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Saturday, July 06, 2019

Decade by decade, baseball trades becoming more and more analytical

The specifics of how teams assign value to players is closely guarded, but there are some rough guidelines to keep in mind as the bartering plays out.

Performance-measuring systems like Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, offer a quick estimate of how much value a player is providing. A win is worth about $9 million in the game right now, so Mike Trout, for example, who’s already delivered 5.6 WAR this season as calculated by Baseball Reference, has provided the Los Angeles Angels with $50.4 million of value this year. Against his $36.8-million salary, he’s already provided $13.6 million worth of surplus value.

Now, teams have projection models for how a player can be expected to perform over time – again, these vary in calculation and accuracy from club to club – and based on a player’s contractual control and expected/guaranteed cost, they can figure out how much surplus is provided. The more surplus a player has, the more he’s worth, which is why prospects are so closely hoarded these days, and what makes Vladimir Guerrero Jr. among the most valuable players in all of baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2019 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Top 50 Trade Candidates For The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline - MLB Trade Rumors

1. Will Smith, RP, Giants: What really is there to say? A shut-down rental closer who throws from the left side and isn’t all that expensive ($4.225MM) … yeah, that’s going to be a popular trade target. Smith would upgrade every contender’s roster and suit every payroll. Accordingly, the acquisition cost will be high. Want more on Smith?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 07:39 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Mets trade Keon Broxton to the Orioles

The other day the New York Mets designated the ineffective — and frustrated — Keon Broxton for assignment. I would’ve bet a decent sum that Broxton would just be released at the end of all of that but they found a trade partner: the Orioles, who just acquired Broxton from the Mets for $500,000 in international bonus money.

Not a bad haul, really, all things considered. Broxton was batting .143/.208/.163 in 53 plate appearances. Getting half a million extra bucks to spend on an international free agent is worth more than that production, that’s for sure.

As for the Orioles: they have nothing to lose. Why not see if a chance of scenery and a better fit gives them something — anything — out of Broxton.

Operation Shutdown II takes a surreal turn.

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: keon broxton, orioles, trades

Friday, April 12, 2019

The IRS gives baseball teams a break

April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017.

The relevant provision related to how businesses are taxed on swapped assets, which included swaps of player contracts by professional sports teams. Under the old law, a swap of stuff of unequal value did not create a taxable event. So, if I traded a $50 piece of equipment for a $100 piece of equipment, I realized a $50 gain, but I was not taxed. Same went for me trading a contract worth $5 million for one worth $10 million. A trade of players did not create a taxable event for the Mudville Nine.

The 2017 law changed that, however. In the new law, only real estate swaps were not taxed. All other swaps of business assets are now taxed. Which is fine if you’re dealing with a printer or a metal stamper or something. It’s a little harder on a baseball player contract because how does one really value a $10 million contract? What if it’s for a player who sucks? What if it’s a sharply team-friendly contract for a much more valuable bit of control on a star player? Kind of a mess.

Given how much of our discussion of baseball ties with finances in one way or another, felt this of interest in describing how tax code affects decision-making.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: irs, taxes, trades

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Giants acquire outfielder, first baseman Austin from Twins

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin has been traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Minnesota Twins for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler.

Presumably for use as an outfielder- if there’s any position where the Giants have depth, it’s first base…..

 

QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, trades, tyler austin

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Giants add veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar in four-player trade with Blue Jays

On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they were trading their longest-tenured player, outfielder Kevin Pillar, to the San Francisco Giants. In exchange, the Blue Jays received right-handers Juan De Paula and Derek Law, along with recently designated infielder Alen Hanson.

The best get for the Blue Jays was certainly De Paula, who was ranked as the Giants No. 19 prospect. The 21-year-old posted a 1.72 ERA in 52.1 innings at Single-A last season with a 9.5 K/9. With Pillar leaving Toronto, No. 5 prospect Anthony Alford now appears poised for a shot at the everyday starting center field job. And worst case scenario, if Alford doesn’t seem ready, the Blue Jays could move Randal Grichuk over to center and have Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney play the corners.

On the flip side of the trade, the Giants add another veteran reinforcement to their young outfield. Outfielder Michael Reed was designated for assignment to clear a spot for Pillar on the 40-man roster. Now, San Francisco’s new outfield will probably consist of Steven Duggar moving from center to left, Pillar taking over at center and Gerardo Parra playing right field. The Giants will also have an off the bench option in Connor Joe.

So, what is more shameful- raising the white flag during the off-season, or doing so a few games into the season?

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, kevin pillar, trades

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A’s trade for Kendrys Morales | MLB.com

The A’s have acquired infielder Kendrys Morales and cash from the Blue Jays in exchange for Minor League infielder Jesus Lopez and international slot money. Right-hander Jharel Cotton has been placed on the 60-day injured list to make room for Morales on Oakland’s roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, kendrys morales, trades

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Tao of Yasiel Puig: The Reds’ New Star Riffs on Bat Flips, Life and His Rocky End With the Dodgers

Some key lines:

Yet the Yasiel Puig Story, as full of fun as it’s been, remains frustratingly incomplete. He’s struggled to match the hype of his thrilling 2013 arrival that launched him into superstardom. He’s clashed repeatedly with managers, coaches and teammates over the years and earned scorn—often unfairly, sometimes deservedly—over his behavior on and off the field. His time in Los Angeles featured six straight division titles and back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2017 and ‘18, yet a championship eluded both him and a team that hasn’t captured one since two years before he was born. “It’s nice, but we haven’t won,” the 28-year-old Puig says in Spanish of his frequent trips to the postseason. “The only thing we’re getting is one more month instead of being on vacation. It’s as if you did nothing.” And for as much as he loves Los Angeles, he’s bitter about parting with his old team.

“It’s their problem,” Puig says of the Dodgers’ decision to move him. “I don’t know what they did with that trade, because they didn’t get anyone who could help them the way I could. But that’s business.”

With that business comes the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next. But as Puig sheds blue for red and, to paraphrase Bill Belichick, moves on to Cincinnati, can he stay and grow in baseball’s spotlight as he leaves Los Angeles behind?


Kremlinologists among us, do you care to interpret these remarks?

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, dodgers, reds, trades, yasiel puig

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Phillies land Realmuto for 3 players, int’l signing money

Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and $250k in international signing money.  I guess it’s better than what they could have gotten for Fakemuto.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: February 07, 2019 at 03:39 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects, trades

 

 

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