Jason Collette – Baseball Chat

12:42
Jason Collette: Sorry for the late start — I pulled a Pascual Perez and got stuck in traffic, albeit at a BBQ restaurant and not I-285
12:43
Comment From Guest
Teixeira looks dreadful at the plate. Is he cooked?
    Jason Collette: Aprils have never been a good month for him, but as long as he’s complaining about that wrist, things won’t be good for him. His history buys him some leash, but early results have not been encouraging. 

12:43
Comment From jocephus
can we determine the world series after 3 games?
    Jason Collette: Mariners vs Marlins — Selig’s worst nightmare! 

12:44
Comment From Mikey
Jason! Thanks for the chat, was getting concerned. Thoughts on Corey Dickerson? Does his talent push him above Blackmon by late April?
    Jason Collette: Yes, I think the talent wins out here. Someone has to stand out from the crowd here eventually. 

12:44
Comment From benj
Who is a better offensive player right now: Jean Segura or Brad Miller?
    Jason Collette: Two of my favorite players to watch. I’m biased with Miller as he’s from Orlando, so I’ve watched him quite a bit. I love his motor. 

12:46
Comment From john
Please tell me I am dreaming. Lucas Duda over Ike Davis? There is nothing that Duda does better than Davis. Even saber-knowledgable Sandy Alderson idolaters must be going insane. Can this team get any worse?
    Jason Collette: When you have three first basemen, you really have no first basemen. Still, they’re in a better position than Milwaukee or Pittsburgh at the moment at the position. Can the Mets get worse? Are you double-dog daring them to? 

12:47
Comment From Old School
Thoughts on the Kipnis extension?
    Jason Collette: Big fan of it. I was discussing an extension with some others last month when the Carpenter one came out and we postulated a Kipnis extension (rumored to be in the works at the time) would be 5/40 with 1 or 2 extensions so we were pretty close on the money. 

12:48
Comment From Guest
Yangervis Solarte. What do we make of him ROS?
    Jason Collette: The opportunity for playing time will be time will be there, but limited upside. 

12:49
Comment From Jackson Phillips
If the Mariners stay healthy do they have a shot at making the playoffs with their current roster plus Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker?
    Jason Collette: A slim chance – I still don’t like the overall team defense, especially the outfield. That division is going to be a dogfight. 

12:49
Comment From the Average Sports Fan
Have you seen anything from the new managers that really has caught your attention?
    Jason Collette: Brad Ausmus giving everyone green lights in spring training and showing a willingness to utilize the running game rather than waiting for the boppers to hit homers. 

12:50
Comment From Guest
Which oft-injured starter is a better shot as a last round flier, Dustin McGowan or Felipe Paulino?
    Jason Collette: Paulino – love the stuff he flashes when he is healthy. 

12:51
Comment From the Average Sports Fan
I watched all 3 Astros games so far. While still not good, they seem better. Could promotions and current talent get them to 70-75 wins?
    Jason Collette: I will be surprised if this team loses 100 games this season. There is more bullpen depth this year, which blew a ton of games for them last season, and the rotation has more depth. If they win 70 games, they need to break out victory cigars and celebrate the success. 

12:51
Comment From Tim
Please rank: Aoki, Calhoun, Pagan. Thanks!
    Jason Collette: That order right there works for me. 

12:51
Comment From Noether
The AL wins leader is relief pitcher Cody Allen. Just throwing that out there as an interesting random fact.
    Jason Collette: Maybe he can break Bill Sampen’s record from his rookie season in 1990. 

12:52
Comment From Slugger Dan
Cuddyer or Belt in fantasy league?
    Jason Collette: Belt! 

12:52
Comment From Herman B. Anotio roderguez
How many runs will the Yankees infield defense cost them?
    Jason Collette: It’s not going to be pretty. The left side of Johnson and Jeter is going to be tough to watch. Johnson can make the throws, but the range is a tick or two off. 

12:53
Comment From Zach
What do you think about Braun ROS after the news of the thumb nerve issue popping up again?
    Jason Collette: Pessimistic. It was a problem in the past for him and there is no guarantee that is going to get better. It puts a big dent in my playoff prediction for them. 

12:54
Comment From Shawn
Looks like its not Qualls as closer in Houston. Fields or Crain?
    Jason Collette: It’s still a committee for the most part. Crain is no closer to returning to the mound now than he was two weeks ago. Qualls was given the heart of the Yankee lineup in the high leverage 8th inning on opening day and Fields finished off game 2. 

12:54
Comment From jocephus
most entertaining game (on paper) today?
    Jason Collette: Cole vs Miller 

12:55
Comment From Guest
Woke up to 10 inches of snow this morning here in Minny. Wife is from central FLA. The argument against moving to FLA is getting weaker every year.
    Jason Collette: Minnesota is still better than Florida. I have about 80 days left here before I vacate to Charlotte because I’m done here. I love my trips to Minnesota 

12:55
Comment From Herman B. Anotio roderguez
prediction for Tanaka’s stat line tonight?
    Jason Collette: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 K’s, HR to E5 

12:56
Comment From Jon
Hey Jason, what do you think about dealing Gausman for Rosenthal in a 5×5 keeper? One of Gausman’s possible ceilings is Rosenthal, an elite reliever, and I need help in my bullpen right now. I have lots of starters, although tough to trade away any potential ace. Thoughts?
    Jason Collette: Play for the present – pull the trigger 

12:56
Comment From the Average Sports Fan
Billy Hamilton has looked awful so far. I am not ready to give up on him yet, how long will Reds give him to figure this out? What are their options if they have to move on, even short term?
    Jason Collette: You would look awful too if you faced Wainwright, Wacha, and Lynn. The Reds really don’t have a solid fallback plan so Hamilton will get plenty of time to fail, or succeed. 

12:57
Comment From Christian
Thank you for starting your chat right when my boring conference call started. You are a life saver.
    Jason Collette: The one thing I do not miss from my time in the corporate world is conference calls. 

12:58
Comment From Aaron
How long is the leash on Billy Hamilton?
    Jason Collette: Very long. The backup plan is Roger Bernardina 

12:58
Comment From Aceathon
With all the injuries and pitchers coming back, what record in April do the Rangers need to feel optimistic about their playoff chances?
    Jason Collette: .500 – they can’t afford to fall too far behind in that division. 

12:59
Comment From Guest
Ryan Webb was my speculative future saves guy in my deep AL-only league. Thoughts?
    Jason Collette: http://www.fangraphs.com/bl… 

12:59
Comment From Plucky
With all the injuries, how many wins does it take to win the AL West this year?
    Jason Collette: 91 

12:59
Comment From Brad
Groin problem the culprit for Bailey’s poor showing yesterday?
    Jason Collette: Probably the pressure I put on him to win the Cy Young. I’ll take the blame for that. In all seriousness, the groin issue probably did not help. 

1:00
Comment From Lance
Whose hot start do you believe in the most: Smoak or Frazier?
    Jason Collette: Frazier, and I have two shares of Smoak. Ballpark gives Frazier the edge. 

1:00
Comment From Cochise
I went to the Marlins opener while visiting family, I’m a Mariners fan and now I kinda like the Marlins am I destined to like crappy teams?
    Jason Collette: Welcome to my life from 1998 to 2007. It’s fun to watch teams develop. Watch the Marlins finish ahead of both Philly & NY this season. 

1:01
Comment From Derky Turkey
Thoughts of Jose Abreu so far? his power looks like it will be off the charts
    Jason Collette: He’s ridiculous. I’m disappointed we don’t have a JoseAbreuAlert yet on Twitter as we did for Cespedes in his rookie season so we know when the big guy is up to bat. 

1:01
Comment From Nash
How many closers do you typically like to carry in a 10 team mixed?
    Jason Collette: 3, and then trade one later. 

1:03
Comment From Brad
Will AT&T park put a damper on Belt’s power surge?
    Jason Collette: His career SLG% is higher at home than it is on the road, because some of those road homers become home doubles. 

1:04
Comment From Bert
How do you feel about Veras closing? I know it’s so early, but even before the season I think many viewed Strop as the better option. Thoughts on that situation? Thanks.
    Jason Collette: The Cubs would ultimately like to build up Veras’s value to deal him at the deadline, as Houston did last season. The Cubs did not deal Gregg last year at the deadline, despite the saves, because other teams realized he was still Kevin Gregg. Veras should be able to bring in a return in July and Strop can take over. 

1:04
Comment From JAL
12-team 5×5 redraft, I got Ramos’ed. D’Arnaud, Mesoraco (when he is back), Navarro, Castillo, someone else? It is really thin unfortunately. Also, do I do everything I can to trade for a catcher, or make do with one of those? Thanks!
    Jason Collette: Castillo is where I would go. 

1:04
Comment From Herman B. Anotio roderguez
how do you see Starling Marte developing this year?
    Jason Collette: slightly exceeding what he did last year, but not by much. 

1:05
Comment From jocephus
thoughts on replay in the very early going?
    Jason Collette: Love replay, hate the implementation of it. Implement the NCAA football rules and end this madness of managers slow-rolling out to the ump while watching for the dugout to give them the thumbs up/down. These review guys for each team need to make quicker decisions on what to challenge and what to let go. 

1:06
Comment From Bert
If Gausman is called up this weekend, will he stay? Why were they keeping him down in the first place? Thanks.
    Jason Collette: All signs point to a one and done situation for him this weekend. He was sent down to work as a starter so he would be ready when someone gets hurt or becomes too ineffective rather than trying to stretch him out from the bullpen. 

1:07
Comment From Depresssed Braun Owner
what’s the best and worst outcome here?
    Jason Collette: Best – he steals bases from the singles and doubles he can hit. Worst – he’s done for a few months and you hope the surgery works. 

1:07
Comment From Rated Rookie
What’s your takeaway from Rendon’s early performance and the timeshare with Espinosa?
    Jason Collette: Fully invested in Rendon this season – he will be a monster. 

1:07
Comment From Guest
Hi Jason, I currently have Brad Miller, Segura and soon to be SS eligible Xander Bogaerts. Should I keep the SS depth or try to move one of them? Which one should I move if that’s the case? Thanks.
    Jason Collette: Keep it, since you can play Bogaerts at 3B. 

1:08
Comment From taylor
Brutal news about Braun. Can’t be as bad as last year after sitting out 65 games and an entire offseason correct?
    Jason Collette: Playing at 65% would be bad considering he was drafted in the first round just about everywhere I looked. 1st rounders performing like 10th rounders is bad. 

1:09
Comment From Guest
Thoughts on Odorizzi’s start tonight?
    Jason Collette: Watch to see how he uses the new split-changeup. Texas lineup has the lefties and is a lineup that makes a lot of contact. For all of the teams with 3 games played this season, Texas has the lowest strikeout rate. They were also a very high contact teams last season. Odorizzi has had his issues against lefties in the past which is why that new changeup is key. He has to get ahead and have the confidence to throw it while ahead AND behind in the count. 

1:09
Comment From Phil
Can I get away with using Moustakas as my primary 3B in a 14 team league?
    Jason Collette: certainly – not a ton of depth at the hot corner this season. 

1:11
Comment From Guest
If a world where the Rays lose a heartbreaking world series do they say screw it and bring Price back for his final season and only get his comp pick in return?
    Jason Collette: Why not? The difference in what they would get in a trade one year out of FA while losing the pick vs what they would get with the pick (assuming he signs with a non-protected team) may not be that far apart. The risk they run is that he follows his buddy Derek Johnson to the Cubs and signs there. The Cubs certainly need the pitching 

1:12
Comment From Guest
Thoughts on new play at the plate rules?
    Jason Collette: I like them. I want to keep the players as healthy as possible. 

1:12
Comment From jon
MadBum, Shields, Salazar, Cashner, Kluber, Gallardo, Yordano – balanced staff in 10-team or too risky?
    Jason Collette: Nothing wrong with that staff at all 

1:12
Comment From Neal
What do you see as James Paxton’s realistic upside this year in 5×5?
    Jason Collette: $10 pitcher. Watch the ratios, but man did he look fantastic the other night. 

1:13
Comment From Phil
Who would you stash in a keeper league: Polanco, Baez, Taveras, Russell or Buxton?
    Jason Collette: Buxton. 

1:13
Comment From Andrew
How do you see the Milwaukee closer situation playing out? It sucks having to roster both Henderson and K-Rod
    Jason Collette: Henderson should get that job back soon enough. I liked what I saw of him in his last outing and he is working on a changeup to combat his splits. 

1:14
Comment From larry
stick a fork in bj upton yet?
    Jason Collette: It does not look good so far. The outcome is not from a lack of effort as he worked hard in the offseason with the hitting coaches, but that Milwaukee series looked like an extension of last season. 

1:15
Comment From Mikey
Albert Pujols….has not looked great. Think he’ll get to .280/25 this year?
    Jason Collette: Very achievable numbers. 

1:15
Comment From wes
What do you look for in early-season SPs that might have staying power even in shallow leagues? I’m trying to decide which of Paxton, Erasmo, Eovaldi, M Perez warrant pickup for breakout potential. Maybe rank ‘em?
    Jason Collette: Fastball command, willingness to throw non-fastballs in hitter counts, and utilization of changeups or superior breaking balls in lieu of changeups. 

1:16
Comment From Homer Bailey
Based on your love, I overpaid for Bailey in my 5×5 auction… I know you see him having Cy Young ceiling, but where do you see as a safe midline projection? In the Latos/Zimmermann range?
    Jason Collette: yea, I think that is his floor this season. 

1:16
Comment From Jon
baez polanco springer, taveras who can actually help a 10 tm fantasy owner this year most.
    Jason Collette: Springer or Polanco should be up first, to stay. 

1:16
Comment From Bengie Stacks
Ackley startable at 2b/ss in a 13 team mixer that uses OBP?
    Jason Collette: I don’t think so. 

1:17
Comment From Joel
If Jim Johnson continues to struggle, is Ryan Cook a good handcuff when he returns next week?
    Jason Collette: Closers everywhere are off to a rough start. Johnson is going to get a lot of leash, especially at the salary he is making. Cook will need some time once he returns to get back to his optimal level. 

1:17
Comment From greg
Granderson – .260-25-80 realistic?
    Jason Collette: Thinking more .250 on the average. 

1:18
Comment From Gabe
Is it worth it for me to use one of three bench spots on Javier Baez? Not a keeper league.
    Jason Collette: I don’t think so. You’ll be waiting around for 2 months, at best, to use him. 

1:18
Comment From Gabe
Why are Mets fans so sad? Baseball is back! Please tell my compadres to stop whining and go back to being the lovable losers of yesteryear.
    Jason Collette: They’re conditioned to be that way. 

1:19
Comment From Guest
Call me crazy but I’m excited about Brandon McCarthy sitting at 93mph this year.
    Jason Collette: I’ll be more excited when I see McCarthy eclipse 120 IP 

1:19
Comment From Lewie
CC or Dickey?
    Jason Collette: Dickey. He was hitting 78 with the knuckler on opening day, but a tight low strike zone got to him. I did not like what I saw from CC on opening day, even after he settled down in the final half of the outing. 

1:20
Comment From Tony the Tiger
I don’t give any credence or care to Spring Training stats, so the following question is based simply on curiosity. What do you attribute to someone like David Ortiz getting 2 hits in 40 Spring Training at-bats, yet 5 hits in the first three regular season games? Is he even trying to hit the ball in the spring, or just swinging away for fun? Thanks!
    Jason Collette: Working on things, games don’t mean anything…a variety of factors. Veterans know to pace themselves. Look at how hard Garza was lit up this spring, and then opens the season with 6 no-hit innings. 

1:21
Comment From Save Chaser
With Jones out in Chi, and assuming lindstrom is inconsistent, any chance we see Dan Webb getting saves?
    Jason Collette: Stash Webb if you can. 

1:21
Comment From PaulM
Mets fans dont know pain. Signed, every Padre fan.
    Jason Collette: Life is tough in that gorgeous ballpark. 

1:21
Comment From Ozzie
Erasmo, Skaggs or Strailly? Please rank them.
    Jason Collette: In that order 

1:22
Comment From hooha
How much money would the braves have to swallow to trade bj upton after this season if he continues to have a season like last year?
    Jason Collette: he has ~$50M left on his deal right now. If they kept Uggla last year, Upton isn’t going anywhere. 

1:23
Comment From Gabe
What’s a reasonable player to expect in return for Tanaka in a dynasty league?
    Jason Collette: Nothing, right now. People are going to want to see what he does first before trading for him. Right now, it is all on speculation based off spring numbers (useless) so you’re not going to get anything of fair value 

1:23
Comment From Jake
What’s the best way to calculate projected runs in a lineup? As in, websites, programs, equations, what should I use?
    Jason Collette: Have fun – http://www.baseballmusings…. 

1:24
Comment From wes
Salazar, Cashner, Cole, Wacha, Gray – right order for this year only?
    Jason Collette: Cole, Cashner, Wacha, Gray, Salazar for me 

1:25
Comment From Brett
How bad is BJ Upton?
    Jason Collette: The bat speed still looks slow, and that does not tend to come back. 

1:25
Comment From Josh
Some back end guys who can sustain/achieve general sucess….pineda, eovaldi erasmo walker, you favor any 1 or 2 these guys?
    Jason Collette: Erasmo and Eovaldi 

1:27
Comment From Timmy
As a Rendon believer, who do you believe is a good comp for peak years?
    Jason Collette: a healthy Utley over the past few seasons. 

1:27
Comment From Dawn Keibals
Kemp activated today…which of their big 4 do not end the season in Dodger blue?
    Jason Collette: Ethier. He is the most movable and has value 

1:28
Comment From Bengie Stacks
Whats Danny Salazr’s line look like today?
    Jason Collette: The matchup is a very favorable one for him. 

1:28
Comment From Awake in Seattle
If you had to throw out a number, how many saves would you predict for Lord Farquhar this season?
    Jason Collette: 16 

1:28
Comment From Brett
Which currently winless team is most likely to make the playoffs? (Angels, Royals, Mets)
    Jason Collette: I picked the Angels to win the west in the staff predictions. 

1:29
Comment From Just Sayin
Saw Puig on post game interview the other night, holy crap is he enormous
    Jason Collette: Yep. Same with Stanton. Passed him in the tunnels of Tropicana Field last season and I felt tiny – and I’m 6’4″. 

1:30
Comment From the Average Sports Fan
August 1 who is the full time 1b for the Pirates?
    Jason Collette: Kendrys Morales 

1:31
Comment From Neal
Is Anibal Sanchez 100% healthy? Seems like his shoulder issues were not discussed as much as other player ailments
    Jason Collette: He’s pitching right now (not watching obviously), but I count 6 of his first 20 pitches at or above 92 MPH and he’s hit 94 twice 

1:31
Comment From Clayton
Do you think the desert will significantly improve Trumbo’s homerun total?
    Jason Collette: He has a legit shot at 40 this season when you factor in the home park plus 9 games in Colorado 

1:32
Comment From Bengie Stacks
With Aramis, Utley, Holliday, Werth, how concerned should I be about my entire team being on the DL this year?
    Jason Collette: At the rate guys are falling this season, it is a legit concern for everyone. We have 107 players league-wide on the DL already. 

1:33
Comment From Norm
Too soon to give up on Starlin Castro because he missed most of spring training or is this a repeat of 2013?
    Jason Collette: I don’t make any drop moves until I’m at least 3 weeks into the season 

1:33
Comment From Cory Hart
What do you think my season outcome looks like?
    Jason Collette: .260, 18 HR, 80 driven in, one DL stint 

1:34
Comment From Derky Turkey
food for thought: a ricky romero trade for Dan Uggla
    Jason Collette: That is thinking outside the box. 

1:34
Comment From Vslyke
What would cause a sudden drop in bat speed for BJ Upton (who appears to be healthy and should be within the prime years of his career)?
    Jason Collette: It isn’t really sudden. The concerns were there even in his time with Tampa Bay. The “slider batspeed” whispers are more than a year old. 

1:35
Comment From JAL
12-team 5×5 redraft, as I said earlier, I got Ramos’ed and have him in my one DL slot, do I drop Nate Jones or let him take a bench spot for a bit? Tough..
    Jason Collette: Even when Ramos comes back, the hamate issue all but guarantees he’ll struggle to hit for power when he does return. Cut bait in a redraft league of that depth. 

1:36
Comment From the Average Sports Fan
You seem to like the Gomes extension. I sorta, kinda, semi like Alex Avila. Would that same extension be a good one for him?
    Jason Collette: Avila is already on a semi-extension as he has a $5.4M team option next season that vests if he makes the all-star team this season. He only has one more arb year after that before FA so a new extension seems unlikely 

1:37
Comment From Moises Alous batting gloves
12 team AL only league, which one of michael saunders or robbie grossman is the better investment for this season
    Jason Collette: Grossman, especially with him at the top of the lineup between Fowler and Castro 

1:37
Comment From Ryan
Should I drop Viciedo for Semien? Feels like Viciedo is ton the wrong end of the platoon. I’m in a deep AL only league, so if Viciedo comes back and pops 25 homers, that will probably be my season right there, haha
    Jason Collette: What does Semien’s PT look like once Beckham and Keppinger return from the DL? That’s the risk. 

1:37
Comment From Cameron Maybin
Am I still a starting OF when I return from the DL?
    Jason Collette: For what you are being paid, yes. 

1:38
Comment From Chris
over under 70 for Felix Hernandez Career War?
    Jason Collette: over 

1:39
Comment From Zorn
Keeper lg. No minor lg slots. Would you deal Gattis/Buxton for Posey or Rosario?
    Jason Collette: Yes, always play for the present. 

1:39
Comment From Sid
Is paxton for real? His fastball command was crazy with the sustained velocity. 12 tm league viable? Dare I say 10 tm? I think I trust him more than eovaldi. Paxton has much better secondary stuff not including his new cutter.
    Jason Collette: It is one game, but that was very encouraging. Repeating his delivery has been an issue in the past, but the starter vs reliever debate with him seems more one-sided now than it was 18 to 24 months ago. 

1:40
Comment From Curtis
I know it’s too early to make any big assumptions, but who are some players that have impressed/surprised you most this early that you probably would rank higher now?
    Jason Collette: Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Dexter Fowler 

1:41
Comment From Adm
I’m eating Beef Brisket Pizza with hash browns. I am also late to the chat.
    Jason Collette: I had a Texas Destroyer (brisket, jalapenoes & provolone cheese) with fried okra and baked cheese grits for lunch and washed it down with Cheerwine. I’m in a serious food coma at the moment. 

1:41
Comment From Daniel
Who are a couple guys you would be actively trading for in the coming weeks?
    Jason Collette: anyone who is sucking it up in the first three weeks of April. Got Marco Estrada and Rick Porcello for songs last year after their stinkbombs in April. 

1:42
Comment From Koji Uehara
Do I manage to stay off the DL this season? If not, who replaces me while I’m out?
    Jason Collette: You’ve never thrown back to back 50 IP seasons in the bigs and you worked 79 IP by the end of the World Series last season. If you go, Mujica seems like your replacement to me. 

1:42
Comment From Dawn Keibals
Polanco up when?
    Jason Collette: June 17th 

1:42
Comment From 46 and Choo
Jason, love the podcast!! Which of your “must-have” guys from preseason are you most worried about already?
    Jason Collette: None of them. 

1:43
Comment From the Average Sports Fan
At what point is the BJ Upton contract a sunk cost, and other options are explored? Does his brother being on the team play any factor?
    Jason Collette: Another 2 years before it becomes a sunken cost. I can’t think of another player that was cut in year two or three of a five year deal off the top of my head. 

1:44
Comment From hooha
would you start marco estrada versus boston tonight?
    Jason Collette: In that park, vs that lineup? Nope 

1:44
Comment From JJP
Any chance Corey Seager sees Dodger Stadium this year?
    Jason Collette: 0.02% 

1:45
Comment From Jeff
How much does Sano’s TJS set back his MLB arrival? Is sometime in 2015 still realistic?
    Jason Collette: Sometime in 2015 seems reasonable. The time away from live pitching is the biggest concern but the natural talent will win out. 

1:47
Comment From Jeb Bush
in what ways is Minnesota better than Florida?
    Jason Collette: Minnesota State Fair, actual seasons, Target Field are three things I can think of right off the bat. Spent a few days in Brainerd early in 2013 and almost wanted to move there right away. Found a place that had 25 craft brews on tap and fell in love. 

1:47
Comment From Dawn Keibals
Calhoun finish as a top 40 OF?
    Jason Collette: Yes, an outside chance 

1:48
Comment From The Dude
Felipe Paulino FB down 2.3% from 2012. Any chance he gets back to 95 or is this the new paulino?
    Jason Collette: Not sure how much of that had to do with weather in Chicago as Perkins was also low on the same mound. 

1:48
Comment From Rays 7th Infielder
I just submitted the Reds’ lineup in your baseball musings tool, and the most efficient lineups returned a 4.26 R/G with Votto batting leadoff. It also had the currently employed lineup projecting 3.26 R/G. Thoughts?
    Jason Collette: I’d bat Votto 2nd 

1:49
Comment From Aaron
Whats the Time Frame on Mark Appel to the Majors? Are they going to zoom him up the ranks if he is as good as advertised?
    Jason Collette: I don’t expect him up until August. He missed a lot of camp with the appendicitis/recovery. 

1:50
Comment From Keith
Would the White Sox still bother platooning Alejandro De Aza?
    Jason Collette: They have to if they either want to keep Viciedo fresh or build up his trade value. Can’t trade a guy you have buried on the bench . 

1:50
Comment From Guest
Schoop starting at third today. If Hardy walks next year, and Machado slides to short, does Schoop have the skills to stick there long term?
    Jason Collette: He has the skills to stick at any of the three infield positions, IMO 

1:51
Comment From Lewie
Rafael Montero an underated pitcher in keeper leagues?
    Jason Collette: He has a 3rd starter ceiling for me. 

1:51
Comment From Jeff
What is Carlos Correa’s ETA?
    Jason Collette: Late 2015. He’s going to put up massive numbers in Lancaster this season and finish the year in Double-A Corpus Christi. 

1:51
Comment From Mike Olt
Am I a platoon player? How many at bats do I get?
    Jason Collette: You should be the everyday guy at some point this season. 

1:52
Comment From Seth
Will you trade Billy Hamilton for Emilio Bonifacio?
    Jason Collette: Yes, if I were high on PCP 

1:53
Comment From Guest
Did you see the ridiculous umpiring in the Mariners A’s game last night? If not, go look at the Pitch FX data. It’s ridiculous.
    Jason Collette: Robot Umps, now. That f/x data on that zone was horrendous. Errors in and out of the zone, and many of them egregious. Even Eric Gregg was laughing at some of those. 

1:53
Comment From the Average Sports Fan
What team totally imploding this season would be the most interesting?
    Jason Collette: Yankees, always the Yankees. 

1:53
Comment From Vslyke
Regarding bat speed, is there any site that keeps track of that?
    Jason Collette: Not that I am aware of 

1:54
Comment From Gila Monster
Jordan Zimnmerman is good.
    Jason Collette: Yes, very 

1:54
Comment From Paul
Archie Bradley will be up no earlier than June?
    Jason Collette: I don’t think Arizona will run the risk of him getting an extra year of arb by rushing him unless they get him to commit to a pre-arb deal. 

1:56
Comment From Mariner Moose
Abraham Almonte -where did he come from? Just wondering why he wasn’t higher on prospect lists.
    Jason Collette: The Yankees in the Ichiro deal. He was an alcoholic who needed rehab to get back on track 

1:56
Comment From Andy
Are you a believer in Marcus Stroman?
    Jason Collette: I am. I really liked what I saw from him in the AFL and some of that flashed in the Grapefruit League. He gets in trouble when he doesn’t stay on top of his pitches and elevates. If he can consistently locate down in the zone, he’ll do a lot of good. 

1:57
Comment From Gila Monster
Will Ordorizzi break out the splitter tonight?
    Jason Collette: He has to in order to be successful vs that lineup. 

1:58
Comment From Jays Fan
Who finishes with more saves this season, Janssen or Santos?
    Jason Collette: I say Santos 

1:58
Comment From Hideki Irabu
Addisson Russell, Sano, Polanco, Profar. In a keepers league, please rank them from most valuable to least.
    Jason Collette: Sano, Profar, Polanco, Russell 

1:59
Comment From Jimmer
As good as Abreu looks, try to remember he was facing the Twins pitching staff. That rotation is going to be brutal once again this year.
    Jason Collette: He gets that pitching staff 15-16 more times this season 

2:00
Comment From Derky Turkey
Which Lefty do you like most for this year in fantasy: CJ WIlson, Gio, Cole Hammels, Gerrit Cole and Cliff Lee? … maybe go ahead and rank them
    Jason Collette: I hate Gerrit Cole as a lefty pitcher 

2:01
Comment From Aaron
I heard Josh Hamilton switched to a new type of big league chew this season. Bounce back year or was that 2nd half just a tease?
    Jason Collette: Hopefully it is the gum and not that other nasty stuff. Hopefull it helps him lay off the breaking balls out of the zone 

2:01
Comment From irrational seattle fan
Am I wrong to think dj peterson is in the same league as clint frazier and kris bryant long-term?
    Jason Collette: He’s going to be good, but I wouldn’t lump him with Bryant. 

2:03
Comment From Fred Armisen
What do you think the chances of us getting a team are up here in PDX? I think it’s pretty slim, given the difficulties in ballpark funding and fanbase. You ever been to Portland? 25 craft brews is standard at the kwik-E-mart.
    Jason Collette: I love Portland – been there twice. I think expansion is the best option, but not sure the league will expand. I’d love to see Portland and Charlotte get teams, but not at the expense of Oakland and Tampa Bay losing them. 

2:03
Comment From Zach
Would you advise cutting losses on Braun and try to trade him?
    Jason Collette: If you trade him now, you’re getting 50 cents on the dollar with the news. Ride it out 

2:04
Comment From JAL
A “jumper” somehow dropped Aoki and I dropped Chris Carter for him. Sad to see the power go, but I should be very happy, no?
    Jason Collette: Yea, you should be. You’re sitting on potentially 80-90 runs and 25+ steals at the top of the lineup. I love Carter, but I do that move myself. 

2:05
Comment From Plucky
Wait, you think Appel pitches in the show in August? You think Foltyneiwicz, White, Wojciechowski get looks first and fizzle, or that the Astros leapfrog them with Appel? or that the existing rotation collapses and all are up?
    Jason Collette: I think Appel gets a taste of the big leagues this season the year after he was drafted much like Price did, albeit in different circumstances because the Astros won’t be competing for a playoff spot. 

2:05
Comment From concerned
I have Sandoval at 3rd and Lawrie at CI, should I be worried with their production?
    Jason Collette: after 3-4 games, no. 

2:05
Comment From Homer Bailey
Which is more valuable in a standard 5×5 roto? Carlos Gomez 2/$11 or Puig 3/$16?
    Jason Collette: Gomez 

2:06
Comment From TonyDanza
I saw a report that Billingsley might be back with the Dodgers in May (maybe even early May). They have a lot of pitching depth, would he be a bullpen guy or rotation when he’s back?
    Jason Collette: Seems like the bullpen, as by the time he’s back, so is Kershaw and Beckett to go with Greinke, Haren, and Ryu (who has looked fantastic) 

2:06
Comment From Derky Turkey
Rank these young outfielders in order of impact this year: Christian Yelich, Avisail Garcia, Khris Davis and Kole Calhoun
    Jason Collette: Calhoun, davis, yelich, garcia 

2:07
Comment From Twin Cities
Have Bonifacio and Peralta for possible MI slot in 14 team 5×5 mixer…Drop Peralta for Willingham or Arcia?
    Jason Collette: No. There’s a reason the Fantasy Focus has had the “Bonafide or Bonifacio” segment for so many years. 

2:08
Comment From Mikey
Mookie Betts thoughts? Will he get moved to a different position or a different team?
    Jason Collette: Different team seems more likely but the reports from AFL folks I chatted with were absolutely glowing. A few considered Betts the absolute best player out there this year. 

2:08
Comment From Clueless
Keeper league, how would you rank Cashner, Tyson Ross & Chris Archer?
    Jason Collette: Archer, Cashner…….Ross 

2:08
Comment From Zorn
ETA for Buxton?
    Jason Collette: September 2014 

2:08
Comment From Brett
Building on Derky Turkey’s question, where would Oswaldo Arcia fall in that young outfielder ranking? (Calhoun, Davis, Yelich, Garcia)
    Jason Collette: in front of Garcia 

2:09
Comment From I Kidnapped Ramos
I’m in a 2C league. I lost Ramos and not confident in him having a speedy recovery. Any deeper catchers you have faith in this yr? (d’Arnaud, Flowers, Arencibia, Jaso/Norris type guys avail)
    Jason Collette: Norris and Conger 

2:09
Comment From The Dude
RE: Minnesota; Best spot in the country during July. Worst spot in Jan. Most underrated restaurants in the US too!
    Jason Collette: Psycho Suzie’s Motor Lounge was also a solid restaurant as was Pizzeria Lola. Loved that place! 

2:10
Comment From Anthony
Springer would be up for the Astros had he accepted that deal, not because has stuff to work on, right?
    Jason Collette: Yea, if he had taken the deal, no reason to keep him on the farm. Since he didn’t put him down, stall the clock. It’s smart business. 

2:10
Comment From More TOR SP ?s
Are you a believer in Drew Hutchinson?
    Jason Collette: The results were better than the process on Tuesday. He struggled with his fastball command in that outing but the slider was really good and gave the Rays fits. 

2:10
Comment From Guest
Which are scarier – ghosts or aliens?
    Jason Collette: Bees 

2:11
Comment From Matt
All things created equal (draft round value, etc) as a team that lost ramos at catcher, would you deal yordano for jason castro? feels fair as fair gets no?
    Jason Collette: Yea, that’s a fair get for me. I’m in the minority, but I have my concerns with Ventura due to the delivery. 

2:11
Comment From Cope Straight
Dynasty League: I’m in rebuild mode. I traded Tulo and J Zimmermann for Archie Bradley, Miguel Sano and future draft picks. Did I get enough value in return?
    Jason Collette: You did not, sorry. You should have been able to get something of present day value along with that instead of the draft pick 

2:12
Comment From Jim Wiser
Ignore this question if already asked. I was just offered Braun for CarGo. Is Braun’s numb thumb concerning enough to ignore my offer? Thanks.
    Jason Collette: It’s more than enough to decline that. 

2:13
Comment From comment
how did Michael morse hit over 289 3 years in a row
    Jason Collette: Made a lot of hard contact and had BABIP’s of .330, .344, and .339 during that run. 

2:13
Comment From RWG
Jonathan Niese have any value in a 14 team league? even worth rostering? only start vs “weak” teams?
    Jason Collette: I’d take a chance on the skills and hope the arm holds up 

2:13
Jason Collette: Thanks for the time, but time to run. Afternoon conference call time.



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  1. Jimmer says:

    Comment From Derky Turkey: Thoughts of Jose Abreu so far? his power looks like it will be off the charts’

    As good as he looks, try to remember he was facing the Twins pitching staff. That rotation is going to be brutal once again this year.

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  2. Jason Collette says:

    FYI — I refuse to post negative questions about Mike Trout. So don’t try it. It’s against FG’s by-laws.

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  3. Ed says:

    Orioles 5 thru 9 today….Clevenger(C), Schoop(3B), Flaherty(SS), Lombardozzi(2B)….yuck!

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  4. Mike Zunino?

    When all is said and done how do you think his 2014 numbers will look?

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  5. Dan says:

    For the record – Abe Almonte went to the Mariners in a deal for RP Shawn Kelly during spring training 2013. Ms got DJ Mitchell for Ichiro.

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  6. Madeline. Hynes says:

    I don’t know if this will get to the right people but I wanna tell you about one of the Toronto blue jays biggest fans. His name is Arthur Barney and he is totally blind since birth he is 73yrs old now and at one time would go to some of the blue jays games but now. He is full of arthritis. And listens to the games Every game he puts his I pod to his ear and listens intently. And I have often wonder if he could only meet the players and sit in the skydomeonce again. I’m sure it would make hi day. If someone could make this possible

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  7. It would be great you should meet this man an example to us all

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  8. I love seasons too, that’s why I live in a place that skips the shitty ones.

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