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Mark P
1:46
Hi everyone, the Sunday chat is back after a week's hiatus.  Last week was a no-go due to a deluge of news and roster moves from around baseball, but now we're back at it!
Andre
1:47
Any indication Wander is up this year? Even for a cup of coffee? What’s his outlook like for 2021 assuming some semblance of normalcy.
Mark P
1:48
He never got above high-A ball last season, so I'd still be kind of surprised to see him debut this year, despite how the Rays are usually aggressive with promotions.  I can't entirely rule it out since all normalcy is out the window in 2020, but Tampa might not want to start his clock this early
Doug
1:48
3 weeks away from the trade deadline. How active do you think it'll be?
Mark P
1:49
In terms of pure volume of moves, I think we'll still see a fair amount of trades, but perhaps lower-level stuff moreso than big blockbusters
Cashman
1:49
Do I trade Frazier and/or Andujar while they still have value?
Mark P
1:50
I think today's Stanton IL news is a reason why the Yankees have held onto those guys.  Between his injuries, Hicks' recovery, and Gardner turning 37 in a couple of weeks, I'd want as much depth as possible if I'm the Yankees
Mr Roctober
1:51
Did the White Sox give up on Basabe too quickly?
Mark P
1:51
He was in their system for three years, so it's hard to say they didn't give him a good look.  Basabe is still only 23, but it could be that the Sox simply don't think he'll ever develop into a big league hitter
Mlb_moves
1:52
Degroms blister is scaring me
Mark P
1:52
Blisters have to be just about the most irritating injuries for both players and fans.  They're seemingly so minor, yet they totally throw off how a pitcher can hold or control the ball.
David
1:53
Does Trout get another MVP? Seems like it to me if he can get some help from his team...
Mark P
1:53
You're not on the JaCoby Jones MVP bandwagon?!
Derek Deitz
1:53
Who is offering me a big league chance?
Mark P
1:54
Could be any number of teams, Dietrich is a good bench or part-timer fit for almost anyone.
Tyler
1:55
Which team is most likely to make the playoffs? Marlins, orioles or tigers
Mark P
1:55
What team is most likely to make the playoffs?

Tigers (26.4% | 75 votes)
 
Orioles (12.7% | 36 votes)
 
Marlins (60.9% | 173 votes)
 

Total Votes: 284
Cards
1:56
How do the Cards make up these games? They can only play so many double headers. Will really take a toll on pitching.
Mark P
1:58
I'm hard-pressed to see how they can complete all 60 games in the current schedule window.  I think the league will have to just outright cancel some games, or judge the Cards based only on winning percentage.
That's assuming the Cardinals play a reasonable amount of games, of course.  If they can't play any more than, say, maybe 50, I can see other teams being naturally upset if the Cards were to somehow squeak into a playoff spot
Mariners
2:00
What changes has mlb made in 2020 that you’d like to see continue in future seasons?
Mark P
2:00
I like the universal DH, but honestly that's about it
Matt
2:00
Why doesn't MLB just add a week on the year?
Mark P
2:00
Adding a week pushes back the postseason, which is the TV revenue golden goose for the league and the owners.
Mr. Baseball
2:01
I heard rumors that the Orioles claimed pitcher Jorge Lopez off waivers from the Royals. Is that true?
Seags
2:01
If Kyle Seager was willing to waive his player option in the event of a trade, would there be anybody willing to trade from him considering how well he’s playing?
Mark P
2:01
Maybe, but if you're Seager, why would you do that?  By all accounts he doesn't seem desperate to get out of Seattle or anything
Scooter
2:02
Why is Jake Lamb still in the big leagues? Lefty bat, even if it is full of holes?
Mark P
2:02
Lamb hasn't done much of anything since he got hurt in 2018, and I'm a bit surprised the D'Backs still tendered him a contract.
Nelson Cruz
2:04
Twins bringing me back after this season?
Mark P
2:05
If the price is right, sure.  They were already talking extension in the offseason, and the Twins obviously have to be loving his continued production
King Kelly
2:05
How hard is it for a player like Vladdy to change his swing to hit more balls in the air?  Is that a tweak or a retrofit?
Mark P
2:06
Vlad's swing has looked totally out of sorts thus far.  Not sure if it's just because he's getting settled in or what, but the early returns for both him and basically everyone in the Jays lineup haven't been good
Tacat
2:06
On a recent chat with the Toronto media, Austin Martin said when asked by a Vandy teammate where he wanted to be drafted, he told the teammate that he wanted to be drafted by either Miami (he is from Florida) or Toronto ( a former teammate told him how great the Toronto system was) would this explain why Martin fell to fifth, I think it was expected that Detroit would take Torkelson but that does not explain Baltimore, KC passing on him? Thoughts?
Mark P
2:08
The O's had a plan to spread their bonus pool money around, so they took a lesser-regarded guy in Kjerstad.  As for the Marlins and KC, I guess they simply liked Meyer and Lacy more.
Blue & Orange
2:08
Seems like injury rates (excluding COVID) are higher than normal so far (although I’d love to see some statistics to prove me wrong).  If that is the case, does it say the shortened “summer camp” is bad for the players health and reinforces longer spring training has been the best for players health all along?
Mark P
2:09
As much as players may grumble about the length and monotony of Spring Training, every single pitcher (and many hitters) will say they need that time to knock off the rust
Guest
2:09
Do you think MLB goes to some sort of a bubble for the post season?  If they do go to the bubble, there aren't any advantages for the teams that win the most games.
2020 playoffs
2:09
How’s it going to work if a team has a Covid outbreak in the playoffs?  Wouldn’t they have to shut down for a week or two as a result?  Could the World Series be played on thanksgiving?
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