MLBTR Live Chat With Jeff Todd
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Jeffrey Todd
3:55
Desmond as well, of course.
Mike
3:55
How long until we see Giolito in the majors?
Jeffrey Todd
3:56
He probably won't get a chance so long as some combo of Roark/Ross/Arroyo is reasonably productive. But I guess it's not inconceivable that he could tear up Triple-A and force his way up regardless.
I'll still be surprised if it's before, say, July of this year.
Quite possibly later.
Joe Jackson
3:57
Since it's already March shouldn't Houston at least consider bringing in Morneau as a veteran backup or stopgap to the kids similar to what you mentioned before with veterans?
Jeffrey Todd
3:57
I've thought about that match. Hard to know what Morneau is looking for, though. I mean, he did come back last year when he certainly could have called it quits, so it seems he wants to play. But maybe he won't bite at a minor league deal?
Roy Hobbs
3:57
What player do you see the Braves targeting in the future to shore up their catching position? Lucroy? Wieters? They really don't have a lot of internal options.
Jeffrey Todd
3:58
I thought they were a prime team to pursue Wieters this winter, so I could see that happening next. Lucroy probably doesn't have enough control left.
Dave P
3:58
if Melvin Upton Jr repeats his strong 2nd half from last year to begin this year, could he actually have trade value again?
Jeffrey Todd
3:59
Sure. I mean, probably not beyond the value of his contract, but it's plenty conceivable that he'd be a guy teams would like to have on their roster. SDP could end up saving some money, at least.
Chris Young just got 2/12, and Melvin could end up looking a lot like him.
Me
3:59
Could MLB base the QO off the NFL's franchise tag?
Jeffrey Todd
3:59
If it wanted the rules to make even less sense, sure.
Al West
3:59
Houston's to lose?
Jeffrey Todd
4:00
No way, that division is wide open. Entire AL is, really. Is there any team that would be a total stunner to make the postseason?
Geoffrey
4:00
Who wins? Gossage's mustache, Kuechel's beard, or DeGrom's hair?
Jeffrey Todd
4:00
Goose in a landslide.
West Coast Mets fan
4:01
My memory is fuzzy, but I thought Jose applied for citizenship
Jeffrey Todd
4:01
That was reported some time ago but it's not clear if he ever went through with it, so far as I've read.
4:02
(For those wondering: only relevant to the question of his status moving forward b/c a hypothetical conviction would come with immigration consequences.)
Nathan
4:02
Besides this site's podcast, what are baseball podcasts do you recommend?
Jeffrey Todd
4:02
Buster always has good guests. And Effectively Wild is great.
Though I'll admit I'm not a big podcast listener. Spend too much time doing our own show!
West Coast Mets fan
4:03
If you were the Mets GM what final tweaking would you make before opening day?
Jeffrey Todd
4:03
Aside from a few final roster decisions, I think they are pretty well set. On the whole, I really liked their offseason.
BS
4:04
I missed it, what did Gossage say?
Jeffrey Todd
4:04
He basically dropped the f bomb 25 times in relation to everything about the modern game of baseball.
Dan Duquette
4:04
How much did I overpay Alvarez by?
Jeffrey Todd
4:05
I don't think it's an overpay in a vacuum, necessarily. He's still a pretty good hitter, and adding him as a DH is fine. Issue for me is it bumps Trumbo to the OF.
I'd probably rather have Pedro as my dedicated DH, with a righty to spell him, and use Trumbo's 9+ mil on a more well-rounded outfielder.
4:06
But hey, the offseason progresses one step at a time. Can't always predict what will occur and what will be available down the line.
Me
4:06
Could Mlbtr expand to YouTube? I'd much rather watch videos than listen to podcasts
Jeffrey Todd
4:06
You don't want to watch videos of me!
Unclejesse
4:07
Any word on Kyle Lohse? What teams might have legit interest in him at this point?
Jeffrey Todd
4:07
Crickets.
Rob
4:07
Anything new on Jose Fernandez the second baseman?
Jeffrey Todd
4:09
Crickets. But Badler suggests he could be ready to sign this summer if he's able to progress through the process as usual. He's a pretty interesting guy b/c of his age.
Mr.B. Sanders
4:09
Why hasn't EE Signed a new deal with blue Jays ?
Jeffrey Todd
4:09
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