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2:57
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone -- great to have Spring Training underway again! The Indians and Mariners are making lots of headlines these days. Let me know your questions and I'll get to as many as I can within the hour.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 2:57 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:01
[Comment From Tribe fanTribe fan: ] 
Do you think the Indians will get a starting pitcher before the season starts? If so, who do you think? It seems to me that with all the money they've been spending, it would be ridiculous not to get a pitcher, 'cause I don't really see them contending without adding one.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:01 Tribe fan
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I agree that they could still use a starting pitcher. Their rotation looks shaky and doesn't compare with that of the Tigers. I don't get the sense that they're going to add another pitcher, though -- ESPN's Buster Olney has reported they aren't expected to sign Lohse.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Can you see the Cardinals going anything big this year or next
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:03 Guest
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt the Cardinals will do all that much before Opening Day (other than a potential Wainwright deal) but next winter I can see them aggressively pursuing shortstops in trades.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From FrankFrank: ] 
Do you think GM's ever withhold consummating agreed-upon trades until after season-ticket sales season?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:04 Frank
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt it. It'd be tough to persuade the other GM to wait in that scenario.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From Matt SMatt S: ] 
Drew Stubbs for Chris Archer, fair deal right?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:05 Matt S
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'd rather have Archer.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From Ms FanMs Fan: ] 
Where do you see Shawn Kelley and Mike Carp ending up?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:05 Ms Fan
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can see the Red Sox landing Carp based on the report from the Boston Globe that they've considered him internally. As for Kelley, it could be any number of teams. I do think he'll be traded or claimed though.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From Kyle LohseKyle Lohse: ] 
Who will I sign with this season? Will it happen soon?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:06 Kyle Lohse
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
There's no guarantee Lohse will sign soon, but I do expect he'll sign. There are enough teams that could use pitching that he'll draw decent interest, even while attached to draft pick compensation. I can see the Brewers, Nationals, Indians, Orioles, Rangers or Angels getting involved. At this point none of those clubs seem likely though.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From Scott Boras/Michael BournScott Boras/Michael Bourn: ] 
How would you rate the deal I just pulled off with the Indians?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:08 Scott Boras/Michael Bourn
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think Bourn and Boras did fine. The $48MM guarantee is substantial and it's tough to generate a market for players with such limited power. That said many ranked Bourn above Upton ($75MM) entering the offseason, so it's far from a coup for Boras.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From Jose ValverdeJose Valverde: ] 
I had one shaky year, when and where am i going to sign!?!?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:11 Jose Valverde
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'd be very hesitant to sign Valverde for more than $1-2MM guaranteed if I were in a front office.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From Ms FanMs Fan: ] 
Where do you see us finishing with all the moves we've made?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:12 Ms Fan
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Fourth in the AL West.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From ZachZach: ] 
Chances Will Myers makes the team out of spring training?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:12 Zach
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's my expectation that the Rays will hold Myers in the minor leagues for the beginning of the season so as to delay his arrival at the MLB level and limit his service time.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From DonDon: ] 
Thoughts on GMs not really willing to deal with Boras- like, dislike, indifferent?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:13 Don
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'm not aware of any GMs who aren't willing to deal with Boras. I think it'd be bad business to rule out his client base.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From Zach BZach B: ] 
What do you believe the Indians will do with the surplus in the outfield?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:14 Zach B
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I won't be surprised if they trade Stubbs somewhere. Though some teams are comfortable having 'too many' outfielders (A's for example).
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From Luke R.Luke R.: ] 
What are your AL west projections?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:15 Luke R.
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Angels - Rangers - Athletics - Mariners - Astros
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
Which team will win the AL West?
Angels
 ( 50% )
Rangers
 ( 12% )
Athletics
 ( 19% )
Mariners
 ( 10% )
Astros
 ( 9% )

Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:15 
3:16
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Why have the Orioles not garnered more criticism? Career years out of numerous players and an almost impossible to duplicate record in 1-run games, shouldn't they have jumped at adding whoever they could before they revert back to form?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:16 Chris
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think the Orioles should have done more. This team has issues in the rotation and as you point out it'd be unreasonable to expect similar dominance from the bullpen. I also acknowledge that they have more information on their team than anyone and have made some shrewd decisions in the last year-plus.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From HunterHunter: ] 
Who makes the 4th and 5th spot in the Indians rotation out of spring training?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:18 Hunter
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Sounds like McAllister plus an open competition for the five spot.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Which teams are most likely to surprise people (positively, of course)? Do the Brewers have the pitching?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:18 Chris
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can see the Indians, Royals, Mariners, Mets, Cubs or Padres surprising people in 2013.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From Matt SMatt S: ] 
What do you think of Samardzija reportedly turning down an extension, pretty risky right?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:19 Matt S
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
For most players I would say yes. But Samardzija signed a $10MM deal out of the draft and earned $2.64MM for 2012 and 2013. He already has his first fortune and I understand holding out to see if an even bigger one is possible in a couple of years.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:21
[Comment From Doug MelvinDoug Melvin: ] 
I can get Kyle Lohse for 2 / 20 but lose a draft pick to my rival, the Cardinals. Should I make this move?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:21 Doug Melvin
3:21
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I doubt the Brewers could get Lohse for $20/two years.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:21 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:22
[Comment From MaxMax: ] 
Who's gonna be the next position player to sign a big Tulo/Zimmerman-like deal?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:22 Max
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Posey comes to mind.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:23
[Comment From Terry HarmonTerry Harmon: ] 
Do you think the Mets were used in the Bourn deal? Seems that way to me. Especially since all reports indicated that nobody had asked mlb or an arbitrator to rule on the draft pick issue.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:23 Terry Harmon
3:24
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Not at all. The Mets want it known that they were involved in pursuit of Bourn. It suggests to the fan base that they're acting like a big market club and intent on making improvements. If the Mets were 'used' they wouldn't be tweeting about their failed pursuit of Bourn in my view.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:24 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:24
[Comment From PeterPeter: ] 
Does Kelley alone net the Mariners Rick Porcello? Or would a larger package be needed?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:24 Peter
3:24
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Tigers wouldn't make that deal.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:24 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:24
[Comment From Justin VerlanderJustin Verlander: ] 
Will I sign my Contract extension with Detroit this spring.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:24 Justin Verlander
3:25
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Judging by the comments Verlander made to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi it sure sounds as though he's intrigued by free agency.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:25 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:25
[Comment From Phil HughesPhil Hughes: ] 
Is this year my potential breakout year, just in time for FA?
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:25 Phil Hughes
3:25
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hughes' career ERA+ is 99. I'm not seeing a breakout pitcher here.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:25 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:26
[Comment From TroyTroy: ] 
The Cubs should sign Samardzija and the end of the season if he is healthy and has good stats
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:26 Troy
3:26
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'm with you on this one.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:26 Ben Nicholson-Smith
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