Salvador Perez – UCL Damage
Per Jeff Passan of ESPN, Salvador Perez has UCL Damage and will need Tommy John surgery to repair it. While obviously a huge blow to the royals, they have already been linked to FA catcher Martin Maldonado, and could explore other options such as a trade with the Red Sox (reported to only wanting to carry two catchers this year).
Larry Baer, Giants CEO – Public Altercation
Giants chief executive officer Larry Baer was involved in an altercation with Pam Baer, his wife, earlier today at a downtown San Francisco public plaza, Matthias Gafni and Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle report. Video of the incident was captured by a bystander, and was made public by TMZ Sports (links to the video are included in the Chronicle’s piece).
Both of the Baers commented on the situation to the Chronicle. Pam Baer described the incident as, “We were having a family fight about someone in my family and that’s it.” Larry Baer went into slightly more detail, saying “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument. The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cell phone. Obviously, it’s embarrassing.” – Mark Pollshuk, MLBTR
Adam Warren – Signed
The San Diego Padres have signed right-hander Adam Warren to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2020 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. In 47 relief appearances between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners last season, Warren went 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA (18 ER, 51.2 IP), 1.32 WHIP and 9.06 SO/9.0 IP ratio (52 strikeouts). – MLB.com
Stat of the Day – wRAA
wRAA measures how many runs a hitter contributes, compared with an average player — so a player with a 0 wRAA would be considered league average, offensively. It’s calculated by finding the difference in the number of runs contributed between a player and the league average (which is determined by the league average wOBA).
Because wRAA uses wOBA to determine how many runs a player is worth, a player with an above-average wOBA will have an above-average wRAA. But — unlike wOBA — wRAA is a counting stat. As a result, players with a higher number of plate appearances can accrue a higher wRAA than an equal player with fewer plate appearances.
The formula: ((wOBA – wOBA of the entire league) / annual wOBA scale) x PA
Why it’s useful: Obviously, a hitter’s goal is to contribute runs in any way possible. wRAA measures how well players do so in relation to the rest of the league. And because it’s scaled to the league, you can compare players on different teams or from different seasons.
TLDR: wRAA helps adjust for ballpark, league factors and is based on wOBA, so it’s very accurate.
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