Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 11/26/18

11:59
Dan Szymborski: Noonish: A time for chats, chatting and chaterations.

12:01
Darragh: Russell Martin for Jason Vargas and/or Anthony Swarzak? Is this close to being plausible for both teams?

12:01
Dan Szymborski: Meh, not really interested in that return from the Blue Jays side.

12:02
Dan Szymborski: If you’re not getting a more interesting piece in return, I’d rather just keep Martin around as the veteran backup to Jansen

12:02
Pog: Can we assume that players not on the trade value list have less than the ~$40M that the guys at the back of the list do?

12:02
Dan Szymborski: That would be a good assumption!

12:02
Mandy is 92% Fresh: What is the chance that after next season, the Padres trade Eric Hosmer and $60 million to the Royals for Whit Merrifield?

12:02
Dan Szymborski: Even I’m not mean enough to do that to the ROyals.

12:02
Irrational Man: When do we get the ZiPS?!

12:03
Dan Szymborski: Starting rollout next week. It’s slightly later, but they’ll also tumble out faster – without Carson I’ll be rolling them out myself

12:03
tb.25: Chili with Thanksgiving. Yay or nay?

12:03
Dan Szymborski: As long as it’s proper chili.

12:03
Dan Szymborski: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with introducing your own family traditions to holidays.

12:03
Dan Szymborski: The puritans and the roughnecks may have enjoyed chili.

12:04
Dan Szymborski: Just so long as your family tradition isn’t putting beans in it and calling it chili.

12:04
Dan Szymborski: (Also, I need to remember to save this for the lightning round)

12:04
Towel: IVE BEEN WAITING HERE SINCE 2:30 AM!!!

12:04
Dan Szymborski: The queue was actually open since then! Just not connectible with a link

12:04
Outta my way, Gyorkass: There’s been some talk about CIN making headway towards re-entering competitiveness this year, but…where are the wins going to come from in a stacked NL Central? If you take as a given that CIN will finish with, say, at least a winning record, what does that require from MIL/CHC/STL/PIT – multiple or all of them suffering significant regressions?

12:05
Dan Szymborski: It’s a bit of a problem for the Reds. It’s hard to see where those wins come from, they still have a lot to do with the rotation.

12:05
Dan Szymborski: You can steal enough to get them to 75-80, but the division will be tough and it’s hard to see the roster exploding for more of that.

12:06
Dan Szymborski: I was more hopeful about the Reds a year ago, but so many of their young pitchers just haven’t panned out yet

12:06
Dan Szymborski: And the injuries!

12:06
carrotjuice: According to Olney, the Marlins think Realmuto has more trade value now than last offseason. Thoughts?

12:06
Dan Szymborski: I believe the Marlins are correct here.

12:07
Dan Szymborski: One year closer to free agency, but a bit more confidence in his abilities, plus it’s overall better than it was.

12:07
Craig Swan Lake : In my opinion, Thanksgiving is the worst holiday because there’s absolutely zero baseball posts on any of my favorite baseball websites for four days. Is there anything Fangraphs can do to help in the future?

12:07
Dan Szymborski: Ain’t nobody paying much attention to baseball over Thanksgiving! Even the rumor mills mostly grind to a halt.

12:08
Outta my way, Gyorkass: Brewers pitching will (over/under)perform their projected 10.4 Steamer WAR in 2019

12:08
Dan Szymborski: I DUNNO IF THIS IS A QUESTION

12:08
Turkey Chili for ALL!: What is the best  Xmas gift the Orioles could get?

12:08
Dan Szymborski: A loophole that makes Trout an Oriole

12:08
Pete Rose: The Reds need to add pitching. Who do you think are the best realistic targets for Cincinnati this offseason?

12:09
Dan Szymborski: Eovaldi might be fun, but I’m not sure the Reds are here yet. THere are still so many questions about their pitching that I don’t necessarily want to just slap a couple veterans in there in a few spots

12:09
brad: Dan, rumors of Cano to Yankees, which makes some sense, they need a LH bat, torres can move over to SS, but Cano is 36, PED suspension and owed 5 years $120MM.  What would have to happen for this to work, Obviously including Ellsbury, but with buyouts he is only owed like $44MM.  Would Diaz added in make sense, or how much money would Sea have to eat to get a deal done?  Adding Diaz means Yanks can save on not bringing back D-Rob.

12:10
Dan Szymborski: I would not include Diaz just to move Cano at a de facto 5/76

12:11
AC/DC: Could the Dodgers be a match in the Cano sweepstakes or is he AL all the way?

12:11
Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it’s a great fit for the DOdgers

12:11
Dan Szymborski: You’ve already got Taylor and Muncy on the roster

12:12
Dan Szymborski: Now, if Cano were a 38-year-old free agent and they wanted him to play the Utley role, that would be fine

12:12
Dan Szymborski: but I don’t think it make ssense for the Dodgers to invest in Cano just for this role

12:12
Craig Swan Lake : I can’t believe that the Mets are seriously considering non-tendering Travis d’Arnaud. Yes, he does get hurt a lot and hasn’t lived up to his projections. But if the Mets don’t tender him a contract, you know that he’ll suddenly become an all-star and keep the LOLMets jokes going for a few more years.

12:12
Dan Szymborski: Oh, the LOLMets joke mill will find grist for that mill either way.

12:12
Outta my way, Gyorkass: Odds that Bryce Harper signs a deal with multiple opt-outs, all of which that he ultimately declines to exercise, due to mediocre performance that convinces him he can’t do better than what’s on his deal?

12:13
Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll end up with opt-outs, but too many moving parts here to give you a prob.

12:14
Dan Szymborski: I’ll evaluate the deal when it happens!

12:14
Jake: Could the Cubs use their surplus of major league position players to swing a deal for Noah Syndergaard?

12:15
Dan Szymborski: Logically, I’d say no, but the Mets do seem like they’re willing to take less value in return for OMG WIN NOW

12:15
need multiples: Dan, how do the mariners and yanks make an ellsbury for cano swap work?  Both teams want to reduce payroll. How do they expand the deal to make it a win win for both sides?

12:16
A Dub: Thank you for your insightful elegy for the Cardinals. It was well thought out and depressing (as a fan reading the elegy).

12:16
Dan Szymborski: Thanks! I hope you guys are enjoying the series.

12:18
Kiermier’s Turkey Coma: Any update on my teammate Mr Honeywell as he rehabs and your outlook for him?

12:19
Dan Szymborski: Last I heard in the summer was that he was throwing, if there was a new setback, I haven’t heard

12:20
Dan Szymborski: I believe he’s still scheduled to be back early next year and the Rays will be careful

12:20
Outta my way, Gyorkass: The sale of MLBAM was a one time cash influx, last offseason, right? Why does it keep getting brought up when discussing payroll capabilities of teams in future seasons?

12:20
Dan Szymborski: Are you sure you’re not seeing people taking into account increased other national money?

12:21
Alexa: Alexa, pull up that Dan Szymborski chat…..Szymborski…..ZIM…BOER….SKEEE!….Oh shut up. No you shut up….Shut up or I’ll replace you with the bootleg Teddy Ruxpin I found on Alibaba.com….that’s right, Danny Ruskin….Oh, you will, will you? I’d like to see you try!

12:21
Dan Szymborski: When I was a kid, I drew a comic about a kid who had a demonically possessed Teddy Ruxpin doll that he was charged with keeping away from Freddy Krueger, who needed it to cross into the real world permanently

12:21
A Dub: Has anyone ever referred to you as “Scrabble” like Marc Rzepczynski?

12:21
Dan Szymborski: No

12:22
Dan Szymborski: But I’ve been called Alpha-Bitsz and DJ Szyzzle

12:22
resumeman: Why does Fangraphs put that “sa” in front of the player id for minor leaguers (and then I think the actual ID is totally different)? That converts it into a string in Excel, databases, etc., and makes for quite a pain.

12:22
Dan Szymborski: Couldn’t say! Would have to consult with David or Sean!

12:23
David: Next major piece to be traded? Goldsmith? Leake? Segura? Other?

12:23
Dan Szymborski: I think Leake’s fairly likely to go

12:24
Rox Fan: Garret Hampson as everyday player (2B) or super-sub?

12:24
Dan Szymborski: I think he *could* be an everyday player. I hope the Rockies turn out to be interested in finding out.

12:24
Mandy is 92% Fresh: How much better would MLB be with college-style rivalry trophies?  How great would it be see the White Sox rush the Cubs’ dugout to take back a bronze bust of Harry Caray?

12:24
Dan Szymborski: That woudl be fun, though I don’t know if it would work out as well culturally as it has with colleges

12:25
Mark: Last week, #PadresTwitter blew up over the potential Segura-Leake deal for Wil Myers. Most said that the trade should happen asap, but I couldn’t help but be skeptical of such a deal if it means moving Tatis to 3B for the next 4 years. My argument is that, if you trade for Segura, you have to move him to 2B after this season and keep Tatis Jr. at SS. Doing so would likely mean trading Urias and looking for an established 3B rather than moving Tatis over to 3B. My perspective is that Segura and Tatis stand to both lose value if Segura plays SS and Tatis moves to 3B. Is this a proper way to look at such a trade? Do you see Segura losing value by staying at SS? Would Segura gain/retain value by switching to 2B? Finally, would Tatis lose value switching to 3B?

12:26
Dan Szymborski: It would be such a good trade that it would be hard to worry too much about the positional utility.

12:26
Dan Szymborski: I think if you can make that actual trade, you make that trade and let the chips falls where they may.

12:27
Dan Szymborski: I’d personally prioritize Tatis Jr. at short not segura, as I would have with the O’s and Machado some years ago.

12:27
Xolo: What are your thoughts on the Padres apparently trying to use major leaguers (Margot, Hedges, Myers) to acquire better major leaguers (Syndergaard, Segura) while presumably leaving their upper minors untouched?

12:27
Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it’s a bad idea when you talk about pieces that you actually want long-term.

12:29
Dan Szymborski: My complaints about the Hosmer signing weren’t because I thought the Padres, even when rebuilding, should run away from a core player that they could build around for the next 5 years.

12:29
Dan Szymborski: My complaints were because I didn’t think Hosmer was a very good player.

12:29
Dan Szymborski: If you get Thor somehow, I mean he’s kinda the best case scenario for what anyone in the Padres will develop into

12:29
Dan Szymborski: I don’t have trouble trading value for getting Thor rather than speculative thor

12:30
Craig Swan Lake : Why do some chat hosts not open the queue until the minute the chat starts?  We all appreciate that you open yours early.

12:30
Dan Szymborski: Would hace to ask them! I like having a queue

12:30
Dan Szymborski: BUt it would be better if I was more selective early so I didn’t fall horribly behind.

12:30
Dan Szymborski: I’d *love* to answer every question, but I get way more questions than I can answer.

12:30
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: If all of the manager jobs for every non-playoff team came open after the World Series, which job would be the most coveted?

12:31
Dan Szymborski: Cardinals

12:31
Southern Bleacher Bum: Chances Dylan Bundy turns it around in 2019? Will he be on the Orioles through the entire season?

12:31
Dan Szymborski: I’m increasingly skeptical about his future.

12:31
Rox Fan: Any guess as to what Arenado is reasonably looking for in a contract extension? Or is free agency pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point?

12:31
Dan Szymborski: He’s going to be pushing $200 million.

12:31
Dan Szymborski: What he’s personally looking for, I’m not sure.

12:32
DJ Tanner: Would Mets take Soroka, Riley, and Gohara for Syndergaard? Three high ranking MLB ready prospects so they don’t go to immediate “rebuild” and have a solid infield for the future (Alonso, McNeil, Rosario, Riley). Braves get a true ace while still keeping several of their top young arms and can pursue Donaldson in FA while moving Camargo to utility. Seems like a win win to me.

12:32
Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it’s a crazy trade, though I think I’d go a little lighter – I think the package is a little better than the Sale package, which I also loved.

12:33
Dan Szymborski: But the problem is, I don’t think the Mets will take a non-crazy trade if it’s just prospect-types

12:34
Kristen: If PHI signs Corbin, which if any of their incumbent SP’s do they move to make room?  TEX fan here who would love to get Eickhoff back.

12:35
Dan Szymborski: I think Eickhoff would be the most likely to be traded

12:35
CamdenWarehouse: Mike Matheny to the Royals should make the other 29 teams very happy, no?

12:35
Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:35
Baseball Guy: Think M’s will succeed in trading Cano? What someone have to give back real prospects?

12:35
Dan Szymborski: I think they’ll trade Cano but not get serious prospects.

12:35
Jason N: Lots of trade chatter involving Wil Myers.  Does he have any real trade value or more of a salary dump/swap of big (and not very good) contracts?

12:35
Dan Szymborski: Padres would have to eat quite a bit

12:35
WhamBamThankYou Fan: Yankees still in lead on Corbin?  Given Yanks seem to still want to remain under luxury tax threshold, does his signing likely mean no Machado and a low cost Didi stand-in? Thanks!

12:36
Dan Szymborski: I still think it’s posturing.

12:36
Dan Szymborski: The tax threshold

12:36
Put Away the Jimmy Gobble Jokes: What is the Twins plan this offseason?

12:36
Dan Szymborski: I think there’s a good chance that the Twins shock with a signing, though not Machado/Harper

12:36
Put Away the Jimmy Gobble Jokes: Which team do you get the least questions about?  Tigers?  Rangers?

12:36
Dan Szymborski: They’re definitely down there.

12:37
Dan Szymborski: Not because they’re the worst or something, but incompetent lousy teams get more comments.

12:38
Irrational Man: Is Brandon Nimmo a 3-WAR player moving forward?

12:38
Dan Szymborski: I think he is.

12:38
Kristen: Is Choo totally untradeable right now?  Bat useful but solely a DH at this point.

12:38
Dan Szymborski: I don’t believe so. THe question is how much the Rangers are willing to eat.

12:38
James: If Trout went to the O’s wouldn’t they just trade him?

12:38
Dan Szymborski: Sure, but you could get ALL THE BACON AND EGGS YOU HAVE for him

12:38
Vinny : Mike Leake to the Padres for?

12:39
Dan Szymborski: I’m mostly interested in Leake for the Padres because he enables Segura-for-Myers, at least in the rumor which I’m still not sure has that much solid in it.

12:39
LFC Mike: Not including Vlad Jr..who are a few of the minor leaguers you are most excited to see in the big league next year and a favorite for ROY in both leagues?

12:39
Dan Szymborski: He’s not a ROY favorite, but I STILL want to see Honeywell in the majors

12:39
Dan Szymborski: because SCREWBALL

12:40
Dan Szymborski: REally want to see Eloy’s power in the majors

12:40
Dan Szymborski: and Senzel

12:40
Dan Szymborski: More concrete predictions, you gotta wait!

12:40
Dan: Does someone cave and give Miami the absurd haul it wants for Realmuto? Or do Marlins fans watch helplessly as his value decreases, leading Jeter to desperately accept a deal he would laugh at today?

12:40
Dan Szymborski: I think they’ll get a good, but not overwhelming package.

12:40
Purple Mays Haze: I know this is a Steamer question about their internals but, other than ‘aging curve’, do you know why they would project a drop off to negative -7.1 DEF for Cano after essentially ‘always’ being positive?

12:41
Dan Szymborski: No idea.

12:41
KD: In looking across the crap that is the AL Central, I can see the White Sox approaching .500.  Your thoughts?

12:41
Dan Szymborski: They could. There’s a lot of talent in the organization and sometimes you just hit the PROSPECT SINGULARITY

12:41
Lou: Did you hear Wilbon’s DeGrom take?  It isn’t not just a “bad take”, it disqualifies him from ever having an opinion on baseball (and all sports imho).

12:41
Dan Szymborski: It was bad.

12:41
Craig Swan Lake : When Wilmer Flores cried during the game in 2015 over being traded to another organization, do you think those were tears of sadness, or tears of joy at being traded to a non-dysfunctional organization?

12:41
Dan Szymborski: Only he knows in his heart.

12:41
Acunami: If you are the Braves, do you ride your huge surplus of pitching prospects to mid-season, or look to do something now?

12:42
Dan Szymborski: I’d be willing to make trades of prospect, but it depends on the exact opportunity.

12:42
Dan Szymborski: I wouldn’t trade them just to make an add.

12:42
Purple Mays Haze: Other than via NDA’s, is there any way that the Astros could protect their intellectual property after all of this recent ‘brain drain’? As a ‘President’ of a front office, what controls would you try to put in place to maintain your edges even if your personnel are poached?

12:42
Dan Szymborski: It’s kinda tricky because there’s only so many guys you can give promotions to.

12:43
Dan Szymborski: It’s not like the Astros can keep the core analysts

12:43
Dan Szymborski: together for a decade

12:44
Dan Szymborski: and then promote and have 5 team presidents, 2 team generalissimos, 1 team duce, 1 team emperor, and Luhnow as the Emperor-God-King

12:44
pelkey: Does it seem like assessing trades on a surplus value basis misses something about actual value? If Mike trout was paid everything he’s worth, wouldn’t you still trade for him because he’s 9 wins in one roster spot?

12:44
Dan Szymborski: Then the question would be if the model is properly evaluating the value of having everything in one.

12:44
Dan Szymborski: It’s something that’s hard to evaluate, not just in baseball.

12:45
Irrational Man: The ZiPS and Elegies are fantastic but torture to wait for their release, Dan R.R. Szymborski!

12:45
Dan Szymborski: I write more than 10 words a day.

12:45
Tim Tebow’s Thunder Thighs: Nomo got THICC

12:46
yankinstl: Has a baseball game played in protest ever changed the outcome of the game?

12:46
Dan Szymborski: It’s been a while, but there have been a few occasions

12:46
Dan Szymborski: A couple times, protested called games during rain delays

12:48
Dan Szymborski: The Pirates once got a game against the Dodgers restarted because of an illegal pitcher replacement

12:48
RIck Hahn: Can I get a team’s (like the Rockies) top 10 for Abreu?

12:48
Dan Szymborski: No

12:48
Bored at work: Loving the Elegy series, when can we expect one for the surprise Atlanta Braves?

12:48
Dan Szymborski: This week1

12:48
Purple Mays Haze: Does fangraphs have any plans to allow ‘leaderboards’ that allow pitches to be sorted, not by Value, but by O Sw%, SwStrk%, etc? for example if I want to see whose “slider” got the most whiffs, right now I have to go pitcher by pitcher looking at their sliders…

12:49
Dan Szymborski: Have you tried a custom leaderboard? Haven’t tried this exact sorting myself

12:49
Gob: Jon Gray to the Rangers for Nomar Mazara. Who says no?

12:49
Dan Szymborski: It’s nto the craziest thing I’ve heard.

12:50
Dan Szymborski: Rockies probably turn it down because they sign Maybin or Span or something

12:50
Dogg: Have you thought about option theory in the context of single season player valuation? Ie if a projected 0 war player has higher error bars, he is more valuable because you can wait and see how good he is

12:51
Dan Szymborski: It’s part of the reason why we’re critical of rebuilding teams playing bad veterans over equally bad 22-year-olds

12:51
tb.25: Noticeably fewer emoticons today… Thanksgiving hangover?

12:51
Dan Szymborski: People just don’t use the emoji that much

12:51
CamdenWarehouse: Jeff says he gets plenty of questions as it is so he doesn’t need a queue

12:52
Dan Szymborski: I like an error margin!

12:52
Dazed and Confused: Will any of the big name free agents sign before the conclusion of the winter meetings this year?

12:52
Dan Szymborski: I think at least one

12:52
PD: Did you watch “The Match”?

12:52
Dan Szymborski: I did not

12:53
PD: What are the odds that Eloy Jimenez turns out better than Vlad Guerrero Jr?

12:53
Dan Szymborski: Fairly low, but a lot of things are possible.

12:53
Dan Szymborski: Vlad’s just a more well-rounded player, he has a lot of paths to awesome

12:53
Rox Fan: I’d love for the Rockies to send Desmond and Rodgers to Miami for Realmuto. Who else would they have to include, and how much cash?

12:53
Dan Szymborski: I think the Marlins would assume that Rodgers is there just to pay for taking Desmond

12:54
RIck Hahn: Upside HR output for Eloy?  35 or more?

12:54
Dan Szymborski: UPSIDE Hr power is like the moon

12:54
CamdenWarehouse: The Duquette era is over in Baltimore. They would trade Trout for prospects, not bacon and eggs.

12:54
Dan Szymborski: I didn’t say a lot of bacon and eggs. I said ALL THE BACON AND EGGS YOU HAVE

12:54
psycho killer fa-fa-fa fah: is Harrison Bader a 3+ WAR player from now on?  even if it mostly comes from his glove and baserunning.  Or does his inability to hit RHP doom him?

12:54
Dan Szymborski: If that defense holds up, it would be hard not to be.

12:54
Johnny Asel: Hi, I’m a high schooler trying to make a system to suggest the optimal shift for my high school team. Lack of data points, small sample size, and going from scratch are going to be tough. Got any advice?

12:55
Dan Szymborski: Yeah, that’s kind of the problem. It’ll be hard to justify it to a coach based on data.

12:55
Nick Markakis: I am the Silver Slugger.  I am he who wields the Golden Glove.  The Gods tremble at the mere mention of my name.  And my enemies will burn.  That includes you, Dan.

12:55
Bryan: If you put beans in chili, what do you call it? Bean soup?

12:55
Dan Szymborski: Bean and beef stew.

12:55
kevinthecomic: Re: Rivalry Trophies:  Back in the day, the Blue Jays and the Expos used to have a midseason exhibition game (usually on July 1 – formerly Dominion Day and now Canada Day) where they would vie for the Pearson Cup (named after former Canadian PM Lester B. Pearson, who also gives his name to the Toronto Airport — YYZ).  YYZ, of course, is a fairly famous song by Rush.

12:55
Frank Lyman from Amherst: How do you see the Syndergaard situation playing out?  Can you project a deal?

12:55
Dan Szymborski: I think in the end, nothing happens.

12:56
Rox Fan: Mazara (1.4 WAR in three seasons) for Gray (10.3 WAR in four seaons) is a non-starter.

12:56
Dan Szymborski: The Rockies don’t seem as into Gray as I am.

12:56
tokenpadre: What is Sonny Gray worth in terms of prospects?

12:56
Dan Szymborski: Not much.

12:56
Siltbreeze: Do you think Joc Pederson is a bust? Would the Dodgers have been better off trading him for Jose Quintana in 2016?

12:57
Dan Szymborski: Joc’s a good player.

12:57
Dan Szymborski: Yes, he has some real weaknessed, but he’s not remotely a bust. He’s not Glenn Braggs.

12:57
Prisoner of WAR: Should the Indians construct their 2019 roster specifically for playoff success, knowing that they face a virtually unobstructed path to October baseball?

12:58
Dan Szymborski: Not ENTIRELY, but keep in the back fo their mind.

12:58
Lunar verLander: How long until we get the first “sabermetrically-driven” owner, or are most owners already mostly analytically-inclined?

12:58
Dan Szymborski: A significant percentage are at least inclined.

12:58
Dan Szymborski: Like Henry

12:58
He Hate Me: Research idea: How many players currently on the Padres 40-man roster has Dave Cameron referred to as “terrible,” “bad,” or “not good” over the years?

12:59
Dan Szymborski: Quite a few. Can you blame him given the team’s record?

12:59
Hunt for for 28: Sonny Gray’s road numbers were well above average. I can see the yankees getting an interesting prospect or 2

12:59
Dan Szymborski: Interesting, but not players with a lot of value

1:00
Dan Szymborski: OK, let’s start the Lightning ROund!

1:00
Dan Szymborski: The rules as usual are thus: I have to answer everything, so long as it is off-topic and not part of a few specific categories (work related, explicit, politics)

1:00
Dan Szymborski: I can CHOOSE to answer those, but if I don’t, I don’t go to jail.

1:01
Bryan: Ground beef in a stew? Come on Szymborski. That’s madness!

1:01
Dan Szymborski: Beans in chili is madenss.

1:01
Dan Szymborski: madness

1:01
Dan Szymborski: I have the worst-spelled chat.

1:01
Dbo: How was your Thanksgiving? Did you pour gravy all over your plate then call it a “Thanksgiving soup”?

1:01
Dan Szymborski: It was fine! I would never do that. I don’t like food touching and I don’t add gravy until non-turkey items are done because I only want the gravy on the turkey

1:01
LFC Mike: What was the worst gift you ever regifted to a supposed friend or family member?    and do the cats have stockings hung by the chimney with care?

1:01
Dan Szymborski: I’ve never regifted anything.

1:01
Craig Swan Lake : If someone named a beetle after you, would you be flattered or disgusted?

1:02
Dan Szymborski: Flattered

1:02
Outta my way, Gyorkass: Gumbo for Thanksgiving – interesting alternative, or dumb side dish nobody wants?

1:02
Dan Szymborski: ANy excuse for gumbo.

1:02
James: Kikuchi was at an Anaheim Ducks game on 11/16, no one said nuthin’ about it?! WTH man? Isn’t that a big deal?!

1:02
Dan Szymborski: Maybe he just wanted to go to the game.

1:02
Dan Szymborski: I’ve gone to England, but it doesn’t mean I’m suddenly an association football fan.

1:02
The Ghost of Dan’s Grandma: A bowl of beanless chili could be had for the low price of a single kiss, Danny boy.

1:02
Dan Szymborski: See, I know you’re not my grandmother because she would have never made chili.

1:03
Dan Szymborski: She made a lot of German/French dishes, which reflected her background (she was from Bremerhaven)

1:03
greg: Cat update please

1:04
Dan Szymborski: Galileo is sleeping on a couch cushion, Mercutio is sleeping on a bed in one of the back bedrooms, and Cassiopeia is throwing this fuzzy green toy shaped like a heart around

1:04
LFC Mike: This is for the lightning round of questions…worst gift you ever re-gifted to a family member or friend and do they still talk to you…..and do the cats have stockings for Xmas?

1:04
Dan Szymborski: The cats get gifts, but they do not do stockings.

1:04
Dan Szymborski: I didn’t get a house with a fireplace.

1:05
Dbo: At a diner, do you prefer a horseshoe or a hangover stack?

1:05
Dan Szymborski: I don’t get hangovers.

1:05
Dan Szymborski: I’ve been sick from drinking twice in my life (both north of 20 drinks). I barfed up the liquor, went to sleep, and woke up feeling fine.

1:05
tb.25: You don’t go to jail. You go to Azkaban

1:05
Dan Szymborski: they stopped using dementors, right?

1:05
Justino: You put peanut butter and jelly on a hot dog bun. Is it a sandwich?

1:05
Dan Szymborski: No

1:06
Dan Szymborski: Structure defines, not ingredients.

1:06
tb.25: Favorite Harry Potter movie? (I binge watched the whole series this weekend)

1:06
Dan Szymborski: Prisoner of Azkaban

1:07
Lunar verLander: What was the last fiction book you read?

1:07
Dan Szymborski: Harry Turtledove Joe Steele

1:07
Dave Dombrowski: Star Wars or Star Trek?

1:08
Dan Szymborski: Trek

1:08
Dave Dombrowski: Star Trek or The Orville?

1:08
Dan Szymborski: Orville

1:08
BeefLoaf: How long until your cats get their own twitter / instagram accounts?

1:08
Dan Szymborski: That’s too precious even for me.

1:08
Dan Szymborski: Though Galileo tweets occasionally.

1:08
GSon: Etouffe Dan?..

1:08
Dan Szymborski: I do prefer gumbo

1:08
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: If your chili is just beef (and/or pork), chilies, and spices, is the color of the final product grayish or grayish-brown?

1:08
Dan Szymborski: Brown

1:10
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: Lightening Round! Best place to eat in Indianapolis?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: Don’t nhave a ton of INdy experience. St. Elmo?

1:10
Bryan: What are your non-baseball hobbies?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: video games, cooking, classical piano

1:10
LFC Mike: I love that you say Association Football

1:10
Dan Szymborski: I always do, it sidesteps the football/soccer morass

1:10
Dave Dombrowski: Why do you keep answering questions about sandwich theory?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: Bring light to the darkness.

1:11
Rox Fan: IPA or stout?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: IPA

1:11
jkim: The Wire vs. Sopranos vs. GoT vs. Breaking Bad?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: Wire

1:11
The Ghost of Dan’s Grandma: I’m willing to learn new culinary tricks for a kiss.

1:11
Dan Szymborski: No

1:11
LFC Mike: I could regift you a Skyline Chili Card good for $10.00. What say you?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: Gross

1:11
kevinthecomic: ba dink a dink or ba donk a donk?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: donk is a more satisfying sound

1:11
Rox Fan: Favorite gumbo iteration (seafood, chicken & sausage, other)?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: Just gumbo. Which means every damn thing

1:11
v2micca: Just logged into the chat and the first question I see is regarding chilli poop.  April can’t get her fast enough.

1:11
Dan Szymborski: I didn’t say anything about chili poop

1:11
Dave Dombrowski: Beethoven or Bach?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: beethoven

1:12
Q: favorite awful baseball take?

1:12
Dan Szymborski: Home runs kill rallies

1:12
Alex: favorite all-time video game console?

1:12
Dan Szymborski: SNES

1:12
Dan Szymborski: And done!

1:12
Dan Szymborski: Thanks for joining me everyone!

1:12
Dan Szymborski: You can find me these days at This Very Website You Are On.

1:12
Dan Szymborski: and DSzymborski on Twitter, if you’d like to make your Twitter experience worse than it already is!

1:13
Dan Szymborski: Now, GO BACK TO WORK

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Dan Szymborski is a senior writer for FanGraphs and the developer of the ZiPS projection system. He was a writer for ESPN.com from 2010-2018, a regular guest on a number of radio shows and podcasts, and a voting BBWAA member. He also maintains a terrible Twitter account at @DSzymborski.

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If it’s not Machado or Harper, I don’t really see how anyone the twins signed could be categorized as “shocking”. Corbin on down seems completely plausible to me.