In a dream come true for many, Rendon’s hurt again. Oh, wait. Someone has to play third base. It looks like that will be Jack Mayfield and Matt Duffy. oh nnnnnooooooo!
OK all you real humans of baseball. So 1st question. Why did we sign Rendon? For the answer, look at the 3B the Angels had had the few seasons before we signed him. Then go ahead and take a look at the 3B who were due to become FAs in say the 2 years after 2019. Then look at our farm at the time.
The answers you seek are there if you look.
No. Hurr dee durr shurd farm 3B bur den and ulsah git hurrrr dumb! Is not an answer. Neither is cherry picking some rando scrapper from the ocean of failure that you were equally likely to pick in Dec 2019.
Want to know why we have Jack Mayfield and Matt Duffy? Well, the answer can be found if you look at who can replace Rendon via trade. First, here are those fellows’ stats…
First. The guys we can probably get without trading a pile of talent. Go ahead and take a look at their Brefs. And beware, if they look like they may be a hitting upgrade, look at the defense…. or WAR.
Next. The salary dumps of varying value. The Mariners will probably want a fair amount for Eugenio Suarez. They don’t have a ready replacement, they are in division, etc. But they could stand to shed his contract. The Reds will gladly trade us Mike Moustakas. In a perfect world maybe we can get a AAAA OF and an arm like Luis Cessa off them if we trade prospects and take his contract.
Next comes the semi-good players. The trouble with these guys is they will cost us and we will have Rendon coming back in six months. This is a real life problem that real life baseball people have to deal with. How much do you give up to replace a guy who will be returning…. Like the Braves with their outfielders last year.
Also, how much do these guys improve the team, and what would you give up for that? This is literally what WAR was invented for. Look at what we have, what is available, and decide what that’s worth.
I left out fantastic options like Chris Owings and Matt Davidson…. If you think those guys are a better option than Mayfield stop sniffing glue.
It’s also, sadly, probably necessary to mention that no, we are probably not trading for a hot young pre-arb player like Jazz Chisholm unless it’s part of a general IF move… in which case we still have MayDuff at third probably. So no, unicorn fans, we probably won’t trade for Jazz Chisholm…. Or Austin Riley…. Or any other IF you see at the All Star game.
So, who’s the killer option that’s not gonna cost us an arm and an all star but is better than Mayfield/Duffy? The straws and shouldas are there…. grasp away.
And that’s why we have Mayfield and Duffy.
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