The problem is that the expense of employing him gets so much worse from there, courtesy of the long-term deal Rios inked with the Jays in April of 2008. He’s due at least $59.7 million through 2014, which PECOTA already didn’t anticipate he’d come close to earning in terms of his pre-season projected production: if he’d hit his median projection this year and kept hitting it through 2014, we anticipated he’d be worth about $22 million. Even if he rebounds as much as his post-All-Star break spike suggest (he’s been slugging .479 since), he’s on tap for a bad year, one that will put a dent in any future expectations, but even if you write it off, it’s still a player who’s being massively overcompensated relative to his production in an outfield corner.
August 10, 2009
from fangraph’s top AL rookie hitters column:
Gordon Beckham, 3B, Chicago White Sox
Beckham has not been in the Majors quite as long as the other three rookies, but he has arguably made the most noise over the past month. After a slow start (that oddly had some writers calling him a bust with a lousy swing), the infielder finished his first month in the Majors with a line of .267/.353/.387 in 75 at-bats. Since then, he’s been one of the club’s best hitters and now has an overall line of .302/.369/.483 with six homers in 205 at-bats. The 22-year-old also has 19 doubles, which is tops amongst rookies in the AL. Beckham also leads in average, on-base percentage, slugging and RBIs. He’s third in homers behind Reimold and teammate Jayson Nix. The former college and minor league shortstop has also been learning his new position on the fly at the hot corner.
A Florida man told authorities his cat was responsible for more than 1,000 images of alleged child pornography found on his home computer, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department reports. Keith Griffin of Jensen Beach is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. He told investigators he was downloading music and his cat jumped on the keyboard after he had left the room. When he returned, he found “strange things” on his computer, according to the sheriff’s report. Griffin, 48, is being held on $250,000 bond. A neighbor is taking care of the cat — who has not been charged.
from his Atlanta Braves Top 20 pre-season prospects review:
Tomorrow @ 12:30 CT says Jon Heyman:
jays have ’til 130 tomorrow for rios trade. chisox very likely claiming team. no deal’s certain.
Every talent evaluator Olney speaks with believes the Jays need to take advantage of the club that claimed Alex Rios and dump the right fielder’s salary while they can.
UPDATE: More Jon Heyman:
Two competing executives, who were unaware of the identity of the claiming team, opined that they believe the Blue Jays, who have financial issues, would be wise to just let the claiming team have Rios and his contract. However, there is little evidence that the Jays are willing to do that at this point, and may instead be trying to acquire pieces of significant value in return for Rios.
Saturday’s game at Oakland won’t be televised because the Athletics don’t seem inclined to move their starting time outside of Fox’s exclusive time slot.
Here’s the Sox broadcast schedule.
While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).
Here is the CF entry: