February 24th

Slow News Sunday


Clayton Kershaw – Update

Today, Dave Roberts (Dodger’s Manager) shed some more light on the setback that Kershaw is now facing. Roberts told the reporters that he had tried a new program to increase his velocity this season. They think that is most likely what has caused this. While he did undergo an MRI, they expect Kershaw to start throwing in a few days time. Which is great news to Dodgers fans.


 International Bonus Money – Orioles to Rangers

The Rangers have acquired international slot bonus money from the Orioles in exchange for minor league righty David Lebron, as per an announcement from the Orioles.

The trade represents an interesting twist for Baltimore, who has been amassing international draft money for months in various other deals in an attempt to revitalize the franchise’s long-dormant international development pipeline.  Owner Peter Angelos had long shied away from spending on int’l prospects, though the organization’s stance changed significantly once Angelos’ sons took on a larger role in the Orioles’ operations.  Under new general manager Mike Elias, the club has hired the well-regarded Koby Perez as Baltimore’s new senior director of international scouting.

After coming up short in their pursuit of Cuban prospects Sandy Gaston, Victor Victor Mesa, and Victor Mesa Jr., the O’s were left with easily the largest bonus pool of any team of the 2018-19 international signing period, with close to $6MM in available funds.  (The Dodgers were next on the list with just $1.4MM.) – Mark Polishuk, MLBTR



Stat of the Day – WAR

“Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic. You should always use more than one metric at a time when evaluating players, but WAR is all-inclusive and provides a useful reference point for comparing players. WAR offers an estimate to answer the question, “If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a freely available minor leaguer or a AAAA player from their bench, how much value would the team be losing?” This value is expressed in a wins format, so we could say that Player X is worth +6.3 wins to their team while Player Y is only worth +3.5 wins, which means it is highly likely that Player X has been more valuable than Player Y.

WAR is not meant to be a perfectly precise indicator of a player’s contribution, but rather an estimate of their value to date. Given the imperfections of some of the available data and the assumptions made to calculate other components, WAR works best as an approximation. A 6 WAR player might be worth between 5.0 and 7.0 WAR, but it is pretty safe to say they are at least an All-Star level player and potentially an MVP.

While WAR is not as complicated as some might think, it does require a good bit of information to calculate and understand. Below you can find general information about WAR and links to specific information about position players and pitchers, as WAR is obviously calculated differently for each.” – FanGraphs Library

There are two major sites that make WAR. Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference. That is why you will see “bWAR” and “fWAR”. The difference can be explained HERE

TLDR: WAR is an estimate of the total contributions that a player has made. More playing time = more WAR. It takes into account defense, base running, and of course offense. 


Stat of the Day Curtesy by FanGraphs

Header Photo Curtesy by Pitcher’s List


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