FanGraphs After Dark Chat – 7/29/14

5:38
Paul Swydan: You. Me. TRADES.

That’s right, it’s the penultimate night before the trade deadline, so let’s talk some trade rumors!!! Jeff will be off watching live baseball, so you have me all to yourselves tonight.

9 pm ET. See you soon!

9:00
Paul Swydan: Hi everybody! I’ve got the last can of Summer Shandy cracked and a queue full of questions, so let’s do this thing.

9:00
Comment From Pale Hose
Hey Paul. Is Jackie Bradley figuring things out, or just having a good month in a bad season?

9:01
Paul Swydan: I think we need to wait a little longer before we call this improvement.

9:01
Paul Swydan: The general tone of the media is always going to be positive wrt Bradley, because everyone likes him. But it’s one month with a 110 wRC+, and for the season he’s still at 70. I want to see more.

9:01
Comment From Andrew (Ontario, Canada)
Hey Paul – How beautifully would Beltre fit in the Jays lineup? Move Lawrie to 2nd when healthy, that would be a scary lineup. Would a Norris+Pompey+Barreto package get it done?

9:02
Paul Swydan: It’s certainly not an insulting offer, that’s for sure. I would definitely think it’d be in the ballpark.

9:02
Paul Swydan: And yes, quite beautifully.

9:03
Paul Swydan: Assuming Lawrie can handle second full-time, of course. Jury is out on that, I think.

9:03
Comment From Guest
I know the Pirates want A.J. Burnett back, but they refuse to take on his 2015 player option.

9:03
Paul Swydan: The Pirates are starting to get a little too cute, I think.

9:03
Comment From Bomok
I know that the Pirates want A.J. Burnett back but they refuse to take on his 2015 player option. Would it be unthinkable to make a trade of A.J. Burnett for a prospect and a PTBNL. Making the PTBNL A.J. Burnett after the season?

9:04
Paul Swydan: I mean, I think stuff like that has happened before, but I’d file that one under very, very, very unlikely.

9:04
Comment From Andrew (Ontario, Canada)
Chances Marcus Stroman wins AL ROY with Tanaka going down? Has ace numbers since joining the starting rotation.

9:04
Paul Swydan: He does indeed!

That Jose Abreu guy says hi though.

9:04
Comment From Bomok
Who is more valuable Lester or Lackey?

9:04
Paul Swydan: Right now, Lester. Next year? Probably Lackey, given the weird club option. After that, Lester again.

9:04
Comment From Steve
Do you think the Mets should trade from their pitching depth, and for who?

9:05
Paul Swydan: Yes. Trading pitching depth for hitters is always the right play. Not all those guys are going to pop, and even if they do, the Mets won’t have places for them.

9:05
Comment From Steve
Do you like the prognosis for the Mets future considering their enviable pitching depth?

9:06
Paul Swydan: No, not really. They don’t have enough good hitters, and haven’t shown the willingness and/or aptitude to make the correct moves in free agency that they need to make up for their talent gap.

9:06
Comment From Pudge, Jeurys and Mexecutioner
If you are the Dodgers and you’ve got Gordon/Hanley/Barney/Uribe for this season and Seager coming soon, why not sweeten the pot on a deal for one of your less at hand desire able outfielders with Alex Guerrero?

9:07
Paul Swydan: Because Barney and Uribe are not desirable long-term assets.

9:07
Comment From DoolittleFan
Kipnis and Cobb both suffered oblique injuries this year, and Kipnis says it’s robbed him of his power. But Cobb seems to have come back as good as before. Any thoughts on the impact of oblique injuries on hitters and pitchers, and on Kipnis and Cobb ROS?

9:08
Paul Swydan: My main thought would be I’m not a doctor and I have no idea. But even if there was a hitter vs pitcher trend, these two guys wouldn’t be enough to prove it.

9:08
Comment From DoolittleFan
Price to STL for Taveras, Miller and a prospect? Who says no? Do the Rays risk a clubhouse meltdown if Price is traded, as Bob Nightengale says?

9:08
Paul Swydan: I generally tend to take anything that Nightengale says with a shaker of salt.

9:09
Comment From Scott
12 team roto dynasty. Standard 5×5. Keep all players. Been offered either Bogaerts or Russell for Baez. Have Utley, Dozier, and D. Gordon at 2B and Hanley at SS. Make either move?

9:09
Paul Swydan: I would definitely rather have Bogaerts or Russell than Baez in a vacuum, and Bogaerts has 3B eligibility that Baez may or may not get. So I like it for your team as well.

9:09
Comment From Andrew (Ontario, Canada)
I read some Cueto on the block rumours, could this possibly be true? Given his club friendly contract with I believe 10MM club option for next year, he would theoretically net more then Price, no? Perhaps the Taveras + package would make sense for both Cincy and the Cards.

9:10
Paul Swydan: I wouldn’t expect Cueto to move. The contract is good, like you said, and the Reds tend to define inertia among major league teams.

9:10
Comment From Jake
Which team cracks first and gives up their top 3 prospects to get Price?

9:10
Paul Swydan: I don’t think any. I think Price stays.

9:10
Comment From Guest
So what are the Royals gonna do?

9:10
Paul Swydan: Not enough, that’s for sure.

9:10
Comment From Jake
Which is more likely, sShields getting traded, or the Royals making a big name acquisition?

9:10
Paul Swydan: The latter. DMGM is too committed at this point to trade Shields.

9:11
Comment From Guest
Why wouldn’t the Padres try and trade Ian Kennedy? Do they think they could really contend next year?

9:11
Paul Swydan: Well, Kennedy is one of their bigger pieces, and he will be OK at worst next year. So, without a GM, I don’t think it’s a great idea for them to trade him. If someone takes the job in the next week or two, and decides they don’t need Kennedy, they can try to move him in August.

9:12
Comment From Guest
People don’t tell the staff here how much we appreciate all the work you guys do for us while still keeping this a free site. It is nice for everything to be at the quality it is including having these awesome chats everyday without having to pay a dime. So, send my thanks forward

9:12
Paul Swydan: You’re welcome!

9:12
Comment From Bill Bellamys assistant
Bill Bellamy wants to know who ya got between Gyorko and Wong the rest of the season? And don’t give him the WONG answer.

9:12
Paul Swydan: Probably Gyorko. He’s been worse than awful, but there is still potential there. I don’t see the potential in Wong.

9:13
Comment From JV
I am one of those guys that looks ahead for cheap stud potential middle infield guys that can pop 10 homers and steal 30 bags heading into next season. Think Segura from 2013. Is Alcantara the guy for 2015???

9:14
Paul Swydan: He is if they play him in the middle infield going forward. Right now, he’s at 9 games at second and 6 in center, so you should be fine for at least next season. Beyond that, well, heed Sarah Connor’s advice.

9:14
Comment From Jack
Why would the Mariners give up so much for a top of the line starter? Seems like given their position it wouldn’t be worth it to mortgage the farm to give them a slightly better chance to win.

9:14
Paul Swydan: Preach.

9:14
Comment From Jake
Rocky remake starring Fangraphs writers. Who’s who? You ready to rock that Paulie lifestyle?

9:15
Paul Swydan: I don’t drink nearly as much as Paulie did in the early Rocky’s, but I’d definitely be willing to give it a go. Maybe without all the threats of hitting my sister though?

9:15
Comment From nick
Seems as if Wacha just keeps getting pushed back. Drop him and use his DL spot on someone like Pineda or Myers?

9:15
Paul Swydan: If it’s a redraft league, I’d have no problem dropping Wacha, but I’d want someone better on the hook if I did.

If it’s a dynasty league, hang onto Wacha.

9:15
Comment From Dylan
I’ve heard a lot of criticism of the Red Sox not signing Lester, but it is hard to ignore that that he had pretty bad mechanical problems and an ERA for 4.00 prior over the last few seasons. Is it really smart to sign a aging starter coming off a career that is slow to make adjustments? Or do you and most Red Sox fans not care about overpayong because they can afford it.

9:16
Paul Swydan: But that’s not where the criticism comes in. If you don’t think a guy is worth keeping around, you don’t offer him a 4+ year contract. The Red Sox DID do that, they just put an insulting dollar figure on it. That was a huge mistake, and potentially one that will cost them dearly.

9:16
Comment From Gila Monster
If traded What could Lackey return? He has been better than Samardijza the past couple year. I know he is older, but he is also cheaper in 2015 and has significant playoff experience,which teams seem to value.

9:17
Paul Swydan: On the right team, a lot, thanks to that funky 2015 option. But we’ll see.

9:17
Paul Swydan: That option is also a great argument for the Red Sox keeping him, since they are not bailing on the 2015 season.

9:17
Comment From PS
can the red sox just trade every player over the age of 25? i think that would be really kind of fun. but keep koji. because, you know.

9:17
Paul Swydan: I’d rather keep Ortiz and Pedroia than Koji, no offense.

9:17
Comment From Matt
Where does HanRam go in the off season? The Dodger make sense, but will have to deal with Seager. The Yankees make sense, but have to deal with A-Rod. The Red Sox make sense, but have to deal with Middle rooks,Xander, and Cechinni. You have to imagine one get Lester, one gets Scherzer, and the other HanRam.

9:17
Paul Swydan: I think he ends up on the Dodgers.

9:18
Comment From Forsyth
If Lester gets dealt to the Brewers in a deal around Nelson, will the picketing be worse at Fenway or Market Basket? Personally, I will wear a vest with multiple slots for extra pickets so that I can carry more than 2. Seriously though, can we expect a top 20 or 30 like Glasnow, Pederson, Seager, Heaney?

9:19
Paul Swydan: I received quite the education on Twitter today about the merits of Jimmy Nelson, but I’m hoping that if the Red Sox toss aside a guy who beat cancer to come back and win them a World Series (and then another) that they get a little more than Jimmy Nelson.

9:19
Comment From longtime listener etc
true false: Conforto/Lagares/Nimmo will be a good enough OF to be a positive contributor on the next Mets team to make the playoffs (2015 or 2016) [assuming pitching staff is stocked/infield mostly sucks still]

9:19
Paul Swydan: False. They’ll still need something from shortstop.

9:19
Comment From Brad
I keep hearing Corey Dickerson is good but not this good. What do you think?

9:19
Paul Swydan: I think he’s this good.

9:20
Comment From Rated Rookie
When your favorite/hometown Eastern time zone team is playing in the Pacific time zone how late do you stay up?

9:21
Paul Swydan: I used to stay up for the whole thing. These days though, I’m generally in bed by midnight. So I just hope for a quick game. Someday I won’t have to make and/or feed my children breakfast and I will have the luxury of staying up later, but that’s a few years off at least.

9:21
Comment From Christian
For all this fuss with Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales not wanting to be eligible for qualifying offers next year, would either of them even get a qualifying offer this year if their teams had the option?

9:21
Paul Swydan: I doubt it.

9:21
Comment From Joe
3 way trade: Angels get Puig/Ryu/Kershaw and pay nothing of their contracts, Dodgers get Hamels and his whole salary, Phillies get Trout/Pederson/Urias/Seager/Guerrero and the Dodgers pick up their entire future career earnings. Phillies make this deal? Thanks.

9:22
Paul Swydan: That might be the craziest trade proposal I’ve ever seen. There’s not a chance in hell that this happens. I bet this would even somehow get rejected in a video game.

9:22
Comment From Forsyth
What’s reasonable to expect to get back for Lester?

9:23
Paul Swydan: One good prospect. Top 30-40.

9:23
Comment From Forsyth
boy bogaerts is just as lost as he’s ever been. How long do you let him “figure it out” up at the MLB level before he may need a couple weeks in Pawtucket to get some confidence back?

9:24
Paul Swydan: He’s not going to figure anything out in Pawtucket, where they have lesser facilities and fewer coaches to help him through things. Sending players to Triple-A is for contending teams who need to be running on all cylinders. The Sox are not that team. No reason to send him down other than if you want to punish him, and they’ve done that enough this year already.

9:25
Paul Swydan: Wow, weird play in the Orioles game just cost them a run.

9:25
Comment From Bomok
Why should the Rockies trade Tulo?

9:26
Paul Swydan: There are a couple of reasons why you would trade Tulo:

1. You’ve decided to do a full-scale rebuild.
2. Tulo was so unhappy that he was effecting the team.
3. You’re getting a shortstop of the future back in the deal.

Other than that, I can’t see the argument for trading him.

9:26
Comment From My friend is a jerk
If the Red Sox can actually get Marte, that’s like an absolute win, right?

9:26
Paul Swydan: The Red Sox aren’t getting Marte.

9:27
Comment From Funky Kole Kalhoun
Cobb is looking sharp tonight. Who you like more ROS/next year, him or G Richards?

9:27
Paul Swydan: Cobb

9:27
Comment From Guest
Corey Dickerson 1st round pick next year?

9:28
Paul Swydan: That’s a bit extreme. With regular drafts, you need to be mindful of how others view the players you want, and I doubt Dickerson will be viewed as a top-five rounds guy.

9:28
Comment From TDA of TDE
Don’t mean to pile on the Met’s pitching surplus questions. But with having such a surplus, does it make sense to go all in for Tulo over the winter? Say trade Syndergaard, Niese, Plawecki, Nimmo, SMith? Does that even get it done? Mets rotation would still then be Harvey, Wheeler, Colon, DeGrom, Gee.

9:28
Paul Swydan: Again, the Rockies can’t possibly trade Tulo unless they get a shortstop of the future back. The Cubs could fade a Tulo trade. The Mets, not so much. Sorry.

9:28
Comment From person hscer
apparently there’s a little known rule that if an umpire is hit with a ball it’s automatically a strike to the batter, at least if Washington-Miami is to be believed

9:28
Paul Swydan: Good to know!

9:29
Comment From Forsyth
2015 Outfield: Would you rather have (LF – CF – RF) Kemp – JBJ – Stanton (assuming Swihart, Betts & Owens get dealt) or Pederson – JBJ – Betts (assuming Sox can get Pederson for Lester)?

9:30
Paul Swydan: Hmmmmmm

2015 only, definitely the one with Stanton. Probably that one going forward too, but I’d lean harder on the Pederson one in the years beyond.

9:30
Comment From Joe
It wasn’t serious.

9:30
Paul Swydan: Joe, you have my sincere apologies.

9:30
Comment From Rated Rookie
I think Ruben Amaro, Jr. is participating in the chat as “Joe”.

9:30
Comment From Salaxander
is it appropriate to have a favorite team is a commentator? i think no

9:31
Paul Swydan: I think I’m going to need you to rephrase this into a coherent sentence.

9:31
Comment From Bomok
Do you agree with Keith Law that the Mets have the 4th best Farm system in baseball, behind the Cubs, Twins and Astros?

9:31
Paul Swydan: Keith is far better equipped to make that call than I am. So, ya.

9:31
Comment From bbt
true or false SD should be contracted

9:31
Paul Swydan: False!

If we want to start talking contraction, I don’t think there’s any question that the Rays would be the first to go.

9:32
Paul Swydan: The Rays front office could then all go work for San Diego.

9:32
Comment From Salaxander
as***

9:33
Paul Swydan: I think, if you’re a national guy, then no. If you’re a local guy, you don’t really end up with much of a choice. A lot of the broadcasters fly on the team planes to help the networks save money. Hard to maintain your objectivity in situations like that.

9:33
Comment From Joe
I refuse to accept your apologies.

9:33
Paul Swydan: You’ll accept them and like it!

9:33
Comment From Christian
If you were Astros GM what would you do to try and get some positive spin? I assume the Houston FO has a long leash on the rebuild process, but pissing off teams (trade DB leak), agents (draft fiasco), and players (this stupid Appel thing) seems like that could get a GM kicked out early.

9:34
Paul Swydan: It does seem like that. They should maybe try winning some ballgames. I would also stop trying to go cheap with the #1 pick in the draft, which they have done three times and been burned by doing so twice. That’s not a great track record.

9:35
Paul Swydan: It may turn out that the Carlos Correa pick was the worst thing that ever happened to them, because it likely emboldened them to try it again with Appel, and then, well, Buxton.

9:35
Comment From Guest
People are mad that a player was promoted within the minor leagues?

9:36
Paul Swydan: No, some of the players were mad that he got to throw a bullpen session in the Minute Maid Park bullpen when he has like a 9 ERA in High-A. I can see both sides of that argument, but it’s pretty telling that said players went out of their way to complain to the media about it.

9:36
Comment From Bill Bellamy
Not sure how my assistant had time for a question, but Pineda is starting a rehab assignment…worth a grab?

9:36
Paul Swydan: Yeah, definitely.

9:37
Comment From Jake
Joe is definitely the guy who offers Francoeur for Trout in his Dynasty league once a month, calls it hilarious

9:37
Paul Swydan: You going to take that from Jake, Joe?

9:37
Comment From Matt Martell
Any chance the Cardinals move Allen Craig before the deadline for a Price or another SP? Seems kind of bold, but they have depth in their farm system regarding OFs and Adams is great at 1st.

9:37
Paul Swydan: There’s a chance that they move Craig, but if they do, he won’t be the headliner for a David Price, that’s for sure.

9:37
Comment From Joe
I won’t deny it.

9:37
Paul Swydan: Joe’s a straight ridah.

9:37
Comment From Guest
can the Rockies ever be successful in Colarado

9:38
Paul Swydan: They have been before, and they will be again, provided they clean house. They will someday, I’m sure, but I’m not holding my breath.

9:38
Comment From Rated Rookie
The national broadcasters often offer the kind of analysis that reading old headlines and bullet point media guides make possible. Local broadcaster homerism is just another kind of terrible.

9:39
Paul Swydan: They’re not easy jobs, no matter what we might think of them. But the important thing to keep in mind is that we never are, and never will be the target audience.

9:39
Comment From stl paul
lol Craig for Price is the deal I would throw out there to make fun of cardinal homers

9:39
Comment From Vin
I like Don Orsillo as a commentator but he really needs to stop saying “Coby Rasmus”

9:39
Paul Swydan: Orsillo is the best. NESN better re-up him in the offseason. The week he was gone was terrible.

9:39
Comment From Nick S
Any chance we see something in the vein of Noah Syndergaard for Baez?

9:40
Paul Swydan: I don’t think the Cubs have any incentive to do that. The Mets would have to put someone else in.

9:40
Comment From Bomok
I hear from alot of Cubs fans how great Castro is and that Zack Wheeler for Castro Would be rejected by the Cubs, but i don’t suse Castro is at best a 3.0 WAR player, an is already with a ton of potential! What do you think? Also what would you say to a trade offer of Wheeler and Plawecki for Addison Russel?

9:41
Paul Swydan: I think that the Cubs would need to do better than Wheeler, who is basically league average, if they are to trade Castro. Loooooooot of teams with bad shortstops.

9:41
Comment From Pale Hose
Game calling on Fangraphs audio. Make it happen Paul.

9:41
Paul Swydan: Oh my. I don’t even know if we have the tech for live streaming at hand, nevermind the willingness to make it happen.

9:41
Comment From person hscer
pretty sure that’s illegal

9:42
Paul Swydan: There’s also this.

9:42
Paul Swydan: I suppose we could tape it live, and air it the next day? But you’d need to be a pretty dedicated fan to want to re-watch the game in its entirety just to listen to us.

9:42
Comment From Pork Sale
The Cardinals should stand pat in my opinion, given some of the ridiculous prices I’ve heard for top end guys. But Taveras, Miller, comp balance pick for Price is a quick yes, right?

9:43
Paul Swydan: It would be a very quick yes. But I don’t see it happening either.

9:43
Comment From Guest
There are rumors that the Astros might trade some of their young pitchers like Cosart, Keuchel or mchugh unless blown away should they trade any one of them

9:44
Paul Swydan: I’m not 100% sure what you’re asking, but the way to look at any player on the Astros is this — Do you expect them to be on the 2016 ballclub? If yes, keep them. If not, trade them. Not all three of those guys will make it to 2016, so trading one of them now makes sense.

9:44
Comment From Bomok
I know this isn’t a deadline question but i’ve been meaning to ask for a while. Baseball Prospectus declared Mike Piazza as the 4th best pitch framer ever saving over 200 runs and Johnny Bench saving 2- which is average- (over 60,000 PA) do you agree with this study? is Mike Piazza the best catcher of all time?

9:45
Paul Swydan: I haven’t taken the time to read through any of that — I barely have enough time to read our work here at FanGraphs — but I’m obviously wary of any study that says that Johnny Bench was worse defensively than Mike Piazza.

9:45
Comment From Christian
As a Mariners fan I like the local broadcasters and they are homers without being terribly obnoxious about it. Besides, they are in the business of trying to get you to watch/listen to all the games. Would even the most realist cold blooded Diamondbacks fan watch/listen to 162 games of the announcers saying everyone sucks and everyone should be fired?

9:47
Paul Swydan: Well, there is a balance to be struck. I think far too often the local guys don’t strike it, and that leads to me not trusting anything they say. The Rockies broadcasters are like that. Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson seem to think that every player in a Rockies uniform walks on water, and nearly every deficiency is hand waived. You just can’t do that.

9:47
Comment From Jake
Honestly, Tavares+spare parts: Price doesn’t sound crazy to me. The Rays might get better, but they could do a lot worse

9:47
Paul Swydan: I guess it depends on what you think of Taveras. I think by now we assumed he’d be a star. He isn’t. Not even close. That should give us pause. I don’t think he’s the slam dunk that he seemed to be a year and a half ago.

9:48
Comment From Bomok
It’s only pitch framing not other defense. And Mike Scioscia is also ranked high and was Piazza’s mentor.

9:48
Paul Swydan: I mean, fair enough I suppose, but again, I haven’t read it, so I don’t have anything intelligent to add to the discussion.

9:48
Comment From guest
Why can’t the Cardinals score runs? I believe they were right in the middle of the pack in wRC+

9:49
Paul Swydan: That’s a good question. I would imagine it will come back around, but at quick glance I’m not seeing why.

9:50
Comment From Rated Rookie
The Braves guys–and I’m speaking as a Braves fan–make Sartre’s “Hell is other people” dictum true every night with every bad pun and anti-analytical analysis they stammer out.

9:50
Paul Swydan: Yeah, I don’t enjoy their broadcasts.

9:50
Comment From Christian
Give me all the cold SABR answers on why Ackley’s July is just a hot streak before regression breaks my heart again.

9:51
Paul Swydan: But I don’t want to. I want you to believe that this is the time he rewards all of your faith!

9:51
Paul Swydan: If it makes you feel any better, Ackley is still the fourth-best pick of that first round by bWAR:

http://www.baseball-referen…

9:52
Paul Swydan: He isn’t a bust by any means. He just isn’t what we thought he would be.

9:52
Comment From Brett
The Angels’ broadcasters: oh dear lord, it like listening to a super fan and a guy who gets paid by the cliché.

9:52
Paul Swydan: Anyone else want to bag on their local broadcasters? Lol.

9:53
Comment From Pork Sale
What would it take to get McHugh? Top 100 offensive prospect, a high ceiling guy, and another piece?

9:54
Paul Swydan: He’s 27 and in his rookie season, during which he’s been six percent better than league average. I would not think the price to be exorbitant enough to warrant a top 100 prospect.

9:54
Comment From Pale Hose
That’s not a pretty first round…sees Mike Trout…nevermind

9:54
Paul Swydan: Yeah, which makes him slipping so far even more mind blowing. I wonder how many northeast area scouts have been fire in the past five years.

9:54
Paul Swydan: fired

9:54
Comment From person hscer
The Nats radio guys are cool! And I can bear the TV guys more than a lot of people can

9:55
Comment From Christian
The Seattle broadcasters used WAR to explain how awesome Cano is at the beginning of the season. I guess I’ve also learned to translate “It sure would help the Mariners if Morrison and Hart could heat up” into “These guys suck and have no business being on a playoff contender

9:55
Comment From Bomok
Well i’m a Mets fan #1 Howie Rose is the best. #2 the White Sox announcers are easily the most annoying. i Hate them! And every time Abreu hits a HR…

9:55
Paul Swydan: Look at that, positive comments.

9:55
Comment From Guest
your response to the Taveras/Price deal also shows how absurd it would be to deal Price for this year’s Taveras, either. Prospects are stupidly overvalued.

9:56
Paul Swydan: Yes and no. They are overvalued, but not stupidly so. The Cardinals have more incentive than most to try to get Price because their odds of winning the division are much higher than their odds of winning the wild card.

9:56
Comment From guest
Strikeouts have been going up at a linear trend? At what point does it hit it’s ceiling.

9:57
Paul Swydan: I’m not sure. We may not be there yet though.

9:57
Comment From Brett
Is Josh Bell & Tyler Glasnow a good return for Lester?

9:57
Paul Swydan: I think that’d be too much to expect for Lester.

9:57
Comment From Nick S
What do you pay for Gardner on the open market?

9:58
Paul Swydan: Brett Gardner? I think the contract he got:

http://www.fangraphs.com/st…

Is pretty close to what his actual value is.

9:58
Comment From My friend is a jerk
Talking to a Red Sox fan and they suggested they wouldn’t trade Lester for Marte straight up. Please help me destroy them.

9:58
Paul Swydan: Well that’s just silly. But in a way, I can understand the sentiment. I don’t want them to trade Lester either. I feel like if they trade him, he’s gone forever.

9:58
Comment From Bomok
Why didn’t anyoe (you, Dave Cameron) on Fangraphs apply for the Padres GM job. It’d be really cool. And i don’t think you’d be overmatched.

9:59
Paul Swydan: First of all, that’s not a job that you can apply for. You won’t see it on the Teamwork Online job board. Second, it’s a pretty grueling job, and I can definitely understand not wanting it.

9:59
Comment From Pork Sale
But with all the Price hubbub, aren’t the rumors of Taveras for Lester a bit silly? A thousand-ish games from Taveras for 8 Lester starts?

9:59
Paul Swydan: Well, but then most rumors are silly. We’ll see what actually happens.

10:00
Comment From TDA of TDE
Before you go one last Oh so important question!!!!!!! What can we do to try and keep NotGraphs in any way, shape, or even form?!?!?!?!

10:01
Paul Swydan: Nothing. Carson is a man, and he made a decision, and we all support him.

10:01
Comment From person hscer
just when you think the Nats are going to pull away in the East, they have a little stretch like this where they become impossible to watch for a few games while the Braves are hot

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Paul Swydan: Yeah, I don’t think they’re going to pull away. They might win, but I don’t think they pull away.

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Comment From Bomok
Is deGrom for real? or is this just a tease to the Mets fans?

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Paul Swydan: I think he’s more for real than he is for fake.

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Paul Swydan: Alright guys, it’s been real, but I’m going to get going. Keep it real out there on those internets. Thanks very much for hanging out, as always!



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Paul Swydan is the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for Boston.com. He has written for The Boston Globe, ESPN MLB Insider and ESPN the Magazine, among others. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan.


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