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Jeffrey Todd
2:15
Last chat of the year!
Hit me with some questions and we'll get rolling shortly.
Sammyjw
2:18
Any news on the Mariners trying to add starting pitching?
Jeffrey Todd
2:18
Nothing really new on that front. Expect they are still looking for value. I still like the match with Hammel.
Zach
2:18
What veteran pitcher being coveted by the Padres is the best fit?
Jeffrey Todd
2:19
I mean, I don't know. All these guys have major concerns; otherwise, they wouldn't be available at the expected prices. It's easy to like the match with Peavy from a marketing standpoint, and he might have something left in the tank. But the best one-year guys have already ended up in Atlanta and Philly.
Dodgers
2:19
Does Dozier end up a Dodger for the 2017 season or do they just look elsewhere?
Jeffrey Todd
2:19
I'll guess that something gets done.
DerekNIU
2:20
Does Melky Cabrera going back to Toronto or San Fran via trade seem possible give their LF needs? I assume San Fran bridge is burned for him?
Jeffrey Todd
2:21
I have no idea whether SF would consider him, but I've long thought that Melky should get more attention as a trade candidate. He's not that old, not that expensive, and was really good offensively last year.
Aaron
2:21
Are the Cubs favorites to land Tyson Ross?
Jeffrey Todd
2:22
I don't see why they would necessarily be the favorite. He ought to prioritize rotation opportunity and the best circumstances for getting a guarantee while making it back to the market. That could come from CHC or lots of other teams.
Just b/c they have pursued him before doesn't mean they are especially interested right now.
Aidan
2:22
If Harper has another down year in 2017, do you still think he'd be in line for a huge payday? I'm talking, like, 400MM+
Jeffrey Todd
2:23
Well, he has two more years before free agency, but if 2016 becomes his norm, then no, I don't think he'll be breaking any records. He'd still likely end up making quite a bit of money, b/c he's young, has the upside, and would (in our hypothetical world) still be a very good player.
ozzie guillen
2:24
when is quintana being traded
Jeffrey Todd
2:24
Jan. 3 3:27pm EST
Farq
2:24
Also - thoughts on desmond at 1b?
Jeffrey Todd
2:24
Don't get it.
But if it's really just one year, and they value his flexibility and athleticism in other areas in the future ...
2:25
yeah I still don't get it.
Bill Ladson
2:25
Nats closer: Who is it going to be?
Jeffrey Todd
2:26
At this point, it's Kelley v Treinen camp battle. Could see those two and Solis sharing duties.
2:27
Will they add someone else? I don't know. Probably will do something in the pen regardless, and that may well be a signing of someone with closing experience (Casilla, Romo, even a guy like Nathan). I don't think they feel it's strictly necessary to add a true Closer right now at any cost. Can always wait and see til trade deadline.
Meech
2:27
The W Sox got a lot for Sale and Eaton. Are teams affraid to deal with the Sox due to a huge asking price or the fear that they collect too many top prospects? Or is that just crazy talk?
Jeffrey Todd
2:27
That's just crazy talk.
2:28
A) if those were truly huge returns ... well, they got 'em b/c teams weren't afraid to talk. B) returns on one trade really have nothing to do with others, and I generally reject all talk of "if they got X for [not really comparable player A] then they'll get Y for [other player]"
2:29
C) I doubt the rest of baseball is concerned that the White Sox are a budding juggernaut ... this is all just part of the ebb and flow
Connor
2:29
Is there any chance Colorado signs someone like Brandon Moss and trades Blackmon or Gonzalez to get some pitching
Jeffrey Todd
2:29
There should be.
Will
2:29
Are the reds really not gonna sign a major league free agent?
Jeffrey Todd
2:29
Expect they will. Plenty of time left.
JR
2:29
Does Quintana ultimately get moved to the Pirates or do you seem someone else coming in to scoop him up? He'll probably cost 2 really good prospects + considering his age and contract right?
Jeffrey Todd
2:30
I don't see why he's destined for any particular club. There seems to be a solid match there, but you could easily see a fit with just about any contending team.
2:31
As for the return, Quintana is very valuable and will get a big return, and it doesn't matter if you want to label him an "ace," a "#2," etc, etc. He's a really good pitcher on a great contract.
Ace
2:31
Markakis back to the Orioles if ATL eats half the $$?
Jeffrey Todd
2:31
Nobody really wants him all that much, IMO.
Moose
2:32
Are the Phillies a fit for Greg Holland? They could offer a ton of money with the chance to win the closer's spot in the bullpen for this (and next) year.
Jeffrey Todd
2:32
I mean, sure. So are lots of other teams. But I could imagine that, esp if Holland isn't getting the kind of $/opportunity he wants with a contender.
Roger
2:33
Excluding Mike Trout, what player do you feel has the highest celling of all players currently in MLB?
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