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Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Houston Astros
At some point, to bash the Houston Astros simply becomes piling-on. The 2011 Astros were not only a lousy team, but a team that applied lousiness consistently across all the various aspects of baseball, and needed 6 WAR from the departed Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn just to get up to 56 wins. The long reckoning expected by observers for an organization that had a GM in Ed Wade that simultaneously ignored the major leagues, the minors leagues, and any kind of thrift, finally came to pass, ...Read More...
Posted: December 19, 2011 at 06:34 PM | 54 comment(s)
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - St. Louis Cardinals
As I generally mention when a good, not great team wins the World Series, the most dangerous trap that team can fall into is the tendency to "bring back the band" and try to keep the roster pretty much the way it was during their championship season. A great team has a little more room to rest on their laurels, a very good team doesn't. The San Franciso Giants were the most recent team to fall into the trap and when an offense that had a lot go right to just finish 9th in scoring in 2010 had ...Read More...
Posted: December 17, 2011 at 02:15 AM | 31 comment(s)
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1967 Results
In a unanimous decision, Yaz tops the poll!
The NL MMP is Ron Santo. Jim Bunning is top pitcher.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts
Yastrzemski 13 195
Santo 12 1 177
Clemente 7 4 1 1 157
Aaron 2 6 3 1 1 148
Killebrew 3 1 4 4 1 144
Kaline 1 6 1 1 3 98
Cepeda 1 1 3 1 3 2 95
Bunning 1 1 1 1 5 84
Frobinson 1 2 3 1 60
McCarver 4 1 2 59
Freehan 1 3 1 38
Allen 1 1 3 33
Abernathy 1 2 22
Brock 1 1 ...Read More...
Posted: December 15, 2011 at 03:16 PM | 18 comment(s)
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Los Angeles Dodgers
Within last year's projections, I described the 2010 season as a disappointing year that was more "bland mediocrity than explosive failure." That's the same kind of season the Dodgers had
in 2011, a kind of bland mediocrity with a notably bright pinnacle, like seeing Ron Swanson backstage after a Nickelback concert. That pinnacle, of course, being Cy Young winner Clayton
Kershaw and the real NL MVP, Matt Kemp, who, at in bWAR, made up half the value of the entire team in 2011. Of course, ...Read More...
Posted: December 10, 2011 at 09:54 PM | 26 comment(s)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sign 1B Albert Pujols to a 10 year/ $254 million contract. Other details are not yet available, though there is some form of a no trade clause.
OK, everybody has heard of the guy. I'm going to assume that his official age is his true age -- all bets are off if he is in fact older. I think it's doubtful but not absolutely impossible that he is in fact a few years older.
The real key to this signing is how he'll age. The awkward thing in terms of figuring this out ...Read More...
Posted: December 09, 2011 at 07:26 AM | 43 comment(s)
Sorry about not getting this posted Monday. I was having issues with the thread-creation website.
The election will end December
28. We've extend the deadline in hopes of landing a few extra ballots. Don't count on this next year :-) Apologies to those who rushed to meet the deadline.
Joe posted this last year, but it won't hurt to include it here again:
This was an issue last year, so I'll repeat it now for clarification . . . the posting of the ballot to the discussion thread ...Read More...
John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy
Posted: December 07, 2011 at 09:17 PM | 192 comment(s)
Toronto Blue Jays acquire DSA Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox for RHP prospect Nestor Molina.
I'd hate to think the logic behind this deal is on the order of -- We had 25 blown saves and only 33 saves last year. With a Proven Veteran Closer we might have made the playoffs. Santos was 30 of 36 last year, Problem solved.
In the first place 83% is an unremarkable save conversion rate for a closer. (he had 2 holds in 2 opportunities as well. Count those and it's 84%. Doesn't change the ...Read More...
Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Minnesota Twins
Not a lot of good news for the Twins in 2011. ZiPS had them slipping significantly from 2010 and while they did just that, they more than exceeded the projected dropoff. A lot to do with
it is Mauer and Morneau being injured, ineffective, or frequently both, a plot twist so bad that M. Night Shyamalan would disavow it. For video game nerds out there (there's a lot of
crossover), it's almost Final Fantasy VIII plot twist-bad.
The Twins may not fully realize it, but they're a team that's ...Read More...
Posted: December 06, 2011 at 09:02 PM | 31 comment(s)
Miami Marlins sign SS Jose Reyes to a 6 year/ $111 million contract (6 years/ $106 with an option of a 7th year at $22 million or a $5 million buyout)
I see several contradictory factors here. First of all, because the Marlins already have Hanley Ramirez under contract one of them loses some of their value. Sure Ramirez could be shifted to center field (the Marlins weakest position last year) or third base ( Dobbs and Bonifacio weren't bad, but Bonifacio was probably over his head and Dobbs ...Read More...
Posted: December 06, 2011 at 05:57 PM | 13 comment(s)
Los Angeles Angels: Acquired LHP Brad Mills from Toronto for C Jeff Mathis.
Well. It's the only way I can think of to keep Mike Scioscia from playing Mathis more than his talents objectively merit. Unless of course the move means that Scioscia (who -- fair or not -- is often viewed as the de facto GM of the Angels) has reconsidered Mathis' actual value.
Mathis won't play much in Toronto. He's arbitration eligible and I doubt the Blue Jays fear going to arbitration with him. The only problem ...Read More...
Posted: December 04, 2011 at 01:44 PM | 8 comment(s)
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