Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 8/1/18

9:10

Jeff Sullivan: oooooooookay, done podcasting now

9:10

Jeff Sullivan: Hello friends

9:10

Jeff Sullivan: Welcome to Wednesday baseball chat

9:10

Jeff Sullivan: Next week, we’ll be back to normal, and I’ll reoccupy my standard Friday slot

9:11

Jeff Sullivan: This has been a hectic couple weeks

9:11

THE Average Sports Fan: Where you surprised the A’s didn’t make a move for a controllable Starting Pitcher?

9:11

Jeff Sullivan: A little bit, yeah

9:12

Jeff Sullivan: More surprised the Brewers also didn’t

9:13

Jeff Sullivan: But pretty obviously, these teams didn’t think the pitchers available were worth the asking prices. The Brewers like their pitching more than the consensus, and the A’s probably figure they have enough to scrape by for now, with reinforcements arriving down the stretch or at the start of 2019

9:14

Jeff Sullivan: Big question for the A’s might be Jesus Luzardo. He just got promoted to Triple-A after breezing through the Texas League. Can’t put too much pressure on him but there’s some chance he could make a difference in September

9:14

Jeff Sullivan: The Mariners don’t have one of those

9:14

Jeff Sullivan: (The gap between them is back down to only one game)

9:14

divine chanteuse: So now that the Rays only have $10 million committed on the books for next season, they’re free to go hard after one of Machado/Harper, right?

9:15

Jeff Sullivan: I know you’re joking, and I recognize that it’s impossible, but then people also figured it was impossible that the Pirates would make a big trade splash

9:15

Jeff Sullivan: It’s 2018! Anything goes!

9:16

Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: Let’s take a second to acknowledge a sports-related thing that really matters: LeBron James opened a school for underprivileged kids, and is effectively subsidizing their entire education.

What baseball players are most likely to follow suit and perform a basic function of government for us?

9:17

Jeff Sullivan: Every team has a few. They don’t, of course, have LeBron James money. But they’re not all power-hungry monsters

9:18

Jeff Sullivan: After reading about Andrew Chafin the other day I could see him just building people houses

9:18

Jeff Sullivan: Just like, hey, I’m bored, why don’t I build you a home

9:18

Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Isn’t it a massive red flag that the Rays, who have a similar financial situation and competitive timeline to the Pirates, were willing to trade their controlled pitcher on a team-friendly deal at all? If the Rays thought they could “fix” Archer, they would have done it by now.

9:19

Jeff Sullivan: I do think there’s some validity to this. Over and over I saw statements to the effect of, the Rays are more open about trading Archer than ever. That’s not a coincidence. His contract is still extremely team-friendly. They didn’t *have* to do this

9:20

Jeff Sullivan: But I don’t think Archer is on the verge of completely breaking down. The Rays might’ve just felt he got overexposed in the AL East. A lot of this just comes down to the fact the Pirates have something to play for in 2018. I think that’s what pushed them over the edge, and allowed for a trade we wouldn’t otherwise see between two such similar teams

9:20

Pablo’s BeltBuckle: Are there any trades we should look out for over the next month?

9:21

Jeff Sullivan: Yes

9:21

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think anything on the Justin Verlander level, though

9:22

Jeff Sullivan: Yonder Alonso was traded last August

9:22

Jeff Sullivan: Sean Rodriguez was traded last August

9:22

Jeff Sullivan: Jay Bruce and Neil Walker were traded last August, and so on and so forth

9:23

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t have a list of players in front of me, but there will be activity. Keep an eye on the Giants if they start to fade

9:24

Jeff Sullivan: Marco Estrada might go somewhere if he improves

9:25

James: Considering the returns for both players, if you were Atlanta, would you have paid the price for Archer? Or do you prefer the Gausman deal?

9:25

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think the Gausman deal hurts very much. The Archer deal would’ve been tough

9:25

Jeff Sullivan: Remember that we don’t even yet know the third piece involved

9:26

Jeff Sullivan: It’s funny, too — over the past three years, Archer has an ERA- of 101, and Gausman is at 98

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: Archer, of course, has better peripherals, but if you truly believe he’s *worse* than his peripherals, then it’s easy to see Gausman as an alternative. Shouldn’t hurt to get him away from the Orioles’ pitcher-development program

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: Gausman’s always felt like a guy who might benefit from new instruction

9:27

Frosty the Sandman: What are your thoughts of the Indians/Cardinals trade that involved only minor leaguers?  Why do swaps of talent in the minors not happen more frequently?

9:28

Jeff Sullivan: Because teams believe in their own guys, and they’re invested in their own guys, and swapping minor leaguers isn’t something that advances a competitive window. So there’s no imbalance between a currently good team and a currently bad team

9:30

Jeff Sullivan: I like the Oscar Mercado pickup for Cleveland. I’m biased in favor of guys who are closer to the majors, but Mercado seems like he’s someone who could help really soon. Connel Capel and Jhon Torres, not so much

9:31

Jeff Sullivan: With that being said I don’t know if Mercado is actually a plus defensive CF. The speed, at least, is there

9:31

Perennial Ballboy Tryout: Did Mariners do enough at the deadline?

9:32

Jeff Sullivan: Not much they could afford to do. Their farm system sucks. The bullpen is deeper now, and they will already have Cano coming back for like a month and a half

9:33

Jeff Sullivan: Their competition is the A’s, and the A’s weren’t so busy, either. I imagine Dipoto will continue looking for a starter in August

9:33

Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: I have two questions. 1. What does “zero-tolerance” mean? 2. How dare Jeff Luhnow?

9:33

Jeff Sullivan: Luhnow would’ve been better off not saying anything at all

9:34

Jeff Sullivan: Twisted himself completely into knots. We all got the message as soon as the move itself happened

9:34

Kvn: I can’t believe the O’s had the balls to actually blow it up. 4 weeks ago I’d have put decent odds on them not executing a single trade successfully.

9:35

Jeff Sullivan: I’m not saying the Orioles are fixed, but they have at least started to behave like a normal organization. They’re even collecting international bonus-pool money. A new era is beginning

9:35

Jeff Sullivan: It’s going to be dark for a while, but the hardest part is already over

9:35

Jeff Sullivan: In a weird way, the ugly development years can be sort of exciting

9:36

Jeff Sullivan: The ugly development years are when the Astros discovered Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel

9:37

Purple Mays Haze: Has the causality of ‘third time thru order’ been fully attributed? Is it because the pitcher is ‘tired’? Or is it because hitters have seen the full arsenal? (Or is it because there is a detected pitch sequencing pattern?) My suspicion is a little bit of all of it – but was wondering if there were definitive studies…

9:38

Jeff Sullivan: “…the TTOP is not about fatigue. It is about familiarity. The more a batter sees a pitcher’s delivery and repertoire, the more likely he is to be successful against him.”

9:39

Jeff Sullivan: “I believe that I have shown fairly strong evidence that the penalty that we see pitchers incur as the game wears on is mostly or wholly as a result of the TTO and not due to fatigue caused by an increasing pitch count.”

9:40

kevinthecomic: Do Verlander’s results over the last month or so indicate an injury and/or fatigue?

9:40

Jeff Sullivan: 30 innings, 2.70 ERA, 3 walks, 46 strikeouts

9:41

Jeff Sullivan: There was a four-homer game against the Tigers, but otherwise, he looks fantastic

9:41

Tony Womack: How do you evaluate the Yankees deadline deals? Seems like a rare instance where Cashman may not have come out on top.

9:42

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t really get the Lance Lynn thing. Admittedly, I haven’t examined it for a closer look, and I don’t think Tyler Austin is important, but Lynn is bad

9:44

Jeff Sullivan: Was also interesting to see the bullpen depleted, losing Warren, Gallegos, and Shreve

9:44

Jeff Sullivan: Now, from the Yankees’ perspective, they added Britton *and* they added international spending money, and they’ve been good in the past about converting that international money into assets pretty quick

9:45

Jeff Sullivan: And with Britton, there just won’t be many high-leverage innings to go around for other pitchers, so the Yankees might’ve figured they could afford to sell from the bottom of the pen

9:46

Jeff Sullivan: Happ was a modest overpay, but I don’t think McKinney is special, and the Yankees have long wanted to have his lefty arm pitching in New York

9:46

Jeff Sullivan: Hard to meaningfully improve a team as good as the Yankees. If they’re right about Britton being back on track, they’re going to be a force

9:47

James: Are you buying that the change of leagues/divisions, better defense behind him, and having “better pitching coaches” will make Gausman pitch better for Atlanta than he did for Baltimore?

9:47

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t believe anything here is a lock, and I’ll point out that Gausman’s career interleague ERA is 6.33

9:48

Jeff Sullivan: But he *has* pitched in baseball’s toughest division, and Baltimore *does* have a spotty track record of developing arms. I think there is a legitimate chance that the Braves make Gausman 5-10% better

9:49

Moltar: A dude at the bodega near my office told me today he was too ashamed to wear his Mets hat. It was the first time I’ve seen him without one during the season.

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: I like how after that game it was a *Nationals* player who got designated for assignment

9:50

James: What three teams had the best moves at/around the deadline?

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: I think the Indians did well

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: I liked the Rays getting Pham

9:51

Jeff Sullivan: And for a bunch of reasons I liked the Blue Jays’ side of the Osuna swap

9:52

Tony Womack: Are you surprised that the Rockies stayed quiet at the deadline? They are firmly in the hunt

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: They could’ve used another position player. I bet they could’ve lured Jose Martinez

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: I get starting Ian Desmond *or* Gerardo Parra. I don’t get starting them both

9:54

v2micca: How is J.T. Realmuto still a Marlin?  Catcher is a black hole for half of the teams with play-off aspirations.  How could the Marlins not make a deal?

9:55

Jeff Sullivan: For one thing, I think the Marlins really do want to keep Realmuto around, and they want to make it clear to him they’re done blowing it up

9:55

Jeff Sullivan: Maybe they hope he can see some talent appearing around him in the bigs

9:56

Jeff Sullivan: For another thing, catchers are particularly hard to move for good value midseason. The Lucroy trade a few years ago was exceptional. Catchers are so important to a pitching staff and ideally you’d want to have that relationship beginning in spring. Realmuto is a better offseason trade candidate, if the Marlins’ extension overtures are turned away

9:57

HappyFunBall: So the Nats trade deadline was more interesting that I initially thought. They basically stood pat, sure, but the Kintzler trade seems to have been a disciplinary measure. Today Shawn Kelley was DFA for his little temper tantrum last night over being too good to pitch with a 24 run lead.

Do you suppose Davey Martinez is done being a nice guy? Or is Rizzo being the hard ass for him?

Also LOLMets.

9:58

Jeff Sullivan: This is one of those cases where it’s probably the smart move to defer to authority. The Nationals have particular knowledge about what Kintzler and Kelley were like, and if they believe those players were bad influences, it makes sense to subtract

9:58

Jeff Sullivan: It’s not a coincidence this happened right after the Jeff Passan article at Yahoo; the Nationals might be trying to send a message to a number of people. We’ll see if it’s received!

9:59

v2micca: Most surprising player that will be put on waivers in the next month?

9:59

Jeff Sullivan: Almost everyone gets put on waivers in August

9:59

Jeff Sullivan: Few of the good ones actually clear

10:00

Purple Mays Haze: Saw a stat that BABIPs (or is it BAsBIP)? in the shift are actually higher than BABIPs into the…um, ‘non-shifts’. Any ideas why that would be?

10:01

Jeff Sullivan: League BABIP without a shift: .295

10:01

Jeff Sullivan: League BABIP with a traditional shift: .292

10:02

Jeff Sullivan: The no-shift number goes up to .297 if you exclude pitchers

10:02

Jeff Sullivan: The important thing to remember here is selective sampling; it’s not the same pool of players in either split. Certain types of guys get shifted, and certain types of guys don’t, and those groups have different abilities

10:03

Wopaseft: Brewers SPs have the 3rd lowest GB% in baseball. How significant is this in terms of their newly-configured infield?

10:03

Jeff Sullivan: The Brewers overall have a ground-ball rate that’s only about one point lower than average

10:03

Jeff Sullivan: Their strikeout rate is about one point higher than average

10:04

Jeff Sullivan: I think this is more about defensive shifting, and about the small positional adjustment between second base and third

10:05

Jeff Sullivan: Now, we’ll see who actually ends up handling the bulk of the load at short

10:05

Mason: How good is Marco Gonzales? Can he emerge as the Mariners best player with the most trade value?

10:05

Jeff Sullivan: Gonzales is pretty good. 83 ERA-, 81 FIP-, 83 xFIP-

10:06

Jeff Sullivan: He’s also controlled through 2023

10:06

Jeff Sullivan: But James Paxton has the most trade value. Even though he’s only controlled through 2020, Paxton is an ace, and those guys are ever so hard to find

10:07

Guest: Do you listen to your own podcast episodes?

10:07

Jeff Sullivan: I cannot imagine wanting to do that

10:07

Ryan: How bad is the Brewer’s defense going to be?

10:07

Jeff Sullivan: Well, the Brewers currently lead baseball in both DRS and UZR

10:07

Jeff Sullivan: So it’s going to be worse, but it’s still going to be good

10:09

Factory of Sadness: Willi Castro is in FG’s top 10 on the list of prospects that moved around, even given the fact that he is probably multiple years from the majors. Obviously CF has been a black hole for the Cleveland Stereotypes, but for a Leonys Martin rental, that strikes me as an overpay (especially given just how many trades were made this year). Does this feel the same way to you?

10:09

Jeff Sullivan: Willi Castro has an 82 wRC+ in Double-A

10:09

Jeff Sullivan: Leonys Martin has been a two-win player in the majors

10:10

Jeff Sullivan: I get being kind of skeptical about Martin going forward, and I get why some people think the Indians should’ve gone for Pham instead, but I don’t think this is a bad deal

10:10

Jeff Sullivan: Every organization has guys like Castro. He needs to hit if he wants to be a regular

10:12

Bort: Which flukey player is most likely to provide value into 2019 and beyond: Nick Martini or Dereck Rodriguez?

10:12

Jeff Sullivan: Is it cheating if I say they’re both useful?

10:13

Jeff Sullivan: Martini has a good eye, and plus contact skills. Rodriguez has five pitches he throws at least 10% of the time, and a league-average contact rate in the bigs

10:14

Jeff Sullivan: Rodriguez could be a roughly average starting pitcher. Martini could be a fine fourth outfielder, or even fringe starter in the short-term

10:14

Dann: Tampa Bay’s SP depth charts is, officially, (1) Glasnow. For a moment last night, it was empty. This is both interesting and wacky.

10:14

Jeff Sullivan: I love the image, and I love that they don’t care

10:15

Dylan: Defend the Mets for hanging on to Zack Wheeler

10:15

Jeff Sullivan: Do you know what they were offered in return for him?

10:15

Jeff Sullivan: Because I sure don’t

10:16

Jeff Sullivan: Wheeler has a 106 ERA- and a 97 xFIP-. No one was going to go crazy

10:17

James: The WAR numbers on Gausman and Archer have been pretty tight. Do you feel the two players are actually that close? Incorrect perception of the two players lead to Archer being much more expensive or something else?

10:17

Jeff Sullivan: Teams love strikeouts, and Archer is the better strikeout pitcher. He’s also historically thrown more innings

10:18

Jeff Sullivan: But I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Archer is worse than his peripherals. And when you accept that, the gap does indeed begin to narrow

10:19

v2micca: What is the likelyhood that Gausman is Atlanta’s opening day starting in 2019?

10:19

Jeff Sullivan: 10-20%. Foltynewicz is good

10:20

Ian: Why do fangraphs writers always use R^2 instead of R?

10:20

Jeff Sullivan: Because I think R2 is more familiar to people

10:20

Zonk: Are the Brewers comfortable with their rotation?  Why not address this at the deadline?

10:20

Jeff Sullivan: The latter suggests the former, doesn’t it?

10:21

Jeff Sullivan: The Brewers tried to get starters. They just obviously didn’t like the prices, so they went for other upgrades instead. They’re better now than they were in the infield, and they’re better now than they were in the bullpen

10:21

Jeff Sullivan: Saw video of Jimmy Nelson throwing in the bullpen yesterday. He’s the real wild card here for September

10:21

Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: How much sleep did you get last night?

10:21

Jeff Sullivan: Far far more than I got the night before

10:23

Wopaseft: The Brewers and Cubs are effectively tied, but the Brewers have played 4 more games. I assume this is more beneficial to the Brewers, but by how much?

10:23

Jeff Sullivan: Very very slight

10:23

Jeff Sullivan: Extra days will be good for the pitching staff, but once the September rosters roll around, the benefit is mitigated

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: Also worth noting our Playoff Odds page thinks the Brewers have the tougher average remaining opponent

10:24

Guest: Surprised the Yankees didn’t go after a bat?

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: The Yankees lead baseball in wRC+

10:25

Jeff Sullivan: Neil Walker was already an extra bat, and if he doesn’t do anything in the absence of Judge, well, that’s what Voit is for

10:26

Jeff Sullivan: Voit is sitting on a 134 wRC+ in Triple-A

10:26

Jeff Sullivan: The Yankees don’t really need much help

10:27

Guest: If you were GM of a team but could only have access to one piece of information about all players in the league, which would you choose: OPS for the current season, or age?

10:27

Jeff Sullivan: OPS, I think

10:29

stever20: Dodgers move of getting Axford seems a bit weak for their pen.  Are they just going to use starters in the pen like they did with Maeda last year?

10:29

Jeff Sullivan: Cingrani is coming back, and Fields is also coming back

10:30

Jeff Sullivan: Urias could come back in September, and Ryu could either help the bullpen or push Stripling into the bullpen

10:31

Jeff Sullivan: They already got Floro, who’s been terrific so far, and Ferguson looks good

10:31

Jeff Sullivan: Ferguson as a reliever: 21 innings, 4 runs, 2 walks, 27 strikeouts

10:31

Jeff Sullivan: That’s even better than I thought

10:31

Jeff Sullivan: Long story short, the Dodgers are fine

10:32

Q-Ball: The Orioles are rebuilding and accumulating IFA space and suddenly doing very un-Oriole things.  Is this a permanent change for the Orioles franchise?  Are GM/Manager changes in store?

10:32

Jeff Sullivan: Unclear right now what will happen with Duquette and Showalter, but it’s obvious other forces have had an influence on the organizational strategy

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: So even if Duquette remains where he is, the team is going to be operating differently from how it did

10:33

HappyFunBall: In the 8th inning of last night’s travshamockery of a baseball game, the Mets’ broadcast team commenced reading directly from the team media guide rather than calling the action on the field. They began by recounting the 1969 postseason (because LOL), and the production team played the theme from Masterpiece Theatre in the background.

Should they get an award for broadcasting excellence, or be fired?

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: Make them all president

10:34

Jeff Sullivan: In a 25-1 baseball game, the priority is to entertain, not to call the game that was already decided an hour and a half earlier

10:35

Guest: It’s funny that we lump the Pirates/As/Rays together a lot, while one of those teams has the best ballpark and the other two have the worst. Probably means a better ballpark won’t change the team at all

10:36

Jeff Sullivan: Rays opening-day payroll has topped out at $77 million. A’s opening-day payroll has topped out at $87 million. Pirates opening-day payroll has topped out at $100 million

10:37

Jeff Sullivan: The Pirates cleared $90 million three years in a row

10:37

Jeff Sullivan: Not saying that’s all because of the ballpark, of course, but everyone benefits when a stadium isn’t a nightmare

10:37

Jeff Sullivan: (Except for many of the taxpayers!)

10:38

v2micca: So, is the Chris Sale DL stink purely precautionary on Boston’s part, or should Red Sox fans be a little nervous?

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: You should be a little more nervous than the front-office speak would suggest, because teams have a habit of downplaying these things. At the same time, it does appear to be precautionary, and the Red Sox are in a comfortable spot, so my worry would be at just a 3 or 4 out of 10

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: Sale has never been sidelined by a shoulder problem before in the bigs

10:40

Zonk: Did the Cubs do enough to address the starting pitching issues?  Was Theo backed into dumpster-diving by lack of impact prospects to trade?

10:40

Jeff Sullivan: Few prospects to move, and Hamels has as good a contact rate as he ever has. I see why they believe Hamels is better than this

10:41

Jeff Sullivan: This is on Lester and Quintana to do better than they have. The rotation is overflowing with name value. Results haven’t matched. The absence of Darvish is obviously another big problem

10:42

Mets gonna Mets: So after do nothing yesterday, the Mets suffer their worst loss in franchise history… which I suppose should have been a given at this point. At least no one got hurt. Is there any hope for 2019?

10:42

Jeff Sullivan: Yes

10:42

Jeff Sullivan: Moderate, but it’s there

10:43

Jeff Sullivan: You could do worse than starting with deGrom, Syndergaard, Nimmo, and Conforto

10:43

Billy Beane: The A’s should have definitely matched the offer for Gausman and O’Day, right? It wasn’t nothing, but getting a reliable starter and shortening the game with a guy like O’Day would’ve helped them more than most.

10:43

Jeff Sullivan: O’Day is out for the rest of the season

10:44

Jeff Sullivan: That was a money move, with the Braves taking the contract instead of giving up better prospects

10:46

Cartulo: I’ve heard a lot of “Rays waited a year too long” to trade Archer. Last year the Rays were in the thick of the WC race. Even if the prize was a play-in game at the Bronx it didn’t made sense to let go of the teams best pitcher when they were still fighting for something. Context matters. Also, Meadows and Glasnow have lost shine but if the Rays can get them to being close to what they were, then the haul is absurd.

10:46

Jeff Sullivan: On deadline day last year, the Red Sox were WC1, and the Royals were WC2, 2.5 games ahead of the Rays

10:47

Jeff Sullivan: The Pirates traded for Archer when they were 3.5 games out of WC2

10:47

Jeff Sullivan: In other words, I agree with you

10:48

Jeff Sullivan: And while you could argue the Rays could’ve traded Archer last winter, I guess, remember that they have the AL’s fifth-best BaseRuns winning percentage right now

10:48

Jeff Sullivan: They thought they could contend. They’ve only traded Archer when another team ponied up

10:49

Bo: What can we expect from Kolby Allard the rest of the year? I’m not going to knock him too much for his debut, given the rainy conditions.

10:50

Jeff Sullivan: I’m not super enthusiastic. He’s been an average contact guy even in the high minors. Not an extreme strike-thrower. Back-of-the-rotation starter right now

10:51

ceiling fan: In Travis’ article on the Dodgers’ Dozier acquisition, he mentions that they “just slide under the luxury tax.” Won’t Kenta Maeda’s incentives push them over that threshold?

10:52
10:52

Jeff Sullivan: We can assume, for matters such as this, that the Dodgers have the best information possible

10:52

Jeff Sullivan: This is why Forsythe was included, going the other way

10:53

Matt: Did you see last night’s Nats/Mets game? Thoughts on Shawn Kelley?

10:53

Jeff Sullivan: I’m going to guess that display was only the tip of the iceberg

10:53

Ryan from Pittsburgh: So given that everyone now plays for a new team, which organization’s moves will move the needle the most. Pirates? Brewers? PIRATES! WOOOOO ARCHER!!!!

10:54

Jeff Sullivan: Off the top of my head, the Dodgers and Pirates might’ve gained the most meaningful 2018 impact

10:54

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know. It’s hard. There were so many trades! Every good team got better!

10:54

Ian: What’s Glasnow’s WAR total for the next three years?

10:54

Jeff Sullivan: I like him. 5.5

10:56

Poised: Should the Rockies play Dahl in CF and move Blackmon to a corner?

10:57

Jeff Sullivan: I understand why it hasn’t happened, but I do think there’s a good chance they’d be better with Dahl or even Tapia

10:57

Jeff Sullivan: I just don’t know what Parra is doing for them

10:59

Abie H: Whats taking so long for the MLB to force the Wilpons to sell? This team is a disaster of epic proportions.

11:00

Jeff Sullivan: There’s simply limited precedent for the commissioner stepping in in such a way. MLB didn’t make Jeffrey Loria sell the Marlins. And other owners would certainly raise their eyebrows if Manfred took a team away from a member of their group

11:01

5 Run Homer: How weird is it that Kirby Yates, Craig Stammen, and to a lesser extent Tyson Ross are all still Padres? Super weird, right?

11:01

Jeff Sullivan: Ross is kind of the weirdest, but he’s been bad lately

11:01

Jeff Sullivan: Yates is still club-controlled, so they’ll probably just try to trade him again at a later date after he racks up some saves

11:02

Jeff Sullivan: Stammen is also under control another year, so the Padres have time. Lots of relievers were out there this month

11:02

Patrick: What should the Red Sox do when Vazquez returns and they are stuck with 3 catchers on their roster? Swihart has finally been performing well with regular ABs and Sale/Leon is a strong battery.

11:03

Jeff Sullivan: Good news! When Vazquez returns, it’ll be September, and there won’t be a roster crunch

11:04

Jeff Sullivan: Vazquez and Leon will play the most

11:04

Jeff Sullivan: Chris Sale would be a great pitcher throwing to anyone

11:04

Henry: Is Byron Buston (yes that was intentional) dead?

11:04

Jeff Sullivan: No

11:05

Jeff Sullivan: According to Rotoworld, he was at least sufficiently alive yesterday to undergo an MRI

11:05

Jim Leyland Palmer: Why do you think there was no market for Fiers? Seems like a deal should have been done.

11:06

Jeff Sullivan: Because he has an FIP of a hundred and ten

11:06

Jeff Sullivan: No one would want to be starting Mike Fiers in the playoffs

11:06

Jeff Sullivan: All right, I need to get rolling

11:06

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 normal Friday slot, and until then, be well and have great days

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Loved Keith Hernandez last night- when Reyes hit Zimmerman- and Zimmerman faked charged the mound- Hernandez was like Reyes wishes Zimmerman had charged the mound and gotten both of them thrown out.