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Sam Fuld LFAthletics

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .235 1 26 17 12 .245 0.9
Birth Date11-20-1981
Height5' 10"
Weight175 lbs
Age32 years, 11 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.22010
1.82011
0.02012
-0.42013
2.82014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 CHN 25 14 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .185 -0.4 0.4 0.0
2009 CHN 27 65 115 97 17 29 6 1 1 40 17 10 1 0 0 2 2 1 .299 .409 .412 .306 11.0 0.2 1.1
2010 CHN 28 19 31 28 3 4 1 0 0 5 3 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 .143 .226 .179 .137 -3.3 1.0 -0.2
2011 TBA 29 105 346 308 41 74 18 5 3 111 32 49 1 1 4 27 20 8 .240 .313 .360 .253 8.8 8.2 1.8
2012 TBA 30 44 107 98 14 25 3 2 0 32 8 14 1 0 0 5 7 2 .255 .318 .327 .237 -0.3 0.7 0.0
2013 TBA 31 118 200 176 25 35 0 3 2 47 17 28 1 2 4 17 8 2 .199 .270 .267 .202 -5.6 2.2 -0.4
2014 MIN 32 53 195 164 15 45 10 0 1 58 26 29 0 2 3 17 12 3 .274 .370 .354 .271 5.4 3.7 1.0
2014 OAK 32 60 207 187 25 39 6 4 3 62 17 34 0 0 3 19 9 1 .209 .275 .332 .236 1.9 6.3 0.9
Career478121010641432514415103551231724514905817.236.316.334.24517.522.74.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 PEO A 125 508 .289 .265 .338 .394 .261 .322 107 10.1 9.5 0.9 16.3 -2.5 13.7 2.9 13.7 2.9
2006 DAY A+ 89 405 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CHN MLB 14 9 .185 .259 .337 .382 .251 .000 104 -0.7 0.3 -0.1 0.4 -0.1 -0.4 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2007 TEN AA 90 392 .270 .260 .333 .393 .264 .314 101 4.4 11.4 -0.7 7.7 2.3 21.0 2.9 21.0 2.9
2007 IOW AAA 14 63 .285 .277 .346 .447 .267 .283 107 1.7 1.8 -0.5 -0.5 1.6 6.6 0.6 6.6 0.6
2008 TEN AA 85 397 .254 .262 .339 .394 .251 .295 114 -2.5 11.7 1 -2.3 1.3 11.8 0.9 11.8 0.9
2008 IOW AAA 20 76 .238 .279 .341 .439 .256 .236 105 -2.1 2.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.3 1.8 0.1 1.8 0.1
2009 CHN MLB 65 115 .306 .261 .334 .419 .266 .326 97 5.7 3.3 0 0.2 0.9 11.0 1.1 11.0 1.1
2009 IOW AAA 84 370 .290 .271 .338 .411 .274 .300 90 12.2 10.8 1 2.2 5.2 29.7 3.1 29.7 3.1
2010 CHN MLB 19 31 .137 .251 .320 .389 .266 .174 96 -3.9 0.9 0 1.0 -0.1 -3.3 -0.2 -3.3 -0.2
2010 IOW AAA 112 440 .278 .279 .346 .434 .263 .293 101 8.8 13.5 1.2 13.2 0.0 31.4 4.3 31.4 4.3
2011 TBA MLB 105 346 .253 .256 .319 .402 .259 .276 98 -2.2 9.3 -2.1 8.2 0.5 8.8 1.8 8.8 1.8
2012 TBA MLB 44 107 .237 .246 .308 .392 .254 .298 96 -2.4 2.9 -0.7 0.7 -0.6 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2012 PCH A+ 5 15 .177 .258 .334 .368 .247 .200 99 -1.4 0.4 0 0.0 0.0 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2012 DUR AAA 5 21 .172 .252 .316 .387 .249 .200 110 -2.1 0.6 -0.2 0.5 -1.2 -2.6 -0.2 -2.6 -0.2
2013 TBA MLB 118 200 .202 .252 .318 .403 .266 .223 94 -11.2 5.3 -0.7 2.2 1.7 -5.6 -0.4 -5.6 -0.4
2014 MIN MLB 53 195 .271 .252 .314 .388 .261 .324 109 2 5.0 0 3.7 0.6 5.4 1.0 5.4 1.0
2014 OAK MLB 60 207 .236 .252 .314 .384 .262 .240 96 -4.6 5.3 -0.6 6.3 0.6 1.9 0.9 1.9 0.9
2014 NBR AA 4 16 .412 .254 .325 .384 .259 .417 108 2.5 0.4 0 0.2 0.1 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 PEO A 508 82 133 32 6 5 37 50 44 18 11 .300 .377 .433 .133 .289 13.7 16.3 2.9
2006 DAY A+ 405 63 106 19 6 4 40 40 54 22 3 .300 .374 .422 .122 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 TEN AA 392 56 97 23 2 2 27 41 38 10 3 .290 .368 .388 .099 .270 21.0 7.7 2.9
2007 CHN MLB 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .000 .185 -0.4 0.4 0.0
2007 IOW AAA 63 13 14 4 1 1 2 9 5 2 0 .269 .397 .442 .173 .285 6.6 -0.5 0.6
2008 IOW AAA 76 11 14 3 0 1 4 8 12 3 2 .222 .289 .317 .095 .238 1.8 -0.5 0.1
2008 TEN AA 397 48 92 16 3 5 48 50 40 7 8 .271 .369 .381 .109 .254 11.8 -2.3 0.9
2009 CHN MLB 115 17 29 6 1 1 2 17 10 2 1 .299 .409 .412 .113 .306 11.0 0.2 1.1
2009 IOW AAA 370 62 93 17 10 2 33 38 24 23 5 .284 .359 .415 .131 .290 29.7 2.2 3.1
2010 CHN MLB 31 3 4 1 0 0 3 3 5 0 0 .143 .226 .179 .036 .137 -3.3 1.0 -0.2
2010 IOW AAA 440 69 100 15 9 4 27 66 37 21 9 .272 .384 .394 .122 .278 31.4 13.2 4.3
2011 TBA MLB 346 41 74 18 5 3 27 32 49 20 8 .240 .313 .360 .120 .253 8.8 8.2 1.8
2012 DUR AAA 21 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 .167 .286 .222 .056 .172 -2.6 0.5 -0.2
2012 PCH A+ 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 .154 .267 .154 .000 .177 -1.2 0.0 -0.1
2012 TBA MLB 107 14 25 3 2 0 5 8 14 7 2 .255 .318 .327 .071 .237 -0.3 0.7 0.0
2013 TBA MLB 200 25 35 0 3 2 17 17 28 8 2 .199 .270 .267 .068 .202 -5.6 2.2 -0.4
2014 NBR AA 16 4 6 2 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 .429 .500 .786 .357 .412 2.5 0.2 0.3
2014 MIN MLB 195 15 45 10 0 1 17 26 29 12 3 .274 .370 .354 .079 .271 5.4 3.7 1.0
2014 OAK MLB 207 25 39 6 4 3 19 17 34 9 1 .209 .275 .332 .123 .236 1.9 6.3 0.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 444 0.5541 0.4144 0.9402 0.5976 0.1869 0.9456 0.9189 0.0598
2010 107 0.5140 0.3551 0.8947 0.4545 0.2500 0.9600 0.7692 0.1053
2011 1313 0.5636 0.3854 0.9032 0.5351 0.1920 0.9444 0.7545 0.0949
2012 430 0.5581 0.3721 0.9000 0.5083 0.2000 0.9508 0.7368 0.0938
2013 770 0.5429 0.4026 0.8968 0.5502 0.2273 0.9435 0.7625 0.0935
2014 1665 0.5321 0.3992 0.8643 0.5282 0.2503 0.9466 0.6667 0.1342
Career47290.54660.39390.89150.53670.21980.94610.7390.1053

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-25 2014-08-26 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Contusion Running Into Wall -
2014-05-08 2014-06-13 15-DL 36 32 - Head Concussion Running Into Wall - -
2013-03-04 2013-03-27 Camp 23 0 Right Thigh Strain - -
2012-09-17 2012-09-27 DTD 10 9 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-04 2012-07-24 60-DL 111 96 Right Wrist Surgery ECU Tendon 2012-04-03 -
2012-03-01 2012-03-09 Camp 8 0 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2011-09-18 2011-09-22 DTD 4 4 Right Wrist Strain -
2011-09-15 2011-09-17 DTD 2 2 Right Wrist Strain - -
2011-03-01 2011-03-07 Camp 6 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2010-04-13 2010-04-23 Minors 10 0 Right Thumb Soreness Likely Sprain UCL -
2009-09-15 2009-09-18 DTD 3 3 Right Thumb Sprain -
2006-07-30 2006-09-03 Minors 35 0 Left Hip Strain -
2006-06-22 2006-07-07 Minors 15 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 OAK $800,000
2013 TBA $725,000
2012 TBA $489,400
2011 TBA $418,300
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,632,700
2011Current$800,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$2,432,700
4 yrTotal$2,432,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 140 dJim Munsey1 year/$0.8M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Oakland 2/4/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.8M in majors. May earn additional $0.1M based on games played. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster in late March or 6/1/14. Contract selected by Oakland 3/29/14. Claimed by Minnesota off waivers 4/20/14 after being DFA by Oakland 4/12/14. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Minnesota 7/31/14.
  • 1 year/$0.725M (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Tampa Bay 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4894M (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4183M (2011). Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Chicago Cubs 1/8/11. Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/10. Optioned to Triple-A 3/30/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4015M (2009). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/25/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 9/4/07.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2004 (10-306) (Stanford). $25,000 signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 512 60 122 21 7 2 40 62 60 27 10 .276 .363 .371 .283 22.8 LF 6, CF 2 3.7
80o 491 55 112 19 7 2 36 56 59 25 9 .261 .346 .350 .269 15.5 LF 6, CF 2 2.9
70o 475 52 104 18 6 2 34 52 59 23 9 .251 .333 .336 .259 10.5 LF 6, CF 2 2.3
60o 462 49 99 17 6 2 32 49 58 22 8 .241 .322 .324 .251 6.5 LF 6, CF 2 1.8
50o 450 47 92 16 6 1 31 47 57 21 8 .233 .312 .312 .243 3.0 LF 5, CF 2 1.4
40o 438 45 86 15 5 1 29 44 57 19 7 .225 .302 .301 .235 -0.4 LF 5, CF 2 1.0
30o 425 42 81 14 5 1 27 41 56 18 7 .216 .292 .289 .227 -3.8 LF 5, CF 2 0.6
20o 409 39 75 13 5 1 25 38 55 17 6 .206 .279 .275 .217 -7.5 LF 5, CF 1 0.2
10o 388 35 66 11 4 1 23 34 53 15 6 .191 .261 .256 .203 -12.2 LF 5, CF 1 -0.4
Weighted Mean45648941661314858218.237.317.317.2474.6LF 6, CF 21.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 29% 8% 27% 72%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201533250234582016263810.205.290.258.214-0.8-13.2-0.0-0.614.9-27.65.6
20163425024498311725369.217.296.287.223-0.3-8.2-0.3-0.614.9-22.25.6
2017355014896175235537217.217.302.290.2260.4-7.8-1.0-1.414.9-20.311.3
2018363393263113123345210.212.293.280.219-0.5-11.8-1.0-1.114.9-24.77.6
20193727825528311827437.207.286.268.212-1.0-15.4-1.0-0.914.9-28.46.3
20203855850102175135539012.204.281.263.209-0.8-19.9-2.3-2.114.9-30.512.5
202139605531131861395410111.206.278.265.208-0.8-21.3-2.7-2.414.9-31.113.6
2022405725110717613753929.208.282.268.210-0.8-20.0-2.7-2.414.9-29.812.9
20234161758114206242621098.208.289.278.216-0.4-17.2-3.1-2.814.9-26.313.9

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.91.72.22.42.20.417.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 68)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 77 Jason Tyner 2009 .000 DNP
2 77 Oscar Robles 2008 .000 DNP
3 76 Luis Rodriguez 2012 .000 DNP
4 76 Tike Redman 2009 .000 DNP
5 73 Jerry Hairston 2008 .296
6 73 Lenny Green 1965 .286
7 71 Joe Inglett 2010 .266
8 71 Brendan Harris 2013 .243
9 71 Don Kelly 2012 .199
10 71 Mark Kotsay 2008 .251
11 71 Jason Ellison 2010 .000 DNP
12 71 Cory Sullivan 2012 .000 DNP
13 71 Willie Harris 2010 .240
14 70 Nyjer Morgan 2013 .000 DNP
15 70 Mike McCoy 2013 .000 DNP
16 70 Ryan Freel 2008 .253
17 70 Brett Butler 1989 .261
18 70 Floyd Robinson 1968 .243
19 70 Matt Lawton 2004 .264
20 70 A.J. Ellis 2013 .265
21 69 Tony Gwynn 1992 .280
22 69 Len Dykstra 1995 .253
23 69 Greg Gross 1985 .251
24 69 Eric Bruntlett 2010 .000 DNP
25 69 Tim Raines 1992 .303
26 68 Alfredo Amezaga 2010 .000 DNP
27 68 Al Spangler 1966 .530
28 68 Ryan Hanigan 2013 .219
29 68 Carlos Ruiz 2011 .292
30 68 Mike Greenwell 1996 .253
31 68 Luis Gonzalez 2000 .306
32 68 Ryan Roberts 2013 .255
33 68 Ryan Garko 2013 .000 DNP
34 68 Timo Perez 2007 .327
35 68 Dale Mitchell 1954 .279
36 68 Mark Grace 1996 .287
37 67 Coco Crisp 2012 .272
38 67 Jeff Keppinger 2012 .289
39 67 Elmer Valo 1953 .265
40 67 Matt Treanor 2008 .230
41 67 Mark Johnson 2008 .226
42 67 Harvey Kuenn 1963 .279
43 67 Willard Marshall 1953 .286
44 67 Jesus Feliciano 2011 .000 DNP
45 67 Wilson Valdez 2010 .235
46 67 Andy Green 2010 .000 DNP
47 66 Nellie Fox 1960 .264
48 66 Maicer Izturis 2013 .224
49 66 Chuck Knoblauch 2001 .251
50 66 Vinny Rottino 2012 .211
51 66 Wes Timmons 2011 .000 DNP
52 66 Jody Gerut 2010 .242
53 66 Elliott Maddox 1980 .253
54 66 Steve Braun 1980 .218
55 66 Ramon Santiago 2012 .198
56 66 David Eckstein 2007 .262
57 66 Ryan Theriot 2012 .239
58 66 Alex Cora 2008 .257
59 66 Marco Scutaro 2008 .259
60 65 Ramon Vazquez 2009 .235
61 65 Esteban German 2010 .238
62 65 Sean Casey 2007 .256
63 65 Roy White 1976 .297
64 65 Curt Flood 1970 .000 DNP
65 65 Orlando Cabrera 2007 .264
66 65 Michel Hernandez 2011 .000 DNP
67 65 Skip Schumaker 2012 .256
68 65 Shane Victorino 2013 .292
69 65 Kosuke Fukudome 2009 .281
70 65 Edgar Gonzalez 2010 .000 DNP
71 65 Chris Denorfia 2013 .273
72 65 Paul Lo Duca 2004 .260
73 65 Ron Hunt 1973 .287
74 65 Brian Schneider 2009 .232
75 65 Cesar Tovar 1973 .271
76 65 Jose Vidro 2007 .277
77 65 Matty Alou 1971 .288
78 65 Sean Burroughs 2013 .000 DNP
79 65 Endy Chavez 2010 .000 DNP
80 65 Keoni De Renne 2011 .000 DNP
81 65 Eddie Milner 1987 .260
82 65 Noah Hall 2009 .000 DNP
83 65 Richie Scheinblum 1975 .000 DNP
84 64 Rusty Staub 1976 .307
85 64 Kenny Lofton 1999 .290
86 64 Jose Yepez 2013 .000 DNP
87 64 Dave Magadan 1995 .296
88 64 Wil Nieves 2010 .199
89 64 Placido Polanco 2008 .262
90 64 Norm Larker 1963 .219
91 64 Danny Heep 1990 .187
92 64 Norris Hopper 2011 .000 DNP
93 64 Don Mattingly 1993 .280
94 64 Billy Goodman 1958 .267
95 64 Justin Christian 2012 .143
96 64 Mike Scioscia 1991 .279
97 64 John Valentin 1999 .246
98 64 Joe Thurston 2012 .000 DNP
99 64 Tim McCarver 1974 .250
100 64 Terry Puhl 1989 .271

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .255 .332 .354 .265
11 vs R (Multi) .201 .269 .275 .197
18 Split (Multi) -.054 -.063 -.080 -.068
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .273 .355 .379 .283
31 vs R (2013) .155 .217 .200 .145
38 Split (2013) -.118 -.139 -.179 -.138
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 During spring training last year, Fuld aggravated a wrist injury he originally sustained in September 2011. The resulting surgery cost him most of the season. In true Legend of Sam Fuld fashion, he returned sooner than expected, in late July, and played in 44 games, although he missed another fortnight in September with a hamstring strain. The Rays know full well that Fuld, whose Super Sam glove comes with a Clark Kent bat, isn't really an every-day player. They'd prefer him as a fourth outfielder, and in 2013 that would be the role in which he'd provide the most value.
2012 It was a legendary season for the diminutive Stanford grad for many reasons. After a special April that featured numerous highlight reel grabs and a near-cycle, Fuld became perhaps the first player to earn his own Twitter hashtag (#LegendofSamFuld). That legendary status faded when the Rays were forced to play him every day due to a lack of options. Fuld hit .218/.292/.327 over the final five months of the season and gave way to Desmond Jennings in left field in July. Pitchers challenged him within the strike zone due to his lack of power. Fuld’s defensive and baserunning abilities make him a worthy bench player. Expect him to receive fewer plate appearances and New Yorker features than he did last season.
2011 If Colvin's breakthrough put a big dent in Nady's utility to the Cubs' outfield, it slammed shut Fuld's already narrow window of opportunity to stick around as the last man on the bench. Now heading into his age-29 season, Fuld is a fifth outfielder candidate playing in a competitive environment where few clubs make room for one. If there is anything to the suggestion that teams are favoring defense in their lineups and their outfields, that would eliminate a lot of need to carry a pinch-runner and defensive replacement. Even so, there ought to be something for a guy who walks 15 percent of the time, runs, and plays center.
2010 A heady player who sports an economics degree from Stanford, nothing gets past Fuld—he made contact with 93.7 percent of the pitches at which he offered, the highest rate in baseball, and took a hack at an extremely low 14.2 percent of pitches out of the zone. That approach results in a good walk rate, and when combined with decent speed and big-league defense in center you have yourself a likable reserve outfielder—sort of an effective Reed Johnson with a much lighter paycheck. Already overloaded with big contracts, the Cubs will take their bargains wherever they can find them.
2009 Fuld had a nice camp, and that's a reminder that lots of people have nice camps, especially in Arizona, where the air's thin and the competition a bit sparse. At the end of the day, we're talking about a guy who just turned 27, isn't a plus center fielder, and doesn't run well enough to fit in as a reserve. You know how this story ends: out in the cornfields of Iowa. Leave the the gun, take the cannolis, and move on.
2008 Fuld is a hard-working, smart, fundamentally-sound player who takes enough walks to be useful as fourth outfielder, but whose manager could very easily fall in love with him to the ultimate detriment of the club-think Scott Podsednik. Apart from Felix Pie, Fuld and Angel Pagan are the only guys on the Cubs' 40-man roster who can legitimately play center field, and Fuld may be used as Pie's foil in spring training.
2007 Fuld posted encouraging numbers again, but as he`s a bit too old to be playing in A-ball, no one`s ready to referring to him as a prospect. Still, he`s a scrapper and he has yet to fail. That`s been enough to get some people up to the Show.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Keirmiear for real or is he Sam Fuld part 2? His minor league track record suggests we should be seeing more steals and less power, but we've gotten the opposite so far. Does he have long term fantasy value in a dynasty league? What kind of slash lines and production can we expect from him on a yearly basis?
(Mac from Cheese)
He's a player in my mind. Very handsome as well. I obviously don't believe in the power but I think he has an everyday skillset. (Mauricio Rubio)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay, Looking at the Rays still in the pennant race, if they happen to miss out, how much blame can be placed on Friedman's refusal or reluctance to call up a few players (i.e. Jennings and Moore) who were obviously better than some of the guys they carried earlier (i.e. Sam Fuld)? Some people I know have been highly critical of Friedman, going so far as to accuse him of being incapable of making the right decisions to be able to win in the short-term when they are needed. While I don't agree with that explicitly, I'm wondering how good of a job you think Friedman has done this year, given those criticisms for not calling up better young players sooner in the season?
(Erik from Longwood, FL)
For as much as we laud their smarts in the grand scheme of things, the Rays' front office has made this year's squad's task harder than it needed to be. As popular and swell a guy as Sam Fuld may be, he should have been riding pine once his early-season hot streak ended, while Desmond Jennings played left field; instead Jennings languished at Durham until late July. The Moore decision is a more complicated one in that the Rays don't have a rotation spot for him and they have to mind the innings total of a 22-year-old, but as several have pointed out, he could have been doing Andy Sonnanstine's job if nothing else. As Kevin Goldstein argued (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15036), the Rays probably should have been more aggressive in dealing to improve this season as well; even taking a flier on Rafael Furcal would have helped. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)We already know Epstien is one of the best GMs in baseball. Can't argue with 2 rings in 10 years. What do you think of how his moves from last off season are panning out?
(Puppy-D from BAWSTON)
I was a bit stunned to see Sam Fuld still outhitting Carl Crawford a few days ago. I think he is pretty delighted to have Adrian Gonzalez on his squad, though, and eventually Crawford will turn it around. Now, if they can just get Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler healthy, the offseason could look about as good as it did in March. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sam Fuld has officially morphed back into his original pumpkin form. Does this make it even more likely that Jennings get's an early June call?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
I sure hope so, as he's a much better player. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Sam Fuld? He's been great for me but I'm not sure how long he'll keep it up and I'm thinking of selling high on him. Thanks Marc.
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
As long as he gets playing time--meaning, as long as Desmond Jennings remains in the minors--he should be healthy and productive. If you can convince someone he will actually hit for power, though, then move him. (Marc Normandin)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell the internet to get off Sam Fuld's hog and get on mine. Trust me, people, Jason can attest there's room for all.
(Tom Verducci from SI)
Don't you have an awesome article to write? (Jason Parks)
2010-02-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Cubs as an aging team in decline or do they have another run left in them with this group? Fortunately, they seem to have some decent farm talent coming up the pike soon.
(Matt from Chicago)
From a former North Sider, it pains me to say this, but the Cubs are now chasing the past. They do have some good kids coming up, but for some reason, they seem stuck in the mode of needing to have that “proven” guy on the field at all times. Where/when will Sam Fuld play? Will they let Guzman just pitch? Why did they bother with Marlon Byrd? (Russell A. Carleton)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)thoughts on the future for Sam Fuld and Jake Fox?
(Flynnbot from IL)
Fuld is just a guy, a decent fourth OF. Fox is valuable, enough bat to play third or catcher, almost enough glove to do either. I'd play him nearly every day somewhere given the age, injury and performance issues at the various spots. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Murphy was lamenting today on the radio (WSCR) that the Cubs can't start the season with Felix Pie in CF, that he "just ain't ready," and that he has a huge, looping swing that will prevent him from making consistent contact. Buying or selling this one??
(JWR from IL)
Miss a little, miss a lot. I think Pie is their best option, and I think his PECOTA 50th percentile line of 286/339/469 is not out of the realm of possibilities.

He's certainly a better player than Sam Fuld, who might be a more popular player for his gritty, gutsy style, but can't match Pie's upside. (Kevin Goldstein)


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