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Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Chicago White Sox designate Adam Eaton for assignment

The Chicago White Sox designated outfielder Adam Eaton for assignment Wednesday, after the veteran recently finished a stint on the injured list with a strained hamstring.

“Very difficult organizational decision,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “To have a veteran sit around, not playing, goes against why he was brought here. It’s just the reality of the some of the development of our young guys more than anything.”

Outfielder Adam Engel, who has also been slowed by hamstring issues this season, was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.

Eaton, 32, was in his second stint with the team after signing a one-year, $8 million deal which included a team option for 2022. He was batting .201/.298/.344/.642 with five homers, 28 RBI and 33 runs scored over 58 games.

He became expendable, in part, because of the impact rookies Gavin Sheets and Andrew Vaughn have had on the lineup as well as the positive prognosis for two of the injured outfielders.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2021 at 03:19 PM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 07, 2021 at 03:25 PM (#6028095)
Eaton yearly WAR. He was good from 25 to 27.

0.7
-0.3
5.2
4.1
6.6
0.3
1.3
1.8
-0.6
0.1
   2. The Honorable Ardo Posted: July 07, 2021 at 03:34 PM (#6028100)
Eaton would have to help somebody in the right role, no?
   3. Rough Carrigan Posted: July 07, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6028136)
#2. Well, he doesn't really have any platoon value. It looks like the ChiSox have been shielding him from lefties. He was truly hopeless against them this year(OPS + of 19 in few at bats). He was just bad against righties (OPS + of 93).
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: July 07, 2021 at 05:02 PM (#6028137)
Bit of a dissapointment with the Nats, particularly given how Giolito has turned out, but you just can't knock 320/433/560 in the World Series
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2021 at 05:03 PM (#6028140)
Brian Goodwin and Billy Hamilton played Adam Eaton out of a job.
   6. catomi01 Posted: July 07, 2021 at 05:54 PM (#6028158)
Eaton would have to help somebody in the right role, no?


I was going to say the Yankees could definitely use him...but I didn't realize he hasn't played CF in years now....still might make sense as part of an Andujar/Eaton LF platoon...but not sure you can afford the roster spots to have a platoon there and a semi-platoon in CF with Gardner and Locastro - especially when all 4 of them are below average with the bat....they just need flat out upgrades at both spots, not improvement on the margins.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: July 07, 2021 at 06:13 PM (#6028164)
It's a little odd they didn't give him until the deadline (or Eloy/Robert return) to get himself straightened out. Vaughn has just a 100 OPS+ and a bit below-average defensively; I'd never heard of Sheets but he has just 31 PA and was doing fine not great at AAA. As #5 notes, Goodwin, Hamilton and Leury Garcia all still seem to be on the roster and none of them can hit either.

Kind of an odd team right now. Grandal just hit the IL so it's Abreau, Anderson, Moncada and a complete scramble to fill the other 6 spots.
   8. The Duke Posted: July 07, 2021 at 07:44 PM (#6028185)
The white Sox have had horrid injury luck. I hope they can hold on until the injured troops return. They will likely have to figure out how to buy without crushing their farm
   9. Cooper Nielson Posted: July 07, 2021 at 09:48 PM (#6028202)
Kind of an odd team right now. Grandal just hit the IL so it's Abreau, Anderson, Moncada and a complete scramble to fill the other 6 spots.

Moncada's been banged up too. No IL trip yet, but he's only had 11 plate appearances in the month of July (7 team games).
   10. Hombre Brotani Posted: July 07, 2021 at 11:08 PM (#6028214)
The Angels could use him. Their outfield defense is a total dumpster fire right now. Trout and Upton won't be back until close to August, and the Angels are playing career non-hitting infielders in left and right.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 08, 2021 at 09:00 AM (#6028229)
he white Sox have had horrid injury luck. I hope they can hold on until the injured troops return.

I don't think the injured troops are returning, not this year. IIRC Robert and Jimenez are out for the season.
   12. Charles S. is not doing chainsaw bears any more Posted: July 08, 2021 at 09:30 AM (#6028236)
   13. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 08, 2021 at 10:36 AM (#6028244)
I don't think the injured troops are returning, not this year. IIRC Robert and Jimenez are out for the season.


Jimenez starts his rehab assignment in Winston-Salem tomorrow.
   14. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: July 08, 2021 at 12:32 PM (#6028256)
Eaton's been an above-average hitter when he can stay on the field. He misses huge chunks of games almost every year, and I can imagine injury after injury have sapped his defense, or at least limited him to the corners.

Speaking of Grandal, I heard the amazing stat last week (on Effectively Wild, I think) that among all qualifiers, Grandal had the fewest hits, but had a higher OBP than the guy with the most hits, Cedric Mullins.
   15. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: July 08, 2021 at 12:48 PM (#6028258)
Yes, the Angels would definitely take him. Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo are not outfielders. Nor major league players at all, really, although it's nice to see that Ward is at least holding his own at the plate this season. Maybe it's just every time I watch him he swings pathetically at breaking balls a foot outside the zone.
   16. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: July 08, 2021 at 12:57 PM (#6028259)
The Braves right now are playing Orlando Arcia in left field and cycle through Abraham Almonte, Guillermo Heredia and (occasionally) the corpse of Ender Inciarte in the non-Acuna outfield spots. Heredia and Almonte are doing admirable work so far, but a little outfield injection is probably not out of line at the moment.
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: July 08, 2021 at 12:58 PM (#6028260)
Speaking of Grandal, I heard the amazing stat last week (on Effectively Wild, I think) that among all qualifiers, Grandal had the fewest hits, but had a higher OBP than the guy with the most hits, Cedric Mullins.


That's definitely a Grandal thing, rather than a Mullins thing. Of the Top 10 leaders in hits in the AL, Grandal's OBP is better than all but the current leader, Vlad Jr. He's got 34 hit and 60 walks.

The only recent full-year seasons with a ratio of H:W like that was when Bonds was getting 60 or more IBBs per season.
   18. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 08, 2021 at 01:24 PM (#6028262)
I haven't followed the White Sox much this year, but wondered why they had such a good record. They don't seem to have a position player really lighting it up...but then again, they don't really have a player dragging them down except for Eaton, who is now gone. Here is the OPS+ of the other eight guys who are their primary starting lineup:

129, 126, 120, 114, 112, 110, 102, 100

There can't be another team in baseball right now whose eight primary everyday players have nobody above 129, but also nobody below 100, right?

   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 08, 2021 at 02:21 PM (#6028271)
As of now, there is hope that both Jiminez and Robert will return by mid to late August.


Man, I wouldn't let Robert play this year. A fast guy with a bad hip injury. Seems like just asking for a re-injury, or a different leg injury as he tries to compensate.
   20. Rally Posted: July 08, 2021 at 02:24 PM (#6028274)
Wow, Grandal having a Gene Tenace season, but more extreme than anything Fury Gene ever did.

Closest was probably 1974, Gene hit 211/367/411 with 26 homers and 110 walks.
   21. Hombre Brotani Posted: July 08, 2021 at 02:29 PM (#6028275)
Yes, the Angels would definitely take him. Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo are not outfielders. Nor major league players at all, really....
I still can't believe that team nosed over .500 without Trout, dragging a gimpy Rendon. Is Eaton healthy now? I can't seem to find anything other than that he's back from his hamstring injury. For a guy who lives by his legs, that doesn't sound awesome.
   22. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: July 08, 2021 at 02:38 PM (#6028276)
Grandal currently has 60 walks to only 34 hits. I was going to ask if anyone has ever walked 100 or more times without collecting 100 hits, but I quickly found two such seasons. Jim Wynn walked 127 times (leading the league!) with only 93 hits for Atlanta in 1976. Tenace himself had one such season: 101 walks and 90 hits for San Diego in 1978. Can anyone else find any other such seasons? What's the largest gap between walks and hits in a single season? Is it Wynn's +34?
   23. Rally Posted: July 08, 2021 at 02:52 PM (#6028278)
I was curious on how the Angels have generally played without Trout. Since 2012, they are 638-610 when he appears in a game. 88-106 when he does not. Per 162, that comes out to 83 and 73 wins.

It’s almost as if a healthy Trout is worth 10 wins per season! Who could have guessed?
   24. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 08, 2021 at 03:05 PM (#6028280)
I haven't followed the White Sox much this year, but wondered why they had such a good record.

They're starting rotation has been great this year, though some have cooled off lately.
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: July 08, 2021 at 03:13 PM (#6028281)
What's the largest gap between walks and hits in a single season?


It has to be Bonds' 2004: 101 hits, 232 walks (120 of them intentional).

He also makes your sub-100 hits, plus-100 walks list. In 2002, he was at 90H, 148W.

   26. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: July 08, 2021 at 03:36 PM (#6028282)
Mickey Tettleton and Rob Deer were the first players I checked. Tettleton in 1990 had 106 walks and 99 hits.
   27. SoSH U at work Posted: July 08, 2021 at 03:44 PM (#6028283)
Jack Cust did it twice, with a nice gap in both.

2003 - 82 H, 105W
2004 - 77 H, 111H
   28. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 08, 2021 at 04:46 PM (#6028286)
Grandal was at 20 hits and 52 walks earlier this season. I knew he wouldn’t keep up those ratios, but sad to see the gap is shrinking that quickly.
   29. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 08, 2021 at 05:01 PM (#6028287)
He also makes your sub-100 hits, plus-100 walks list. In 2002, he was at 90H, 148W.


Bonds had 90 RBI in 2002 and 148 hits.

It has to be Bonds' 2004: 101 hits, 232 walks (120 of them intentional).

He had a 101 RBI that year and 129 hits.

He did the sub 100 hits, 100+ walks his last two seasons.
   30. SoSH U at work Posted: July 08, 2021 at 05:23 PM (#6028289)
Bonds had 90 RBI in 2002 and 148 hits.


I made the same mistake with Cust. He never did it.

Looking at that, I doubt anyone's been close to the ratio Grandal has so far.
   31. Walt Davis Posted: July 08, 2021 at 09:41 PM (#6028310)
No wonder they charge so much for a stathead subscription, apparently I'm the only one.

12 seasons with >=100 BB and <=100 H by 10 players. Bonds did it twice and the immortal Yank Robinson did it twice. Yank's 1890 line of 229/436/280 with 104 BB and 72 H is quite something (no idea what definitions of BB and H they were using then).

Others not mentioned yet are Jack Clark 1990 (104/89), Greenberg 1947 (104/100), good ol' saber-darling Morgan Ensberg 2006 at 101/91, Wes Westrum 1951 at 104/79, and Jack Crooks 1892 at 136/95. Westrum was also a C so him and Tenace would be the top Grandal 2021 comps. Westrum 217/356/373, 94 OPS+ for his career. Westrum did bat 8th a lot (46 IBB) but his uIBB rate seems consistently high regardless of where hit. Still he wouldn't have broken 100 that one year without 15 IBB.
   32. baxter Posted: July 09, 2021 at 01:18 AM (#6028350)
Interesting to see players with more walks than hits in a season; Tenace was a heck of a player.

This prompted me to look up Greenberg, who was 3rd in triples in a year he was home run champ; almost leading league in both categories; surprising, thought he was very slow-footed.
   33. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 09, 2021 at 01:41 AM (#6028352)
Tenace was a heck of a player.


My brother is 7 years older than me and got into baseball at a younger age, so when I was first taught about Strat-o-matic it was with his old 1991 set. When I made all-star teams, Gene Tenace was the starting catcher. Iirc, my starting nine for that year was:
C- Tenace, 1B- Will Clark, 2B- Roberto Alomar, SS- Cal Ripkin Jr., 3B- Terry Pendleton, LF- Barry Bonds, CF- Kirby Puckett, RF- Ken Griffey Jr. (CFs could play RF without penalty) DH- Frank Thomas. So lots of big names plus Tenace and Pendleton. In retrospect Boggs may have been a better choice than Pendelton, but young me really liked grabbing those strong defensive ratings.
   34. SoSH U at work Posted: July 09, 2021 at 07:35 AM (#6028357)
C- Tenace, 1B- Will Clark, 2B- Roberto Alomar, SS- Cal Ripkin Jr., 3B- Terry Pendleton, LF- Barry Bonds, CF- Kirby Puckett, RF- Ken Griffey Jr. (CFs could play RF without penalty) DH- Frank Thomas. So lots of big names plus Tenace and Pendleton. In retrospect Boggs may have been a better choice than Pendelton, but young me really liked grabbing those strong defensive ratings.


Also, Gene Tenace had been retired for eight years at that point, so I'm not sure his defense was all that good at that point.
   35. JJ1986 Posted: July 09, 2021 at 07:40 AM (#6028358)
Geno Petralli was active and kicking.
   36. SoSH U at work Posted: July 09, 2021 at 08:08 AM (#6028360)
Terry Steinbach, perhaps? A's catcher, good D.

   37. Rally Posted: July 09, 2021 at 09:40 AM (#6028372)
Mickey Tettleton? He was doing Fury Gene Tenace things in 1991.
   38. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 09, 2021 at 01:02 PM (#6028401)
Dammit, I was thinking of Mickey Tettleton. You're right. The other guy who was a catcher who I'd never heard of previously but he put up some good on base and power numbers (31 HRs and 101 BBs). Tettleton was actually a 3 on defense if I recall correctly, but catcher defense wasn't as important as other positions in strat-o-matic.

Also, those 1991 Tigers were really a team ahead of their time- lead the league in HRs, BBs and SOs, last in batting average, but second in runs scored.
   39. Ron J Posted: July 09, 2021 at 06:29 PM (#6028450)
#38 Tettleton had a funny career. He came up as a not quite no hit catcher with a rep as a good handler of pitchers but also with a rep for not throwing as well as you'd like for a defense first catcher.

As I recall, Oakland was focused on the negatives. That he didn't throw particularly well and struck out a lot. Plus that .199 BA between 1986 and 1987 (in over 500 PAs). The Orioles were like, well he can do something and we have plenty of players who can't do anything so let's not over-think this. (helps when you consider the options)

And a pretty interesting player emerged. Granted, the Tigers got most of his prime but his handling was one of the few smart things the Orioles did in that time frame.
   40. The Honorable Ardo Posted: July 11, 2021 at 12:28 AM (#6028557)
I often wonder what those early '90s Tigers teams would've looked like with John Smoltz and Ken Hill atop the rotation.

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