Chat with Jerry Crasnick
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com baseball writer Jerry Crasnick will drop by to take your questions.
Jerry is the author of "License to Deal: A Season on the Run With a Maverick Baseball Agent," which chronicles the ins and outs of what happens off the field.
Send in your questions now and join Jerry on Friday at noon ET!
Jerry Crasnick (12:01 PM)
Hey guys, It's actually not raining today in Philadelphia. Wonders never cease. Let's talk baseball.
How amazing must it be for Mitch Jones to finally be in the show? Does it prove that with enough hard work, any Crash Davis can make it eventually?
Jerry Crasnick (12:03 PM)
Rob, Mitch Jones, the newest Dodger, is an amazing feel-good story, but we've seen a few others lately too -- guys like Chris Coste, Scott Richmond and Chris Jakubauskas. Richmond is a former dock worker and independent league player. I watched him come to Citizens Bank Park the other night and dominate the defending champs. You've got to love stories like these.
with the trade deadline getting closer, should the yankees be looking for a new addition?
Jerry Crasnick (12:04 PM)
Molly, Brian Cashman is giving indications that he's going to sit tight for a bit. They're expecting Jose Molina back pretty soon, and apparently Xavier Nady isn't far behind. I think the Yankees will go after a reliever, but there might be 15 other teams I could say the same thing about.
Linton (Fredericton, NB)
Jerry: What's your take on the A's young pitching staff? Who's potentially the best of the bunch and do you see them being a special group down the road? Thanks.
Jerry Crasnick (12:06 PM)
Linton, Baseball people seem to think that Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson are top of the rotation guys. Mazzaro might be a middle of the rotation guy. And Braden and Outman are more back of the rotation guys.
Mike kcmo [via mobile]
Jerry you r gm of the royals whats your first 3 moves
Jerry Crasnick (12:07 PM)
Mike, Interesting question. If I'm Dayton Moore, the first thing I do is troll the trade market to see how much interest there is in guys like Ron Mahay and Mark Teahen. Longer-term, the Royals have to find a shortstop and determine if Billy Butler and Alex Gordon are players they want to hitch the franchise's wagon to.
Would the Cubs have any interest in Dan Uggla? I know his defense is terrible, but he would be a big upgrade offensively at 2B. Couple him with the return of Aramis Ramirez, and the Cubs may be back in business?
Jerry Crasnick (12:10 PM)
Miller, Apparently the Marlins are sitting tight with Dan Uggla until closer to the deadline. And for some reason, this question strikes me as funny. By giving up two or three good young players for Uggla, wouldn't the Cubs be admitting that they messed up in trading away Mark DeRosa? Finally, with the ownership situation in flux there, I'm not sure how much salary Jim Hendry can take on.
AL Rookie of the year..Who you got?
Jerry Crasnick (12:11 PM)
Brad, I know Elvis Andrus has gotten some pub, but Rick Porcello is looking pretty good right now with eight wins.
Will Andrew McCutchen ultimately face the same rise and demise as Jason Bay and Nate McClouth?
Jerry Crasnick (12:13 PM)
Haney, If you're wondering whether the Pirates will trade him before he gets expensive, I guess that depends on how quickly the team's latest "rebuilding" plan comes along. Neal Huntington and the people in Pittsburgh are envisioning Pedro Alvarez and McCutchen as cornerstone type players for when the team is ready to contend. Just when that will happen, lord knows.
Hey Jerry, do you think the Red Sox will be reluctant to deal Penny with the inconsistency of Matsuzaka and the unknown of Smoltz coming back from yet another injury at age 42? Or does the red-hot Clay Buchholz in AAA provide them the confidence to make the move?
Jerry Crasnick (12:15 PM)
Thomas, I think you're on the mark. Dice-K has been shaky, and can we really be certain that Smoltz is going to come back from surgery and be lights-out right away? The Red Sox have a surplus of pitching. When you look at the 26 or 28 teams that need more, they're in a pretty good spot.
Sal san jose, ca [via mobile]
Hey jerry, is it possible for the giants to trade one of our pitchers for a power bat this trade deadline?
Jerry Crasnick (12:17 PM)
Sal, I'm not sure who they have to trade. Cain and Lincecum aren't going anywhere. Nobody is going to take Barry Zito's contract, and Randy Johnson is 45. That leaves Jonathan Sanchez, who walks too many guys and can barely get through five innings a lot of nights. I know a West Coast scout who has long said that Sanchez is a reliever because he can't maintain his arm slot or his command for more than an inning at a time. That certainly appears to be the case.
Pete (Columbia, MO)
Jerry, I'm a Brewer fan in Missouri, and a lot of my Cardinals friends make the ridiculous argument that Rick Ankiel is better than Ryan Braun. Will you please be the voice of reason and help me shut them up?
Jerry Crasnick (12:18 PM)
Pete, Feel free to tell your friends that I think it's a ridiculous argument.
Moiuz (LA) [via mobile]
Hello Mr. Crasnick. What's wrong with Alex Rodriguez?
Jerry Crasnick (12:19 PM)
Moiuz, That was a pretty traumatic injury A-Rod had, and he rushed back from it without a whole lot of rehab time. He's just in a funk right now.
jose from paterson nj [via mobile]
How much longer do you see jaba being a starter I mean in the past few weeks I seen them making him throw some pitches before a game I see that as if he's not a starter but a reliver what's your take on that
Jerry Crasnick (12:21 PM)
Jose, I've trusted the Yankees' judgment on Joba under the theory that he's more valuable giving them 180-200 innings a season than pitching one-inning stints in the bullpen. But I'm really starting to wonder if Joba is simply "wired" like a reliever. The guy is so hyper, it seems difficult for him to pace himself. It might be a question of temperament as much as stuff.
ben (los angeles)
Jerry, will Kershaw ever learn to "pitch" rather than rely on his overpowering stuff? He rarely lasts more than 5-6 innings before his pitch count is over 100....if he develops he is going to be something.
Jerry Crasnick (12:23 PM)
Ben, He's 21 years old, right? We've elevated expectations for young players so much, we forget that a kid that age is going to struggle at times. Just imagine what it must be like pitching for a big market team in a pennant race at that age. In a perfect world, Kershaw would still be refining his game in Double A or Triple A right now. Let's cut him a little slack.
Jerry, thanks for your time. With Damon and Matsui coming off the books after this year, what are the chances Austin Jackson starts in the OF for the Yanks next year, thus making the OF younger and more athletic?
Jerry Crasnick (12:24 PM)
Chris, That seems to be the plan. The Yankees are doing the right thing with Jackson by letting him polish his game in the minors. I wouldn't be surprised to see him up in September to get his feet wet, then contending for a job next spring.
SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)
Jerry, Jim Hendry said this yesterday, "We could be in the market for a player we never dreamed of a month from now if somebody else got hurt or somebody really went into a tailspin. You just kind of stay on top of it everyday and react to what you may need or may help. Some of the deals we made were not on the radar screen a week before we made them", which leads me to believe he could add some payroll. I also assume the tail spin comment refers to Fukudome. He's tail spinning again like last year. So let me ask you, does Fukudome have any trade value and would a team be willing to take on his contract for 2 more years? I can't see it.
Jerry Crasnick (12:26 PM)
SteveFitz, I think you just answered your own question. Fukudome's dropoff last year was troubling. Now it's a trend. Unfortunately, they're stuck with him.
rod(elk grnve,il.) [via mobile]
Good Morning.Do You Think Nolasco Is Back And What Kind Of Impact Will Kazmir Make With T.B.I Hope DeRosa Hits 3 h.r.s Against CUBS.HAHA
Jerry Crasnick (12:27 PM)
Rod, Ricky Nolasco has had three good outings since his return from the minors, including very good efforts against Toronto and Boston, so yeah, I'd say that he's back. As for Kazmir, he's still rehabbing. I'm not sure what to expect from him when he returns. If it's anything like we saw last year and earlier this season, I think we're looking at a lot of five-inning, 100-pitch starts.
Nolan Reimold (ROY)
Don't forget about me!
Jerry Crasnick (12:28 PM)
Nolan, You've got big-time power, I'll give you that. I can think of an awful lot of teams that would love to have a Jones-Markakis-Reimold outfield.
i want to see the tigers go after another SP. Who would you trade?
Jerry Crasnick (12:30 PM)
Daniel, There are people out there who want the Tigers to add a starting pitcher. But with Magglio on the bench because of his sustained power outage and Carlos Guillen on the DL, they could really use a big bat as well. If David Dombrowski can figure out a way to add an impact starter and an impact bat in July, let's just hand him the Executive of the Year Award right now.
Jerry, would you agree that the Reds have the best pitching in the NL Central top to bottom? Once Volquez comes back, I think they're in the race all season. Votto's return will be big as well.
Jerry Crasnick (12:33 PM)
Nick, The Reds have enough pitching to keep them in the game most nights, but when I look at that lineup, I'm amazed they're doing as well as they are. Given that Joey Votto is out with "stress related" issues, I don't think anybody knows how he'll perform when he returns.
What should the Rangers do with Chris Davis? Let him shatter the strikeout record or send him down?
Jerry Crasnick (12:34 PM)
Rich, I talked to a couple of scouts this week who said he's just completely lost. If Howie Kendrick could go back to the minors for a refresher course, I certainly think Chris Davis would.
Padre (San Diego)
Kyle Banks called up...will he get playing time in the OF, or will he go the way of Guzman(SF) and Fox(CHI) and ride the pines?
Jerry Crasnick (12:35 PM)
Padre, Kyle Blanks is a big-time prospect, unlike the other two guys you mentioned. Now that the Padres have called him up, I assume they're going to figure out a way to give him lots and lots of ABs.
If the Astros were to trade Carlos Lee, what do you think is a legitimate return for him?
Jerry Crasnick (12:37 PM)
Michael, I checked on this last week. Carlos Lee is 33, I believe, and his contract is heavily backloaded. He has $65 million or so still owed him. I just can't see anybody assuming that kind of financial obligation for a guy who doesn't have a great body and is approaching his mid-30s.
Hey Jerry, what do you think of Papelbon's comments about not being against playing in the bronx in the future? Negotiation ploy, or do you think he could really see himself as the yanks closer in a couple years, and pitching against boston?
Jerry Crasnick (12:38 PM)
Ryan, Jonathan Papelbon is so "out there" that he's incapable of being diplomatic. That quality helps make him a great closer. But does he really need to be making a comment like that in the middle of the season?
how impressive has vasquez been for the Braves. 112k's to 18bb
Jerry Crasnick (12:40 PM)
Jeff, Vazquez has been terrific. I wonder how much of it has to do with his comfort level in the National League. But that was a great pickup by Frank Wren. Too bad he's only 4-6, or he'd be getting a lot more attention.
How late in the Season does Joe Mauer have to hit .430 for people to start giving him a chance at hitting .400 all year?
Jerry Crasnick (12:41 PM)
Adam, I've gotta think mid-August. Let's add in the wear-and-tear on catchers as a factor as well. Maybe it's a good thing Mauer sat out the first month -- he'll be fresher down the stretch.
Jer, If the D'backs become sellers by midseason, who do you think are the most likely players to get traded?
Jerry Crasnick (12:43 PM)
Shane, Josh Byrnes has a lot of potential pieces to move -- Jon Garland and Doug Davis, Jon Rauch and Chad Tracy, to name a few. It'll be interesting to see what he can get for his starters. I don't think a lot of teams are blown away by what Garland and Davis might add to their staffs. They're generally viewed as 4-5 guys.
Ed (San Diego)
Are Heath Bell and Cla Meredith going to be hot commodities at the deadline?
Jerry Crasnick (12:44 PM)
Ed, In his Rumblings and Grumblings column yesterday, Jayson Stark mentioned Cla Meredith as a potential hot commodity. Kevin Towers would have to get an awful lot to move Heath Bell.
Slowey vs. Oswalt - who you got tonight?
Jerry Crasnick (12:45 PM)
Eric, It's at the Metrodome, so I'll take Slowey. He's Brad Radke Jr. in that place -- pretty much unbeatable.
SprungOnSports (Long Island)
Mark DeRosa's value is climbing every day, where do you think he'll go and what will Cleveland get in return?
Jerry Crasnick (12:47 PM)
Sprung, It's hard to tell with DeRosa, because he can play second, third and the corner outfield spots. He also has a reasonable contract and he's having a good year, so I think Mark Shapiro will just sit tight and let the offers pile up.
John Lannan (Washington DC)
What do I have to do to get any kind of respect?
Jerry Crasnick (12:48 PM)
John, You don't excite people because you don't light up radar guns and you came from Siena College. All you do is deliver six solid innings every time out. For what it's worth, I think you're pretty darned good.
Should Tigers fans be panicking about their position in the division?
Jerry Crasnick (12:50 PM)
Eric, I'd be a little nervous right now. You guys have two lights-out starters at the top of the rotation in Verlander and Jackson, and a kid, Porcello, whose innings are starting to mount. And this Magglio Ordonez fiasco really hurts. I'm starting to like the Twins more and more in that division.
Is the Cubs only problem Aramis on the DL?
Jerry Crasnick (12:52 PM)
Jerry, The Cubs have more problems than that. Fukudome has been terrible. Soto isn't the same player he showed last year, and Soriano has a .290-something on base percentage. And for some reason, there's some intangible that's missing with that club. They don't play with a whole lot of passion, do they? Strange for a Lou Piniella team.
Why is it OK for journalists to make unwarranted steroid speculation, but not bloggers?
Jerry Crasnick (12:54 PM)
Steve, Who said it was OK for journalists to make unwarranted steroid speculation? I know the mainstream media was a little slow to raise a ruckus over steroids, but I never felt comfortable "outing" a guy for steroid use when I had nothing to base it on other than a change in his statistics. I still don't believe in that.
Who you would rather have on your team in 5 years? Strasburg or Bryce Harper?
Jerry Crasnick (12:55 PM)
Chad, Good question. I'd probably take Harper, if only because you have to be concerned about the injury risk with a guy like Strasburg, who throws 102. The catcher is the safer bet (although the kid is what, 16 years old? I'm not sure we should anoint him as the next Johnny Bench just yet)
Do you think the Phillies will trade for starting pitching?
Jerry Crasnick (12:56 PM)
Bob, Ruben Amaro is actively looking, but Charlie Manuel says he wants an impact guy, not just rotational filler. And from what I see, there aren't any impact guys out there right now.
Jerry, I'm going out drinking tonight. The over/under on the number of beers I'll put away is 14. What are you taking????
Jerry Crasnick (12:57 PM)
Jared, I'll take the over. Just make sure to take a cab, please.
Will Madson's shortcomings in the mental aspect of the game (ie: can't start or close) hurt him when he goes back to the 8th inning? I'd hate to see him lose his setup abilities because he loses a few games in the ninth
Jerry Crasnick (12:58 PM)
Matt, That's a little harsh, isn't it? I watched the game against Toronto, and he gave up an infield chopper and a seeing eye single before walking in the tying run on a full-count changeup. Madson's stuff is pretty darned good. I don't see any reason to write him off as a future closer candidate.
Roger ((Buenos Aires))
Hey Jerry,Do you ultimately see the Red Sox making a move for a SS? If so, who do you like as a good fit. Thank you sir.
Jerry Crasnick (1:00 PM)
Roger, I don't think the Red Sox are in as big a hurry as people make them out to be. They're letting Jed Lowrie go at his own pace in his return from an injury. And think about it: We've seen J.J. Hardy, Jack Wilson, Orlando Cabrera, Khalil Greene and a bunch of shortstops mentioned as being readily available. Do the Red Sox really need to rush out and get somebody in late June?
Jerry Crasnick (1:01 PM)
Thanks for the emails, everybody. Jayson Stark is up next. Enjoy the interleague games this weekend.