MLBTR Live Chat with Steve Adams -- 12/13/16
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3:29
How bad does the Morales deal look right now? Oldest player to get 3 years?
Steve Adams
3:30
Mid-tier free agents that sign early almost always do better than those that wait.
San Diego
3:30
Is there any rule against a roster entirely comprised of Rule 5 picks?

...asking for a friend.
Steve Adams
3:30
AJ is that you?
Puzzled Pirate Patron
3:31
Hey Steve ! Don't know what the Pirates are up to at all! Other than McCutchen chatter, this team seems to be doing nothing. Lots of pitching questions, the Jung Ho issues, etc. Please help me figure out what they seem to be doing / not doing!
Steve Adams
3:33
They probably invested most of their time in DC to exploring McCutchen deals, but I find the asking prices they were floating out there to be largely ridiculous. They'll add some back-end starter and a reliever and spend the rest of the winter quietly marketing McCutchen, Tony Watson, Josh Harrison, Jaso and other 1-2 year commitments.

The Pirates don't have the revenue stream to spend at the levels that'll make them aggressive every winter, and they're going to look to turn some of their expensive assets into longer-term commodities while still remaining afloat in the NL Central. It's not exciting for Pirates fans, but it's reality for a low-revenue/small-market club.
Hotdog on a bun
3:33
Do you consider me to be a sandwich?
Steve Adams
3:33
Sandwich all day.
Chris
3:33
Does Trumbo make sense for the Jays at 1B where is he better defensively?
Steve Adams
3:34
I can't comprehend why any team would meet Trumbo's asking price when a blatantly superior player is available in free agency for probably not *that* much more (Encarnacion).
Rob
3:34
Bautista a better fit for RF or 1B these days?
Steve Adams
3:34
DH?
Ray
3:34
Should the O's trade Britton or Brach
Steve Adams
3:34
I think they *should* explore Britton trades but don't think they will. Not sure how else they're going to upgrade that rotation, though.
Jeff
3:35
What are your thoughts on Braves GM John Coppolella's comments about not having needs in the starting rotation?
Steve Adams
3:36
I don't think they have a definitive NEED. They have five guys who will give them competitive innings, three of whom can serve as one-year bridges to higher-ceiling talent. Saying they don't *need* someone in the rotation isn't the same as saying there's no room for an upgrade. If the Rays dropped their asking price on Chris Archer (which won't happen, but just as an example), sure it'd make sense for the Braves to jump back into the mix.
Respect
3:36
Which time zone do you use? And mlbtr?
Steve Adams
3:37
I'm in the Eastern Timezone, though MLBTR posts and everything are based off of CT, where our owner, Tim Dierkes, resides in the Chicago suburbs.
Ziom z Polski
3:38
How big of a contract do you think Colby Rasmus will get? Can the A's get him for 1 year and 8mln? And do you think that's who the A's are going to have playing CF regularly in 2017?
Steve Adams
3:38
They can probably get him for less than that. He had a poor year and had a pair of offseason surgeries.
Jeff Todd
3:38
Am I being traded?
Steve Adams
3:39
Fangraphs won't make Eno Sarris or Jeff Sullivan available, so I think negotiations are pretty much at an impasse.
Nats
3:39
Gio+ for Britton. Thoughts?
Steve Adams
3:40
The "plus" in that sentence would have to be someone like Victor Robles. I like Gio more than most but I don't think the O's are going to consider that fair value for a player that could net them tons of young talent. Look at what the Indians gave up to get Andrew Miller.
Lou
3:41
Who plays SS for the Twins if they trade Dozier and Polanco moves to 2B? Escobar doesn't excite.
Steve Adams
3:42
If they trade Dozier I wouldn't bank on anyone exciting materializing. They could easily go with Escobar or sign a one-year guy like Aybar/Stephen Drew in hopes of flipping them somewhere for a nominal return next summer.
3:43
If it's the Dodgers, could also just get a utility type like Chris Taylor as part of the return.... doesn't come with tons of value but can at least be plugged in at SS.
Stamade Evs
3:43
Are the Giants paying for Mark Melancon's decline years?
Steve Adams
3:43
Yep.
Jeff
3:43
Sonny Gray had a down year last year, but is that the only factor hampering his perceived lack of market this offseason?
Steve Adams
3:44
He pitched poorly and was hurt. The A's don't feel like selling low on him, and no team wants to meet the pre-2016 asking price coming off a shaky season. It's not a good time to trade him.
Then again, the same is true of McCutchen and yet he's been the most oft-mentioned name around here for the better part of a week, it seems.
Alderson
3:44
What will I get or Bruce?
Steve Adams
3:45
Nothing of much use. I can see the Jays parting with a marginal reliever and taking on his salary, and I'd consider that a fine outcome for the Mets.
That Guy
3:45
Does Tyson Ross make sense for the Astros?
Steve Adams
3:46
He makes theoretical sense for any of the 30 teams in baseball. He's a high-ceiling pitcher that can be had on a reasonable one-year deal.
Tony
3:46
De Leon, Calhoun, and Brock Stewart for Dozier...does that get it done for LA?
Steve Adams
3:47
Something built around De Leon makes sense to me, yeah. I know Calhoun has plenty of question marks surrounding his glove and where he'll ultimately settle in from a defensive standpoint, so maybe the Twins prefer a more well-rounded prospect, but that's not an unreasonable collection of names there.
T Mase Saved
3:47
Do you see Justin Wilson being moved? What could Tigers expect in return?
Steve Adams
3:49
Yeah plenty of teams want left-handed relief, and the Tigers could get a pair of respectable minor leaguers to add to the system. No front-line prospects, but they traded a pair of near-MLB-ready back-end SPs / relievers for him, and I don't see why they couldn't get a similar return even though he now has one less year of control remaining. Teams always want lefty relief help.
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