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Jeffrey Todd
3:25
Taking on any kind of significant future salary has a big potential to result in problems. Heck, look at the Braves signing Markakis. Now they are talking about saving $5MM on the second half of the year for Jaime Garcia, and how that helps free them to pursue a controllable starter. What about all the money Markakis is making each year
Bob Nutting
3:26
Does the lack of moves at the Deadline make not re-signing Huntington that much easier?
Jeffrey Todd
3:26
Did I miss something? No indication he's leaving. He's done what he can w/in constraints, and all sense I've gotten is ownership is quite pleased.
Unknown
3:27
What is a reasonable contract for Alex Cobb?
Jeffrey Todd
3:28
Off the top of my head, I'd say he and Lynn are both in the same general range. I don't expect more than four years. Guessing they'll land in the 50-70 mil type of range.
Nolasco, Garza, Ubaldo, etc... add some inflation and then we'll see how the market moves them around.
NY Sucks
3:29
What moves would put the Mets in position to win the WS '18?
Jeffrey Todd
3:29
I'd focus any extra payroll on a magical arm healer.
jason barber
3:29
if the braves keep winning the nats lead is not guaranteed to be a runaway miami could also catch them as could the mets
Jeffrey Todd
3:30
Keep winning? They are eight games under. Nats' lead of a dozen games isn't bulletproof, but it's close to it.
DonnieB
3:30
The Phillies will only have Herrera on the roster with an extended contract, and will have the lowest payroll in the league, money is not a problem for the Phillies.
Jeffrey Todd
3:31
Of course, but there's a reason they have not gone out and done any multi-year deals yet. They have focused on one-year guys, even if the salary is pretty steep. Don't want decisions made now to limit them in the future.
I'm not saying they won't consider it -- I'm sure they will. But I think they will be very cautious, esp given lack of evidence coming out of '18 that they have pieces ready to turn into a MLB contender.
e
3:32
Does Tyler Chatwood get a qualifying offer after the season?
Jeffrey Todd
3:32
No way.
mmddyyyy
3:32
Does cueto opt out?
Jeffrey Todd
3:32
Leaning pretty strongly no at this point.
Ronald Acuna
3:32
When do I get the call?
Jeffrey Todd
3:33
Not on the 40-man. Next year, probably, and not out of camp.
Rbase
3:33
Didi is not a star? He is a good defender and hitting over .300 and is 4th in Fwar this season (after being 12th last year). He is probably the most unheralded player in the MLB right now.
Jeffrey Todd
3:35
I didn't say he's not good, just that he isn't a star. Guess it depends upon one's definition, but odds are his power will draw back toward typical levels and he'll remain a 2-4 win type of player - not morph into a 4-6 win guy. In my book, that's not a star.
Zack cosart
3:36
Whats the best case scenario that the reds can get for me if anything
Jeffrey Todd
3:36
Maybe they throw him on waivers early, he clears b/c he's hurt, comes back and is awesome/healthy, and a few teams have clear needs ... then they could have leverage to get something.
Otherwise, it's just not a good spot.
Randomness
3:37
Why didnt anybody trade for Chacin? 2.1 WAR looks good to me.
Jeffrey Todd
3:37
He has been solid. I am a bit surprised there wasn't more interest  -- esp for a team that might've seen him as a swingman. But I guess Preller also wanted something legitimately intriguing to make a deal, which is sensible too.
Eric
3:38
Can you explain what it's like to not be able to say anything without having someone get pretty upset and disagree with you?
Jeffrey Todd
3:38
Ha! It has been interesting being in a sort of public-facing writing job. Ultimately, though, it is baseball we're talking about here so the stakes are low. And I am aware of the phenomenon you mention.
Also, there's always something that brings me back and makes me enjoy it -- that comment, for example.
3:39
Going to end it here, folks. Thanks for the chat, talk next week!
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