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3:01
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone. Lots of questions in already so I'll get right to them...
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:01 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:01
[Comment From GaryGary: ] 
Who do you see signing Kyle lohse.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:01 Gary
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
There's no clear fit for Lohse. The Brewers, Orioles, Red Sox, Nationals and Rangers are among the teams that seem like possible fits, but that's about all we're going on now.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
[Comment From MattMatt: ] 
Provided David Price's recent comments, is he playing for a new team next without a doubt?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:02 Matt
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think he'll likely be playing elsewhere by Opening Day 2014. The Rays probably won't spend to keep him long-term and he'd have tons of trade value. A trade seems likely.

That said you never know and he could stay in Tampa Bay.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From milesmiles: ] 
Do you see Mike Carp having a big bounce back season?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:03 miles
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
No, I see him as a role player at this stage.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From BryceBryce: ] 
Who do you see winning the 3rd base job for the Braves
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:04 Bryce
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can see them relying on both Johnson and Francisco.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From Matt D.Matt D.: ] 
Question: Why didn't the Brewers go harder for Mike Carp when him and Mat Gamel are very similiar.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:04 Matt D.
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'm not sure. You'd think a team with so little depth at first would want to take a look at Carp. I guess they know they'll be able to pick someone up at the end of Spring Training if no one else emerges internally. Still, I thought Carp was worth a shot for the Brewers.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From Jose ValverdeJose Valverde: ] 
How much money did that blowup in Game 1 of the ALCS cost me? I'd have a job if not for that right?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:06 Jose Valverde
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think we can safely say Valverde's postseason performance cost him millions. Not tens of millions, but likely a few million in my view. That said he's pitching in the WBC and could re-build his value with a strong performance.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 
Dodgers waiting for injuries to other teams to start dealing pitchers?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:07 John
3:08
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Seems likely to me. Plus, there's always the chance the Dodgers will have an injury in which case the depth will be useful. As Buster Olney wrote today that hurts Kyle Lohse's leverage. Teams seeking starters can turn to the Dodgers.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:08 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From MattMatt: ] 
If Cleveland signed Lohse, would that make them a legitimate threat to the tigers?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:08 Matt
3:09
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think their rotation would still be much worse than Detroit's even if they were to sign Lohse. Yet their rotation would look much better with Lohse in it, I think.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:09 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From MichaelMichael: ] 
odds of seattle signing Lohse
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:10 Michael
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't see it happening.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From MattMatt: ] 
Does the Carp trade signify the end of the Overbay era in Boston?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:10 Matt
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Not necessarily. Both will compete for a roster spot.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From BrockBrock: ] 
Do you think the Twins have any shot at competing this year?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:10 Brock
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Other than the Astros, the Twins are the least likely AL team to contend in my view.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From JCJC: ] 
Over/under Rays 90 wins?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:11 JC
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Under.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From TroyTroy: ] 
Could the Cardinals sign Lohse because of Carpenters injury.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:11 Troy
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It sounds like the Cardinals will pass on Lohse. They'd like to get the draft pick they'll obtain if he signs elsewhere.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From Dodgers Front office.Dodgers Front office.: ] 
Do you think we have enough money to sign Cano and Price on next years free agency?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:11 Dodgers Front office.
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Price isn't a free agent until after the 2015 season, so save some money for that winter!

As for Cano, it certainly seems as though the Dodgers could be a major bidder after the 2013 season. And I doubt Mark Ellis' presence will stop them from expressing interest.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From JeremyJeremy: ] 
What team do you think has been "over-hyped" this offseason?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:13 Jeremy
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Dodgers and Blue Jays could qualify.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From Jerry DipotoJerry Dipoto: ] 
If Lohse drops his demands to a 2 year contract, should I sign him?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:13 Jerry Dipoto
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Yes, I think that'd be a good move.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 
I understand the theory behind Lohse waiting until after the draft to sign, but just don't see it happening. What are your thoughts?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:13 John
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I agree with you. I expect Lohse to sign sooner, rather than later. If he waits until after the draft he'll only be contributing for half a season or so. That will limit teams' bids just as much as draft pick compensation would, right?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From jackjack: ] 
justin upton, ryan howard, who has a better season?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:14 jack
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'll take Upton.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From andrewandrew: ] 
More likely to sign this spring Livan Hernandez, Dallas Braden, or Derek Lowe?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:15 andrew
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Lowe strikes me as the most likely based on recent rumors.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From JasonJason: ] 
Do you think the Brewers will sign Lohse for a one year contract?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:16 Jason
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I still think he'll get a multiyear deal.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From andrewandrew: ] 
Whats up with Roy Oswalt?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:16 andrew
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
He hasn't retired and he continues considering opportunities to start. Doesn't sound like he'd pitch out of the bullpen.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Any chance the Dodgers would trade SS Dee Gordon
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:17 Guest
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Sure -- they seemed to consider the possibility as recently as December.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What's with so much weight being put on draft picks when they rarely turn out and the draft is particularly weak?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:17 Guest
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's also a question of the money you're allowed to spend on draft picks in total. The more high picks you have the bigger your team's budget.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
could porcello go to colorado?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:18 Guest
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think he'd be a fit from Colorado's perspective. But I wonder if the Tigers may decide to keep him to be sure they have some depth.
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From SteveSteve: ] 
Are the Braves better than they were last year?
Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:18 Steve
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