Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat
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Travis Sawchik
1:06
I'm not going to dive to deeply into politics in this safe space ... but those two things are not the same
ManBearPuig
1:07
Giancarlo reestablishing himself this year as a top-level player?
Travis Sawchik
1:07
Seems to be. Interestingly, he's been overshadowed by the only player larger than him in the game
Kevin
1:08
Is Eric Thames just not that good?
Travis Sawchik
1:08
He's not Barry Bonds. But he has been impacted by injury, and teams getting more advance scouting material on him. I think his overall slash line is probably close to who he is, which is a nice player
jim
1:09
On a scale of 1 to 10 how annoyed should I be when the Mets bring back Jay Bruce next year?
Travis Sawchik
1:09
As long as Conforto is playing every day, I'd be OK with it
AJ
1:09
Hey Travis.  If Stanton is claimed on waivers, is there any chance the Marlins pull him back?  Thanks.
Travis Sawchik
1:10
I wouldn't give Stanton away .... but it's not my money, either
fangraphs dan the fangraphs man
1:10
could you ever see yourself pulling an august and working for a team
Travis Sawchik
1:11
Baseball has banned anyone with ties to Mt. Lebanon, Pa. (Mark Cuban, myself) from working in baseball
Well, Ian Happ is playing ... but that's an on-field thing
1:13
But, on a serious note, teams have become more interested in hiring writers. The Indians have hired a number including two, I believe, from Baseball America
Jim
1:13
Can a team be so good it's boring?
Travis Sawchik
1:13
Yeah, I mean drama is really tied to win probability within games and playoff races
MVP
1:14
At what point do we start asking if Trout is the GOAT?
Travis Sawchik
1:15
Long way to go. But if he can continue this for 10 more years and have a gentle decline to Age 40 ...
Dipper Pines
1:15
Why is Lindor trying to be a power hitter? His fly ball % is way up this year.
Travis Sawchik
1:16
I actually like what he's done, when he's not expanded the zone. He appears to be trying to elevate. He has surprising power for a middle infielder
There's an outside chance he hits 30 HRs this year
But I am not sure what is going on with his defense. Negative DRS
Called up, way up
1:17
What do you think of the Mets choosing Coors for Rosario's first series?
Travis Sawchik
1:17
Nothing wrong with building confidence, right?
Nicole
1:17
Bryan Shaw is not generating enough swings and misses lately.  Is this a slump or are the years of overuse coming back to haunt him?
Travis Sawchik
1:17
He's been a workhorse for the club but he's also a regression candidate. Indians bullpen has been great but I like the Joe Smith add
Rendom
1:18
What do you think of the Mariners' chances next year? Most of the position players should be back, and it would be hard to have *worse* health in their rotation--is that enough to predict a wild card performance?
Travis Sawchik
1:18
I could see the Mariners as a WC team ... I'd love to see Paxton in a postseason series
Big Ane
1:19
Most interesting white pitching prospect outside of kopech?
Travis Sawchik
1:19
Sox? Or Race?
Brent Honeywell is white and interesting
MVP
1:20
Why do people still say "surprising power for a middle infielder"?  Haven't guys like Cano, Utley, Seager, prime Tulo, even Schoop, Castro, and Neil Walker changed what we expect out of those guys?
Travis Sawchik
1:20
The positions have changed, and SS combined for record power last year ... so, yeah, I might have said a dumb thing and fallen back upon a cliche of conventional wisdom
Archie Graham
1:21
Keep 5 forever, traded Polanco, Paxton, Salazar and Hand for Trea Turner. My other keepers are 4 out of the following: Archer/Moncada/Devers/Marte/Lamb. I did good, no?
Travis Sawchik
1:21
If you're only keeping five, I like paying a premium for elite talent
Babe Lincoln
1:22
If Thames could opt out after this year and (hypothetically) did so, what contract would he get in the winter?
Travis Sawchik
1:23
3y/45m-ish
HappyFunBall
1:23
FWIW, Bush was the owner of the Rangers _before_ he held any political office (He sold his shares a couple of years into his tenure as Governor of Texas). At the point he bought in, he was just a wealthy son of a powerful political family.
Travis Sawchik
1:23
And better manners among other things
Choo Choo
1:25
Explain to me why it is procedural for the Nats to send Harper through waiver?
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