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Travis Sawchik
12:00
Welcome, y'all
12:01
Chatting live from Champion Stadium here in Disney World (The Braves are the last team standing in Orlando ...)
Yes, I-4 is still brutal. Anyways, let's chat ...
Erik
12:01
How much has the MLB hurt the future of the WBC by having its only English-language broadcast be on the MLB Network?
Travis Sawchik
12:02
It certainly didn't help. The US-Colombia, US-DR, and DR-Colombia games have all been really good TV ... but I'm not sure how many are watching (or able to watch)
12:04
The WBC probably needs a new home on the calendar. My free advice is to follow the NHL model with Olympics and play it in season in July ... But WBC might also need a new home on cable. If cable still exists in 2021, that is
@RDavidK
12:04
Could get away from the Bucs, eh?
Travis Sawchik
12:04
I can't quit the Bucs
Phan
12:05
which players on the current philies [25 man] roster do you think will be contributing members of the next playoff caliber team?
Travis Sawchik
12:07
Herrera, Franco, Nola, Velasquez, Eickhoff, Neris .... those guys, I think
Hector
12:07
Travis, I know spring training performances normally don't matter all that much but what do you make of Harper's so far? The power is there obviously and he seems to be hitting the ball with authority (even his outs seem loud).
Travis Sawchik
12:08
I don't think Harper was healthy for many games last year. I think we're seeing a healthy Harper (at least for the moment), and a healthy Harper is more like 2015 Harper. So fantasy players, buy Harper
Finnigis
12:08
In a 12 team auction, I'm thinking about both targeting T Turner and Correa. Thoughts?
Travis Sawchik
12:08
Not sure about Turner, but I think Correa could provide a significant profit this year
Phil
12:10
How much time will Ian Desmond miss?
Travis Sawchik
12:12
I believe Desmond will see a hand specialist today. We should know more after that. He's certainly out for the first couple of weeks of the season at the very least. I think low end of outcomes for a finger fracture is 4-6 weeks
Bork's Unborn Son
12:12
would you rather have one 70 FV prospect or 4 55 FV
Travis Sawchik
12:12
One 70
12:13
That's a rare player .... I will take that and try to fill in the rest elsewhere
Keith Hernandez
12:13
What fantasy value does J.P. Crawford have in a standard 5x5 roto?
Travis Sawchik
12:14
The depth of the position isn't helping Crawford's value right now. He projects as a low-end starting fantasy SS right now, I suspect
Erik
12:14
What's more likely in 2021: the WBC is played in July and on a better tv station, or the WBC doesn't exist?
Travis Sawchik
12:14
WBC doesn't exist. But I'd love to see in July and on a major network
Tribe
12:15
Have a weird hypothetical for you-- say Noah Syndergaard was a free agent this offseason. Obviously he is just 24 with some of the very best stuff we have seen from a SP in a little while. Though, he is seemingly a pretty major injury risk just because of the sheer velocity of his pitches. How would teams weigh these two factors against each other and what kind of contract do you think he'd get?
Travis Sawchik
12:17
He'd received top-end FA SP money, I think. Even if teams price in that he'll miss a year, I still think teams would be falling over themselves in the bidding. Strasburg has a lot of healthy/durability issues and signed for 7y/$175m. I bet Thor could beat that
Joe
12:18
Who's signing Brett Lawrie, if anybody?
Travis Sawchik
12:19
Someone will, eventually. Royals, maybe? Maybe a team like the Rays sees some upside?
Mitch Conners
12:19
Trade Porcello in my keeper league while his value his high?
Travis Sawchik
12:20
I would. I'm not sure his underlying skills changed all that much in 2016
Babe Lincoln
12:20
Harper #2 in a fantasy draft? If not, who?
Travis Sawchik
12:21
I actually don't hate that but maybe Mookie ... Nolan Arenado keeps getting better and skill plays in Coors. Kris Bryant?
jerb
12:22
Was Aledmys Diaz for real last year? i.e. what can the Cards expect out of him this year?
Travis Sawchik
12:23
Pretty real. I'd expect more of the same with a little less in batting average/BABIP
David f
12:24
Gotten a chance to watch any Mets spring Training games? Any hot takes?
Travis Sawchik
12:24
I have not had a chance. Like most, I'd like to see Conforto break with the club but I'm not sure he has a spot at the moment
Reginald Denton III
12:26
How do you view Giancarlo Stanton? Still an elite option? Or given the K's and low BA, is he morphing into an average-type player?
Travis Sawchik
12:27
If he could stay on the field there's 50 homers and a monster season possible ... But health is a skill
joe
12:27
how bad is the outlook for the Reds? could they be relevant by 2020?
Travis Sawchik
12:28
The outlook is pretty bleak. I don't know that I see relevance by 2020 but a Brandon Finnegan breakout this year wouldn't hurt
Hot Dogs are Sandwiches
12:28
Do you think that any team is close to quantifying clubhouse intangibles? Is that even possible? (Assuming that they actually exist!)
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