Abreu is apparently looking for a better offer. Seems kind of odd on his part considering they signed him for 5 million base this year. Does he really think someone is going to double that for even one year let alone two? I guess he enjoyed waiting himself into monetary loss last season and decided to try it again.
Comment by walkoffblast — October 16, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
HE has very limited range, you probably don’t say “why didn’t you get that Bobby” because he doesn’t even come close to a batted ball that would be considered a “rangy play” so you just assume he had no chance. He is a safe out there, very safe.
He was underpaid this year. If he has an offer on the table that is acceptable, it makes perfect sense for him to check and see if anybody else wants to pay more. Considering he had a good year, it seems plausible that somebody would pay more (for instance, the Giants like to overpay older hitters). I don’t remember him having an offer last year that was significantly better that he “waited into monetary loss”.
how can you say abreu is an average player? with his defense sure, but you said that he’s equally effective regardless of which position he plays (DH vs. RF). as a DH, he has to be considered a great asset to the team and certainly above average.
Hey Dave. Shouldn’t Abreu get closer to $9-10 milion per? He’s closer to a 3 WAR player than he is a 2 WAR player, right (even if he regresses a bit)? Obviously he won’t get $12 million per year, but a $18-20 million deal over a 2-year period doesn’t seem far fetched.
Yes, he was underpaid but his contract was a product of the market and that market has not changed much if at all.
Comment by walkoffblast — October 16, 2009 @ 10:45 pm
None of this statistical analysis considers the significant impact Abreu had on almost every hitter in the lineup. The team OBP rising from .330 to .350 was a major peripheral benefit of bringing Abreu on board. Check the career numbers of guys like Figgins and Hunter, along with younger guys such as Aybar and Morales. They all gave Abreu much of the credit for their improved discipline. You can’t quantify leadership like that.
Did any of your non-statistical analysis recognize that there was nothing special about Hunter’s discipline? Or that Figgins has been a steady improver in that department long before Abreu joined them? Or that this was Morales’ first full season and you have absolutely no idea what he would have done had Abreu not been there? Or that Aybar’s walk rate remained unchanged?
I’ll take the statistical analysis over subjective hyperbole eight days a week.
Comment by Not David — October 17, 2009 @ 10:20 pm
Or that the difference in OBP between 2008 and 2009 was due almost entirely to the team’s batting average? (.268 vs. .285)
Comment by Not David — October 17, 2009 @ 10:23 pm
Comment by Not David — October 17, 2009 @ 10:33 pm
Well, the market for him may have changed some, since there seem to be more teams in the mix this offseason for good offensive corner OF/DHs than there were last offseason, and the pitching free agent market doesn’t seem to have as much worth spending your money on.
Of course, it’s nowhere near as simple or direct as you think it is, and a couple of other folks have already pointed that out. But to the extent his “leadership” actually mattered, it will be evident in other stats; and if it isn’t, well, then meh.