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Is this an actual stat? If so, where does one find it?
Still, I can understand why a trade might not be something many teams are interested in -- the Cubs would want a big package and some teams just might think he's worth that.
You know Keith, back in the day, there was a manager by the name of Whitey Herzog who had a star player who came to not seem completely into the game. This manager, Whitey Herzog, was also the GM and he traded that star player to the Mets. But that player got his act together. And do you know what that player's name was, Keith?
Every dumbass media member and fan thinks they should be able to give up Bits of string in return for Castro or one of the cubs SS prospects because they have more than one guy at a position.
when Harvey comes back, they'll have Niese, Gee, Colon, Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, deGrom and Thor for 5 spots.
which of those pitchers do you feel is fair return for Castro?
It's a position of strength, but the Mets are not required to make a move here.
I wouldn't be surprised to see him wearing pinstripes soon.
I don't like giving up Niese, but I would probably do it straight up.
As a Cub fan I'm hanging up on you in short order
...a bad defensive SS, with head-case written all over him...
Wait why would a below average SS translate to a poor 2B?
but he's basically the same player that he was 3 - 4 years ago. While there is an expectation that most 24 year old players will improve, I don't feel all that confident that this will be the case with Castro.
Wait why would a below average SS translate to a poor 2B? And why is a 24 year old ready to decline?
Yunel Escobar has been a GREAT glove, though. Starlin Castro is a mediocre glove. The two are not similar.
Castro has the arm and the athleticism but not the instincts. He's one of those guys... I remember Bill James writing similarly about Juan Samuel years ago... that has obvious skills but will never quite fit anywhere on the field you try to put him.
While Murphy is not a great fielder, it would probably be a bit of a downgrade to go to Wil Flores at 2B.
Whether you want to call him a 3-WAR player or the 3-time AS Castro or an excellent hitter for a SS or a mensch, (nearly) every GM knows that Castro is a good but not gteat player, signed to a reasonable contract, and is a good bat and not so good glove.
They don't seem to want to commit to Flores for whatever reason, but they don't want to pay whatever cost to either a.) make him a good player for the Mets or b.) make him good trade bait for anyone else
Something like a Baez/Syndegaard deal might make more sense, though.
Is Duda really hitting in a manner that makes a case for him blocking anybody? Hasn't Campbell dislodged him somewhat as an everyday regular or am I not paying enough attention?
That's a blocking line? AFTER a hot streak? Doesn't seem so to me. Am I being too harsh? Someone other than dp should answer. ;-)
I think Flores should be doing what Campbell is doing. Righty utility guy.
I like Tejada, and I'm more than fine with this plan.
I will say that Ruben is gradually inching back toward respectability with the bat, but not enough to block an obviously superior hitter.
Flores is not an obviously superior player, though.
It's going to be really hard to build a decent MLB pitching staff if you don't want to draft top-notch pitchers, and you don't want to trade for them.
3rd in fWAR and 8th in bWAR for this year's staff.
One interesting strategy they appear to be using is acquiring young pitchers perceived to be underperforming at the MLB level (Wood/Arrieta/Straily).
Based on all that, I think it's accurate to say the Cubs value top 20 position prospects more highly than top 20 pitching prospect types. I don't think it's an abandonment of home grown pitching so much as the idea that they will try and accrue elite position prospects and lots of arms. It's tough to see where the rotation is going to come from in two years but it's also true that the surplus of bats is imagined rather than real at this point in time.
You can't build the starting staff of a contender based on one big FA, and a bunch of 1-year fliers.
Which makes me wonder why they didn't extend Samardzjia. There's no guarantee you can sign any of the couple of guys who may be better (Scherzer, Shields, Lester), and they're all going to cost more in years and $ than Samardzjia.
Given the return, I'm happy with the decision to trade him and roll the dice with their money in the FA market.
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