Your brushing aside “I like the players” as nothing. Is there a good reason to do that?
I’ve always wondered if there isn’t additional fan loyalty built by keeping players for the long haul, so I’d be curious to know your answer.
Comment by Barkey Walker — December 15, 2011 @ 9:09 am
I think that the CBA actually changed both Cuddyer and Willingham’s status so neither one will require the signing time to forfeit a draft pick.
Comment by wrong em — December 15, 2011 @ 10:04 am
Correct, both are “modified Type A’s.” But the Twins will still get a 1st rounder and a supplemental rounder for letting him go. The only difference from the old Type A system is that they no longer get the 1st round pick from the old team. Rather, an extra pick immediately before the signing team’s pick is created out of thin air.
Comment by Yirmiyahu — December 15, 2011 @ 11:08 am
I think Cuddyer is a solid player, but he is still incredibly overrated. Seems to alternate between good and bad seasons. Teams seem to overvalue him because he can play multiple positions. He also had a good, but not great bat and he’s had seasons where his bat was awful. Willingham is probably an upgrade.
I’m only one person, but I’m finding it increasingly hard to follow the A’s lately. It seems like every time I watch a game I’ve got to explain to the wife who this random new guy is after she asks what happened to so-and-so former player. Granted, I don’t live it Oakland, so perhaps I won’t hurt their bottom line; but 2011 was the first year in a while I didn’t pay to see the A’s play locally.
It is hard to compare Willingham & Cuddyer w/o mentioning the injury risk. Willingham has only averaged 121 games the last 4 yrs (back & other injuries). Cuddyer has been fairly durable. With all the high risk injury players on the MIN team, I would not have added another one.
Comment by Jack Thomas — December 15, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
I see now that Willingham will fit right in on the DL team.
Comment by Barkey Walker — December 15, 2011 @ 7:58 pm
In the end, nobody really wanted to ink on Ramos because he didn’t have much MLB time. It was an unfortunate side effect of Mauer.
Comment by Barkey Walker — December 15, 2011 @ 8:17 pm
Is there sabermetric work on that that I don’t know about, or are you just pulling it out of your preconceptions?