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Charlie Zink played in the majors...
Sale's ERA was actually 3.05, not 3.53.
Any particular reason PECOTA is so down on Nate Jones? He stranded a whole lot of runners last year, but otherwise his peripherals were pretty decent. I'd be shocked if he's the least valuable player on the team.
Also wondering about no Hector Santiago? I'd think he would at least make the top 20 of such a crappy system.
I'm curious why Saladino is so low, especially compared to Escobar. The write-up on Saladino seems mostly positive; obviously he doesn't have one outstanding tool like EE, but it seems like his all-around upside is definitely higher. Is it just because he's further away?
Also, I think you mean Scott Snodgrass for the sleeper, not Jack.
Not even a cursory mention of De Aza or Viciedo? I would expect that they'll both play a big role on next year's team, with Pierre gone and Quentin a trade candidate.
I'd also be surprised if Reinsdorf doesn't pony up for Buehrle like he did last year for Konerko and Pierzynski.
I was thinking the same thing. Seems like that would skew the Sox's overall team projection, as well.
Also, any reasoning behind PECOTA thinking Pierre will miss a third of the season? Is it due to his part-time seasons with the Dodgers or injury comparables? Just curious.
No Adam Dunn or Jayson Werth analysis, Christina? Would love to hear your thoughts.
That's nonsense. First of all, it's the owner's prerogative to move a team, not MLB's. It would be impossible for MLB to force a team to move, not to mention devastating to established fanbases (despite the team being terrible, I'm sure Pittsburgh residents don't want them gone - ask Cleveland Brown or Quebec Nordique fans about that). Third, the answer to small market woes isn't moving teams to smaller markets... as all of those "solutions" are. That might lead to a bump in attendance the first year, but it's short-sighted. The reason - generally - a team has an MLB franchise is because it's one of the 30 or so biggest metro areas in the country. Less people does not equal more support, not to mention the many problems that go with trying to get public support for building a stadium, as all of those cities would need. And finally, if you look at those metro areas that might possibly support two teams, the DBacks and Rangers have both recently scraped the edges of bankruptcy and financial ruin, the Astros are probably the worst organization in the league going forward, and have even more problems than the Pirates, and Philadelphia is so close to NYC/Baltimore/DC, and so deeply entrenched in Phillies love, that another team would ultimately fail miserably.
MLB and the owners don't have much choice beyond going forward where they are and, with a few exceptions, if you look at most franchises they are moving forward toward contention, or coming off an extremely recent cycle of contention.
Did you consider that perhaps Baseball-Reference considers Webb/Mulder/Millwood/Garcia superior to David Wells or Kenny Rogers? Though they haven't had the longevity of those two, I would certainly take any of that quartet in their prime vs. Wells/Rogers in theirs. Buehrle is also probably more comparable to the first four since he is theoretically only about halfway through his career, and I believe the B-R rankings take age into account. If Buehrle pitches until he's 43 or 44 I would fully expect him to eclipse the career totals of Rogers and Wells.
In fact, he already has in many ways. He's got 4 All-Star games (including a starting assignment), a no-hitter, a perfect game, a World Series ring and the most legitimate shot at 300 wins this side of CC Sabathia under his belt, which neither of them could match at the age of 31. And, while never a "dominant" number 1, I'd probably take Buehrle over Peavy or Beckett to this point. I guess we'll wait to see if he actually decides to retire after next year, like he's said, but he could be one of the top 8 pitchers of the "Steroid era" when it's all said and done.
You also overlook the miserable coaching staff Moore hired, including Trey Hillman - dismissed last week seemingly despite Moore rather than due to his decision making. I think a main problem with Moore is that he does not accept criticism graciously (ask Rany Jazayerli), furthering the impression that he is stuck in the past (and also kind of a jerk). If he would admit that perhaps OBP is somewhat important, or maybe he's spent a bit too much on underperforming veterans, instead of insisting that Yuniesky Betancourt is the best shortstop in baseball despite all evidence to the contrary, I think he would get a lot more credit for what he's done well...
He's also fortunate that Hosmer and Moustakas have looked good this year, otherwise his seat would be a lot hotter.
My favorite player, Frank Thomas, just officially retired as well, though he didn't actually play last year. I suspect we have similar feelings about our respective favorite players - that they were underappreciated and the general public doesn't recognize many of the traits that contributed to their greatness (Jose Canseco made more All Star teams than Frank!)... but it's been nice to look back on their careers and know there are others feeling a bit wistful. I'll miss watching Frank a lot, and though I never saw much of Giles, I appreciated his great play on some terrible Pirates teams. It really is too bad they stalled out at the end as their bodies gave way, rather than going out on their own terms.