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October 14, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jayson Stark

Jayson Stark
  (1:04 PM)

Hi. Welcome to Chat Land, October-style. I've only got a half hour to chat today, so let's get going.

alan (salt lake city)

Hi Jason. A friend of mine have a disagreement that perhaps you could help settle. He claims that the post-season settles who the best team is in baseball. My view is that, although it's great fun to watch and root for your team, there are just so many variables in baseball, in any short series, it won't necessarily be the best team that won.In fact, the very real possibility of a weaker team winning is one of the elements that make the post-season more interesting. Would love your view.

Jayson Stark
  (1:07 PM)

We might need to call in a philosopher king to sort this one out, Alan. Look, baseball is such a long-haul, every-day sport, it really is the marathon that tells us who the best team ought to be. But the postseason dynamics are so different, it shouldn't shock anybody that the team with the best record in baseball almost never wins the World Series. It's up to you to figure out whether the "champion" is "the best team." But it works this way in all sports. You have to win this time of year, or nobody cares how many games you won from April-September.

Jayson Stark
  (1:08 PM)

Should I just give you the answer, or do you want to do this trivia-style?

Jason (VA)

Who is the answer to the trivia question now that Randy Wolf has a post season win?

Jayson Stark
  (1:09 PM)

Sorry. Forgot to click "post" to your question, Jason. Do you want me to just give you the answer, or do you want to figure it out, trivia-style?

Keith (Philly)

Hey Jayson, love the chats. It sounds like there is going to be some turnover for the Phillies. What can we expect from them if they decide to upgrade 3B (who is there than can we can upgrade with?), put Brown in left and Mayberry play 1B while Howard is out?

Jayson Stark
  (1:11 PM)

I actually don't think they're going to have as much turnover as people think, because I don't see Ruben overreacting to one bad week in October after his team just had the best record in baseball. They don't see Brown as being ready. They showed that in September, by not playing him at all. So what I think they'd like to do is add somebody with versatility, like a Michael Cuddyer, who could cover them at first or third or the outfield. Cuddyer is going to be a very popular guy this winter, though.

Nickey (Canada)

Do you think the Joey Votto trade talk has officially died? Would love to see him in Toronto.

Jayson Stark
  (1:13 PM)

I don't think it's "officially died." I just don't see this being a time when the Reds want to seriously contemplate it. At some point, Votto is going to be unaffordable for that team, in all likelihood. But they haven't traveled far enough down that road to know that for sure yet. It wouldn't shock me if we were talking nonstop about this a year from now. But it's unlikely to be a serious topic this winter.

Donny (Toronto)

H Jayson, Are there any starting pitchers that you could see dealt like Marcum and Grienke were last year. Would Liriano or Gio gonzalez be candidates for offseason trades.

Jayson Stark
  (1:15 PM)

Absolutely. The Twins couldn't possibly be more open to dealing Liriano, who frustrates them no end. They dangled him right before the trading deadline, but the price was very high. And Gonzalez is controllable for so long, the A's would want a lot back. But I expect them to talk about it. And the other name to watch on the pitching market this winter is John Danks, especially if the White Sox can re-sign Mark Buehrle.

DAN (ROCHESTER, NY)

WILL THE NATIONALS GO AFTER PRINCE FIELDER, THE NATS NEED A LEFT HANDED BAT. AND THERE IS TALK OF A TRADE WITH THE YANKEES FOR BRETT GARDNER. GO NATS IN 2012!

Jayson Stark
  (1:17 PM)

Do I need to type my answer in ALL CAPS, or is lower case OK? Here's my take on the Nationals: Don't rule out anything this winter, and I mean anything. They have money to spend. They're positioned to be very good very soon. And I expect them to be in on every big free agent out there -- from Prince and Albert and C.J. Wilson on down. Definitely a team to keep your eye on all through the offseason.

Luke (Maine)

After reading so much about how the front end of the Red Sox rotation seemed to lack commitment, you think any GM would consider shopping Beckett or Lester?

Jayson Stark
  (1:19 PM)

I saw the column in the Herald saying it was time to trade Beckett. Uhhhh, I don't think so. Wouldn't it be a lot easier to find a manager who could tell him he needs to watch games from the dugout than to find a starter with a 2.50 ERA in the AL East? And no way Lester goes anywhere.

Jason (St Louis)

The Jayson Werth deal won't give the Nats any pause at all to sign another 100 mil guy? All this talent they've been accumulating has to be paid for at some point in the future, right?

Jayson Stark
  (1:19 PM)

From what I hear, they have no fear of another $100-million deal or two.

Jayson Stark
  (1:19 PM)

From what I hear, they have no fear of another $100-million deal or two.

Sean (Chicago)

What is the hold up with Epstein? What kind of player is the Red Sox looking for in return? Can we expect this type of behavior from Managers (Ozzie) and GM's (Theo) in the future?

Jayson Stark
  (1:22 PM)

Doug Melvin of the Brewers was joking with a few of us the other night that general managers might need to have no-trade clauses in the future. But just kidding, folks. This Cubs-Red Sox negotiation could be a staredown. The Red Sox will want to use the Ozzie trade as a model and ask for two good to very good prospects. And I don't expect them to make this easy on the Cubs, who obviously want to give up as little as possible. It also could depend on how many members of the Red Sox front office Theo is allowed to take. Stay tuned!

David (Dover)

Is the ortiz to yankees thing legit cuz if so yankees will def be a powerhouse

Jayson Stark
  (1:24 PM)

Not sure how you define "legit," but this is mostly Big Papi trying to stoke his market, I think. Nevertheless, an executive of one AL East team predicted to me a month ago that the Yankees could get involved on him, if only to drive the price up for the Red Sox. Adding Ortiz makes very little baseball sense for the Yankees. But as that exec said at the time, there are times things are done in The Bronx "for reasons other than baseball reasons."

Derek (Chicago)

If you are managing Milwaukee are you starting Marcum in game 6? Or putting Narveson in who has solid numbers against STL? Marcum has looked HORRIBLE and scared...

Jayson Stark
  (1:27 PM)

I wouldn't start Marcum at this point, and not just because of how he's pitched. I never like to hear pitchers talking about how unlucky they've been and how many great pitches they've been making after a stretch like Marcum has had. It's one thing to get a bad break in any given game. But he has an ERA over 8.00 in his last SIX starts. So it's time to take reponsibility for what's been happening and try to make some adjustments. It's not time - in October - to moan about how unlucky you are. This guy is leaving too many pitches in the middle of the plate. Period.

Jessie (Anaheim California)

Can the Angels find room in the lineup for both Kendry Morales and Mark Trumbo?

Jayson Stark
  (1:28 PM)

Morales is going to have to be strictly a DH in all likelihood. So absolutely.

Anthony (MD)

COME ON!! TRIVIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jayson Stark
  (1:29 PM)

Nobody bit when I asked if you wanted to guess the active pitcher who now has made the most career starts without winning a postseason game. So go to it. And if you want, you can also try to guess the active hitter with the most career hits who has never played a postseason game.

John (LA)

Carlos Lee

Jayson Stark
  (1:31 PM)

Good guess. But he played in the postseason with the White Sox a longggg time ago.

John (LA)

Bobby Abreu

Jayson Stark
  (1:31 PM)

Huh? Played in the postseason with the Yankees and Angels.

Mark (Allentown)

King Felix?

Jayson Stark
  (1:32 PM)

No. This pitcher has been around way longer than him.

Matt (DC)

Ichiro

Jayson Stark
  (1:32 PM)

No way. Remember the 2001 Mariners?

Kevin (Maryland)

Mussina

Jayson Stark
  (1:33 PM)

The magic word is "active." And he pitched in the postseaon with the Orioles and Yankees.

Mike (Atlanta)

Jamie Moyer

Jayson Stark
  (1:33 PM)

Not active. And he was actually the last pitcher to remove his name from that list before Randy Wolf.

John (LA)

Aramis Ramirez

Jayson Stark
  (1:34 PM)

Nope. Played in the posteason with the Cubs.

Brian (Iowa)

Ted Lilly

Jayson Stark
  (1:34 PM)

Winner! Lilly is now the answer to that pitching trivia. He's made 318 starts but still hasn't won in the postseason. Thanks for playing.

John (LA)

Vernon Wells

Jayson Stark
  (1:35 PM)

And another winner. Adam Dunn has played more regular-season games, but Wells has more than 1,600 hits but has never played in a postseason game. Good work out there!

Jayson Stark
  (1:36 PM)

Hate to run, but October is a busy, busy time of year. So thanks for the fun questions and for the trivia answers. See you down the road in Chat Land.