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Kevin
2:25
Will the Marlins EVER be sold?
Jeffrey Todd
2:25
Dunno, but yes, we are as tired of the story as everyone else is.
Phun Times Ahead
2:25
With their total dominance of the Braves in 2017, is it safe to say that my Phillies are way ahead of them in their respective rebuilds?
Jeffrey Todd
2:25
Yes. Also, the Braves have beaten the Dodgers, so they are really awesome. The Phillies must be great!
2:26
(Not ripping on anyone ... other than those I've read hyping the ATL wins over LAD. As we have established in past weeks, Steve and I hate the Braves!)
Jim Johnson
2:26
Why am I still on the Braves?
Jeffrey Todd
2:28
The peripherals are pretty good. Results less so, but whatever. Let's assume there's a team that wants him and will take his whole salary this year and next. Still, what do the Braves do to fill the open bullpen slot for 2018? They still have to go find a guy and pay as much or more. So, they want something worth their while, since they like JJ -- obviously, given the contractual history.
Ben
2:28
Where does Verlander go? Assuming his recent run of excellent starts have made him tradable.
Jeffrey Todd
2:28
Whoops, sorry, mis-clicked there.
2:29
I really don't have any additional thoughts on JV. Astros still make the most sense on paper.
EJ
2:29
Who will start for the Dodgers in the postseason after Kershaw, Darvish, and Wood?
Jeffrey Todd
2:31
This is what I meant to click on. Dodgers have the luxury of waiting and seeing, and also of relying on multiple arms to take a start if there's a need for a 4th starter. (More likely w Kershaw issues.) Let's call this hybrid pitcher "Maedhillcarthryu"
But really, Hill is probably going to be next man up if they want to hand the ball to one guy.
SalemPirate
2:32
Did the new CBA limit roster sizes in Sept?
Jeffrey Todd
2:32
Nope
Kevin
2:33
The Astros seem to have lost some of their first-half steam... injuries to blame or more legitimate questions?
Jeffrey Todd
2:33
Injuries and a lil regression. I'm not worried. Obviously the weaknesses that were there before are still there, with the pitching being of greater concern now than before.
2:34
Look, I thought they missed a chance to improve at the deadline, like everyone else. But reading about how it all went south on deadline day -- believe Rosenthal had that story -- does explain that they were trying. It's hard to suddenly authorize wild new prospect/$ outlays on deadline day if prior negotiations suddenly veer off course.
Bobby Evans
2:35
How much $ will it take to sign Jarod Dyson? 3/30?
Jeffrey Todd
2:35
That's too much, I think. He turns 33 in five days.
2:36
Could see him getting a premium 4th OF deal, though ... 2/18 or 2/20 even, depending how the market develops?
Something of an odd fit in SF with Span there, even if they do intend to use Denard in left.
Canadian in Scotland
2:37
What should the Blue Jays do about 2B next year / long term? Should they look to add this offseason or fill other holes?
Jeffrey Todd
2:38
There are enough needs that they can't really just be targeting specific positions. They ought to be looking for opportunities wherever they can be found. That said, second is a good spot to be in need, b/c there should be lots of possibilities given the volume of possible options and relative dearth of need among contenders.
2:39
Guys like Kinsler and maybe Dozier could be rentals, variety of folks w/longer contract situations -- Scooter, Dee, Cesar Herandez.
ATLtalk
2:40
At what stage do you put the braves in in terms of their rebuild? do you think they will be serious contenders next year or is it going to be longer than that? also, you see them flipping Teheran this winter if he stays solid enough to hold value?
Jeffrey Todd
2:40
Uhoh ... yes, I'm taking another Braves question.
2:41
They just have so many questions. Multiple rotation spots in flux; could stand to upgrade the  pen; corner OF remains old and iffy; sure Camargo has emerged, but he looks like a clear regression candidate and Dansby has struggled.
2:42
I don't see a clear chance to boost into contention. They are now ten games south of .500.
Popcorn
2:42
what was your opinion of the Mets trading Jay Bruce to the Indians.
Jeffrey Todd
2:43
Seems sensible. People up in arms about the Yankees angle are going over the top. We are talking about picking up what was likely a borderline prospect in exchange for like 3 million bucks. That may or may not have been worthwhile.
From the outside, knowing what we know, it's amply plausible it was a sensible choice.
Braves
2:44
Since moving out of the closer role, Jim Johnson has thrown 4 scoreless, 2 hit, 1 walk innings with 3 K's.  Why all of the sudden a big change.
Jeffrey Todd
2:44
Sheer happenstance.
Ian
2:44
If Boston decides Price won't be back this season, could they make a play on verlander? Ik the luxury tax and stuff, but fister isn't very good
Jeffrey Todd
2:44
Don't see it.
Jay Bruce
2:44
Is Cashman getting reckless now with trading of prospects or attempting to trade prospects for rentals? Where would Jay Bruce have played? Outfield is packed, Headley is playing well at 1st and the DH is needed to give half days to regulars.
Jeffrey Todd
2:45
Bruce was not going to require premium prospects. Yankees are right to be trying to make the postseason given their place in the standings -- esp since no teams look particularly intimidating in the AL (considering HOU pitching questions).
Braves
2:46
How does the injury to Johan Comargo affect the Braves in their trade attempts for Brandon Phillips?
Jeffrey Todd
2:46
Makes it a bit less likely b/c they have more reason to keep him. But nobody is giving up much to get him. Really, it's a pretty inconsequential trade situation.
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