Today was a surprisingly busy Sunday. Here is today’s recap:
Bryce Harper – Rumor
Via Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Bryce Harper’s sweepstakes has “multiple long-term offers for more than 30M a year.” The Phillies are still seen as the favorite to land him; and it is being reported that Harper will end up receiving more than the 10 year/ $300MM that he rejected from the Nationals at the beginning of the offseason. The largest contract signed so far is the 13 year/$325MM pact signed by Giancarlo Stanton after the 2014 season.
Manny Machado – Rumor
Today, there have been several reports that Manny Machado has been given an offer by the Padres in the 8 year/$250MM range. Some rival GMs have said it could be closer to $280MM, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. While the largest contract ever given in Padre’s history is the $144MM pact given to Eric Hosmer last offseason, this contract could very well be double that amount. There is also reports that the offer given to Bryce Harper is north of the $280MM amount offered to Machado.
Mike Moustakas – Signed with Brewers
The Brewers have resigned World Series Champion Mike Moustakas to a one year deal with a mutual option for 2020. He was acquired at the deadline last year to fill a void in a creative way. The Brewers have had a hole at 2B, and while the 2B markett wasn’t what the brewers would have liked, they moved their large 3B Travis Shaw over to second. He definitely is not the typical second basemen, made apparent by the resigning of Mike, they like the move of shaw to 2B. Moustakas will earn $10MM in 2019.
Aaron Loup – Signed with Padres
“Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. […] Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies […] at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.” – Ashley Valera, Yahoo! Sports
Adeiny Hechavarria – Minor League Deal
“The Mets have signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Hechavarria will have a chance to continue in New York, where he spent the last month of the 2018 season after the Yankees acquired him from the Pirates. As a member of the Yanks, Bucs and Rays in 2018, Hechavarria hit a modest .249/.279/.336 in 321 plate appearances. The subpar offensive numbers the 29-year-old Hechavarria registered were in line with his career totals, as he has only managed a .635 OPS in 3,004 PAs since debuting with the Blue Jays in 2012.” – Connor Byrne, MLBTR
Gerardo Parra – Minor League Deal
The San Francisco Giants have come to a minor league agreement with Veteran Gerardo Parra. While Parra seemed to have some good traditional stats with Colorado (.283/.320/.407) if you look at wRC+, he was at 77 which means he was 23% below average. Parra has an average glove, but not enough to make up for the offensive deficiencies. It is only a minor league deal with a ST invite: if he makes the opening day roster, he will make $1.75MM with $250K in incentives.
Cameron Maybin – Minor League Deal
Maybin has signed a minor league deal with the SF Giants.
“Maybin, 32 in April, has spent time with four teams over the last two seasons, dropping an identical 88 wRC+ in each. Mired for the last three seasons in fourth-outfielder limbo, the former first-rounder has seen his once-vaunted center-field defense decline sharply with age. In nearly 2,800 innings at the position since the beginning of 2015, the longtime MLB vet has posted -26 DRS, though his numbers did normalize a bit in the last two seasons.” – Ty Bradley, MLBTR
Ben Revere – Minor League Deal
“The Rangers have signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal comes with a $1MM salary if Revere makes the majors, per Jon Heyman of Fancred. Revere, out of work since the Angels released him last August, is coming off a year spent solely at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old took 166 trips to the plate with the Angels’ top affiliate and hit .277/.319/.406.” – Connor Byrne, MLBTR
Stat of the Day
Exit Velocity measures the speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact. This is tracked for all Batted Ball Events — outs, hits and errors.
Attaining a high Exit Velocity is one of a hitter’s primary goals. A hard-hit ball won’t always have a positive result, but the defense has less time to react, so the batter’s chances of reaching base are higher.
For this very reason, Exit Velocity can also be used to evaluate pitchers (known as “Exit Velocity Against”). The game’s best pitchers — who naturally throw the highest quality pitches — generally rank among the league leaders at limiting hard contact.
Average Exit Velocity (aEV) is calculated by dividing the sum of all Exit Velocities by all Batted Ball Events.
TLDR: The speed of the ball coming off the bat. The higher the better.