MLBTR Live Chat With Jeff Todd
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Jeffrey Todd
2:05
Hey y'all. Let's talk some baseball.
Bork
2:05
Hello, friend!
Jeffrey Todd
2:06
Howdy. Is this Judge Bork? You were so big in the 80s.
Tommy
2:06
Could Brandon Phillips be a fit for the Royals?
Jeffrey Todd
2:07
Here's the thing with Phillips: he apparently sought an extra guaranteed year on his deal in exchange for waiving his no-trade clause when presented with a chance to reunite with Dusty and play for the Nats. KC isn't going to do that, either, and I'm not sure anyone else will.
Mike
2:07
How do you feel about Greinke to Boston?
Jeffrey Todd
2:08
It's not producing a strong emotional reaction ... from an analytical perspective, I'd say a Greinke deal seems pretty darn unlikely. But you'd have to list the BoSox as one of only a few hypothetical teams with interest.
Adam
2:08
If Atlanta packages Julio Teheran & Arodys Vizcaino together, what type of package would that return?
Jeffrey Todd
2:09
I'm not sure why these two would be particularly likely to go in a package deal -- which is rare enough as it is. Remember, the Shark/Hammel package was for 1.5 seasons of the former and .5 of the latter. Here, you're talking about two guys with extended control.
willy9
2:09
Are the Jays now the best team in the AL East?
Jeffrey Todd
2:10
Not if they weren't already. It's all the natural ebbs and flows. They have always seemed like they'll have about as good a shot as any team in that division.
Cole
2:10
Thoughts on Contreras call up??
Jeffrey Todd
2:11
Now that gets me revved up a bit. Really interested to see how they use him and how he performs. Not at all sure what they'll do with Montero if Contreras lights it up, though they have carried 3 catchers before.
Leo
2:11
Dodgers got to make a move for a bat right? Or at least another starting arm.
Jeffrey Todd
2:12
Far as pitching goes, don't forget they have several guys coming off of the assembly and re-assembly lines. They'll want to see if Puig gets right and such before deciding. Doubt they'll be in a rush to make a move.
Bork
2:13
With Sanchez heading to the pen at some point this season, should the Jays try to trade for a SP or just go with Hutchison?
Jeffrey Todd
2:13
Interesting part of that is whether they will be able to get a good feel for what they can expect from Hutch before the deadline. Could definitely warrant pursuing another arm, but the new FO has spoken before about thinking the farm is a bit thin, so I don't know how much they'll be looking to do.
Andy
2:14
What are the Cubs doing with the Contreras call-up? Showcasing him for a trade or getting ready to start him at C?
Jeffrey Todd
2:14
He's not being traded, and if he were, they wouldn't need to showcase him.
Les Gomez
2:14
How can the Mets not sign Yulieski Gourriel?
Jeffrey Todd
2:14
Nobody really knows how much money they can/will spend, but it looks like a fit.
Isaac
2:14
Does Aaron Blair lose his rotation spot to Tyrell Jenkins any time soon?
Jeffrey Todd
2:15
Jenkins moved to the pen last I heard.
wvpirate
2:15
Pirates restock for 17 or go for the wild card this year?
Jeffrey Todd
2:15
They can and will essentially do both. Core is intact for some time and they have some nice prospects at/near the majors. No need for a sell-off or wild acquisition spree this summer.
willy9
2:15
Should the Jays move Sanchez to the pen to limit his innings?
Jeffrey Todd
2:16
Ah, another Strasburg-ish question. I don't know, that's wading into hot take territory.
Whatever they decided before the season made sense probably still does, though.
Jon
2:16
Do you think the Cubs will now look to move Montero??
Jeffrey Todd
2:17
Thing is, he's a nice platoon match for Contreras next year. I think they'll hold onto him at least until they see what Willson does and/or have a pressing need for a roster spot. (Can always option Contreras, of course.)
Oliver
2:18
Are the Yankees sellers at the deadline? If so, what can they expect to get for Chapman, Miller, Beltran, Betances?
Jeffrey Todd
2:19
I'd need a crystal ball for that one. I'll still guess no, in the traditional sense of "seller." Could see them making a lateral move with one of the relievers for a starter or young hitter, but that's tough to pull off at the deadline if you're asking for a MLB piece in return.
Beltran could be an interesting guy to watch, I guess, but I really don't think he's going to draw a fantastic return if he's shopped.
Les Gomez
2:20
Would Wheeler, Plawecki and Nimmo be enough for Lucroy?
Jeffrey Todd
2:20
Seems within a range of reasonableness. But I don't think Stearns would jump at it if offered right now.
Kyle Schwarber's mom
2:21
So who do the Cubs trade to the Yanks for Chapman? Vogelbach and change. Definitely not my Kyle!
Jeffrey Todd
2:21
No, not your Kyle. I don't see it.
Charlie in KY
2:21
staying on the Reds, shouldn't they try to capitalize on Bruce ASAP?
Jeffrey Todd
2:22
Yeah probably. It's always a balance. Plus, not all potential buyers are ready to act now -- they don't yet know their needs. Reason things usually wait til the deadline is that everybody is gathering as much info as possible before acting.
Neal
2:22
What's the market like for Jay Bruce? any other realistic trade candidates from Cincy?
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