MLBTR Live Chat with Steve Adams -- 1/3/17
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Steve Adams
3:21
Happy 2017 to all! Hope the holidays treated you well. Start throwing some questions my way and we'll get rolling in a minute
Brian
3:23
Any update on Jose Quintana and the White Sox?
Steve Adams
3:24
There hasn't been much in the way of updates on anything over the holidays, unfortunately. I don't think the Sox are motivated to move Quintana in the way that they'll trade him no matter what this winter. Teams know the asking price right now, and no one's been willing to meet it. If I had to guess, I'd say a July trade or a trade next offseason is more likely.
Bruce
3:24
Please tell me braves aren't going to trade inciarte.
Steve Adams
3:25
Coppolella has done nothing but indicate that he considers Inciarte a long-term, core piece. Signing him to the extension wasn't done to improve his trade value, it was done to genuinely extend Atlanta's control over him. I'd be floored if the Braves trade him.
Robby
3:25
does bautista end up signing a one year deal to rebuild value or do you see him signing a multi year deal at a discounted rate
Steve Adams
3:26
One-year deal at a premium rate (near or slightly above the QO) to return to Toronto is the most plausible outcome for me right now.
Jacob
3:26
Do you see Tyson Ross taking a three or four your deal that gives him extra money based on performance and innings pitched
Steve Adams
3:27
Tyson Ross is signing a one-year deal. No one's giving him three and certainly not four coming off TOS surgery and 4 innings pitched last year.
Fred
3:27
I hope my Yankees go get Mark Trumbo
Steve Adams
3:28
That would fly in the face of most of the team's efforts to get younger and more athletic in recent years. Veteran additions to the lineup will be in the Matt Holliday mold -- one year and affordable deals. I don't think there's any real chance of Trumbo going to the Yankees unless he severely drops his asking price. I'd bet on a return to Baltimore at this point.
Rb
3:28
Quintana for Rodgers and tapia? Who says no colorodo or Chicago?
Steve Adams
3:28
Not enough for the White Sox.
Ben F
3:28
So dozier would have been traded by now right
Steve Adams
3:29
Not necessarily. Dodgers could be exploring other alternatives knowing that there aren't too many teams lining up to beat their offer. If their alternatives don't come through, maybe they circle back and offer De Leon plus one other meaningful prospect and a lower-level lotto ticket or something.
Gary H. Pornswinslow
3:30
Who is the next big-deal Brewer player to break out?
Steve Adams
3:30
I think Orlando Arcia will have a nice season, though a lot of his value is going to be tied to his glove, so it may not be as apparent when looking at his offensive statsd.
stats, even
Drew
3:31
Are the Indians done? Or could they sign one more guy/trade a SP?
Steve Adams
3:31
I don't think they're done, but I wouldn't expect them to move anyone from the rotation. They could use another left-handed reliever and some more outfield depth though. Maybe a bench piece that can bounce around the diamond, though Erik Gonzalez may just get a crack at that role at a league-minimum salary after having a really nice AAA year in 2016.
Houzer
3:31
Is the prospect of JV and/or Miggy getting moved pretty much a dead issue at this point?
Steve Adams
3:32
I don't think there was every any reason to expect either one to be traded.
Full no-trade protection and enormous contracts, especially in Miggy's case.
Jerry Dipoto
3:32
What do I need more to win AL West...a SP or an OF
Steve Adams
3:34
Another rotation piece is a bigger need, from my vantage point. I think they can get by with Leonys Martin in center and a bunch of platoon work in the corners more easily than they can get by with a Felix-Kuma-Paxton-Karns-Miranda rotation, especially since a couple of those SPs are bound to get hurt, and their depth options (Heston, Whalen) aren't all that exciting.
Manny
3:34
Do you see Bregman having a big year in Houston?
Steve Adams
3:36
Bregman got off to a slow start then hit .313/.354/.577 over his final 175 PA to close out the season. Obviously I'm not expecting that level of production over the life of a full year, but he's a monster in the making, especially with the short porch to his pull side and the center field fence coming in at Minute Maid.
Lupe
3:36
Does anyone sign Billy Butler?
Steve Adams
3:37
Sure. He's only going to cost the league minimum, since the A's are paying the rest of his $10MM salary for the 2017 season. He wasn't a terrible hitter last year -- just about a league-average one without any defensive value. That's not a $10MM player, but someone will take him for $535K
Gary H. Pornswinslow
3:37
Any chance Jorge Soler plays on a fulltime basis?
Steve Adams
3:37
I'd be surprised if the Royals didn't give him everyday at-bats.
Eric
3:37
Ignoring the other pieces that the Twins have, what's Sano's best position? Is he really a third baseman?
Steve Adams
3:39
He has a massive arm -- I've seen it graded 60 and 70 on the 20-80 scale -- and that's a bit of a waste at third base. I doubt he'll ever be a great third baseman, but he can be passable there while he's younger. Moving him to right field for a half-season was one of the worst decisions of Terry Ryan's tenure in Minnesota, as far as I'm concerned, and set his defense back at third base even further. Even if he's only ever a slightly below-average 3B at his best, they should still keep him there.
Disgruntled Nats fan
3:39
What do the nationals need to do to win a playoff series?
Steve Adams
3:40
Luck?

Like it or not, playoff series largely come down to a crapshoot. We see the better team lose them frequently. A dominant bullpen certainly helps, given the way that the built-in off days allow teams to rest their top relievers, though. Nats certainly don't have that now, so adding a high-leverage arm (or a potential high-leverage arm like Holland) certainly makes some sense.
JEFF L
3:41
Springer, Bregman, Martes. Paulino and K Tucker for Mike Trout. Who hangs up first? Certainly not the Angels.
Steve Adams
3:41
Sure, that might well get the Angels to move him, but the Astros would never offer it, so it's kind of a moot point.
Ausmus
3:42
If the Tigers are 15-25 at the end of May will I be out of a job?
Steve Adams
3:42
It seems silly to fire him based on the team's performance next year when he hasn't been set up to be a contender by a front office that is more focused on shedding payroll than it is on adding quality pieces.
I can see it happening, I suppose, but if they were going to move on from him the better time to do so would've been following the season.
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