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Jeffrey Todd
3:12
Hey all! Thanks for joining. Deadline picture is coming into focus, so now's a great time to chat.
Drop some questions and I'll start answering them momentarily.
Nick
3:15
Is Max Fried and Johan Camargo enough to get Machado?
Jeffrey Todd
3:15
If they called and offered it right now, heck no. I think the O's are going to take this to the wire if necessary to squeeze top-shelf talent out of Manny's half season.
3:16
I know people are talking a lot about JD Martinez as precedent. Bad luck for the Tigers. Every market is different! Manny could change some races and there'll be real interest.
Orioles fan
3:17
Will Schoop heat up?
Jeffrey Todd
3:17
He's not this bad, no way. But I remember having a similar convo last year in the other direction, with a chat participant insisting Schoop was like the best 2B in baseball. Truth is in between. The OBP issues are a big problem for him long term.
Sergio Q
3:18
Any chance the Padres package Ross with one of their Relievers? What kind of return can they expect for Ross?
Jeffrey Todd
3:19
Chance? I guess, sure, it happens from time to time. But there's no real reason to think it's particularly likely here.
3:20
In terms of value, I'm coming around on him myself. He's not getting swings and misses like he once did, which is a bit of a concern, but he looks like a darn solid SP and the market is lacking top-shelf rental starters.
3:21
That said, there are other guys in the same general category - Hamels and Happ, especially - so I have a tough time seeing a true bidding war emerging. The Pads ought to be able to get a piece that the other team doesn't want to give up, but ... I'm not expecting a top-20 prospect or anything.
Os
3:21
Os fan here...who do they build a future team around or is everyone up for trades?
Jeffrey Todd
3:21
Still no real reason to think the cuts will extend past the pure rentals, or perhaps guys with another year or two of control. I think the org track record is such that we shouldn't expect more unless there's a clear indication they will really entertain moves on longer-term pieces.
3:22
That said, who? Bundy is throwing quite well but he's got plenty of control left and is the type of guy they will want to build around. Somewhat similarly, Givens could be the new closer, though they should be more willing to listen on him. Schoop would be the real question but he's just not hitting enough to be a deadline guy at the moment.
Braves New World
3:23
So how do you realistically see the Braves improving themselves at the deadline?  3B?  Bullpen?  Starting pitcher?  All of the above?
Jeffrey Todd
3:23
Bullpen for sure. No reason they can't get some useful pieces without giving up too much, or perhaps make a tough call but get a controllable closer or something. At third, I think they'll be a bit more opportunistic ... maybe look for value in a market that could have a few rental options.
Mlb535 - Bucky O'hare
3:24
Any under the radar info to share about the jays potential trades or rumors??? I need something juicy
Jeffrey Todd
3:24
You should chase down former MLBTR writer and current Sportsnet scribe Ben Nicholson-Smith, he's probably sitting on some stuff he can't share.
3:25
For me, the Jays have a pretty boring group right now outside of Happ, unless Donaldson gets back to health and/or they are willing to talk about Smoak and Solarte.
3:26
Some depth relievers, mostly. But Smoak could be interesting. And Solarte would be a useful guy for sure. Pearce, also, if he's healthy. The question on the first two is whether they would rather just keep them for cheap in hopes of a more fruitful 2019 season. Tough to see them chasing down the Red Sox and Yankees, but have to try, probably.
Adam
3:26
With Adames now in the big leagues, what's the market look like for Hechavarria?
Jeffrey Todd
3:27
I mean, not very good, even once healthy. He's a pure glove guy.
Iglesias is out there, too, and how many teams are looking for that kind of player at the deadline? It happens, sure, but not exactly a sought-after asset class.
Bill
3:28
Jose Iglesias trade value on the rise?
Jeffrey Todd
3:28
Same boat, really. I guess he's hitting a bit more than he has in recent years, but both he and Hech are like ~80 wRC+ type hitters, realistically.
Jeremy
3:29
How do you predict the DBacks will handle their starting pitching logjam at the deadline and moving forward? Thanks!
Jeffrey Todd
3:31
I would not call that a logjam. First of all, there's a long ways to go before we can really declare Buchholz and Koch to be steady back-end pieces. And health hurdles still to be overcome for Miller and Ray, plus the question how they bounce back. I doubt they'll be dealing away starters ... if anything, you  option Koch and keep the depth by pushing someone else to the pen (assuming full health).
Chatwood
3:31
Realistic change Smyly replaces me by August?
Jeffrey Todd
3:32
Yes, there's a chance of that. Or a trade acquisition. Maybe Chatty goes to the pen late this year and tries to get back to the rotation over the winter? Could be an interesting multi-inning relief guy for sure.
Who says no?
3:32
Gausman/O’day/Valencia/Trumbo(Orioles take salary) to Rockies for Brendan Rodgers, Peter Lambert, Garret Hampson
Jeffrey Todd
3:32
You are never going to package a volume of decent MLB talent for premium prospect talent. Just not happening.
3:33
Closest you'll ever see to that is the Samardzija/Hammel trade that netted the Cubs Russell and McKinney. But really that's not a great example. Shark was a quality non-rental piece and Hammel was a good asset, too.
Luka
3:34
Considering daniel murphy age and injuries do you think carter kieboom is his natural heir? Maybe not next season, it will probably be difo, but season after it... I wouldnt give up him for realmuto
Jeffrey Todd
3:35
At this point I don't think there's any reason in particular to believe Murphy is going to be back. He may well, sure, but the position is open at the moment.
3:36
As for the future planning, though, there's going to be a hole behind the dish, too. And Kieboom isn't really looking like he's going to establish enough this year to be taking a starting job out of camp. So ... it could certainly still be a reasonable tradeoff, if Kieboom is enough to get Realmuto and the Nats find that to be a reasonable price tag. (I think at least it takes Kieboom + other young value.)
Josh
3:36
Who might the Braves target for a bullpen arm not named Brad Hand or Rasiel Iglesias?
Jeffrey Todd
3:37
They can upgrade without getting top guys. But the rental class looks pretty marginal right now: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/06/top-50-mlb-trade-candidates.htm...
Tom
3:37
Is Eugenio Suarez the best trade chip that might be moved in the next 2 months? When you consider performance and contract?
Jeffrey Todd
3:38
I don't think he'll realistically be made available.
Evan
3:38
What’s the point in trading DeGrom? Feels like Seaver all over again. If Noah would fetch a similar return you have to start with him right? He’s flashier, but deGrom is on another level.
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