Nicholas Minnix Baseball Chat – 6/27/14

8:45
Nicholas Minnix: Hello, everybody! I’ll be with you at the top of the hour, as usual!
8:59
Comment From Schiraldi
Do you prefer Braun or Harper ROS, once Bryce is back? And by a lot or a little?
9:00
Nicholas Minnix: Mmmm … It’s very close, either way. I’d gamble and say Harper, because he may be quite motivated to make up for lost time. But that’s a double-edged sword. Have to like Braun going forward, solid production if not elite like you’re used to.
9:00
Comment From I Believe we will win !!
dropped Pedro Alvarez for Arenado since I’m seeingh Pedro in a Platoon… Did I do the right thing?? I have Seager.
9:01
Nicholas Minnix: If you’re in a shallow mixed league, can’t see a big problem with it, except that there may not be a need to do it right away if it is that shallow.
9:01
Comment From Kyle
I am glad Nicholas Minnix has joined the team, finally someone with a cooler name than Eno Sarris

9:01
Comment From Luke
Lightsaber to your head, who will be in the World Series in 2014?
9:02
Nicholas Minnix: If the force is with me, it’ll be Baltimore and … the Dodgers. I’m going to say Oakland and LA, however.
9:03
Nicholas Minnix: And, yes, I realize that the A’s will probably choke. But I don’t like any of the other AL candidates. It’ll probably be Detroit.
9:03
Comment From Hrkac Circus
It sounds ridiculous, but is it possible that Stanton’s power hasn’t peaked yet?
9:03
Nicholas Minnix: LOL, I think it’s possible. But virtually unlikely, although peak output may not hit yet.
9:03
Comment From taylor
Hosmer a buy low or sell low candidate?
9:04
Nicholas Minnix: Hosmer is what he is. There’s not much of either with him anymore, IMO. He’ll improve this season, IMO, but by how much? I guess you could call that buy low.
9:04
Comment From Bradley
I saw utley wasn’t a trade chip on dave’s table but Jroll was. he said because utley says he won’t waive no trade clause but jroll said he might. My question to you is why do phillies fans give jroll grief for saying he most likely won’t waive clause and teflon utley gets no grief for saying there is no chance. Thanks. ps I love utley and rollins equally but don’t understand why phillies fans treat them differently.
9:06
Nicholas Minnix: I wish I could answer that, Bradley. J-Roll has always been my favorite player on that club. Only jersey I own. Rollins says things fans don’t like sometimes, Utley doesn’t ever talk, and they’re losing. There may be a little more to it than that, besides, but there’s no one reason.
9:06
Comment From Brett
Rubby de La Rosa: what do you expect the rest of 2014 & then in the future? Can he control the slider? Can he keep his BB rate low enough to be a viable starter? thanks.
9:07
Nicholas Minnix: Yes, I believe so, to both of those questions. About 75 IP, an ERA around 3.50, but a WHIP that may sit as high as 1.30 or worse may be the recipe, because BBs still a problem even if he’s viable.
9:07
Comment From Nostradamusburger
Baseball has seen a lot (of crappy) changes over the last 20 years: interleague, wild card, some expansion, etc. Predict some major changes over the NEXT 20 years, thanks.
9:08
Nicholas Minnix: DH in both leagues, team relocation (Rays?), an additional wild card team. :(
9:08
Comment From Ryan
Thanks for chatting Nick. H2H Points Redraft where managers value pitchers highly- I was offered his Bruce and Ortiz for my Jansen and Cole. Would help fill empty OF and Utility spot. Do you think Bruce has turned a corner after his injury/slump and is this a good return for those pitchers?
9:09
Nicholas Minnix: They value pitchers highly, but are they highly valuable? If that’s less so, sounds like a great return to me. If you’re just worried about Bruce, I’d be willing to take the shot. 2012 #s more in line with his expectations than 2013’s, should have been the case prior to this season.
9:09
Comment From Jake
What does Martin Prado net the D-Backs? Do they get a guy off someone’s top 10?
9:10
Nicholas Minnix: I can’t imagine so, but it depends on the team whose list you’re talking about, surely. Someone near the bottom of the list, possible.
9:11
Comment From Vandy Commodores
Can you rank these SP’s based on future fantasy value: C. Martinez, Gausman, J.Nelson, Heaney, R.Ray and Ventura
9:12
Nicholas Minnix: ROS? Ventura, Gausman, Heaney, Martinez, Nelson, Ray. Keeper? They’re young pitchers, oy. I like Martinez, long-term.
9:12
Comment From Luke Duke
Seems like Guerrero is gonna return this season. Any chance we could see Hanley move to 3rd, gordon to short and guerrero up? Is Gordon that bad of a SS that they can’t do this to fill the black whole at 3rd?
9:13
Nicholas Minnix: I think they seem pretty determined to avoid using Gordon at SS. Suppose it’s possible, but I haven’t seen anything to suggest it’s likely.
9:14
Comment From Ernie
What starting pitcher is most likely to land in Oakland before the trade deadline? Will a middle infielder be joining him?
9:15
Nicholas Minnix: I think it’s too difficult to say, honestly. They don’t go after big names, not much low-hanging fruit clearly available yet. A.J. Burnett perhaps interesting, or Jason Hammel.
9:15
Comment From Vandy Commodores
Pick a side: Castellanos or Ventura
9:16
Nicholas Minnix: ROS: Ventura, Keeper: Castellanos
9:17
Comment From Blue Cheese Mafia
Hi Nicholas Minnix, provide me with a ‘Thought of the day’ (baseball related). Thank ya!
9:17
Nicholas Minnix: When life hands you curveballs, make curveball-onade.
9:17
Comment From Jobin
Why has Carson Cistulli stopped the Daily Notes? Is it because of poor oral hygiene?
9:17
Nicholas Minnix: LOL. I do not know, but I don’t think it’s that.
9:17
Comment From The Borg
I traded Keuchel and DooLittle for Sonny Gray in dynasty. How’d I do?
9:19
Nicholas Minnix: Fair enough. I’m less inclined to deal for pitching, but Gray is a good property, and you dealt pitching to get it, so no harm done. I’m a bit of a believer in Keuchel, though. If this is AL-only, I’d rather have the other side, to be truthful.
9:19
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
Do you know if FG is going to bring back the Prospect Chats? Those were fun!
9:19
Nicholas Minnix: I haven’t heard anything, but I will mention it to Eno!
9:20
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
PLEASE NO MOOKIE BETTS QUESTIONS! We dont know when he will be up, and we dont know what his impact will be! It didnt change from the last time you asked the question… YESTERDAY!
9:20
Nicholas Minnix: Thanks for the PSA, Big Joe!
9:20
Comment From joey
Hi Eno!
9:20
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
Can the Marlins please trade Giancarlo Stanton to the Rockies so we can see him hit in the mile high air 81 games per year?
9:20
Nicholas Minnix: Fingers crossed
9:21
Comment From Guest
Thoughts on Nick Castellanos ROS? If I’m dying for some HR/RBI production, would giving up my Bourn for Castellanos be wise? (Knowing that Nick isn’t gonna hit a ton of HR, but still.)
9:21
Nicholas Minnix: Bourn doesn’t run often anymore, I see nothing wrong with taking that chance.
9:22
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
Not sure if you are a prospects guy, but is Miguel Sano more like Stanton or Chris Carter?
9:23
Nicholas Minnix: I’m no expert, but I believe that he’s closer to Stanton, based on what I’ve read about him and seen of his #s. Closer doesn’t mean close, just closer.
9:23
Comment From Ryan
Could you rank ROS: Hahn, Taijuan Walker, Stroman, and Shoemaker
9:23
Nicholas Minnix: I love Walker. Walker, Hahn (close), Stroman, Shoemaker
9:23
Comment From Teddy
Is Mookie Betts already a better player than Billy Hamilton or Dee Gordon? Or is he Bonifacio?
9:24
Nicholas Minnix: Better player, perhaps yes. Not Bonifacio, definitely.
9:24
Comment From Elias
Thoughts on Ender Inciarte, seemingly the leadoff hitter for the Dbacks, in deep leagues?
9:25
Nicholas Minnix: If you need SBs, fine in short term for a stab. Trumbo in the near future returns, changes things, probably.
9:25
Comment From Jake
Martin Prado, what’s the return for the D-Backs?
9:25
Nicholas Minnix: Not great. Not an everyday player.
9:26
Comment From JC
14 team 5X5 mixed. Taveras is a free agent. Would you drop Duffy or Singleton to stash him?
9:26
Nicholas Minnix: Keeper? Yes. Otherwise, no.
9:26
Nicholas Minnix: I would want him if possible, though, had to choose, I guess Duffy, but it’s close, just assuming it’s easier to replace the pitcher.
9:26
Comment From Anello
Nelson Cruz a worthy trade target for a #2 OFer or is this a mirage
9:27
Nicholas Minnix: More about health for him, so the risks are the same as they’ve always been.
9:27
Comment From Mookster
I’m becoming mildly obsessed with the impending arrival of Mookie Betts to the majors. Should I seek professional help?
9:27
Nicholas Minnix: Yep.
9:27
Nicholas Minnix: at the 9:02 mark, folks
9:27
Comment From Albert Pujols droppable?
Hi Nick…12 team, 5×5 roto league and I have Pujols, Encarnacion and Carlos Santana at 1B. I’m a little weak at OF b/c often times one of mine seems to be taking the day off…is it worth it to drop Pujols for a Calhoun or should I just take the missed games at OF. (Wanting to keep Santana over Pujols b/c of positional flexibility.)
9:28
Nicholas Minnix: You should trade one of them. No way you can’t trade one, really?
9:28
Comment From Jake
Parsley is good. I never buy parsley, but I’m always happy when there’s some in the house
9:28
Comment From b2b
Should M’s go after Rios??
9:28
Nicholas Minnix: Would be a good addition.
9:28
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
Is Betances and Robertson the nastiest late inning punch in the game? Combined 15.5 K/9 and 50+ GB%, and over 3.1 Ks per hit allowed.
9:29
Nicholas Minnix: Pretty close.
9:29
Comment From Alex
Do you think papelbon will be traded at the deadline? If so, do they throw the young gun Giles out there, consistently throwing 101 and missing bats…
9:29
Nicholas Minnix: No, I don’t, the Phils will want more for him than they can get.
9:29
Comment From Elias
Familia, Giles, Ottavino or Frasor as stashes for saves for the rest of the season in case of injury, ineffectiveness, trade, etc?
9:30
Nicholas Minnix: Ottavino, Frasor, Familia, Giles
9:30
Comment From fivehead
Do I take Hosmer or Duda off the wire if I can convince someone to take Allen Craig?
9:31
Nicholas Minnix: Hosmer, better overall producer, but depends on your needs, I suppose, too. Duda has OF eligibility, a bit more power probable.
9:32
Comment From Jake
Billy Hamilton’s OBP, over/under LA?
9:32
Nicholas Minnix: Under .300. LA?
9:33
Comment From Guest
start jake odorizzi tonight @ baltimore?
9:33
Nicholas Minnix: I don’t like it.
9:33
Comment From Chris
What are a couple starting pitchers that would be fair value for Greg Holland and David Robertson?
9:35
Nicholas Minnix: Combined? Separate? Geez. Any of the top ones, really. Price, Hernandez. Not sure what else to tell you. You have to ask your league mates who they’ll trade.
9:35
Comment From Anahigh
Closer to finish the year for the Halos’? Smith? Frieri? Street, or Benoit?
9:35
Nicholas Minnix: One of the SD pitchers is as likely, I think, as either of those two. Street.
9:35
Nicholas Minnix: No one stands out, I mean.
9:35
Comment From Sven Hunkstrom
Mookie getting the call soon? Will he have 2B,SS, and OF eligibility?
9:36
Nicholas Minnix: No, and no
9:36
Comment From Sean Casey 5-7-3 out
Am I crazy to hope that Gallo and Bryant will both be fantasy productive 3B next July?
9:36
Nicholas Minnix: Probably. Overly hopeful. If only prospects succeeded that often that you’re right.
9:37
Comment From Alex
Tonight’s battle of AL East pitching prospects who you got for tonight, ROS, and rest of career: Gausman v. Odorizzi
9:37
Nicholas Minnix: Gausman
9:37
Comment From AL Pitching Coach
In your esteemed opinion, who will have the best major league career: Stroman, Gausman or Meyer?
9:37
Nicholas Minnix: Risky, but I’ll say Meyer.
9:37
Comment From Justin
Got and offer of his Hanley for my Dee Gordon? Both would be a SS for me, thoughts?
9:38
Nicholas Minnix: Seems like a hefty price to pay for SBs, but if you REALLY need them.
9:38
Comment From Guest
Re: predictions: laser strike zones!!!!
9:38
Nicholas Minnix: Yes, good call, some kind of tech in the next 20 years will make that possible, I expect.
9:38
Comment From Joe
What are your thoughts on a couple of players so far this year? Holliday, Javier Baez, and Trevor Bauer?
9:40
Nicholas Minnix: Holliday is in slow decline, will hit a bit better as season goes on. Baez won’t be up until September, is riskier than I realized. Bauer can still be quite special, IMO, just one or two adjustments away.
9:40
Comment From Philly Guy
Regarding Utley and Rollins, race has always played a part in fan treatment of local athletes – at the very least on a subconscious level. This will certainly open up a can of worms.
9:42
Nicholas Minnix: Maybe I shouldn’t have pubbed this one, but I think it’s probable. No debate here, fans are humans, they’re emotionally affected. Don’t condone it, of course.
9:43
Nicholas Minnix: No judgment here, in other words. I judge only judgmental people. :D
9:43
Comment From john
Now theres talk of the Mets possibly extending Murphy. Look, I am a fan of Murph, but it would be another huge miscalculation by Sandy to not trade him at peak value when a bunch of competing teams need a 2B.
9:43
Nicholas Minnix: Agreed
9:44
Comment From Devin
Gregory Polanco for Adam Jones in a 5×5. Who wins?
9:44
Nicholas Minnix: ROS: Toss-up, depends on needs, speed or power, Jones the winner on pure value. Keeper, duh, Polanco.
9:44
Comment From BX
When do you start benching Mauer in mixed leagues? I have a suitable catcher-replacement most days OBP/HR/RBI/R/SB H2H points league.
9:45
Nicholas Minnix: Points league, any time is fine. No doubt. I’d keep him on bench tho.
9:45
Comment From Jake
You been following Rob Refsnyder? Just, a weird 2014. 23 Years, in 2013 A+, 15.4 BB%, .121 ISO, 140 wRC+. 2014 AA, 5.7% BB%, .206 ISO, 156 wRC+. In 2014 AAA, in 16 G, 15.4% BB%, 18.5% K%, .167 ISO, 169 wRC+. BABIP’s through the roof on all of them. How do you see a guy like that going forward? Seems like he’s ready for MLB, just don’t know what the hell he looks like when he gets there
9:46
Nicholas Minnix: I’m sorry, I don’t know him. Not an everyday player tho IMO, from what I see.
9:46
Comment From Curious George
Lloyd McLendon gets a fair amount of criticism thrown his way, but couldn’t it be said that he was right in staying with Brad Miller even through the worst? He gave Miller time to figure things out, rather than giving up on him and letting him stew in the minors, and who knows what would have happened then? Could more managers benefit from such patience in the future?
9:46
Nicholas Minnix: I believe so, yes, agree with you generally speaking. Each case is different.
9:46
Comment From season tickets
traded my todd frazier for Yasiel puig…i have kuung fu panda to play 3rd now, did i do good?
9:46
Nicholas Minnix: I’d say, yeah, nice.
9:47
Comment From Brules Rules
Should I trade Longo for Daniel Murphy + Rendon in a 16 team 6×6 (OBP, Holds) roto league with 8 keepers? I know that is a run on sentence, but I just couldn’t stop!
9:47
Nicholas Minnix: I would, yes. Rendon I like more than Longo, maybe even now, def long-term.
9:48
Comment From Ronald Reginald Swanson
Paul couldnt chose.. Rashida Jones or Aubrey Plaza?
9:48
Nicholas Minnix: Oooh, I wouldn’t have known them, but I’d be more of a Plaza man … we talking looks, right? Haha.
9:48
Comment From Brules Rules
Keeper league, need SB, when/if Betts is called up, drop J.D. Martinez for him?
9:48
Nicholas Minnix: I could certainly see that, yes. But I wouldn’t be in a rush to do that. Worry about who you’ll drop when it’s about that time.
9:49
Comment From Kyle
Is Cuddyer nearing the end of fantasy relevence? He plays well when on the field still but he can’t seem to actually get out on the field.
9:49
Nicholas Minnix: Relevance, no, but last year was a career year. It happens.
9:49
Comment From Alex
Joe Panik being sent back down soon? I just traded for him in a 20 teamer keeper and I’m worried that’s going to backfire.
9:50
Nicholas Minnix: Depends on Scutaro, how Panik does. Soon? No. By July 31? Definitely possible. Panik has to tread water, at least. I think he will.
9:50
Comment From Vliet
do you see Kennedy and H. Bailey as buy low candidates or s/b left alone?
9:50
Nicholas Minnix: Kennedy is just a guy, to me. Bailey, I think so. Not super low buy, but yes, a possible target.
9:51
Comment From Alex
Do you know anything about LF Cuban Yasmani Tomas? For example, when we can see him in the majors, what type of contract, or with who?
9:51
Nicholas Minnix: I do not, sorry.
9:51
Nicholas Minnix: 9:15 folks, I’m a slow poke.
9:51
Comment From Snid
How can it be allowed for a gov agency use it’s position, or the current administration’ position to pressure a sports franchise to change it’s name? What will the Braves or Indians become? And what next beer companies fending sensitivity in regards to the Brewers?
9:51
Nicholas Minnix: I can’t believe they allow a team called the Draft Dodgers! How unpatriotic.
9:52
Comment From john
Murphy and Niese to LAD for Joc. Murph can play 3rd, they need a pitcher. Mets need outfielder and offense, especially moving forward. Seems like win-win?
9:52
Nicholas Minnix: It does, sure. I suppose that would work, think LAD might balk at that.
9:53
Comment From Cheech & Chong
At the next CBA, will the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in CO and WA impact drug testing for marijuana in MLB? We think it should be eliminated (duh)
9:53
Nicholas Minnix: Can’t see that happening.
9:53
Comment From season tickets
Thanks for the chat, Nick! GO O’s –speaking of them do you think they make any moves before the deadline?
9:53
Nicholas Minnix: They’ll try to acquire a pitcher. They’ll talk to anybody and everybody. So, yes, they’ll get a pitcher. Which one, IDK.
9:53
Comment From Sandy
Nick, rank ROS: Jansen, F. Rodriguez, Street, Doolittle…also, Shark, Ventura, Keuchel, Alex Wood.
9:54
Nicholas Minnix: Jansen, Doolittle, Street, K-Rod.
9:55
Nicholas Minnix: Wood, Shark, Keuchel, Ventura (really a tough call for me tho)
9:55
Comment From Guest
Buy Alex Cobb?
9:55
Nicholas Minnix: I would. Vacuum. No deep exploration. Much better than his results.
9:55
Comment From I Believe we will win !!
Better chance for saves??? Benoit or Putnam??
9:55
Nicholas Minnix: Benoit
9:56
Comment From Guest
it would be just great if the Dodgers lost the WS to a team with half (or 1/3!) its payroll.
9:56
Comment From Jobin
Can you ask Carson Cistulli about the Daily Notes? I would stay away from his mouth, just in case.
9:56
Nicholas Minnix: You bet.
9:56
Comment From Mike
16 team mixed H2H 5×5 league. Large # of bench slots puts rosters around 28 players each. I am rocking a CJohnson/Asche platoon at 3rd. Any useful call ups or 3 baggers I can keep my eye out for? Also, thanks Nick! I love the podcast!
9:56
Nicholas Minnix: Thanks, Mike! We expect to get better, thanks.
9:57
Nicholas Minnix: No one comes to mind. I think pickings at the position will remain slim. Maybe Franco in September.
9:57
Comment From Alex
Is trading Gausman (to be kept in 14th Round next season) and Odorizzi (to be kept in the 20th round next season) too much to get Mejia, D’arnaud (to be kept in 13th round) and jay bruce
9:57
Nicholas Minnix: Long-term keeper? No. I want the hitters, not the pitchers, generally speaking.
9:58
Nicholas Minnix: Closer more reliable for health, probably, just my guess.
9:58
Comment From PBJ
Good morning, Nick. What’s your take on Zack Wheeler? I’m reluctantly thinking I need to drop him stead of C Morton when Cole comes back this week.
9:58
Nicholas Minnix: Oy. I like Morton, but I wouldn’t go that far.
9:58
Comment From Matt
Who do you like Leake or Gallardo rest of season in a league that includes Losses.
9:58
Nicholas Minnix: Gallardo
9:58
Comment From Troy
We’ve waited 1/2 a season for T. Walker. What can we expect from him in the 2nd half?
9:59
Nicholas Minnix: 3.50ish ERA, 8-9 K/9, 1.25ish WHIP.
9:59
Comment From Phil
Redraft roto ROS – Would you trade Heyward/Heaney or Dickerson/Heaney for Hamels? Thanks.
10:00
Nicholas Minnix: I would, I’m not quite as high on Heaney as others, but I could easily be wrong about him. I’ll say … Heyward deal, and sure.
10:00
Comment From Kinbote
Is Mookie Betts ROS Mookie Betts? Because in my 12 Teamer Mookie Betts Mookie Betts Mookie Betts. Which side Mookie Betts?
10:01
Nicholas Minnix: Tough call. I’ll go to Mookie Betts for the win, and to block.
10:01
Comment From PS
hi. johnny is here.
10:01
Comment From Bart
Who would you take for the ROS, Zimmerman or Castellanos?
10:01
Nicholas Minnix: Zimmerman
10:02
Comment From annoyed in 6th place
WTF is going on with Strasburg? Very inconsistent except for strikeouts. What do you expect ROS?
10:02
Nicholas Minnix: Nothing wrong, major. I wouldn’t worry. ERA correction coming.
10:02
Comment From Alex
So Eno believe Baez is going to bust, but you’re in the opposite camp, right? Also, Dave threw a Troy Glaus comp for Bryant. Thoughts?
10:04
Nicholas Minnix: I like the Glaus comp, seems fair to me. Good career if that’s what he is (not great, of course, health would be nice). I like Baez, I think his control of the strike zone is a matter of mental discipline and not ability, so he’s a wild card.
10:04
Comment From Vandy Commodores
Which position do you think Rendon ends up at long term? 2B or 3B. Will he retain eligibility at both in an ESPN league next season?
10:04
Nicholas Minnix: 3B. Zimmerman will move to 1B next year.
10:04
Comment From Guest
PLEASE NO MORE STANTON TO THE ROCKIES QUESTIONS!!!
10:04
Comment From joey
what is wrong with james shields?
10:05
Nicholas Minnix: We discussed him in the pod. Eno believes he’s just coming down the other side of the mountain of his career. Still a decent pitcher, just not great. Mid-rotation starter or so.
10:05
Comment From John Stamos
Any more news on the Victorino injury? The latest setback does not sound good for his RoS prognosis. Too early to drop in a dynasty league?
10:05
Nicholas Minnix: Doesn’t sound good. Depends on for whom, as always.
10:06
Comment From David
Chances of Marco Estrada turning it around? Each of the last 2 years he’s improved dramatically in the 2nd half.
10:06
Nicholas Minnix: Yes, surely possible. Won’t give up 2.5 HR/9 all season (probably). Will still be 1.5 HR/9 in a given year. He does that. Fewer HR = fewer ER, better 2nd half, sure.
10:07
Comment From atoms
Any minor leaguers near a call-up that can provide SBs in the second half? Plase don’t say Betts, he’s long gone in my league.
10:07
Nicholas Minnix: Sorry, no one comes to mind.
10:07
Comment From Costanza
Where do you see the Yankees upgrading via trade? They don’t have a good enough farm system to land a big name, but what about Hill, Prado, or Eric Chavez from AZ?
10:08
Nicholas Minnix: If I were the Yankees, I wouldn’t bother. I suppose any of those is possible, Prado or Chavez likelier I’d guess.
10:08
Comment From Peep hole Dave Cameron
Did you watch the NBA Draft? if so, who are your winners and losers?
10:08
Nicholas Minnix: I didn’t.
10:09
Comment From Blake
Have Abreu, Ortiz and Adams. Only 1 1B spot and a utility spot. Ortiz UTIL only. Sitting Braun half the time (Pence and Gordon at the corners). CF is a blackhole that Braun isn’t eligible for. Thoughts?
10:09
Nicholas Minnix: Trade someone.
10:09
Comment From Christian
If the Braves are considering putting BJ Upton on the bench, is there any chance they’d eat a big chunk of his salary to trade him? Seems like a few clubs like maybe the Mariners would give him a chance if he came cheap enough.
10:09
Nicholas Minnix: I’m sure they would. I think the M’s would be nuts to do that.
10:09
Comment From Guest
If you’re the GM of the Rangers, at what point do you decide to start selling players, if ever, and who are you willing to sell?
10:10
Nicholas Minnix: They’re considering it now, combing the roster to see whom they’re willing to deal. Just becoming prepared.
10:10
Comment From kevinthecomic

Any relation?

10:10
Nicholas Minnix: Uncle Ed!
10:10
Comment From Jeff
Any optimism about Trevor Bauer ROS? He lit up the minors early in the season but hasn’t quite translated (except for the Ks). Thanks!
10:11
Nicholas Minnix: Yes. I believe he’s close to putting it together, strong 2nd half.
10:11
Comment From mr soju
what do u expect out of Polanco the rrest of the season? Or Marte for that matter? Thanx
10:13
Nicholas Minnix: Marte: .275-290 AVG (lower end likely IMO), 15 SB (could be more, but Polanco affects him, I think); Polanco: .280-.300, 5 HR, 12-15 SB.
10:13
Comment From Juan
12 team roto mixer, time to move on from Frieri, Balfour, and Axford for saves ROS?
10:14
Nicholas Minnix: Yes, if stashing, one of them. Axford first, I’d say.
10:14
Comment From USA USA USA
J.D. Martinez for Coco Crisp or Odor? Need steals but Zobrist isn’t cutting it at 2B.
10:14
Nicholas Minnix: Need an OF or a 2B? Crisp is the preference unless position matters.
10:15
Comment From Mookie The Wookie
First year of a keeper league. Got offered $34 Braun, $1 Brantley, $28 Scherzer and $13 Archer for a $3 Bryant and a $20 Hosmer. Im top 3 and this would put me over to top but leave me void of quality keepers. Should I stay content and keep my core or trade it away to win and deal with keepers later? Player are kept forever at cost.
10:15
Nicholas Minnix: Go get the win, in a vacuum. I want to win, unless 3rd pays same as first.
10:15
Comment From Dale
Better SS for ROS: Miller or Segura?
10:16
Nicholas Minnix: Segura seems much likelier. Still like Miller, even ROS>
10:16
Comment From PS
LA = league average?
10:16
Nicholas Minnix: Ah, thanks. Gordon under LA.
10:16
Comment From Kyle
I really wish someone would drop Pujols in any of my leagues
10:17
Comment From Peep hole Dave Cameron
Should I think of dropping Chase Headley in a Mix, 12 team league>?
10:17
Nicholas Minnix: If there’s someone better available, yes. Back will remain an issue ROS
10:17
Comment From Edgar for The Hall
Andrelton Simmons is driving me crazy. Is he dropable for Brad Miller
10:18
Nicholas Minnix: Same difference. OBP league, yes, definitely.
10:18
Comment From Mb
Can you compare Bundy and Gausman. The top two of the rotation or…
10:18
Nicholas Minnix: Love Bundy, top of. Gausman more middle, with great days, some bad, I expect. Too general?
10:18
Comment From Craig
Will Chase Headley finish the year as a Padre?
10:18
Nicholas Minnix: Yes.
10:18
Comment From Guest
Stashing infielders for next year, can you please rank: Nick Franklin, Wilmer Flores, Alen Hanson, Jose Ramirez, Josh Harrison, Alex Guerrero, Adam Duvall
10:22
Nicholas Minnix: Geez. Next year only? Ramirez, Guerrero, Franklin, Duvall, Hanson, Harrison, Flores. Not easy.
10:22
Comment From Peep hole Dave Cameron
I lets say the yankees went to the Angels and said “We will give you 1 billion dollars, for Mike Trout” Would the Angels consider it? and Would they do it?
10:22
Nicholas Minnix: Haha. No.
10:22
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
What did I say about the Mookie Talk???!!!
10:22
Comment From Mb
Do werewolves visit your chat? they appear in Eno’s. You really lack monsters so far, IMO
10:22
Nicholas Minnix: I’m tight with Frankenstein’s monster, but he’s a slow mover, doesn’t drop by often.
10:22
Comment From Bob
Do you like Garrett Richards long-term?
10:23
Nicholas Minnix: Yes?
10:23
Comment From Apples & Oranges
I know this is a little apples-to-oranges, but in a keeper league would you rather have Blackmon or Joey Gallo? They can be kept for up to 4 years.
10:23
Nicholas Minnix: Um. Gallo, I guess. OFs are a tad easier to replace. 3B chip nice to have if it’s really this good.
10:24
Comment From James Shields
Re: Yankees 8th and 9th inning bullpen. Wade Davis and Greg Holland say: HELLO!
10:24
Nicholas Minnix: Yeppers, they’re better, for sure.
10:24
Comment From (not that) James
In a chat a few weeks back, you said you still hold Harper in higher regard that Trout for the career. You mentioned his “acumen,” and age. I guess I’m just curious what you mean by acumen. It seems like Trout has a better natural feel for route running, base running, and has a great idea of what he’s doing at the plate. Being that Trout is just one year older, I’m a bit confused what you see in Harper that you don’t also see in Trout (except that in Trout, it’s already demonstrated and developed. FTR, not a fan of either team.
10:29
Nicholas Minnix: I’ve seen Harper make adjustments from one PA to the next at a young age, even in the majors, Trout struggled to adjust to MLB on first trip at same age. I think Harper’s career arc will be longer, in part for that reason. Also think perhaps body type factors in. Harper is on a path to long-term durability concerns, it seems, though. We’re kind of splitting hairs. … Trout is dominant now but I have doubts about how long that will last. Harper may not ever dominate that way but it could last longer, if he’s healthy. Interesting proposition still, to me, which would you take?
10:30
Comment From john
Whats wrong with Mike Minor, I think he is single handedly destroying me. Is it anything? Or is it just that my friend bets on my pitchers just to spite me (he is an awful gambler)
10:31
Nicholas Minnix: Primarily, it’s your friend’s jinxes. Tell him to stop, I own him as well. But he’s fine, I’m sure. Don’t expect a repeat of last year, I hope you didn’t.
10:31
Comment From Jon
So, you don’t think Martin Prado will get someone of Justin Upton’s caliber back. That’s weird.
10:31
Comment From Jon
Any chance Buxton sees the bigs this year?
10:31
Nicholas Minnix: No
10:31
Comment From Scott O
16 team 5×5, catcher: D’Arnaud or W. Ramos?
10:31
Nicholas Minnix: Ramos
10:32
Comment From Elias
Thoughts on Brandon Workman assuming he continues to stick in the rotation for the rest of the season?
10:32
Nicholas Minnix: League average SP, IMO
10:32
Nicholas Minnix: Just a 10-foot view
10:32
Comment From BaconBaconBacon
Playing for the future in Ottoneu. What is a realistic return for a $50 Cano?
10:32
Nicholas Minnix: A good prospect, not elite or guaranteed, cheap salary.
10:33
Comment From Paul
hat (if anything) would I have to add to my Braun to get his E5?
10:33
Nicholas Minnix: Something. Such an open-ended question, you’d have to add a little something, though, IMO. Not a stud.
10:34
Nicholas Minnix: It’s whatever you can do to appeal to way to make his/her lineup and yours better after it’s done.
10:34
Comment From Ryan
Minor’s groundball rate is up and flyball rate is down. Can the higher BABIP be attributed to this and do you expect the gb/fb ratio to gradually return closer to career norms? I recall a FG staff saying the gb/fb rate tends to stabilize quickly.
10:36
Nicholas Minnix: I’d say so, to some degree. He was a little lucky last year IMO, too. I expect to see a shift there, assuming that he makes an adjustment, could be release-point related. I expect better, but not last year.
10:36
Comment From J Dog
I could get Sonny Gray or Julio Tehran for Cliff Lee. Do I do it? And if so, which one do you like better?
10:36
Nicholas Minnix: Yes. Teheran, NL.
10:36
Nicholas Minnix: Assuming that’s a keeper league.
10:37
Nicholas Minnix: ROS even, might as well.
10:38
Comment From Haastile
Best record in the NL Central from here on out?
10:38
Nicholas Minnix: Pirates. Cardinals if not them, the easy answer.
10:38
Comment From cubs
Jake Arrieta for real?
10:38
Nicholas Minnix: As real as this: http://www.fangraphs.com/bl…
10:38
Comment From Craig
What do the Red Sox do about Jake Peavy?
10:38
Nicholas Minnix: Did you see “Old Yeller”?
10:39
Comment From Guest
Just got Strasburg, hosmer and w. Rosario for B. McCarthy, matt adams and sal Perez thoughts on perez v rosario ros and hosmer v adams ros
10:40
Nicholas Minnix: Adams is a beast, I loved him this year, feel justified in that now. Adams > Hosmer ROS, surely. Rosario vs. Perez is a matter of health, avoid the nagging stuff. All equal, still take Rosario.
10:40
Comment From House
thoughts on Jared Cosart?
10:41
Nicholas Minnix: Have doubts that he’ll consistently pitch with good control, even as good as it looks now. Great stuff, of course, more K’s eventually, but it’s all about BBs and consistency for him. Could be good No. 2, could be maddening and inconsistent.
10:42
Comment From Guest
Ok now that you’ve been here a while, Eno: Beer :: Jeff: Volcanoes:: Cistulli: Ennui:: Minnix:______
10:43
Nicholas Minnix: ? – Not confused, but, to be honest, just trying to find what is for me these days. Soccer, Advanced Math, Music … I’m lost.
10:43
Comment From House
real life trade … Kemp for Verlander?
10:43
Nicholas Minnix: ? Won’t happen.
10:44
Nicholas Minnix: I’m at 9:44 and will go through 9:45 ?s, then stop.
10:44
Comment From erghammer
Brad Miller or Chris Owings ROS? With Miller, I worry that he might turn into a pumpkin again, plus he has to hit in Seattle. With Owings, Didi is stealing his PT. What say you?
10:45
Nicholas Minnix: I like Miller, so that’s where I’m going. Really a tough call, as you know.
10:45
Nicholas Minnix: Right now, I have Owings in a league, eye on Miller.
10:45
Nicholas Minnix: Owings has been banged up, not losing much PT.
10:46
Comment From Jobin
What are you thoughts on Jesse Chavez, Keuchel and Tyson Ross? Do you see sub 3.8 ERAs ROS?
10:46
Nicholas Minnix: Yes, sub-3.8 fair bets.
10:46
Comment From Sandy
I don’t know if you’re catching any shit for posting Philly Guy’s comments, but thanks for posting them.
10:46
Nicholas Minnix: Not that I’ve seen. No need to get bent out of shape, as long as we’re all honest.
10:46
Comment From Haastile
Cueto, Latos, Simon, Bailey, Leake. Best rotation in MLB right now?
10:47
Nicholas Minnix: Oy, I don’t like labels like that. Same with the bullpens. They’re really good.
10:47
Comment From Scott O
Deep 5×5 SB option: Gentry or Inciarte?
10:48
Nicholas Minnix: ROS? Gentry, but Enciarte if you just need short-term, at this moment, take the shot.
10:48
Comment From Christian
Dropping Rasmus or Holt to activate Harper? Holt has muli-position eligiblity.
10:49
Nicholas Minnix: Depth of league? Really tough to answer that ?. I don’t believe that Holt will continue to hit, not like he has. Soon I expect him to be expendable. I’d probably drop him if Rasmus is going to have ROS value in your league.
10:49
Comment From House
shallowest fantasy position next year is?
10:49
Nicholas Minnix: Still C and SS! I mean, it’s relative.
10:50
Nicholas Minnix: OK, folks, I’m wrapping it up. I appreciate you all joining me today. I’m sorry if I didn’t get to your question. I’ll be here again next week, look forward to doing it again. Have a great weekend, enjoy it, be safe.



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Nicholas Minnix oversaw baseball content for six years at KFFL, where he held the loose title of Managing Editor for seven and a half before he joined FanGraphs. He played in both Tout Wars and LABR from 2010 through 2014. Follow him on Twitter @NicholasMinnix.


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