MLBTR Live Chat With Jason Martinez: March 22, 2017
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Jason Martinez
4:32
Thanks for stopping by. Less than 2 wks until Opening Day! Roster pictures are clearing up. Position battles going down to the wire. Lots of injuries, as always. We even got some trade rumors.
MLBTR Fan
4:32
Matt Szczur for Justin Wilson. Thoughts?
Jason Martinez
4:33
The Tigers' bullpen is questionable as it is. Not sure they can afford to trade away Wilson and not sure Szczur is an upgrade over Collins/Mahtook/JaCoby Jones.
Jacob
4:34
Think Freeland earns a roster spot?
Jason Martinez
4:35
Normally, I'd say no way to any rookie starting pitcher with no MLB experience making an Opening Day roster. But the Rockies' lack of options means that they'll likely have 2, barring a trade/waiver-wire pickup. Hoffman and Marquez at least have MLB experience so I give them the edge. But Senzatela and Freeland both have a shot.
Rick Rudd
4:35
Hard to believe Boston can't find somewhere for Marco Hernandez. Makes sense to give a guy like that a shot rather than say he could be used in trades. Agree?
Jason Martinez
4:36
A bench player in the AL isn't going to play much. Better to have a young prospect playing everyday in AAA while hopefully putting up big numbers and boosting his trade value.
CarrotJuice
4:37
Is it too late for Norris to sign with a club?
Jason Martinez
4:39
No. He should be in good shape and had plenty of spring at-bats before being released. Might need a last-minute injury to get an MLB job, though. Don't know if a team like the Rays would want to give him semi-regular playing time when he isn't familiar with their pitching staff.
Isaiah
4:40
Never got a question answered yet....
Jason Martinez
4:40
That's not a question.
Matt
4:41
Who do you see taking the 5th spot in the A's rotation?
Jason Martinez
4:41
I've had Triggs penciled in the entire offseason and he made a pretty good case today ... 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K.
Isaiah
4:41
La Stella or Szczur??? I say TLS
Jason Martinez
4:42
La Stella is a better fit because he gives them a very good lefty pinch-hitter and occasional 2B/3B. But they'll keep Szczur (at least temporarily) if they can't trade him because he's out of options.
4:43
La Stella doesn't take being optioned very well, though. That will be interesting if it happens.
Mike2theD
4:44
I'm starting to get excited about reds stable of arms coming soon ( Stephenson, Garrett, Reed, Ralmano
Jason Martinez
4:44
For sure. They're stacked with upper minors pitchers who will start in the majors. Could be ugly this year, but I think it starts coming together by 2018-19.
Brandon
4:45
With Morse and Williamson hurt, who do you think wins the Giants 5th outfield spot, assuming they go with Hernandez as the backup Centerfielder? Kind of hard no to go with Marrero with the spring he has had in my opinion.
Jason Martinez
4:46
Bochy loves having veterans on the team and it's not a bad idea to have experience on the bench. I'd lean towards Hill, Rollins or Ruggiano, but none are having a good camp. Marrero is at least making it interesting, although it might depend on how well he can handle LF. I have no idea, to be honest.
Chris
4:46
Who will the Phillies deal at the deadline?
Jason Martinez
4:48
I can tell you who they will try to trade, assuming they're not in the playoff hunt. Hellickson, Buchholz, Benoit, Gomez, Galvis, Howie Kendrick, Neshek, Michael Saunders. But I'm sure they're willing to listen on anyone.
two fisrt names
4:49
why aren't the marlins getting any nl east love?
Jason Martinez
4:51
Unimpressive starting rotation on paper. But if they're at least adequate (consistently pitching 5-6 solid innings) and the deep bullpen can carry them, they'll be very good.
Alex
4:52
Braves getting Szcur? What is this rumor about Quintana? They seem set with their rotation
Jason Martinez
4:53
If there's any truth to the rumor that the Braves are interested, I can imagine Foltynewicz being in that package so rotation would be Quintana-Teheran-Colon-Garcia-Dickey.
4:55
Szczur seems like a great fit, but I thought that about so many different free agents who they didn't sign. I've had non-roster invitee Emilio Bonifacio, Adam Brett Walker and Christian Walker penciled into that 4th bench spot at different times this offseason.
Fred
4:56
Do you see Alvarez beating out Kim for a starting job in Baltimore?
Jason Martinez
4:56
I don't. I think he has a chance if Seth Smith (hamstring injury) opens the season on the DL. Probably needs at least a few weeks in AAA to work on his OF defense if the Orioles are serious about that plan.
Hank Sux
4:58
Who starts at short for the Yanks opening day ?
Jason Martinez
4:58
I have Tyler Wade penciled in right now. Wouldn't surprise me, though, if it's someone not currently on the team. Maybe Erick Aybar or Nick Ahmed.
Will
4:59
We're the reports made by Bowden today about Quintana old news or a new development
Jason Martinez
5:01
Who knows? I'm sure every team has some level of interest and the White Sox will move him if someone meets their asking price. It's easy to turn it into a story at any time.
PP
5:02
Any chance Kevan Smith beats out Soto for Sox C position?
Jason Martinez
5:02
Not really. I think they like pairing a veteran like Soto with Narvaez and hoping he builds some trade value before July 31st.
Smith
5:05
What is preventing the Rays from signing Norris? Makes too much sense to me when looking at the catchers they have.
Jason Martinez
5:06
Catchers are judged more than any other position players on defense, leadership and ability to work with the pitching staff. More importantly in the case of Norris is how quickly they'll get on the same page. He won't have much time. If they were interested, I think they would've signed him as soon as he was available so he could begin that process.
Paulie
5:07
Opening day White Sox CF?
Jason Martinez
5:07
I think Jacob May is making it interesting, but they can get a look at him later in the season. I think they go mostly with Bourjos and possibly Leury Garcia on occasion.
Dude Man
5:09
My girlfriend asks, "Why is my boyfriend obsessed with baseball?" How do I answer?
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