MLBTR Live Chat with Steve Adams -- 4/11/17
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Cubs
4:02
Do i sign arrietta to a long term deal?
Steve Adams
4:02
I think he's gone as a free agent next winter.
Eppler
4:02
Only possible help in rotation would be Alex Meyer in AAA but he is big if.
Steve Adams
4:03
I still can't believe the Angels are even considering him a starter after he's spent nearly half a decade battling shoulder troubles. He should be in the bullpen throwing in the upper 90s in high-leverage spots, as far as I'm concerned
Keith
4:03
What do you see as the likelihood that Gausman and Bundy combine to give the O's the top of the rotation that they have lacked in recent years?
Steve Adams
4:05
They're a more talented pairing than Baltimore's had in awhile, but we still don't know that Bundy can hold up for a full season with a starter's workload. And the early absence from Tillman isn't helping their cause. The rotation's still going to be the Orioles' weakest link, and it'll still be topheavy. But at least the top arms of the bunch this year will be better than in prior seasons.

I still don't think either Gausman or Bundy pitches like a true "ace" though
python-r
4:06
Why don't Giants resign Pagan? They must believe Parker can hack it in the bigs, yes?
Steve Adams
4:06
I'm frankly not sure. I didn't understand their rationale for entering the season with a combination of Parker/Williamson/Marrero and I still don't get the logic. Upton's a fine depth addition but they could still use better.
shmalex
4:07
more likely to get extended, Goldschmidt, or Pollock
Steve Adams
4:09
I don't think either, but Pollock seems slightly more likely I guess. He'd cost less, he's earned less in his career, missed last season due to injury, etc.
Ed-C
4:10
Now that Pineda showed the potential and is affordable, what do you think the Yankees could get for him or will they wait until the end of the year, not sign him and get the draft choice? I would like 1 stud; 1 AA potential in return.
Steve Adams
4:12
Pineda has shown his potential long before yesterday's gem. Everyone already knows how good he can be when he's at his best.

If the Yankees are contending, they'll hang onto him. If not, I fully expect that they'll move him, but I don't know about getting one "stud" prospect for him. I'd look at something like the Reds got for Cueto a couple of years ago -- three quality pitching prospects. None necessarily elite (though Reed took a step forward following the deal), but all reasonably well-regarded.

If they do get a premium prospect for him, I'd imagine it's a straight 1-for-1 swap (or at least the one elite prospect and then some organizational filler or low-level lotto tickets).
Love the Game
4:12
Any chance Wieters stays with the Nats even if he has a good year
Steve Adams
4:13
Only if he signs an extension, which is possible. But he's not simply going to forego the chance at free agency if he has a good year. If he takes the player option, it's because he played very poorly and/or got hurt.
Ol' PERFESSER
4:14
Fish--Pan fried or deep fried?
Steve Adams
4:14
PAN
Lou
4:14
Do you think David Wright is done?
Steve Adams
4:15
I think he'll make it back to the Majors at some point -- he's under contract for another four years after all -- but I don't have any real expectations that he'll be a regular, above-average big league contributor again.
Eric
4:15
Is Otani on his way this offseason?
Steve Adams
4:17
He certainly suggested that he would be. I'm curious to see what kind of deal he'll work out with a club... I have to imagine that whoever ends up repping him will strongly push for some kind of deal that allows him to hit free agency before he reaches six years of MLB service time.
Go Giants
4:18
Who do I start in left field on my fantasy team (not taking into consideration opposing pitchers)? Andrew Benintendi or Kyle Schwarber?
Steve Adams
4:18
You don't have some kind of utility slot to play the other regularly? Schwarber over Benintendi for me, but I'd find a way to get both into your lineup
4:19
Royals just optioned Matt Strahm and Terrance Gore to AAA. Brutal first week for Strahm, whom I liked very very much heading into the season.
Ken Tremendous
4:19
Byron Buxton is the biggest disappointment in baseball so far. True or false?
Steve Adams
4:21
For him to be the biggest disappointment you'd have to have been expecting him to maintain his enormous September surge last year, which never seemed likely. (He still K'ed at 33% or so even in that hot streak.)

He's had a poor start, but he's 23, was rushed to the Majors way faster than he should've been, and still has fewer than 500 MLB PAs. I can't fathom why Molitor decided to start him off hitting third this season -- I get wanting to show confidence in him, but that also seems like an inordinate amount of pressure to put on him. Batting order isn't something I typically care about, but that decision seemed bizarre.
4:22
At any rate, no I wouldn't call him the "biggest disappointment" in the league. After a week of games, I don't think it's fair to call anyone disappointing. It's one week.
BelgianDip
4:23
Would you rather have a minor league system deep with talent that might lack that top 10 prospect ceiling, or a system that has a couple of standouts but not much depth?
Steve Adams
4:23
The deep system. The number of top 10 overall prospects that turn into actual superstars is probably lower than most people expect or realize.
Closure
4:24
Please rank the following in order of most likely to be the closer by season's end: Knebel, Neris, D. Hudson, A. Vizcaino, Jake Barrett, Capps
Steve Adams
4:24
Neris, Hudson, Vizcaino, Knebel, Capps, Barrett? Neris is the easiest to see closing for me by a fairly wide margin
Adrian Gonzalez
4:25
Cut it to me straight...my best days are way in the rear-view mirror, aren't they?
Steve Adams
4:26
That's true of just about every 34-year-old in Major League Baseball, with a few exceptions here and there (R.A. Dickey, Rich Hill)
Brian
4:26
Can a team actually do that with Otani? Could they really have a hand shaken agreement to non-tender him at the start of arbitration? Seems shady.
Steve Adams
4:28
Cespedes' deal stipulated that he be released after four years. Nori Aoki's deal let him become a free agent early. Different circumstances, but I don't see why not. I haven't looked into the new signing limitations extensively enough yet, but theoretically a team could just sign Otani to the requisite minor league deal with a middling bonus, then immediately select his contract and extend him as well, although maybe that's too transparent a means of circumventing the restrictions.

Point being -- I think he's going to find a way to get paid more handsomely than the system seems to allow.
John
4:29
Over/under 7.5 home runs for ryan howard this year?
Steve Adams
4:29
I'll be mildly surprised if he even reaches the Majors.
Crazy in Alabama
4:29
Do you think Bartolo Colon has a chance at hitting for the cycle this season?
Steve Adams
4:29
I'd call it flat out likely. Place a bet online, posthaste!
AJ
4:30
Why are the Brewers apparently so unwilling to open a spot for Hernan Perez to play full-time? I get it that they like his versatility, but didn't last year suggest he could be a real threat with 500 ABs?
Steve Adams
4:32
Who's to say he can't get 500 ABs bouncing all over the diamond as a super-sub? Seems perfectly plausible to me. His current pace would put him at 470 AB with just 150 games played. He'll be worked in with near regularity.

It's also worth noting, though, that he can't draw a walk to save his life and barely mustered a .300 OBP last season, so it's not like the reluctance to hand him one singular position is entirely baffling.
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