Quick Hits: Rangers, Bumgarner, Crawford, Stanton

Links for Friday, as teams continue trimming their rosters down…

  • Chuck Greenberg will no longer be part of the Rangers organization, but he leaves with $20-25MM in profit, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter)
  • The Giants renewed Madison Bumgarner's contract for 2011, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter). That means the sides did not agree to terms on a deal, but it doesn't change the timetable for Bumgarner's arbitration or free agency.
  • As Alex Speier of WEEI.com explains, the only two outfielders ever to sign free agent contracts with an average annual value of $20MM have opposite styles of play. The Red Sox signed Manny Ramirez for his power, and they signed Carl Crawford for his overall offensive output, baserunning and defense.
  • Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton has a creative approach to addressing weaknesses in his swing, as Yahoo's Steve Henson explains.
  • Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post offers up a must-read profile of Nationals phenom Bryce Harper.


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28 Comments on "Quick Hits: Rangers, Bumgarner, Crawford, Stanton"


55saveslives
4 years 4 months ago

Bumgarner contract shouldn’t be too hard to work out. Posey got 575K so $450-475K for Bumgarner should do.

giantsfan4life
4 years 4 months ago

Well if they renewed it, it would be $414,000 as that’s league minimum so not far off.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

Im a die hard Red Sox fan, but im getting tired of every Boston reporter trying to justify giveing Crawford $142 million.

4 years 4 months ago

dont know if you can justify anyone getting 22mm per year.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

Im not saying he is or will be worth it, im just saying get over it allready its spring training.

xfipMachine
4 years 4 months ago

Are you getting tired of it because you don’t understand how valuable he is? You know he has the 2nd highest WAR for MLB outfielders over the last 3 seasons, right? You know you are paying for prime seasons, right? You know he doesn’t have ‘old player skills’ so he has a great chance of aging gracefully, right?

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

I actually like the signing because of his value and age, and granted there is a value on Merchandise and marketing that comes with a star players name that is often over looked. i just find the amount of insite on his signing to be strange, after all we are baseball fans, we understand the game.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

there isn’t actually any merchandising or marketing revenue of significance that comes from it

4 years 4 months ago

I don’t see it as trying to justify giving Crawford 142 mil. I see it as though they are compare the only 2 outfielders with or had a contracts valued at 20mill annually. But just comparing the 2 guys. IE 1 a power guy the other a complete package minus the power.

4 years 4 months ago

I find it sort of ironic that the power hitter gets on base a hell of a lot more than the table setter in this case.

.364 is Crawford’s career high. Over a full season, Manny has never posted an OBP lower than .377.

Not much point to this, just found it interesting. Both were/are elite talents in their primes, but when all is said and done it’ll be Manny who earned that paycheck more, imo.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

– crawford is not actually a table setter and never has been

– having said that, his overall approach — OBP included — has improved dramatically in the last 2+ years. his career numbers belie his current talent

– crawford’s average wOBA since the end of 2009 is .370. joe mauer, chase utley, and hanley ramirez last year posted a wOBA of .373. mark teixeira posted a .367. crawford adds to that 50 SB speed and sterling defense

– when you factor in the timing (ramirez was signed 10 years earlier), manny was paid a lot lot more than crawford

– save for his first two years in boston, crawford is a better overall player than manny was. i say this while of the opinion that manny is one of the greatest right-handed hitters in the game’s history

not much point to this either. just saying stuffs

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

^since the beginning of 2009*

Sky14
4 years 4 months ago

If Crawford is a better overall player than Manny that means you would trade Manny for Crawford if all things were equal contract wise and age? that seems crazy to me, and calling Manny a “power hitter” is rather insulting the mans abilities at the plate he was much much more well rounded at the plate than Crawford is…the Crawford signing probably made them better that is the only justifcation they need, but dont try to make it sound like he is going to make more of an impact than Manny Ramirez who should be a 1st ballot HOFer

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

you ignored the part where i referred to ramirez as one of the greatest RH hitters in baseball history. sucks for you i guess

ceteris paribus, i would take present-day crawford over year 2000 manny though, yes. if boston didn’t have such a great lineup already, that decision would be different

4 years 4 months ago

Dave Cameron justified it with statistical analysis. That to me is worth more than what Boston reporters are saying.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

Agreed, it was justified when they said Carl Crawford

Leonard Washington
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t see a problem with locking up one of the best hitters in the league at a young through his prime. Guys speed isn’t going anywhere, and his power should improve and play better in Fenway. All that and he is a plus plus left fielder, especially in Fenway. Price wise you could argue but it is what it is, when Werth got what he got that price tag pretty much became the minimum.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

I actually like the signing because of his value and age, and granted there is a value on Merchandise and marketing that comes with a star players name that is often over looked. i just find the amount of insite on his signing to be strange, after all we are baseball fans, we understand the game.

4 years 4 months ago

Of course, Crawford will always be overpaid in the eyes of those RBIs and HR lovers.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

Most of those guy’s died during the mitchell report. A new breed of sabermetric lovers roam fenway, and i’m sure they’re going to be plenty happy with crawford.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

i think you underestimate the pink hat crowd and seriously overestimate the boston sports media to whom they devotedly listen

umair56
4 years 4 months ago

I didn’t read the whole post initially and my eyes just caught “Red Sox sign Manny Ramirez” and for a split second I flipped out before reading the whole post lol

4 years 4 months ago

2011 AL Comeback Player of The Year folks.

I’ve got him down for a .305, .410, .495 line with 25 HR. His OBP alone will probably earn that $2 million by the break.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

Depends on the rate or inflation, 20 mil nows is equal to 16.5 mil when manny signed.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

Depends on the rate or inflation, 20 mil nows is equal to 16.5 mil when manny signed

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 4 months ago

I miss when it was called “Odds and Ends.”

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

It was a reply, but for some reason i went to the bottom twice one min. apart.

roomwithamoose
4 years 4 months ago

don’t worry that’s just a slight rip in the space time continuum haha