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Keith Hernandez
12:29
Do we ever see the level of passion and excitement in the MLB that we saw in that DR-Colombia game? It seems to me that most of the celebrating would have been taken as showboating and the baseball purists would go nuts. Frankly, I loved it.
Travis Sawchik
12:30
We don't. We get closer in September. But it's tough to replicate that passion in the midst of a grind of a 162-game season. But that game is one reason why the WBC shouldn't go away
Paul
12:30
Braves are competing for a playoff berth in what year?
Travis Sawchik
12:31
2019. I don't think they are too far away.
Ray Finkle
12:32
Do you believe Moncada will put up elite fantasy production in the next three years?
Travis Sawchik
12:32
Not this year. Not next year. Maybe in 2019. Some adjustments to be made
Joe
12:33
When's the next star for star trade (a la McGriff/Fernandez for Alomar/Carter) and who's it going to be?
Travis Sawchik
12:34
We don't see many of these deals do we? Especially with so many clubs clearly in rebuild mode. But I hope we see one soon. They are fun.
steve
12:34
How many K's and wins for Paxton this year?
Travis Sawchik
12:34
11 and 154
Sonny
12:35
Do you expect a return of the 'Evil Empire' Yankees with a big splash in upcoming FA signings? They'd be more fun to root against with Harper in RF
Travis Sawchik
12:36
I do. I think the Yankees are going to go crazy in FA spending in the '18-19 winter. Yankees or Field for Harper?
Paul
12:37
Wow, 2019 for Atlanta? What above average regulars will they have? Swanson, Freeman, Inciarte and maybe Albies?
Travis Sawchik
12:38
I think they're going to have some arms and they will find a way to fill in position-player voids. Also, bottom half of NL could be pretty weak
ManBearPuig
12:38
If Manny Machado played shortstop, he would be the ____ best shortstop in the league.
Travis Sawchik
12:39
It's an elite SS group, of course, but due to WBC recency bias I'll say No. 1.
Joe
12:41
Are there any pitchers who received Cy Young votes last year you expect to really recede?
Travis Sawchik
12:41
Porcello and Happ
tired
12:41
Hey travis. Not sure if you hate doing fantasy questions but i'll give it a shot. Standard 5X5 12 man league ($300 at auction). I am worried about odor. I have him at $10. Do i trade him for $12 darvish? or do i trade him for $10 polanco? Or do i trade him and $20 arrieta for $22 machado? or do i hold odor and relax?
Travis Sawchik
12:41
Go get Manny
Marky Mark
12:42
With the minor league signing of Pedro Alvarez by the O's, do you expect the slugger market to pick itself up next offseason or is this a prolonged drought of expensive slugger signings?
Travis Sawchik
12:45
Good question. I think the drought is going to continue as teams seek more versatility, and especially if HRs continue to be hit near a 2016 pace ... making them much less scarce
Matt Damon
12:45
MATT. DAMON.
Travis Sawchik
12:46
Good Will Hunting worked out for you, eh?
pirates hurdles
12:46
Next Star trade: Schwarber for Archer next winter after Kyle flops in LF.
Travis Sawchik
12:47
yes, the Cubs are a team that has star position-player surplus to trade from to fill a pitching void.
But I'm not sure Schwarber is the guy they will move
Sox 2019
12:48
In a head to head with OPS instead of AVG. Is Carlos Santa a better choice then Hanley if I cam get him a round later?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
Yeah, I think so. He's going to get his 100 walks
AJ
12:49
Does Bautista's 88 MPH throw the other night change your mind about his ability to tick back up his D stats?
Travis Sawchik
12:50
A little bit. I think I read where he only hit that mph twice last year on throws. I spoke to Bautista last week, actually. He said he wasn't healthy for much of 2016. I already thought the bat would be better but maybe the whole package will be better. He's going to create some surplus value in 2017
Trainman
12:51
Hey Travis, hope your well. I know spring training stats don't matter, but for players In the WBC, do you place more of a weight on the stats the players put up since they are playing competitive baseball rather than exhibition games in Arizona or Florida? By the way I'm loving the WBC this year, what are your thoughts?
Travis Sawchik
12:52
I still wouldn't place too much weight in them. Small sample and all. And Team Canada had Ryan Dempster pitching. Ryan Dempster! Quality of talent varies wildly from team to team
Rob
12:53
Jose Quintana seems to make a ton of sense for the Yankees. Affordable for the next four seasons and a #1 or 2 starter. If they go big in FA in '19, they should be able to part with some prospects (other than Torres) from their loaded system. What do you think?
Travis Sawchik
12:53
Yankees have the assets to move ... though I think they might prefer to hold off another year on making that commitment or a similar one. If I'm Rick Hahn, I'm pretty pleased with what I saw on Friday night in Colombia vs. DR
Ivan Drago
12:55
Does Julio Urias have ace potential?
Travis Sawchik
12:55
Yeah, I think so
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
12:55
Stroman looked on point in the WBC. Does he join Ace-hood this year?
Travis Sawchik
12:56
Stroman looked great. But there's not much track record around 5-8 righties in a rotation. I'd love him as a multi-inning relief ace
Pomeranz
12:57
Breakout season for Polanco this year for the bucs?
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