Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Posada, Madson, Fielder

On this date in 2005, the owners unanimously approved the sale of the Brewers from Bud Selig to Mark Attanasio for $223MM. In the seven years under Attanasio, Milwaukee has as many playoff appearances (two) as they did in 34 years under Selig, who moved the Seattle Pilots franchise to his hometown in 1970. As the offseason draws closer to an end, here is the latest and greatest from around the web…

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13 Comments on "Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Posada, Madson, Fielder"


vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

” Talk Sports Philly believes the Ryan Howard contract will end up being a bargain.”

Let me guess. This article was written from a bar after the author had had more than a few…

NYBravosFan10
3 years 6 months ago

I really like how MLBTR doesn’t even bother with Capitol Avenue Club anymore when they do these posts. CAC rarely says anything that has true meaning or intelligence and I just get irritated reading it.

Alex Nelson
3 years 6 months ago

Read the Mariners article… Not to my surprise that the alternatives of Fielder are not great… This ball club will probably lose a lot of games again but to make it worse attendance will keep dropping until Bud Selig has to find a new owner like the Dodgers.

3 years 6 months ago

how do i get my blog in “baseball blogs weigh in”?

3 years 6 months ago

Get out those knee pads…..

3 years 6 months ago

On behalf of Philadelphia, I would like to apologize for the “Talk Sports Philly” article.  The writer of that article likely lives near one of the refineries here in town, and is not of sound mind nor body.
That contract was embarassing when it was signed, considering that Howard was still two full years from free agency, and it is even more embarassing now, considering that Howard was last seen rolling around on the first base line, ankle in air.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

I typically use BBWI as a source of projecting anger that would normally go elsewhere. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one go up that didn’t have at least one ridiculous article in it. Half the time I assume they’re just saying something ridiculous for the hits.

3 years 6 months ago

the 2 Bud Seligs:  wrinkly seat warmer and nursing home bingo champion….

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Actually, I read the article, and the fact that the contract was endorsed by Jon Heyman pretty much proves my point that there’s no way the Phillies will get their money’s worth out of this deal.

Let’s make this simple:

Over the last two years, Howard has WARs of 1.4 and 1.6.

James Loney?: 1.2 and 2.3

Teixeira: 3.2 and 4.2

Over the last FIVE years, Howard has averaged 3.5 WAR.

Is he suddently going to become a beast again and play GG defense? If not, bad deal.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, but those stats are dated back to 2006, which really isn’t representative of the actual point, the contract extension itself. I’m willing to bet, out of the 5 players mentioned, in 5 years from now, Howard comes in dead last in all categories. I think Adrian Gonzalez is probably the best value dollar for dollar, Pujols is the most marketable (especially the market he is going into. He’s the Rolls Royce of CA) and Teixeria who is the most durable of all these players mentioned. I think this is a fair assessment. Further, if anyone thinks Howard’s going to be all “springy” following the injury he suffered, they’ve got to drink the reality juice. Howard hasn’t be the healthiest of the bunch and I’m guessing over the next 5 years, Howard plays the least of all 5 players mentioned. 

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

The guy also ignored one of the biggest factors in the entire thing:

Of the four first baseman scheduled to hit free agency this offseason when the deal was signed (Howard, Pujols, Fielder and Gonzalez), Howard was both the oldest AND the worst overall player. Fielder is struggling to find a deal at this point and he’s a better hitter to this point than Fielder and Gonzalez getting a smaller deal than Teixeira actually brought the market value down a bit. At this point, had Howard hit free agency with Pujols and Fielder, he’d have been lucky to get four years, $20MM even if he hadn’t regressed nearly as much as he has to this point.

The Howard extension was mind bogglingly shortsighted when it happened, at this point it’s outright indefensible in hindsight.

Joe Valenti
3 years 6 months ago

The entire article focused on the past and not the future. A high strikeout rate is probably the worst thing an aging player can have. As the bat speed slows down the strikeouts increase so that number will just go from high to higher

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed and another argument this guy tried to make, however was unsuccessful, is that Howard has the edge due to years left under contract. Uh. Tex has 5 years left, A-Gon 6 years, Fielder likely won’t get more than 6, so this is also a moot point. Pujols is the only one who has more years under contract, but as stated, based the revenue he’ll bring in; in that market, he’ll be worth twice as much as Howard. Essentially the revenues will be so immense, that the remaining 5 years (in comparison to this person’s argument) will be almost had for free.