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2:41
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone. How about that trade? Lots to break down between the Blue Jays and Marlins. That'll be the focus of today's chat, but there's tons more to discuss. I was at the GM Meetings last week, so send any related questions over. Plus there's non-Marlins news with Hunter signing and other players drawing interest.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 2:41 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
[Comment From TravisTravis: ] 
What about LOMO for Yankees RF
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:02 Travis
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I expect the Yankees will look for more of a sure thing. Plus some teams view Morrison as a first baseman rather than an outfielder.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From AaronAaron: ] 
With Hunter in the D does that kick anyone out like Boesch or Dirks
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:03 Aaron
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Yeah I don't see Boesch returning. I expect they'll non-tender him. Dirks seems to be the favorite in left field.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From AaronAaron: ] 
Thoughts on Torii signing
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:03 Aaron
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I like this deal for Hunter -- I don't think he was going to do any better at age 37. And I like it for the Tigers. They overpaid a little in my view, but that's common so early in the offseason. They got the player they wanted and he's a good one, even if he's probably not a five win guy going forward.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From ChadChad: ] 
What kind of package would Marlins want for Nolasco?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:04 Chad
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Well salary relief to start. Nolasco didn't have a great year last year so I can see one a package centered around one good but not necessarily great MLB-ready player being enough.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From donnydonny: ] 
Do you think the bluejays are now a more attractive place for an older veteran to sign a short term deal? eg (berkman)
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:05 donny
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I have to imagine Toronto just became more appealing to free agents and managerial candidates alike.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From JesseJesse: ] 
Do the Dodgers sign Youklis as there 3rd baseman?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:05 Jesse
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
They have interest and he could be a fit for them. Youkilis should have lots of choice if he's willing to take a one-year deal. If he insists on multiple years the list of suitors could diminish quickly.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From GlenGlen: ] 
Hi Ben, Who do you see as Opening Day CF for the Phils next year?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:06 Glen
3:06
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'll stick with B.J. Upton if we're going to play the prediction game.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:06 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From BPJPllBPJPll: ] 
What was your reaction on the blockbuster tradE?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:06 BPJPll
3:09
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It makes the Marlins look bad -- they're going back to their old ways after convincing Miami taxpayers to spend on their stadium. From a baseball standpoint I can understand wanting to get out from under the contracts of Buehrle and Buck.

It makes the Blue Jays look like a contender. Their rotation looks much, much better now, even if Buehrle's numbers take a hit in the AL East. As for Reyes, he's a major upgrade for Toronto, which clears troublemaker Yunel Escobar out of town at the same time. Bonifacio should be useful.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:09 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:09
[Comment From pat mpat m: ] 
How does MLB even allow a trade such as this to be approved?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:09 pat m
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
As I said before it's not a total heist from a baseball standpoint since the Marlins do get young talent in return. So you can make the case that the Marlins will benefit on the field in a few years. I'd rather have the group including Johnson and Reyes, but others might disagree.

There are legitimate questions about Loria's impact on the game. If I were an owner I would want him out.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
What outfielders could the Braves target on the trade market?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:11 Chris
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think Hamilton, Swisher, Cody Ross, Victorino, Bourn and Upton make sense. It'll come down to prices to an extent but they are in good shape since the free agent market is deep in the outfield. They could also try to trade for Justin Upton or Choo.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From Phillies64Phillies64: ] 
Do you think Stanton will be traded?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:12 Phillies64
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Not this winter.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw: ] 
NL cy young?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:13 Clayton Kershaw
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Honestly my votes would go to Dickey and Verlander. Great candidates in both leagues.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Sorry for the delay there. Marlins just claimed Scott Maine off of waivers from Toronto.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From joeljoel: ] 
Who is better to flip, Buck or JP , rangers could use either
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:15 joel
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think it's a really good question. Longtime MLBTR writer Luke Adams pointed out to me that the Marlins are sending approximately enough cash to cover Buck's salary. In other words, if the Blue Jays didn't want Buck, they could have said no to him and the accompanying salary relief. I expect Toronto to trade Buck or Arencibia this winter.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From AaronAaron: ] 
Sanchez a priority or do the tigers go and get trade or even sign a FA
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:17 Aaron
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Sanchez remains a priority for the Tigers per Danny Knobler. I think it's a good fit. If the Tigers get him, they'll be looking pretty good. It'd make Rick Porcello a possible trade candidate in my view. He'd draw interest.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 
Do you think the yankees will sign BJ Upton?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:19 John
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
No. I expect Upton to sign with a team seeking a center fielder.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From DevonDevon: ] 
Any more moves for the Tigers now that they signed Hunter?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:20 Devon
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
They'll keep looking for starting pitching for sure.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From DustinDustin: ] 
Who do you see the Cubs signing next?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:20 Dustin
3:21
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can see them adding another starter. I really like their deal with Scott Baker, by the way. Solid bounce-back candidate.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:21 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:21
[Comment From PatPat: ] 
thoughts on the declined Simmons-Olt deal?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:21 Pat
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Really interesting stuff. I would have expected the Braves to take Olt and make him their third baseman, keeping Prado in left. I guess they don't hold Olt in particularly high esteem -- either that or they really believe in Simmons.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:22
[Comment From Reds1Reds1: ] 
Any way the Reds sign Bourn for CF?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:22 Reds1
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I see them as a dark horse candidate for Bourn. They have the need (Stubbs still seems like a borderline starter to me) if not the cash.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:23
[Comment From PhilippPhilipp: ] 
How surprising was the Blue Jay trade last night?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:23 Philipp
3:24
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Josh Johnson part of it wasn't surprising at all. I had talked about him as a possible target for Toronto as recently as last week.

The Reyes part was completely shocking to me. It was a fun night to be a fan of big baseball trades.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:24 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:24
[Comment From mlbtraderumorsnmlbtraderumorsn: ] 
i dont now if i like the jays trade
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:24 mlbtraderumorsn
3:25
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
They're a better team now than they were 24 hours ago right? That's worth something. They got an elite up the middle player and solidified a rotation that looked pretty thin.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:25 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:25
[Comment From TulowitzkiTulowitzki: ] 
Any chance my big contract gets me traded this winter?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:25 Tulowitzki
3:25
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I haven't heard or read anything to suggest that's a possibility. Expect him to return in 2013.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:25 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:26
[Comment From JoeJoe: ] 
Read on Stl Post Dispatch today that Mozeliak may be changing his offseason plans because Furcal "feels good". Can they really go into next season with Furcal/Kozma as their SS options? Or was this just positioning?
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:26 Joe
3:27
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
In part it's positioning, I'm sure. The Cardinals would like to do better at SS, and I'm sure they'll continue considering alternatives. But it wouldn't be the end of the world to start the season with Furcal and Kozma at short. You don't need an All-Star at every position.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:27 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:27
[Comment From CC: ] 
What's the criteria for getting questions answered? I thought I asked some pretty good ones :(
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:27 C
3:27
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
So have 1,400 others. There are lots of readers today and lots of good questions. Sorry if I don't get to yours and thanks for reading.
Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:27 Ben Nicholson-Smith
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