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December 3, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Keith Law

Klaw
  (1:01 PM)

I don't care if it's "cuisine," I have no interest in eating a 63-degree egg.

Brad (Toronto)

What's up with Robbie Alomar sporting the Tribe's jersey on the pic along with your HOF article? Surely he'll be the first to wear a Jays cap in the hall won't he?

Klaw
  (1:01 PM)

I assume he'll go in as a Blue Jay.

Dave (Cincinnati)

Rumor has it, the Reds are trying to unload Arroyo or Harang for payroll flexibility. Their contracts are similar, so, assuming equal return, who should the Reds move?

Klaw
  (1:02 PM)

I'd keep Harang. Arroyo's gopherball problems and frequent trouble against LHB scare me.

Ryan (Ohio)

RE: Barry Larkin and the BBWAA, wouldn't the fact that he ranks top 10 in many rate stats among all time shortstops AND meets their hardware threshhold ('90 WS, '95 MVP, multiple GG) aide in his favor?

Klaw
  (1:03 PM)

I'd like to think so, but predicting the way the Hall pool will vote, with all of the retired writers in it, is beyond my capabilities.

Dan (Milwaukee)

Do you think Manny Parra would benefit from starting the season in the minors or do you think he will finally put it all together out of Spring Training?

Klaw
  (1:03 PM)

I think it's time to think about putting him in the pen.

Ryan (Providence, RI)

Clay Bucholz, Josh Reddick, and Casey Kelly for Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. Who says no?

Klaw
  (1:04 PM)

Mike Hill was pretty explicit that Johnson is not available.

Matt (Philly)

Why are the phillies making this deal for polanco? I cant see any positives other than he hits for average. Maybe Amaro thinks he can stick him back at 2nd and block utley again like the old days.

Klaw
  (1:05 PM)

Ruben does love him some mid-30s hitters who are already slowing down. 2b is a harder position than 3b in a lot of ways, but 3b requires more quickness, and that's the very thing Polanco is losing.

Josh (Tampa FL) [via mobile]

Kelly Shoppach- 2009 year was a slump, 2008 was a career year, somewhere in between, not worth talking about?

Klaw
  (1:06 PM)

He's a backup. He's not finding 2008's luck again.

Matt (St. Paul)

Mauer missed 15% of the Twins games this year. Why did he not get punished by voters but Carpenter did?

Klaw
  (1:09 PM)

One, Mauer was so productive when he did play that he was still the most valuable player in the league despite the missed time. Two, don't catchers usually miss 10% or so of their teams' games anyway? But back to the main point - it's not about "punishing" a player for anything. The more you play, the more value you produce (or destroy, if you're Y. Betancourt). Take two players who are completely equal in production per game. The one who plays more in a given year is more valuable to his team. So if you're comparing two players with unequal playing time, the player with less playing time has to be significantly better when he does play to outproduce the player with more playing time. Mauer did that. Carpenter did not.

Dan (Milwaukee)

What do you think of Casey Mcghee? Do you really think he is the Brewers future at third? Is it wise for the Brewers to shop Gamel? What kind of return could he get?

Klaw
  (1:09 PM)

I don't think either guy is the future at 3rd. McGehee isn't going to hit enough, and Gamel can't play it.

Brian (Long Beach, CA)

Agents discussing teams interested in their clients is like guys talking about how many girls they've slept with, right? Are there really six teams are interested in Bobby Crosby?

Klaw
  (1:10 PM)

Given how much this industry gossips, I'd say that's an apt analogy.

Jake (VA Beach)

Keith, are you 38 and unproductive in the majors? If so, it appears the Mets have a spot for you!!

Klaw
  (1:10 PM)

They've already offered me a 2011 contract.

Mark Thomas (Salisbury, MA)

Keith, do you do it? If so, why from the Jays and Sox point of views?Dice-K (Far East interest in Seattle), Daniel Bard, Michael Bowden, Josh Reddick, and Jed Lowrie for Felix Hernandez.

Klaw
  (1:13 PM)

Pretty sure Felix plays for the Mariners, not the Jays. But here's the problem with this and 90% of the trade-for-a-stud ideas I see here: You are saying that to get Felix Hernandez, one of the top 10 pitchers in the game (and thus someone in the top 6% at his role/position), you're going to trade five guys, none of whom projects to be among the top 6% at his role/position in the future. Only Bard has star potential on that list, and it's as a short reliever, and he showed a significant platoon split in the majors this year. You can't trade your second-tier guys en masse to get an ace. OK, maybe the Phillies just did it, but in general those deals don't work, especially not in the offseason.

Dave (Palmyra, PA)

Why wouldn't the Phillies offer Chan Ho Park arbitration? Bringing him back for a year at $3M seems reasonable given how effective he was out of the bullpen.

Klaw
  (1:14 PM)

Agreed. That was a minor surprise to me. One year deals for relievers are wonderful things for GMs at all payroll levels.

Mike (Brooklyn)

To paraphrase Bill Simmons, any time you can sign a declining 34 year old with no power whatsoever to a 3 year/$18 million deal to play a power position, you have to make that signing.

Klaw
  (1:15 PM)

I suppose notrubenamaro is about to show up on Twitter...

Nik (Easley, SC)

Keith how will the signing of billy wagner help the braves this coming season? and do u see them trading derek lowe or javy vazquez?

Klaw
  (1:15 PM)

I think they end up dealing Lowe. I like Wagner, just not the contract, and as I said in the column yesterday we don't know how he'll hold up throwing on back-to-back days.

Jeff (NYC)

Shocked that the Dodgers declined to offer arbitration to any of their free agents? Messy ownership situation aside, wouldn't it have been prudent from a baseball perspective to at least offer to guys like Wolf and Hudson?

Klaw
  (1:16 PM)

Shocked. Would have offered to both guys - no way either accepts.

peter (norwalk ct)

have you ever dipped snuff when scouting a game? Do the other scouts?

Klaw
  (1:17 PM)

Never dipped, period. Many scouts do. My entire experience with tobacco is smoking part of a cigar the night before my wedding. Needless to say it didn't do much for me.

David (Denver)

I know this was rumored during the season, but how did Billy Wagner end up actually being classified as a Type A free agent? They've got to fix this system. If Boston signs Mike Gonzalez, all they're doing is trading draft picks with Atlanta.

Klaw
  (1:17 PM)

A player gets some statistical credit back for time lost to injury.

sportznut (Michigan)

Can Alex Avila be a regular for the Tigers, and steal ABs from Laird as early as this year?

Klaw
  (1:17 PM)

Yes, I think he can.

Joe (NYC)

Keith are you going to winter meetings? If so what does your typical schedule look like? do you just hang in the lobby and try to get stories/rumors?

Klaw
  (1:18 PM)

Yes. I'm not chasing rumors as much as my colleagues, since my main role is reacting to moves, but it's a good time for me to catch up with execs, scouts, agents, even if we're just talking about something like the '10 draft.

Mr. SKIA (MrSportsKnowItAll.com)

I understand he was a 19-year-old in Double A, but is Mike Stanton's K:BB ratio after his promotion at least a small cause for concern?

Klaw
  (1:18 PM)

A small cause, yes.

Ross (Philly)

Who you got on Top Chef? I'm a Kevin fan myself..

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

Bryan.

andy (atlantic city)

With Strasburg probably starting in the minors, any chance the Nationals sign a big free agent hitter(Holiday, Bay?) or pitcher to bring excitement in the beginning of the year for the fanbase.

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

I thought they signed Adam Dunn to bring excitement for the fanbase. That worked out.

Kevin (Atlanta)

How do you assess my chances of beating the Voltaggio brothers?

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

I'd go Bryan 45%, you 35%, Michael 20%.

Tim (SF)

Can you give me a scouting report on Josh Sale? There have been rumors that the Giants are watching very closely is that true?

Klaw
  (1:20 PM)

One of the top HS athletes in the draft, probably a top 10 guy for me, but to attach any specific team to any specific player outside of Washington/Harper would be irresponsible right now. Every team is watching every player this far out.

Mike S (CT)

Keith, I enjoyed your column last year which mentioned the double-standard among HOF when citing/ignoring the drug use by Raines vs. Molitor/Eck. It seems like there is the same double-standard when it comes to roids suspicion. Mark McGwire, next to Bonds, seems to get killed more than anyone else, yet a guy like Rickey Henderson, for instance, does even get questioned despite playing in Oakland and lasting far longer than most players in MLB history.

Klaw
  (1:22 PM)

Henderson's a different animal - he's a fitness freak, always exercising and working on flexibility but not lifting weights or adding mass. However, to your point about McGwire, one thing I hate about the speculation over who used and what effect it had is that we have so little information on who used, what they used, how long they used it, and whether any of it has any effect at all.

Joe (Seattle)

Should Edgar Martinez be in the Hall of Fame? Would you vote for him if you had a vote?

Klaw
  (1:23 PM)

Yes. Yes.

Luke (Saint Paul)

You failed to mention that Mauer doesnt miss 10-15% of his gmaes like most catchers because when he is not catching he is DHing, thus making him even more valuable. He missed a month, but still ended up as third in plate appearences by a catcher.

Klaw
  (1:23 PM)

I failed to mention it because I didn't think of it. Thanks.

Daniel Morton (San Diego CA)

Hey Keith,What do the Padres to with Everth Cabrera this year? He showed the could hold his own last year, but should they let him develope more in AAA? Also you said the Mcleod higher was outstanding, any particular reason why?

Klaw
  (1:25 PM)

I think a year in AAA would help his bat, but I wouldn't be surprised if they kept him in the majors for his glove and because he showed some development in the second half. Love the McLeod hire - outstanding track record in the draft for Boston, good evaluator, good manager of people (guys on that staff really liked working for him), future GM potential. Hoyer was smart to grab him.

Daniel (Work)

Was reading an article recently where it mentioned players in arbitration can argue through a special achievement clause, that a player should be able to compare himself to any player, not just those with same service levels. Word is (based on article) that Lincecums agent is considering using this and asking for $23 million. Any chance if they do this it works?

Klaw
  (1:26 PM)

That number would fail, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them file at a comparatively high number like $15 million. Given his incredible resume for a first-time eligible player, they should file at a record-breaking figure. Not doing so would almost seem out of sync with what I presume their argument will be, and they could end up leaving money on the table.

Jay (Hartford)

KLaw - about your trade-value rant above. Isn't it all just about value? Paying a player who is NOT in the top 6% but is good and you're only paying peanuts for five years can be jsut as valuable, if not more, than the on top guy for one or two years, right? For example, a prospect like Ethan Martin from the Dodgers. No, he'll never be as good as Halladay - but he'll (cobined with others) will be more valuable to the Jays over time than one year of Halladay will. So why are you knocking such trades?

Klaw
  (1:29 PM)

For one thing, player value is nonlinear. A player's value to a team is also affected by the resource constraint of roster spots: one player costs you his salary plus the space he consumes on your roster. Ten one-win players are not worth as much as one ten-win player. For another thing, prospects - like Martin, good example since he's high-upside but far away - have pretty wide ranges of expected future value. Martin could be an ace and he could stall out in AA. And third, Martin's value to TBJ should be discounted back for time. A win in 2013 is worth less than a win in 2010.

Paul (NYC)

KLaw, have the mets become the baseball equivalent to the buffalo bills?

Klaw
  (1:29 PM)

If the Mets won 4 straight NL pennants their fans wouldn't be quite so cranky.

john (mass)

is the boston front office in rough shape w/o mcleod?

Klaw
  (1:30 PM)

No, I don't see it as zero-sum. People who worked with and for McLeod will carry forward some of his philosophies, and if they replace him internally it will be with someone he's trained to some extent.

Brett (Boston MA)

how outraged are you about Tiger Woods on a scale of 1-10?

Klaw
  (1:31 PM)

Maybe -3. Or i. I'm outraged i on a scale of 1-10.

Dave (DC)

Keith - Similar to sunk cost, Boston already has the picks from Atlanta as secure gains. Those picks shouldn't be relevant to whether the Sox are willing to give up a pick to sign Scutaro. So, do you think any of the available non-compensation second basemen + Pedroia at SS keeping their first round is better than signing Scutaro (or any other means of filling the SS position)? Thanks for all of your great work.

Klaw
  (1:32 PM)

Very glad to have someone bring that up. The fact that Atlanta is probably getting picks for Soriano and Gonzalez doesn't justify coughing one up for 60 innings of Wagner. I don't like the idea of giving up a first-rounder for Scutaro.

Dan (Tampa)

Will Matusz crack the top 10 of your 2010 top 100?

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)

I didn't realize offhand that he was still eligible, but he's 5.1 innings and two-plus weeks under the cutoff, so yes, he will.

Cesare (Jet City, Washington)

According to Fangraphs, Polanco was worth 50 million over the last three years ... does anyone seriously think their valuations have any basis in reality?

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)

My favorite line on those came from a GM: "Their replacement level is, like, me."

Dre (Richmond)

Will Jarrod Parker throw a pitch in 2010?

Klaw
  (1:35 PM)

No, I don't think so. Too bad - he had a chance to debut later in the year.

Tarek (NYC)

I'm outraged that your not outraged that the media is outraged about people not being outraged about Tiger Woods.

Klaw
  (1:36 PM)

I will say the one thing that bothers me. A guy who cheats on his wife/partner repeatedly like this is potentially exposing her to so many diseases - well, assuming they were still, um, intimate. That's not a small issue.

Jimmy (Toronto)

How would you rank the Jays Farm system?

Klaw
  (1:37 PM)

It's bottom ten, certainly.

Sean (Pittsburgh)

Thoughts on Ross Ohlendorf as a potential top of the rotation starter? His fastball was touching 96 in the second half of the season and he may be one of the smartest players in the game. Likely, Possible or unlikely?

Klaw
  (1:38 PM)

Unlikely. Velocity is great, but it isn't translating to missed bats. A pitcher can do three things to really help himself - miss bats, avoid walks, keep the ball in the park - and Ohlendorf is good at one of them right now.

Lauro (So-Cal)

It's become pretty obvious that the McCourts HAVE to sell the team, right? They are hamstringing the franchise now (wasting the Kemp, Billingsley, Ethier, et al.) and hurting the future (not offering arb to Wolf/Hudson). I don't even understand how they were allowed to purchase the team in the first place...

Klaw
  (1:39 PM)

I feel like that's where we're headed. The other owners probably should have been specific when the McCourts produced a promissory note written on a dirty cocktail napkin.

Charlie (Bethesda, MD)

Do you think a guy like Ian Desmond, who seems to be able to hit in the majors (albeit in a small sample) and has the range and ability to start on defense but misses some of the "easy" plays could use time in AAA? Or is learning to concentrate better on defense and not boot stuff just as easy/hard in the majors as in the minors?

Klaw
  (1:40 PM)

Defense is one area that can improve substantially in the majors - in fact, there's a good chance your team's best defensive coach is in the majors. I would hold a guy back for the bat, but not for the glove unless it was a new position or he was just unplayable.

MK (Chicago)

In a blog, you said you would vote for Edgar Martinez for HOF (agree) but mentioned that he'd played his career in a pitcher's park. Safeco qualifies but the King Dome? It did have a lot of foul territory IIRC, but still seemed like a hitter's park.

Klaw
  (1:40 PM)

Yes, I had that wrong. Jason Churchill was on me about that maybe five minutes after it was posted. My fault for going off memory.

Burt (LA)

Are you on the Starlin Castro bandwagon or under one if its wheels as it careens over the road?

Klaw
  (1:40 PM)

On it, and belted in.

Bobby (Oakland)

Is it easier to improve fastball command than it is for secondary pitches? I agree somewhat with your take on Edwin Jackson, but to me his 2nd half problems seemed to rest so much on grooved fastballs on 3-1 and 2-0 counts. Is it too late for him to improve his fastball command or is this only part of the problem?

Klaw
  (1:41 PM)

He's 670 innings into his major league career. It can improve after this point, but it's not that likely.

Joe (tampa)

Hi Keith. Big fan. Tried asking this question several ways. Here is another try. Do you think favoring more modern statistics for pitchers than ERA and Wins for evaluation of performance for awards etc. could potential favor theoretical results over actual? I.E. this guy "should have had a great year" but didn't. And furthermore, can you think of any HOF pitchers who consistantly outperformed the expected results of the newer stats while excelling at ERA/Wins?

Klaw
  (1:43 PM)

It's different for a single year and for a career. Single years are subject to way more distortion from noise - defense, parks, strength of schedule, etc. A career ERA can still suffer some distortion, but my guess is that it's a lot less so. (I guess that's a blog post idea for someone - biggest career ERA deviations from FIP or something like that.) Wins are still terrible at the career level, though. Sutton/Blyleven, for example.

de la (the 415)

Keith, regarding your HOF blog entry, do you have any opinion on the theory that McGwire was not using Andro at all but kept that in his locker as a front to deflect attention away from the increasing speculation that he was using injected steroids? Or does that enter into the realm of overly imaginative conspiracy theory for you? And what's your opinion on conspiracy theories, anyway?

Klaw
  (1:43 PM)

My tin foil hat is at the tinker's, sorry.

Craig (Collingswood, NJ)

What exactly changes in a starting pitcher's routine if he is going to pitch on 3 days rest instead of 4 days rest? I honestly don't know what their routine is exactly except that they usually rest the day after a start and have a "throw" day in there somewhere. Thanks!

Klaw
  (1:44 PM)

I wish I had a good answer for that - the routines do vary somewhat from team to team or pitching coach to pitching coach.

Tim (Chicago)

What's all this nonsense about the DH spot being "flexible"? Don't you just want a really good hitter in that spot?

Klaw
  (1:44 PM)

Yes, that's what you want. If you're talking about cycling guys through there, you're probably leaving some runs on the table.

Jen (Top Chef Exit Room)

I did not stand a chance last night did I? From the word go everyone knew it was going to be the brothers and Big Kev moving on. Really, did not even need to watch the show to know I was as good as gone.

Klaw
  (1:45 PM)

I thought the elimination had an element of lifetime-achievement to it, like the final challenge wasn't the sole criterion.

Harry (Long Island)

How do you counter the argument that Jack Morris pitched to the score and that's why his ERA is so high?

Klaw
  (1:47 PM)

I'd point anyone who says that to this study by Joe Sheehan: http://bit.ly/5ZX2UI It's a revisionist excuse for mediocre performance. I'm sorry, but Jack Morris is so far below any reasonable standard for inclusion that seeing him on someone's ballot explanation is enough to make me stop reading.

Chris (Florida)

What do you think of Logan Morrison? All Star, regular? What position does he wind up playin g?

Klaw
  (1:48 PM)

All-Star. Probably 1b.

Steve (NYC)

Keith, do you read Colicchio's blog? A lot get's left on the cutting room floor, and he said it was obvious from the get go who was going home to everyone at Judge's Table - Jen just oversalted everything.

Klaw
  (1:48 PM)

No. And it's one thing I hate about these shows. My wife's a huge Project Runway fan and I've seen a lot of episodes, and that show has the same problem - you get edited remarks from judges, and then the final decision is often a non sequitur.

Josh (Dallas)

Hey Keith, if the Rangers don't land a big name pitcher, would this put pressure on them to put Feliz in the rotation rather than continuing to work him as the 8th inning set-up man?

Klaw
  (1:49 PM)

I'd rather see him in the rotation.

Ryan (Columbia, MO)

Assuming Dayton Moore doesn't trade them all for Juan Pierre or something, can the Royals expect 4 good to excellent starters in Montgomery, Duffy, Melville and Crow? How would you rate those 4?

Klaw
  (1:49 PM)

Montgomery, Crow, Melville, Duffy, but Melville could easily end up the best of all. Duffy is the one guy in the group on whom I'm not all that high.

Brandon (LA)

What are the Angels up to?

Klaw
  (1:49 PM)

You ask as if they're sneaking around in your basement right now.

Gavin (Maryland)

KLaw,Did you see Josh Wilkie in the AFL? Were you surprised the Nats left him unprotected for the Rule 5 draft? Think he'll be selected? Think anyone will take Gail's breasts as they, also, were left unprotected last night?

Klaw
  (1:53 PM)

Yes, non-prospect. As for Gail from Top Chef, I can't speak for her team but I'd put those on the roster.

Matt (DC)

Keith, what's your take on Jaff Decker? I know he's got a great bat, but I've heard varying reports about whether or not he'll actually be able to handle the OF in the majors. Does the guy have a position or is he just a DH?

Klaw
  (1:53 PM)

He can play RF, definitely.

David (San Diego, CA)

Any thoughts on Jason McLeod to the Padres? Boston's drafts while he was there were generally impressive; how much credit does McLeod deserve?

Klaw
  (1:55 PM)

Just to revisit: The scouting director should get a lot of credit for his drafts, perhaps most, but not all. The scouts themselves make the evaluations that lead to the decisions, especially after the first 3-5 rounds. The SD assembles the staff and sets the tone and philosophy, of course, but giving him sole credit undersells the role of the area scouts and cross-checkers.

Freddie (Boston)

At this point, has the shipped sailed on Heyward as a CF?

Klaw
  (1:55 PM)

I think it sailed after high school.

Fly Guy (So-Cal)

better low risk / high reward pickup: Ben Sheets or Rich Harden ?

Klaw
  (1:56 PM)

Sheets.

Mike (Detroit)

Morris was a very good pitcher. KKs/Wins etc, alwayws seeming to get the big out when needed. Classic reach back. Thing about Morris is that he's an eye candy pitcher. When people think of him they think of his biggest outs and preformances, not his lesser ones. Can you name a pitcher who had a better World Series EVER then Jack Morris did with the Twins? Not hard to understand why the single best world series preformance's owner doesn't get some votes from that memory.

Klaw
  (1:57 PM)

If we're just giving out votes for great WS performances, I'm putting Brian Doyle on my first ballot.

Trav (NH)

Keith,How do you see the Halladay situation playing out? Sounds like that Santana situation all over again

Klaw
  (1:57 PM)

I think he's traded in the next six weeks.

Matt (Boston)

Is anyone within the commissioner's office concerned with the ridiculous formula used to determine Type A and Type B free agents? Is there any chance it gets changed in the near future?

Klaw
  (1:58 PM)

I've never heard anyone express any interest in changing it. You're more likely to see the compensation system scrapped entirely.

Nick (Atlanta)

Is Pete Moylan the best Australian pitcher of all time?

Klaw
  (1:59 PM)

I'd still go with Graeme Lloyd.

Kyle (OH )

In a chat yesterday, the expert stated that Josh Bell is "overrated." What's your take on the young 3B?

Klaw
  (2:02 PM)

I have no idea to what the chatter in question was referring with the "overrated" statement. Great LH swing and he's going to come into some power. Trying to switch-hit, RH side needs a lot of work. Question becomes whether they hold him in the minors to let him become a switch-hitter or scrap it, have him hit LH all the time, and bring him to the majors sooner.

Doug (NYC)

Can't leave us hanging like that, Keith. What uni do you see Doc wearing next year? And what did that team give up to get him?

Klaw
  (2:02 PM)

I have no idea. When it happens, I'll break it down, but wild guesses are down the hall, room 12A.

LT Stan J. Alderson (Fallujah)

got here late....sorry KLAW. agree or disagree with Polanco's 3 year 18 million deal for the Phils?

Klaw
  (2:02 PM)

Dislike. Read up for full explanation.

Nate ((Philly))

Keith- You've probably been the most concise in explaining the problems with a salary floor- that smaller market teams will have to waste money and roster spots on marginal veterans to meet the 'floor'. What would you think of implementing a floor by raising minimum player salaries for players on the 40-man. A simple $1M league minimum would technically mean a $40MM 'salary floor', but would put the money in the hands of the players- who deserve it most. There might be problems, (teams will be more hesitant to add marginal AAA guys to the 40-man), but what are your thoughts on this approach?

Klaw
  (2:03 PM)

I think a higher minimum on the 25-man would be more effective.

casey (ny)

keith, last time i asked you you hadn't been to jiko at the animal kingdom lodge, but i saw you reference it in your last chat and haven't seen you write a full review anywhere. as a vegetarian, i think jiko is by far the best restaurant at disney world, and one of my favorites anywhere. i ate there last week and everything was, as usual, perfectly made (a new spring roll appetizer with goat cheese, corn, and greens was especially good). what did you think?

Klaw
  (2:04 PM)

Love it, been twice now, once outstanding, once just very good. One of the hostesses told me that even though she's from South Africa there were wines at Jiko that she had never seen in stores back home.

Aaron (Indianapolis)

Keith, if you need dinner recs in Indy, I both live and work downtown about 2 blocks from the main meeting sites and would be happy to provide recs. If you're interested, direct me to the dish and I can provide info there. Thx

Klaw
  (2:04 PM)

Yes, please - meadowparty.com/blog.

Steve (DC)

How annoying do you find Padma? Call me when you go to culinary school or become a food professional... Nice to look at, though.

Klaw
  (2:05 PM)

I asked this on the dish today: Is she trying to be condescending, or is it just the way she speaks? It sounds really demeaning to me.

Vince (Portland)

Keith, do you think that the expanded knowledge we've seen in baseball from the sabermetric revolution and baseball economic thinking will open doors for more people to be employed in baseball related jobs? The more knowledge and abilities there are, the more people needed to handle it, right?

Klaw
  (2:06 PM)

I don't think you'll see teams employing huge analysis departments like they employ huge scouting departments. It doesn't require that much manpower.

hk (Philly)

Best Australian pitcher = a cold pitcher of Redoak Baltic Porter

Klaw
  (2:06 PM)

Shame on me for whiffing on that fat pitch.

Dave (Somerville, MA)

Couldn't a salary floor still accomplish its purpose (money spent on developing a good franchise, not necessarily a good current year team) if Rule 4 and international signings were added in? I get not forcing a team to sign bad veterans to hit an arbitrary number, but revenue sharing should be reinvested into talent.

Klaw
  (2:07 PM)

Agreed. That has been among my major arguments against a salary floor - that it might have the perverse incentive of forcing bad teams to allocate money to major-league talent when the smarter move is to spend it on prospects.

John (OH)

Teams will just start making computer programs to tell them who to sign, and fire all the human beings.

Klaw
  (2:07 PM)

Why not? They gave a computer an NL Cy Young ballot this year.

kl (philly)

agree with your comments on project runway, especially this season with all the different judges. the last challenge before fashion week was the worst.

Klaw
  (2:08 PM)

My wife was flabbergasted by the final result. I can't say I know anything about fashion, but the winner ran out a bunch of models in black outfits with black Robin Hood condom-hats. If that's fashion, I am proud to be unfashionable.

Steve (Portland)

Who on earth was Philadelphia competing with for Placido? Safeway?

Klaw
  (2:09 PM)

They offered time and a half for weekends!

Dave (Boston)

Hi Keith - enjoy your chats. Wouldn't the Red Sox (or Yankees) be better off overpaying for Lackey rather than trading multiple stud prospects for Halladay AND then having to sign him to a huge long term deal? To me having Lackey at 5\80 + Buchholz and Kelly is much more attractive than having Halladay at 5\90 and not having the other guys. Seems like a no brainer. In fact, short of getting a Mauer\Hanley (talents that simply are not available on the open market) I don't understand why the Sox or Yanks would ever trade their top prospects when they can just sign guys on the open market. Yeah they may have to overpay to avoid losing free agents but having salary control of the prospects should more than make up for it over time...no?

Klaw
  (2:10 PM)

Devil's advocate: Lackey isn't Halladay, and you do lose a first-round pick to sign him. What's the marginal difference between Lackey and Halladay, then? Is it greater or less than $10 million plus the cost of the prospects?

Mark (Columbia, MO)

Any available names in the rule 5 draft that we should keep an eye on?

Klaw
  (2:13 PM)

Bobby Cassaveh is interesting - fringe-average fastball but an absurd groundball rate. Steve Palazzolo is a 6'10" righty with an average fastball and some downhill plane. The Rule 5 draft is wildly overrated - since the CBA change added a year before teams have to protect their prospects, the Rule 5 pool has been gutted.

josh carlson (iraq)

hey whats up mr. law do u see the cubs going after granderson or figgins.

Klaw
  (2:14 PM)

I've read what you've probably read, that they have interest in both, but I think both guys are flawed and the price would be high enough that I wouldn't want to pay.

Will (NY)

One counterpoint...if your Boston or NY you are losing a relatively low 1st round pick. Therefore, it would probably be unlikely that you could select a comparable replacement (to Buccholz and Montero, lets say) and, even if you could, you'd have to pay them.

Klaw
  (2:14 PM)

Wasn't Buchholz a sandwich pick?

Ryan (Middleton, WI)

Hey KLAW, huge fan of your chats - I think I like hearing about the stars/flops of tomorrow more than those of today. However, my question isn't about baseball today. I recently read that Cormac McCarthy is auctioning off his typewriter (which he has written every published book and three non-published books with). McCarthy is one of my favorite authors and I was just wondering what your opinion on him was? What's your favorite McCarthy novel? I thought The Road was great but I don't think it tops Blood Meridian on my list.

Klaw
  (2:15 PM)

Blood Meridian is the one (of four) I'd most want to reread, but I think The Road was the best novel overall.

Klaw
  (2:16 PM)

Craig Baker was another name I've heard for the Rule 5 draft, RHP from the Rockies.

Matt (Indiana)

Keith: You have been one of my favorite chatters for a long while know but I now believe that you are a bit of a hipocrite. You don't vote for Carpenter for the Cy Young becuase of his missed time. Fine, I don't agree with that, but it is your opinion. But, I then read on the AL MVP ESPN writers vote that Joe Maur is your choice. How can this be when Maur missed an entire month of the season? While Carpenter missed what 4 or 5 starts how many games did Mauer miss in a month? While I agree Mauer had the best season, if you are going by your "rules" shouldn't your vote gone to someone else?

Klaw
  (2:16 PM)

Answered earlier in the chat.

S R (MA)

Does Ike Davis have realistic potential, or is the ability to hit lefties and strike out left behind him? Also, glad to see you liked Remains of the Day, one of my favorite books.

Klaw
  (2:16 PM)

He has potential, but won't reach it unless he improves his recognition against breaking balls and/or his entire approach against lefties.

jim ( Chicago)

G. Beckham's upside? Better than anticipated when drafted?

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

No, I think he's still an above-average everyday player at 2b, chance to be a star if he gets the chance to return to SS.

Jason (St Louis)

How often will you be chatting during the off season? Are you going to be shutting it down for any extended period of time?

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

Not clear about next week, but I'll do one the following week, then probably shut it down for the holidays.

jeff (houston)

regarding jack morris... whats wrong with just being a good major league pitcher? I dont think you are saying he is terrible or anything, just not hall of fame worthy. He was a good pitcher who had a great world series and no one can take that away from him. He just doesnt belong with the absolute elite of the game.

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

Agreed, completely.

Brendan (Boston)

Diving into the KLaw 100. Do you like hopping back between light and dense reads? I just finished "The Road" and have "Blood Meridian" on deck but might want an intermezzo, like "The Maltese Falcon". Thoughts?

Klaw
  (2:18 PM)

Yes, I almost never read heavy books back-to-back.

bambam (bedrock)

your a idito

Klaw
  (2:18 PM)

that's obsurd

Klaw
  (2:19 PM)

Thanks for the questions. I'll be writing and tweeting from Indianapolis next week as rumors arise and moves happen.