What the DeRosa signing means for Damon

It was rumored that Damon was seeking a three-year deal with an AAV of $13 million. Welcome to Damon’s Alternate Reality. Then came the Granderson trade, the Nick Johnson rumors and ultimate signing and finally the trade of Melky Cabrera. [Needless to say, we're still big fans of Brett Gardner as you can read here, and here, and here.]

I wrote a bit about Damon and the budget last week and most of the thoughts remain intact:

  • He sure is a very good player. However, if I were part of another team, I’d look at his 2009 home/road splits and notice that his power spike was largely due to the new Yankee Stadium, particularly early in the season. There might be some team who thinks Damon’s skills will translate to their team, but I think it’s going to be a stretch, particularly for any team with a spacious LF. But as the old saying goes: “All it takes is one (idiot)
  • Damon + Boras = It’s About The Money, Stupid.
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A 3rd Team In New York?

Since the Yankees won the World Series, there have been rumblings among baseball insiders about the need to correct the “Yankee problem,” namely the fact that the Yankees outspend some clubs by more than 100 million dollars. While a salary cap is the most popular suggestion, a cap on teams would by nature by a...

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Jermaine Dye is a terrible outfielder

Season Team Pos G GS Inn PO A E DP FP RF/G RF/9 DG exO Arm DPR RngR ErrR UZR UZR/150
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
1996 Braves LF 25 14 131.1 21 0 4 0 .840 0.8
1.4
1997 Royals LF 1 1 5.1 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0
0.0
2003 Athletics LF 1 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0
0.0
0 0 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -8.0
1996 Braves CF 4 0 9.0 5 0 0 0 1.000 1.3
5.0
2001 Royals CF 2 2 17.0 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.5
1.6
2003 Athletics CF 3 1 12.0 4 0 0 0 1.000 1.3
3.0
1 3 -0.3 0.7 0.0 0.4 58.4
1996 Braves RF 71 55 505.0 124 2 4 1 .969 1.8
2.2
1997 Royals RF 75 66 600.0 164 7 6 3 .966 2.3
2.6
1998 Royals RF 59 56 513.1 153 4 2 3 .987 2.7
2.8
1999 Royals RF 157 155 1358.2 363 17 6 6 .985 2.4
2.5
2000 Royals RF 146 145 1260.1 277 11 7 3 .976 2.0
2.1
2001 Royals/Athletics RF 153 152 1334.0 271 13 6 1 .979 1.9
1.9
2002 Athletics RF 111 109 956.1 170 2 5 1 .972 1.5
1.6
91 180 -3.9 -8.1 -0.3 -12.3 -20.3
2003 Athletics RF 60 59 500.1 102 1 0 0 1.000 1.7
1.9
56 113 -2.9 -3.3 0.5 -5.7 -15.0
2004 Athletics RF 134 132 1178.0 258 3 2 2 .992 1.9
2.0
119 241 -2.4 8.7 1.5 7.9 9.8
2005 White Sox RF 140 137 1235.1 259 9 8 2 .971 1.9
2.0
134 266 -1.5 -0.2 -0.5 -2.2 -2.6
2006 White Sox RF 146 145 1245.0 305 4 6 2 .981 2.1
2.2
162 324 -4.0 -17.1 -1.4 -22.5 -21.5
2007 White Sox RF 135 135 1156.0 284 9 3 3 .990 2.2
2.3
150 300 -5.7 -17.0 1.1 -21.6 -21.5
2008 White Sox RF 151 151 1312.2 266 5 1 0 .996 1.8
1.9
140 281 -3.9 -16.1 0.6 -19.4 -21.4
2009 White Sox RF 133 133 1120.2 238 9 5 0 .980 1.9
2.0
126 252 -2.7 -16.5 -0.7 -20.0 -24.5
1996 Braves OF 100 69 645.1 150 2 8 1 .950 1.5
2.1
1997 Royals OF 76 67 605.1 164 7 6 3 .966 2.3
2.5
2001 Royals/Athletics OF 155 154 1351.0 274 13 6 1 .980 1.9
1.9
2001 Royals OF 94 93 813.1 178 6 3 0 .984 2.0
2.0
2001 Athletics OF 61 61 537.2 96 7 3 1 .972 1.7
1.7
2003 Athletics OF 64 60 517.1 106 1 0 0 1.000 1.7
1.9
57 116 -3.3 -2.7 0.5 -5.4 -13.8

So no, despite what some might say (looking at you here), Dye is NOT a quality rightfielder.…

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Commish For A Day II: #6 Automated Strike Zones

(Another issue is how much we trust these machines to get it right. Is the margin of error used in QuesTec acceptable for games? I think so, but I can imagine the PR nightmare if people find that the system gives too much of the corner of the plate, or something similar.)

One of the biggest problems with the game is that the umpires don’t enforce the zone, and many have “personal” strike zones, and the players know it. Worse, umpires give calls to individual players based on reputation. Heck, pitchers and catchers have skills like framing pitches, expanding the zone, and so on, which are really ways of tricking the umpire into calling more pitches in their favor. The strike zone is a fixed area, and should be enforced as such.

I think there are two main arguments against this:

First, people may complain about removing the human element from the game. I have 2 responses to that:

  1. We’re not removing it entirely- you’ll still need umpires to make decisions about out/safe calls, whether a batter checked his swing, calling infield flies, and all kinds of other things that either require judgment calls, or that no amount of camera work or automated processes can do better than an actual human on the field.
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Kepner and MLB parity

This comes in the middle of a Kepner article in which he subtly tells us that he’s becoming the national baseball writer for the NY Times, no longer just a Yanks beat writer. As a Yanks fan, this is a loss for our daily coverage. We lost Pete Abraham (whatever you might think of him; some were rubbed the wrong way) this Fall and now Kepner’s lens is widening. We still have a slew of great beat writers, but we’re a bit short without Pete and Tyler giving us the daily nuggets. Kepner’s not-surprising-low-key notice:

I am eager to learn and share more of their stories the hopeless, the hopeful and all the rest in my new role as a national baseball writer. I have worked the beats here for 10 years, two with the Mets and eight with the Yankees. Every season was its own mystery, dozens of parallel story lines building to a conclusion, and it was fun, at the finish, to write a happy ending and not a post-mortem.

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Joba or Phil?

Unless the Yankees plan on rocking out a six-man rotation in 2010, one of Phil Hughes/Joba Chamberlain will not be in the starting rotation. Obviously, this is incredibly unlikely and the Yankees will probably stick to the traditional five man rotation. With six starters–Hughes and Chamberlain, along with Sabathia, Burnett, Petttitte, and the newly acquired...

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