Thursday, December 01, 2016
(12/01/2016 12:24:00 AM) - Al
Adam looks at each of the Crew's 7 arby possibilities.
I would argue the first 4 listed (Thornburg, Torres, Peralta, Anderson) are sure things. The last 3? I would think all have value, and none are set to make a lot of cash, so my first thought is they would offer all 7. That seems a bit oversimplified, however.
What's especially funny is, I could imagine a world in which Maldy, Scooter, and Nieuwenhuis could be nontendered, and I can also easily see each starting Opening Day. All have proven to be solid major leaguers, and each will almost certainly be in the bigs next year, and very likely all of next season. Will Stearns look at what they can do in 2017, or will he look at their possible contributions and cost for 2018-19?
Scooter, for example, will probably make about $3M next season, but if he goes arby year to year, will likely get $5M and 7M per while still under team control.
Kirk is what he is, a solid defensive OF who can play all 3 spots, and hits RHP about at league average. He can handle being the majority half of the platoon. He has been waived several times, but has never cleared, so he has value, yet with many 40's full, might have to settle for a minor league deal if nontendered right now.
Marty has a good arm, fine on defense, and while he walks and hits an occasional HR, is below average offensively, even for a catcher. That said, if you remove the top 10 best hitting C's, and put the remaining 20 in a bag with the 30 backups; you have 50 backstops who are far from offensive powerhouses, and are close to interchangeable.
MLBTR projects both Kirk and MM to get $1.6M in arby, certainly plenty affordable, but they are also taking up 40 man roster spots, which at some point, the Crew will need a few of, be it to sign free agents, make a Rule 5 pick, make a waiver claim, or so on.
12/01/2016 12:24:00 AM