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Jeffrey Todd
2:35
Not sure I see it. If they deal those guys, but keep all the other big salaried veterans, then they have to go out and find replacements anyway.
Britton
2:36
I'm back. If I get full strength could I command a Chapman or Miller like return?
Jeffrey Todd
2:36
Not quite. Forearm issues are just too recent, I think. And he also has not been nearly as dominant as last year when on the hill thus far.
Brian Ca$hman
2:37
Should I make a move on Duda?
Jeffrey Todd
2:38
He'd be high on my list. I realize the Yankees are stumbling a bit right now, but I still don't quite get why some seem to be rooting for them to sell. It's the danged Yankees! WC is well within reach. Go after it.
2:39
Doesn't mean they need to totally change course or anything ... but giving up some value for a quality veteran lefty rental bat makes sense to me.
John
2:40
When the Mets become sellers, what do pieces like Duda, Bruce, Granderson, and Reed return?  Should the FO focus on lottery tickets or more close to ready prospects?
Jeffrey Todd
2:41
Reed is the best piece. The others are owed quite a bit and the Mets won't be in as strong a bargaining position.
2:42
Generally, I'd say go for the top talent they can. Mets have lots of marginal MLB players (along with some better prospects) waiting in the upper minors. Unlikely those players will bring back guys who'll be starting for the team in 2018.
For whom the jay bell tolls
2:43
Any chance McCutchen is offered and takes a "hometown discount"? Say 5/50-65 range? I don't think they'd offer, but unsure if he'd take it if he were.
Jeffrey Todd
2:44
No on both fronts would be my guess.
For whom the jay bell tolls
2:45
Watson, Nicasio, Bastardo, Leblanc. Who has most value at this point? Or is Rivero only reliever of value in Pittsburgh at this point?
Jeffrey Todd
2:46
Nicasio has been pretty good and Watson would still draw interest.
Rays Fan
2:46
What do the Rays do when Matt Duffy comes back? To many infielders.
Jeffrey Todd
2:46
They'll cross that bridge when they come to it. No sense waiting around, given the total uncertainty there, when they had a chance to fill a hole.
Craig
2:47
Do you think the Dodgers go all in this year?  Any players you predict they may acquire?
Jeffrey Todd
2:49
They dealt for Reddick and Hill last year, both of whom got significant free agent deals after the season. I could certainly see them filling whichever holes they perceive as most pressing, and giving up some young assets to do it. But I guess I'd be surprised if they parted with any players they really see as future core pieces in a desperate bid to win it all right now.
J-Mart
2:49
Jeff, there is a clear dichotomy between my answers/opinions on Wednesdays and yours/Steve's on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Jeffrey Todd
2:50
I don't read the other chats, but if there is some difference of opinion, that's cool.
Steve and I do tend to see eye to eye on a lotta things, though, so I'm not surprised to hear that we tend to line up.
Jack
2:51
What's going on with Julio Teheran?
Jeffrey Todd
2:51
Thus begins "Part IV of The Great Teheran Debate"
2:52
I noticed someone left a very well-put comment on the site yesterday. "Teheran will be Teheran," or something to that effect.
2:53
He is what he is. He's never going to be consistently dominant, but will in the end likely be a productive pitcher. The Braves seem like they'll probably just ride it out and take what they get for the time being.
M.J.
2:53
Hey Jeff. Why didn't the Yankees take a chance on Matt Adams a few weeks ago? I know they tried to hold on to Chris Carter, but he would've provided solid depth and would've been an upgrade over Ji-Man Choi.
Jeffrey Todd
2:54
In hindsight, yeah, would've made sense. Then again, bear in mind that Adams has already cooled and his numbers will benefit from playing at Sun Trust. He's still the same guy as far as I can tell -- it's not like they missed on someone who's likely to be a huge asset.
2:55
Maybe it also made sense at the time, not just in hindsight, too.
Just saying I don't see it as a huge whiff and don't think it'll even end up really being perceived that way.
Checkers
2:57
What is the first domino to fall that really sets trade season in motion?
Jeffrey Todd
2:58
Not sure, but I have a feeling the A's could push the envelope. Lots of interesting players on that roster.
Dan
2:58
Do you see the Philles/Marlins being a match if the Marlins have a fire sale? The Phillies have the payroll and roster flexability.
Jeffrey Todd
3:00
I could, actually. If -- big if -- the Marlins really are looking to clear the balance sheets, then the whole concept of packaging Stanton and Yelich (or whatever) could start to make a lot more sense. And then a team like the Phillies might make sense. Absorb a bunch of salary, give up some upper-level 40-man guys that'll end up playing right away for Miami while also clearing out the Phils' logjam a bit. It's conceivable.
Jud
3:01
Buccos sellers? Buyers? Somewheres in between?
Jeffrey Todd
3:02
I see them approaching the market much as they did last year. So I guess "in between" would describe it, though perhaps this time it's less likely they'll end up doing any deals to add pure rental players.
3:03
Big question remains whether they will really make Cutch & even Cole available.  I'm not sure at this point. And I'm even less sure whether demand will be sufficient to get something done, given the spread of teams in the middle in the AL.
Bryce Harper
3:04
I really want to be a Chicago Cub.  Do you think it could happen?
Jeffrey Todd
3:05
So far, I've read at various times he's so totally going to be a Yankee, a Dodger, and now a Cub. Maybe he plans on signing a string of one-year free-agent deals to try out a bunch of different hats?
Smith
3:05
Has Tanaka's recent string of strong performances revived the, "Will he opt out?" debate?
Jeffrey Todd
3:05
Yes, it's still possible he does.
3 fingers Brown
3:06
In other sports, it is common to give up an asset to get rid of a high salary player who is not providing value.  Why are those trades not as common in baseball, which has bigger rosters to stash bad players on?   Is the luxury tax just not a deterrent, so is there just too much money in the sport?
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