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These comments came from a chat with MLB Trade Rumors' Connor Byrne that occurred on October 14. I added one question that referenced... the Blues(??!??!?) and one question about a former Cardinal.

The link to the entire chat can be found here: https://www.jotcast.com/chat/mlbtr-live ... -6223.html

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Would an Inciarte for Heyward+$$$ make sense for the Braves?

Connor Byrne
Not for the Braves. They're not that different in value when they take the field. But Heyward's contract is so much worse.
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Grandal to the Braves makes too much sense right?

Connor Byrne
Another Braves question. Could see the Braves in on Grandal, though I wouldn't call them the front-runners. (Reds stand out as a team that makes tons of sense, I think.)
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Other than pitching what other needs do the Angels need? Any trades do you see happening?

Connor Byrne
Definitely catcher. They should be after Grandal.
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Does Waino come back on same deal and is Ozuna gone?

Connor Byrne
Waino should get a slight raise. Ozuna's likely a goner in free agency.
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Reds in play for gerrit cole? How about trade for starling marte?

Connor Byrne
1. No.
2. I do like the Marte idea.
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Considering that JBJ was one of Theo’s last draft picks in Boston and the Cubs need for a CF, is it possible he ends up in Chicago, by way of trade or free agency?

Connor Byrne
Not a bad fit, if the Cubs can squeeze in his roughly $11MM salary.
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Should Theo bank on his ability to find pitching outside of the organization and deal Hendricks? Lots of value and should get a good return without breaking up the "Core 4".

Connor Byrne
Kyle Hendricks is probably one of the few untouchable (or close to it) members of the Cubs' roster.
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Sign a Didi, Grandal, Osuna. Trade for Ken Giles, K Marte. Reds set for 2020?

Connor Byrne
I'm guessing you mean Ozuna, not Osuna, and Starling Marte (Ketel's not going anywhere). That seems like a logical bunch for the Reds to be in on, though they obviously won't be getting all of them.
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Someone calling themselves "Always right." (and lacking a basic understanding of spelling) posted:

Calling it. Nat's and Houston in the world series. Nat's take it all.

Connor Byrne
There you go, folks. No need to watch any more postseason games. "Always right." has weighed in.
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What kind of contract should Alex Wood expect?

Connor Byrne
I'm guessing a one-year deal in the 5-10MM range. Could be a steal if he holds up.
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I think Joe Espada would be a sneaky good hire for the Cubs.

Connor Byrne
He seems to be a very well-respected guy.
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The next Pirates manager will be ______

Connor Byrne
Seems like Jeff Banister and Derek Shelton have been the two connected to the job most. The answer is probably whichever person owner Bob Nutting can give less money to. #cheapskate
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The Reds claim they'll spend more money during the off-season to increase their playoff chances. What should spend the money on?

Connor Byrne
Catcher, middle infield, outfielders come to mind.
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The 2020 2nd baseman for the Cubs will be...?

Connor Byrne
Early guess: Nico Hoerner.
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After Maddon takes over the Angels, he offers Fletcher, Buttrey, Canning, and Marsh to the Cubs for Kris Bryant. Do they take that?

Connor Byrne
I doubt the Cubs would take that.
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Should the Braves make a trade for Starling Marte over keeping Nick Markakis?

Connor Byrne
I like the idea.
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Contreras for Soroka, who says no?

Connor Byrne
O'Doyle rules! The Braves wouldn't do it.
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Grandal 4 years 50 mil over/under?

Connor Byrne
If Grandal gets 4 years, he'll make more than 50. He should at least ask for the 4/60 he rejected from the Mets last winter.
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Is there any way the Cardinals release Dexter Fowler?

Connor Byrne
Doubtful (at least not after his passable 2019 season).
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Hasn't 2019 been a crazy year? First the Blues suddenly turn around and win the Stanley Cup, and now the Nats might just do the same. Go figure.

Connor Byrne
Don't remind me of the Blues, please. The Sabres handed them the Cup with that idiotic Ryan O'Reilly trade. ROR is phenomenal. Let's trade him for nothing!
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Your opinion of John Smoltz as a broadcaster in the playoffs.

Connor Byrne
I can take or leave him.
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