More fun with mystery players!

Last week I had some fun putting the career statistics of Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson side by side on screen, without identifying who the players were. Since this is still the pre-season and meaty topics are running short, I figure I’ll replicate this formula, at least once more. Below you’ll see the statistics of two players who play the same position, and have similar all around games. The ages listed are how old one each was after being an everyday big leaguer for three full years.             The last time I did this my Continue reading More fun with mystery players!

Who Is Lurking In The AL East?

Last year we saw a handful of players surprise even the most optimistic fans and become stars in one of the most competitive leagues in all of sports. The list includes Jacoby Ellsbury, Ricky Romero, Ivan Nova, JJ Hardy, Brett Lawrie, and yea I have to admit I didn’t expect Josh Beckett to post an ERA in the 2’s. (Thank you 80% left on base rate) I expect each team in the AL East to have some sort of breakout player, and I’ve picked one from each non-Yankee team. Between the Rays, Red Sox, and Blue Jays a breakout or Continue reading Who Is Lurking In The AL East?

Are these guys worth the money?

Larry can confirm that the contracts going around this offseason have blown my mind. Say what you will about the deals Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez got back in the day, at least those were two of the best hitters in baseball at the time, and they were young (A-Rod’s first deal, although it’s convenient to forget how good a season he had when he got his second one). Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford are good, but they aren’t nine-figures good. I figured that Crawford would have gotten about $85 million over five years, while Werth and his history of Continue reading Are these guys worth the money?

Crawford to Beantown

The arch-rival Red Sox have struck again! This time they landed speedy Carl Crawford with a generous seven-year, $142M pact. As a point of comparison, this contract matches Jayson Werth’s signing in years and exceeds it by $16M. As noted by Ian Browne, “Crawford’s average annual value of $20,285,714 will also be the 10th highest in history. And his average annual value will trail only Ramirez all time in terms of outfielders. [Manny] Ramirez had a two-year, $45 million from the Dodgers.” I think this is an important point given that they are looking to reward Adrian Gonzalez with something Continue reading Crawford to Beantown

Some preliminary statistical notes on Crawford to the Red Sox

Matt’s working on a Carl Crawford post of his own, but in the interim I’d like to weigh in with a couple of notes on Crawford’s 7-year, $142 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. – For starters, while Carl Crawford is an admittedly dynamic and exciting player, we’re also talking about a hitter with a career .347 wOBA, and who is coming off a career-high .378 mark. Of course, with a player like Crawford one also has to factor in his defense, which is where he derives a significant amount of his value. Is Crawford worth $20.3 million per Continue reading Some preliminary statistical notes on Crawford to the Red Sox

Sox Surprisingly Sign Speedster

In a display of ninja-like stealth that would make even Brian Cashman proud, the Boston Red Sox made a big acquisition today.  Our old friend Peter Abraham broke the news, reporting that the Sawx have signed Rays OF Carl Crawford to a 7-year 142 million dollar contract.  This is a big signing for Boston, and somewhat of a surprise, as I’m sure many people were expecting Boston to be done with handing out big paychecks after acquiring Adrian Gonzalez (and his reported Teixeira-esque extension demands). Crawford will be a nice addition to the Boston lineup, likely hitting in the 2-hole Continue reading Sox Surprisingly Sign Speedster

News and notes on a Saturday morning

Two stories with big implications emerged over night. Most important to Yankee fans, Derek Jeter and the team are now reported to be very close to a deal. According to RAB the agreement is around $51 million for three years, perhaps with a fourth year as an option. For a long time I’ve felt the Yankees were more likely to hold firm on the number of years in a contract for Jeter than on the dollars. I want the team and its Captain to come to an agreement quickly so I can enjoy watching Jeter pick up his 3,000th hit Continue reading News and notes on a Saturday morning

Pondering Crawford or Werth

Good friend of the blog Will Weiss queried an assortment of baseball pundits (can I call myself a pundit? After a year-plus of granularly analyzing even the most mundane details of the activities of a baseball team every single day of the year I’ve probably earned the right) — including the esteemed Anthony McCarron of The New York Daily News, Jonah Keri of The Wall Street Journal and about a million other sites, the perspicacious Jay Jaffe, Jon Lane and myself — on our thoughts regarding whether the Yankees would chase after Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth, assuming they found Continue reading Pondering Crawford or Werth

If not Lee, what's Plan B?

You probably already know by now that after Cliff Lee, there’s a huge drop off in quality of the remaining available starters, whether via free agent or trade. I discussed it in my post on Montero yesterday, and Matt did as well. But what if the new Rangers ownership sells Lee (and his wife) on living in Texas, close to his Arkansas home, and decides to blow Lee away in terms of years? What if the Yanks (with their aging roster) decide that they want don’t half their 2013 payroll tied up in guys over the age of 35? It’s Continue reading If not Lee, what's Plan B?