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Monday, June 29, 2009

Mariners - Acquired Langerhans

Seattle Mariners - Acquired OF Ryan Langerhans from the Washington Nationals for UT Mike Morse.

I both love and hate challenge trades.  Without the imbalances in position, contract, or short and long-term goals, I get the benefit of generally being able to declare a winner.  This is more fun to write than a wishy-washy entry about how both teams did OK and got what they needed.  The downside, of course, is that there aren’t a lot of outs if I’m wrong.

In this case, I give the win to the Mariners.  Morse is a useful player, but he’s no great shakes defensively and the Nats really need some better gloves.  This is what makes the trading of Langerhans so puzzling as he is an extremely accomplished defensive player at the corners and did everything he could the last 1.5 years to erase the memory of a horrific 2007 campaign.  Some analysts in favor of this trade have suggested that Langerhans can replace Chavez’s performance.  They’re wrong; Langerhans is probably better than Chavez.  Chavez is unlikely to come even within sniffing distance of 2006’s .779 OPS and will most likely stay under .700 for the rest of his career.  As good as Chavez is defensively, Langerhans matches him.

The M’s still aren’t going anywhere with an abysmal two-man offense, but this is still a good move.  The team wasn’t going to get a huge bat for Morse.  Given the hand Jack Zdurien…Zduren…Jones was dealt, he qualifies for sainthood just for resisting the temptation to send most of the offense to Darfur on a goodwill trip and “forget” to arrange the return flight.

2009 ZIPS Projection - Ryan Langerhans
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG
Year-to-Date   210   29   52 14   0   7   32   24   53   6 .248 .328 .414
Rest-of-Year   177   26   43 10   1   5   22   26   51   4 .244 .343 .394
Total       387   55   95 24   1 12   54   50 104 10 .246 .335 .405

Totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.


2009 ZIPS Projection - Michael Morse
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG
Year-to-Date   261   29   70 10   0   7   38   15   53   0 .268 .318 .387
Rest-of-Year   178   20   47 10   0   4   23   11   32   1 .265 .312 .382
Total       439   49 117 20   0 11   61   26   85   1 .267 .316 .385

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 29, 2009 at 02:54 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: June 29, 2009 at 03:48 PM (#3236596)
Is Jacque Jones on the Langerhans comp list or was Jacque just enough better?
   2. David Cameron Posted: June 29, 2009 at 04:07 PM (#3236609)
Two man offense? Ouch. ZIPS Rest-Of-Season projections for a few Mariner hitters.

Ichiro: .320/.364/.409, .351 wOBA
Branyan: .259/.354/.512, .377 wOBA
Lopez: .278/.308/.421, .316 wOBA
Gutierrez: .259/.322/.405, .322 wOBA
Griffey: .241/.345/.399, .333 wOBA

League average wOBA for a hitter playing half his games at Safeco is around .325 or so. So, yes, the M's only have two good hitters, but they have three average-ish hitters as well. Toss in Langerhans, who is another average-ish hitter, and all of the sudden the line-up isn't as terrible as you might think.
   3. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: June 29, 2009 at 05:55 PM (#3236738)
Do we know that Langerhans hasn't lost a step on D - the Nats have played him at more rightward spots on the defensive spectrum than his rep/previous_skills would suggest. OTOH, they have considerations at hand beyond winning AAA ballgames plus, well, they are the Nats.

Given the hand Jack Zdurien...Zduren...Jones was dealt

What makes this funny is that it came from Szymborski.
   4. WhoWantsTeixeiraDessert Posted: June 29, 2009 at 11:19 PM (#3237157)
I think there were reports that Rizzo traded Langerhans as a favor to give him a chance to play. Morse is probably AAA depth for the corners, maybe he comes up if there's an infield injury and Bellylard has to play too much. Morse isn't a terrible hitter, especially going to the easier league, he could be an ok bench player if his fielding was acceptable. Too bad the M's wouldn't take Kearns and cash.
   5. shout-out to 57i66135; that shit's working now Posted: June 29, 2009 at 11:51 PM (#3237217)
does anyone else have a constant inner monologue that says 'langerhans' in the same voice as that simpsons episode where homer joins a union at the power plant and lobbies for a new dental plan.

dental plan...lisa needs plan......
langer-hans...lisa needs braces......
   6. bookbook Posted: June 30, 2009 at 04:49 AM (#3237490)
Does two good hitters and four average hitters make an offense? I reckon maybe. You'd need some awesome D and pitching to go with it to contend.
   7. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 10, 2009 at 08:21 PM (#3249167)
does anyone else have a constant inner monologue that says 'langerhans' in the same voice as that simpsons episode where homer joins a union at the power plant and lobbies for a new dental plan.

I sure do now!

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