A Very Different Competition?

It’s March 30th and the Major League regular season has technically already started. Teams are making their final cuts and most roster competitions are winding down. Yet in the Bronx (Tampa, rather) much is still up in the air. The bullpen is not settled and neither is the bench. Cesar Cabral and Clay Rapada Read more

Teixeira Finally Going the Other Way

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Following hitting for the lowest average of his career over the last two years, Mark Teixeira correctly assessed his problem this offseason, his poor numbers hitting lefty. The initial word from the first baseman in...

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What we know about Robinson Cano

There is contextual evidence that Robinson Cano is a valuable commodity. Fangraphs ranked Cano the sixth best second baseman in baseball last year. And over the last three years, that same site ranks Cano third behind Ben Zobrist and Chase Utley. Utley, unfortunately, seems on the wrong side of history with knee problems. Zobrist is not a true second baseman as he plays right and first base too. Both kill Cano with their fielding rankings. Dustin Pedroia is in the same category as knocking Cano silly in fielding metrics. But when it comes to offense, Cano is clearly the leader with the highest wOBA and wRC+ for second basemen over the past three seasons. Fangraphs ranks his play as averaging $23.4 million a year for the past three years.

And for the past three years, Robinson Cano has been remarkably consistent. His OPS totals the last three year are all in the same range, .871, .914 and .882 respectively.  Perhaps Cano could have a  “career year” and blow these numbers away.…

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Stunned Silence

Maybe I can’t get past the fact that current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, the guy whose inept management and systematic looting drove the team into bankruptcy, is about to set some kind of record for the largest amount of money ever pocketed in the sale of a sports franchise. It’s as if McCourt tried to shoot himself in the foot, missed, and struck oil instead. It could have happened to a nicer guy.

Last year I wrote that McCourt had to go, and he is finally going to go. But he’ll be a lot richer than he was when he arrived, and that’s not necessarily the way I wanted to see him go. As Smith College’s Andrew Zimbalist put it, McCourt took a $430-million asset and turned it into a $2.15-billion asset by despoiling it over a period of eight years. McCourt is proof that you can make it in America by being so obnoxiously incompetent that someone will pay you a billion dollars just to leave town.…

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Nightly Links: Ibanez, Cashman, Pearce

  • It looks like Raul Ibanez has finally picked things up. After his homerun on Saturday, he was robbed yesterday, and today we have another homerun off Jason Hammel. The game is currently on YES.
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