Congrats! You’ve made it to the last day of the workweek. Have some lovely baseball links on this blessed day.
Our team’s best defender has a new contract!
Over at FanGraphs, Craig Edwards explores the linearity of the cost of a win in free agency and comes to the conclusion that below-average players are getting discounted heavily.
The Rays and Cardinals made a trade with six moving pieces yesterday, with top pitching prospect Matt Liberatore headed to the Cards while 1b/DH Jose Martinez and OF Randy Arozarena off to Tampa Bay. The trade is notable as Martinez is a good bat but sputtered in 2019, while Liberatore has potential to slot in at the front of a rotation. If the Rays wanted a good bat, couldn’t they have simply kept Tommy Pham?
Ken Rosenthal has some hot stove notes ($), though it’s about what you’d expect. No shockers.
The Astros trade for formerly Rays RP Austin Pruitt, an acceptable reliever with a monstrous spin rate on offspeed pitches. More player development incoming...
A certain upstart had its first tweet yesterday..... ;)
Let’s play a “fun” trivia game: can you name all the 2019 Angels starters with more than 100 innings pitched? I bet you can’t name them all!