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Jeffrey Todd
2:57
I think they will be aggressive if they see a premium free agent target they want (OF, SP especially) or can gin up a nice swap for the same areas.
2:58
This is a team that is really going to be adding Bregman for the first time. Hopefully getting healthy in the rotation. ETc. Big-time upside and they shouldn't be shy about betting on the roster by spending on some FAs or cashing in some prospect capital.
Mike Rizzo
2:58
Should I reach out to Ian this offseason?
Jeffrey Todd
3:01
Man, I don't know how they'll proceed. I sort of expect Turner to move to SS, but they could instead pursue a trade there (Cozart? Villar even?) and keep Trea in CF. Could also add CF via trade (Blackmon would be a top potential target, or maybe a Gardener type while also signing someone else?). So many options. I expect Rizzo will come up with some interesting scenarios and try to pull off something like he has in the past -- a really good value trade -- to address one of those areas. Not sure I see them beating the market for Desmond so much as serving as a landing spot if he can't get what he hopes for.
Fowler also a solid target, potentially.
baseball man
3:02
gut feeling on NLCS?
Jeffrey Todd
3:03
Coin flip. I said right after the Dodgers NLDS win that it would be a great series. Would've been with Nats, too. Veteran teams going all-out after the Cubs, it's just great.
Bored
3:03
Are the Reds closer than a lot of people think? We knew it was gonna be a rough year... But.. Everything that could have gone wrong in the beginning if the year did, especially on the pitching end. A full season from Rasiel and Lorenzon out of the pen and Homer and Desclafani in the rotation could really pay off, assuming certain bats continue to progress. (Looking at you Billy and Eugenio) Could the Reds make a 2015 Astros-esque run?
Jeffrey Todd
3:04
Need too many things to break right, in my estimation, to make that a really reasonable hope. I think upside is postseason relevance late in the year, maybe settling in at 85 wins. But I can see how they could be closer to a turnaround than we might've anticipated. If Hamilton can keep getting on base, Cozart returns strong (or is traded for a good package), Bailey and Mesoraco return to health, Duvall is real, Peraza emerges, etc etc ....
3:05
like I said, lotta ifs. But there's some talent and hope.
Billy Heywood
3:05
Do you think the Rangers go after Odorizzi this offseason? If so, what kind of package would it have to take?
Jeffrey Todd
3:07
I could see that. He's the kind of guy they probably need -- sturdy, mid-rotation type with some affordable control. Who knows with the Rays on a return, though? Certainly, the asking price will be high and Tampa Bay doesn't have quite as much depth after parting with Moore. Odorizzi is their steadiest pitching asset and they would market him around before deciding, so I think they'd be looking for at least one premium asset at an area of need (C, maybe 1B, corner OF) while also picking up useful pieces in the pen, behind the plate, etc.
Billy
3:07
Do you see a chance the Giants skip on the FA closers and try and use a guy like Shaw to bring a closer back?
Jeffrey Todd
3:08
Shaw is an interesting trade candidate, though it'd be hard for CLE to part with him after this run. I do think we'll see some closer types change hands this winter via trade.
redsfan
3:08
Do the Reds have to package someone with phillips or cozart for a realistic trade vs salary dumping to happen?
Jeffrey Todd
3:09
Probably for Phillips, but Cozart is going to be pretty fairly priced even if you think he's not going to return to being a nice hitter after his second half dip. Truly premium defender at SS, and the FA market there is weak.
Nick Castellanos
3:10
Despite an injury, I had a breakout year in 2016. Am I capable of hitting above .300 with 30 homers next year?
Jeffrey Todd
3:10
That's a big ask, but he's a key asset for them. Affordable and controllable and showed real promise.
Miguel
3:11
What do the Giants do in the outfield? Do they sign a mid-tier guy like Saunders, Desmond, etc., make a trade or stick with in house options (Pence, Span, Hernandez, Williamson, and Parker)?
Jeffrey Todd
3:11
Honestly I don't have a strong read, but they could certainly go big. Don't see why they wouldn't at least consider chasing Cespedes. I'd expect an addition of some kind, though, rather than just hoping for the best from Williamson/Parker.
Bored
3:12
One more Reds related question... Would a package of Meseraco and say a Rookie Davis or Tyler Mahle get the Reds a Jake Odorizzi type arm? If not are we talking another top 10 guy?
Jeffrey Todd
3:12
Mesoraco has to prove he's healthy before he's dealt. Cinci has no reason to sell low, and TBR isn't going to buy him as a headliner in an Odorizzi deal at his point -- esp since he's got a pretty hefty contract attached.
Jerry D
3:13
Any other good SS trade options aside from Cozart?
Jeffrey Todd
3:14
I'd say Villar is probably the best potentially available player, though MIL isn't going to just take good value in a deal. They'll ask for the moon. Otherwise, you're maybe looking at guys like Jose Iglesias, Danny Espinosa -- poor hitters with good gloves.
James
3:14
Do you think Chapman can get $100M in FA?
Jeffrey Todd
3:14
He can. Not sure he will.
Coppy
3:15
Hey Jeff, great chats, keep it up!!! I read an article recently that stated since Avila's comments about changes coming to the DET, that Verlander would be a piece that could be traded and ATL could be a possible destination. What would it cost ATL for Verlander?
Jeffrey Todd
3:15
Thanks! I don't see Verlander. Too old/expensive. They are most likely going to be pursuing shorter-term assets, or maybe looking to take a chance on someone who hasn't really lived up to their talent, IMO.
David Stearns
3:16
If I move Scooter Gennett to make room for Villar to move full time to 2B, what's a realistic return?
Jeffrey Todd
3:17
I really don't see a lot of value there. Below-average overall hitter who will be viewed as a platoon guy most likely. Would be much more appealing if he played short.
Matt
3:17
What would Markakis to the O's bring in return?
Jeffrey Todd
3:17
Some cost savings.
Richard
3:18
Do Seth Lugo and/or Robert Gsellman have solid trade value- say similar value to a back-end top 100 guy?
Jeffrey Todd
3:18
Sounds like a reasonable approximation. I think the Mets keep both for depth/upside. Can also use them in pen if needed.
Mark
3:19
What are the chances David Robertson changes teams this offseason?
Jeffrey Todd
3:20
Pretty good. CWS has some internal options, would probably like to shave some commitments there to free them up elsewhere, and there'll be demand since his peripherals are still strong.
Okay going to have to wrap this up shortly ...
Matt
3:21
I meant prospect wise from Os for Markakis
Jeffrey Todd
3:21
Totally depends on the cash staying in ATL, but I don't see anyone giving up much in young talent to get a serviceable corner OF.
johnny murphy
3:21
this is my second time joining the chat and i never see any of my questions
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