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Jeffrey Todd
2:26
Maybe at some point, but kind of not open for a change right now with Kluber out, I'd think.
Chris sullivan
2:26
Will the Nats trade for a closer? Or will they just use what they have?
Jeffrey Todd
2:28
Let's assume they are in control of the division as the deadline nears. And even that the pen is in better shape than it is now -- guys are mostly healthy, your Treinens and Blantons aren't so broken, etc. STILL seems likely to me that the front office/ownership would say: hey, now's the time to push in the chips. Let's go get a guy where the impact can be greatest.
Another way to answer this question would have been, "The former."
Connor
2:28
Do you see Steven Souza continuing his (relatively) hot start?
Jeffrey Todd
2:29
I think it's reasonable to expect he'll fall back to being an above-average hitter. But not to keep this up.
Chris sullivan
2:30
Could the Red Sox look to add someone like Brett Lawrie after losing another infielder to injury?
Jeffrey Todd
2:30
No indication that Lawrie is back to health. Otherwise ... odds are they will keep trying to cobble things together. But they'd have to be considered a possible infield buyer at the deadline.
O's
2:31
DYLAN BUNDY IS SO UNDERRATED
Jeffrey Todd
2:32
Eh ... it does seem reasonable to think the K's will come back, but he'll also probably allow more hits and dingers than he has so far. I mean, I'm cool with the idea that he's establishing himself as a solid MLB starter, but I'm not sure he's grossly underrated. This is a guy who obviously has always been seen as having the talent, but the injury questions will always linger, too, esp when he has lost like 2 mph thus far.
Pads
2:34
How long is Michael A. Taylor's leash before the Nats turn elsewhere to replace Eaton? With the way they're playing, they have to be thinking this may be the year they break through in the postseason...
Jeffrey Todd
2:34
He's extending it right now by playing very well. But I'm sure they'll be on the look there regardless. Tough break.
Ben F
2:34
Twins buyers or sellers? Not a lot of big names on the team, but young guys are starting to learn how to play at the show level.
Jeffrey Todd
2:34
I don't see the Twins investing future-oriented resources to win this year.
Justino
2:35
There seems to be more "2nd opinions" on injuries now than ever before. Is this possibly due to differing opinions on recovery timelines? To think that James Andrews and others would not give the correct diagnosis on the first look seems absurd to me, which is why I was thinking there has to be another reason.
Jeffrey Todd
2:36
You might just be noticing it more, or perhaps it's being reported more. But it's kind of standard -- give another expert a shot to look and think about it. When dealing with an important injury, why wouldn't you?
It's often not about simply diagnosing, but making tough calls about how to treat.
Dodgers
2:37
Now that Bellinger has basically proven himself could and or should we consider trading AGon?
Jeffrey Todd
2:38
It's just not very realistic to expect a guy like that - big-money veteran, clubhouse leader - to be dealt by this organization, IMO. Plus, they'd probably rather have both. Can always put AGon on the DL ... if he's not too stubborn to do so, I guess. (From everything I've read, it'd be plenty justifiable.)
2:39
BTW, if you ask repeated, consecutive questions, I will refuse to answer them.
2:40
Some people like to just hammer away ... makes it impossible to do the chat. It's cool to repeat a question a few times b/c I might not see it, but please pare back the automatic fire.
Yanks Review
2:41
Have you ever been given such a hard time by a few obstinate commenters as you were with that NYY Offseason Review piece? It got way over the top. Sign of the times, or outlier?
Jeffrey Todd
2:42
Well, I didn't write that - Steve did - though I got in the comments. I understand the passion and all, but I just don't know that everyone shares the same perspective. We get that the team isn't prioritizing the current season above all else, but ... that doesn't mean we agree with everything they are doing. And it doesn't mean we think they are just really not prioritizing this season just b/c they say so. It's the Yankees! And front offices don't always tell the truth, sad to say.
Johan
2:43
A few chats back - when Judge was doing well but hadn't become a folk hero yet - your buddy Steve said Judge could never keep this up and would, at best, hit .240. Shame him. Shame him right now.
Jeffrey Todd
2:43
I'd have said the same.
2:44
Look, no doubt, the continued raking has greatly enhanced his outlook. And the K/BB numbers make it all the more believable. But let's bear in mind that he has never even topped 20 bombs in a minor league season. So there was/is good reason to keep the expectations in line despite all the justifiable excitement.
Saber
2:46
Are you a launch angle/barrel/exit velo. believer?
Jeffrey Todd
2:46
I'm generally a believe in things that have been carefully researched and objectively analyzed.
Hang on ... news a-comin!
2:48
So ... Red Sox down a starter
M
2:49
I'm 14, and looking to become a baseball writer in the future. What's a way I can sort of show my "talents," as a writer, and show I have tons of knowledge of the game at this age?
Jeffrey Todd
2:50
To be honest, I'm not sure you need to be trying to get noticed right now. I'd recommend enjoying your fleeting youth (it's fun, goes fast, and you don't get it back) while working on your writing and analysis among many other things. As you grow and evolve, I bet your interests will also change somewhat.
2:51
Not saying not to do what you feel like doing right now, but I honestly don't think that your blogging work at this age is going to make or break any future efforts to become a baseball writer for your career.
Bugg
2:51
Is there a large injury concern with JD Martinez? I thought he was supposed to be back by now
Jeffrey Todd
2:52
No indication of that. I'd guess they are just erring way on the side of caution. If he rushes back and ends up back on the DL, might lose a chance to trade him (or to have him help the team win, sure, but I think they should probably trade him).
Blake
2:53
What would it likely take the Nats to pry Herrera and Cain from the Royals right now?
Jeffrey Todd
2:53
A gross overpay that would not be sensible.
2:54
And down goes Kennedy ... things just not looking up for KC.
"right medial hamstring strain"
Dennis
2:56
The Phils are getting killed by their bullpen. Who could they get to imptove?
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