So, why the discussion about the White Sox fans and Juan Pierre, et al? Well, let’s temper that PECOTA Beta projection a bit, and assume that Getz also gets caught stealing a couple more times in 2010, and say that given 700 PA, he’d hit something like:
.280/.340/.390, with 40-6 on SB attempts.
The White Sox inexplicably decided to replace the above stat line from a nearly-average 2b defender with a left fielder whose average stats (per 700 PA) the past 5 years have been:
.289/.334/.364, with 58-18 on SB attempts.
And the replacement will cost $3 million in 2010 and %5 million in 2011. Getz will cost $400 thousand each year.
Doug Miller @ MLB.com:
Tyler Flowers, C: Somebody’s got to sit behind the plate on this club, even if it’s a White Sox rookie with only 20 big league at-bats to his credit. And his last name is the tried-and-true Valentine’s Day icebreaker and argument-solver.
What, no Scott Linebrink? :p
From Cowley’s ‘What Ozzie wants: A new identity for Sox‘ column:
The 2010 model is about pitching and defense, getting on base and creating pressure, scoring runs by any means necessary. There is still power, but it’s more spread out.
The 2010 model is about getting on base? is any 2010 acquisition on base threat? Juan Pierre? .339 OBP for the last 3 years. Mark Teahen? .330. Andruw Jones? .304. Omar Vizquel? .301. A ‘during the 2009 season’ acquisition like Alex Rios? .330. Mark Kotsay? .315. And we lost a starter with a .380 OBP. I don’t see any ‘getting on base’ player. I hope the pitching will be strong. Otherwise 2010 will suck. Big Time.
And as soon as I finish I see this.