MLBTR Live Chat With Jason Martinez: August 15, 2018
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Jason Martinez
4:35
Welcome. Several prospects called up in recent days who we've discussed here ... Mullins, Reid-Foley, Ward. All had to be added to the 40-man roster after this season as opposed to those who don't have to be added yet (Vlad Jr., Peter Alonso, etc.).  Very important aspect of potential late-season call-ups.
4:36
You can find this info on Roster Resource. For example, you'll see "Dec'19" next to Vlad Jr. ... https://www.rosterresource.com/mlb-toronto-blue-jays/
George Brett's BBQ Ribs
4:37
Do you see David Bote becoming something reminiscent to a regular player in 2019 (say 350 PA+)?
Jason Martinez
4:39
Yep. Cubs are good at working 9-10 guys into the lineup. Still a bit crowded there if everyone is healthy and no offseason trades, but he has a good shot to get 300+ PAs.
John
4:39
How beneficial will it be for the Padres if Myers can be playable at 3B, 1B, OF?
Jason Martinez
4:42
It's worth finding out if he can be at least an average 3B. Looks OK so far. Hasn't had to make any difficult plays. But I don't think there's much of a chance that they go into the offseason with the idea that Myers is their 3B in '19. More about keeping Renfroe in the lineup.
That Girl
4:42
Hey Jason, did you know Jeff already had a chat today?  He thought it was Thursday, not Wednesday.  Would you like to take thr night off?
Jason Martinez
4:44
I did not know that. I never know what day it is so I'm surprised I haven't done that yet.
Ace of Braves
4:44
Is there a chance of a Craig Kimbrel Braves reunion this offseason?
Jason Martinez
4:45
Hope so. I love reunions. And they need a closer. Kimbrel-Minter-Vizcaino would be solid.
Ammiel
4:45
Hey Jason. Any ideas on what size contract Ryu might get this offseason? Surely not beyond 2 years?
Jason Martinez
4:47
Not that any GM would listen to me, but I wouldn't give any pitcher more than a 2-year deal. Injury risk is too great. Ryu has been hurt a lot. Let's see how he finishes, but I think a 2-yr, $15MM sounds about right.
St Pete Rob
4:47
Who could be the next Rays to leave town by September 1st?
Jason Martinez
4:47
Sergio Romo. I'm surprised he's still there. Maybe they just really like having him around.
Eppler
4:48
We need starting pitching this year, will I bring up Jose Suarez? He needs to be added to the 40 this year anyway
Jason Martinez
4:50
Possible. He's deserving. Only reason I could think of is if they want him to shut it down. Only 20 yrs old. But still under 100 IP so I can see him getting a few starts.
John
4:50
Pollock to the White Sox... 3yrs/30 mill?
Jason Martinez
4:51
Pollock is getting way more than that. If not for all the injuries, I think he'd get $100MM+. As things stand, I'm thinking closer to what Lo Cain got (5/80).
Chris
4:52
Do you think the Padres will wait until September to call up Luis Urias?
Jason Martinez
4:54
I hope not. I'd like to see him have 100+ PAs under his belt heading into '19. They waited until after AAA playoffs (mid-September) with Renfroe/Margot a few years back. Hopefully they don't pull that again with Urias.
Baseball
4:54
First pitch they drill acuna now he looks hurt
Jason Martinez
4:54
Someone just walked by and told me this. Not cool.
Smitty
4:57
Are the White Aox going to keep Eloy down to save service time?
Jason Martinez
4:58
That would be the only reason they're doing it. Problem is that he's too good to send back down once they call him up. So it's difficult to give him a month in the Majors and then send him to AAA to start next season.  In any case, I think he'll be there by September 1.
Not Eppler
5:01
Suarez was signed as a 16 yr. old and has only played 4 years.  He doesn't need to be added to the 40 man roster yet, so he will not see Anaheim this year (as a player).
Jason Martinez
5:02
He signed during the 2014 season. That would be year 1 and then '15-18 would total five. From what I understand, that first year counts even though he wasn't assigned to a team.
Craig
5:02
Dodgers pen makes me sad, who do you think they might add before the end of the month?
Jason Martinez
5:05
My regular chance to say that the Dodgers really needed an 8th inning guy this past offseason and again at the trade deadline and failed. Now they don't have a 9th inning guy, either.
Maybe they can bring back Romo.
Stubby
5:07
Do Dubon and Arcia compete for the Brewers ss in the spring?
Jason Martinez
5:09
If they consider Dubon a capable SS, then I would think so. I think they see him more as a 2B and he didn't get a chance to show he could handle SS this season because of the injury.
Jim
5:10
Who is the biggest mover on the prospect list by opening day 2019?
Jason Martinez
5:12
I would use my MiLB Power Rankings as a reference ... https://www.rosterresource.com/milb-power-rankings/  Check out the players high on the list, under age 23 and who weren't ranked in their organization's pre-season Top 10. That's what I'd look for.
5:13
So Luis Rengifo (LAA), Kevin Smith (TOR), Denyi Reyes (BOS), Vidal Brujan (TB) would all stand out to me.
And if you get a chance, look up their stat lines this season. Impressive.
David
5:14
MLB needs to send a strong message and ban Jose Urena. Throwing at a hitter because they keep hitting home runs off of you is stupid.
Jason Martinez
5:15
I'm gonna go ahead and blame it on Don Mattingly. Probably an unwritten rule from 1987. Stop hitting HRs or we're gonna drill you in the ribs.
RSO
5:18
What is wrong with Gleyber Torres?
Jason Martinez
5:20
I've seen some of the best hitters in the game put up pitcher-like numbers (.175/.275/.375) for 3-4 weeks at at time. Baseball is difficult. Just a bit more alarming when a kid is in a slump since they don't have the track record yet.
Tigers fan
5:21
When will we find out the 2 PTBNL’s whom the Tigers are getting from the A’s for pitcher Mike Fiers?
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