Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat
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Ben
1:12
The correct answer was after the toothpaste good lord you heathen how could you
Travis Sawchik
1:12
You will not change my practices
Pip
1:13
It's the trade deadline, 2018. The Nationals are holding onto first place in the East but its a dog fight. You know there is no way you will be able to keep Harper next year in FA. Would you trade him if the package was right? If Robles is knocking on the door would it change your answer?
Travis Sawchik
1:13
If the package is right - meaning outrageous - yes
Travis Sawchik
1:13
For you, Rand
Randy Marsh
1:13
Does Danny Salazar still have ace potential? Can he be that guy or is he a tier below?
Travis Sawchik
1:13
Seems like he needs a third pitch
Andrew
1:14
Do you think we are close to a better theory of what aspects of a player's psychological profile matter for scouting purposes? That looks like potentially the next frontier for analytics.
Travis Sawchik
1:14
Problem is getting such access to a player pre-draft ... agents control a lot of the process
Marty
1:14
If you were to pick to have one of these 3 pitchers with current contracts attached who would it be? James Paxton, Marcus Stroman, or Danny Duffy.
Travis Sawchik
1:15
I loved what I saw from Duffy in 2016
Marc
1:15
I know I know its still Feb. but Glasnows outing is very encouraging, no? Any idea how many pitches he actually threw and what it would take for him to start in Pittsburgh at the beginning of the year?
Travis Sawchik
1:15
Keep an eye on Glasnow, for sure ... If he keeps pitch like that he can force his way into rotation. Pirates need every win they can get
drew
1:16
What does a fair extension for Yu/Lucroy look like in your opinion?
Travis Sawchik
1:16
Yu - pretty expensive ... Lucroy? I want to know more why his framing numbers have declined
Baby Bombers
1:17
Aaron Judge's O/u for HRs this year. Taking the over or under at 30?
Travis Sawchik
1:17
Under. He's got a contact issue to figure out
Johnny
1:17
Who's better in 2 years. Springer or Gregory polanco?
Travis Sawchik
1:17
Springer
Alan
1:18
With the Braves loading up on arms, many of which have already undergone TJ, how do they handle it long term? When a TJ survivor like Max Fried gets to the big leagues and succeeds, do they trade him because of the risk of the second TJ?
Travis Sawchik
1:18
Braves are diving in on risk and hoping to extract some valuable pre-Age 30, pre-FA seasons ... I actually kind of like it
v2micca
1:19
Sony San Diego chose to use Ken Griffey Jr. as their cover athlete for MLB theShow17. In an era were we have Noah Syndergaard, Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Manny Machado, and Clayton Kershaw still playing, this offended me.
Travis Sawchik
1:19
Baseball's marketing could use some help
Fran
1:19
A lot of fuss this offseason about the mets outfield defense. Possible this can be extremely overstated? Bruce's metrics got much better when he was no longer playing next to Hamilton, everyone forgets Cespedes won a GG in left in 2015, granderson and Conforto are at least average corner OFs with Conforto actually being pretty good, and Lagares is a GGer. Not that the alignment will always be perfect, but can't this group be decent?
Travis Sawchik
1:19
Mets' OF really needs to hit
Cubbie
1:20
Javier Baez had a great year last year but I worry that he overachieved in the batters box. What do you think?
Travis Sawchik
1:20
Maybe, but the glove (and tagging skills!) will always make him valuable
Tim
1:22
Travis, over the course of your career in sports journalism what story did you find most interesting but were unable to pursue because of a lack of interest from a broader audience? Similarly, was there a story that your audience was fascinated by that you didn't find all that interesting?
Travis Sawchik
1:24
Interesting question. Writing for a newspaper didn't allow for the data-based type of writing FanGraphs allows for ... Stories about lineup positioning probably tend to get too much attention
1:25
Alright folks, thanks for the questions! I have to attend to a demanding 2-year-old. Same time/place next week!
Bonne nuit et bonne chance
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