Showing posts with label Bench. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bench. Show all posts

Friday, February 20, 2009

Crazy Idea: Frank Thomas

Around this time of year theirs usually a few veterans who are well past their great years who are stubbornly searching for a contract. In that pool of free agents their are usually still a few guys who have something left. Frank Thomas might be one of those guys. I`m certainly not suggesting giving him a starting job. However, wouldn't he be a great bat off the bench to have?

Throughout last year he delt with a nagging quad injury that sapped his power. Now that he`s recovered he could return to his form of the two years before. All four projections at have him bouncing back well next year. As a pinch-hitter off the bench does Frank Thomas make any sense for the Yankees? He just might.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hang On To Nady

I`ve discussed a few different Nady trade ideas before and if they do trade someone, Nady should be the guy. I still maintain most of what I`ve written. However, I think it`d be best if they traded nobody at all.

First of all, the chances of them getting an Aaron Harang or Jonathan Sanchez are small. Their are still plenty of corner outfielders on the market like Dunn and even Manny if you`re willing to splurge. At the moment a guy like Pat Burrell, who was comparable to Nady last year, was just given a 2 year deal worth 8 million a year. This is a buyers market where Abreu could be had for about 10 million for one year, Dunn could get a similar AAV for two or three years. Teams are not going to give up young talent for a difference of only about one win and a couple million dollars.

Secondly, theirs a lot of value in having a guy like Swisher on the bench. Swisher can play first base, DH, left-field, and right-field all very well (excepting DH....). The Yanks went into 2008 with Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, and Bobby Abreu playing those respective positions. Out of the 162 games a year they missed a combined total of 111 games. These games were filled with a rather pathetic combination of Brett Gardner, Wilson Betemit, Justin Christian, and whoever else they had to throw out there. Eventually, Nady came over in a trade and filled up a lot of at bats but it cost us Jose Tabata.

So how critical were those 111 games? Well, assuming Swisher bounces back to his usual levels of about 3.5 wins above replacement level he`d have been a pretty big upgrade over the guys they threw out there last year. Or for that matter, what they may have to deal with this year. Melky, Gardner, and Ransom, who would otherwise be the backups for the positions that Swisher plays, were basically replacement level last year. One of Melky and Gardner will end up starting in center as well. So, over those 111 games Swisher would add 2.4 wins to the Yanks total. To give you an idea of what that means, Nady improved 2.6 wins from 2007 to 2008, his career year. Those 2.4 wins are worth about 13 million dollars. Theirs a big advantage you get from having a bench guy who can step in and rest the normal starters as well.

The most obvious part of this trade is Nady's own value. Ironically, it may be the least important part. If he were traded it would push Swisher into a starting role. If Swisher bounces back then even if Nady can repeat his 2008 it would be basically a wash. Both would be worth about 3.5 wins. I think its much more likely that Nady reverts back to his old self than Swisher staying as his new self as well so this is essentially a wash.

Theirs also one more reason. Nady only needs to have a decent 2009 to be ranked as a Type A free agent and since he`s only making 6 million dollars next year he will probably decline arbitration if he has a good enough year to make that ranking. So, any trade offer would have to beat the 2.4 wins that Swisher adds as a bench player and the two draft picks that they will probably/hopefully receive for Nady when he leaves as a free agent. I doubt it. Especially if Pettitte returns and they have no need for a 5th starter. Besides that, any young pitcher they traded for would create a log-jam there that would perpetually block any of their pitching prospects that they`ve worked to develop.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Non-Tender Bench Options

As teams are making decisions on whether or not to offer contracts to some of their players, the list of non-tenders (courtesy of MLBTR) keeps growing. While most of those players are crap, one potentially useful bench option caught my eye: Ty Wigginton. He hits for a solid average, doesn't walk a ton, but it's enough to get by, and has some decent pop. His career OPS+ is 105, and he has posted an OPS+ over 100 each of the last four years. According to UZR, he is a solid outfielder and second baseman, but is below average at third and first. One obstacle to signing him, however, is that he may get an offer to start somewhere. (Also, look who else was non-tendered).

Monday, February 4, 2008

Yanks News and Notes

A few short points with ten days till pitchers and catchers report:
That is all.