— I think we all expect Brandon Crawford to struggle with hitting. I know that I’ve been pretty pessimistic on Crawford’s abilities on offense. But I think something that gets lost in the Crawford-Theriot discussion is how strong Crawford should be on defense at his position. On the other side of things, Theriot is a second baseman posing as a… Read more →
A recurring topic this offseason has been the Giants’ search for a qualified shortstop, whether it be a permanent solution or a stop-gap player. We’ve written a lot of posts on the Giants and their problems with short. In 2011 we saw the collapse of Miguel Tejada’s career; and, we also probably saw the collapse of Orlando Cabrera’s career. Both… Read more →
So the Giants are interested in super-low-OBP, pretty good glove, terrible hitter, Alex Gonzalez. That, in and of itself, isn’t overly surprising or shocking. However, checking out Alex Gonzalez’s Baseball-Reference page led me to this: Alex Gonzalez’s most similar player is … Alex Gonzalez.
The deals that have already been made: * Willie Bloomquist: two years, $3.8M, signed with Arizona Diamondbacks * Mark Ellis: two years, $8.75M, signed with Los Angeles Dodgers * Jamey Carroll: two years, $6.75M, signed with Minnesota Twins Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins are obviously still the top free agents to get if you need help at shortstop, but even… Read more →
In 2011, Giants’ shortstops combined for a slash-line of .210/.265/.299, or a wRC+ of 62. That wRC+ score ties them with the Reds for the second-to-worst score in the majors. Braves’ shortstops were a single percentage point (61) worse than the Giants and Reds. As defined by the bold dashed line, the league average shortstop was a 87 wRC+ in… Read more →
Enrique Rojas, of ESPN Deportes, is reporting (tweeting) that the Giants have inked Miguel Tejada to a 1-year deal worth $6.5 million. At first blush it seems like a lot of money to pay for Miguel Tejada. Tejada is coming off a 1.3 WAR (FanGraphs) season that was split between the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres. As a hitter,… Read more →