Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 7/17/18

12:00
Meg Rowley: Good morning all, and welcome to the chat!

12:01
Meg Rowley: As I mentioned last week, there is likely to be a bit of shifting around with the Tuesday schedule in the weeks to come so that we aren’t doubling up on chats.

12:01
Meg Rowley: But until then, here I am!

12:01
Waltharius: Why would LAD need Machado? They have enough hitting in Taylor at SS, and Turner at 3B

12:03
Meg Rowley: It allows them to move on from Forsythe. Heyman had a tweet on how they’d shift around the infield and I imagine it’s pretty close to what you’d see.

12:03
Rox Rox Purple Sox: Rockies have a ton of infield prospects in the pipeline (Bregman, Hampson, Welker). Do you think those guys factor into a decision to resign LeMahieu this year, or are they too far away?

12:05
Meg Rowley: I think future guys almost always factor.

12:05
Meg Rowley: Hampson probably isn’t so far off– I think Eric’s preseason Rockies list had his ETA in 2019, though I’m not sure if that has changed.

12:06
Meg Rowley: Welker is further afield.

12:06
Meg Rowley: All that said, the Rockies do some weird-ass stuff with their money sometimes so shrug emoji?

12:06
Bort: Mike Zunino seemed so promising going into the year. Is the bloom finally off this particular rose?

12:07
Meg Rowley: Bummer of a year for him. The defense was very good again, but he looked lost at the plate again, and then with the injury, I worry there’s not going to be enough of a good run for this to feel like anything more than a wasted season.

12:07
Meg Rowley: Zunino has a very narrow path to success at the plate. The power will always save him some, and he was still close to a league average hitter, which for a catcher isn’t terrible.

12:08
Meg Rowley: But as a fan of his, it’s been a bummer. Hopefully he comes back ok from the ankle injury.

12:08
Daniel L: The Padres have not developed a good hitter since Tony Gwynn. Any worries that Tatis Jr, Urias and even Margot won’t hit?

12:09
Meg Rowley: I’m not in the habit of thinking an organization can just never do something.

12:09
Meg Rowley: All sorts of folks come and go from player development staffs.

12:09
stever20: Why doesn’t MLB get more credit for all the good things they do?  HR Derby change was great.  the MLB game at the Little League World Series- phenominal.  Next year game at College World Series- great idea…

12:10
Meg Rowley: Well we watch those things, so I’m not sure what additional credit they really require?

12:11
Meg Rowley: I think there is a conversation to be had about how we balance the necessary fretting about the game and its future (which is the league’s job), with a clear acknowledgement that baseball is just so freaking the best thing, but we don’t have to go out of our way to pat brands on the back.

12:11
Meg Rowley: Brands will never love you back enough.

12:11
Outsider: How can normal people like you or me try to evaluate prospects in the time between list releases?

12:12
Meg Rowley: I think it depends what you mean by evaluate.

12:12
Meg Rowley: All of the best talent evaluators I know, and you are right to cast me among the normals, use a combination of stats and live looks at players.

12:13
Meg Rowley: Now, you and I are used to watching baseball a particular way, and that isn’t necessarily the way that someone like Eric or Kiley watches, but if you have a local minor league affiliate, I’d recommend going and checking it out, and watching from different vantages in the park.

12:14
Meg Rowley: I’d recommend going to minor league games just generally. It’s a very different experience.

12:14
stever20: Could the Nationals have drawn up a better scenario for Harper than last night?  Do you think this wakes up the Nationals, or was it just a 1 night thing?

12:14
Meg Rowley: I don’t know that we know that they’re actually sleepy, so much as having a weird year when they really ought to be better, even with the injuries, but that had to feel amazing for them, and for their fans.

12:15
Meg Rowley: Since the format change, I’ve gone into each derby thinking, “I’m Meg, and while I’m not cool per se, I’m cool enough not to like this” and then I just like it anyway.

12:15
Rockie Dangerfield: Just like Peter Pan once implored the audience to clap their hands to save Tinkerbell, I need everybody reading here today to send whatever energy they can spare to will the Orioles’ front office to send Machado to the Phillies and not the Dodgers.  C’mon Fangraphs, do it for the rest of the NL West!

12:16
Meg Rowley: As you might imagine, a lotttt of the queue this morning is about Machado, so I’ve been polling some writer friends and team folks, and well, we have bad news, because I think we all think he ends up in LA.

12:17
Meg Rowley: As a person who watches baseball faces, I am rooting for this news to hit the dugouts during the game tonight. My job is very strange.

12:17
Kevin: Really enjoyed your “On Liking Jean Segura” article from last week. Was not expecting you to pivot to human flesh eating, which had me bursting out laughing!

12:18
Meg Rowley: I am glad you liked it. I’m always worried that I won’t strike the right balance between being funny and being Too Much, but I’m glad that one worked for you.

12:18
Rox Rox Purple Sox: Is Jon Gray back for good? Looked like an ace against my Mariners 🙁

12:19
Meg Rowley: I think he’s back for a while. I’m glad they gave him a mental reset. That’s isn’t meant as a knock on Gray, to be clear. He’s been having just a wildly strange season, and it has to have been so frustrating for a guy who is a genuinely good pitcher, and sometimes you just need a chance to catch your breath with no one looking at you.

12:20
Ya Boi : Gotta give it to the Angels for trying to surround Trout with talent to win, but realistically what’s the chance the Angels win a World Series with Trout?

12:21
Meg Rowley: This year? Very low. Next year… obviously a lot depends on what happens with their pitching generally and with Ohtani specifically, but part of me will always think that if they can just squeak through the Wild Card they have some sort of shot because jeez, it’s Mike Trout.

12:21
mcmadbat: Has there been any research done with using neural networks to predict player performance?

12:22
Meg Rowley: I don’t know that the answer is no, but I sort of hope that the answer is no because that sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi movie where we look back and wonder how we didn’t see the end of the world coming.

12:23
Meg Rowley: For a more serious answer, I really wonder if the union is ready to grapple with the pressing privacy concerns that are almost certainly coming for its membership.

12:23
Nick : You might get this question several times after last night, but I am a huge Bryce Harper fan (living in Seattle). Does last night have any impact in him staying in DC?

12:23
Meg Rowley: I wouldn’t think so. The Nationals know Harper’s worth. Harper knows Harper’s worth. The derby doesn’t change that.

12:23
WARrior: Where will Machado end up?

12:24
Meg Rowley: I should say that Philly is the very close second. It seems like the Yankees are less well positioned, and a grateful nation weeps.

12:24
Oof Owie Oooooh: I just stubbed my pinkie toe

12:24
Meg Rowley: I am very sorry. That’s the second worst thing that can happen to a person after stepping on a LEGO.

12:25
dd123: bigger hurdle for the astros in the al playoffs-red sox or yankees?

12:27
Meg Rowley: As things currently stand, I’m inclined to pick the Red Sox just because I think as it currently stands, they (meaning Boston) would have home field. But those three are pretty squished up together in terms of quality in my mind.

12:27
Bork: Apparently the Machado trade is pending medicals right now. What’s the chances the prospects fail the Orioles medical?

12:27
Meg Rowley: Eventually something has to go right, right?

12:27
Billy Beane: Meg, in just a few years, you went from working for the world’s premier investment banking institution to being a baseball blogger to having your own high budget Jaws rip-off. How do you do it?

12:29
Meg Rowley: The bigger question is, how have I, a giant, prehistoric shark, managed to live on land AND avoid devouring our lovely readers at meetups?

12:29
Andrew: Are there any other fangraphs meetups planned for the rest of this season?

12:30
Meg Rowley: The posting will go up shortly, but we’ll be doing our usual pre-Saberseminar meetup in Boston on August 3rd. I’ll be there, along with various and sundry other FanGraphs personalities.

12:31
Meg Rowley: And it isn’t a FanGraphs meetup per se but I’ll be moderating the Mariners Celebrating Women in Baseball night panel on August 21st.

12:31
Tom: Hi Meg, thanks for the chat. If the Cards end up selling, one name that makes sense to me to move is Miles Mikolas, as he has pitched well and has another year of control for cheap. Any thoughts on why we have not seen more chatter around this?

12:32
Meg Rowley: I’d imagine because, despite his very good performance his year, he doesn’t have the track record as this pitcher.

12:32
Christian: When will team prospect lists be updated to include the new draftees?

12:32
Meg Rowley: Soon, I’m told!

12:32
Matt: It’s the HR Derby, and it’s meant for fun and all that. I get it, and don’t really care. But after like the first, or second time in a row that Harper’s dad jumped the clock (pretty significantly), shouldn’t the ump have said something? I mean…there are rules, and having to wait until the ball hits is the penalty for hitting moonshots instead of liners…

12:33
Meg Rowley: You are very free to care about whatever things you want to, but I can’t join you in caring. No part of me cares. No part of me wonders if it is even true.

12:34
Christian: Danny Duffy has been pitching well of late. Does this mean there was truth to the rumor that he was tipping pitches and he finally got it figured out?

12:34
Meg Rowley: I haven’t done the video work necessary to answer that second part. It might just be that he’s been executing better.

12:34
Christian: Does Danny Duffy’s resurgence of late make him more likely to be dealt at the deadline?

12:35
Meg Rowley: Sure. They should try to move anything not nailed down. Trade the bases themselves even.

12:35
: How long will it be until the Mariners make the postseason? Can we start making them a Browns-style punchline yet?

12:35
Meg Rowley: This is very rude, and you should feel bad, and also, gosh those A’s should be making every Mariners fan nervous.

12:35
AC: Did you watch the celebrity softball game?

12:36
Meg Rowley: I did not.

12:36
A big dumb idiot: Is there any fear that Machado is a Machadon’t?

12:36
Meg Rowley: I do not have any such fears.

12:36
Bort: Couldn’t the Dodgers just move on from Forsythe by, you know, not playing him? They have Kike + Muncy + Barnes + Taylor and then a whole slough of outfielders — more than enough depth.

12:36
Meg Rowley: They could but here is the thing: they could also trade for and then play Manny Machado.

12:37
Meg Rowley: I understand wanting to hold on to prospects. I don’t understand fans worrying about ownership’s money, but I understand that it happens for some weird reason. But I think we sometimes outsmart ourselves on this stuff.

12:38
Meg Rowley: Organizations have to make thoughtful decisions, and sometimes you trade away a guy who becomes a star, but sometimes you’re the Cubs and you win a World Series so…

12:39
A&W: Who, if anybody, should the Angels be selling off this deadline?

12:39
Meg Rowley: I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t do much, and hope to just get back to it next year.

12:39
James: Is Alex Bregman a right handed Joey Votto?

12:40
Meg Rowley: That wouldn’t be my most immediate comp as a player, though we should absolutely talk about Bregman a whole lot more than we do, so I guess he’s Votto-esque in that way.

12:41
tb.25: Can we start a petition to move the Future’s Game from a day with baseball to Wednesday?

12:41
Meg Rowley: I fully support this. It is a weird, annoying quirk of the schedule that probably has a reason, but not a good enough one?

12:42
tb.25: Was the real reason you went into the mountains to get information on the mountain-dwelling baseball team’s job posting?

12:43
Meg Rowley: I went to the mountains to take advantage of being able to look out at nature while I edited and then have hiking very, very close at hand.

12:43
Meg Rowley: One of the amazing benefits of working from home is that provided I have good internet, I can go to the mountains and still fulfill my professional obligations.

12:44
Sir Poops a lot: If Manny does end up in LA or even Philly, will he resign there in the off season?

12:44
Meg Rowley: I imagine that wherever he goes will have some advantage provided the experience is good, but he probably will and probably should test the market.

12:44
Brook Jacobin: I don’t get why people feel interleague play has so devalued the ASG. Sure, you *might* get to see, say, a few Betts vs. Scherzer plate appearances over the course of the season, but how often do you see all of these guys on the field at once? It’s very different from interleague play!!

12:45
Meg Rowley: I think that most people think the quality of play in the All-Star Game has devalued the All-Star Game.

12:46
Justin: Uh, Mariners might want to try being good again before Oakland catches them. What moves can they make to stop this?

12:46
Meg Rowley: Just some good baseball moves ought to do it.

12:46
Moltar: Here’s my idea for the HR Derby – no format, no rounds, everybody gets a set amount of time to grip it and rip it, most home runs wins. Like the end of that one simpsons episode, all I want to see is dingers. Dingers! Dingers! Dingers!

12:47
Meg Rowley: The current format gives you stakes and tension, and varies the hitter you’re seeing. You also get to see how they are able to endure. I think they’ve landed on a pretty optimal approach.

12:48
Uncle Mork: Benintendi + JD + Mookie = best OF in majors. Who’s OF would rank #2?

12:49
Meg Rowley: Yankees probably. On a pure WAR basis they are second. The Cubs and Brewers have the best defensive outfields by our metrics, with the usual defensive metrics are squishy in half-season samples caveat.

12:50
Todd: Hi Meg! Last night I had a friendly conversation with a buddy who was convinced that the shift was bad for baseball’s bottom line (and so destined for banishment). I told him that I didn’t think that the shift was prevalent or successful enough to have that much of an effect on things like ticket sales – at least not on its own – but that these dudes are welcome to bunt all the same. He said fans aren’t buying tickets to watch the Harpers of the world bunt, and I guess that’s reasonable. I think I’m a bit behind on the topics du jour, but what are your thoughts here?

12:51
Meg Rowley: Well first, I think it is good to acknowledge that it isn’t “as simple” as laying down a bunt. Bunting is hard, and as it isn’t particularly popular, not something that a lot of guys spend time doing. And I think there is something to the idea that we’d rather see Joey Gallo swing away than bunt.

12:51
Meg Rowley: But as for the larger question, I think that these things have a way of self-correcting.

12:52
Meg Rowley: We’re already seeing more research calling the efficacy of the shift into question, which suggests that many teams will (or already have) start to refine their strategy.

12:52
Safety Stegosaurus: Will there be an All Star live blog tonight?

12:52
Meg Rowley: I don’t believe so?

12:52
Meg Rowley: Allow me to hector Carson.

12:53
Scott: Would any fan be upset if Trout, Betts and Judge played the entire game tonight? Who here doesn’t want to see that?

12:53
Meg Rowley: Fans of other teams?

12:53
Meg Rowley: I think that you’re underestimating what it can mean to some fans to see their guy out there as one of the best.

12:54
Scioscia: Trout has a .739 OPS with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 0 WAR in the past 23 games. Anything to be worried about and is he still the favorite for MVP over Betts and J-Ram?

12:55
Meg Rowley: I guess it is a little closer but seeing as no one expects him to stay in a slump, I imagine it is a hiccup. Betts and Ramirez have tied it up on the WAR leaderboard though.

12:55
stever20: Do you think this is the year that Chris Sale figures out how to pich in the 2nd half of the season and finally gets the Cy Young?  He feels too good for this pattern to continue.

12:55
Meg Rowley: He’d be my vote.

12:55
Rowley Goddess: Do you think it would make sense for the Dodgers to sell high on Matt Kemp, in order to clear space on their payroll?

12:56
Meg Rowley: I think they should keep a player who is playing well and get another player who is playing well and remember they have a zillion dollars.

12:56
Captain Ahab: Pretty sure the bases are nailed down… (?)

12:57
Meg Rowley: They aren’t nailed down.

12:57
Meg Rowley: They have a little spike deal that keeps them in place but allows some give

12:58
5 Run Homer: Can we agree that Maximum Muncy is a delightful nickname?

12:58
Meg Rowley: We can!

12:59
Meg Rowley: He sounds like, and this might just be me, but he sounds like the lead singer of a Halloween themed band that only plays the Monster Mash

1:00
Desperate, Confused Marlins Fan: Does Turner move to 2nd if the Dodgers get Manny?

1:00
Meg Rowley: I’d imagine Taylor would go to second, and they’d put Manny at short, at least in the beginning

1:01
D: Do you think the Cubs’ championship justifies what they gave up for Chapman? On the one hand, they won the championship. On the other, they would have made the playoffs easily without him and he was pretty bad in the playoffs.

1:03
Meg Rowley: I don’t think anything that starts with “on the one hand, they won the championship” ends with any answer other than yes, especially when you think about how our perception of Torres has changed for the better between now and then.

1:03
Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: Does J.D. Martinez really count as an outfielder? Replacing him with Jackie Bradley Jr. looks great defensively but is a huge downgrade with the sticks.

1:04
Meg Rowley: We can assume a generous posture toward our fellow chatters.

1:05
Jim: How do the fangraph’s meetups come about? And also, there should be one in LA.

1:06
Meg Rowley: They tend to be a combination of places we are going to be for events, and places that authors live so that there is someone to organize.

1:07
Meg Rowley: We went to Denver this year because with the staff changes, doing a Spring Training trip (which we have done in past years, though I haven’t been to one because I wasn’t on staff yet) wasn’t going to work time wise and Denver is sort of centrally located.

1:08
Nick : How likely is it that a team currently not in play for trading for Machado lands him as a free agent?

1:08
Meg Rowley: How likely are they to back up a truck full of money?

1:09
Meg Rowley: A lot goes into free agency decisions, and I’d imagine (without knowing, mind you) that where on the infield he plays and being with a contender will matter to him, but also, he gets one real shot at the big, big deal.

1:09
AKA22: What is higher… the average all-star player’s regular WAR, or Mike Trout’s WAASR (wins above all star team replacement)?

1:09
Meg Rowley: well this is a fun little thing that might inspire an instagraphs post

1:10
Matt: Hypothetically, if Muncy were one of those guys who plays *too hard* to the detriment of their body, and his coach asked him to not play at max effort, would he have to change his name?

1:10
Meg Rowley: But what of his spirit? Might that not remain quite extra?

1:11
Dom: Do you know if they were using MLB baseballs during the Futures Game?

1:11
Meg Rowley: I… I don’t know the answer to this. Hold that thought.

1:12
Kevin: Who would win a Fangraphs home run derby?

1:13
Meg Rowley: There is no good way for me to answer this question without offending a coworker so I will just say David Appelman, who was so nice to hire me to write about baseball and edit other people’s baseball words.

1:13
Meg Rowley: (Jeff)

1:14
NY fan: What happened to charlie blackmon?

1:14
Meg Rowley: His beard ate him. It was very sad.

1:14
Meg Rowley: His June was kind of gross but July seems to be going pretty well

1:15
Meg Rowley: Blackmon is good. I imagine it was just a little weird thing.

1:15
Meg Rowley: Also, my favorite moment from our Denver trip was when some of us were sitting in our hotel’s bar after the Rockies game, and Charlie Blackmon, who is quite easy to recognize, walked in.

1:16
Meg Rowley: I said, “Hey, that’s Charlie Blackmon.” And another writer, who will remain nameless, yelled “Hey Charlie!”

1:17
Meg Rowley: At which point I learned what face Charlie Blackmon makes when confronted with nerds after a loss, which is “I will be nice as I say ‘Hey guys’ but please let me just drink a beer.”

1:17
Chapman situation sucked: The reason Chapman wasn’t worth it is because he wasn’t just (though that word is doing a lot of work) an abuser, but an unrepentant one. It meant that at least this lifelong cubs fan started to root for blown saves (and then worry about what he would do with his rage when he left the ballpark). The only saving grace was cubs fans getting together and donating money to a shelter based on how successful he was in each game.

1:18
Meg Rowley: This is a very important part of our calculus that you are quite right to remind us of.

1:18
Meg Rowley: Pretty much all of the Yankees moves around Chapman that season took advantage of some yucky arbitrage, and the Cubs made an active choice to go get him.

1:19
Meg Rowley: I think the single best thing MLB could do to improve it’s DV policy would be to make guys ineligible for postseason play in the season of the suspension, just like they do with PEDs.

1:20
abelincoln: What is the best esoteric food item to purchase at Safeco?

1:20
Meg Rowley: The grasshoppers are better than you think, though over spiced.

1:20
Meg Rowley: Granted, they aren’t esoteric to everyone. What proteins we think are food vs. vermin is a cultural question.

1:21
JH: Can we put the kibosh on referring to K. Hernandez only by his first name in a format that doesn’t easily allow for Spanish-character accents?

1:21
Meg Rowley: Alternatively, we could get in the habit of using accents, which are pretty easy on most phones and computers now.

1:21
Butters: Can you rank the following in terms of a) quality and b) value?  Lance Lynn, Nathan Eovaldi, Cole Hamels, Dan Duffy.

1:22
Meg Rowley: God, the available pitching this year is so yuck.

1:22
Meg Rowley: Updates on pressing questions of great import:

1:23
Meg Rowley: We will not be having an ASG live chat. We are abandoning you in twitter’s wild confines. We are very bad people

1:24
Meg Rowley: As for the ball at the Futures Game, my sources aren’t sure though they assume the MLB ball. Eric notes that the ball was “jumpy.”

1:25
Captain Ahab: Jesus, people.  Chapman wasn’t even charged!  Take your anger out on someone who’s actually guilty, like Jose Reyes.  We have due process in this country for a reason.

1:26
Meg Rowley: Many things can be bad at once.

1:27
Meg Rowley: More to the point, the DV policy, which was collectively bargained, allows for the league to issue suspensions even if there is no criminal finding, as there so often isn’t in cases of domestic violence and abuse.

1:28
Meg Rowley: Most victim’s advocates will tell you that a zero tolerance policy does greater damage to victims because it tends to reduce reporting. But I think it is reasonable to look at the incentives the policy has created and, when a player is suspended, take steps to prevent one of the worst moments of a person and his partner’s lives from being a market inefficiency teams can arb.

1:29
Meg Rowley: Not forever, but in the year of the suspension.

1:29
Kevin: Because I am super bored at work: what animal would win a home run derby?

1:29
Meg Rowley: I don’t care what the real answer is, I want it to be a dog, because dogs are great and we don’t deserve them and it would mean a dog standing on its hind legs and then also, we could have dog outfielders.

1:30
Sir Poops a lot: Did you see Jerry Remy eating a grasshopper?

1:31
Meg Rowley: It feels like every team that goes through Seattle does this and all we’ve learned is that they have very boring palates.

1:31
stever20: what pitcher would win a home run derby?

1:31
Meg Rowley: Shohei Ohtani

1:32
Pad Squad: Wild speculation. How much of an overpay would it take for San Diego to get a guy like Machado, Harper, or Arenado?

1:33
Meg Rowley: A reasonable but not insane amount. They’re not so far off from contending, and being a hero is super cool. I guess it would be somewhat akin to Cano and Seattle, though he’d already won stuff.

1:33
Captain Ahab: The postseason suspension is fine, I’d like to see that, but I’m sick of Chapman being thrown in a bucket with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.  Facts matter.  What he did and what he didn’t do matters.  Shooting a gun to blow off steam?  Bad idea!  But not a crime.

1:37
Meg Rowley: I appreciate that we have to let people move forward in their lives if they do what is necessary to better themselves. I’m not sure Chapman has done that, which isn’t me snarking. I don’t know. He hasn’t had another incident and that is good. I would caution you about downplaying shooting a gun to blow off steam given what we know about how DV can escalate, particularly when there are weapons in the home. Thankfully and obviously, Chapman has not had an incident since. But it isn’t unreasonable to find that behavior very, very alarming.

1:37
Pad Squad: I feel like the Padres’ current main position players won’t quite line up with their future big prospects. Like, Gore and Baez are still three years away, leaving only a year left on the contracts of Myers, Hedges, Margot, Renfroe, and maybe Hosmer. How should they remedy this? Trade prospects to be good sooner, or just let the careers of the current guys go to waste while waiting for better prospects?

1:39
Meg Rowley: They aren’t so, so far off, but you’re right that a lot of these guys will miss the Very Good Padres window, though for some of them, it’s because they aren’t themselves Very Good. I imagine they’ll have guys available at the deadline. They’re looking ahead to optimistically 2019, realistically 2020.

1:39
Neubs: Meg, who is a better player. Scooter Gennett or Javi Baez?

1:40
Meg Rowley: Ok so, here’s the thing.

1:42
Meg Rowley: I have a conflicting aesthetic preference. Because I love watching Javy play defense and I love watching him hit home runs, and I also find a lot of his offensive approach to be sort of tiresome. I think it limits what he can do. BUT he’s also been much better this year. He’s a good hitter this year! I think Gennett’s profile at the plate is more sustainable but he’s not exactly thrilling to watch.

1:43
Meg Rowley: So Báez, even though I think his plate discipline is still suspect.

1:44
Matt: Man that exhibits alarming behaviour warrants being referred to as a wife beater. Got it.

1:44
Meg Rowley: That isn’t what I said, Matt.

1:44
Moltar: Or, we can call him Enrique. Why does he get a universally used nickname?

1:45
Meg Rowley: Because he has one? This is one of those things that requires rather minimal effort to get right, and isn’t that lovely? There are so many things that require a ton of effort to get right.

1:46
Bo: How often do rent-a-players end up signing with the team that acquired them in their contract year? Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any.

1:47
Meg Rowley: I’m trying to think when Rich Hill signed his deal with the Dodgers. Hold please.

1:48
Meg Rowley: Rich Hill!

1:48
HappyFunBall: Brian Kintzler was a rental for the Nats last year, and resigned with them.  Probably not the caliber of guy that was being asked about tho…

1:48
Tyler: Nunez with Boston

1:48
Lloyd Blankfein: What am I doing next?

1:49
Meg Rowley: I hope giving a lot of money away and thinking hard about your choices.

1:49
Guest: Cespedes!

1:49
Meg Rowley: I am constantly pleased with and grateful for our collective memory

1:50
Jonny: Will Machado sign a bigger contract this offseason than Harper?

1:50
Meg Rowley: ohhhh boyyyyyyy

1:51
Meg Rowley: I think I still think no, he won’t

1:51
Meg Rowley: I think I think that.

1:51
Meg Rowley: I’m not totally sure I think that, but I think I do.

1:51
Wild Man Wilson: May we have a follow up Mich Haniger appreciation article after that wonderful Segura write up?

1:52
Meg Rowley: Perhaps, though Mitch represents a not so uncommon offensive profile. There are other guys who do some of what Segura does (you are very seen, Andrelton Simmons fans in the comments) but his profile is the most extreme at the moment.

1:52
Meg Rowley: I try not to write about the Mariners too, too much.

1:53
Dbo: Why does everyone ignore the fact that Mike Trout is actually a fish pretending to be a person?

1:53
Meg Rowley: Because he has such a convincing person disguise.

1:54
CamdenWarehouse: those dog outfielders better not try to catch a baseball with their mouths like in that damn movie

1:54
Meg Rowley: Why, that would be delightful?

1:55
CamdenWarehouse: They’d lose their teeth!!!!

1:55
Meg Rowley: This is a much more convincing argument than I was expecting

1:56
Meg Rowley: Alright pals, I have to get going. Thanks for hanging out.

1:57
Meg Rowley: Enjoy the All-Star Game and my apologies for what I didn’t get to. If we change the chat schedule for next week, we’ll be sure to update it on the site, and I’ll tweet about it. Until then(ish)!





Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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mookie28member
4 years ago

As a Mets fan the reason I care about the owners money is that the owners clearly care about it to the detriment of the team. I’d love to write off the Bruce, Vargas, Frazier et al contracts as a sunk cost but as a reasonable fan I know that it won’t happen so it becomes necessary to think of cheap alternatives. I.e. The Wilpons are horrible.