Trade Value Newsbeat
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Not listed: Alfonso Soriano
41. Xander Bogaerts (31), 3B/SS, Boston Red Sox
40. Mookie Betts (NR), CF, Boston Red Sox
39. Cole Hamels (NR), SP, Philadelphia Phillies
We’ve already discussed why the Red Sox threw all of that money at Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez: Good bats have become really tough to find, the AL East is there for the taking, and Boston can always shop for arms later. Though the free-agent market for starting pitching remains robust with Max Scherzer, James Shields, and ex-Sox Jon Lester still available, rumors indicate that Boston might attempt to address its pitching needs via a big trade — and no trade candidate has garnered more headlines than Hamels.
The 30-year-old left-hander (who turns 31 on December 27) has been one of the game’s best pitchers for the better part of a decade, ranking fifth in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts, and ninth in WAR since 2007. He’s durable, he pounds the strike zone, and he carries virtually no platoon split, meaning the Sox or any other team could trade for him without worrying about opponents stacking their lineups with right-handed hitters. Though Hamels is a notch below, say, Kershaw, he’s indisputably an ace.
Posted: December 03, 2014 at 11:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
Monday, August 04, 2014
Mike Francesa hasn’t heard of Warren Buffett either.
The perception that the Rays received a paltry haul is based on the precedent set by the 2012 deal in which they acquired Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard from the Royals. We are now two years down the road, and prospects are overvalued by the industry.
My grandfather remembers when he could buy a bottle of Pepsi for a nickel. He’s still pissed off about the price hike. Regardless of how he feels about it, when he walks into a 7-Eleven, he will leave thirsty if he’s not willing to pony up a buck fifty. When he does crack, everyone his age points and yells “How could you spend six quarters on soda!”
Now, back to the future. ...
Let’s step back from baseball for a moment. When elite companies - like Apple or Annie’s Natural Foods - release less than stellar earnings reports or unsavory news, as investors, we have a choice. We can panic and sell our positions at a loss or we can examine why the landscape seems less fruitful than before. Stepping back from the ledge, we should trust the history of the company and remember why we invested in the first place. Sometimes, taking a small step back is needed for bigger steps forward.
Historically, exceptional companies are built by the actions of stellar executives and employees. We learn to trust them based on their body of work. We aren’t necessarily privy to their proprietary information, but we know their job is to be smarter than us when it comes to their strategies. I’m not advocating blind faith. We should always question and challenge the process. However, I am suggesting that we display some level of confidence in the men and women steering the ship if they’ve continually given us reason to. ...
As an investor, blind faith is never worthy of applause, but paying attention to the companies Warren Buffett is buying and selling is an exercise with merit. When he makes a move that doesn’t immediately hit home, I don’t throw my hands up in frustration, I lean in and pay attention.
I haven’t seen Willy Adames play yet, but I just bought a bunch of shares.
Friday, July 18, 2014
7. Salvador Perez
If there’s one piece of feedback I got more clearly than any other last year, it was that I was too low on Salvador Perez. I had one friend in the game tell me should have been in the top five, and I had him at 36. My bad, Kansas City. Consider this a mea culpa.
Perez might not yet be the best catcher in baseball, but there are a lot of people convinced that he’s going to be in the near future. He’s basically a power spike away from being Jonathan Lucroy, only he’s four years younger than Milwaukee’s backstop, and at a point where many catchers are still honing their craft in the minors. And while framing metrics don’t love him the same way they do Lucroy, his defensive reputation is still stellar, as he shuts down the running game as well as anyone.
And then there’s the contract. Because the Royals locked up Perez after just 39 big league games, he’s set to make $2 million each of the next two years, and then they have team options for three additional years at $4 million, $5 million, and $6 million respectively. It’s $19 million over five seasons, or an average of $4 million per year. The best catcher in the American league is signed to the kind of deal you give a decent middle reliever.
Perez doesn’t even have to get any better to be one of the biggest steals in baseball. If he does improve, though, he might eventually challenge for the top spot on this list.
BUT WHO IS #6????
Posted: July 18, 2014 at 02:01 PM | 35 comment(s)
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
The Nats are actively seeking to add a young shortstop, one who could inherit the position if Ian Desmond departs as a free agent after 2015, major league sources say.
Desmond, 28, rejected the Nationals’ offer of a lengthy extension last offseason, settling instead for a two-year, $17.5 million contract that will expire after next season.
Posted: July 08, 2014 at 12:31 PM | 10 comment(s)
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