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2:52
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone. No Hall of Famers, but lots to discuss all the same. There's the LaRoche/Morse news, Berkman joining the Rangers and the latest rumors. Plus whatever else is on your mind...
Wednesday January 9, 2013 2:52 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:01
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 
What are the chances that the Tigers can obtain Hardy?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:01 John
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
To me this doesn't make tons of sense if the Tigers aren't trading Peralta in a separate move. I mean having two good but not great right-handed hitting shortstops on the roster seems redundant to me.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
[Comment From ShamrockinShamrockin: ] 
Worse decision to turn down qualifying offer. Soriano or bourn?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:02 Shamrockin
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Bourn definitely made the right call. Soriano might end up regretting that decision, but I still expect him to get more than $13.3MM in guaranteed money.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From Matt?Matt?: ] 
Are the Rays the best fit for Morse?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:03 Matt?
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Rays, Indians and Orioles all strike me as very good fits. The Yankees, too. I do expect the Nationals to trade Morse.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Whats up with the Liriano situation?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:04 Guest
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The deal is in limbo because he hasn't passed his physical due to a recent (non-pitching) arm injury. It sounds like it could go either way.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From orlandoorlando: ] 
where will kyle lohse end up?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:05 orlando
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I really don't know. I can see the Rangers getting involved. If his price dips enough it's anyone's guess. I do think Jeff Sullivan made a good point at FanGraphs this week, explaining that Lohse offers a lot as a ballplayer.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From Matt SMatt S: ] 
Do you think Berkman's contract was a result of offseason overpay or is he truly worth $10 million?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:06 Matt S
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Berkman's 2012 season wasn't worth anything close to $12MM. But his 2011 season was, and the Rangers apparently believe his 2013 season could be. This is about what Berkman can be despite his injuries and age.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From EricEric: ] 
More depressing club to be a fan of in 2013 only - Twins or Astros?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:07 Eric
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Astros. I expect the Twins will win more games than Houston next year.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From OtisReddingOtisRedding: ] 
Will the Orioles do anything this offseason?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:07 OtisRedding
3:08
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I still think they'll find a way to add a starter and another bat. They still have five weeks before Spring Training.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:08 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From Paul MartinPaul Martin: ] 
Will Seattle sign a free agent starting pitcher? I wanted Joe Saunders but they don't seem to be interested...
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:08 Paul Martin
3:08
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
They could also trade for a pitcher, such as one of the Dodgers' surplus starters.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:08 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From RobRob: ] 
Is the no trade clause the only thing stopping the Mariners from getting Upton?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:08 Rob
3:09
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I expect they could work around his no-trade clause if the Mariners and Diamondbacks could agree on the framework of a deal. Those clauses are often in place simply to provide the player with leverage.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:09 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:09
[Comment From RA DickeyRA Dickey: ] 
Did you have fun at my presser? Did you ask me any questions? Also, how awesome am I?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:09 RA Dickey
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Dickey intro news conference was enjoyable, since Dickey is quite well-spoken and thoughtful. It's always good to get some baseball events in even mid-winter.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From AdamAdam: ] 
Biggest overpay FA signing so far? Biggest underpay?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:10 Adam
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
For me the Brandon League deal remains the biggest overpay of the winter. I really like the Yankees' one-year deals for Kuroda, Rivera and Pettitte.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Who do you think will be elected to the hall of fame next year
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:11 Guest
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Maddux and Biggio for starters. Personally I hope more players than that make it in.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From AndrewAndrew: ] 
Does Giancarlo Stanton get traded before the trade deadline?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:12 Andrew
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt it. I think the real Stanton rumors get going next winter.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 
Does Urbina actually provide any value?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:12 John
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It wouldn't hurt to have him on a minor league deal, but unless he showed really impressive stuff in workouts, I would pass.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From PersonPerson: ] 
When will we find out about the Part-Time job?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:13 Person
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Thanks to everyone who applied. We received about 550 applications, and I'm still going through them. I won't get back to most applicants due to the high volume of applications, but I'll get back to some candidates starting this week.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From Dodgers FanDodgers Fan: ] 
Are the Dodgers just posturing or is Ethier on the block? Who could they get for him.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:14 Dodgers Fan
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It sounds as though the Dodgers are planning to hold onto Ethier and start the season with him in right field. That said, they will listen to offers.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From DanielDaniel: ] 
The Boston Globe has the Royals with the 4th best roster in the AL. Seems like a lot of national writers are buying KC stock... legit or a stretch?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:15 Daniel
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I didn't see that, but there's no way I'd say the Royals have the fourth best roster.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From Kelly JohnsonKelly Johnson: ] 
Do I get signed anywhere? Do I even get a major league deal?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:15 Kelly Johnson
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I expect Johnson will sign, and I do expect he'll get an MLB deal. Still, I doubt it'll be a substantial guarantee and a minor league deal does seem possible.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From AaronAaron: ] 
Is Trout playing cf next year or Hamilton?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:16 Aaron
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Could be none of the above, with Bourjos taking center field.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From scottscott: ] 
If Loshe can't find a deal any chance of a return to the Cards?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:17 scott
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I highly doubt that. Not only do the Cardinals have pitching depth, they won't get a compensatory draft pick if Lohse returns.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From Jeff FryeJeff Frye: ] 
Thoughts on Oliver asking for more $$$ from the Jays halfway through his signed contract?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:18 Jeff Frye
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's certainly within his rights to ask for more money. Yet the Blue Jays don't have to give it to him and, as I said on Twitter earlier this week, I expect MLB would encourage the club not to give in. I doubt the Blue Jays increase their offer.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From jimbo slicejimbo slice: ] 
Cubs over/under: 75 wins
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:19 jimbo slice
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think that's a fair over/under. I'll take the under, since their offense doesn't impress me overall and their pitching staff, while improved, has question marks.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 
Could Trumbo still be moved?
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:20 John
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I fully expect Trumbo to be the Angels' everyday DH in 2013.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:21
[Comment From CashmoneyCashmoney: ] 
what do I do if Phil Hughes has a big year
Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:21 Cashmoney
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