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Marbs
2:59
Tony Watson still able to generate a decent prospect in a trade?
Jeffrey Todd
3:01
Another lefty to compete in the Brad Hand  market. Yes, he still has value, though certainly it's down a bit. He has always outperformed his peripherals, but now they have sunk quite a bit. Dingers are the big problem right now.
Ryan
3:02
Over/under 2.5 trade by the White Sox at the deadline?
Jeffrey Todd
3:02
Over.
Kent
3:02
Does Alex Avila have value.  Hearing cubs are kicking the tires
Jeffrey Todd
3:04
Some, sure. He might be most interesting for a team that sees a way to use him as a part-time catcher while also giving him PAs at DH and as a bench bat. Not every roster will really allow that.
I haven't looked closely at catcher demand, but it's not typically robust mid-season. Lucroy last year was something  of an anomaly.
Yankees
3:04
Even tho gleyber is hurt does he have as much trade value as he did before? Considering he won't be back until next year
Jeffrey Todd
3:05
Probably more, since he pummeled upper-minors pitching in his first attempt. Injury isn't a long-term concern.
Guest
3:06
It seemed like for years many baseball analytic experts pushed the idea that 'strikeouts were no worse than any other type of out' but the last couple seasons I've seen more & more people use K% as an important tool in analyzing a batter's performance.  Do you have any insight into what may have caused this apparent change in thinking?  Thanks!
Jeffrey Todd
3:07
I don't know that I read it that way. It doesn't matter too much if a guy strikes out or gets out some other way (assuming we are eliminating batted ball luck, theoretically). GB can turn into a DP, while flyouts can allow runners to advance. That probably mostly balances out.
BUT
3:08
Swing and miss proclivities are used to assess how productive a player will be going forward. It's something of a difference between valuing what has happened and assessing a player's true talent (and thus predicting what they'll do in the future).
Guest
3:08
Why does the media not mention how bad David Price's contract is?
Jeffrey Todd
3:09
There's no sense in just saying that over and over. But the Boston media covers him like hawks. They are making clear the difference in cost/performance.
Tom
3:10
Who gets a better return: Hand or Reed?
Jeffrey Todd
3:11
I'd lean Hand b/c of the control. But I think Reed is probably the better pitcher for the next 3-4 months. Not by any huge gap, but he has been really good.
John D
3:11
J Wilson and Blevins have similar value/asking price?
Jeffrey Todd
3:12
Yes, but the TIgers have way more reason (IMO) to make a deal.
Going to try a little rapid fire round here to wrap things up.
BB guy
3:13
Cards trade Pham to SD for Brad Hand.   Sound fair?
Jeffrey Todd
3:13
Not happening.
Chris P
3:13
Alex Meyer a future ace?
Jeffrey Todd
3:13
No.
Mike
3:13
Rays DFA Danny Farquaher Dodgers interested
Jeffrey Todd
3:13
Never count the Dodgers out on a waiver wire reliever.
Guest
3:14
Is Jonathan Villar regretting passing on the Brewers extension offer or can he still recover from a terrible start to the season?
Jeffrey Todd
3:14
He was right to bet on himself, if rumored offer price (in 20's) was true, but still could come to regret. That's the risk.
Trev
3:14
What could the Padres expect in return for Clayton Richard?
Jeffrey Todd
3:14
Lowrie-level, generally. (See above.)
Perhaps another notch down.
Tyson
3:15
Do you guys post all of the rumors you hear? I'm sure they're hundreds of rumors
Jeffrey Todd
3:15
Nope. Only the ones we assess to have credibility.
Jaybird
3:15
How come no one brings up Matt Davidsons name in a possible trade to the BoSox?
Jeffrey Todd
3:16
Good example of what I addressed above re K rate. He is whiffing at a crazy rate but also making good contact. Doesn't seem very sustainable. Don't see him as a trade piece right now.
Jerry Dipoto
3:16
That Smyly injury hurt, didn't it?
Jeffrey Todd
3:16
Big hit when you consider they lost him through the end of his contract. Basically gave away Luiz Gohara.
3:28
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