The #2 hitter in a baseball lineup receives the second-most at bats of anyone on the team. For example, over the course of a season, the #2 hitter will have about 60 more plate appearances than the #6 hitter. Studies have determined that the first two positions in the lineup create the most runs. [...]
The Bench 2012 Slash Line*: .235/.286/.347 2013 Projection: .250/.310/.380
2012 WAR: -0.2 2012 WAR/600 PA: -0.1 2013 Best Guess WAR/600 PA: 1.0 Projected Difference: +1.1/600 PA
*The 2012 bench for the purposes of the above calculations was: Chris Heisey, Scott Rolen, Xavier Paul, Miguel Cairo, Wilson Valdez, Mike Costanzo, Henry Rodriguez, Didi Gregorius, Willie [...]
The entire article is a good read, but about last year’s “big two” on the bench (Valdez/Cairo):
Actually, to describe the performances of Valdez and Cairo as ‘‘holes’’ is kind.
Valdez may have had had the worst offensive season in Reds history — and Cairo wasn’t far behind.
For players with a [...]
FOX reporter Jon Paul Morosi reports the Reds are drawing considerable interest at the winter GM meetings in CA, since many teams are looking for a shortstop. Jocketty confirmed with Morosi that the Reds would be willing to part with either Zack Cozart or Didi Gregorius, the two shortstops on the Reds 40-man roster, [...]
Now that the decision on player options is complete (with Ryan Madson and Ryan Ludwick both declining their mutual options), the next order of business is whether to offer arbitration to eligible players currently under team control or non-tender for the 2013 season.
Tim Dierkes of MLBtraderumors summarized the Reds arbitration eligible players [...]
Something constructive to take your mind off the NLCS and the Baker extension: The 2013 contract status for the players on the 2012 Reds major league roster and the initial payroll situation.
2013 CONTRACT STATUS
Signed - team control, agreed salary amount (2012 > 2013)
Joey Votto ($9.5 m > $17 m) Brandon [...]
So the National League Division Series is scheduled to begin this weekend. Did you notice that the Reds qualified for the NLDS? Obviously, we don’t know who they’ll be playing; those dominoes will fall this week.
Time for another one of my rambling posts. I don’t know about you, but the excitement over this [...]