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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
1. Mike Napoli, Indians ($7 million)
Rajai Davis, at $5.25 million, has also proven to be a wily add for the AL Central leaders. His speed (33 stolen bases) has aged well. But Napoli has been the power right-handed bat this club sorely needed. A full year removed from invasive surgery to address his sleep apnea issues, Napoli is on the cusp of reaching 30 homers for the first time since 2011, and his rate of at-bats to RBI (4.91:1) has been among the best in baseball. Though there’s a lot of chatter pointing to Edwin Encarnacion, Napoli, a Boston hero in 2013, has also positioned himself as a potential David Ortiz replacement… unless the Indians re-sign him first.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Alex Gordon were all supposed to be All-Star caliber outfielders; instead, they’ve all lost their power and are hitting like backup catchers. Between them, they’ve been worth less than +1 WAR this year, but they’ll be paid a combined $55 million this season anyway, and that’s even with the Royals backloading Gordon’s deal. Heyward and Upton are young enough that it’s still reasonable to think they can bounce back from this, but given the disastrous 2016 seasons now on their resume, it’s pretty clear that neither player would get anything close to the contracts they signed last winter if they were forced back onto the free agent market at this point.
And while I was a big fan of the Gordon contract for the Royals, I can’t imagine they’re all that happy to have a 32 year old who looks like a league average hitter under contract for $60 million over the next three years; even with high-level outfield defense, the bat needed to hold up better than this to make it a good deal for the Royals, and one year in, it looks like he might not be an impact hitter anymore.
And those outfielders might actually be doing better than the other expensive starting pitchers.
Zack Greinke’s success was largely built on a .229 BABIP last year, and to the surprise of no one outside of Arizona, that hasn’t carried over. And with his strikeout rate dropping back down to league average, a lack of weak contact is a problem for a guy being paid at ace-levels. Greinke is still a good pitcher, and he might still give the Diamondbacks some good years, but like most of what happened in Arizona this year, the expectations and the realities were simply not the same.
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Will he end up back in San Francisco?
“Where I end up is where I’ll end up,” Lincecum said. “They already have six starters. I’ve got to just look out for me, and if they’re the No. 1 piece in the puzzle when it comes down to decision time, I’ll be excited to go back.”
Monday, May 02, 2016
Is it really going to happen?
Lincecum will host his long-awaited showcase in Arizona on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. At least two-thirds of the major-league teams are expected to attend.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
The statistics page. The free agent’s remorse page. The What-the-Heck-Happened-to-Me-in-2015 page.
With apologies to Repoz
I haven’t seen so much page-turning up on the stage
since I was in the audience for the taping of Bob Seger’s “Live Bullet”!
Posted: March 01, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
for his generous support.
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