The past week has been particularly instructive for those thinking about the real world implications of the word value. Despite league-wide offense nearing 40 year lows, some good hitters found themselves either looking for work or on the go with salary concerns in tow.
If you asked most armchair general managers, they'd jump in the opportunity to add a hitter claiming a 135 wRC+ during the last 2 yrs, specifically for the reduced price of $7.5 million for 2015 (plus an choice for 2016.) But that describes Adam Lind, traded by the Blue Jays (so that they werent made to decline his 2015 option) for Marco Estrada, a swingman who plans on taking the serviceable descriptor to the logical conclusion.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals declined the [url=http://www.ideal49ers.com/47-Garrett_Celek_Jersey][b]Garrett
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In a le s complicated time, these decisions might appear dubious. These players hit for any high average! Theyre good RBI guys! How is the clubs be so foolish just to walk from valuable commodities in an offense-starved time?
These players and a few other free agents like them (Michael Cuddyer and Michael Morse, to name two) are tough to gauge. For Lind and Butler, we have seen their own teams leave because the cost grew exce sive. Two teams that either believe what we should saw in 2014 [url=http://www.ideal49ers.com/28-Christian_Ponder_Jersey][b]Christian
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The i sue is utility along with a distinct lack of power. Lind and Butler have home runs within their past but, in 2014 particularly, they failed to show the pop related to great offensive players. They became line drive/singles hitters, guys rich in contact approaches but little capability to generate every other value whatsoever. Lind hit just six home runs in short time this season, Butler managed only nine. Morse clouted 16 but saw just two clear the fence after the calendar changed to July. It can make these hitters, high average and good contact rates though they claim, tough sells for teams in need of offense.
Both are defensive zeroes with nothing to provide around the bases, deficiencies in foot speed which further limits the contributions with the bat. The company they keep speaks volumes concerning the type of [url=http://www.ideal49ers.com/124-Xavier_Grimble_Jersey][b]Xavier
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In his top 50 free agent breakdown, Keith Law of ESPN wondered if the Royals playoff run might entice some front offices to seek out high contact players such as these two (both strikeout le s [url=http://www.ideal49ers.com/18-Blaine_Gabbert_Jersey][b]Blaine
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Michael Cuddyer confounds this trend, slightly. Though he po se s marginally better defensive versatility, he remains another aging, injury-prone player who puts the bat on your ball in an above-average rate. In Colorado, that resulted in more extra base hits and a nice little power surge. How likely is that to follow him to a different home?
While the Rockies were widely panned for their qualifying offer dare, it comes with an off-the-field element of his veteran presence that Colorado could work into the price. Addititionally there is the choice the Rockies are well conscious of his Coors Field-inflated numbers and feel his approach advantages of the vast outfield expanses greater than a comparable player who might replace him.
It isnt these players are usele s. Theyre all specialty items, the final touch for teams otherwise built out with more complete players. R.J. Anderson wrote at Fox Sports now about Morses value towards the Giants, but he probably shouldnt play the field too often moving forward, and there are only 15 DH jobs out there. In addition, many of those are utilized as more of the flex role, cycling players out and in and offering rest days with other every single day hitters.
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Cuddyer is the canary within this coalmine. If he accepts the Rockies QO, it suggests a distinct insufficient multi-year contract interest among other clubs, although the draft pick tax surely intensifying this effect. If we take his Coors Field numbers at face value (which we'd never do), he is likely the best hitter of the bat-only players available. If contact has become king, a player like Cuddyer is sure to reap the benefits around the open market.
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