Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Links: Prince edition, best movies of 2011
By David Schoenfield
Here are some links to check out in Internet land. We'll begin with reaction to the big signing from Tuesday.
- ESPN Insider Buster Olney has an excellent breakdown of all the ramifications of the Fielder signing — from Detroit's future payroll obligations to what this could mean for Joey Votto. Over the past three seasons, Votto's hit .318/.418/.565 compared to Fielder's .287/.409/.547. Fielder has more power, but Votto makes up for it by hitting .300. Votto, of course, is superior with the glove and on the bases. Over those three seasons, Baseball Info Solutions rates Votto as plus-6 runs saved on defense compared to Fielder's minus-15. On the bases, Votto is minus-4 runs but Fielder is minus-17. That's about a 10-run advantage per season with the glove and feet that Votto provides or one extra win. There is another difference, however: Votto will be two years older when he hits free agency, so I don't think that necessarily means Votto will get the same kind of contract as Fielder.
- Miguel Cabrera has apparently said he's moving to third base. Cabrera last played third in 2008, when he started 14 games there for the Tigers at the start of the season, fielded .900, and was quickly moved to first. With the Marlins in 2007 he fielded .941 and BIS rated him as 16 runs worse than an average third baseman. I'm skeptical about Cabrera playing regularly there, but I suppose it's possible Cabrera could play third when Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer pitch two strikeout/flyball pitchers and Brandon Inge or Don Kelly play third when Rick Porcello or Doug Fister start.
- Curt Schilling offers his thoughts on the signing.
- Brewers closer John Axford talks about Prince and Milwaukee's offseason.
- Walkoff Woodward coming soon as an official SweetSpot Tigers blog offers up a bunch of thoughts on Prince coming to Detroit.
- What this means for the Nationals.
- Jayson Stark lists his best 3-4 combos in the majors.
- Crashburn Alley's Bill Baer breaks down the contracts of Fielder and Ryan Howard.
And some stuff from the non-Prince area ...