Adrian had a 6.6 WAR year last year and has a 1.9 WAR this year, but the year's not over. He's a better bet to be better than Alonso for quite a while as well, but as many people (not me) point out on this board when he was dealt... he's probably not going to have a lot of 6+ WAR seasons in him.
And so letting him go was probably the right decision at the time.
Yonder's at .8 WAR. The Rizzo, in many less PAs, already has a .9 WAR. So there's that as well.
Tis the nature of marginal benefit. Also, Gonzalez is having a particularly Hal Morris like season. But yeah? Looks like a decent move. Would've been that much better if rizzo was still here (as jay... more
Oh, you were talking about tOPS (split relative to total). Anyways, I felt this trend anecdotally, back in like '07, but when I checked the numbers, it wasn't conclusive. Now with a larger sample, it ... more
True. But as Jay says, it's not that pronounced across the league. Probably because weather is different across the country. I've always felt this way about the media in/around the Padres. This trend ... more
Agon's Boston experience definitely shows that park factors are complicated, and different parks affect different players differently. Clearly, Adrian's approach is messed up right now, he used to be ... more
Yeah, you could make a similar salary-hitting comparison between Adrian and probably fifty 1 WAR position players. No team would be happy paying 20+ million for a 2 WAR player, but no competitive... more
Rizzo - .272/.333/.427 (103 AB) 1 2b, 5 HR, 15 rbi 9bb, 16k Alonso - .287/.324/.485 (101 AB) 11 2b, 3 HR, 18 rbi, 6bb, 16k So much of Rizzo's impact (WAR) came from his insane start which amounted to ... more
while some skepticism is warranted, it's worth noting that the Cubs have clearly revamped Rizzo's stance/swing to help shorten his stroke and get rid of that loopy path to the ball. take a look at... more
Perhaps, but it appears to be one of those hindsight moments where you lose out on the guy we all wanted, and are better off because of it. Regardless of what % of the payroll his 22m salary would... more
Re: Yonder vs. Adrian in 2012 Alan,Sun Aug 5 17:17