And it was an easy choice. Beane was planning on dismantling his team...So why did he waste a huge sum on an aging power hitter who doesn't have any power? Our makes no sense
This MLB Trade Rumors' article is fun. As is always the case, the comments are even more fun.
(And as is currently the case, no baseball comments thread could ever be as fun as a NinersNation thread entitled "It Is Time for the Airing of Grievances." Of which the Seahawks' rampage is number one, of course.
Okay. That's enuffa that.)
Back to MLBTR, they nominate 7 terrible contracts and 3 bargains to their readership, asking the fans to rate them together for surprise factor. Fangraphs, early on, put Nelson Cruz' contract at the top of the terrible list, but Cruz doesn't make the cut in either direction. Some things never change, baby.
In view of the kinds of moves given by MLBTR ... spending $20 of your last $40 roto on the only cleanup Uruk-Hai in the player pool, and leaving your last $20 on the table as waste ... befuddling how that move is in any way controversial.
In roto you'd have paid twice as much. Dr. D wouldn't have paid twice as much, but he'd a paid once as much.
Anyway, SSI wouldn't mind hearing your take on which of the following were the most ill-advised moves:
- 3 x $30M for Billy Butler
- 4 x $44M for Nick Markakis
- 5 x $82M for Russell Martin (bonus points: Martin & Kemp or Cruz, Zunino & $20M/yr?)
- 2 x $17M for Kendrys Morales
- 4 x $46M for David Robertson
- *Coughing up your franchise player for Brett Lawrie
- *Any other move Billy Beane made this winter
I mean, Josh Donaldson OPS+'ed 145 and 127 the last two years at 3B, and "earliest Free Agent" is 2019. Yeah, we know, Billy. Had absolutely nothing to do with anything off the field.
The cost-efficiency of Uruk-Hai's deal aside, I'm just glad we got him and not Kendrys. The above list puts this into rather sharp perspective.
Here's to an Oakland A's season that's as much fun for the Bay Area as football was. Oh, wait. Been there, done that.
Same as SABR Matt, pretty much. Especially in the shadow of the Josh Donaldson trade. Don't see Lawrie being able to fill that crater either.
Kendry was worth -1.7 WAR last season. Was this payback for sabotaging us? If so, they are evil geniuses over there in the Show Me State.
Regarding Niners Nation, when they lost their tough guy RB to a concussion when Gore accidentally hit his helmet against Bobby Wagner's bicep, well, that pretty much told the story of their demise. Schadenfreude is my favorite Christmas delicacy, Doc :-) Best served warm.
In steady decline, but several on that list might qualify........or they might be an indication of something else:
This may be the new value of the replacement level (in GM's minds) player....
The odd question here is whether you'd want Butler, Markakis, or Kendrys for the league minimum. Like you quip Russ, the new value of the RLP :- )
GM's are entitled to their opinions on who is going to bounce back, which makes a ball game.
If the Niners really want to do as the 'grievance' crowd suggests and build their team to beat the Seahawks, there is one sure fire way to begin: hire Dan Quinn as their next head coach.