Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Quick Arbitration Notes
Don't have much time, real quick:
- Was it only a year ago that Cora was inciting angry pitchfork frenzies from Dodger fans? Now the comments over at Dodger Thoughts are congested with claims that DePodesta and his crazy calculator don't believe in defense with Cora being non-tendered. This is really, really, silly. By any reasonable metric, Valentin and Kent were among the best defenders at their respective positions last season. Cora, on the other hand, was somewhat underwhelming, and ranked poorly in Michael Lichtman's Ultimate Zone Rating system. I remember talking to several Dodgers fans in April who wanted Cora out as soon as possible. Now he has a good offensive season and his defense is the reason to keep him. Losing Cora isn't my favorite thing, but he's not as good as either Valentin or Kent and would have come at almost the same expense.
- Am I the only one surprised by Tom Wilson being non-tendered? To be honest, I thought he didn't have enough service time to qualify, since he only spent two full seasons in the majors and just small parts of 2001 and 2004, and he didn't, so far as I can tell, log enough service time this season to qualify as someone with under three years. Someday I'll understand this. In any event, this was probably the right decision since Wilson's not good enough to be guaranteed the $400,000 or so he'd get. Still, Wilson is a good backup catcher, and this is a tad disappointing.
- $500,000 for Carrara? I think that that's pretty darn cheap. Shouldn't fans be calling into radio talk shows about what a good deal DePodesta made here? He re-signed someone who had a much better season than Brazoban for near the minimum. What's more, I'm not sure Carrara doesn't deserve True Dodger status; I'll always remember his three spot starts in 2001 when he gave up only a run in each. He's more of a True Dodger than Brazoban, as far as I'm concerned.
- Much ado about nothing on the trade front, or so it would seem at this time. There's a reason one should be slow to analyze any deal that involves a reduction in payroll: the deal itself doesn't dictate how that cash will be spent, and as I argued on Sunday context is everything.
Kent is a terrible defender. Did you watch the playoffs? Perhaps the metrics are wrong, did you think of that? The guy can't bend over!
J.D. Drew for the next five years! $11MM per, though. Now we have to dump Green on someone - I'd hate to see Werth benched.Post a Comment