in-game management or something.
Ozhainos albies
2:31
Do I win the 2nd base job straight up in spring training?
Jeffrey Todd
2:31
Guessing no.
Tim Tebow
2:31
Over/Under 40 HRs in MLB next season for me
Jeffrey Todd
2:31
I'll take the over on 40 Ks at High-A, in 100 plate appearances.
Bill
2:32
Not expecting it to happen, but do you think this winter would be the ideal time to trade Zach Britton? 2 years left of arbitration and the Orioles don't love spending $10M + on a closer. And they certainly need some prospect depth.
Jeffrey Todd
2:32
Well, yeah, it would be an ideal time to move him. He is going to be very, very expensive in arb. He is absolutely amazing.
2:33
I just don't know how O's do that if they really want to contend still, which I'm sure they do. Need starting pitching, obviously, but he's a great asset. Worth exploring, at least.
goreds
2:34
Is there a legitimate way to move Phillips and some of his $14M? Are there any rules against talking to him and asking him what team he might accept a trade to? It seemed like last year they would have deals set up and THEN speak to him for the first time about it.
Jeffrey Todd
2:35
They could talk to him about it, and I'm sure they will before entertaining any trade discussions. Heck, they may have just felt he'd be certain to OK a deal to a contending team with Dusty as skipper.
Luhnow
2:35
Does having Yuli Gurriel signed give the Astros a leg up on signing Lourdes?
Jeffrey Todd
2:36
I know there were stories about them wanting to play together, so I'm sure it doesn't hurt if Houston really wants the younger bro as well.
AdamE
2:36
Does Rich Hill get a 3yr deal? Because of his age and past experience is it more likely to just get a 1 or maybe a 2 yr deal
Jeffrey Todd
2:37
Teams don't give out lots of years to old players b/c they want to pay them $X in year 3-4-5-whatever of the deal.
It's because they need to offer that much to get the player, and they basically accept that they'll get more of the on-field value at the front of the contract while paying a bit more later.
2:38
In Hill's case, I think he is headed for three years, b/c teams that want to plug in a top-quality starter and are willing to take on some health/age risk will simply not find another option.
I mean it is just staggering how good he has been.
Sandy Alderson
2:39
Will I have to compete with anyone to bring back Bartolo next year as insurance?
Jeffrey Todd
2:39
Absolutely, unless Bartolo is just committed to NYM and won't explore the market so long as they pay him fairly. I think he'd get 2 years if he wants it.
Pete
2:40
Will panda be the red sox starting 3b next season? Or will he be dh or bench player
Jeffrey Todd
2:41
They'll obviously let that play out, but I think they are taking the right approach by talking up his efforts and discussing him as an important part of next year's team. I'm sure that there will be plans in place if that doesn't work out.
Dodgers rotation
2:42
Do DeLeon and Urias make the 2017 opening day rotation and get a shot at a full season worth of starter's innings?
Jeffrey Todd
2:44
They have so many options that they won't need to do that. You can't option Kazmir/McCarthy/etc (assuming they are healthy). Also I'm not sure that either Urias or De Leon will be asked to top 180 innings or something. I'd expect a bigger workload, but continued careful handling.
Service time will factor in a bit as well. I havent check the exact numbers -- have fun tabulating Urias's service -- but there may be some advantages, esp in De Leon's case, to holding that down a bit.
Michael
2:44
Any chance the Cards sign Reddick in the offseason?
Jeffrey Todd
2:46
Certainly possible, yeah. I mean, he has the reputation for the glove - even if his metrics aren't great recently - if they really do intend to focus on that. They could also look for a regular CF and bump Grichuk to a corner.
Mets fan
2:47
Assuming Wheeler/Noah/Harvey/Matz and DeGrom are healthy, have Gsellman and Lugo played well enough to be trade bait? Who of the Mets young pitchers do you see Sandy dealing first?
Jeffrey Todd
2:47
Yeah but it doesn't typically end up happening like that. Hard also to deal away your depth given all the questions that have arisen.
Arte
2:47
Hypothetical scenario: The Angels take on Panda contract and a few of RedSox's better (not top 3) prospects in return to restock the farm. Angels move Escobar to 2b. Who says no?
Jeffrey Todd
2:47
Red Sox aren't going to give up prospects to dump salary.
Michael
2:48
How do the Marlins go about replacing Fernandez? He was the ace now and of the future...
Jeffrey Todd
2:48
He is irreplaceable.
I mean, they will obviously replace him. Already have, in a sense. But there's nothing they can do to make up for the loss -- in the broad sense, or in the narrow (on-field) sense.
Will
2:49
What do you think the mariners biggest need in the offseason would be.
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