February 16th

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CC Sabathia

In a press conference today with him and his family, CC Sabathia formally announces that his 2019 season, will be his last. Sabathia is a 6x All-Star, Cy Young award winner, but (arguably) most importantly, 2009 World Series Champion. 2019 will be Sabathia’s 19th season pitching. He could very well be on the track to enter the hall of fame when his name will arrive on the ballot 6 years from now.

Alcides Escobar

Today the orioles have signed Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal with an invite to big league spring training. If he makes the team opening day, he will receive a $700K salary. While never being an offensive force (His best year was a 97 wRC+), He has always had great defensive numbers up until a few years back. This looks to be a low cost, low risk signing for the orioles.

Robbie Ross Jr.

The Reds have reportedly signed reliever Robbie Ross to a minor league deal. Ross, 29, held down a regular spot in the Ranger and Red Sox bullpens from 2012-16, but has missed much of the last two seasons with elbow and back problems. In 2016, his last full season of work, Ross turned in an excellent 3.25 ERA/3.27 FIP (0.7 fWAR) on the back of career-best (9.11 K/9, 0.33 HR/9) peripherals. The lefty’s slider, always a cut above, checked in as the 9th best version of the pitch among all qualified relievers that year, per FanGraphs. – MLBTR


Stat of the Day

OAA

Outs Above Average (OAA) is the cumulative effect of all individual Catch Probability plays a fielder has been credited or debited with, making it a range-based metric of fielding skill that accounts for the number of plays made and the difficulty of them. For example, a fielder who catches a 25% Catch Probability play gets +.75; one who fails to make the play gets -.25. Read more about how Outs Above Average works here.

Expected Catch Probability expresses, based on the difficulty of balls hit to the fielder, how many an average outfielder would have caught.
Actual Catch Percentage is the actual performance of the particular fielder on those plays.
Catch Percentage Added is the difference between the two, showing how much the fielder added (or didn’t) based on the opportunities he was presented with.

TLDR: If a fielder makes a catch that an average fielder doesn’t, he gets more credit. The opposite is true for a catch that isn’t made.

Stat Credit – BaseballSavant.com

Header Photo Credit – The Boston Globe

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