MLBTR Live Chat With Jason Martinez: August 2, 2017
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Jason Martinez
5:31
Only because Cueto got hurt and probably won't opt out of his deal now. He was the only realistic trade chip they had. I'm sure they listened on mostly everyone else but their roster is full of very good players who can still be productive. They have a good roster. They're just having a bad season. Trading a healthy/productive Cueto not only would've gotten them a nice return of prospects, it would've freed up some salary in the offseaon.
Nick
5:32
Sonny trade seem about right to you?
Jason Martinez
5:33
It does. For them to not get Frazier or Gleyber, I thought they really had to see the value in one of the injured guys (Fowler/Kaprielian) and really love Mateo. They got all 3 and it sounds like they really love Mateo.
Ryan
5:33
Why didn't the Angels move Petit or Norris?
Jason Martinez
5:35
I doubt the return would've been very much so probably not worth it considering that they're only 4 games out of the Wild Card spot. There's not a lot of motivation to move 2 productive pitchers.
Jim
5:35
Is Walker Bueler part of the Dodgers rotation next year?
Jason Martinez
5:36
Lots of hype on him. As long as he's healthy, I'd expect him by mid-season. Dodgers always stock up with rotation depth in the offseason so I doubt there would be room for a rookie in April/May.
Nathan
5:39
True or false: the A's are better positioned for a turn around than the Giants.
Jason Martinez
5:39
If we're talking about 2018, I'd take the roster full of experienced veterans with World Series rings and still in their prime over a roster with a lot of younger and unproven players, even if very talented.
5:40
With that said, the A's might be more fun to watch (unless you're a Giants fan).
Adam
5:40
Player you were most surprised didn't get traded at the deadline?
Jason Martinez
5:43
Probably Brad Hand. He would be so valuable in the playoffs and he's under control for 2 more seasons. Conflicting reports on the price tag being extremely high and being fairly reasonable. I'm assuming it was because Preller was asking for more than any team was willing to pay for a guy who would be a setup man. This offseason, Preller could be shopping a "closer" so he had some leverage.
Braves Fan
5:44
So since the Braves stood pat at the deadline, who do they look at in the offseason?!
Jason Martinez
5:45
I think they're going to be a big player for one of the top starting pitchers (Arrieta, Darvish) and they have the trade chips to acquire an impact bat (Machado) and reliever.
Billy Eppler
5:46
whose out of the angels rotation when Heaney and Skaggs are back? I got Heaney Skaggs Bridwell JC and Nolasco - Chavez to Pen and Meyer back down to AAA when he's healthy.
Jason Martinez
5:48
You need to factor in the normal 2-3 setbacks that pitchers have when returning from TJ surgery. Not too many starting pitchers who make it all the way back within 12-15 months. I wouldn't count on much from Heaney. Chavez to the bullpen would be most likely, though, it if came to that.
Los
5:49
what is the next white sox prospect to be called up?
Jason Martinez
5:49
The answer is in my latest "Knocking Down The Door" column ... https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/08/knocking-down-the-door-honeywel...
5:50
Gotta go. Thanks for chatting! Same time and place next week.
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