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June 24, 2013 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Zobrist Effect

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Russell A. Carleton

How much hidden value does a multi-position player add?

Last week, I began discussing a question that has puzzled the sabermetric community for a while. How do we put a value on a player's ability to play multiple positions? Most teams have guys who are capable of pulling duty at several places on the field, but they are bench/utility players who serve as backups. What to make of the player who hits well enough to be a starter and fields well enough at multiple positions to be worth starting there?

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