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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Links: Kimbrel, Manny, AL East rotations
By David Schoenfield
Some more good stuff from around the SweetSpot network ...
Ben Duronio examines
Craig Kimbrel's breaking ball
. Some label the pitch a slider or slurve, but Kimbrel refers to it as a curveball. Here's all that matters: It's a devastating pitch.
Value Over Replacement Grit has an in-depth look at the "Three True Outcomes" concept (a batter either hitting a home run, drawing a walk or striking out) and applies it to entire teams.
Which teams in history have best emulated a TTO attitude
Chip Buck of Fire Brand
compares the AL East rotations
Alex Gordon may be close to signing a one-year deal with the Royals. Craig Brown of Royals Authority
has a reaction and breaks down what a potential long-term deal could look like
Camden Depot's Jon Shepherd examines what
Manny Ramirez could potentially bring if the Orioles sign him
Marlins reliever Steve Cishek flew under the radar as a rookie but posted impressive numbers. Jonathan Mitchell at Marlins Daily asks whether
Cishek should be considered for a high-leverage role
in the Marlins' bullpen.
At Baseball Prospectus, Aaron Gleeman
reviews the Johan Santana trade
between the Mets and Twins. With that article in mind, Bill Baer looks back the
deals that brought the Phillies Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt
Considering what the Brewers traded to get Zack Greinke -- compared to what the Reds gave up for Mat Latos and the Cubs to acquire Matt Garza --
that deal is looking like a steal for Milwaukee
, writes Jack Moore.
Joey Matschulat opines on
Elvis Andrus' three-year extension with the Rangers
Chris Quick looks at some of the PECOTA
projections for the Giants
. (PECOTA is the projection system used by Baseball Prospectus.) What about new outfielder Melky Cabrera? Well ... let's just say the Giants may still struggle to score runs.
Yes, Cubs fans,
you have reasons to be optimistic!
For my fellow Mariners fans, Brendan Gawlowski has a good look at the
Mariners' non-roster invites
And a few more links from elsewhere ...
John Sickels of Minor League Ball with a fun look at the
top 30 position players in baseball and how they were viewed as prospects
. Here does the same thing for the
top 25 pitchers
ESPNBoston kicks off its "10 Question in 10 Days" series heading into spring training with
Gordon Edes' look at Bobby Valentine
ESPNNewYork has a similar series with the Yankees and Andrew Marchand writes that
Johnny Damon is the right fit for the Yankees' DH slot
Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas is going
position-by-position with the Rangers and looks at Yu Darvish
Mark Saxon says that
Vernon Wells -- and not Mike Trout -- will be the Angels' left fielder
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs lists his
top 10 moves of the offseason
... and his
Mentioned briefly above, Baseball Prospectus has reintroduced PECOTA, its player projection system. Colin Wyers
has the details here
George Brett's company
is being sued
. Wait ... you mean those necklaces don't actually improve athletic performance?