The Indians are reportedly interested in trading shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera according to MLB Trade Rumors. It’s not the first time his name has come up in trade rumors and it won’t be the last. Cabrera, 27, had a disappointing season for the Indians, batting .242/.299/.402 with 35 doubles, 14 home runs and 64 RBI in 508 at-bats. After compiling a 8.1 WAR in the previous two seasons, the two-time All Star weighed in with a disappointing 1.2 WAR […]
Update – Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the one year deal is worth a whopping $7.25 million dollars… Wow, here’s your opening day left fielder… Original Post Outfielder Chris Young has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets pending a physical, according to multiple reports. Jon Heyman first reported the news. The Mets plan to use Young in a corner-outfield position, according to Heyman. Juan Lagares “will remain the starter” in center, […]
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that while the Indians are not actively trying to trade Asdrubal Cabrera, they are listening to offers. Cabrera’s name has been linked to the Cardinals in the past, writes Hoynes, but since he’s entering the final year of his contract, and can be a free agent after the 2014 season, his value isn’t as high as it would have been if the Indians had traded him before the […]
There are two general managers in today’s game that pioneered the incorporation of the moneyball concept into the Major Leagues. One of them was a former marine who was the first to adopt into the then little known Bill Jame’s philosophy of advanced statistics, while the other was a one-time elite outfield prospect whose hobbies include breaking bats, throwing chairs and analyzing sabermetrics in his spare time. Neither of them cares about what you think. […]
Now that the hot stove season has officially begun, ’tis the season to take a hard look at potential Mets free agent targets. Today, I’d like to take a look at the top two free agents at the shortstop position, a position at which the Mets need dire and immediate improvement. The 2013 season saw a major decline at SS for the Mets. After playing in 114 games in 2012 and posting a line of […]
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Red Sox plan on extending qualifying offers to first baseman Mike Napoli, centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and surprisingly shortstop Stephen Drew. The Napoli and Ellsbury QOs were widely expected, but tendering Drew an offer comes as a surprise for the Red Sox as they were expected to hand the shortstop job to top prospect Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox are banking that Drew will decline the $14.1 million offer, but […]
Andrew asks… Why are you always pushing Shin-Soo Choo so much on your site? He’s just an average player cashing in on his walk year and in obvious decline. He sucks as a center fielder and I’d rather stick with Juan Lagares. Joe D. replies… Thanks for the question, but let me first correct you and say that I’m not pushing any particular player. When there is an update on a particular player who the […]
I was having an email discussion with one of my writers this morning about the virtues of WAR (Wins Above Replacement). It’s not a perfect stat by any means, but most of the time it gives you a fair indication of how good or bad a player performs overall. I was kind of curious after our discussion and decided to do some research over at FanGraphs which has become one of my favorite haunts lately. […]
Carlos Beltran told Mike Puma of the NY Post that he wouldn’t be against a return to the Mets when he becomes a free agent this offseason. “Maybe I’ll see you, maybe I won’t,” Beltran said laughing when asked about a return to the Mets. “I’m going to listen to everybody and we’ll see what happens.” According to sources, Beltran spoke with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon at the All-Star Game in July, and the two […]
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