MLBTR Live Chat with Steve Adams -- 11/15/16
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Steve Adams
3:03
Greetings! Back after getting the week off in favor of Tim's free agency chat last week. Sorry you're all stuck with me again, but them's the breaks.
Mark
3:03
What might the Tigers do this offseason?
Steve Adams
3:04
I wrote like 2500 words on this not two weeks ago!

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/11/offseason-outlook-detroit-tigers-7.html

But to give a concise answer, I'll be shocked if JD Martinez is with the team next year, and they'll find a way to dump one or more of Pelfrey, Lowe and Anibal.
Scott
3:04
What do you think the Braves would have to give up to get Sale?
Steve Adams
3:05
Think of the single most painful package of young talent you'd reasonably be able to withstand surrendering. Now triple it.
3:06
I mean, if I'm Rick Hahn, I'm asking for Ender and/or Dansby as starting points and then adding 3-4 prospects from there.
Sam
3:06
Just read on MLB.com that the Braves Inquired about Sale? Is it a smart idea? is it likely they could land him? what are your thoughts?
Steve Adams
3:06
There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball, and I can virtually guarantee you that the only one to not ask about Chris Sale is the one that already has him.
3:07
So while it's quasi-notable that Atlanta reached out, it's probably not as noteworthy as it seems at first glance.
Greg
3:07
Top 3 Brian Dozier trade destinations?
Steve Adams
3:08
Dodgers, Dodgers and Dodgers?

Or less snark-ily, I like the Dodgers, Braves and Angels as on-paper fits, though the Halos don't have much to offer obviously. Royals, too, but there's the whole same division element, and their farm isn't exactly teeming with upper-level pitching talent at the moment.
3:09
And yes, I'm aware that the Braves have Albies coming, but we just finished talking about them trading for an ace, and there's no guarantee their roster looks the same come Spring Training as it does right now. And Dozier's infinitely better than Jace Peterson, and probably better than Albies will be, as well. At least for the next two years.
Padraig
3:10
Jansen stay with the Dodgers?
Steve Adams
3:11
Andrew Friedman hasn't shown a willingness to beat the market in a bidding war yet -- at least not for top-end players. That seems like a smart long-term approach even if the short-term prospects of it are painful for some Dodgers fans. I think he goes elsewhere and the Dodgers trade for a closer/sign multiple quality setup types.
Ram
3:11
Why are the Jays going after Jay Bruce so hard?
Steve Adams
3:13
I don't know that they're going after him "hard," though I guess they've been connected to him for about nine months now, so I get the wording.

And honestly, I'm not sure. They must still think the glove is fine despite metrics like DRS/UZR, which is fine. We've seen that before (Braves/Markakis), and that's their call to make. I've spoken to scouts who have often disagreed with those metrics stating that they undersell guys with limited range but sure hands that can reliably get whatever's hit right to them or in a close proximity. But putting Bruce on turf for a season after he had two knee surgeries a couple years ago and has faded enormously in each of the past two second halves seems weird to me.
There are plenty of better left-handed bats out there. I frankly don't like Bruce all that much as a player at all. He's useful, but he's not someone I'd ever want to pay like a regular
Tyler
3:14
The Padres #1 FA target is pitching. Would mid-tier targets like Derek Holland and Doug Foster be the most realistic options?
Steve Adams
3:15
Yeah I don't see why either of those guys wouldn't be curious about trying to reestablish himself in San Diego, and the Friars aren't going after expensive multi-year guys like Hill and Hammel, so that works. I'd imagine they'll re-sign Clayton Richard as well.
Wayward
3:15
I know it is early but anything surprised you yet?
Steve Adams
3:16
Hellickson accepting the qualifying offer and, to a lesser extent, Walker doing the same. I can see it with Walker coming off surgery. Hellickson just left $30MM+ on the table, it seems. He may come out better off next year when the QO system likely will be revamped (he may not be eligible for receiving one in successive years, for instance), but that's a big gamble to take for any pitcher -- especially one that has a fairly notable injury history.
Joey
3:17
Do you think JD Martinez could bring back a package including a top 100 prospect?
Steve Adams
3:17
Yep. And if he can't, then they should hold onto him and shop him again in July.
Jay
3:17
Do you see the Nationals moving Danny Espinosa to open an infield spot for Turner?
Steve Adams
3:19
There are multiple different angles to pursue -- keep Turner in CF and pursue help in other areas... play Turner at SS and pursue a center fielder... the flexibility he offers them is really nice. It'd be easier for them to acquire an outfielder though, so my bet is on Turner playing shortstop next year.

I don't think that means they have to move Espinosa though. They love the glove and he'd be a fine bench piece for them. If they moved him, they'd just be looking for someone to fill that Stephen Drew type of role next year. Espi could do that himself.
3:20
To the two of you who are copying/pasting the same damn question over and over and submitting 100 times -- that just makes you less likely to get answered, especially since I have a handy "block user's questions" button on my end.
Jonathan
3:20
Greg Holland sign for... ?
Steve Adams
3:20
Two years and $18-20MM plus some incentives for games finished
Matt
3:22
Why has nobody talked about jose quintana at all? That man is ace 2 for the pale hose and nobodys talking about him
Steve Adams
3:22
Quintana is constantly talked about and has been since this past summer.
Kyle
3:22
Is Matt Holliday a viable first base option for the Rockies?
Steve Adams
3:23
He's played 10 games at first base in his career. I think that's really only a nostalgia connection for Rockies fans. I mean, pretend he's any other 37-year-old coming off a .246/.322/.461 season with no experience at first base..... is that who you hope your front office is prioritizing?
Danny
3:24
Matt Harrison released - seems like he could be a nice bounceback candidate to compete for a job with his original team, the Braves
Steve Adams
3:24
He was released because the Phillies probably don't think he's ever going to be able to pitch again. The guy's back is toast.
Jonathan
3:24
Favorite baseball field and city (not a baseball city neccesary)
Steve Adams
3:25
AT&T is my go-to answer for favorite park I've been to. City-wise, San Fran, New York, Minneapolis and Chicago, though I'm a bit biased since I'm from Minneapolis and live in NYC now.
Oh, Seattle too -- city wise. Safeco's fine, but not atop my list or anything.
Matt E
3:26
Could the Reds be in on guys like Romo, Blanton, or Koji?
Steve Adams
3:26
They should be. They need bullpen arms. Plus they can offer some higher-leverage spots to the second- and third-tier bullpen guys that contending teams may not promise. Not sure I'd love Romo at GABP though -- fly-ball pitcher with an 86mph heater doesn't seem like he'd do well in that bandbox.
Sam
3:27
Christmas music has started. Too soon?
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