MLBTR Live Chat With Jeff Todd
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Jeffrey Todd
3:02
Come on in and chat!
3:05
I'll wait for some questions to come in and start answering here shortly.
First movers have the best odds of an answer, just sayin'
Ricky
3:06
Will the White Sox sign Justin Morneau?
Jeffrey Todd
3:06
Hard to guess, really. But he would be a pretty direct replacement -- he's a guy you'd be comfortable putting out there vs RH pitchers and he could certainly handle first.
ATX Halo
3:07
Angels rebuilding or restocking?
Jeffrey Todd
3:07
Don't think so. Eppler will have to try to build up some farm depth while keeping a winning product on the field. Tough trick to pull off.
Neil Huntington
3:08
Do I sign Tim Lincecum and let Ray Searage worl his magic with him?
Jeffrey Todd
3:08
Question will be whether there's enough to work with. We'll see, but Lincecum hasn't yet put his stuff on display. Most of the guys the Pirates have "fixed" have had raw tools that they obviously felt could be harnessed.
Jack C
3:09
Final 4 prediction?
Jeffrey Todd
3:09
Not paying attention, but go Hoos and I hope Bennett is okay -- scary stuff.
Mike
3:09
Any trades coming down the pike?
Michael
3:09
Any chance the Braves can unload a bad contract in next two weeks?
Jeffrey Todd
3:09
Not likely there are any really big trades to come before the season starts, sorry to say, though you never know.
3:10
More likely that a guy like a Michael Bourn ends up being shipped to someone who needs a veteran reserve (back to the Indians?!) than that a really significant deal occurs. But even that seems unlikely for ATL - decent chance Swisher is just cut loose, though.
Justin
3:10
Who's a good matchup for Tigers to trade Bryan Holaday to? whats a likely return?
Jeffrey Todd
3:12
I remember wondering this years back with Jesus Flores, who had a nice spring/start to the year but didn't have much of a role on the team. I've since learned that teams have a wider view. I'd be stunned if a guy like Holoday brought back any kind of quality in a deal, though I guess you could imagine him going elsewhere as a way of just better allocating veteran depth guys.
Drake
3:12
Thoughta on Adam LaRoche situation?
Jeffrey Todd
3:12
Not going there in this chat! We'd spend the whole time talking about it.
Coppy
3:13
Guessing with the Byrd signing I am not getting rid of Swish or Bourn?
Jeffrey Todd
3:13
I rescind my joking comment about Cleveland bringing back Bourn. Hadn't seen that deal, ha. Makes sense for CLE.
JeffinProvidence
3:13
More likely to rebound this season...Hanley or Pablo?
Jeffrey Todd
3:14
For me, it's Hanley. At least he showed the old bat early last year, and maybe he'll just be more comfortable in the field in the end.
Obviously Pablo is younger, though.
Marc
3:14
What does the Nats bench look like? Who makes the last bench spots? Reed Johnson, Scott Sizemore, Tyler Moore, etc.
Jeffrey Todd
3:15
They seem pretty committed to TyMo and I'm guessing he gets a shot. And the Nats love their veteran bench guys.
3:16
Not sure that either Johnson or Sizemore have opt-outs in their deals, so I'm guessing neither cracks the opening day roster. With Moore and Robinson probably making it, it's tough to see how they do.
Adam
3:16
Is Michael Bourn a logical target for Philly if ATL eats some of the contract?
Jeffrey Todd
3:17
If some = almost all, then maybe, sure, why not.
But I'm guessing Braves won't just dump him if they decide they want him on the 25-man.
Logan
3:17
Where do the Nats turn after the Arroyo injury?
Jeffrey Todd
3:17
Likely scenario was probably Ross/Roark in the rotation anyway, so I don't now that there's a move to be made.
Patrick-11
3:18
Hi,Jeff which division do you think is the best in baseball heading into the 2016 season
Jeffrey Todd
3:18
Wouldn't be shocked to see any single AL team taking their division -- surprised, maybe, at a few, but not shocked. And they all look equally deep. So, all of them.
Worst answer ever, I know.
jeff
3:19
does Gavin Floyd still have anything left? enough to force Sanchez to the pen?
Jeffrey Todd
3:20
For me, if they decide he has enough to merit a job on Opening Day, the strategy would be to open Sanchez in the Triple-A rotation. Then, he's the first guy up if you need an arm in the MLB staff (either rotation or pen).
If you just plug Floyd into the rotation and move Sanchez right to the MLB pen, you're reducing your flexibility if Floyd's arm goes again -- and who knows if/when that might happen?
bill
3:20
do you buy all the hype with the cubs?
Jeffrey Todd
3:21
They have a ton of talent, so yeah. But anointing teams before the season rarely pans out. That's why baseball is great.
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