MLBTR Live Chat with Steve Adams -- 4/4/17
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Brandon
3:32
Is 50 home runs plausible for khris davis?
Steve Adams
3:33
Sure. I mean, he hit 42 last season despite only picking up 610 PAs and getting into 150 games. It's not likely, but 2016 stands as proof that it's within the range of realistic outcomes for him in a given season.
Guest
3:34
Do you foresee the white sox winning 85 games
Steve Adams
3:34
Absolutely.

Not in 2017. Or in 2018. But eventually yeah.
Ben
3:34
Looking back, how would grade the Nats deal with Jayson Werth, and do you think there will be any interest in him next season, maybe from an AL team?
Steve Adams
3:36
It probably worked out better than most expected when he signed. They took a ton of flak, and I remember being floored by that deal, but he had two brilliant years there, plus another couple of useful seasons thus far. Interest in him will entirely depend on how he performs this year. As we saw this past offseason, aging sluggers had pretty tough time finding good deals, with the exception of Beltran and Holliday (both of whom hit fairly well in 2016).
Bobby Evans
3:37
Am I already on the phone looking for more bullpen help?
Steve Adams
3:37
Because Melancon blew a save? No. Because Will Smith is out for the year? Maybe. But they'll mess around with internal options for awhile before making a significant outside addition.
milw fan
3:38
With Braun's 10 & 5 rights kicking in this season, do you think he's a Brewer for life ? Or if his numbers are comparable to last year, does someone blow the Brewers (and Braun) away with an offer ?
Steve Adams
3:38
I don't think the 10&5 rights matter too terribly much. There were only six teams he could be traded to without his consent in the first place. If one of those clubs comes calling, he'll approve it I'd imagine. And, if he's raking on a bad Brewers team, there might be some appeal to him moving back to a contender for the first time in several years.
Mo Vaughn
3:39
Can Judge, Sanchez, and Bird really power the Yankees to the playoffs? Or will their lack of established pitching hold them back?
Steve Adams
3:40
I just don't know how the Yankees are going to get through the season as contenders with the collection of arms they have. I was shocked that they didn't address the rotation this winter.
Alex
3:40
Who is the next cubs prospect traded this summer to bolster the post season run?
Steve Adams
3:41
The Cubs don't even know the answer to that question. But guys like Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario don't exactly have a clear-cut place on the diamond moving forward. That didn't stop Baez from establishing himself as a key piece, of course, but eventually they're just not going to have room for more position players -- or at least, the position-player prospects they possess will be more valuable as trade commodities than as limited-usage bench parts.
Please
3:42
Can't choose Trout who is your AL MVP?
Steve Adams
3:42
I refuse. I still choose Trout!

But fine I'll play along. Machado.
Trevor Plouffe
3:43
Tonight I'm going 5-6 with 4 home runs
Steve Adams
3:43
You heard it here first. Way to aim high, Trev.
A guy
3:43
How underrated is the Tigers Rotation?
Steve Adams
3:45
I don't know that you can consider it underrated. We have no idea what to expect out of Zimmermann this season, Norris has a limited track record of success, and Boyd really hasn't had any MLB success to date.

The potential for a very good starting five is there between those three, Verlander and Fulmer, but the questions surrounding it are valid.
Un Habitant
3:45
Why do you hate Montreal? If it's the Poutine, I understand.
Steve Adams
3:45
I've never been to Montreal but you'll never catch me saying a bad word about poutine.
Pirates
3:45
Who is the odd man out in the rotation when king ham and others come up?
Steve Adams
3:46
It's more likely that Kingham or Brault comes up due to an injury, I'd say, but I'm the least bullish on Kuhl of the current starting five in terms of my performance expectations. Could also see Glasnow struggling with his control and getting another turn through AAA I guess.
Padres front office
3:47
Will anyone be willing to make trades with us after we cheated teams last year?
Steve Adams
3:48
Of course. If the Padres have something another club wants and are willing to part with it, past actions aren't going to get in the way. Teams may be a bit more thorough on their medical reviews, but Preller and the Padres also know they're under a microscope.
Mariners just claimed Evan Marshall off waivers from the D-backs. Smyly to the 60-day DL. Doesn't look like he'll be back before June.
Atlanta Braves
3:49
Is there any hope for contention this year?
Steve Adams
3:49
I'd be very surprised. But they'll be better.
Chris sullivan
3:49
How close are the Rockies to contending again?
Steve Adams
3:50
I don't think they're as close as some in the media have made them out to be. They kind of "won the offseason" in the eyes of many, but they've already been hit by injuries and I was never really sold on their pitching in the first place, though it's better than in recent years.
mlb
3:51
that price trade for smyly is looking more like a bust every day
Steve Adams
3:51
Rays still have Willy Adames from that deal, who is rated as a consensus top 20-40 prospect in the game. And they moved Smyly to get Mallex Smith this offseason as well, so there's some trickle-down value there, too.
larry
3:52
The reds will be the surprise team this year. They will win 75-80 games this year. Thoughts?
Steve Adams
3:53
The won 68 games last year... I guess I don't consider them winning 75 a huge surprise. 80 would be more surprising, but I also don't think they'll get there. We're talking about a team with Scott Feldman, Rookie Davis, Amir Garrett and Bronson Arroyo in its current rotation.
3:54
Garrett, like Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson, could very well surface as a quality starter, but there's just so much uncertainty there in that rotation with DeSclafani shelved for awhile.
Brandon
3:55
E. Santana for joe kelly. Who hangs up first?
Steve Adams
3:55
No way the Twins move Santana for Joe Kelly
Aces high!
3:55
Looks like Kershaw and Mad-Bum were on target, but Quintana has already allowed three jacks (Like Kluber did last night). You think the trade talks and pressure to perform (maximum value creation) has subconsciously leaked in? Or chalk it up to a bad day? Maybe the WBC hurts more than helps?
Steve Adams
3:56
That's a whole lot to read into one bad start. Great pitchers have bad starts all the time. The only reason you're focusing on this one is because it's the first of the season. If Quintana had this outing on May 29 or something, would it even be a thought?
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