Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

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    CS% lovers will like this...

     

    Reds Likely To Move Ryan Hanigan By  Steve Adams [November 15 at 7:42am CST]

    NOV. 15: Hanigan "is going to be traded," tweets Olney. Multiple teams are interested in Hanigan, and the Reds feel they can get a good prospect in exchange, Olney adds.

    NOV. 8: The Reds have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent Brayan Pena, giving them three catchers on their 40-man roster: Pena, Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan. It appears that Hanigan is the odd man out, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from a source that Hanigan is likely to be moved (Twitter link). ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the Rays and Yankees, two teams with question marks at catcher this offseason, have liked Hanigan in the past.

    Hanigan, 33, struggled through the worst season of his career in 2013, batting just .198/.306/.261 and tying a career-low with two home runs. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartzprojects Hanigan to earn $2.3MM through arbitration this offseason, which should be a cheap enough sum for interested parties to take on. The main culprit in Hanigan's poor season appears to have been a .216 batting average on balls in play. That number figures to trend back toward his career mark of .283, especially when considering that Hanigan's batted-ball profile didn't radically change in 2013. In fact, Hanigan's 21.5 percent line-drive rate was actually a slight increase over his 2012 mark (21.2 percent) and is right in line with his career mark (21.9 percent).

    Hanigan has long been known as a patient hitter that is tough to strike out, as evidenced by a career 12 percent walk rate and 10.1 percent strikeout rate. Detractors may point to the lofty walk rate as a product of him batting eighth in an NL lineup so often (one spot in front of the pitcher), but Hanigan's career walk rate in more than 300 plate appearances out of the seventh slot in the order is higher than his walk rate in 1,110+ PAs in the eighth slot.

     

    Hanigan also carries a reputation as a solid defensive backstop, having led the league in caught-stealing percentage in 2013 (45 percent) and 2012 (48 percent). His 40 percent career mark is about 12 percentage points higher than the league average, which tends to be around 28 percent. He's also known as one of the best in the business in terms of pitch-framing -- an art he discussed at length with Ben Lindbergh for a Grantland piece back in May.

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    the one stat we needed improvement on

     
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    He could save us a lot of money and might not cost too much to obtain.

     
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    In response to moonslav59's comment:
    "He could save us a lot of money and might not cost too much to obtain."

    What do the Reds need?

     
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    I'm not sure he's a good fit dispite his ability to throw out runners, he's a RHB and we already have a right handed hitting catcher. A.J. or Navarro or if you want to get real pricey McCann are better fits.

     
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    In response to moonslav59's comment:
    "He could save us a lot of money and might not cost too much to obtain."

    What do the Reds need?

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    Maybe a LF'er, 3Bman, SP, or pen help.

     

     
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    I'm not sure he's a good fit dispite his ability to throw out runners, he's a RHB and we already have a right handed hitting catcher. A.J. or Navarro or if you want to get real pricey McCann are better fits.



    Ross has nearly identical splits vs RHPs and LHPs over his career, so I'm not sure this is a big issue.

    .761 vs RHPs

    .767 vs LHPs

     
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    By  Zach Links [November 17 at 2:15pm CST]

    Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has acknowledged teams are inquiring about their rotation depth, but the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman notes there's an element missing from the starters' equation: a potential ace in his mid-20s. Silverman believes it will be close to impossible to acquire such a pitcher through trade or free agency, so the best bet is an internal option.Henry Owens, the 36th overall selection in the 2011 amateur draft, tops Silverman's list of future homegrown aces, as the 21-year-old left-hander posted a 2.67 ERA, 11.3 K/9, and 4.5 BB/9 in 135 innings (26 starts) across Boston's Class A Advanced and Double-A levels.

     
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    Per MLBTRADERUMORS.COM

     

    • The Red Sox are likely to dismiss any trade proposals offered to acquire Daniel Nava this offseason, writes WEEI.com's Rob Bradford.  As Bradford writes, Nava's ability to play either corner outfield position or even first base gives GM Ben Cherington and his staff the flexibility to cast a wide net of free agent targets. Shane Victorino could play center field with Nava taking one corner outfield spot and Carlos Beltran occupying the other, and he also keeps them from having to get into a bidding war to retain Mike Napoli, Bradford points out in a pair of hypothetical scenarios.
     
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    Scott Lauber - Boston Herald, Red Sox Reporter

    With Carlos Ruiz off the market, Red Sox catching options would seem to be down to Saltalamacchia, Pierzynski or a trade
     
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    Pete Abraham - Boston Globe, Red Sox Beat Writer

    Carlos Ruiz getting 3 years and $26 million from the Phillies would seem like excellent news for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
     
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    Pete Abraham - Boston Globe, Red Sox Beat Writer

    Saltalamacchia is 28 and had an .804 OPS last year. Ruiz will be 35 in January and had a .688 OPS.
     
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    Pete Abraham - Boston Globe, Red Sox Beat Writer

    Saltalamacchia is 28 and had an .804 OPS last year. Ruiz will be 35 in January and had a .688 OPS.[/QUOTE]

    ...and he only had a 25% CS rate.

     
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    Pete Abraham - Boston Globe, Red Sox Beat Writer

    Saltalamacchia is 28 and had an .804 OPS last year. Ruiz will be 35 in January and had a .688 OPS.[/QUOTE]

    ...and he only had a 25% CS rate.

    [/QUOTE] The Cs rate is a misleading stat, if your pitchers never look or throw over to first base then the runners have carte blanche! Also if your pitchers have slow release times to hp the runners again have an advantage, throwing runners out largely is determined by the pitchers abilities too hold runners and vary their deliveries to HP, otherwise the catchers needs to have an absolute cannon to have better than a 30% CS.


     
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    Rob Bradford - WEEI.com, Red Sox Beat Writer

    Source: Biggest separator regarding offer for Ruiz between Red Sox and Phillies was third year
     
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    Phillies dont have nothing in the Minors. 3rd year no problem for them. I'm betting Swihart, close in 2 years.

     
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    The Angels need starting pitching and they have so much money tied into their bats.  Their staff ERA was 4.23.  So they are going to have to trade Trumbo in order to get quality starting pitching in return so why not trade with the Red Sox?

     

     

     

     
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    Nick Cafardo  

    Red Sox still engaged in Carlos Beltran talks along with Yankees and Orioles. Which team must apt to give 3 yrs could land him.

     
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    The Angels need starting pitching and they have so much money tied into their bats.  Their staff ERA was 4.23.  So they are going to have to trade Trumbo in order to get quality starting pitching in return so why not trade with the Red Sox?

     

     

     

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    Again I'll pass on Trumbo, the highest OPS he has ever posted in his career was an .808 and has a lifetime OPS of .768.  Which isn't horrible but it's pretty low for first baseman who supposedly has a ton of raw power.  How can this be???? because after the Occasional HR this guy has a fringe average hit tool and walks as seldom as a Will Middlebrooks does.

    Keep in mind arbitration calculations are not the same as what teams use to evaluate value.  Players who put up HR numbers like Trumbo get higher raises than they deserve.  

    Again, I don't understand the infatuation with trading away from our young starting pitching for a player who's overall value could easily be replicated on our roster as it stands right now. 

    Now if they want to talk about Mike Trout I'm all ears.....But I think it's a safe bet to assume he's not for sale. 

     
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    not to mention a career lifetime OBP % BELOW .300!!!!

     
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    Nick Cafardo   

    Red Sox are exploring right handed setup type reliever

     
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    JIM BOWDEN@JimBowdenESPNxm                                           

    Corey Hart says that his agent have talked to Boston, TB, Colorado and MIlw amongst other interested teams

     
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    Red Sox, Rays, Rockies, Others Interested In Corey Hart

    Corey Hart told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM ( Twitter link ) that his agent has talked with the Brewers, Red Sox, Rays, and Rockies amongst other interested teams.  Hart added that he won't officially get 100% medical clearance until December 3rd when he visits his doctor in Los Angeles, but he's fully healthy ( link ).

    The CAA Sports client doesn't consider himself to be an injury prone player but admits that he's in a holding pattern until he's cleared physically, tweets Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( Twitter links ).  Hart says that he's dropped 20 pounds and that he should be able to run around better than he had the past few years, so he'll be open to playing in the outfield ( link ).

    Also from Rosiak, Hart says that a winning team would be nice, but he's a family man first and will do what he feels is best for them.   As MLB.com's Adam McCalvy points out in his transcript of Hart's interview, Harts and his family live in Arizona, which could factor into his decision.  McCalvy notes that of the four teams mentioned by Hart, the Rockies and Brewers both have Spring Training facilities in the Phoenix area.  The Spring Training facilities for Tampa Bay and Boston are each in Florida.

    Hart last played in 2012, batting .270/.334/.507 with 30 homers, 35 doubles and four triples, illustrating why he can still be considered one of the most promising power bats on this year's free agent market even after missing the 2013 season.

     
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    not to mention a career lifetime OBP % BELOW .300!!!!

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    Mike Carp has a higher career OPS than Trumbo.  And did it playing most of his career in Safeco...

     
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    Thank you ctredsoxfanhugh for your feedback.   Laughing

    Question for everyone:  Am I the only one who wants Boston to sign Kuroda?  Uehara and Tazawa should let Kuroda know that Boston is the place where he has the best chance to eat fine sushi in downtown Boston and win a championship.   Cool

     

     
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    • GM Ben Cherington & Co. are exploring a right-handed setup-type reliever, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  The Red Sox should have plenty of payroll flexibility to work with as they look to bolster their bullpen and other areas and they could free up more space by trading a veteran starter like Jake Peavy, John Lackey or Ryan Dempster.

     

     
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