Szymborski Chat, 12/7/2015
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Dan Szymborski
12:31
I think not. Losing Carrasco/Salazar makes it a lot less necessary to replace Brantley
Jason
12:31
Soo who closes in LA now, do you think? Think it's still Chapman?
Dan Szymborski
12:31
I have no idea how this sorts out.
Habichuela
12:31
What do the Mariners do at first base?
Dan Szymborski
12:31
Bring in a mediocre DH and pray, most likely
Meowmix
12:31
What 2nd tier starter do you like the best? Iwakuma, Kazmir, Lackey, Samardzija, etc.
Dan Szymborski
12:31
Lackey
Guest
12:31
Whose your favorite pitcher and hitter since you've been alive?
Dan Szymborski
12:31
Mussina, Will Clark
Larry Bernandez
12:31
Kyle Schwarber is sort of an Adam Dunn
The Dude
12:32
Do you like the Dodgers plan of going after multiple mid-tier arms rather than a front-of-the-line rotation ace?
Dan Szymborski
12:32
I think it's *a* plan, not necessarily a product of a conscious decision to not go after an ace. They tried to keep Greinke
Cecil45
12:32
Thoughts on Al Avila as GM so far.
Dan Szymborski
12:32
Meh. Nothing super-horrible, nothing that creative or interesting.
Tom
12:32
Is 15m a year as insane for Kuma? 39th highest SP contract in history (according to Cot's) for a guy who will be 37 when the deal ends
Dan Szymborski
12:32
Age doesn't really matter for a pitcher.
Pitchers don't have aging curves like hitters do.
12:33
They're mostly OK until their arm goes at 22 or 32 or 42.
It's only when you get to 39, 40 that you start to see *real* aging for pitchers.
Pitchers are more generic arm risk.
Than specific age risk
Owen S.
12:33
Let's say your team is "given" 40 WAR, and you are allowed to allocate that WAR, and how each player accumulates his allocated WAR (eg. defense or offense), however you please. Is there an optimal way in which one should distribute said WAR? I'm thinking that, given the non-linear value of offense, devoting all WAR to position players, and having them accumulate that WAR almost entirely by means of offense, is the best strategy.
Dan Szymborski
12:34
Depends on the organization, honestly. I dont' like hard-and-fast rules because hard-and-fast rules don't apply themselves well to specific situations
And given how much revenue is at stake, I always want to do better than a hard-and-fast solution
Johnny5Alive
12:34
So the mets are already leaking out about how many of the players they should have been linked to are out of their price range. Despite all the extra revenue generated last season. When will MLB step in and get rid of the IWilpons like they did McCourt?
Dan Szymborski
12:34
I tend to think if MLB was inclined to push out the Wilpons, they already would have.
2-D
12:34
What do you think is the most important factor an MLB team looks for in minor league affiliates?
Dan Szymborski
12:34
Location, cooperation
Rick
12:35
How did Toscano's ZiPS WAR projection end up better than Olivera's?
Dan Szymborski
12:36
Because he's young enough to have upside and played extremely well in Cuba at young ages.
12:37
It's not like Olivera's done much recently - his last season in which he played at an MLB level was 2011.
Happy Fun Ball
12:37
So we all know there's a 0% chance the LADs go with a L/R closer tandem as games warrant. What's your guestimate on how many games this will theoretically cost them?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
None. It's not like righties crush Chapman.
Cochise
12:38
Why aren't you in Nashville?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
Had a bunch of stuff to do at home and I've traveled a lot the last two weeks
Will probably go next year.
Really, if I'm there, it's mostly for drinking and good times and I actually need less of both.
A
12:39
how do you read a chat?
Dan Szymborski
12:39
My eyes look at the symbols that are commonly used in English communication and my brain associates the patterns of the symbols with the speech that I have learned over my life.
Larry Bernandez
12:40
Jesus Montero will be 1st at the snack bar
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