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I don't put it past Rockies ownership to think they're just one left handed bat away from being a contender, though. If I remember correctly, the owner said at the beginning of last year that he expected 90 wins. Maybe he said in 2014 if the team had stayed healthy, it was a 90 win team. Either way, he's delusional.
I don't know enough about Parra's defense, but just eyeballing his offensive numbers, they're not that great. I would imagine the Rockies could easily find an outfielder in their system that would match those numbers. Big shrug at this move, even though it has to be a prelude to a trade.
John Baker was signed to the Cubs as another "special assistant". Followed him on Twitter and he made a lot of fascinating tweets last year during the season and playoffs, about pitcher/batter matchups that were routinely brilliant
The essence of sabermetric improvement is moving from fragmentary evaluative processes and decisions to systematic ones. Again, the horizontal organizations are in situations where the General Manager is the executor, rather than the evaluator.
A number of teams have begun to move systematically. The Tampa Bay Rays have been a systematic organization for years, and they’re now gaining some company. Those organizations are reaping enormous benefits, at least in decision-making power if not yet in on-field wins. Organizations which have grown vertically may not gain at nearly the same pace as their competitors, even if they’ve added more staff. The structures built within them will likely need time to calcify before the need for even further change becomes apparent.
If he has another year like last year (or even a 4-5 win), then I could see him opting out since 50m remaining would probably be eclipsed. Looking at this, he'd be the top Corner FA. Next year's FA market looks rough.
If it's a top pitching prospect, then I'll be somewhat placated. But of the 4 Rockies outfielders, he is the best value. He could also been a candidate to fill their hole at first. If you're doing a rebuild, which the Rockies should be, he's the player after Arenado to hang onto you. The Rockies aren't a bunch of relievers away from contending.
That's not entirely surprising considering the best hitter on the Rockies would be the 8th best hitter on any other team adjusted for park, but basically he looked to be a potential franchise corner stone. Hit 118 ops+ last year before injuries
Fangraphs podcast this week was talking about how Colorado road splits being worse isn't just due to balls travelling further at Coors. Something about how the pitch itself acts differently. I found it interesting.
Cameron also discussed one podcast that the Rockies could also look at pitchers who are flyball pitchers but have a low percentage of hard hit balls.
Yeah, there's supposed to be less break at altitude. The Rockies need to do something innovative with their pitching that's not have a reliever come in after 4 innings. The sinker baller experiment actually worked for a while. Jason Marquis was an All Star with the Rockies one year. But then they went away from that.
This trade makes me more and more mad as I think about it. Trading what could be a cornerstone player under team control for a couple more years for an unnecessary piece and a shit prospect is insane. Fuck this idiot team.