Daily Notes: Contract Crowdsourcing, RH Relievers

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. What’s in Raul Ibanez’s Pocket: Five Theories
2. World Series Game Two Event
3. Contract Crowdsourcing: Five Right-Handed Relievers

What’s in Raul Ibanez’s Pocket: Five Theories
In yesterday’s edition of the Notes, dedicated largely to contract crowdsourcing for DH-type free agents, I asked readers to suggest what exactly — besides a game-winning home run, I mean — what exactly that might be in Raul Ibanez’s pocket. Here are five contributions, ranked in ascending order of merit:

5. Lou Ford [sic].

4. Wally Joyner minibat giveaway from 1989.

3. He got a little change in his pocket going jang-a-lang-a-LANG. Gonna call you on the telephone and give you a ring. But each time you talk its the same ole thang, always no huggy no kissy until I get a wedding ring. My honey, my baby, don’t put my love upon no shelf, she said don’t hand me no lines and keep your hands to yourself.

2. Probably just his cell phone or car keys or something.

1. Phil Rizzuto Pez dispenser.

World Series Game Two Event
WS, Game 2 (1-0 SF) | Detroit at San Francisco | 20:00 ET on FOX
DET: Doug Fister (161.2 IP, 82 xFIP-, 3.6 WAR)
SF: Madison Bumgarner (208.1 IP, 88 xFIP-, 3.4 WAR)

Contract Crowdsourcing: Five Right-Handed Relievers
Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. FanGraphs is asking readers to estimate the years and average annual dollar values likely to be received by certain notable free agents. We continue today with the five most notable right-handed relievers (probably). (Click here for more on the contract crowdsourcing project.)

Other positions: Catchers / First Basemen / Second Basemen / Third Basemen / Shortstops / Corner Outfielders / Center Fielders / Designated Hitters.

Player Page: Mike Adams

Player Page: Octavio Dotel

Player Page: Francisco Rodriguez

Player Page: Rafael Soriano

Player Page: Koji Uehara

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  1. Greg W says:

    Any time you reference the Georgia Sattelites, you must be on the right track.

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  2. filihok says:

    I don’t know how to answer the question about Soriano’s contract. He doesn’t have an option, he has an opt-out. He won’t be exercising a $14 million option. He may exercise a his opt-out in which case he’ll get $1.5 million and free agency.

    I’ll vote yes, he’ll exercise the option, and I’ll mean that he’ll opt out.

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  3. Bip says:

    Some notes on Koji Uehara:

    -Over the past 3 seasons (his 3 as a reliever) he has posted a strikeout rate comfortably above 30% with a fastball velocity comfortably below 90mph. Despite the low velocity, his fastball is among the best in terms of vertical movement, which could help explain both its above average swinging strike rate (over 10% each of the last three years) and its insanely high fly ball percentage (touching 70%).

    -Aside from his fastball, the only other pitch he throws with any regularity is a splitter which comes in about 7 mph slower than the fastball, suggesting he uses it like a changeup. What is particularly impressive about this pitch is that he has maintained a swinging strike rate of over 20% on it during each of the past three seasons despite throwing it over 30% of the time over that period. His contact rate on said pitch has been consistently at almost exactly 59% with a swing percentage that has increased over time. I wish I knew how to check whether anyone else has a swinging strike rate that high on a pitch thrown that often over such a long period.

    -Perhaps public ignorance re Uehara is reflective of league ignorance re Uehara. Since hearing about him when he was traded to the Rangers, I have been fascinated by him. I think, if only the public would give him a chance and get to know him, they may find they like Koji Uehara. They may find they like him quite a lot.

    -I have found that I like Koji Uehara. Quite a lot.

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