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Mark P
6:56
Hi everyone, welcome to the Sunday night chat!  Let's jump into some questions....
DavidK
6:58
is Fred Wilpon still the Mets owner a year from now?
Mark P
7:00
My guess is yes, some person or group will come forward with a big enough bid and the Mets will be sold.  For as much as the current financial climate might make predicting future billion-dollar deals a little difficult, the opposite could be true --- some rich folks might see buying a baseball team as a relatively safe investment compared to other options
Owners
7:00
Is there even a single owner whose finances are so shaky that the potential losses from this season could actually sink them?  Consider that the team values always climb and that the team also gives them a huge resource to borrow against to invest in other vehicles
Mark P
7:02
We don't know for sure since the owners don't open their books.  I'm sure some teams are on shakier financial ground than others, but I highly doubt that the losses are anything that a billion-dollar payday from selling the team (if it came down to it) wouldn't easily fix
Cubs
7:02
What is a realistic package the cubs could get for Quintana? Chatwood?
Mark P
7:03
If there's no season, it's a moot point since Quintana and Chatwood will be free agents
7:04
If a season is launched, it's possible the Cubs will try to unload both to save as much money as they can, in which case both could be had for salary dump purposes.  Chatwood has little to no trade value, of course, while Quintana might get some interest, but it's hard to predict in a salary-dump scenario.
MLB Draft
7:05
Who are the Tigers taking at #1 overall?
Mark P
7:05
Spencer Torkelson seems to be the consensus choice
Mark
7:06
KC get sold yet or is that in limbo right now?
Mark P
7:06
The Royals' sale became official last November.
Guest
7:06
If there is no 2020 season, how the draft order will be determine?
Mark P
7:07
I'm assuming the 2020 order would be kept for 2021.  Or, to drum up extra interest, MLB could have a one-year random lottery to determine the top five picks or something.
WhiteSoxFan33
7:08
How long after the draft are you required to wait to trade a player who was drafted?
Mark P
7:09
If I recall correctly, I think the rule was changed a few years ago to make drafted players eligible to be dealt at the start of the next offseason.  So a 2019 draft pick could have been traded as soon as the 2019-20 offseason officially began.
Cw
7:10
Who do you like at 15 for the phils?
Mark P
7:12
The latest mock drafts from MLB Pipeline and Baseball America had them taking high school catcher Tyler Soderstrom, while Keith Law's mock had Philly taking Oklahoma righty Cade Cavalli
As per Law, "The Phillies seem open to any player type except high school pitching."
7:13
I'm getting a lot of "who will Team X" take in the draft, and such questions are very hard to project outside of (at most) the top five.  Obviously quite a bit could happen the deeper into the draft we go, and for all we know, both Cavalli and Soderstrom could be off the board by the time the Phillies draft 15th overall
Higgy
7:13
Do you think there will be a season?
Jeff
7:14
Do you personally think there will be a season? If so, when and how long? If not, why not?
Mike C
7:14
1-10 with 10 being the best , will there be a MLB season in 2020?
Billy
7:14
The odds of a season actually happening?
Mark P
7:16
I'll remain at 51-49 in favor of a season taking place.  At the end of the day, there has to be enough common sense in both the league/ownership and MLBPA to realize that canceling an entire season would be a horrible move, especially when it seems like every other sport will be up and running in some form or another by September.

The obvious X factor is the pandemic and the possibility of a second COVID-19 wave.  But if there is a way to get baseball played as safely as possible, haggling over finances shouldn't be an insurmountable obstacle
Andy
7:18
How does lance McCullers fair coming back from TJ In shortened season ?
Mark P
7:19
McCullers hasn't pitched since October 2018, so some rust could be inevitable.  That said, health-wise he should have a green light, since it has now been over a year and a half since his TJ surgery
Mike
7:19
I know you are tired of this question.  Any chance for 100 games?  Sick of this
Mark P
7:21
A 100-game season isn't happening.  The league is intent on ending the postseason before November, so that leaves a window of early July (if an agreement was finalized literally today) to the end of September for the regular season.  Even with copious use of double-headers, 100 games is a real grind in such a short window.
Drew
7:21
With every major sport having a plan to resume play, some media & fans are quick to criticize the MLB. MLB & MLBPA have to figure out regular & postseason play which I would imagine would be more complex than sports mid-way or in postseason play. Thoughts?
Mark P
7:22
It's a fair point.  While criticism can definitely be leveled at the league and the players for not getting a deal worked out, it isn't easy to have to overhaul literally everything about the 2020 season.  By comparison, the NHL and NBA only really had to figure out their playoff structures.
Omar
7:23
After those long term contracts run out for the Giants, (Posey, Crawford, Belt, Cueto, Longoria) do you see Zaidi dipping into free agency or staying the similar course of Friedman in Los Angeles? I get that post pandemic the financial landscape may be different.
Mark P
7:25
Really big free agent decisions are more apt to come at the ownership level --- don't forget, the Giants were reportedly the runners-up for Bryce Harper two offseasons ago.  Plus, Zaidi could operate differently when fully in charge of the Giants' front office, as opposed to working under Friedman in L.A.
7:26
While certainly things could change financially for the Giants in a post-COVID world, on paper, you'd think they would be more stable than most as one of the richer franchises
Phanatic
7:27
Will you stop answering questions about the pandemic or will that be this entire chat?
Mark P
7:27
It don't be the whole chat, but I mean, it's kind of hard to just ignore
Sox guy
7:28
Cubs going to put stuffed animals in the stands to simulate fans in the stands?
Mark P
7:29
Ha, I saw that KBO footage from earlier today.  I absolutely want to see MLB teams do something fun like that.
Blue Jay Dave
7:29
Is the city of Toronto still banning public events, and if so do the Jays play their home games in Florida?
Mark P
7:31
Toronto is slowly starting to open things up, and technically, the Jays could make the case that a game without any fans in attendance isn't a "public event."

Regardless, I suspect some kind of deal would be worked out with the provincial and federal governments to allow the Jays to play games at Rogers Centre (and to allow opposing teams to cross the border without a two-week mandatory quarantine)
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