Friday, November 30, 2012

Rumors, Transactions, and Winter Ball

Here's what's been happening lately in the world of baseball...


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Julio Teheran’s Tigres de Licey teammate, Hanley Ramirez is batting .381, but still hasn’t drawn a walk in 5 games.

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Congratulations to New York Mets fans for retaining their face of the franchise, David Wright, on what looks like a team-friendly deal. Sure, they will be paying prime dollars for some post-prime years, but teams in New York should not be losing their bets players because of salary restrictions.

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The Twins traded Denard Span to Washington for excellent pitching prospect, Alex Meyer. The 6'9" right-handed, flame thrower will be a cog in the Twins Major League rotation sooner than later.

At the same time, Ken Rosenthal says the Twins should have received a larger return in this tweet:


In one respect, you cannot really compare the All American Denard Span with World Class Carlos Beltran. In some respects, it could be a good point, as you can't really say that 2 months are close to 3 years.

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The Texas Rangers traded for Cory Burns, a young relief pitcher the Padres DFA'd in spite of his minor league career 11.2 K/9 rate.

It'll be interesting to see if he can grow into a a solid piece of the Rangers bullpen, as they try to overcome the losses of Koji Uehara and Mike Adams.

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There are rumors of the Royals considering the release of Luke Hochevar to avoid paying his projected $4.5 million salary next season after arbitration. When looking at Hochevar's career W-L record and ERA, the idea of releasing him makes sense...

Year Age W L ERA
2007 23 0 1 2.13
2008 24 6 12 5.51
2009 25 7 13 6.55
2010 26 6 6 4.81
2011 27 11 11 4.68
2012 28 8 16 5.73
6 Yrs 38 59 5.39
162 Game Avg. 10 15 5.39
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2012.

There's value in the fact that Hochevar can be counted on for innings. Jason Marquis has made a lot of money primarily because of that skill. Fangraphs values Hochevar's performance favorably:

Luke Hochavar Fangraphs Value
2007: $0.1 Million
AP Photo / Tony Dejac
2008: $8.5 Million
2009: $6.7 Million
2010: $6.7 Million
2011: $10.5 Million
2012: $6.7 Million

The smart people behind Fangraphs are probably on to something here, making Luke Hochevar a good bet to be worth over $4.5 million in 2013.

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Cleveland Indians Shortstop prospect, Dorssys Paulino turned 18-years old on November 21st.* Split between Rookie Ball and Low-A last season, Paulino achieved a .333/.380/.558 batting line with 7 homeruns and 11 stolen bases in 56 games. He was the Designated Hitter 10 times and will need to improve his defense, as 25 errors in 46 games is about as bad as possible.

*Happy belated birthday, Dorssys!

Enjoy your weekends, everyone!

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