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Jeffrey Todd
2:11
First post-deadline chat for me ... hit me with some questions and we'll get moving in a few minutes.
Reynaldo Lopez
2:14
When will I get called up?
Jeffrey Todd
2:15
Doubt they'll be too shy about it, especially since he has already received a pretty decent run in the majors. At the same time, they have a full rotation and have incentive to maybe try to get some trade value (cost savings) out of one or two of those guys, so there's no rush.
Also, there's a chance they could hold him down long enough now and at the start of 2018 that he doesn't finish next season with a full year of MLB service.
Jason
2:16
Orioles deadline moves - seem to be baffling, but any chance they pay off in the long run, especially having Beckham for a few years?
Jeffrey Todd
2:16
I have no problem with them taking Beckham off the Rays' hands -- thought that was an easy win, really. They had a clear need at SS and this gives them a shot to evaluate a guy who may have some talent and help out there in the future.
But the other win-now-oriented moves are tough to justify, for me.
2:18
If things break really right ... they make it competitive for a WC this year, end up getting as much or more for Britton after the season (b/c he dominates), etc. It's not at all likely, but sure, it's not impossible.
M
2:18
Do you think Ervin clears waivers, and if so, would the Astros have interest in him?
Jeffrey Todd
2:19
Hard to say. Perhaps there'd be a few teams that would like to have him at his salary, but would also know they weren't going to line up for a trade. So they let him go. In all likelihood, he'll only be claimed by a team that has some realistic interest in acquiring him.  That  could be HOU, but does he really move the needle for them? Not sure of that myself.
2:20
Their depth is increasingly a concern, for sure, but I still feel like they would want a front-line guy. To me, the guy to watch as an outside possibility is Verlander -- if he keeps throwing well and the 'Stros' need becomes more pronounced.
Jared
2:21
Do you think the Rangers could swap Shin-Soo Choo for another team's bad contract?  When they add Willie Calhoun and Ronald Guzman to the big league club, that is a lot of young lefty bats to get into the line up.
Jeffrey Todd
2:22
I mean, it's not going to be all that beneficial, but perhaps something could be worked out if they really wanted to open roster space. More likely, he just moves to DH as he was supposed to. Gallo at first, Napoli leaves.
David F
2:22
What happens with Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso? Do they play out their contracts with the A's or get waived, released, or traded?
Jeffrey Todd
2:22
Still August trade candidates.
Matt Klentak
2:22
Can I successfully move anyone in August - and do I?
Jeffrey Todd
2:23
Daniel Nava?
I wouldn't worry too much about it either way.
Ouch
@whitesox
1m
A CT scan taken yesterday in Chicago on OF Willy García revealed a fractured right jaw.
Adge
2:23
Jays are 5 games back of 2nd WC, if they can work their way to say 3 by mid to late August, could they get involved on a rental SP like Ervin?
Jeffrey Todd
2:24
But there are only two teams beneath them in the standings. Some of the teams in between will play well, in all likelihood. I'd be prepared to kiss this season goodbye.
trades
2:24
is this going to be an active august trade season
Jeffrey Todd
2:25
I see numerous players who could be quite useful that remain clear trade candidates. So my expectation is it'll be busier than usual.
Even if Verlander and other bigger names aren't moved, surely some contender will find a use for Granderson or Bruce? ETc.
Jared
2:26
How do you see Lorenzo Cain doing in Free Agency?
Jeffrey Todd
2:26
Age is the major limiting factor -- he's already 31. And it's probably not realistic to expect a 2015 redux at the plate. But he's still a really good player ... depending how demand develops, I'm sitting in the 4/64 type range.
Gary
2:27
Review of all of the Cubs moves...Did they give up too much? About right?
Jeffrey Todd
2:28
Thought they paid market-ish rates and that the swaps made sense. It's easier to part with premium prospects when you have young players at the MLB level. Many teams would have been considering a guy like Candelario in the MLB mix, but the Cubs had no real use for him -- right time to cash in.
Fan
2:28
Who's the biggest guy who'll get moved in August?
Jeffrey Todd
2:28
Cozart?
a guy
2:29
so what do you think Evans's plans are when he says "As we sit here today, we’ve got a lot of ideas where clubs see our guys." - it can't mean standing pat or letting guys like pence and span finish out with business as usual can it?
Jeffrey Todd
2:30
Well, I can't address the whole roster, but let's focus on Span and Pence. What are they realistically going to do? Span has hit reasonably well, esp of late, and Pence has been productive before hitting a wall. Both are owed a lot, neither is going to be appealing to acquire for other clubs. Replacing with young players from outside the org comes with a huge price; replacing with free agents means possibly doubling down on payroll issues.
2:32
So ... they are probably going to have to look at finding some oppos for a selective group of young guys (they're probably assessing which right now) and then look into achieving value where they can. But it isn't likely they are going to have some obvious, great solution just fall in their laps.
Mike Rizzo
2:32
Do you like my new bullpen?
Jeffrey Todd
2:32
Solid upgrades at a reasonable price. Team has been great with an utter calamity in the pen, so it should be better with this unit. Always would like to have one more really big arm, but that's not always possible.
Matt
2:33
Hey Jeff what do you see the Yankees doing with Clint Frazier once Hicks comes back? I understand Ellsbury contract but he's declining more and more and so is Holliday.
Jeffrey Todd
2:34
True, but the Yankees are also aware that Frazier is as likely to run into problems -- whatever the cause; worn down from a long year, pitchers find a hole, etc -- as the others are. But Frazier can be optioned and held onto, whereas cutting the other guys loose means waiving bye to the player and continuing to pay their salary.
Ultimately, they'll all be on the roster in September and if Frazier really deserves a postseason spot, he'll get it.
Bunion Bob
2:35
I am reading the a draft pick for a rejected QO is in 70-80 range...what level prospect would be fair comparison in August trade of upcoming FA?
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