Jan
22

Heyman: Half of teams in baseball can add impact player

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About an hour after I asked which teams can afford to sign a free agent, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated provided his own take on the situation. Except his is a bit more inclusive. The only team which shows up on my list but not his is the White Sox, though I think he underestimates Ken Williams’s penchant for sneaking in a deal. All told, he thinks half the teams in baseball can afford another “big deal or two”: Dodgers, Giants, Mets, Brewers, Braves, A’s, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels, Nationals, Orioles, Yankees, Twins, Rangers, Mariners.

I guess “big deal” is a relative term. I’m still skeptical that the Mariners, Rangers, Twins, or Orioles will add more than $5 million in 2009 payroll. The Nats might be willing to add more, but will it really help them compete in the stacked NL East? Still, I think most of these teams are out on the guys we ran down in today’s RAB Radio Show.

A couple of other Yankee-related notes from Heyman:

  • The definitive word on Pettitte: “But where else is he going to go?” I still think a deal gets done as February approaches. It makes sense for both parties.
  • “Hal Steinbrenner is thought to be against signing [Manny] Ramirez.” That was pretty much a given.
  • “The Yankees are said to be getting more interest in Nick Swisher than Xavier Nady.” I can understand why, in terms of Swisher being locked up for the next three years. Then again, it’s not like he’s played since last season. Perhaps part of the reason is teams think they can get Swisher on the cheap. No, I’m sure Cashman wouldn’t trade him for Aaron Heilman.
  • Heyman says that Bobby Abreu’s defense isn’t as bad as we might think. “Abreu, in fact, is fifth in assists among right fielders over the last three years and third in fielding percentage.” I imagine him saying this with a completely straight face, as if any of us believes that fielding percentage — for an outfielder, no less — counts for a damn thing. Almost all advanced defensive metrics out there have Abreu at the bottom of the league.
Categories : Hot Stove League

48 Comments»

  1. jsbrendog says:

    haha aaron heileman

  2. AndrewYF says:

    I can’t believe Heyman actually thinks the Yankees would be lucky to get rid of Nick Swisher over Nady.

  3. Arin says:

    Andy, what are you doing? Just sign already.

  4. Phil McCracken says:

    The whole thing with Varitek makes me laugh.

    Does he think anyone honestly believes him when he says that he didn’t know that another team would have to give up a draft pick by signing him? Or when he said that he didn’t think he’d have a guaranteed roster spot? As if the Red Sox were going to go to arbitration with their “Captain” then drop him from the roster in Spring Training.

    Who knew a clubhouse leader could also be a huge liar.

  5. Relaunch says:

    I used to really enjoy reading Heyman’s updates and articles. He has now sunk down to nypost level.

    • Okula67 says:

      Heyman’s an idiot who likes to write fantasy. J.K. Rowling he is not!

      • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

        People immediately have him pegged as a buffoon the minute he opens his mouth. To combat this, he likes to tell everyone how he was at Northwestern the same time Girardi was there.

        Sorry Jon, but half a semester in the theater department really doesn’t count.

  6. By opening day:

    Manny – Dodgers
    Adam Dunn – Nationals
    Bobby Abreu – Orioles
    Andy Pettitte – Yankees
    Ben Sheets – Brewers
    Oliver Perez – Mets
    Randy Wolf – Mets
    Jon Garland – Rangers
    Orlando Hudson – A’s (since their first rounder is top-15, they’d only lose a 2nd rounder, somewhere in the low 50′s)
    Pedro Martinez – Nationals (why not? It’s kinda like going home)
    Jason Varitek – crawling back to Boston on his hands and knees

    Orlando Cabrera – unsigned
    Juan Cruz – unsigned

  7. Tom Gaffney says:

    Fielding percentage? Come on, Heyman. Fielding percentage? What are you, like 80?

  8. Mike Pop says:

    Look on the bright side of Melky, Amezaga got 1.3 for the Marlins.

  9. jsbrendog says:

    after readingpage two of heyman’s article it is clear that he does not know what statistics are. he obv does not know anything about obp, slugging, or woba since he thinks swisher sucks and the yankees would be “lucky to dump him and his contract” or whatever nonsense and he talks about abreu and..oh just forget it

  10. Mike Pop says:

    Where he talks about Varitek could possibly be released, could this actually happen? There was a discussion on here I believe about Pudge or Abreu and many said offer them arb and we can just release them if they accept and/or we don’t need them. But than many others said this would be taken to the union, yada yada yada.. and they would not be released so easily.

    • A.D. says:

      from the MLBTR:

      … free agents who accept offers of arbitration do not have guaranteed contracts. However, players such as Orlando Cabrera and Jason Varitek would’ve had to be released for clear baseball reasons, not to save money. Otherwise the teams would be in hot water with the Players Association.

      So basically the union would go nuts if they were released and there wasn’t a damn good reason, like an injury.

  11. daneptizl says:

    Almost all of them have him amongst the worst fielders…. not all?

  12. Jamal G. says:

    God, Jon Heyman’s a fucking idiot. I wish he would just report stuff and keep his horrendous opinions and analysis to his self.

    • mtt says:

      You must be a VORPie.

    • Matt says:

      Kieth Law had a good point about differing between analysts and reporters in light of why the writers usually get voting for awards/the HOF wrong.

      • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don says:

        I know everybody likes Law on here but that guy seems a bit too creepy and effeminate for me to want to listen to about baseball. He raises good points at times but they are always the super obvious.

        Heyman is not rocket scientist but the man is also not an idiot. He is dead wrong about Abreu though.

        • I know everybody likes Law on here but that guy seems a bit too creepy and effeminate for me to want to listen to about baseball.

          “Effeminate”? He’s too “effeminate” for you to respect what he has to say?

          DBHOF, seriously. Come on. Stop it. You cannot be serious. You’re going to judge the worthiness of a person’s baseball-related intellect on how masculine they look? You sound like Joe Morgan. In fact, not even Joe Morgan would say something that blatantly ridiculous.

  13. Mike Pop says:

    Heyman is a big Yankee homer though.

  14. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    “Heyman says that Bobby Abreu’s defense isn’t as bad as we might think. “Abreu, in fact, is fifth in assists among right fielders over the last three years and third in fielding percentage.” I imagine him saying this with a completely straight face, as if any of us believes that fielding percentage — for an outfielder, no less — counts for a damn thing. Almost all advanced defensive metrics out there have Abreu at the bottom of the league.”

    On his FAN spots, he says things like “what does his fear of the wall come out to, a few plays a year?”

    The +/- system tracks the numbers of plays he either makes or doesn’t make, with an average MLB fielder as the baseline.

    His +/- last year was -24. Worst in the AL.

  15. raysam says:

    WE SHOULD ALL GIVE OUR SOULS TO THE LORD

  16. Reacher says:

    Heyman apparently didn’t watch very many Yankee games last year. Abreu’s defensive “work” was an absolute embarassment. It is not often that what you “see” is borne out by the relevant statistical reference as it is in this case (i.e., the +/- system).

    Were Abreu to be a Boras client (which he is not) Heyman’s comments would be understandable. Good riddance!!!

  17. D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don says:

    “Almost all advanced defensive metrics out there have Abreu at the bottom of the league.”

    I know nothing of advanced defensive metrics. But I am glad they do show the same thing that the eyes say. Abreu flat out stinks in the OF.

  18. Shamus says:

    Poor Bobby Abreu…..

    He can’t catch a break.

    http://johnsterling.blogspot.c.....erate.html

  19. The bad fielding by Abreu is just to set up all of those outfield assists. The man plays the game like Sun Tzu would.

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