MLBTR Live Chat With Jason Martinez: March 1, 2017
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Jason Martinez
5:07
Hard to do what he did when not playing at Coors Field half the time. A few good SS's could debut in '17 (JP Crawford, Willy Adames, Franklin Barreto), but can't see any middle infielder approaching Story's HR totals.
Travis
5:09
What does the Marlins pitching rotation look like this year? Seems like question marks across the board...
Jason Martinez
5:10
I think their projected starting five (Chen, Volquez, Conley, Straily, Koehler) is decent. Not nearly enough depth to compete for 162 games. Depth is Locke, Nicolino, Urena. Not a lot of help on the way.
Dan
5:11
What do you think the Mariners starting OF will look like coming out of ST to start the season? Does Gamel have a chance to start over Haniger?
Jason Martinez
5:11
Lots of buzz about Haniger. Sounds like it's his job to lose. I think it's Haniger in RF, Martin in CF and Dyson/Heredia in LF.
Bobby Meacham
5:12
More impact this year Dahl/Frazier/Bird?
Jason Martinez
5:12
All have great offensive potential. But Dahl has the best chance to play regularly and he plays half of his games at Coors Field.
Duke
5:13
Do you see the Dbacks dealing Grienke?
Jason Martinez
5:13
I don't see any team taking on that contract right now. Only way I see it is if he's pitching great and another team is desperate enough to give up a top prospect and take on a lot of the remaining $.
Home Run King
5:14
300 PA, 20 HR over / under Chris Carter
Jason Martinez
5:14
My current projection is 20 HR in 327 plate appearances
Duke
5:15
Who wins the AL East?
Jason Martinez
5:15
The team with Sale, Price and Porcello in their rotation
Yaakov
5:16
Would conforto matz and rosario get machado talks cooking?
Jason Martinez
5:16
Don't think the O's would do that right now, but I think it would get their attention.
Gary H. Pornswinslow
5:17
Why on earth is Sabathia pitching?
Jason Martinez
5:17
He was pretty good last season, especially for a guy that everyone thought was done after '15.
Dan
5:18
Do you think Pedro Alvarez could make sense for the Red Sox if Hanley's shoulder proves an issue?
Jason Martinez
5:18
I think the White Sox make the most sense right now, but any concern over Hanley would definitely put them in the mix.
Tom
5:20
If the A's fall out of contention, is Ryan Dull closing at season's end?
Jason Martinez
5:20
If Sean Doolittle is healthy and not traded, I think he gets the job back by season's end. But I wouldn't rule out Dull from getting the job.
yankees
5:21
What do the padres plan on doing with their pitching rotation and not much in the minors besides espinoza whos atleast 2 years away from mlb?
Jason Martinez
5:22
They're hoping that Chacin, Weaver, Cahill and Richard can give them some innings and generate some trade interest. They'll also need to figure out if guys like Friedrich, Clemens, Cozart and Jenkins are part of the team's future. They're going to lose a lot and that's OK. Hoping to get No. 1 draft pick in '18.
Billington
5:23
The Rays essentially have 2 closers, makes total sense to deal with Colome or Boxberger to the Nats. Any talks there?
Jason Martinez
5:24
Boxberger wasn't very good last season when healthy. 19 BBs in 22 IP!!! The Rays will be open to trading both at the deadline if he bounces back. I think their team is good enough now that trading Colome isn't really an option unless they're blown away with an offer.
Travis
5:25
How many games (if any) are you projecting Schwarber will get at Catcher this season? Also, please tell me Montero is gone soon..
Jason Martinez
5:26
I don't see Schwarber catching more than a few games unless an injury forces the Cubs' hand. Having a veteran catcher is important for a World Series contender so I don't think Montero is going anywhere. Whether he likes it or not, he's valuable as their 2nd catcher.
Andrew
5:27
What are your projections for Tyson Ross in 2017?
Jason Martinez
5:28
I'm thinking 20-25 starts, 3.50 ERA, 130-150 IP. About a strikeout per inning.
Billington
5:30
Raul Mondesi wins the 2b job for KC?
Jason Martinez
5:30
I don't see it. He's only 21. Struggled badly as a rookie. I think Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert can hold the job down for at least 2-3 months.
Ottavino
5:31
Will I be closing any games for the Rockies, or will Holland be named closer from the get go.
Jason Martinez
5:31
I think Holland needs to prove that he's back to his dominant self during the regular season. So I think you'll at least open the season as the closer.
Connor
5:32
What are your bold predictions for the 2017 season?
Jason Martinez
5:33
Like they say, you can't predict baseball. Lots of players who are usually really good will be really bad in 2017 and lots of players who no one is talking about right now will be guys we're talking about a year from now.
Pete B
5:35
If Zunino doesn't play well early this year, do you think Dipoto tries to acquire a catcher this season?
Jason Martinez
5:36
No, not early. I think they'd just give Chooch a bigger share of the starts. I also think they have enough firepower in that lineup that a guy like Tuffy Gosewisch isn't a bad option to share time with Ruiz, if necessary.
Boone
5:38
Will it be Ty Blach or Clayton Blackburn once Cain implodes ?
Jason Martinez
5:38
I think Blach is next in line. Made a strong impression late last season.
Kyle
5:39
Any chance Braves could turn Peterson plus prospects into Villar from MIL?
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