Braves Fan says:
November 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm
November 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Is it worth noting that Ross has had a strong reverse platoon split over these past four seasons? By my admittedly haphazard calculations, his OPS is around .870 against RHP over that time, as compared to roughly .730 against southpaws – and this split has only grown starker over the past two seasons. That’s a positive, I think, should the Red Sox seek to make him the full-time starter … but that doesn’t appear to be the plan.
We are definitely dealing with very small sample sizes, but there is enough of a pattern that I’m not that sure he can be counted on as a weapon against LHP as a part of a platoon.
November 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Wanted the Pirates to get him so badly, but thought he would cost 2yr/$14M. I think he’d be worth that. Can’t believe he got away for so cheap.
November 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Salty made $2.5 mil last year. He basically repeated his 2011 numbers and now has another year of service time. Going just by the 40/60/80 rule of arb values, he gets $3.3 mil in 2013. But I’m guessing that 25 HRs and a second year solidifying himself as a MLer means he gets closer to $5 mil. That’s quite a bit more than Ross.
Salty is younger, but the Sox pitchers don’t seem to be doing well with him behind the plate. I’ll take Ross, use the money elsewhere, and see if I can get value for Salty.
November 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Piece is in need of some proofreading.
November 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm
This article has so many typos that there is even an extra “a” in the author’s name.
Ian R. says:
November 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm
The thing about those platoon splits is that we’re talking about basically one season’s worth of PA, total, so there are serious sample size issues. It’s also possible that the Braves have deliberately played Ross against especially tough left-handers, since McCann is too good and too durable to be benched against every LHP. The quality of the pitchers he faces would affect Ross’ platoon numbers substantially.
Over his career, Ross has his lefties and righties basically the same. Still doesn’t scream platoon player, but neither does it scream reverse split.
Ian R. says:
November 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm
A quick listing of LHP who Ross faced three or more times in 2012: Ross Detwiler (7 PA), Paul Maholm, Gio Gonzalez, Chris Capuano and Madison Bumgarner (6 PA each), Jon Niese (5 PA), Cliff Lee and Wade LeBlanc (4 PA), Eric Stults, CC Sabathia, David Price, John Lannan, Cole Hamels, Wei-Yin Chen and Mark Buehrle (3 PA). Miniscule sample size, obviously, but that’s a collection of mostly good-to-great pitchers who would hold anyone’s platoon split down.
November 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm
Yeah, this one might be a new low for the editorial staff at FG.
November 13, 2012 at 2:14 am
Maybe it’s because he’s 36 years old and hasn’t had more than 200 plate appearances in the past 5 years?
Just a thought…
Paul Clarke says:
November 13, 2012 at 6:48 am
Some proof-reading coming up:
Why the Braves let him go and the Red Sox are both a bit puzzling
Missing “why” before “Red Sox” (this one might be arguable, by I found it very confusing as written).
One might think that it is obvious that not many teams would not want to pay a backup catcher $3 million a year
One too many “nots”.
However, that the Red Sox also have a promising young catcher in Ryan Lavarnway,
As an epilogue, want to reflect
Missing “I” before “want”.
Matt Wieters a good hitter
Missing “is” after “Wieters”.
would be as good or better than
Missing “as” after “good”.
I hope this helps. Other than that, a fun post, and you could add the Rangers to the list of teams where Ross would be an upgrade
November 13, 2012 at 9:37 am
This is certainly true, but we are focusing on the last four years in our assumption that he can be an above-average hitter in a semi-full-time role. His strong numbers over that time have come from his ability to batter same-side pitching.
Jon L. says:
November 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm
I think the Braves could very reasonably have let him go based on the fact that he’s a part-time player making way over the major league minimum at an age when most player’s skills are in rapid decline. I guess the Red Sox want someone they believe will provide reliable performance in the short run in a limited or (if Lavarnway is not ready) expanded role.
November 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm
Don’t understand this move. Ross is too good to trade, and McCann, as much as I like him, is having problems.
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