Friday, February 26, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 26, 2021 -- "Running Back 2019-20, and the Diamondbacks"

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"That same management team is still in place, and we could see that upper-level development this season with Andy Young, with Josh Rojas, with speed demon Tim Locastro in center, with prospect Daulton Varsho. The Diamondbacks have a chance to win 85 to 88 games...in a world where that might get them exactly what it got them in 2019: a handshake and a free October. They needed to add a star, and instead they added Asdrubal Cabrera."

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 25, 2021 -- "Believing in Breakouts, and the Giants"

 

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"Still, the Giants project to have the oldest lineup in baseball this year, starting seven players 31 and older most days. As great a story last season’s offense was, this is going to be a slow, past-prime team at the plate and in the field."
 
 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 23, 2021 -- "The Tatis Jr. Contract"

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"So when the San Diego Padres look at 22-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. and decide to keep him in the brown-and-mustard well into his thirties, a marginal-win/marginal-dollar analysis seems largely beside the point. That model no longer fits, not when teams are treating the first win as essentially free, not when teams are rejecting all but the very best players who hit the market at 30 and older, not when the league subsidizes not trying to win more than it ever subsidized trying to win."
 
 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 19, 2021 -- "Seven Free Agents, and the Red Sox"

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"The Sox signed six free agents this winter for a total 2021 outlay of $24 million. Throw in their decision to bring back Martin Perez, and the Sox are paying seven free agents about what the Jays will pay George Springer this year. They will actually pay three players, David Price, Dustin Pedroia, and Andrew Benintendi, more than that to not pay for them this year."
 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 17, 2021 -- "LABR Recap"

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"I was happy with the draft last night, and a bit less so today. Passing on Kris Bryant and Justin Turner left the team with a hole. I’m too heavy on players, as many as five, who won’t be on Opening Day rosters. And as is standard, I’m light on steals, having drafted slugs like Schwarber, Sano, and Arraez."
 
 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 16, 2021 -- "LABR Preview"

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"Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Forget the 'best shape of his life' stuff. Even in what seems like a slow start to his career, Vladito has a 115 OPS+ in a bit more than a full season of playing time. We’re spoiled for comps, but his 38/19 K/UIBB last year is excellent for a 21-year-old in the modern game. The breakout is coming. His ADP is 55.8, which means I probably have to take him with that fourth-round pick or lose him."