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Big league teams appreciate the value of versatility

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — In his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers, Niko Goodrum spent time at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots.

The next logical step was to try him in center field, and manager Ron Gardenhire did just that during spring training this month.

“We’re just looking for places to put him. We’re going to play him everywhere,” Gardenhire said. “Except catcher. We’re not going to do that yet.”

If they care so much about versatility, why do they hire so many relievers that freak out over having to face more than one batter?

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: niko goodrum, tigers, utility infielders, versatility

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   1. calming him down with his 57i66135 Posted: March 30, 2019 at 11:27 AM (#5827006)
Big league teams appreciate the value of versatility


from b-ref:
Niko Goodrum
2019 Contract Status: Signed thru 2019, 1 yr/$671k (19)

something tells me it's not his versatility that they value; it's his disposability.
   2. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 30, 2019 at 11:32 AM (#5827007)
¿Porque no los dos?
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5827011)
Willie Bloomquist was ahead of his time.
   4. filihok Posted: March 30, 2019 at 12:03 PM (#5827015)
something tells me it's not his versatility that they value; it's his disposability.

Seems there would be a mountain of "disposable" guys

They value his versatility.
   5. Dock Ellis Posted: March 30, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5827023)
Just from playing fantasy baseball, there does seem to be a bit more multi-position eligible players the past couple years. Niko Goodrum, Marwin Gonzalez, Chris Taylor, Max Muncy, Asdrubel Cabrera....
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2019 at 01:18 PM (#5827035)
If teams love versatility, it seems like Marwin Gonzalez should have gotten more then 2/$21M?
   7. Dock Ellis Posted: March 30, 2019 at 01:45 PM (#5827044)
Or perhaps teams value versatility enough to already have plenty of it. The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Phillies, Cubs, Mets, Rangers , Rays, Mariners, and Padres all already have enough players who play the multiple positions that cover the depth a Marwin Gonzalez covers.
   8. puck Posted: March 30, 2019 at 02:37 PM (#5827054)
Niko has DH'd two games so far. That's odd. Utility guys are odd guys. If they hit well enough to stand in for the OF for more than a game at a time, but can also play an infield position passably, you'd think they'd be best off just starting in the infield.

Then there's guys like Ian Desmond. Made a nice catch last game, but I just pencil in a black home on offense for CF this year instead of 1B.
   9. Dock Ellis Posted: March 30, 2019 at 03:09 PM (#5827061)
To be fair, the Tigers are so ####### terrible that a minor-league FA utility player is DHing for them.
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 30, 2019 at 05:14 PM (#5827088)
Niko Goodrum


I hope Pittsburgh signs or trades for this guy eventually just for the headline: Pirates acquire Goodrum.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2019 at 07:23 PM (#5827104)

Or perhaps teams value versatility enough to already have plenty of it. The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Phillies, Cubs, Mets, Rangers , Rays, Mariners, and Padres all already have enough players who play the multiple positions that cover the depth a Marwin Gonzalez covers.


That leaves 20 other teams.
   12. Dock Ellis Posted: March 30, 2019 at 07:54 PM (#5827107)
You should be his agent!
   13. The Honorable Ardo Posted: March 30, 2019 at 10:45 PM (#5827137)
To be fair, the Tigers are so ####### terrible
The Tigers have played three games and failed to score any runs in innings 1-9. D'oh!
   14. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 31, 2019 at 10:52 AM (#5827175)
Versatility is something that WAR underrates. Being able to fill in at any position has more value than just playing one position. However, consider the case of Chris Taylor. Had he simply been the shortstop after Seager went down last year, he would have had over 4 WAR. However, because the team acquired Machado, he moved to the outfield for the most part down the stretch. That flexibility has value in that he can be plugged in wherever the hole is. But from WAR’s perspective since center field (and sometimes even left field!) is an easier position he got less WAR playing there.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5827239)
#14 ... meh. Greater flexibility = greater playting time. And, in theory, dWAR is dWAR (not that anybody really believes it). A structural argument might be better ... position player roster space is more restricted than it used to be so versatility becomes more valuable in that context. On the other hand, possibly all this "versatility" in the game today is just the consequence of that limited roster space -- basically it's nearly required that you have somebody who plays both IF and OF whether they are actually good at it.
   16. bobm Posted: March 31, 2019 at 06:00 PM (#5827253)
Big league teams appreciate the value price of versatility and the value of nothing


FTFY, with apologies to Oscar Wilde
   17. Swoboda is freedom Posted: April 01, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5827335)
I thought Zobrist made a whole career on being versatile.

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