MLBTR Live Chat With Jason Martinez: April 4, 2018
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Jason Martinez
4:32
Welcome to my 1st chat of the 2018 regular season! We are up to 137 players on the DL, but at least 3 players are back tomorrow (Conforto, Martin Perez, Adam Wainwright) and Michael Brantley returns on Friday.
Oracio Franquez
4:33
What do you make of the young arms the Angels just recently got these last few days?
Jason Martinez
4:35
I like the pickups. Never a bad idea to take a flyer on a young pitcher with a live arm. Both have options remaining. Almonte had good numbers in AAA/AA last season, but didn't pitch much because of injuries.
Joel
4:35
Does conforto start right away
Jason Martinez
4:36
No idea, but I don't think they'd activate him so quickly if he wasn't going to be in the lineup.
Steve
4:36
What do you make of the Thompson, Asche moves by the yanks?
Jason Martinez
4:38
Asche is just Triple-A depth. I'm seeking some clarification on Thompson. I thought he was out of options, but heard he was heading to Triple-A. He's a good fit on the MLB roster for at least a few days until Hicks returns. He's an even better fit in AAA if he has an option remaining.
I was surprised he fell that far on waivers and I'd be even more surprised if he fell that far if he actually does have an option remaining.
Matt
4:39
People get hurt and people need rest, but do the Mets have a logjam in the OF?
Jason Martinez
4:40
I don't think they're desperate to trade anyone—depth is good—but I think they'd be willing to trade Nimmo or Lagares once they feel good about the health of Conforto and Cespedes. No urgency.
Jason
4:41
Is Christian Villanueva the Padres starting third baseman now?
Jason Martinez
4:43
Yes. Don't know how long his leash is, but I'm guessing he's earned more than just a few games in a row to see what he can do. They had given starts to Headley and Spangenberg before Villanueva went off yesterday. Headley looked really bad in his 2 starts (small sample) and Spangenberg, who looks pretty good, is in LF today.
Dave
4:43
The Holland signing makes the Gregerson and Norris signings pretty unnecessary, no?
Jason Martinez
4:46
Depends on how they would've used the $ they gave those guys. There's room for all of them. Gregerson is a good setup man. Norris can pitch multiple innings. Those guys can help.
Old Timer
4:46
The A's starting pitching looks bad.  any hope for Cahill or Brett Anderson?  Thanks.
Jason Martinez
4:48
Cahill looked really good when healthy with the Padres last year. I think he'll be in the rotation after 2 MiLB starts. Never know with Anderson. He looked OK at times with the Jays late in the season.
Andjular
4:48
I’m ROY baby!!!
Jason Martinez
4:50
2 consecutive games on the bench after an 0-for-4 on Sunday. And probably back to the Minors soon. Can't be ROY from the bench or Triple-A.
Spencer
4:51
Is this Patrick Corbins breakout year? What do you see his stats being?
Jason Martinez
4:53
I thought he broke out in 2013 (3.41 ERA, 200+ innings, 7.7 K/9). But if he can keep striking guys out at this rate, I'd consider it another "break out" from good-to-great pitcher.
Thomas
4:53
When will we see Willy Adames playing for the Tampa Rays.
Jason Martinez
4:54
Probably mid-season. He can force himself to the Majors earlier.
Wes
4:55
Gabe Kapler should be worried about his job right?
Jason Martinez
4:56
After 5 games??? No. 2019 is a more realistic timetable for the Phillies to be playoff contenders so there is room for Kapler to learn on the job.
Preston Tucker
4:57
Anyway to add back the relief pitcher day to day usage chart on rosterresource?  I found that really helpful in determining who might be available out of the pen on any given night
Jason Martinez
4:57
The Closer Depth Chart has 4 relievers for each team ... https://www.rosterresource.com/mlb-closer-depth-chart/
I'll be adding the daily features (bullpen usage, last 6 lineups, next 6 projected starters, power rankings) to the team pages by Friday.
Chris
4:58
Surprised about the Blackmon extension? What does this mean for Nolan?
Jason Martinez
5:00
Not really. After this past offseason and given his age (32 in July), I'm sure he's happy to avoid becoming a free agent and guaranteeing himself $108MM.
5:01
I doubt this affects Arenado. He'll be heading into his age-28 season as a free agent. One of the best players in baseball. He's going to get PAID.
Four4Fore
5:03
1st time through the Cards rotation and Flaherty was the most impressive. Is he still the odd man out when Wainwright is ready?
Jason Martinez
5:03
Already sent to AAA. He'll be back at some point in '18. They're not going to overreact after 1 turn through the rotation.
Casey
5:04
When should the orioles sell? Too soon now?
Jason Martinez
5:05
It won't be earlier than June and that's only if they're out of a playoff spot by 10+ games.
Acuna Matata
5:06
Can Preston Tucker delay us from seeing Ronald Acuna in 2 weeks?
Jason Martinez
5:07
Not Tucker on his own. But the combination of Tucker playing well and Acuña not getting off to a great start in Triple-A could delay it.
James Franco
5:08
O/U Rays win total: 52
Jason Martinez
5:09
Over. It's really hard to lose 100+ games. Rays have a lot of good young starting pitchers and enough hitting to win 70 games, as long as the bullpen isn't a dumpster fire.
Yys
5:10
Why are the mets not considering bruce at first? They finally have a solid defensive outfield just to ruin it
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