Entering the 2014-2015 off-season, there was plenty of speculation that Japanese pitching star Kenta Maeda would be posted by his team, the Hiroshima Carp. While he did not end up hitting the free agent market that off-season, however, he was posted this past year prior to the start of the 2016 MLB season. Once expected to net a contract in the 4 to 5 year and $60 to $90 million range, his earning power was sapped by a strong free agent class and lack of true dominating stuff. Ultimately, he signed an 8-year $25 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, though this deal includes plenty of innings pitched and games started incentives that can bring the total contract value to about $106.5 million (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/nl-west/los-angeles-dodgers/).
An activity I like to do, and that I will likely post to this blog periodically, is to take two unnamed players and compare them statistically. This allows the reader to create an unbiased opinion of each, to see which is the better player, which is the riskier player, or simply who they would rather have on their team. It is a concept that can apply to real-life player analysis (though not completely accurate without providing a pitch repertoire), or to make simple fantasy team decisions. So without further delay, here are the stats of the two players who I have chosen to compare today, both right-handed pitchers.
The following is an article written back at the end of August, 2015. It includes an evaluation of where Ben Cherington went right and wrong during his tenure as the Red Sox’s GM.
At the end of the 2012 season, with the Red Sox coming off of a September collapse that cost them a playoff berth, Theo Epstein chose to leave and become the Executive of Baseball Operations for the rebuilding Chicago Cubs, leaving the door open for Ben Cherington to make his mark on Red Sox Nation.
In light of Joe Kelly’s exit from tonight’s game versus the Rays in only the first inning (Kelly faced 4 batters and got 2 outs), I figured it may be a good idea to take a look at what the Red Sox have for rotation depth in the minors on their 40-man roster. Even if Kelly returns for his next start, it is far from a guarantee that the team will go a full 162-games without needing another rotation fill in at some point. As of right now, the team currently has three lefties at the AAA level who are all expected to contribute in the majors at some point this season: Roenis Elias, Henry Owens, and Brian Johnson.
Through 13 games of the 2016 regular season, Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has put up a .309/.339/.855 stat line, good for a 1.194 OPS. Extended out over a full 162-game season, and Story projects to hit 100 Home Runs (99.7 to be exact), and drive in 174 runs. Continuing this production would surely be thrilling, but not only is that unlikely, rather, it is impossible, even if Story spends his days and nights hitting in Coors Field, Colorado.