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Jeffrey Todd
2:06
I turned down free tickets to Nats-Dodgers Game 5 to be here with you, so feed me your best questions.
2:07
Will let folks roll in and then we'll get going.
BusterMove
2:09
Which team do you expect to be the biggest spender in the free agent market?
Jeffrey Todd
2:09
Never bet against the Yankees!
Though I don't know that any one org will go wild.
Phillies
2:09
What are the realistic plans that we do this offseason?
Jeffrey Todd
2:10
Writing up their offseason outlook right now, so you'll have to stay tuned. I'd expect one reasonably significant position player signing and a few moves to add arms. Would expect them to take a few risks.
2:11
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Source: Qualifying offer this off-season will be $17.2M. System expected to remain in place in new CBA, with possible adjustments.
So that's a bit higher than had been reported before.
Nate
2:11
Do the Giants go Gillaspie at 3rd and Nunez in LF, or do they find a better outfielder?
Jeffrey Todd
2:11
No I don't think they are going to suddenly view CG as a regular. He'll be on the team, of course.
Nick
2:12
No way you can turn down those tickets..... Best SP available via trade this off season and who is most likely to move?
Jeffrey Todd
2:12
Decided I'd wait to make the effort of Nats make it into NLCS. Also I wasn't good luck the last Game 5.
2:13
I think Sale is the best arm that's reasonably available, but no certainty to move. Sale, Quintana, Archer probably the best in play.
Bret
2:13
Michael Saunders: Qualifying Offer? If he gets one, do you think he'd accept, decline, or try to pull a Marco Estrada (re-sign on a lower AAV multi-year deal?)
Jeffrey Todd
2:14
No for me, but I know others on our staff say they would. I guess I have a hard time seeing him going onto the market rather than taking it, but it's all in a grey area.
Alex D
2:14
Most likely destinations for Cespedes?
Jeffrey Todd
2:15
Don't think there's a single team that stands out, though I would say Nats, Giants, and Mets appear reasonably good bets to pursue him. He is good enough that a team could add him and make another move to clear the way.
Brandon
2:15
If you had to bet on who the closer for the Giants will be next year, who are you putting your money on?
Jeffrey Todd
2:16
I wouldn't bet on it, but Melancon seems like their kind of dude. That only goes to show the competition we'll see for the best relievers in FA this year. I expect prices to be very high at the top.
Jeb!
2:16
If Mets pick up Bruce's option, does he have any significant trade value?
Jeffrey Todd
2:16
Not much.
2:17
Probably not enough to exercise and trade, though they'd probably have someone lined up or at least have a plan for what they'd do if not enough interest materialized.
There's probably some value there, just not a lot. You could probably argue same for Jaime Garcia, Derek Holland, etc.
Nick
2:18
If it's your call, what's the best way to plug the gaping hole in Oakland's Center Field opening? What's the most likely...?
Jeffrey Todd
2:18
Opportunism. Not locking into a single option. That could mean valuing, say, Carlos Gomez and pushing hard for him with a good but not great offer (three years and into the thirties with an opt out?). Or waiting to see who comes available via trade or for less money.
Stubby
2:19
What do you think of the possibility of just moving Braun to first base and go with a hole in the Outfield out there
Jeffrey Todd
2:20
8-man lineup? Interesting.
But seriously, I think he'll be traded. If not, no, I think they should keep him playing in the OF. His trade value (or value to the team if they go on a run) is more important than pushing Chris Carter off of first to open a new need elsewhere.
Trevor
2:20
Of the teams currently in a rebuilding phase, which do you see contending soonest?
Jeffrey Todd
2:21
I like where the Brewers have put themselves, though not sure they are necessarily first in line. Phillies have most capacity to spend.
Joseph
2:23
Hiya Jeff! love the chats, How do you think the Yanks handle their SP situation going into next year? Trade? FA? In-House?
Jeffrey Todd
2:24
Thank you, sir. Probably a top suitor for Rich Hill. They can afford to take the risk. And will explore the trade route, too.
Stubby
2:24
What do you think of the Sheriff of Nottingham becoming the catcher that the Brewers are hoping he will be
Jeffrey Todd
2:25
Last I saw -- like, yesterday -- was another iffy report. Seems like it's still a work in progress behind the dish.
Dan
2:25
If the Nationals lose, do you see them shopping Jayson Werth?
Jeffrey Todd
2:26
Win or lose, I see him being viewed as a pretty important piece of the team. I guess in theory they could try to get out from under a bit of the remaining salary, but I've always sensed he's pretty much locked in for the duration.
Steve Pearce
2:27
1/10 with a vesting option look about right for me this winter?
Jeffrey Todd
2:27
I think that's steep. The injury history continues to grow, and he wasn't the same with the O's. Maybe he could find some upside with some PA incentives.
wes gaier
2:28
What are the odds the Rockies would trade tom murphy to someone like the braves for a couple of good relievers? They love relievers.
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