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Happy Holidays everyone. Just give me a minute to get caught up following the Hanrahan deal and we'll get started.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:03 
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Okay, here are today's rules: I'm going to answer one question about all 30 teams before we start doubling up. Fair? Let's go.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:05 
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[Comment From BuccoFan182126BuccoFan182126: ] 
Who wins the Hanrahan deal?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:06 BuccoFan182126
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Eh, not really a fan of saying someone "won" a trade. I will say that I think there's a decent chance Melancon is better than Hanrahan in 2013. This counts as the Pirates question.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:06 
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[Comment From PetrusPetrus: ] 
What's your opinion on the job that Cherington has been doing? Even as a Sox fan I can't help but think he's been shelling out a lot of dollars for mediocre players. I'm embarrassed by the Victorino signing :(
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:06 Petrus
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I understand his approach. Didn't love the Victorino deal, but the Gomes, Uehara, and Napoli (assuming it gets done) deals were fine. Getting Dempster for two years in this market was nice.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:07 
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[Comment From OscarOscar: ] 
Are the seattle mariners done dealing for offence?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:08 Oscar
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I don't believe so. I think they'll be in on Kubel and Morse (if LaRoche re-signs), maybe even Bourn if he's willing to take their money.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:08 
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[Comment From Cubs QCubs Q: ] 
% Chance they can move Soriano? Who are the best suiters at this point?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:08 Cubs Q
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Still think it's small if they want to market him as a 2/10 player at his age and with a sub-.300 OBP so close in the rearview mirror. The Yankees, Rays, Braves, Phillies, and Rangers could all be fits.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:09 
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[Comment From Mr. MetMr. Met: ] 
What do you see being the Mets next move? Do you see any big moves on the horizon for this year?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:09 Mr. Met
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I think the Dickey trade was their big move. They'll bottom-feed for outfield depth (I liked the Cowgill pickup) and bullpen help. Signing Wright was important, but I don't think you'll see Alderson dump any young players (Niese, particularly) without a strong return.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:10 
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[Comment From George WashingtonGeorge Washington: ] 
if LaRoche re-ups what are the nats looking for in a Morse deal?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:11 George Washington
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They're pretty well set, aren't they? They need a left-handed reliever, but will need more than just that back for Morse. Maybe a strong LHRP plus a strong prospect. They got two prospects (an MLB ready RP and a AA guy) for one year of Willingham two years ago, and that's a pretty comparable trade.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:12 
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[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Do you see the Reds dealing Leake or a minor league prospect pitcher before the start of the season or hanging onto them for insurance in case Chapman can't be a starter or injury? What is the value of Leake?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:12 Chris
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Leake has an option left (I believe), so I assume they'll keep him unless someone blows their socks off. Their top five starts (one of which was Leake) made a combined 161 starts last year, you can't count on that happening again regardless of Chapman.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:13 
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[Comment From MattMatt: ] 
Did the Indians overpay this offseason for a .500 win percentage?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:13 Matt
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The Swisher deal was fine in terms of the contract, but I'm not sure if it was the smartest move given where they are right now. The Bauer deal was brilliant. I don't think they overpaid for anything, it's more of a timing issue.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:14 
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[Comment From AaronAaron: ] 
In your opinion should the Rockies trade Tulo for a nice package of prospects considering they don't have the talent to win in the next couple years?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:14 Aaron
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Yes, I think they should. He's a great player but a little injury prone. I don't think his peak years line up with their chances of contention. They could jump start a rebuild (which is much needed) by moving him, CarGo, and Fowler.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:15 
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[Comment From Paul JordanPaul Jordan: ] 
Are the Yankees going to go with 3 rotating back-up, right-handed catchers (cervelli/stewart/romine) or choose 2?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:16 Paul Jordan
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I think they'll stick with two. Tough to carry three catchers when you have a seven-man bullpen. I think they'll go with Stewart and Cervelli in MLB with Romine playing everyday in Triple-A.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:16 
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[Comment From VicVic: ] 
I'd love to see the Orioles get Billy Butler. Any chance at this point?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:16 Vic
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Nah, KC already made their hitter for pitcher swap this winter. They're all-in right now, relatively speaking. I'm surprised Baltimore hasn't done anything (of note) yet after such a strong season.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:17 
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[Comment From Cecilio GuanteCecilio Guante: ] 
If you're the Rangers, would you trade Profar for Upton?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:17 Cecilio Guante
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Would I? Sure. There's a pretty good chance Profar will never be as good as Upton is right now. I don't think they'll do it unless they get desperate, which I don't see happening.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:18 
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[Comment From RudyRudy: ] 
Has Toronto done enough to be in the mix for the AL East title?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:19 Rudy
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Definitely. I thought they were on the bubble prior to the Dickey move.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:19 
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[Comment From DodgerDodger: ] 
What are the chances the Rays move Price since they probably can't lock him up? Any chance the Dodgers for him?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:19 Dodger
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I think he's gone within 14 months for a massive, massive haul. It'll make Myers-Shields looks like child's play.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:19 
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[Comment From dan from FLdan from FL: ] 
are cards going to deal from all that minor leauge talent to get a big time shortstop?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:20 dan from FL
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They really should. So many power arms ... you'd think they could work out a trade for Asdrubal Cabrera. I know they have Furcal locked up, but he gets hurt all the time. Their contending right now, before Waino and Yadier and Holliday start to decline. I say go for it.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:21 
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[Comment From I dont like fish smellI dont like fish smell: ] 
What type of package would it realistically take to pry Stanton away from the Marlins?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:21 I dont like fish smell
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A Herschel Walker package. It has to be a franchise-altering deal. A stud 3B prospect, a stud SP prospect, a stud OF prospect. A Teixeira type of trade package, but more since he's under control for four more years.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:22 
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[Comment From MikeMike: ] 
Do the Tigers have an in-house closer or will they trade to get one? If so, who?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:23 Mike
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I still think they're going to sign Soriano. C'mon, you can't spend all that money (Prince, Torii, Anibal) and go with Bruce Rondon as your ninth inning guy with those minor league walks rates. Give up the pick for Soriano and go for broke.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:23 
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[Comment From JoseJose: ] 
Should the Dodgers focus all their effort this remaining offseason in acquiring a shortstop? Andrus or Asdrubal Cabrera should be those priorities, no?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:24 Jose
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Yes, I think they should. Asdrubal makes sense and should come cheaper than Andrus. The left side of the infield is the only place where they can still make a big upgrade.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:25 
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[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 
The Braves still need a LF. Do you think they'll target Scott Harrison or Delmon Young? There's a lot of noise coming out on Evan Gattis. Could he be a realistic option. Dexter Fowler makes too much sense but the Rockies want too much in return.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:25 Danny
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Prado gives them flexibility, but the 3B market is so weak that sticking him at the hot corner and going for a LF makes more sense. Hairston fits moreso than Delmon just because he's a better player. I'm not sold on Gattis,
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:26 
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[Comment From Cecilio GuanteCecilio Guante: ] 
Minnesota should be shopping Willingham aggressively, no? He could net quite a prospect package right now.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:27 Cecilio Guante
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Agreed completely. Gut the team. They're not going to contender during the life of Willingham's contract and his value is never going to be higher. They should be able to fetch a ton given how cheap he's signed ($14M between 2013 and 2014).
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:28 
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[Comment From JoeJoe: ] 
Are the Phillies going to get a right handed power bat for one of their corner outfield positions?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:28 Joe
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Depends on what they really think of Ruf. They need a warm OF body more than anything.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:29 
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[Comment From ScottScott: ] 
so any chance the Astros make any moves whether it be signings or trades before the season starts?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:29 Scott
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It won't be anything drastic, more Carlos Pena-esque signings. Guys they could flip at the deadline. Lowrie is a candidate to be moved at anytime though. The Astros are going to be awful next year, but their fans should be optimistic because Luhnow's a smart dude and they're heading in the right direction.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:31 
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[Comment From Senecas BaneSenecas Bane: ] 
Are the Angels back on top in the AL West?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:31 Senecas Bane
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Not for me, but they're close. Still want to see some more rotation help because I'm not optimistic about Hanson.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:31 
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[Comment From KyleKyle: ] 
If you had to guess who will the Padres end up with as their final SP pick-up?
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:32 Kyle
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They're willing to spend money and Marcum is out there to be had. He makes a ton of sense. I could see them bringing back Moseley and Stauffer (maybe on MiLB deals), and both Jurrjens and Dice-K make sense. Reclamation types even with the Petco walls coming in.
Wednesday December 26, 2012 1:34 
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