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2:53
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone, Happy New Year! Hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. There's lots to catch up on, including the Swisher deal and the status of remaining free agents like Lohse, Soriano, LaRoche and Bourn. I'll get to as many questions as possible in the next hour or so...
Wednesday January 2, 2013 2:53 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:01
[Comment From orlandoorlando: ] 
Do you think the Rangers have a chance at acquiring Stanton?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:01 orlando
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
If any team has a chance, Texas would. But it sounds as though the Marlins will keep Stanton for now. Remember he's still pre-arbitration eligible, i.e. as cheap as it gets.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ] 
Are the Brewers at all considering a run at Lohse, or are they comfortable where they are?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:03 Andrew
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't expect they'll pursue Lohse. Understandably Lohse will want a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound as though Doug Melvin intends to be that aggressive in considering pitching upgrades at this stage.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From BrandonBrandon: ] 
Are the Dodgers done making moves?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:04 Brandon
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt it. I expect they'll trade from their starting pitching depth before the winter's over.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From davedave: ] 
thinking that lohse will end back up in st louis what do you think
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:04 dave
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt it. I think they'd rather have the draft pick and rely on their internal options.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From AAAA: ] 
Will I look to move Bonifacio to the Braves? If so what could I realistically get back for him?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:05 AA
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't think the Blue Jays will be eager to move Bonifacio. He's a useful player for them and not prohibitively expensive.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From mikemike: ] 
Where will soriano land in your opinion, im thinking detroit
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:05 mike
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Until Soriano signs, the Tigers have to be considered a dark-horse candidate at the very least. That said, I don't expect them to overpay for him.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From MarinersMariners: ] 
Is our off-season over?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:06 Mariners
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
No, I don't think so. I expect the Mariners to look for ways of adding a veteran starter and acquiring another bat.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From JonathanJonathan: ] 
Does Bourn end up in Texas?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:07 Jonathan
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
To me that seems like a good fit. But it depends on their level of confidence in Gentry/Martin.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From TravisTravis: ] 
Any news on Brandon Webb?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:07 Travis
3:08
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
He's going to throw for teams and see what level of interest he generates.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:08 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From JustinJustin: ] 
Where will Jose Valverde end up?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:08 Justin
3:09
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'm not sure. I won't be surprised if he's still a free agent a month from now.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:09 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:09
[Comment From AnandaAnanda: ] 
Are the Blue Jays going to make any more moves?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:09 Ananda
3:09
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
They need to figure out whether Darren Oliver is returning. Other than that, they're basically ready for Opening Day in my view.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:09 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:09
[Comment From kcfankcfan: ] 
over/under royals wins in '13: 84
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:09 kcfan
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'll take the under. But it's imaginable that they'll win more than 84 games and contend all year long.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From NSNS: ] 
I haven't heard anything about Jair Jurjens; has there been any rumors/speculation where he might end up?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:10 NS
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
There hasn't been much written about Jurrjens. As with many starters in line for a one-year, minor league or incentive-laden deal, he's going to have to wait until later in the offseason to see which teams want to add low-risk starting pitching. The Royals, Twins and Pirates were linked to Jurrjens last month.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From StevenSteven: ] 
Chances Napoli and the Red Sox resolve their differences?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:12 Steven
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'm not going to put a number on it, but let's just say it doesn't look particularly promising that the sides have not finalized anything a month after initially agreeing to terms.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From JimJim: ] 
Swisher, Now Myers will the indians contend?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:13 Jim
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's thinkable, and I like that they've put themselves in a position to do well if things break right. That said, I don't expect them to seriously challenge the Tigers for the division at this stage. They'd need breakout performances and good health in my view.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From TaylorTaylor: ] 
Are the Mets seriously looking at any outfielders?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:14 Taylor
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
They must be. I don't believe Andrew Brown will be their major signing of the winter.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From AnandaAnanda: ] 
So if Oliver does not return what will the Blue Jays do?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:15 Ananda
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
They could rely on Happ and Cecil or turn to free agency. Maybe give the Giants a call about Jose Mijares.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From 20132013: ] 
Do you think things pickup again this week or will we see alot of activity next week?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:15 2013
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think today, tomorrow and Friday will be reasonably quiet. Then next week we'll get going again and stay busy until Spring Training.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From billbill: ] 
will porcello start the 2013 season with the tigers?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:16 bill
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's imaginable, but I find a trade easier to envision, personally.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From Astro EffectAstro Effect: ] 
How much will the Atros move to the AL hurt teams such as the Reds and Cards (record wise), and how much will it help the new AL West foes?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:16 Astro Effect
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Buster Olney had a good piece on this topic today and he suggested it could affect teams' records by a few wins each.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From harry peterharry peter: ] 
how likely is the upton to tex
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:17 harry peter
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
If we expected the Upton rumors to go away, we were clearly misguided! Now that the Diamondbacks have signed Cody Ross I can imagine them trading Upton or Kubel. Both would be fits for the Rangers, so I'm not ruling anything out, and it sounds as though the Diamondbacks aren't either.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From PhilPhil: ] 
Congrats on being listed as one of the most influential Canadians in baseball.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:18 Phil
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Thanks!
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From Joe KazJoe Kaz: ] 
Yankees have shot at Stanton?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:19 Joe Kaz
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
As I said earlier in the chat, I really don't think the Marlins are moving Stanton. It's fun to consider, but I think the real Stanton rumors will get going next winter when he's a year closer to free agency.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From brothbartbrothbart: ] 
When will LaRoche realize there is no 3 year deal out there and resign with the Nats?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:20 brothbart
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I agree with what you're suggesting here. It seems doubtful that he'll find a thee-year deal, so the Nationals' two-year offer will presumably look pretty appealing at some point.
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From ScottScott: ] 
Will Adam Wainwright sign an extension with Cards?
Wednesday January 2, 2013 3:20 Scott
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