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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tribe sends Stubbs to Rox for Outman

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 19, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4620961)
Why do the Rockies want Stubbs? Don't they want fly ball hitters with power? I get that the OF is hard to cover but can't they manage that via GB pitchers like Outman? I don't get this deal for the Rockies?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 02:16 PM (#4620965)
I really have no idea what the Rox are doing with their offseason.
   3. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4621014)
One out man traded for another.
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4621016)
How many years in a row could we go back in the archives and find a similar comment to #2 being made?
   5. Davo Dozier Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:13 PM (#4621028)
How many years in a row could we go back in the archives and find a similar comment to #2 being made?
There are three teams whose offseason plans are (to me) completely inscrutable (and have been for many years), and they all play in the NL West: The Rockies, Padres, and Diamondbacks.
   6. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4621038)
They dump Dexter Fowler to save money (theoretically) and then use that cash for Stubbs and Boone Logan?
   7. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4621039)
There are three teams whose offseason plans are (to me) completely inscrutable

The Phillies' off-season qualifies, at least if rumors are to be believed. They have invested in old players for a win-now strategy and yet are rumored to be willing to move any number of expensive, productive players (Lee, Hamels, Papelbon). Or maybe Amaro's just trolling the media.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4621053)
The Phillies' off-season qualifies, at least if rumors are to be believed. They have invested in old players for a win-now strategy and yet are rumored to be willing to move any number of expensive, productive players (Lee, Hamels, Papelbon). Or maybe Amaro's just trolling the media.


Its not that inscrutable. They're trying to dump expensive old players in order to get new expensive old players.
   9. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4621054)
The A's offseason is kind of weird, too.
   10. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4621061)
Stubbs is fine as the smaller half of a platoon. Plus he can run and field, which give him value as a reserve. He just shouldn't be starting against righties.
   11. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4621084)
The A's offseason is kind of weird, too.

I thought they were going "all in" for 2014-15 until they traded Brett Anderson for bit parts.
   12. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4621093)
Stubbs is fine as the smaller half of a platoon.


I'm not a fan of a guy like Stubbs in the short half of a platoon. I'm sure the study exists somewhere but it just seems that high strikeout players would be more likely to struggle playing sporadically. With their big long swings letting them play every day would keep them in some kind of a rhythm but playing once every 3 days seems like a recipe for 0 for 4 with 3 Ks pretty regularly.
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4621096)
So, Outman and Balfour. Best and worst names ever for a pitcher?
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4621101)
I'm not a fan of a guy like Stubbs in the short half of a platoon. I'm sure the study exists somewhere but it just seems that high strikeout players would be more likely to struggle playing sporadically. With their big long swings letting them play every day would keep them in some kind of a rhythm but playing once every 3 days seems like a recipe for 0 for 4 with 3 Ks pretty regularly.

Also, he's just not that good against lefties. 117 career wRC+, but only ~110 the last 2 years.

If I'm looking for a lefty masher, get one that can actually mash.
   15. Karl from NY Posted: December 19, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4621129)
Bob Walk is in the conversation too.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 19, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4621139)
They dump Dexter Fowler to save money (theoretically) and then use that cash for Stubbs and Boone Logan?

Being desperate to get rid of Dexter Fowler and replace him with Drew Stubbs makes sense only if the Rockies are expecting to be transported 80 years into the past.
   17. zonk Posted: December 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM (#4621197)
Herb Score and Homer Bailey don't inspire pitching/run prevention confidence either.
   18. puck Posted: December 19, 2013 at 06:53 PM (#4621288)
How many years in a row could we go back in the archives and find a similar comment to #2 being made?

A lot, but for a few years there, they actually had a plan and it seemed to work. Sinkerball/groundball pitchers, good defenders. So the marginal pitchers would be guys like Marquis who had good groundball rates, and they lived with Barmes' bat so they could have his D at 2nd.

Then the pitching coach (Apodaca) resigned/was kicked upstairs, and you started hearing about getting pitchers with cutters, then relievers with "power arms", and guys started to get moved for perceived personality issues (Ianetta, Seth Smith, Fowler, and I guess Ian Stewart [they got that one]).
   19. Too Much Coffee Man Posted: December 19, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4621329)
You could argue that they gave up very little in Herrera and Outman, and got a few players who have had flashes of non-suckitude (which implies the potential to do it again).
But, they also gave up a decent every CF for a few players who have had no flashes of non-suckitude, and the "rearranging deck chairs" metaphor comes to mind.
   20. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 19, 2013 at 09:16 PM (#4621367)
They have invested in old players for a win-now strategy

I'm hoping this win-now strategy convinces the owners that they need a winnow strategy about the front office.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: December 20, 2013 at 01:58 AM (#4621481)
As somebody pointed out somewhere, they got Brandon Barnes in the Fowler trade and Barnes, if he's anything at all, is Drew Stubbs. In the entire history of baseball, there has never been a team that needed two Drew Stubbses.
   22. God Posted: December 20, 2013 at 02:08 AM (#4621484)
I'm pretty sure the Longhorns would have won the College World Series that one year if they'd had two Drew Stubbses.
   23. steagles Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:03 AM (#4621495)
if drew stubbs was actually as good as the people who continue to trade for him think he is, he'd be chris young.
   24. Squash Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:37 AM (#4621498)
I thought they were going "all in" for 2014-15 until they traded Brett Anderson for bit parts.

The trade of Brett Anderson, who has pitched 83 1/3, 35, and 44 2/3 innings over the past three years, convinced you of a massive change in strategy?
   25. Walt Davis Posted: December 20, 2013 at 08:04 PM (#4621958)
I'm pretty sure the Longhorns would have won the College World Series that one year if they'd had two Drew Stubbses.

OK, the entire history of professional baseball.

OK, the entire history of openly professional baseball.
   26. PreservedFish Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM (#4622019)
I thought they were going "all in" for 2014-15 until they traded Brett Anderson for bit parts.

This was the A's going all-in. That money went towards Kazmir or Johnson.

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