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Jeffrey Todd
2:32
I could see the M's having interest. Big question on Erv is how new FO sees him: solid mid-rotation piece they need at a palatable price (so they really prefer to keep him)? Or a nice trade chip to dangle?
2:33
I'm still kinda betting on the former. Minny would be looking to sign a guy like that if they didn't have Erv -- they probably still will be, to some extent, with him -- and would have to pay quite a bit more to get that on this market.
Wow, folks ... I'm way behind going through your questions. Lots of people in here!
Rob
2:34
Eric Thames was great in AAA, but exposed at the MLB level. Any reason to expect he's not just doing the same in Korea (which is likely even a lower level of competition) ?
Jeffrey Todd
2:35
Well, that was a long time ago. He could well have grown as a hitter. The chatter I've heard is that scouts aren't exactly salivating over him, but the KBO production has translated rather well for recent hitters who've moved over. Worth a two or three year gamble, though he could still end up in Japan.
Eric in htown
2:35
Any news on the Astros
Jeffrey Todd
2:35
You're being greedy! What about other teams?!
Chuck in SanDiego
2:36
Derek Norris gets traded to whom?
Jeffrey Todd
2:37
Not sure, but I do think he will draw surprising interest. He has hit before and is now a plus framer. There's just so much demand. Could imagine the Nats having interest.
Matt
2:37
What is taking so long for the market to develop and so few players signing
Jeffrey Todd
2:38
I don't think it's particularly unusual, but CBA isn't helping.
David Stearns
2:38
Why do I have so many outfielders?
Jeffrey Todd
2:39
See what sticks. Why not? They may as well grab guys who they like, regardless of position to some extent, and give them a shot. If somebody isn't working out or there's a roster need elsewhere, you just cut 'em loose.
Dustin
2:39
I haven't heard much about the Nats looking into Ryan Braun, think he'd be a fit in DC?
Jeffrey Todd
2:40
He is in the same sense that Cespedes would be -- you put Harper in CF for a year and then slide both back to corners after Werth hits FA. But I haven't heard any real mention of that, no.
Dyl
2:40
2015: Shelby Miller nets a king's ransom.
2016: Taijuan nets...Jean Segura.
Am I missing something?
Jeffrey Todd
2:41
Dave Stewart?
Also, if you view Segura as a true-talent 5-win player, as the Mariners apparently do, then it seems reasonable.
The Curse of the Great Jeff Blau
2:41
Is the acquisition of Sean Rodriquez a precursor to a larger trade that might involve Ozzie Albies?
Jeffrey Todd
2:42
That did occur to me, too. It doesn't have to mean that by any stretch, but it does help account for that possibility.
Redsfan
2:42
% chance Cozart and Phillios start season with Reds.
Jeffrey Todd
2:43
Seattle was probably the best fit for Cozart, so now I'd drop that to around 50/50. Less likely for Phillips. Lots of 2B available and there's still the no-trade thing to navigate, even if he's willing to waive it.
Rangers fan
2:44
Will Andrew Cashner be a decent number 5 starter?
Jeffrey Todd
2:45
Don't see why he can't at least gobble up innings so long as he stays healthy. I don't mind the bet myself. And there's still the tantalizing idea of moving him to the pen, though not sure whether that's at all a consideration.
Mike
2:45
How would Rule 5 pick strategy change if active rosters go to 26 players?
Jeffrey Todd
2:46
I think it makes it much more viable. Obviously less roster pressure for losing teams that just want to stash guys. And even contending teams could go nab guys who have more of a niche presence even as they are developing their overall game. Say, speedy OFers, glove-first infielders, 3rd catchers, power arms who might only be capable of retiring same-handed hitters at this stage.
2:47
To some extent, though, teams can also add those types to their 40-man and think they might actually use them on the active roster, so perhaps it balances out a bit?
TurkeyBoi
2:47
People think cargo is more likely to be traded but I think they are going to trade Blackmon and extend cargo, what MLB talent (pitching or first base) could Blackmon realistically bring back
Jeffrey Todd
2:48
Even if they deal Blackmon, I don't get extending CarGo, personally. He's risky and has only hit at like 10% over league avg over the past three years. Injuries, etc remain a concern.
2:49
Re Blackmon, he'd bring back significant talent. Don't sleep on how good he was last year. Most likely they'd be targeting young arms, I'd think, and he should net something potentialy special.
Smarter Than You
2:49
Will Justin Morneau be wearing a Jays uniform next year?
Jeffrey Todd
2:49
Don't see the fit with Morales at DH and Smoak under contract at first.
AJ
2:49
Is Trevor Plouffe a fit for the Rays as a 1B/DH?
Jeffrey Todd
2:50
Kinda unexciting as a bat-only guy. He seems like he should be playing somewhere at third, perhaps in a platoon capacity.
Jim
2:50
If the Reds went all in on rebuild how much trade value would Desclafani and Iglesias have?
Jeffrey Todd
2:51
A fair bit, but discount for health questions. I don't think they're going that route, though.
Josh
2:51
Would David Robertson still command a good prospect package if a team took on the full contract?
Jeffrey Todd
2:51
Not for me.
But if they eat cash, he'd be a fairly appealing player. Still wouldn't expect premium talent coming back.
small market misery
2:52
If MLB gets rid of the QO, will this adversely affect small market teams?
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