The Cow wrote:Here is what you said:
So, now the Red Sox have an injured player entering his declining years who is going to cost some major $ to retain. And the Tribe still has a cheap player who looks poised to make a big leap next year. In fact, they are so confident about Marte, they got rid of Kouzmanoff!
1. Crisp did not cost major dollars to retain. He signed a 3 years 15.5 mil deal which is cheap in this market.
Yet, not as cheap as the Tribe's other options. They got more performance for les money last year and over the coming three years look to have a solution that, at worst costs just a touch more, and in all liklihood costs less and gives them better performance. Maybe you don't consider $5 million per year a lot, but as the Tribe showed, you can do better.
The Cow wrote:
2. I fail to see how Marte is poised to make a big leap next year. Is it the .226 BA? The poor showing in the minors?
No, it's your inability to understand what a poor showing is. His minor league performance is not poor. Despite being younger than the average player at each level, he has performed at the level of an average or better major league player. That's REALLY, REALLY, REALLY good.
The Cow wrote:3. When you said Crisp is entering his declining years, I figured you were high seeing as how Crisp was entering years 26,27,28,29 and 30.
4. The Tribe is confident in Marte as is most of this Cafe. I think the Tribe and the Cafe is in for a letdown as Marte has not improved 1bit he has seemingly stopped developing as a ballplayer over the last 2 years.
When you move up a level and maintain your performance, you are not "stopping developing". To move up to AA from A and maintain similar numbers, you have to improve. If you stop developing, your numbers take a big dip.
We've discussed interpreting minor league performance before, Cow, and you continue to ignore very basic things about player development. If you really are an interested baseball fan, you ought to read more about this.
The Cow wrote:
5. When the Tribe made the deal for Marte they did not know what they had in Kouz in fact they left him unprotected in last year's rule 5 draft. I will say again that Kouz's development was slowed due to injury, once Kouz was healthy he showed some serious talent. I think there are 2 reasons why the Tribe kept Marte over Kouz:
1. San Diego G.M. Kevin Towers wanted Kouz not Marte.
2. Cleveland G.M. Mark Shapiro had been after Marte hard for a couple years, he finally landed him, now he wants to see what he has got. At least Kouz landed the Tribe Barfield who should be better than Belliard.
I think the Tribe knows EXACTLY what they had in Kouz, which is why they preferred Marte. Shapiro's pretty damn sharp. Kouz certainly didn't show serious talent matched against the big boys last year. All his major successes have occurred when he was a much older player going against inferior competition. He's not a bad player, but he has nowhere near the long-term potential upside of Marte.
The Cow wrote:The Cow
P.S. What happened to your sleeper Vincente "4.50 1.38" Padilla???
Still ranked 110 at the end of the year, much higher than anyone pegged him pre-season. As with interpreting minor league performance, you fail to understand league differences. If I switch from the NL to the AL as a pitcher and my numbers are the same, I improved, because I am pitching in a league that scores half a run more on average. If I am holding teams at or below league average runs, then I am more likely to win. You say I was "lucky", but I think luck is always the residue of design.