MLBTR Live Chat With Jason Martinez: March 15, 2017
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Champagne Papi
5:09
Do dodgers trade puig if he begins to struggle?
Jason Martinez
5:11
That would be the worst time to trade him. He's too talented, though. I see him having a good, not great, season.
Ken
5:11
What about the padres with perdomo? I feel like they should option him and gain an extra year of control while also allowing the padres to keep some of the out of option arms they have. Wait for one of the pitchers on the MLB roster to get hurt and bring perdomo up.
Jason Martinez
5:14
Yeah, that's what I'd expect. He has to spend some time in the minors to push his FA back a year and there's no way they're giving him more than 30 starts, anyways. And it gives them time to further evaluate Clemens and Cosart and see if Chacin, Weaver and Richard can build up some trade value. I think Perdomo will be a big part of their next contending team.
Jason
5:14
In what city are you doing this chat from?
Jason Martinez
5:14
San Diego, CA. Perfect 70 degree day. Don't hate me. I was born here and never left.
Willy
5:16
Will Bedrosian be the opening day closer for LAA?
Jason Martinez
5:16
Looks that way. And if he pitches like he did last season, it will be hard for Huston Street to get the job back when healthy.
Chris
5:17
If Carrasco's elbow is an contunuing issue do Tribe try to add an arm or run with Clev/Merritt/et al? Hit up Falvey for Big Erv?
Jason Martinez
5:19
I think they see what they have in Clevinger, Merritt, Frias, Plutko. I imagine one of those guys could step up and give them a decent No. 5 starter. Bummer about Carrasco, though. Hopefully it's nothing. Elbow discomfort usually is something.
Padres Sympathizer
5:20
Predictions for Suarez and/or Schebler this year?
Jason Martinez
5:21
Not stars, but I think they'll be productive. Suarez ... .753 OPS, 22 HR, 27 2B, 11 SB. Schebler ... .768 OPS, 18 HR, 22 2B.
Love the Game
5:23
Nats needed a closer instead of a catcher. Did the elder Lerner give Weiters a job because no other team wanted him?
Jason Martinez
5:23
Once his price dropped enough, it became a good deal. They only have to pay Derek Norris $700K. Their bullpen is deep. Just need one guy to hold down that job and Kelley did that last year when given the chance. Treinen, Blanton, Solis, Glover are very good.
Frank
5:24
Best RF arm you ever saw? I was a kid in Pittsburgh in the 50s and 60s.....so my mind is pretty well made up. But Ichiro.....quite the cannon!
Jason Martinez
5:25
So many great ones, but the guy that stands out to me is Raul Mondesi because I saw him play so often. Dude had a cannon tattooed on his arm for good reason.
Steve
5:26
With desclafani out does the human pitching machine Brandon finnegan start opening day ?
Jason Martinez
5:27
It's Finnegan or Feldman and I don't think Feldman has the kind of reputation where he's get the nod over a guy who has been there. Finnegan was also very good in the 2nd half of last season so he deserves it.
Steve
5:29
With three rotation spots in Cincinnati will we see Bronson Arroyo again in a big league game?
Jason Martinez
5:29
Unless he retires because he doesn't have it anymore (too early to tell if that's the case), I see him in the rotation at some point. I'm surprised they haven't signed Colby Lewis or Doug Fister.
Jacob
5:31
Who do you think wins the rockies two open starting spots?
Jason Martinez
5:31
I think Hoffman gets one. I have Marquez penciled in right now, but I don't know if they want to go in that direction yet. If Rusin is healthy enough (back tightness), I think he gets the last spot. I can also see a last-minute waiver claim or trade.
Willy
5:33
Can Russell (Cubs) get better or was last season the best there is?
Jason Martinez
5:33
Considering what he did as a 22 yr old and his baseball acumen/work ethic, I think he's capable of being better. Maybe a 25-30+ HR, .800-825 OPS guy in his prime.
Jared
5:34
Chances of the Cardinals making a deep postseason run if the pitching gets back to 2013-2014 good?
Jason Martinez
5:35
Really depends on Wainwright-Lynn-Wacha. If those guys are pitching well and stay healthy (so far, so good this spring), I think they're one of the WC favorites.
Grayson
5:35
Brock Stassi has to make the phillies roster right? Monster spring so far.
Jason Martinez
5:37
Don't think there would be enough ABs for him. They'd have to add him to the 40-man roster. Not enough position versatility.
Amazins
5:38
Any chance Machado is traded before he hits FA?
Jason Martinez
5:38
Very good chance. Question is whether any team can put together a good enough trade package. I'm guessing it will be a popular topic next offseason and much sooner if the O's aren't in the playoff hunt in July.
Cincy Hopeful
5:39
Sal Romano has opened some eyes - think he goes to the bullpen or to AAA for starting depth?
Jason Martinez
5:40
Definitely making a case for the rotation, although I think the Reds would prefer that he continues to start in AAA. No reason to put him in the bullpen on a rebuilding team.
FriarFan
5:42
Does Erick Aybar break camp with the Padres?
Jason Martinez
5:42
Ideally, he wouldn't. The Padres want Luis SardiƱas and Allen Cordoba to win roster spots. Aybar is more of a backup plan. Still too early to tell.
N/A
5:44
If Seager oblique issue is more serious than we know (God forbid) who is next in line to start at short for LAD?
Jason Martinez
5:44
Even if it's a severe strain, he wouldn't miss more than a few weeks of the season. Enrique Hernandez and/or Chris Taylor would probably play SS until he returns.
Chula Vista Castle Parker
5:46
Padres brown and yellow or Navy Blue?
Jason Martinez
5:48
Chula Vista! I lived there for 15 years. Not too many things bother me, but ownership's refusal to bring back the brown/yellow uniform is one of them. They need to bring back the brown.
Dan Duquette
5:49
Which outfielders make my opening day roster?
Jason Martinez
5:49
Jones, Smith, Kim, Rickard and one more. I figure they didn't make two Rule 5 picks for nothing so Santander or Tavarez have a good chance. I like Santander since they have a bigger need for a right-handed bat.
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