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February 10, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck, Part I

8

Jay Jaffe

Which men of misery prevented their teams from escaping the murky waters of suckitude?

My semiannual Replacement-Level Killers series spotlights the worst holes in contenders' lineups, as well as the possible remedies they might take to avoid letting such subpar production destroy their post-season chances the next time around. I make no claims for this companion series being so noble in purpose. Because bad baseball so often makes for good copy, it's more fun to hunt the fish at the bottom of the major-league barrel to find the positions where players' contributions could be considered the worst in the majors. What follows is an "all-star" team of players who have produced tornado-level disasters amid their lineups, often at salaries that represented far more than just a soft breeze running through their team's bank account. Once again, I present the Vortices of Suck.

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April 4, 2010 2:12 pm

Transaction Action: Turn of the Screw, NL

5

Christina Kahrl

Roster machinations, Marlowe, barbarism in the nation's capital, and more.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned RHPs Kevin Mulvey and Billy Buckner, 1B-L Brandon Allen, and OF-R Cole Gillespie to Reno (Triple-A). [3/30]
Outrighted RHP Jose Marte to Reno. [4/2]
Optioned LHPs Clay Zavada and Zach Kroenke, C-R Jon Hester, and INF-R Ryan Roberts to Reno; purchased the contract of RHP Rodrigo Lopez from Reno. [4/3]

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March 9, 2010 9:24 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop

5

Michael Jong

Michael Jong covers the catcher battles in Houston and Texas and the mess of middle infielders in St. Louis.

According to Rangers manager Ron Washington, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden are both in a "dead heat" for the starting catcher job in Texas. PECOTA has them in a dead heat offensively as well, as both project to a TAv around .250 with strikeout at rates upward of 25%. The primary difference lies in how they make up for those strikeouts. According to PECOTA's 50th percentile projections, Saltalamacchia has a higher-than-average BABIP projection (.325 to Teagarden's .308) and has the better contact rate (70.5% to 66.9%) between the two, while Teagarden adds value in his walks (11.1% to Salty's 9.8%) and better home run power (25.5 HR/600PA to 22.8). For both players, PECOTA's projected batting lines would be marked improvements over their past performance.

According to Heater Rangers author Joey Matschulat of Baseball Time in Arlington, there is a minimal chance that the Rangers will platoon Saltamacchia and Teagarden, meaning the playing time will go strictly to the winner. The team probably trusts the upside on Saltalamacchia’s offense more, as he is the younger player. PECOTA agrees, pegging Salty for a higher breakout and improvement chance. However, defense may also play a factor for the starting role, and that is Teagarden's primary strength; he was highly regarded in the minors as a top defensive backstop, and while Salty has improved according to Matschulat, he is still the inferior defensive option.

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February 2, 2010 11:33 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

17

Kevin Goldstein

Shortstop Jio Mier and catcher Jason Castro are the best in a lackluster system.

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September 6, 2009 5:17 pm

Transaction Action: Assorted Central Moves

2

Christina Kahrl

Call-ups, activations, and role changes for players in the Central Divisions now that rosters have expanded.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX
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Recalled RHP Jhonny Nuez from Charlotte (Triple-A); purchased the contract of RHP Daniel Hudson from Charlotte. [9/3]

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June 18, 2009 3:00 pm

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Roundup

5

Christina Kahrl

Middling moves and piddling results among some mid-level teams in the senior circuit.

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May 5, 2009 6:42 pm

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Shuffling

1

Christina Kahrl

Catching up on all of the injuries, replacements, and minor transactions.

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April 2, 2009 7:16 pm

Transaction Analysis: Senior Circuit Shuffling

11

Christina Kahrl

Filling in the blanks and changing the names as the final roster decisions roll in.

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March 27, 2009 3:31 pm

Transaction Analysis: Big-League Cuts and NRI Mutts

10

Christina Kahrl

Catching up on all the latest options, outrights, claims, releases, signings, and acquisitions.

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November 25, 2008 11:42 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

10

Kevin Goldstein

The slow work of turning around what had been one of the game's worst systems has begun, but how much progress has been made in one year?

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September 6, 2008 8:03 pm

Transaction Analysis: NL Roundup

3

Christina Kahrl

Promotions, loin-girding, and banishments from around the senior circuit.

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July 25, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Jiggering

0

Christina Kahrl

Moves, grooves, and the roster reshuffling that keeps the wires humming.

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