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Jeffrey Todd
3:04
Baseball! Let's discuss it.
Hit me with some questions and we'll get it started in a few ...
Jon
3:08
Is there ANY chance at all the cardinals make a a Machado move to shore up the left side?
Jeffrey Todd
3:09
A chance? Sure, I suppose. Especially if they can utilize some excess 40-man guys to get it done. But it still just doesn't feel like the most compelling fit to me. He's a bigger upgrade for other orgs, I think.
JoshSox
3:09
How should the Red Sox improve their bullpen?
Jeffrey Todd
3:10
Generally, you can just try to get more good relievers. In this case, though, a shutdown lefty seems to be an obvious fit.
TXmadman
3:10
Thoughts on Hamel's value? He costs a bit but the last start sure showed he can still pitch.
Jeffrey Todd
3:11
That's obviously not giving a clear statement of value, but ... I don't think there's really any excess over his contract price. Though there's an argument his experience as a front-line guy in the postseason, etc, is added value.
Angry Sox fan
3:12
Giolito 7 earned in 1+ innings today against the O's, ERA up to 7.5, how much longer do I have to watch this before he's sent down?
Jeffrey Todd
3:12
Probably time to send him out.
LOL
@TBTimes_Rays
#Rays are going with relievers to start all 3 games vs. #Orioles:
Romo
Stanek
Romo
3:13
I don't have a clear opinion on that, but the notion of Romo just starting like 3 of every 5 days and having his photo on MLB.com's probables page tickles me.
JoshSox
3:14
Should the Red Sox bench JBJ and instead have jd in left so both Hanley and Moreland can play?
Jeffrey Todd
3:15
Maybe a few times here and there, but they really ought to let Bradley hit out of it to the extent possible. Still just a quarter of the way through the season. And he's still playing well in the field and on the bases.
Scott
3:15
What would it take for the Braves to get Moose and Herrera?
Jeffrey Todd
3:15
Line up for Herrera. NO walks yet! Pretty nifty.
3:16
I mean, I will say the Braves probably have an advantage -- IF they are willing to cough up a real prospect. They could reasonably anticipate some upcoming 40-man pressures and tough calls on some of the good young pitchers, and decide to cash one in. Most other teams don't have that kind of upper level pitching prospect depth.
Cory
3:17
Hey Jeff! Thanks for doing this! Question about the Twins... with Sano coming back, are you hopeful the Twins will get back to winning regularly and compete for the division?
Jeffrey Todd
3:18
Still don't think they're likely to win the division, but I think they ought to be the clear #2. And there are some greater weaknesses, perhaps, than might have been expected with the Indians.
Trouble is, the Wild Card looks to be a tall order.
Lunar verLander
3:19
The Astros have an AAA pitcher named "Brock Dykxhoorn" That is all.
Jeffrey Todd
3:19
This is important to acknowledge.
How have I never seen this dude's name????
Cards
3:19
Is O’Neil a better option than Fowler at this point? That bat is lethal
Jeffrey Todd
3:21
Enjoy the hot streak, but don't let it take your expectations out of control. Dexter is a long-established bat whose BABIP is in the gutter. I'd still bet on Fowler the rest of the way. Not to say they shouldn't try to give O'Neill some run.
Trader Dave
3:21
Is there a sense with several bad teams and the Royals making players available now that we'll see more trading activity earlier than usual?
Jeffrey Todd
3:22
I see no reason to anticipate that. If anything, it could be the opposite. With so few clear sell teams right now, there could be a seller's market that will keep their asking prices high -- at least until the market starts to resolve.
Last year we saw lots of really late action, so let's not forget that. Unprecedented August market.
3:23
Now, we could always see an early deal. There are no strict norms these days to how and when deals can come together. But I don't think this year's market circumstances suggest that as a general matter.
3:25
[Sorry had a brief distraction ... on to next question ...]
Mozman
3:26
Ozuna a bust for Cards?
Jeffrey Todd
3:27
I know it's tempting to issue judgment now, esp after yesterday's mess, but you have to be patient.
sguy26
3:27
Do the Mets just chalk up their current hitting ineptitude to injuries and underperforming, or should they be taking some sort of action? And if so, what action can they actually take?
Jeffrey Todd
3:27
The injuries are, unfortunately, partially just bad fortune but also related in some cases to the players they decided to go with. Really not sure what they can do but keep rolling guys out and hope they get better/healthy.
Big difference?
3:28
Wondering why Machado is expected to bring such a haul when the JD return last year was so light. All about the defense? Tigers just get robbed?
Jeffrey Todd
3:29
Well, market circumstances will dictate it. And we'll have to see. But ask yourself where these expectations are coming from. Certain analysts or talking heads seem to just come up with ideas and start broadcasting them. Maybe some are well-formed, but many likely aren't.
3:30
Heyman did report today that Angelos may not even authorize a deal unless it's a big return. Which ... well, it could be a good bargaining chip. Maybe the O's are trying to set expectations as much as possible. Hard to say.
Generally, though, you are correct to observe that JDM's market doens't bode well for Manny's. The glove does matter -- he's a better player --  but it's not like JDM wasnt valuable. That said, they aren't directly comparable players and every market is different.
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