Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat
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Randall Simon
12:52
Remember when Steve Lyons pulled down his pants at first base? That was funny, huh?
Travis Sawchik
12:52
That was something.
Eric
12:53
How strictly do you think the Dodgers will manage Urias' innings and what tyoe
Travis Sawchik
12:53
I would imagine there will be a conservative approach
NatsFan
12:53
Are you at all nervous about the lack of an established Nats closer? Haven't sabermetric thought watered down the idea that a collection of good bulllpen arms will suddenly be terrible because one person hasn't collected enough of an arbitrary statistic?
Travis Sawchik
12:53
I'm not. But the Nats seem to be (like most teams, they could use more relief help)
baby bull
12:54
who do you think becomes the better player, Meadows or Bellinger?
Travis Sawchik
12:54
Meadows because of the glove and position on defensive spectrum
Jonathan
12:54
Your favorite ballpark? Your favorite ballpark food item?
Travis Sawchik
12:56
I haven not been to all 30 but my top five: Wrigley, PNC Park, (no bias, great park) AT&T, Dodger Stadium, Petco .... I don't get around the concession stands much. SF's garlic fries get a lot of hype. They're OK
Kiermaier's Engaged Green Eyes
12:57
The Rays had an opening at 1B, a need for a good righty bat, and faced a market of available power bats like Carter and Park. And they came out with LoMo? Is there any hope left of being able to do better than LoMo/Franklin/Beckham filling in on the infield every day?
Travis Sawchik
12:58
I think the Rays have their Opening Day infield set. I understand why some preferred Carter or Napoli over LoMo... . But, overall, I really like the Rays' offseason. I love the De Leon pick up for them
Sean
12:59
How do you order the AL East, as a Jay's fan whose our biggest threat to a wildcard; Yankees, Orioles, or the Rays (I expect a lot from Tampa Bay for some reason)
Travis Sawchik
12:59
I think it's the most difficult division to figure out after Boston... FanGraphs has the Orioles finishing in last place and they were in the postseason last year
Hillary
1:00
Will Didi Gregorious be able to hit 20 HR again? More?
Travis Sawchik
1:00
I want someone to do an independent measurement of the dimensions at New Yankee...fences seem awfully close
ohioastrosfan
1:02
First time playing fantasy baseball this year, it's a roto style. I'm pretty knowledgeable on advanced stats and most players. Any tips?
Travis Sawchik
1:02
When in doubt, take the younger player
Sam
1:03
Zips has Miguel Sano projected for .235/.324/.471 with 26 HR's. I must be greatly overrating Sano, because I think this seems very low for him. Do you forsee a Sano breakout, or are the Zips about right in your eyes?
Travis Sawchik
1:03
I foresee 35 HRs, with health, and .820ish OPS
Phantastic
1:03
if you're building a winner from the bottom up with the upcoming FA classes, what do you emphasize in your Minor leagues? Pitching or Bats?
Travis Sawchik
1:05
Tough to argue with what the Cubs have done, position players should be more stable and less injury-prone, but they also have the financial resources to fill in rotation voids
DTH
1:05
If they're out of it at the deadline, would Arizona look to trade Greinke already? And if so, what does the trade look like? Mostly salary relief with a few minor prospects, or would Arizona eat a lot of money to try to get a decent piece and restock the farm?
Travis Sawchik
1:06
Possible, sure. If ownership is willing, big if, I'd try to eat as much salary as possible to maximize return
BirdBall
1:07
The Yankees and W. Sox both have "drastically" improved their farm systems, but how much of a difference is there between an elite system like the Yankees/Braves, an Average System like the Rockies and a "barren" system like the Angels? How much in Millions would the Angels pay to have the Braves system as an example?
Travis Sawchik
1:08
Significant gaps ... not sure about dollar value ... but nine figures
Big Cheese
1:10
Do the Jays sign Pagan or one of the Bullpen arms remaining like Wood/Blanton/Etc? Or do you think they are content to start the season as is?
Travis Sawchik
1:10
Jays would do well to add. That AL wild card race looks like a potential logjam
Matt
1:10
This morning, RotoGraphs released fantasy OF rankings. Benintendi was somewhere around the mid-40s. Is this a standard example of level-setting expectations, or is more of his value tied up in defense than I had initially expected?
Travis Sawchik
1:11
Probably a measure to curb enthusiasm, a lot of rookies struggle to meet expectations and justify dollars bid in auction drafts. But Benintendi looks like an exception, to me
Sandy Kazmir
1:12
Here's a good look at top-100 prospect rankings by team using the Point of Pittsburgh surplus values: http://theprocessreport.net/the-top-100s-are-coming-the-top-100s-are-coming/
Travis Sawchik
1:13
Should Angels pay $280 million for Braves' farm system?
Burny
1:13
How many Chris Sale type packages of prospects is Mike Trout worth? I think 3.
Travis Sawchik
1:14
2.5. But who has that system? (The Braves)
YKnotDisco?!
1:15
Is there anyone with more pressure heading into the MLB 2017 season than Joe Davis?
Travis Sawchik
1:15
Ha. I met Joe when he was doing ESPN 360 games, incredible rise
Hank
1:15
It seems like Joe Blanton would be a great fit for the Cubs. But, it also seems like Joe Blanton would be a great fit for every team in majors. Where do you think Blanton will sign?
Travis Sawchik
1:15
Why is Joe Blanton still unsigned? I'd like him for Cubs, I'd like him for about all 30 MLB teams
John
1:16
Is Greinke even tradeable? His contract is outrageous, and a small to mid market team usually can't afford to eat salaries.
Travis Sawchik
1:17
Arizona would have to eat a lot of money, one would think ..... but they signed on to pay for it, so hypothetically they should be able to cover the majority of it
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