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Mark P
5:15
Welcome to the weekend chat!  We still have a few hours before Game 3, so let's dive into some questions...
Jake
5:17
How can the Angels be interested in Didi when they don’t have a GM?
Mark P
5:18
They still have a baseball operations staff in place making offseason preparations, even if those staffers might not know if they'll still have jobs under a new GM or baseball ops president.
George Springer
5:19
Is Boston worth my consideration?
Mark P
5:20
Sure, if they're willing to meet a big asking price.  I'm not sure if the Red Sox are quite ready to make a big splash now, or if they'll do lower-tier moves to lay the groundwork for more of a push in the 2021-22 offseason.
John
5:20
Will Seager get an extension before free agency?
Mark P
5:22
There's a decent chance LA locks him up before next Opening Day.  Seager can be a free agent after 2021 and he might prefer to test the open market this close to his free agency.  But, as we've seen with Betts, the Dodgers are willing to pay big for players they consider genuine building blocks, and Seager may have hit that level for them
5:23
From Seager's perspective, he also might prefer to get some guaranteed fortune now rather than face the uncertainty of a possible work stoppage after 2021, not to mentioning competing with a bunch of other star shortstops in that same free agent class
timmyz
5:23
If Tony LaRussa ends up with the CWS, what are the chances Yadi ends up there as well?
Mark P
5:25
My guess is that Molina ends up back in St. Louis, but if things unexpectedly go south in those contract talks, Chicago would be an interesting possibility.  Molina might be willing to take on the "backup plus" role McCann filled behind Grandal, as a compromise for not being a pure everyday catcher
Cody
5:26
Cardinals should call up the Athletics about Matt Chapman. Think that they could be a match?
Mark P
5:28
The A's want to win in 2021, so they'd be looking for both at least one MLB regular that could contribute immediately, as well as young talent.  Chapman is controlled through 2023 so Oakland's asking price would be enormous, but if the Cards wanted to make a big splash (with fewer obstacles than dealing for Arenado), that might be one way to do it.

However, Chapman at an arbitration-controlled price is also a mighty big asset for the A's, so they might prefer to keep him for at least one more year before seriously entertaining trade asks.
sk
5:28
How do the yankees fix being too right handed?
Mark P
5:29
Add some left-handed batters!

#NailedIt
#GreatAnswer
John
5:30
Anyway M’s can pull off a deal for Arenado with Seagers impending free agency a year from now?
Mark P
5:31
The catch with Seager is that if he's traded, the $15MM club option on him for 2022 becomes a player option, so essentially all but guaranteed.

Arenado doesn't seem like an ideal fit in Seattle, since the Mariners don't seem to be *quite* ready for that type of big, aggressive, "we're ready to contend now" move.
Doug
5:32
Think the Nats could trade Carter Kieboom this winter? Perhaps he could be paired with SPs Erick Fedde (former first rounder) and Austin Voth, who are both out of options?
Mark P
5:33
Kieboom's rookie season didn't impress, but I'd be surprised if the Nats were particularly eager to move him.  2020 wasn't exactly a normal year for any player, let alone a kid getting his first extended look at MLB pitching.
Jordan
5:34
Does Brad Hand have any trade value? Or will the Indians just going to decline his option?
Mark P
5:35
He definitely has trade value, and for that reason, I doubt Cleveland would just let him go for nothing by declining the option.  $10MM is a lot to spend on a reliever, but Hand is also very good, so picking up that option at least allows the Tribe to explore the trade market and get something back for him.  Worst case, they're "stuck with" Brad Hand headlining their bullpen again, which isn't exactly a bad thing.
Mr Met
5:36
If there is no vaccine by Opening Day will 2021 be a shortened season? 100 games?
Mark P
5:37
A vaccine or some type of on-site rapid testing method seems like a necessity.  At this point, I'm doubtful we're getting 162 games next season, but there's still so much unknown.
King Kelly
5:37
Are you in favour of mlb teams being allowed to trade all draft picks?  Like NHL, NFL, NBA, etc
Mark P
5:37
Yes
Classy City
5:37
What does a Tatis extension look like? 8yrs? 13yrs? Incentives or opt outs?
Mark P
5:38
An eight-year deal with an opt-out seems reasonable.  If he never opts out, Tatis will still only be 30 when he enters free agency, so that's early enough to potentially score another big contract.
Overbearing Padre
5:39
With the rumor being that most teams will look to shed payroll due to revenue losses, does this drastically increase the likelihood that big, super-teams like NYY and LAD will only get better/add more talent since there are only a handful of teams that can take on money?
Mark P
5:39
The word on the Yankees, in fact, is that they'll be looking to cut costs as well in order to get under the luxury tax threshold.
Danny J
5:40
Think the twins would part with Kirilloff in a Hader deal? Crew obviously needs CI help.. and he's spent a some time at 1st... perhaps a match?
Mark P
5:41
Nope.  As good as Hader is, the Twins are definitely not dealing a blue-chip position player prospect for a reliever.
Padres458
5:42
When Chris sale signed his extension, it didn't take effect until 2020, was he elgible to receieve a signing bonus at the time of signing?
Mark P
5:43
I don't believe so.  If I understand the luxury tax rules correctly, Sale's contract would have "began" in 2019 if he had received a signing bonus, and thus the average annual value would have counted against the 2019 tax number.
Bud
5:43
Who says no to this old fashion baseball trade.....Hiura and Cain to Jays for Biggio and Grichuk to Brewers
Mark P
5:44
Toronto.  Cain doesn't have a lot of trade value, given that he didn't hit well in 2019 and didn't play at all this year.
13Morgs13
5:44
do u think JT can get 200mil?  Seems really steep for a 30year old C. I think 150mil area
Mark P
5:45
$200MM seems like a pipe dream.  Even $150MM might be a reach in this baseball economy, despite Realmuto's elite status
Philly A's
5:47
Did winning AL Reliever of the year put Hendriks out of the A's plans?
Mark P
5:47
I don't think the award had any bearing on it --- Hendriks is very likely pitching elsewhere in 2021
Ray
5:48
Is this the offseason where Epstein at last trades off of the Major League roster?
Mark P
5:49
Third time's the charm, right?  I would've thought the Cubs would have made one such notable trade in either of the last two offseasons, but no dice.
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