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Jeffrey Todd
2:33
Certainly trending up, but question remains where demand will come from. Best bet would probably be a team that has an injury or one that sees cause to use Cozart at short while bumping another player to second or third.
2:34
Eduardo Nunez brought back a back-end top-100 type last year as a player who was going to be used as a semi-regular type ... could be a reasonable comp (broadly speaking), though he had another year of control.
M.J.
2:34
Why did the Braves trade Wood, Peraza, and Simmons? All three could've been centerpieces in their rebuiliding phase. They could've slid Swanson to third, kept Simmons at short, and kept Peraza at second until Albies is ready. Then, they could've slid Peraza to CF.
Jeffrey Todd
2:36
Obviously they preferred the talent they were getting to the arb years of Wood, the not-free Simmons extension, and whatever they expected from Peraza. The deal with the Dodgers has obviously been an unmitigated disaster -- cost them so much talent and money, esp when you consider what they are paying Garcia/Dickey/Colon right now to fill up the rotation. The Simmons deal is still open to go either way, I guess.
Theo Epstein
2:37
I'm showcasing Happ this week and have Baez in fold. Which one do I trade for a SP?
Jeffrey Todd
2:38
Not sure I really believe they are showcasing Happ. It's conceivable either player could be dealt, sure, but I don't read much into that promotion. He was hitting plenty at Triple-A, and a bump to the majors was just as likely to result in struggles. (Still could.)
Bob Gibson
2:38
Why do so many "fans" think Freddie Freeman was hit intentionally? Does anyone here know about pitching inside to jam a guy who crowds the plate?
Jeffrey Todd
2:38
All I know is that hitting players in retribution for HBPs is just absurd.
2:39
Or for hitting homers, hard slides, etc. It's just silly.
E
2:39
Lots of talk about Quintana and Robertson, but where does Todd Frazier finish the season?
Jeffrey Todd
2:40
Some team will take a chance on him and the Sox pretty much have to take what they can get. So ... elsewhere is my guess.
At this point, though, he'd be dealt for as a bench piece. And the Sox would be eating money and not getting much back.
Mike
2:41
Do mets buy bullpen help or sell off veterans at deadline?
Jeffrey Todd
2:42
They don't have a ton to sell, and will probably hesitate to do so unless they're totally buried, but maybe they pocket a little cash to re-tool with next winter by moving whoever is playing well out of Bruce, Granderson, Duda, Reed.
Given the poor play, poor record, and injuries, it's more likely they do some selling than that they buy anything at this point.
Scott
2:43
Yonder Alonzo or Logan Morrison could pissible be had by the Braves.
Jeffrey Todd
2:43
The Braves have no business giving value for such a player.
2:44
I realize they have been on a little streak here and are in second place in the division, but that shouldn't be cause to push down the accelerator. Unless they make a real run between now and the deadline, at least.
Which ... less likely sans Freeman.
JTCAA
2:45
As a Tigers fan, I want to do what's best for our future but I also love how JD is performing. Any chance we actually sign him and trade others away?
Jeffrey Todd
2:46
They're still in a funny spot. Hard to deal a guy like that if he keeps hitting and the team is within shouting distance of the postseason. But he's the one real chance to cash in for future value.
OTOH, he's also one of only a few sensible extension targets in the org, but that ship has almost certainly sailed. If they did try to make a deal now or just after the season ends (while JDM is weighing a qualifying offer, say), they'd be paying more or less market rate.
Matt
2:47
Not sure if you got distracted by the Braves news or don't think the Brewers will trade anyone, but won't someone have to go to make room for Brinson?
Jeffrey Todd
2:47
Oh yeah, I did get distracted.
2:48
I mean ... there's no reason they absolutely have to call up Brinson, is there? He's obviously playing well, but they can also just keep him down til rosters expand. You don't know what you'll get from him, so it's tough to just make a deal to clear a spot if you're in contention ... which, increasingly, it seems likely they will be.
2:49
If they fall off, it's still possible to imagine a Braun trade, though he now has full no-trade rights. Otherwise ... guess it would be a question whether they don't believe in Broxton or Santana for the long-term, but both are playing well.
joe
2:50
what is more important to the twins rebuilding? buxton figuring it out at the plate. berrios learning to pitch and not just throw.or hitting on 1-1 in june
Jeffrey Todd
2:52
I mean ... that's tough to say, of course. But I do think it's Buxton. If he hits, he's a superstar to build around for years. It'd be great to have Berrios as a strong #3 type or to have a big-time prospect coming up, but Buxton probably has the most potential for impact.
Mason H
2:52
Hey JT, Would a Carson Fulmer for Javy Baez deal make sense for both parties? Or should the Cubs set their sights a little higher?
Jeffrey Todd
2:53
Cubs will be looking for an established MLB starter. And if a deal involves a current player on their roster, they'll be looking for a controllable, current MLB starter.
Mark
2:53
The White Sox have a bunch of Mid Rotation Starter prospects and a few infield position players. Would signing Luis Robert give them another centerpiece for the rebuild along with Moncada?
Jeffrey Todd
2:54
Maybe - he'd be a centerpiece type prospect, at least, though of course like any other he'd need to develop. But that same rationale will lead other teams to bid as well, so I'm not sure I see a real structural reason to think the Sox are in the driver's seat. (Obv they have been heavily linked and are in a good position in terms of international rules.)
Mike
2:55
What's the latest with Doug Fister? There was a report he was close to signing and now crickets
Jeffrey Todd
2:55
Sometimes agents try to build suspense, I guess, in hopes of improving their clients' bargaining positions.
Neal
2:56
Could the Dodgers trade Joc Pederson to the Royals for Cain and negotiate a new contract for him before they finalize a deal?
Jeffrey Todd
2:56
I mean, yeah, they could -- Royals would definitely do that deal and I guess they could just let Cain name his price. But this is really not plausible IMO.
2:57
Dodgers have plenty of reason to believe Joc will bounce back and can always shift him to a platoon temporarily. And if they do get any rental players, they probably won't be rushing into any extensions. Just not how that FO has done business.
ol82nd
2:57
Come on man! fter hitting 7 guys in 3 games, its not time to stike back?
Jeffrey Todd
2:57
You're right, that'll solve it.
Rox
2:58
That Rockies are somehow still in contention... if they keep this up, is it justified to make a run for a Jose Quintana or Chris Archer
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