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2:58
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone. What's on your minds this week? Lots of discussion related to Bourn, Lohse, A-Rod and others in recent days.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 2:58 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:01
[Comment From Aaron SAaron S: ] 
What are Bourns options could Tampa or Detroit be a fit
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:01 Aaron S
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't see the Tigers as a fit. I expect they'll stick with Jackson in center field and a mix including Dirks in left. As for the Rays, I don't see them spending at Bourn's level. That leaves teams like the Mets, Mariners and Rangers as possible suitors in my view.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
[Comment From JohnnyJohnny: ] 
Yankees are secretly happy about this new development with Arod?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:02 Johnny
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Joel Sherman reported today that the Yankees are privately thrilled since it could provide them with a way of escaping from under Rodriguez's contract. I doubt they'd win a battle against the players association on this one, but it seems possible they could stick insurance companies with much of the bill if A-Rod is indeed unable to play.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From joeyjoey: ] 
who will joe saunders end up signing with?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:04 joey
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
If I had to guess I'd say the Twins, Orioles or Mariners.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Do you see Milwaukee as a fit for Lohse?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:04 Chris
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt it. They have a top 20 pick and seem to want to keep it and give their young arms a chance in 2013. I know Attanasio didn't totally rule the possibility out, but I still don't expect it to happen.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From Justin KJustin K: ] 
Do you think arod will still be a yankee this time next year?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:05 Justin K
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Yes.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From EricEric: ] 
Do you think the Indians are the mystery team on Saunders?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:06 Eric
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It hadn't occurred to me until you mentioned it, but that does make some sense.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From MikeMike: ] 
Hi Ben. Joe Saunders - 2 years and 15 million? Is that over paying based on what else we have seen this off season?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:07 Mike
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I wouldn't consider it an overpay. It would line up with McCarthy and Blanton and it'd be less than what Guthrie got by a large margin.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From Yanks FanYanks Fan: ] 
Do we sign Hafner?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:08 Yanks Fan
3:08
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think it's a fit. Seems like it could benefit team (power lefty bat on short-term deal) and player (winning team, good place for left-handed hitters).
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:08 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From DanMizerDanMizer: ] 
Lets get this one out of the way! Percentage that the Yankees have to void ARods contract?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:08 DanMizer
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I highly doubt they'll be able to void it based on everything I've read. Remember, he has already admitted to using PEDs and that didn't lead to his deal being voided (I know at that time he was talking about an earlier period of time). If anything I can imagine the Yankees getting a settlement. For that to happen Rodriguez couldn't play presumably.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From CarlosCarlos: ] 
What happens with Chase Headley? Extension, arbitration deal, trade, etc...?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:10 Carlos
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think they'll get a one-year deal done through arb and leave it at that. If they were to settle near the midpoint he'd be looking at $8.5MM or so.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From IainIain: ] 
Do you think the Miami revelations has made any free agent's stock increase?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:11 Iain
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's hard to tell if MLB will suspend anyone now and how long the suspensions would even be. As a result of this uncertainty, no free agent saw his stock surge yesterday. But it's conceivable that Bourn and Lohse could benefit if it starts to look like Cruz and/or Gonzalez might face suspensions. That's speculation for now.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From JustinJustin: ] 
What are your thoughts on Arizona making a potential run at Bourn?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:12 Justin
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think it'd be confusing and unnecessary.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From KrisKris: ] 
What type of return could you see the Sox getting Ellsbury if they waited to deal him at the deadline?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:12 Kris
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It totally depends on what kind of year he's having. His value will be very, very high if he plays at the level of the 2011 production.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From Bill HallBill Hall: ] 
Are any teams at least considering me for a minor league contract or is my career over?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:13 Bill Hall
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I haven't seen anything on Bill Hall recently. Our last Hall-related rumor was in June 2012.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From KcKc: ] 
Royals sign Bourne to 1 year deal, what do you do?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:14 Kc
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't see it happening. I can imagine Bourn signing for less than the five years he appears to seek. So maybe he ends up with three or four and a player opt out. But I definitely don't see him signing for one year.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From DanMizerDanMizer: ] 
On Arod/Insurance- would it have to be an outside doctor who would have to deem Arod unable to perform this year or can it be a Yankee doc?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:17 DanMizer
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Oh I'm sure it'd have to be an outside doctor. But if his injury really is severe I doubt that would be an issue.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From JohnnyJohnny: ] 
Felix, Kershaw and Strasburg are all free agents right now, who gets the biggest contract?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:17 Johnny
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Good question. I think it'd be Kershaw. He's younger than Felix and left-handed. He's proven himself to be durable, yet Strasburg hasn't done that yet. So I say it'd be Kershaw.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From Chris BaggottChris Baggott: ] 
Where do you think Kyle Lohse end up? Rangers?Cardinals?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:18 Chris Baggott
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can see him signing with the Rangers, the Orioles or the Nationals to name a few teams. I don't see him returning to St. Louis.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From Brandon LyonBrandon Lyon: ] 
Why haven't I signed yet? I am a good arm with a good track record. Shouldn't the Angels be all over me?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:19 Brandon Lyon
3:21
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think Lyon's presence on the market says more about how hard it is for relievers to find lucrative deals at this stage in the offseason than it does about Lyon. Guys like Lyon, Mark Lowe and K-Rod have limited leverage since no one is ever DESPERATE for a righty setup man and there are other options available.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:21 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:21
[Comment From ShawnShawn: ] 
Do you think the Mets will be able to get out of paying a draft pick for Bourn? Sounds like that would set a bad precendent.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:21 Shawn
3:21
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I agree with you. The Mets knew the rules; they should play by them.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:21 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:21
[Comment From LaBronLaBron: ] 
Bourne and Lohse to Miaimi one year deal. Gives them some experience. They have protected pick and can market something other than a mess
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:21 LaBron
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
That's not happening. The Marlins didn't just trade away their high-priced stars to bring in new ones.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:22
[Comment From cubbie buddycubbie buddy: ] 
Considering there are some bad shortstops out there, should Gonzalez have gotten a starting job rather than backing up in Milwaukee?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:22 cubbie buddy
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
He got $1.5MM on a Major League deal coming off an ACL injury -- I thought he did great to get that deal at his age!
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:23
[Comment From RickyRicky: ] 
Do you expect any more big names to be implicated in this?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:23 Ricky
3:23
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I have no idea. I hope not, but I won't be surprised if more players are linked to the Miami clinic.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:23 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:23
[Comment From MikeMike: ] 
Is Manny playing in 2013?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:23 Mike
3:23
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt it.
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:23 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:23
[Comment From RogerRoger: ] 
Do you follow the MLB draft much? If so, how does the first round talent compare to last year?
Wednesday January 30, 2013 3:23 Roger
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