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Travis Sawchik
12:36
I could see that ... And that peak would make the Padres very pleased
Nicole
12:36
Tito has named Yan Gomes the Indians starting catcher. Was it the right decision? Also, what is a realistic expectation of Gomes this season? I highly doubt he will ever repeat his 2014.
Travis Sawchik
12:37
Players typically don't lose their jobs to injury, but if he doesn't perform he'll quickly lose playing time as the Indians know they have another option behind him
Rich
12:39
Value ranking Paxton- Gausman-Nola - Richards - Dynasty keeper- thanks
Travis Sawchik
12:39
Paxton-Nola-Richards-Gausman
Aaron
12:40
In your stars-and-scrubs article, the thing that stuck out most to me was that the Rangers won their division with less than 30 WAR, that seems incredible. Would love to see an article on how rare this is/what has to happen for this to even be possible.
Travis Sawchik
12:40
Thanks. I will put this down on the idea/research list
James
12:40
Indians fan here... Am I right or wrong in thinking the AL West is going to be incredibly interesting this year? Rangers got super lucky last year by the projections, the Mariners made some interesting moves, the Angels have Trout, and the Astros are goooood. Am I wrong to think the Mariners are the dark horse here?
Travis Sawchik
12:41
Oh, it's a fascinating division. Every team but the A's seems to have a path. I like the Astros, myself
Ben
12:41
I agree with your assessment regarding the 10 worst transaction list, but don't you think this is a byproduct of this being a terrible FA class preceding two pretty excellent ones? It seems pretty universally believed that free agency is an inefficient way to build a team and I see no reason to believe this has or will change.
Travis Sawchik
12:43
There were fewer opportunities to sign a really large, really bad contract this offseason, FA is really inefficient, generally, unless we see fewer young stars sign extensions that buyout arb and free agency years and then we have more 27-28 year old impact guys hit free agency
Sonny
12:44
What does ownership/FO trashing a player on the roster do to a clubhouse? Can't recall a recent example from Pitt but Levine/Betances is awful
Travis Sawchik
12:45
It can create some bitterness ... but ultimately players have financial motivation to go out and perform at their top levels.
Matt
12:45
Travis - why aren't you celebrating President's Day?
Travis Sawchik
12:45
Enemies of the People (all journalists, right?) do not celebrate government holidays
Erik
12:46
What player's 2017 will have the largest effect on his Hall of Fame chances? Someone with a year or two left who has a solid but far from guaranteed case for induction, like Chase Utley? Or someone in his early 30s who needs a couple more 4-WAR seasons to have a good chance, like Dustin Pedroia? Any others?
Travis Sawchik
12:47
Interesting question. What does Felix Hernandez have left? He's only 30 and has 154 career wins ... but his stuff really fell off, of course. Jeff wrote a good piece on Felix last week
Chip
12:47
Will Buxton blossom or possibly become a DL frequent could have been?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
Blossom. The Trouts and Bryants have spoiled us ... not every player has a smooth path to stardom
fgjghhj
12:48
Does Tyler Glasnow make 30+ starts this year?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
No. I'd put over under at 18
18.5
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
12:49
Any post hype prospects you feel that are just ready to explode this year? George Springer just seems like he's ready to put it all together since he has the tools and the team around him.
Travis Sawchik
12:50
Profar was a former No. 1-rated prospect, and said to have outstanding makeup. I have to believe there is a quality player there with health and opportunity
Jack
12:51
What does it take for Nomar Mazara to become an all star next year?
Travis Sawchik
12:51
Keep being you, Nomar
Zach Walters Appreciation Guild
12:52
The Zach Walters Appreciation Guild is here to flood your chat with earnestness. Zach Walters is now in minor league camp with the Reds! 94-ish wRC+ projection from a UTIL between ZiPS and Steamer! That's pretty alright!
Travis Sawchik
12:52
Indeed!
Steve
12:52
I ask this as a former newspaper sports writer myself. How did you feel about writing game stories? I always felt they were pointless, and it's one of many reasons newspapers are failing.
Travis Sawchik
12:54
I have mixed emotions about the game story, but they nearly obsolete in the TV/digital media age. I think there is still value in a great game story, but how many of those are being written? The idea of a game story, and the resources devoted to it, should probably be rethought.
How many of y'all read MLB game stories?

Sometimes (29% | 29 votes)
 
Always (5% | 5 votes)
 
Has to be a Compelling Game (27% | 27 votes)
 
Never (39% | 39 votes)
 

Total Votes: 100
Dave Kingman
12:55
Where can C Seager go from his 2016 season? Might he run more?
Travis Sawchik
12:56
7.5 fWAR seasons are pretty rare, so I'd expect to be good but not elite as he was a year ago
Matt
12:57
Tell me something that will make me feel good about Joey Gallo.
Travis Sawchik
12:58
He puts on a great batting practice!
Pat
12:59
Hey Travis, just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed all your work so far. As for a question, how likely do you think it is that the Jays make the wildcard game again this year?
Travis Sawchik
1:00
Thanks, Pat. I think they are going to be one of a number of teams in the WC mix. So health, would help. The good news is they have Russ Martin who is always in the playoffs (seriously, look it up!). I think Bautista is going to be better
Craig
1:01
Do you still believe in Blake Swihart as a catcher? What is his upside at this point?
Travis Sawchik
1:01
I do like him as a catcher ... Unless these reported yips are a real thing
Cards fan
1:02
Rizzo for correa...rizzo is $7 more expensive in draft cash. Pull the trigger and get rizzo?
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