12/22/09

Marquis, Davey Johnson, Abreu, Hodges... and 2009 Baseball Payrolls

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Jason Marquis:

Marquis is more of a 2-2.5 WAR pitcher than a 3.8 WAR pitcher. That means he should provide marginal value at $7.5 annually, but much like the Orioles with Mike Gonzalez and Garrett Atkins, for the Nationals you must ask...why? Maybe Marquis pitches really well early on, and a contending team is willing to give up something for him at the trade deadline. Otherwise, the Nationals just took another unnecessary, high priced step towards win #70. - BTBS

Trust me... once the deal was worked out, Marquis told his agent to call the Mets one more time. The Mets didn't want him, and if he goes on to stardom, Omar is a poop... but if he doesn't, Omar was right... revisit this time next year


Davey Johnson:

As a sequel of sorts to the earlier sabermetrics in 1983 link, some things on Davey Johnson managing the Mets in 1985. He's apparently the first manager to use computers to apply sabermetric tactics with sustained success. - BTBS



Michel Abreu:

Arecibo Lobos (16-10) - The Lobos have built a two and a half game lead in the Puerto Rican league, led by the booming bat of Cuban Michel Abreu. He leads the league in batting average at .370, homeruns with nine (the closest pursuer has three homeruns) and RBIs with 31. That is Triple Crown territory and no one is really close to taking it away from him. He is also tied for first in doubles with nine. His OPS for the winter is 1.221, three hundred points ahead of teammate Miguel Negron who is in second. For the week he was 10 for 22 with two homeruns and seven RBIs. - MWOB

Gil Hodges:

Hodges’s poor career winning percentage reflected his rosters, not his managerial acumen. It is likely that no manager since WWII was given two jobs in as dreary circumstances as Hodges. The Senators finished last in run scoring three times for Hodges and the Mets’ hitters were only slightly better. Hodges never oversaw a player who recorded 100 RBIs, or drew 100 walks, or slapped out 200 hits in a season. He only presided over one 30 home run campaign from his players, one .400 OBP, and two .300 hitters. None of his batters ever hit more than 30 doubles. - book


2009 Baseball Payrolls:

Yankees; $220,024,917


Mets: $142,229,759

Cubs: $141,632,703

Red Sox: $140,454,683

Tigers: $139,429,408

Phillies: $138,286,499

Dodgers: $131,507,197

Angels: $121,947,524

Astros: $108,059,086

White Sox: $105,287,384

Cardinals: $102,678,475

Mariners: $102,343,617

Braves: $100,078,591

Giants: $95,202,185

Brewers: $90,006,172

Rockies: $84,450,797

Blue Jays: $84,130,513

Royals: $81,917,563

Orioles: $79,308,066

Rangers: $77,208,810

Indians: $77,192,253

Diamondbacks: $73,800,852

Twins: $73,068,407

Reds: $72,693,206

Rays: $71,222,532

Nationals: $69,321,137

Athletics: $61,688,124

Pirates: $47,991,132

Padres: $43,210,258

Marlins: $37,532,482

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