Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 12/14/18

9:06

Jeff Sullivan: Hello friends

9:06

Jeff Sullivan: Welcome to Friday baseball chat

9:06

Lunar verLander: Do you consider Die Hard a Christmas movie?

9:06

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t care

9:06

Robbie: Who plays 1B for the Rays next year? Everything I’ve seen points to Yandy Diaz being better at 3B and Ji-Man Choi being a butcher in the field

9:07

Jeff Sullivan: I think there’s still a decent chance the answer isn’t yet in the organization

9:08

Jeff Sullivan: But there’s an even stronger chance the answer, for most of the season, is Nate Lowe

9:09

Jeff Sullivan: I know Lowe started last year in High-A, but he got all the way up to Triple-A, and his final slash line was .330/.416/.568

9:09

Jeff Sullivan: 2018 was a big year for the Lowes with Tampa Bay

9:10

Junior: Can you compare the value of Thor and JTR please?  If it were a 1 for 1, who would need to send what back to even it out?

9:12

Jeff Sullivan: The obvious point in Syndergaard’s favor is that he has three more years of control, while Realmuto has two. But Realmuto is better, and since he’s a position player, he’s more likely to stay healthy. Syndergaard, of course, has spent his time on the DL

9:13

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think the Marlins would want to target someone like Syndergaard as the centerpiece of a return, given where they are in the cycle, but the Mets would need to add on to strike a balance

9:14

Syndergaardians of the Galaxy : Looking at the FG depth charts, it looks like the 2019 Mets have a good chance at making the playoffs. Whoo-hoo! But then I remember that was the case heading into 2017 and 2018 too. Ugh. Third time’s the charm? Or am I like Charlie Brown, believing that THIS time, Lucy won’t snatch away the football at the last moment?

9:14

Jeff Sullivan: The Mets have a pretty good team. Not an elite team, but a pretty good team. They’ve had a lot of rotten luck the last couple seasons. I expect them to be competitive, but I expect the same of three other teams in the same division, so absolutely nothing can be taken for granted

9:15

Jeff Sullivan: Right now I think I’m looking at the Nationals as the narrow NLE favorites

9:17

Jerry Dipoto : Just left a message with the Braves. Said “Haniger’s yours for Kyle Wright, Ian Anderson, and Bryse Wilson.” What do you think they’ll say? Did I ask for enough? Should I have asked for Riley or Pache instead of one of the pitchers?

9:19

Jeff Sullivan: Here is the Braves’ prospect list: https://www.fangraphs.com/prospects/the-board/2019-prospect-list?team=…

9:19

Jeff Sullivan: Wright and Anderson are at 55 FV, with Wilson at 50

9:20

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think the Mariners would be out of line in making such a request, and since they’re all pitchers I don’t think the Braves would be crazy to accept it, but the Braves would *probably* just rather go sign Michael Brantley or something

9:21

Jeff Sullivan: They made the playoffs but they still probably don’t want to push that many chips into the middle of the table

9:22

Sirras: I don’t remember Jerry DiPoto being quite as trade-addicted as he’s been in Seattle. Why do you think he’s gotten so trade-happy? Is there something in the water?

9:23

Jeff Sullivan: He was presumably given instructions to build a competitive roster, and he had to do so with a bad farm and with a lot of money on the books. So he tried to one-red-paperclip his way into the playoffs

9:24

Jeff Sullivan: Almost worked. Now they’re taking a step back, and that calls for plenty of trade activity

9:25

Junior: What would a 3-way trade with Thor to the Padres, JTR to the Mets, and _______ to Miami look like?

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: Maybe something built around Mejia and Margot. But the Mets, in this case, would probably want Margot, so they’d have to send more to the Marlins

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: I wouldn’t count on this one happening

9:30

Sirras: Do you have a trade idea that would simultaneously benefit both teams and infuriate both fanbases?

9:30

Jeff Sullivan: Taking my time with this one

9:30

Jeff Sullivan: Not as easy as I thought it would be

9:31

Jeff Sullivan: Madison Bumgarner for Peter Alonso?

9:31

Jeff Sullivan: Hell yeah, that’s the one

9:32

You’re not a nothing: Who can Cleveland push Yonder Alonso off to?

9:32

Jeff Sullivan: Colorado?

9:33

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think Alonso’s a total lost cause, and he’s not that expensive. Would make the Rockies a hair better, even

9:34

Ichiro for CEO: Are the Marlins blowing this JTR trade? Have they already received their best offer and turned it down hoping for something more that they won’t get?

9:34

Jeff Sullivan: Not going to judge the Marlins until the end of this. I don’t think they’ve blown it yet. Nothing *has* to get done by the end of the winter meetings

9:36

Jeff Sullivan: Gerrit Cole was traded in January. Christian Yelich was traded in January. Steven Souza was traded in February

9:37

Jeff Sullivan: Granted, the Yelich trade doesn’t look good today, but I thought it was fair at the time. The Marlins didn’t blow that one

9:37

Jerry Dipoto : If you were in my position, would you have traded Segura in this market? Or held out to see if we could get more in season?

9:38

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think it would’ve been worth holding out until July. What’s the upside? You might get one more 40 FV pitching prospect? I’d rather just get Crawford and be done with it so I can move on down my to-do list

9:39

Sirras: Do you have a player that you admit isn’t special but you particularly enjoy watching?

9:39

Jeff Sullivan: Tyler Glasnow

9:40

Jeff Sullivan: Marcus Stroman

9:40

Jeff Sullivan: Freddy Peralta for sure

9:40

Jeff Sullivan: I love pitching

9:41

Jeff Sullivan: Incomplete pitching

9:41

Mandy is 92% Fresh: Why Billy Hamilton?  Why?

9:42

Jeff Sullivan: They probably think he’s a younger Jarrod Dyson, and they liked Jarrod Dyson

9:42

Jeff Sullivan: I think Brian Goodwin is kind of interesting, but realistically, even though the Royals aren’t good, it’s not like Hamilton is blocking the next hot-shot prospect

9:43

Pd: Can you be any more Dipoto?

9:43

Jeff Sullivan: Not to make light of the health situation but I do think that was maximum Dipoto

9:43

Roy Oswalt: How good are the Phillies now? Outside of Nola and potentially Hoskins there isn’t a lot of top talent. Are the high expectations assuming they sign a Harper or Machado?

9:43

Jeff Sullivan: I do think there’s an assumption the Phillies can and are going to spend more than they will

9:44

Jeff Sullivan: They’re not going to go right back to their all-time top payrolls

9:45

Jeff Sullivan: As is, I think they’re an average team. They still need help. But I think they’re going to get two more players of significance

9:45

Jeff Sullivan: One position player, and one reliever

9:45

KD: I just wanted to remind everyone that, despite FG and other sites where baseball fans have a decided analytical bent, the typical baseball fan that posts on team-oriented sites, Twitter feeds, etc. are the overwhelming majority of fans.   I was reminded of that fact when reading the comments from “Cleveland Fan” about the three-way trade yesterday.

9:46

Jeff Sullivan: This is definitely a bubble. We exist in a really niche bubble

9:46

Jeff Sullivan: It just so happens to be a bubble that’s in general alignment with how actual teams now operate, but that doesn’t mean the average fans care

9:48

James: I have a growing feeling the Bryce Harper will not get a record breaking contract. Just feels like the market won’t value him that way against other players on shorter deals. Is that off base?

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: Jason Heyward signed for 8/$184m, with two opt-outs, going into his age-26 season. Bryce Harper is also going into his age-26 season. There’s more money in the game now than there used to be, and between 23-25, Heyward was the better defender, but Harper has been the better hitter, by 16 points of wRC+

9:51

Jeff Sullivan: Offense, of course, is still weighted more heavily than defense, and Harper has flashed that Hall-of-Fame level talent in his one peak season. I think the reality of Harper is still lower than the perception, but I’m not yet at the point where I doubt that he’ll get something enormous

9:51

Jeff Sullivan: Personally, I’m waiting on the Dodgers to clear out their outfield

9:53

Bob Lowblaw: Your DD, congratulations on your WS win, how do you address the loss of Kelly, impending loss of Kimbrel, and then next offseasons FA’s, including JDM?

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: Money

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: I spend money

9:54

Jeff Sullivan: There’s no shortage of available relievers. Don’t need to get anchored to Kimbrel and Kimbrel alone. Not that worried about losing Kelly

9:55

Jeff Sullivan: Relievers are available now, and relievers will be available in July. The Red Sox are so good already that they don’t need to be desperate

9:55

Joe: Does it matter much who the Orioles manager ends up being?

9:55

Jeff Sullivan: Yeah, but not in ways we’ll ever really understand

9:57

Fangraphs reader: Nobody is really going to complain because it’s the Rays, but isn’t it odd that the MLB approved a trade in which the Rays sent money to cover part of a contract for a player that was never on their team?  Could you imagine the uproar if the Yankees paid for Choo’s contract in a trade to the White Sox (random example) in exchange for prospects?

9:57

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know all the ins and outs of what MLB can and can’t approve, but we’ve already seen a long record of teams effectively buying prospects by accepting a bad contract. This is just removing the human aspect

9:59

Jeff Sullivan: If the Yankees traded for Shin-Soo Choo, and absorbed the whole contract, and they got prospects along with that, and then if they sent Choo directly to the White Sox while paying him almost entirely off — well, that could happen today, in theory. It’s one advantage of being a bigger-budget ballclub

10:00

Tyler: Was Mo ever a top 30 player in baseball?  He is a HOF’er for sure, I just see at least 7 hitters and 4 pitchers I would have a hard time voting for him over.  I know this sounds absurd to most.

10:01

Jeff Sullivan: It’s always important to remember that Rivera had a career 0.70 playoff ERA over 141 innings. 11.7 playoff WPA, in the highest-leverage games

10:02

Jeff Sullivan: Yeah, there was that one Game 7 where everything just went wrong, but Rivera gets more of a playoff boost than anybody else ever has

10:03

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know if he was ever a top-30 player — after all these years I *still* don’t know how highly to value great relievers — but for what the Hall of Fame is supposed to be, Rivera was frequently top-30 by those standards

10:05

Kristen: Claudio for a competitive-balance pick seems like a good deal for both sides.  When are they going to open things up and allow trading of regular picks?

10:07

Jeff Sullivan: Here’s Cooper: “But the bigger problem is that any added excitement created by trading draft picks would be wiped away the first time a team sold a top-10 pick to a large revenue team for salary relief on a bad contract, which would happen. In other words, trading draft picks would only highlight the differences between high revenue teams and low revenue ones.”

10:08

Jeff Sullivan: But here’s Polishuk: “The general consensus was that the ability to trade picks would greatly elevate fan interest in the draft — trades are, of course, major reasons why the NFL, NBA, and NHL drafts carry a higher profile than MLB’s amateur selection process.  One American League exec claimed widespread support for the pick-trading idea (“I don’t know anybody who’s not in favor of that at this point“) around the game, though no changes of this nature were implemented when the new collective bargaining agreement was agreed upon in the 2016-17 offseason.”

10:10

Jeff Sullivan: I’m more on the pro-trade side. It’s already possible for a team to package a bad contract with a good prospect. Packaging a bad contract with a high draft pick is no different. There would be real logistical concerns, but I think since MLB has already gotten part of the way there, they’ll eventually allow all picks to be moved. At the same time, I don’t think that’s a priority for the next CBA

10:13

Fangraphs reader: For a rule 5 player, does he or she have to clear waivers before a team can trade for the rights to demote the player?

10:13

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t believe so

10:14

Jeff Sullivan: I was wrong!

10:14

Jeff Sullivan: “If a team wants to keep a Rule 5 pick and send him to the minors, that player must clear waivers and then the team has to work a trade with the club that previously had him.”

10:15

Jeff Sullivan: Seems pretty explicit right there

10:18

Jeff Sullivan: “Atlanta originally signed Diamond as an undrafted free agent back in 2007. If the Twins are unable to work out a trade to keep him, he would have to first clear waivers and be offered back to the Braves before he could go to the minors.”

10:19

Jeff Sullivan: So maybe…I…was right? This hasn’t been very helpful

10:19

Jeff Sullivan: If I had to *guess*, you would and should be able to make a trade before ever exposing the player to waivers

10:21

Jeff Sullivan: I’m sorry for having spent so long on this

10:21

Slow: Why haven’t the Dodgers made a 6-team trade yet?

10:22

Jeff Sullivan: I do keep waiting for them to break this market open

10:22

Jeff Sullivan: But they have the best blockbuster fits with the Indians and the Marlins, and the Indians have been busy doing other things, while the Marlins are still trying to pit every Realmuto suitor against one another

10:22

Jeff Sullivan: It’ll burst before too long

10:23

DBRuns: I think what’s lost in yesterday’s 3-team trade is that the Indians needed a replacement for EE in 2020. They were already on the hook for the $5 million buyout, and now fill their 2020 1B/DH for only $12.5 million more. If Santana is a 2-WAR player in 2020, that’s likely a better pickup than what you could net in free agency. Agree with this?

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: Somewhat. When we’re talking about the DH slot, I don’t think it’s necessary to plan a year in advance, since there are always hitters around. Santana just put up a 109 wRC+. The year before, he was at 115. You don’t *need* to acquire a player like this early

10:25

Jeff Sullivan: CJ Cron projects for a 115 wRC+ and he was freely available. Ditto Justin Bour and his 114 wRC+ projection

10:25

Jeff Sullivan: Santana is fine, but I think it was mostly motivated by money

10:27

Chuck-it: Will Elvis Luciano be pitching in the Majors in 2020?

10:27

Jeff Sullivan: Nah

10:28

Chuck-it: Anthony Alford for Lucas Giolito – who says no?

10:29

Jeff Sullivan: Guessing White Sox. Giolito was bad for most of 2018, but so was Alford, and Alford was bad in Triple-A

10:30

Fangraphs reader: How do y’all come up with the depth charts projections for playing time?  It seems pretty clear the Astros intend to use McHugh as a starter right now, but he’s listed as a reliever.

10:31

Jeff Sullivan: I should probably go in and give McHugh some starter innings, at least for the time being. Hard to stay on top of everything, but also so much of it right now is guesswork since rosters are incomplete in the middle of December. By February and March is when everything should be at its most accurate. Even the Astros don’t know yet what their rotation is going to look like

10:32

Mandy is 92% Fresh: What happens with Vogelbach?

10:32

Jeff Sullivan: I think by spring training there will be a lane toward action at 1B/DH, mostly DH

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: He might have to wait for the second half of the season, but Encarnacion isn’t long for this roster, and I don’t think Bruce/Healy will be that high of an obstacle

10:34

Walt: Who’s the closer for the 2019 Red Sox?

10:34

Jeff Sullivan: Kimbrel actually seems like the most likely out of all the individual names

10:34

Jeff Sullivan: I’d take the field over Kimbrel, but I’d take Kimbrel over any other single option

10:35

striker: Did the Brewers truly rebuild or are they riding a wave of luck? Of their 2.0 fWAR or > players, none were drafted or signed by them. They don’t have much in the pipeline. Most of their value came from FAs or Yelich.

10:37

Jeff Sullivan: It doesn’t really matter how you rebuild provided the roster is rebuilt. The Brewers look completely different from how they used to. They were good in 2017, and better in 2018. They’ll be competitive again in 2019, and their only pending free agents are Chacin and Albers. They converted prospects into Yelich, who just won the NL MVP, and he’s under affordable control for four more years

10:38

Jeff Sullivan: The Brewers are rebuilt. They just didn’t blow it up like the Astros did

10:39

Chuck-it: Is there enough there to build a trade around Stroman and Swanson?

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: Yes

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: You’d have to convince the Braves of that, though

10:39

c: as a jays fan i am sad about tulo 🙁

10:40

Jeff Sullivan: It was a strange feeling to be on for an MLB Now segment the other day, sitting directly to the right of Dan O’Dowd, who signed Tulowitzki to that contract

10:40

Jeff Sullivan: If it makes you feel any better, Tulowitzki will be able to find a more suitable opportunity now. He wasn’t going to start for Toronto

10:41

Mandy is 92% Fresh: Where does Cleveland play Jake Bauers?

10:41

Jeff Sullivan: I think he’ll basically split time between 1B and corner outfield, and Alonso will be gone

10:42

brian: Do you think the Cubs have enough as it is?  Even if 3 guys regress to being good, especially KB, would they be the favorites?

10:43

Jeff Sullivan: The Cubs are strong. I still don’t love their limited pitching depth, but right now I’d pick them as a slight NLC favorite

10:43

Jeff Sullivan: We’ll see how much more the Cardinals do

10:45

HugoZ: Would Joey Gallo be an adequate replacement for Markakis?

10:45

Jeff Sullivan: He’d be fine, but I don’t know if he’s an Atlanta type of player, and I don’t know how motivated the Rangers are to trade him. Michael Brantley feels obvious

10:46

E: Thoughts on the Indians trade and how the rest of their off season plays out? Do they still trade a pitcher?

10:47

Jeff Sullivan: I think they’re less likely to trade a pitcher than they used to be, but I’m still waiting for it to happen. Yesterday made them a little bit better, but they can still turn a 2- or 3-year player into several years of team control by landing a prospect haul

10:47

Jeff Sullivan: Alonso will get dumped somewhere. And they remain a great trade fit with the Dodgers

10:48

Kristen: Profar to SD to play 3rd seems like a no-brainer.  How much trade value does he have with just 2 years of control left?

10:48

Jeff Sullivan: Limited. His trade value is positive for sure, but my guess is that he’s a backup plan, and that the Padres are aiming higher

10:50

Barry Bonds vs Harold Baines: Whose more likely to win the NL CY next year, Kershaw of Buehler?

10:50

Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw

10:50

Jeff Sullivan: Barely

10:51

Jessica: I kinda think now is a good time for the Reds to give Winker a contract extension offer. What do you think?

10:52

Jeff Sullivan: Never a bad idea for a team to try to lock up a potential core young player. I have no idea how receptive Winker might be to the prospect, and the Reds might choose to wait to see how Winker bounces back from surgery, but there’s so much offensive upside in a guy who had more walks than strikeouts. Good time to arrange a long-term commitment

10:52

Mandy is 92% Fresh: Did the ears of Portland perk up when the Rays made their stadium announcement?

10:52

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know, because I was in Las Vegas

10:53

Jeff Sullivan: The Rays moving across the continent is now a little bit more likely than before

10:55

Jake: It seems unconscionable for the Royals to lose Luciano. How did they not factor his Rule 5 status they traded for him? Granted, its somewhat insignificant, but certainly seems like glaring gaffe. So many questions

10:56

Jeff Sullivan: The Royals, of course, were aware that Luciano was eligible to be picked. I just assume they figured no one would choose an 18-year-old who’s topped out in the Pioneer League

10:57

Jeff Sullivan: Pretty good chance Luciano ends up back with the Royals. Now, did the Royals know about his contract situation at the time of the trade? I don’t know that. I don’t have all the information. But I could stand to have more before I consider it a huge mistake

10:58

Noah: How is the mariners “rebuild” going from your perspective? What grade would you give it?

10:59

Jeff Sullivan: C+. Maybe a B-. Probably a C+. I’m lower on Sheffield than they are, but I like Swanson quite a bit. Going to be fun to monitor his 2019 progress

11:00

Jeff Sullivan: I know the Segura trade didn’t net a whole bunch, but that’s more the market’s fault than the fault of the Mariners, and Crawford isn’t a bad player

11:00

Dave: Robbie Ray to the Brewers seems like a good fit

11:01

Jeff Sullivan: Brewers are running out of prospects they’d be willing to trade, and that would have real value

11:01

KD: Yandy Diaz…I have to say that I really don’t get all of the excitement over him. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t think he will live up to the hype people are placing on him.       NOTE:  I asked Alexa yesterday if Die Hard was a Christmas movie and she confirmed that it was.

11:02

Jeff Sullivan: Diaz is fundamentally a player-development project. Fantastic suite of tools, but he’s an adjustment away from being a great hitter. You can’t teach his eye, though, nor can you teach his contact quality. Bauers doesn’t hit the ball like Diaz does. He just has a traditionally more pleasing swing to look at

11:03

Jeff Sullivan: I think the Bauers skillset is easier to find. Hardly any kind of guarantee Diaz reaches or approaches his ceiling, but players like that are seldom available after they make the leap

11:03

Jake Bauers: Did the Rays make a mistake trading me?

11:04

Jeff Sullivan: According to the Indians, yes. According to the Rays, no

11:04

JC: How about Jason Vosler at 3B for the Pads since he didn’t go in the Rule 5?

11:05

Jeff Sullivan: They’re going to want a true regular

11:05

Eduardo: Do you still believe that Ketel Marte has that extra gear? I think he had too many conflicting coaches (Van Scoyoc and Magadan) in his ear last season. Intrigued by the CF possibility too…

11:05

Jeff Sullivan: Still like him. He didn’t do as much as I thought he could, but he’s got time

11:06

Santa: Where’d you get the sweater you were wearing on MLBN?

11:06

Jeff Sullivan: Love that sweater

11:06

Jeff Sullivan: The hell with suits. You don’t need to wear a suit to be on television

11:07

Jeff Sullivan: For the love of god, it’s MLB Network, not the Kennedy Center

11:07

Sirras: The Red Sox seem to be sitting pat and waiting for a steal to fall to them. Are they being aggressive enough this offseason? Seems like they should be more active at least in the reliever market.

11:08

Jeff Sullivan: They just gave $68 million to Nathan Eovaldi, who had the busiest market in baseball

11:08

Jeff Sullivan: I can guarantee you that the Red Sox are active

11:08

Kristen: Odds SD keeps both Mejia and Hedges tbrough the offseason?

11:08

Jeff Sullivan: 50%

11:09

Connor: Right now, assuming there are no more signings or trades, what team do you think is most likely to make the playoffs that didn’t last year?

11:10

Jeff Sullivan: Nationals, followed by the Rays, followed by the Mets

11:11

Hae-Lo Dee: As it stands, the 2019 Mariners aren’t a horrible team. Do you think it’s possible for them to rebuild properly while still fielding a 70-75 win team?

11:11

Jeff Sullivan: The Brewers went from 82 wins to 68, to 73, to 86, to 96

11:11

Jeff Sullivan: It’s not obligatory to completely bottom out. The Mariners have mostly targeted young players who are close to the majors

11:12

Jeff Sullivan: Someone like Kikuchi could still make some sense

11:13

Hank: the Adam Ottovino/Babe Ruth thing had me thinking: how much of what studies show as age-related decline is actually time-related? I.e., a 40-year-old is not just slowing down, his training/form/instincts are getting outdated. If someone declines by X each year after 26, how much is age and how much is time? 90/10? 99/1? 100/0? I know there’s no way to do anything but guess, but a guess is all I want

11:13

Jeff Sullivan: Maybe something like 90/10 or 80/20? We know players get worse because bodies get worse, and we all live that, but also, the young players of today are just plain better than the young players of yesterday. Every rookie class is amazing, on its talent foundation

11:13

Hae-Lo Dee: Odds that Encarnacion plays a game for Seattle?

11:13

Jeff Sullivan: 5%

11:15

Airport Banana: Do you have any thoughts on the legal or ethical implications of orgs using wearables to track non-baseball activities like sleep and diet in their players?

11:16

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t want teams knowing how their players sleep, and I don’t want teams knowing how their players eat. Not completely, I mean, beyond just like asking them. The extent of it should be promoting positive sleeping habits, and making quality and nutritional food available

11:17

Jeff Sullivan: If a player volunteers to submit all of his own personal information to his employer, well, I don’t know how you say no. But it can’t go in the other direction

11:17

Bearry: Rays trade for Realmuto, keep him and flip Zunino for Gray or somewhere, flip for Syndergaard, or keep all?

11:17

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know why a roster would have both Realmuto and Zunino on it

11:18

Jeff Sullivan: The Rays seem like they’re going to be in need of making a consolidation trade. Realmuto isn’t the only player who would make sense, but he’s one of them

11:18

Hae-Lo Dee: What do you think is going to happen with Felix?

11:18

Jeff Sullivan: He’ll begin the year as a starter. He’ll end the year as a reliever

11:19

2-D: AAA is going to start using the same ball as the majors this year. Do you think that’ll require much of a re calibration period for scouts and stat evaluation?

11:19

Jeff Sullivan: Should be subtle. And all the teams have Triple-A Trackman, so they’ll figure out what’s changing pretty fast

11:20

Al West: Will Seattle win 50 games next year?

11:20

Jeff Sullivan: Yes

11:20

Andrew F. : Am I going to trade for Kluber or Realmuto, or just continue to work around the fringes?

11:20

Jeff Sullivan: I still expect a blockbuster

11:20

Joe: Wouldn’t it just be easier for the Mets to sign Ramos and keep Thor?

11:20

Jeff Sullivan: Yes

11:20

Gus Chiggins: Ross Atkins mentioned having 18 year old rule 5er Elvis Luciano brought in to face Aaron Judge this year. How strange and (un)realistic would such cruel punishment be?

11:21

Jeff Sullivan: Very strange, but not cruel. Might even be the highlight of Luciano’s career!

11:21

Jeff Sullivan: All right, I need to get rolling

11:21

Jeff Sullivan: So thank you everybody for hanging out, and I’m sorry for what I didn’t or couldn’t address. We’ll do it again next week at the same time, and until then, be well and have great days

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