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2:45
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone. Should be a fun few days with lots of action expected at the GM Meetings. I'll be at the meetings in California starting tomorrow but for now I am here looking forward to your questions. Lots to discuss since we last chatted with qualifying offers in and free agency fully underway.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 2:45 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:01
[Comment From JonJon: ] 
What's the Giants chance of resigning Pagan?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:01 Jon
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't know what their chances are. So many variables in play at this point. He's clearly a fit on that team. I'm actually surprised that they didn't make him a qualifying offer. For $13.3MM and one year that's not a bad deal. And if he leaves you get a draft pick. I get that he was a borderline guy though.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
[Comment From DeanDean: ] 
Not convinced Cody Ross is deserving of a 3 year $25 mil contract after one year. Anywhere besides Fenway wouldn't be as friendly to him. Look at his road BA compared to Fenway.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:02 Dean
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I would probably offer Ross close to that kind of money if I were the Red Sox. He does hit really well in Fenway. I don't expect him to be a full-time player or a plus center fielder, but he is useful for sure. If I were a team outside of Boston I'd be cautious about Ross and certainly wouldn't expect him to replicate those numbers outside of Fenway.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From AlexAlex: ] 
What are the chances that the Dodgers go for Greinke?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:04 Alex
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can't envision a scenario that doesn't have the Dodgers front office at least checking in on Greinke. It looks like the Dodgers, Angels and Rangers will all have strong interest based on their needs and some early reports.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From Jack ZJack Z: ] 
Mariners a darkhorse for Hamilton? Not paying Ichiro $18MM anymore, need offense/corner OF desperately, said their payroll will increase in 2013...
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:05 Jack Z
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Darkhorse, yes. But I think it's highly unlikely. They're a fringe suitor in that they have the need.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From McCannMcCann: ] 
Ellsbury for Andrus - who hangs up first?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:06 McCann
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't think the Rangers would be all that interested in that trade.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From DevonDevon: ] 
When do you expect a slew of minor leaugue signings?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:07 Devon
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
All offseason long! They don't really stop.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From MikeMike: ] 
Do the Tigers add a closer via FA or Trade?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:07 Mike
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think it's more the Tigers' style to spend on a free agent.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From Christian W. ConnorsChristian W. Connors: ] 
Who would cough up $25 million with the splits Ross has? He's Jason Bay 2.0
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:07 Christian W. Connors
3:08
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey it's the MLB offseason. Crazy things happen with regularity! Doesn't mean they're all good deals and, to be honest, that's part of the fun as someone who follows it.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:08 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From MatthewMatthew: ] 
Can we please get one Orioles question answered this chat? Do you see them getting a LF upgrade? Maybe Melky on a 1 year deal?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:08 Matthew
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I do see them getting an LF upgrade. I see Melky as a great option for them -- a potential bargain. Why not check in and see if Torii Hunter is at all interested? Ryan Ludwick and Shane Victorino could also be among the free agent fits who aren't overly expensive.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From SeanSean: ] 
Are these GM meetings the annual "winter" meetings?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:10 Sean
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
No, the Winter Meetings will take place a month from now, in early December.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From John MozeliakJohn Mozeliak: ] 
Most underrated GM in baseball? He doesn't seem to get enough credit as a lot of other GM but the Cardinals are stacked at the MLB and MiLB levels.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:10 John Mozeliak
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I wouldn't argue with you on that one.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From ZachZach: ] 
Where does Haren land and for how long?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:11 Zach
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think Buster Olney and Dave Cameron made good points about Haren this week. They explained that Haren's reps will have to do a heck of a job convincing teams that Haren is healthy. Why else would the trade with the Cubs have fallen apart? And why didn't some other team step in and acquire him? It's enough to make you worry and could be enough to limit Haren to a one-year deal.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From RyanRyan: ] 
What would you give Grienke and for how many years? And do you think the Angels could look towards other options?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:13 Ryan
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't think it'd be unreasonable to spend $120-140MM on Greinke for six or seven years.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From JSJS: ] 
News out of NY says Mets OF Lucas Duda broke his wrist... does that kill all chances that they could trade him this winter?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:13 JS
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It certainly won't help their chances of striking a deal. I wonder if it'll affect Ike Davis' availability as well.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From Dayton MooreDayton Moore: ] 
Do I lose out on Guthrie and Soria?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:14 Dayton Moore
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Too early to say. Both are obviously fits in KC though. I do think the Royals still need pitching, even after claiming Volstad and acquiring Santana. It's easy to envision Volstad pitching poorly again, and if Santana's struggles continue the Royals would once again be really thin in the rotation.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From Adam WainwrightAdam Wainwright: ] 
What's an extension for me look like? 5/$105MM?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:15 Adam Wainwright
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Just a guess here, but I don't see it going quite that high.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From NickNick: ] 
Will anybody give Delmon young a multi year deal? It seems like a bad investment
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:15 Nick
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I certainly won't be surprised if he gets one. Keep in mind -- it's the total commitment that we should really be watching for. If Young gets $6MM over two years I consider that a decent deal for the team, even though it's a multiyear deal. If he gets $12MM for one year, I'd consider that an awful deal for the team even though it's not a long-term contract.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From Scott MScott M: ] 
What's the word on Jeff Keppinger?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:17 Scott M
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Silence so far. Most teams are checking in with other teams and agents at this point. The market for free agents such as Keppinger hasn't fully established itself yet.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From unclejesseunclejesse: ] 
Any word who might seriously be looking at Bonderman?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:18 unclejesse
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
No word so far. Olney suggested the Tigers might have some interest. Wouldn't hurt for a team like the Twins or Royals to take a chance on him.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From Drew JDrew J: ] 
Melky Cabrera to the Rays? Seems like a good fit to me.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:18 Drew J
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'm with you.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From Bobby CoxBobby Cox: ] 
Do you expect any Braves news coming from the GM meetings this week?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:18 Bobby Cox
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
At the very least we'll get official word that Michael Bourn declined his qualifying offer.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From Dan HarenDan Haren: ] 
Why dont the Cubs want me? Im a # 1 who throws 175+ every year and they unload a reliever who cant throw strikes sometimes
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:19 Dan Haren
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Haren sure seemed like a great fit for the Cubs. I don't know what happened there, but it's clear we don't know the full story.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From JCJC: ] 
$6M guaranteed to Peralta seems too much to me. Who are the Rays targets for offense???
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:20 JC
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think the Peralta deal is reasonable. Not a steal, but fair for the team. I think the Rays will have to play the waiting game for a while on the free agent market. The deals signed so far haven't been outrageous, but you don't usually find great bargains in early November. Wait until January and the Rays figure to zone in on some options.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:22
[Comment From Blue Jays FanBlue Jays Fan: ] 
Kyle Lohse to the dodgers for 3 years, 30M?
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:22 Blue Jays Fan
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Doesn't strike me as a pitcher who would win over the Blue Jays' front office. And Lohse will get more in terms of years and total dollars.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:23
[Comment From BrianBrian: ] 
Vance Worley and Darrin Ruf for Mike Moustakas...good deal
Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:23 Brian
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