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by Dave Cameron - October 24, 2012
Gun to your head, first non-pitcher off the board in the June Draft. Thanks.
What kind of contract do you think Ichiro will get? 2/$18?
Dave, just an FYI but college teams definitely play during the week. While the games are usually non-conference games early in the year, they usually play something on Tues/Wed and then Fri/Sat/Sun.
Jack Zduriencik supposedly burned bridges with the non-trade of Cliff Lee to the Yankees. Then they did the Pineda deal, same thing again. Then they did the Ichiro trade.
I remember there was some huff and puff around the non-trade of Jarrod Washburn to the Yankees too.
RE: changing positions and offense…
Very quick and dirty, but I took all players who in consecutive seasons [1969 onward] had at least 400 PA [300 PA if catcher], played in the same park and played a very high percentage of their innings at a single position in each season where that position was different in each year.
I grouped the data by the positions, and am measuring relative performance using the basic runs created formula [OBP*TB]:
The numbers above are adjusted to reflect the 1-3% year-to-year decline on the players who did not change positions [but still met all of the other criteria.
I used a minimum sample of five players per positional pair- here are some of the smaller sample size changes:
SS->2B  +14%
LF->3B  +10%
1B->C  +9%
2B->SS  +9%
3B->1B  +0%
3B->RF  -9%
2B->3B  -10%