Chat with Jerry Crasnick
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN.com baseball writer Jerry Crasnick will drop by to take your questions.
Crasnick 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 your questions now and join Crasnick Monday at 4 p.m. ET!
Jerry Crasnick (3:59 PM)
Hey folks, Sorry I'm a little later than usual. This is kind of a hectic day (working on a couple of stories), so the chat might be a little shorter than usual. Let's get started.
Where do you see Robinson Cano going ?
Jerry Crasnick (4:02 PM)
Hey Devon, I'd be surprised if he doesn't wind up back with the Yankees. He has Jay-Z as his agent now, and Jay-Z's camp seems more intent on the idea of marketing him in the city than chasing the big bucks elsewhere. Beyond that, the Yankees need a focal-point type player with Rivera and Pettitte gone and Jeter soon to follow. The price will have to be right for the Yanks, but I think they re-sign him.
Hey Jerry. I know you caught a little criticism from the Atlanta Braves fans with the piece on the strikeouts. You make some valid points. I think winning the NL East was a great accomplishment considering the amount of k's. How diffrent could the team look in 2014? Also, keeping in mind the payroll situation, Who do you see getting contracts?
Jerry Crasnick (4:05 PM)
Hey Michael, Taking nothing away from the Braves, but let's see how that lineup fares when they get to the postseason. I don't see them looking significantly different in 2014. Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward will still be in the mix, and I can't see anybody rushing to take BJ Upton or Dan Uggla off their hands. Brian McCann is the big question mark right now. As I've said before, I think he'll want to check out some AL teams through free agency with an eye on DHing down the road.
Jon (Bozeman, MT)
Jerry, do you think that Price or Tulo will be traded this offseason. If so, where are they traded and what is sent in return (please speculate)?
Jerry Crasnick (4:06 PM)
Jon, I don't think the Rockies will trade those guys. Yes, they've been hurt a lot, but they're the signature players for the franchise and they'll be the main faces of the Rox now that Helton is gone. I expect them to stay put.
Jerry, if you're Tito Francona, who do you throw out there for the potential WC game? Do you try to set it up for Ubaldo to get the start, or just go with whomever's turn it is in the rotation?
Jerry Crasnick (4:08 PM)
Steve, Ubaldo has been their best starter, but I don't think they're in a position to "set" anything up, because they're still scrambling to win as many games as they can. If they need to run out Kluber or Kazmir or McAllister in a wild card game and make it all hands on deck, so be it.
who do you see as the reds 4 man rotation in playoffs latos, bailey, arroyo, cueto or do you think leake has chance
Jerry Crasnick (4:10 PM)
DC, Well, first of all, they'll probably have to get past the wild card game. After that, I would think Latos, Bailey and Arroyo are the three certainties in the first round. We'll see how Cueto fares in his next outing (which I believe is tonight). I wouldn't be shocked to see him wind up in the bullpen, where he might turn out to be a Tim Lincecum-caliber weapon in October.
Jon (Bozeman, MT)
Jerry, I think that you answered my question about Gonzalez rather than Price. Same question about Price:does he get traded, to whom, and for what?
Jerry Crasnick (4:13 PM)
Jon, Sorry about that. David Price is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, so Andrew Friedman has a little time to play with. He'll have to be blown away to move him this offseason. I'm more inclined to think he'll wait another year before things get really serious.
Jerry, thanks for chatting...if the Rangers miss the playoffs, does Ron Washington get the gate? Should he?
Jerry Crasnick (4:16 PM)
Stu, Good question. Nolan Ryan isn't happy, and somebody is going to pay for it. This is two straight collapses. My guess is that Washington survives, but that could change in a hurry if things get uglier in the next week. (Maybe the Nelson Cruz suspension buys Washington a little grace from upper management in Texas).
Will Billy Hamilton actually get on base enough to warrent play every day? Would love to see him get a chance to steal 100 bases
Jerry Crasnick (4:17 PM)
Micah, That's the big question. Before Hamilton became a sensation in Cincinnati in September, everybody was talking about what a lousy year he had in the minors, right? He can be an impact player in the big leagues with a .320 OBP, but I'm not sure he has the ability to do that consistently.
Jesse (Los Angeles)
Do you see the 1-2 punch of Kershaw/Grienke being as untouchable in the postseason as Johnson/Schilling?
Jerry Crasnick (4:19 PM)
Jesse, I'm not sure if they're at the level of Johnson and Schilling -- who were downright historic. But those two guys are the main reason why the Dodgers will enter the postseason feeling pretty good about themselves. With Verlander struggling, is there a better 1-2 pitching combo going into the playoffs?
Say you are a team like the Mets, do you try and lose the next few games so that you can have a protected pick going into the off season? Or do you play hard and just let the chips fall
Jerry Crasnick (4:21 PM)
Micah, With the lineup the Mets are running out there, I don't think they have to make a concerted effort to lose games. As to your question, no, nobody there is going to try and lose to for the reason you articulated. The players there (other than David Wright and a few others) are all competing for jobs and still trying to make an impression for 2014.
Jesse (Los Angeles)
Jerry - FYI, it's the 25th anniversary of the Dodgers v A's, Kirk Gibson World Series. Just saying.
Jerry Crasnick (4:22 PM)
Jesse, Yep, 25 years later, that remains the single most exciting moment I've seen in person at an MLB game. Just amazing.
JP (Columbus, OH)
Vince Coleman stole over 100 bases with a .301 OBP - and was barely above replacement level that year. So Reds fans, please - let's just hope Hamilton and the Reds are focused on his plate approach, not accumulating SB's.
Jerry Crasnick (4:24 PM)
JP, Yep, Vince Coleman stole 107 bases with 139 hits and a .301 OBP in 1986. Incredible.
Rob (Lime Rock, CT)
Where would you put Chris Sale on your AL Cy Young ballot? It would be tough to argue if he received some 1st place votes. Great season....AWFUL team!
Jerry Crasnick (4:25 PM)
Rob, He has to be right up there somewhere in the top 5. I feel bad for the guy. If he doesn't go the distance, he doesn't win.
Ike (Sarasota, FL)
Off topic a little bit, but Dwight Evans has to be one of the most underrated players of all time. Do you think he is HOF worthy? Thanks
Jerry Crasnick (4:26 PM)
Hey Ike, As a New Englander, I followed a lot of Dwight Evans' career. I know there are some stat folks who think he's a more worthy Hall of Famer than Jim Rice. He was certainly a better defender and all-around player. Unfortunately, he didn't get the hang of hitting until well into his career. To me, he falls a little short. But he's certainly a guy who belongs in the conversation.
Jerry, you're given the ability to put any person you want into the Hall of Fame. Setting aside those who are involved in the recent PED controversy, who did you choose? Dwight Evans? Lou Whitaker? Pete Rose? Someone else?
Jerry Crasnick (4:28 PM)
Russ, As I've said many times, the Hall of Fame is incomplete without Pete Rose. (Not that I condone anything he did). I would like to see Lou Whitaker at least go back on the ballot. This sounds strange, but I'd love to see him and Trammell go in as an entity and share the same plaque. It's only fitting, given that they were joined at the hip for two decades.
as a life long Twins fan, how many more 90+ losing seasons do i have to endure before my team becomes a challenger for the division & world series title??
Jerry Crasnick (4:29 PM)
Hey Ricky, It's going to be a while longer, I'm afraid. Their pitching was awful this year, and they're not going to get enough help from Vance Worley, Alex Meyer and Trevor May to change that anytime soon.
Jon (Palo Alto)
Jerry, you're the best. Is MLB going to do anything to stop teams like the Astros, Twins, and White Sox from distorting the playoff picture after they've already gutted their roster?
Jerry Crasnick (4:31 PM)
Jon, I'm not sure what MLB can do. The Astros gutted their roster, but they've stockpiled talent in the minors and should be much more competitive in a couple of years. That's just the way some teams choose to go about it. As for the White Sox, they're a completely different kind of horror story.
Whats your take on Andy Petittes hall of fame case? His career numbers are actually a little better than Tom Glavine's.
Jerry Crasnick (4:31 PM)
Zack, I'm with Jayson Stark, who just wrote a blog post on Andy Pettitte. He was a fine pitcher and a great performer in the postseason. But he's not a Hall of Famer for me.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What ESPN Baseball Analyst either on Baseball Tonight or Major League Baseball Broadcasters were absolutely Terrible as MLB Players?
Jerry Crasnick (4:32 PM)
Hey Chris, I appreciate the question, but I'll refrain from addressing that one for the sake of team harmony.
Phil (Hartford, CT )
With the addition of Jesse Crain to the rays bullpen and now on some sort of hot streak do you see them upsetting the red sox in the first round (if they get there)?
Jerry Crasnick (4:34 PM)
Phil, The Rays are a team that scares everyone because of their pitching. There might not be enough time for Jesse Crain to get back to top form. But if he can give them anything, it will give them a big boost. I've watched Joel Peralta a lot lately, and it looks like he (and maybe Rodney) are on fumes.
Jonathon (New Jersey)
Does Maholm make the Braves' post season roster? Does he start? He is awful on the road but has a respectable home ERA of 2.18 and WHIP of 1.214. With the announcement that Alex Wood is in the bullpen, the Braves would not have a LHP starting in the playoffs without Maholm. But he is not so reliable. Any thoughts?
Jerry Crasnick (4:36 PM)
Hey Jonathan, If Alex Wood is in the bullpen, who else besides Maholm would start after Medlen, Minor and Teheran? Freddy Garcia? Maholm has to start for them at some point, doesn't he?
Gerrit Cole is showing no signs of rookie fatigue, actually getting stronger and better. IF they get by the WC game, you have to like they're rotation
Kevin (Orlando/Tampa Bay)
Jerry - I was at the 18-inning marathon on Friday Night at the Trop. I got back to Orlando at 4:30 in the morning (and woke up in the middle of the first inning on Sat). I can't imagine the ball players having to get to the stadium early the next day. What is a normal "reporting" time before a night game? Day game?
Dale (Camden, Maine)
Designated Hitter Solution: No DH and pitcher does not hit. Batting order is 8 players instead of 9. What do you think?
Jerry Crasnick (4:38 PM)
Dale, I'm as open-minded as the next guy, but the idea of an 8-player batting order is a little out there for me. Hope the weather is nice in Camden, by the way. That's in my neck of the woods.
Jerry Crasnick (4:40 PM)
Apparently I posted a couple of questions and neglected to answer them. (Technical glitch here). On the subject of Gerrit Cole, to Dean in Pittsburgh: Yes, he's been very impressive. His strikeouts have really spiked of late, and to me, he'll be very interesting to watch if the Buccos make it past the wild card round. I like pitchers with 98 mph fastballs when the bats are dragging in October.
Jerry Crasnick (4:42 PM)
And to Kevin in Tampa, Players usually show up around 4 hours before a night game, so it's something in the 3-4 p.m. range for a 7 o'clock start. I imagine that Buck Showalter and Joe Maddon let the boys come in whenever they felt like it after that 18-inning marathon.
Justin (San Francisco, CA)
Do you think the A's can hold off the Tigers and keep home field advantage for the first round? Seems like the Tigers have a much easier final week.
Jerry Crasnick (4:43 PM)
Hey Justin, I wouldn't put anything past the A's. And even if they do have to go on the road, they probably couldn't care less. I love the makeup of that team and the way Bob Melvin relates to the players in the clubhouse.
Joe (Seattle, Washington)
Any predictions for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year etc.?
Jerry Crasnick (4:45 PM)
Joe, Scherzer and Kershaw for Cy Youngs, Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez for Rookies of the Year, Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera for MVPs, although Cabrera's late injury issues and the performance of Chris Davis and Mike Trout are starting to generate some conversation in the AL.
What do you make of Booby V's comments about the Yankees and 9/11? can he really be that stupid?
Jerry Crasnick (4:46 PM)
Mike, Bobby V isn't stupid. He's just built to make the kind of comments that prompt you to scratch your head and think, "Why the heck would he say that."
Bob (Boston, MA)
Hey Jerry, what do you think of the Red Sox's chances to make/win the World Series?
Jerry Crasnick (4:47 PM)
Bob, If Uehara can keep pitching this way at the back end, they're the AL favorite. The starting pitching has come together at the right time and that lineup is relentless. But it's not going to be an easy road through the AL playoffs.
Jerry Crasnick (4:48 PM)
Thanks for the questions, everybody. Sorry for the late start and some of the mess-ups here. Enjoy the final week of the regular season.