Linkage: Upton, Montero, Rivera


Don’t worry, these links won’t be sent to the minors to start the season…

Justin Upton close to a long-term deal

I was one of many Yankee fans patiently waiting for The Justin Upton to hit free agency, however just like Felix Hernandez and Seattle, Upton is signing long-term to stay in Arizona. The 22-year-old is set to receive a six year deal worth $50M, which will still allow him to hit free agency at age-28. After hitting .300-.366-.532 with 26 homers and 20 steals last season, Upton was probably going to build on those numbers in 2010 and set himself up for a pretty nice payday in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Too bad.

Could Austin Romine end up being more valuable than Jesus Montero?

Well of course he could. But for it to happen, Montero would need to become a full-time DH and produce like Paul Konerko (another big righty bat who was too big to stick at catcher), while Romine becomes a slightly better than league average backstop. Bryan Smith at FanGraphs ran through the numbers and the comparison,  but the moral of the story is that even just faking it as a catcher will make Montero so much more valuable than he would be anywhere else. That’s why the Yankees won’t move him from behind the plate until it’s absolutely necessary.

Strawberry: Jenrry Mejia is the next Mariano Rivera

I love Darryl Strawberry, I really do. He was my favorite player as a kid in the 80′s, but come on dude. You can’t just look at the velocity and movement that Mets’ prospect Jenrry Mejia gets on his fastball and compare him to the greatest reliever of all time. The 19-year-old Mejia was ranked as the 56th best prospect in the game by Baseball America, but he’s walked 92 batters in 210 career minor league innings. Mo? Try 98 walks in 432.1 minor league innings. Command > movement > velocity, folks. Learn it, love it.

And finally, here’s a new site to check out called Sabometrics. Make sure you check it out, there’s some pretty interesting stuff in there.

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  1. The 22-year-old [Upton] is set to receive a six year deal worth $50M, which will still allow him to hit free agency at age-28.

    (pushes back date on alarm clock two years; does not stop licking lips and rubbing palms together in anticipation)

    • rbizzler says:

      Man, did he make the leap last year. I am in an NL-only fantasy league and he was the steal of the draft. IIRC, he still went in the fifth round but put up top-10 numbers. Plus, I enjoy the moment when the production catches up with the hyperbole surrounding young players.

  2. bexarama says:

    I really thought Sabometrics was gonna be a site full of SGBL quotes.

    (Melky got a hit in the Mets/Braves ST game, OMG we never should have gotten rid of him!!!)

  3. Command > movement > velocity, folks. Learn it, love it.

    So… you’re saying I don’t totally suck and there’s still hope for me yet? Sweet.

    Ian Patrick Kennedy

    • Templeton "Brendog" Peck says:


    • Thomas says:

      Command > movement > velocity, folks. Learn it, love it. at 10 second mark (safe)

      Josh Bard

      • I think you mean Daniel Bard, but… well played.

        • Thomas says:

          Right. He should really just change his name for ease.

        • bexarama says:

          but he throws the easiest 100 MPH that I’ve ever seen!

          For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons.

          • Bo says:

            And no Gm in their right mind would think about taking Kennedy over Bard.

            • Thomas says:

              D-Back’s GM Josh Byrnes would (I’d assume), since he traded Dan Schlereth, a lefthander relief prospect that throws around 98 with (IIRC) a better secondary pitch than Bard, (and Max Scherzer) for Kennedy (and Edwin Jackson).

            • FACT: Brian Cashman took Ian Kennedy over Daniel Bard. After that, Jim Bowden and Ned Colletti also took non-Daniel-Bard RHPs instead of Daniel Bard.

              FACT: The Arizona Diamondbacks parted ways with several prized prospects in the Curtis Granderson deal; one of their targets that allowed them to make the deal was the goal of getting Ian Kennedy and putting him in the rotation. It’s not a stretch to say that they probably wouldn’t have done the deal if it was Daniel Bard instead of Ian Kennedy. They needed and wanted a starter, not a reliever; Kennedy had more trade value to them than Bard would have.


              You’ve tried this argument before, Bo, and it failed last time as well.

              IPK >>>> Bard, even still, today, at this very moment.

              • Mike HC says:

                I agree here. Kennedy in the NL has more value than a still young, developing reliever. A guy that can eat up some quality innings, much like the guys we shipped to Pitt (and Kennedy might be better than both of those guys) have more value than a one inning guy, especially one that has not even proven he can do it.

                In the AL, it might be a different story, but not even necessarily so for every team.

  4. b-jobber says:

    So you’re saying trade for the mets prospect, stick joba in the bullpen, than have this prospect be the bridge to joba until joba is ready to give up that role….baseball is easy.

  5. Drew says:

    No problema, we can just sign BJ for 2013 then Justin for 2016.

  6. Ross says:

    “Command > movement > velocity, folks.”

    More on this, please. My initial reaction is push-back; seems like saying “sugary” > “creamy” > “crunchy” if someone asks you, “What makes AmeriCone Dream the best Ben and Jerry’s flavor?”

    What do you mean by C > M > V, Mike?

  7. Bo says:

    So command, movement are most important?

    The two things Bust Brackman lacks. Yea, hes gonna make it.

  8. A.D. says:

    If you’re a Mets fan you hope Mejia sticks as a starter, and thus comes nowhere near being the next Mo.

    I really don’t get the obsession with various ex players, scout x, media being enamored with finding the teams “next closer” instead of next great starter.

  9. Craig Glaser says:

    Thanks for the link and the feedback! Hope you guys enjoy the site.

  10. Sean says:

    Melky got his first spring training hit with the braves

    good luck to the melk man

  11. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The Mets top prospect is a reliever? Wow.

  12. What is that, a lame movie quote Eric???


  13. Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre says:

    On-topic please.

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