Paul Sporer FanGraphs Chat – 7/8/15

11:59
Paul Sporer: Hey everybody, we’ll get going very shortly. I’m relieving Dave Cameron today, though it’ll be more the traditional 1-inning use (i.e. 60-90 minutes of chatting) as opposed to my normal multi-inning relief chats (multiple hours) just bc of scheduling.

12:00
Comment From Jon
Hey Paul! Do you like any of these RPs for save speculation? Will Smith, Tazawa, Soriano, Strop, Jim Johnson, Delabar, Cecil, Hudson, Burgos, Siegrist

12:00
Paul Sporer: Smith is very interesting if KRod is moved (and he should be). Otherwise, I’m looking at Tazawa for a similar reason and Hudson as a long-shot sleeper-type

12:00
Comment From Jon
Which side do you like in a keeper? Polanco+ AJ Ramos or Odor + McCullers

12:01
Paul Sporer: That’s not bad, but I’d lean the first side

12:01
Comment From AL Pitching Coach
It’s Paul!!! What an unexpected treat for Wednesday! I’m in an AL-only league looking to scoop up the next impact SP to be called up from the minors. Am I right in thinking the top 3 options are Jose Berrios, Brian Johnson and Luis Severino? If so, would you be so kind as to rank the three in terms of 2015 impact, as well as tell me anything you feel relevant in their regards? Your help is greatly appreciated.

12:01
Paul Sporer: Yes that’s the trio. I’m loving Berrios and very excited for his call-up.

12:01
Comment From Rob
12team H2H Keeper league: Was offered Marte carrasco for arenado (11th) jimmy nelson. Have Maikel Franco as backup 3rd base for 14th round.

12:02
Paul Sporer: That’s not bad, especially since you have Franco. If you need a big arm, I like getting Carrasco

12:02
Comment From Josh G
ROS, Matt Duffy or Marcus Semien? Do you see Duffy staying at the top of the order with Pence back and Aoki looming?

12:02
Paul Sporer: I’ll go Duffy, though I could see him moving down the lineup a bit with the returns that you mention.

12:02
Comment From John Farrell
Come trade deadline, will the Red Sox be buyers or sellers? If your vote is seller, who would you say are the top 3 candidates to be dealt?

12:03
Paul Sporer: I’d say sellers. Uehara, DeAza and a big contract like maybe Pablo if they can find a taker

12:03
Comment From Xolo
What can be expected from Andrew Cashner over the next year and a half before he hits FA?

12:03
Paul Sporer: I expect strong performance because his stuff is excellent, but this year has been puzzling. I’m still buying.

12:03
Comment From Josh G
Better bench bat, LeMahieu or Fowler?

12:04
Paul Sporer: DLM has impressed and plays the more scarce of the two positions. I’ll go him even though I’ve been a Fowler guy

12:04
Comment From Mozzerinho
Can you rank these ROS: Velasquez, Heaney, Gibson, Nola, Nova?

12:04
Paul Sporer: Gibby, Heaney, Nova, VV, and Nola (just an unknown on Nola.. he could move up quickly if he comes up and performs)

12:04
Comment From Rookie of the Year
It’s hard for me to contain my excitement owning Miguel Sano. That said, I’m very much in contention to win my AL-only league. What type of return should I be looking for in order to part with my illustrious Miguel?

12:05
Paul Sporer: You need to fill your biggest need, whatever that may be, at the very least. Ideally, assuming it’s keeper, you could probably cover 2-3 holes

12:05
Comment From Houzer
Paul- H2H redraft, need to drop one. Which one? Pence / Maybin / Yelich / Soler

12:06
Paul Sporer: Ouch. Really tough to dump one of those. I guess Yelich bc Soler’s ceiling is too high for me to move on

12:06
Comment From Ian
What are your thoughts on a Lucas Duda turn around in the second half? I was offered Duda and Kazmir for Mike Montgomery and Adrian Gonzalez…

12:06
Paul Sporer: I’d take that deal. it’s a solid sell-high on Monty. I think Duda will be fine. I can’t imagine he stays this cold unless there’s an injury we don’t know about

12:06
Comment From Josh G
Is Aaron Noka worth a stash in a 12 team mixer?

12:07
Paul Sporer: Eno and I discussed him on Tuesday’s pod. If you’re not cutting a worthwhile player and need a big pitching boost, I like the gamble

12:07
Comment From Nike Mapoli
I had high hopes for Mike Napoli coming into the season, but he sure hurt my feelings in the first half. Any chance he turns it around in the second half, or should I be dropping him in my AL-only?

12:07
Paul Sporer: You and me both. We could still see a big run, but I’ve soured on *expecting* it.

12:07
Comment From My Hoses are Pale
How do you think the White Sox will proceed at the trade deadline? What do you think they end up doing with Alexei Ramirez?

12:09
Paul Sporer: I think it’s really still undecided. Hard to see them flat selling. I know they’re buried behind several teams, but it’s still 6.5 for the wildcard. We’ve seen teams come back EASILY from worse. I expect more of the trades that might move some vets and look dump-ish, but return enough to either keep them status quo or maybe even help them. These next few weeks will be key, too. A four-five gm losing streak could turn them in a second

12:09
Comment From Mozzerinho
Keeper league trade: Bryant or Brantley/Rendon?

12:11
Paul Sporer: Lots of risk with those two bats from a health-standpoint since Brantley’s back appears to be a real thing. Seems like a win-win. Those two bats are still star level when healthy so I think I’m taking them. If I’m competing this year, I probably just hold KB

12:11
Comment From Joseph McManus
Paul, you’re the man. Who would you rather have rest of season, Brad Miller or Jedd Gyorko?

12:11
Paul Sporer: Thank you! Never been a Gyorko guy and always liked Miller’s hitting so I’ll go there

12:11
Comment From Will
Hey Paul! who do you like better as that “super reliever” between Capps and C. Smith? Not terribly desperate for saves and with the seattle closer situation up in the air, I just want the guy who will help outside of saves the most

12:13
Paul Sporer: If SVs aren’t a concern, gimme my boy Capps who I wrote up yesterday – http://www.fangraphs.com/fa…

12:13
Comment From season tickets
best bet for 50 HRs?

12:14
Paul Sporer: Harper. Or JD Martinez!

12:14
Comment From Donny
Puig or Buxton next 4 years?

12:14
Paul Sporer: Puig

12:14
Comment From Power Outage
Think Chris Carter turns it around like he did last year? Any chance the Astros demote him soon?

12:15
Paul Sporer: I dunno that there’s a turnaround due. This is pretty well in the range of expectations. He’s still basically avg so I doubt he gets sent out

12:15
Comment From Larry
Is Erasmo better than Chase Anderson and Discalfani for my last pitching spot?

12:16
Paul Sporer: Yes, higher upside w/Ks

12:16
Comment From Houzer
If the Tigers become sellers, do you think they could fetch Schoop and Gausman for Price?

12:16
Paul Sporer: I’d love to think so, but I highly doubt they could get either, tbh.

12:16
Comment From Pale Hose
A Sporer chat? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:16
Comment From Vulture
For those of us vultures speculating on saves, how would you rank the following relievers ROS: Tazawa, Scribner, Pomeranz, Rondon (Tigers)?

12:16
Paul Sporer: Rondon, Tazawa, Pomy

12:16
Comment From George is Curious
Who gets the most saves in Seattle ROS?

12:16
Paul Sporer: Carson Smith should’ve locked down the closer’s job for good last night, but Lloyd McClendon still lives

12:16
Comment From Pale Hose
When can we expect this on the reg?

12:16
Paul Sporer: Lemme ask the powers that be!

12:17
Comment From hanstone
Anybody on your radar (call-ups or new planetary arrivals) that will provide some value down the stretch? I have been scouring the call-up news and don’t see much. Leading my league and just want to add depth/keep value away from the competition.

12:17
Paul Sporer: Jose Berrios is someone I think could make a real impact

12:17
Comment From CB
What do you see NYY doing at the deadline, and which prospects do you think they hold/sell?

12:17
Paul Sporer: I think they buy more like last year where it’s smaller pieces that are better values than their names might suggest. i think they hold most of the big prospects (Judge, Severino)

12:18
Comment From baltic wolf
Hi Paul! One of the mid season updated prospect lists is out. Ryan McMahon again makes the list of the top 50. If he continues to hit well, where do you see him playing when he makes the Big Show? Arenado clearly blocking him at third. Second? First? Or some other position? Thanks!

12:18
Paul Sporer: I could see 1B or a trade.

12:19
Comment From Roger
Hey Paul, any thoughts on Iwakuma ROS? Lots of HR in his debut, but he seemed to always have a HR issue. Was he just rusty or can I bank on the elite WHIP and fairly solid ERA?

12:19
Paul Sporer: I have concerns at this point bc it extends back to his last 7 from last year, too (7.88 ERA)

12:20
Comment From Josh G
Need SP help! Would you pick up Rubby and hope he turns things around or roll the dice with Jake Peavy?

12:20
Paul Sporer: I’d gamble on Rubby

12:20
Comment From Tanner
Hey Paul, if you had to guess which would be more likely: the Rays having a new stadium built for them or leaving St. Petersburg?

12:20
Paul Sporer: I’m not a great resource on this topic, Collette is probably better. But I’ll say they move before a new stadium

12:20
Comment From Cory S.
Does Pujols have the most painful looking homerun trot in the majors? He always looks like he is wincing.

12:20
Paul Sporer: LOL, I haven’t noticed. I’ll keep an eye out. Hopefully he crushes at least another 20

12:20
Comment From Jon M.
I have a roster crunch and need your help since you’re a pitching guru. Who do I give my final SP slot to, Cain, Peavy, or Beachy? The only wrinkle is it’s a keeper and Beachy would be $1.

12:22
Comment From Please Help!
I’m dying to pick up Berrios in my AL-only, but I have no available roster spots. If my current relievers are Osuna, Clippard, Carson Smith and Tazawa, can I feel comfortable dropping Tazawa for Berrios?

12:22
Paul Sporer: How badly do you need SVs because Uehara could be moved and open it up for Tazawa

12:23
Paul Sporer: Jon M., gimme Cain. $1 Beachy SOUNDS great, but the health profile is such that he might not even be deemed keepable by the time this year ends

12:23
Comment From Keeper? I hardly know her
12 H2H Dynasty Points. Was offered Panik and Erasmo Ramirez for Odorizzi. My 2B is LeMaiheu and Ramirez is an SP/RP who will slot well into my RP slot.

12:24
Paul Sporer: I like that deal. Even though you don’t NEEEED 2B all that badly, it’s just a good value swap and maybe you move one of the 2Bs to plug a different hole if nec.

12:24
Comment From Eric
5×5 ottoneu league. Cut $14 Trumbo or $14 McHugh and just use replacements from the wire? Could use the extra cash and Trumbo especially has been absolutely brutal

12:24
Paul Sporer: If I’m cutting one, it’s Trumbo. What is even up with him right now?!?!

12:24
Comment From Dan
Thor or Matz Real life and fantasy?

12:24
Paul Sporer: Thor

12:25
Comment From daytwa tony
Hey Paul. Fellow Tiger fan in need of advice. Al-Only Keeper $260 budget. I’m in fourth but going for it. I’m sending a $6 Carrasco, $9 Castillo, and scrap for Chen, Graveman, Rasmus, Brock Holt, and an unkeepable Buxton. Pull the trigger?

12:25
Paul Sporer: That’s not a bad infusion of talent, espec. in a single league. Sucks that you can’t keep BBux bc I’m not sure he gives you much this year, but I still think i do it

12:25
Comment From Rob
In a dynasty format where I’m competitive now, how clear an upgrade is Lucroy over Norris? I think I can swing it but I’m not sure what the extra pieces are. Worth pushing some prospects forward?

12:25
Paul Sporer: I still think he’s a solid upgrade over him in 2H. I loved both coming into the season, but LuCroy was my easy #2, while Norris was more of a top 10 guy

12:26
Comment From stan
Do you have any idea why Chi Chi is supposed to be good? because I just don’t see anything

12:27
Paul Sporer: Deep arsenal, polish since he’s a college guy. It can take some time. He was never seen as a frontliner, but rather a 3-4 type of guy

12:27
Comment From Will
Hutch worth the stream tonight vs CWS?

12:28
Paul Sporer: He’s really only had two good starts on the road. I don’t think I’d risk it

12:28
Comment From CB
Also, question about the ZIPS/Steamer ROS projections – is there any way to differentiate between RPs and SPs in the pitcher projections? I’m wondering if there’s a way to do that so I can sort for projected ERA without having to wade through all the relief pitchers at the top of the list. Thanks!

12:28
Paul Sporer: unfortunately, that’s not my forte. That’d be better for a Dan Szymborski

12:28
Comment From Agone
Any speculation as to what’s wrong with Joc and Adrian Gonzalez? Ice cold for over a month.

12:29
Paul Sporer: Nothing. The idea that something is *wrong* when a guy isn’t toting a .900+ OPS is flawed. It’s six months. Guys have ebbs and flows. About the only ones who don’t have at least one down month are the guys who end up winning MVP and Cy, which are the transcendent seasons

12:29
Comment From Xolo
Does Matt Kemp have any value left going forward?

12:29
Paul Sporer: Not much. I wasn’t a buyer coming into the season so I’m certainly not jumping in now

12:29
Comment From Haymaker
ROS SP: McHugh, Velasquez, Hughes, Kennedy, Corbin

12:31
Paul Sporer: VV is last. The other four are pretty darn close. Interestingly, McHugh-Hughes-Kennedy all have HR issues. All can be great if they contain HRs. Gimme McHugh if you’re hoping to pile up IP and get some Ws. Gimme Hughes if your WHIP needs help. Gimme Kennedy if you need Ks most.

12:32
Comment From Buccos fan
Has the qualifying offer format made it harder to deal for rentals like Cueto, or Price should Detroit decide to sell? Has giving up a late first round draft pick driven up the cost to the point that it’s not as feasible to entertain trades for such players vs say trading for Price last year?

12:32
Paul Sporer: Teams just aren’t as willing to deal major prospects for rentals as often anymore. It’s more teams smartening up than it is the QO, IMO

12:32
Comment From CB
For a fantasy question…would you sell on Cueto? He’s my best arm but I’m concerned he’ll get traded to a bandbox like Rogers Centre so I’m debating dealing him now for a large return.

12:33
Paul Sporer: I think he can succeed anywhere. Remember, Cincy is already a tough park and he’s adjusted to living there for years. Studs will stud. I wouldn’t sell unless I was in an NL-only where you lose guys

12:33
Comment From Xolo
If you’re AJ Preller, how do you approach this trade deadline?

12:33
Paul Sporer: :bomb emoji:

12:33
Comment From Jimmy Johns
Why is Joe Ross not pitching for the Nats right now? Especially since Strasburg hit the DL?

12:33
Paul Sporer: I wish I knew. That was my only silver lining to Stras getting hurt, I have Ross in both leagues where I have Stras

12:33
Comment From Pale Hose
I like it when you name drop the solo pod, because it is like naming yourself as a source. Keep it up!

12:33
Comment From MSW
Need a multi-position backup with Harrison out, thoughts on Duffy? Gone a bit cold but qualifies at SS.

12:37
Paul Sporer: he had to come down, but this is a cold spell as opposed to him becoming a pumpkin rest of way

12:38
Comment From Keeper? I hardly know her
What is your view on Jose de Leon (LAD version)? He’s shot up in the prospect rankings, but now his BB/9 is at 4.17 as well.

12:38
Paul Sporer: But that K rate :heart eyes emoji:

Young guy. I wouldn’t get too hung up on BB rates just yet. Minor league numbers in general can be misleading on both sides

12:38
Comment From MSW
DL is too full, need a drop. Harrison, Werth, Smyly or Jaime Garcia? 12tm h2h points and pitching is really the driver.

12:39
Paul Sporer: Smyly or Werth. Still a month away from Smyly and he might not be peak Smyly upon return

12:40
Comment From TJ
What do you think about Robbie Ray the rest of this year? NL-only keeper and I’m fighting at the top this year and could use a decent SP. Would have to move Dilson Herrrera at a nice keeper price for him but thinking Ray could be showing something real.

12:40
Paul Sporer: I’d be OK with that move. Ray is showing some solid stuff. Heavy flyball guy who has had some HR luck so I can see the ERA rising, but I like a lot of the components he’s showing

12:40
Comment From Sal
Hi Paul, thoughts on Colabello? Good run or real changes? I know his BABIP is unsustainable but Toronto has a track record of salvaging underperforming righty bats so could there be something there?

12:42
Paul Sporer: Is this from last year? LOL. I was skeptical when he started another hot run, but this one has lasted longer than his entire ’14 run… or is 9 PA away, rather. I’m buying a little something. Being in that park and lineup really help

12:42
Comment From Gary
Thoughts on Carlos Rodon?

12:42
Paul Sporer: A young guy figuring it out. Lots of talent, but too raw to be a huge help in mixed leagues this year. I’m still very bullish long-term, but command and control just aren’t there yet

12:42
Comment From Alex in Austin
A month ago you stayed with Kinsler over Kipnis . Can you admit now you were a raging homer and you were wrong?

12:44
Paul Sporer: When you set it up in such a douchey way, I’m reluctant to really address it at all. You think simply because I picked Kinsler, I’m a raging homer? That’s just wrong and kinda dumb. I picked him because I thought he was better and I wasn’t about to fall for another hot Kipnis month since his career to this point was essentially two big months. Instead, Kip has broken out and of course I was wrong.

Be less douchey, though, man. You wouldn’t have said a damn thing if Kinsler had surged past Kipnis this year so come on down off that high horse. At no point do I expect to go 100% on my calls. Nor should you.

12:44
Comment From Ron L.
For rest of season (NL stats only): Braun or Arenado? Also, do you prefer Braun + Cain or Arenado + Liriano and is it close?

12:45
Paul Sporer: Arenado for me and I’ll take the Arenado pair, too. It’s not a bad deal on either end, but I’m a big Arenado guy

12:45
Comment From Jimmy Johns
DEvon Travis or Joe Panik ROS? and What kind of return could I expect from one of them?

12:45
Paul Sporer: Panik. I’m not sure you’d get a huge return for either since both names are kinda new. I’m a big Panik fan.

12:45
Comment From Agone
Paul, you never go 100% on your calls, where do I get my refund? Just send you my mailing address?

12:45
Comment From G
Better stash, Nola or Berrios?

12:46
Paul Sporer: Berrios for me. I’d bet Eno would go Nola. So we’re torn there

12:46
Comment From Nate
Capps or Siegrist in a shallow holds league?

12:46
Paul Sporer: Lefties seem to be pile up Holds more readily. I love Capps, but I think I go Siegrist there

12:46
Comment From Guest
Raging homer lol

12:47
Comment From mtsw
Jimmy Paredes: lucky or good?

12:48
Paul Sporer: Smashing righties at least. I think he’s alright. Not special, but solid. This year’s Steve Pearce feels like a solid comp for all the obvious reasons (same team, kind of a journeyman, etc….)

12:48
Comment From Larry
So Is Ubaldo now like a top 40 SP?

12:48
Paul Sporer: God, I can’t believe this is actually a viable question, but it is. i’m not sure I’d get him quite that high, but he’s throwing well and I’m willing to take a shot so long as that BB% holds

12:48
Comment From skipper
Starting Cashner tonight in Pit?

12:48
Paul Sporer: Yes

12:48
Comment From SteveO
What do you make of Colabello’s first half and what are his prospects for sustainability for the 2nd half? I know he’s hot hitting .330 but can he do .290 with 10-12 hr’s?

12:49
Paul Sporer: See previous. I think he can be solid like an upper-700s, low-800s OPS w/pop and worthwhile R/RBI because of that lineup.

12:49
Comment From marc
long story short Miller is still on the wire after his injury. Drop Russell (keeper – k), Buxton (k) Moore (k) Gio Mchugh Lackey? Can only start 2 RP and have Chapman and Melancon. Thanks!

12:50
Paul Sporer: Andrew Miller? I’d cut Matt Moore for him

12:50
Comment From Larry
Will Gerardo Parra start losing ABs the Khris Davis?

12:50
Paul Sporer: Some, yes. they’re a natural platoon

12:50
Comment From Haymaker
ROS Utility bat (BBs are 6th Offensive cat)—mostly looking for HR/RBI; pick 2: Alvarez, LaRoche, Carter, Granderson

12:53
Paul Sporer: Curtis and Carter

12:53
Comment From Rated Rookie
Who do you prefer in a dynasty, keep-forever format: Puig or Springer?

12:53
Paul Sporer: Springer

12:53
Comment From Ariel
Deep 12 team keeper league: do I trade Goldi Kershaw and Bogarts for Abreu, Rizzo, and Correa?

12:54
Paul Sporer: Holy smokes that is some blockbuster. I think without any additional context, I might go ahead and do that. I don’t usually like to give the 1 and 2 players in a deal, but you’re getting 3-4-5 by a healthy margin and one of your three could overtake Kershaw as the second-best in that deal. Plus I’m good moving away from pitching in a keeper league

12:54
Comment From Ron L.
Please rank these guys for saves, in both 2015 and 2016: Hoover, Jim Johnson, Jeffress, Will Smith, Hudson, Caminero

12:55
Paul Sporer: W.Smith, Hudson, JJ, Cami, Hoover

12:55
Comment From Guest
Is Correa for real?

12:55
Paul Sporer: Yes. He’s a stud. He’ll hit a cold spell and have to adjust, but he’s awesome

12:58
Comment From Guest
Do you own a terrarium

12:58
Comment From Guest
one of those tiny ass plant things

12:58
Paul Sporer: I do not

12:58
Comment From Guest
That trade is not a good one; Goldi > Rizzo and Bogaerts probably = Correa over time; and you’re trading the best SP in the game for a UTIL bat? Nope nope nope

1:00
Paul Sporer: Goldy has been unreal this year, but this is a career-year, not a new level (most-likely). Thus beyond ’15, I’m not sure there is much separation between the three 1B. I favor Correa over Bogaerts. And Kershaw is still excellent, but I don’t love keeping pitching long-term, even studs

1:00
Comment From Pete
Lucroy, Ortiz and Betts for Trout? 12 Team 5×5 keeper roto. Thanks!

1:04
Paul Sporer: I still want Trout, but it’s a fair offer for him

1:05
Comment From CTW
Are either Archer or deGrom going to be better keepers than Posey/Donaldson/Arenado/Mookie?

1:05
Paul Sporer: No. Love both arms, but those four hitters are studs

1:06
Comment From James
What are the odds that Corey Seager gets called up in the near future? Where would he fit in SS rankings if he was called up today?

1:07
Paul Sporer: I just can’t see the PT. Of course whenever we say we can’t see prospect A coming up or we have no idea when he will, he’s up in like 2 days. But as it stands, I don’t see an obvious chunk of PT for him so I’m not expecting a near call-up. If he is called up, I’d get him in any format just because he COULD be a top 10 SS upon arrival and SS is garbage this year

1:07
Comment From SteveO
Is Polanco this bad or is he set for a second half resurgence?

1:08
Paul Sporer: The majors leagues are hard. We’re spoiled by the guys who are immediate successes and so we expect it instead of realizing THEY are the outliers, not the guys who struggle in their early 20s. Polanco will be fine, IMO

1:08
Comment From Larry
What do you make of Pham?

1:09
Paul Sporer: I realize the team he’s on shouldn’t overwhelmingly affect me, but his being on StL instead of just about any other team gives him some intrigue given their history of late-bloomers. Not a mixed league play, but an NL play with a watch status for mixers

1:09
Comment From Ron L.
Chances Middlebrooks is a mostly regular player for SD rest of season and is fairly productive in a deeper 5×5 NL format? Would you bet on Middlebrooks or Gyorko to achieve that?

1:09
Paul Sporer: I’d bet on WMB of the two, but neither instills a ton of confidence

1:09
Comment From other barry
Aye Spo, is it worth rostering both Lucroy and Grandal in a 10 teamer with utility slot?

1:10
Paul Sporer: Just a 1 C league I imagine? I mean, you don’t want to cut either, but I’m not much on playing 2 Cs. I’d really try to move one (Grandal since LuCroy is in a trough right now) and fill another need. Worst case, ride it out w/both and see about trading one if/when LuCroy gets hot

1:10
Comment From Larry
What website or app do you use to follow games/stats live?

1:10
Paul Sporer: MLB At Bat is my life

1:11
Comment From Karlll
Pre-injuries, which side would you have preferred in a keeper: A) Miggy, Springer, Cain, Franco … B) Trout, Blackmon, Moreland, Ubaldo

1:11
Paul Sporer: A

1:11
Comment From JP
What happened to Napoli this year?

1:11
Paul Sporer: Wish I knew. I was pretty keen on him coming into the year. He’s been worse than last year and I was thinking he’d be AT LEAST a copy of ’14

1:11
Comment From Karlll
Who are a couple of high end players that have disappointed for one reason or another that you are targeting, both for this year and for a keeper?

1:14
Paul Sporer: Carrasco. Despite his near no-no, he’s still north of 4.00. I’m definitely buying. I could see Avisail Garcia exploding

1:14
Comment From Keeper? I hardly know her
Does Giolito get a cup of coffee this year?

1:14
Paul Sporer: I don’t see it

1:14
Comment From Keeper? I hardly know her
Any chance Correa takes ROY over guys like Bryant? I know Bryant is awesome, but still.

1:14
Paul Sporer: Well there’s one for each league so they can both win!

1:14
Comment From joe
where are Puigs power numbers?

1:14
Paul Sporer: Wish I knew, tbh. I really don’t know, but I’m sitting tight with him

1:14
Comment From Karlll
After Trout, Harper, Goldy, and Stanton, who do ya got as the best 5 keepers for the next 3-5 years?

1:15
Paul Sporer: Arenado, Machado, Rizzo, Correa, and Bryant. Cutch is still amazing.

1:15
Comment From Gravy on my Cravath
Can the current Giants be called a “dynasty” if they never even make the playoffs twice in a row? I mean, this is the Wildcard Era. Heck, double wildcard. (I think they have the 8th-best record since the start of 2010, when the dynasty began.) Thanks, Paul!

1:16
Paul Sporer: They’ve got the titles. I’m not against anyone labeling them as that

1:16
Comment From ctw
what side: k. seager + lucroy + g. richards or donaldson. 10 tm

1:16
Paul Sporer: I generally prefer to accumulate star power in 10-teamers, but I think that’s a solid pkg. for JD

1:16
Comment From JoJo
Thor or E. Santana ROS (12 team H2H redraft)

1:16
Paul Sporer: Thor

1:16
Comment From Guest
If you were a celebrity would you lick donuts at a donut shop

1:16
Paul Sporer: I do not get that

1:16
Comment From Keeper? I hardly know her
What is your running definition of an Ace? Is it just strikeouts and FIP? is it any particular stat? Just the top X pitchers?

1:19
Paul Sporer: It morphs. It’s definitely not one stat. It’s gotta be a combination of all of it.

1:19
Comment From ROS
Sano is SS eligible in Yahoo. Him vs. Correa ROS. Standard 5 stats + OPS

1:19
Paul Sporer: Correa, but loving both.

1:19
Comment From gaussian
who is more likely to be brought up this year, Giolito or Urias?

1:21
Paul Sporer: I really don’t see either, but I’d lean Gio bc Urias has been out w/the eye surgery

1:21
Comment From Cincinnati Kid
Is Alex Guerrero a Dodger in 2016?

1:21
Paul Sporer: No

1:26
Paul Sporer: OK y’all, I gotta get going here in a few. I’m sorry I couldn’t do a marathon today

1:28
Comment From Johnny5Alive
nooo! i just got here!

1:42
Paul Sporer: I’ll see if I can get on the schedule again soon. Tweet me @sporer if your question is dire!





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ROS Hundley or Gomes? Thanks