East Links: Ortiz, Hunter, Oliver, Marlins, Phillies

Earlier tonight we had some West and Central links, so now let's complete the trifecta with some notes from baseball's two East divisions…


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11 Comments on "East Links: Ortiz, Hunter, Oliver, Marlins, Phillies"


ugotrpk3113
2 years 8 months ago

Funny how about 2 weeks ago it was reported that Ortiz and the Sox were pretty close and they had agreed on the 2 years part of it…

DerekJeterDan
2 years 8 months ago

Torii Hunter to the Yankees would be ideal. If Ichiro is resigned the Yankees would have 3 left handed hitting outfielders and a righty like Hunter would be the perfect compliment to all of them. I would love this move, Hunter is still a great defender as well.

paylly
2 years 8 months ago

Yeah, thats what the Yanks need, to get older!

DerekJeterDan
2 years 8 months ago

Cashman said himself, he doesn’t care about age he cares about production. Hunter posted a 5 WAR last season and hit .313 with a .365 OBP and drove in 90 Runs. He’ll be 37 but he’s great on a short term deal.

2 years 8 months ago

You think so Dan? I understand the Right handed ability, and he is a good defender. But I have personally found Hunter to be more of a liability the past few years with his play and off field issues. I know someone will prove me wrong with a WAR statistic or something else, but I don’t see him being a fit here..On the other hand, I think the Yankees should make it a point to Sign Ichiro, as I for one would love to see what he could do with a full year in the Bronx.. Be well

DerekJeterDan
2 years 8 months ago

His off field issues were related to his son if Im not mistaken and it didn’t stop him from putting up his numbers last year. Andruw Jones hit .197 with a .294 OBP and a .701 OPS for the Yankees last year as their right handed compliment bat. Hunter put up far better statistics and is in better shape at 37 than Jones is at 35 so the defense will be there and the numbers will be as will if healthy. The Yankees would be just fine with Hunter in Right. I agree completely on Ichiro. I love his makeup and how he carries himself as a humble professional.

LazerTown
2 years 8 months ago

I really don’t like a Hunter deal as the first option, People see his 2012 numbers, but look past his pretty bad year in 2011. I think in all odds Hunter will regress substantially. in 2012 his BB% was about 30% lower, K% was higher, and he largely benefited from a pretty great .389 BABIP, which is over 0.8 higher than his career average. That is where his avg was able to bop up to .313, which was the first time ever in his career that his average was over .300. He is worth a look, but only after they at least kick the tires on Hamilton, Swish, and Ichiro.

His WAR is also pretty misleading, because his UZR was very good after being negative for the past 6 years.

LazerTown
2 years 8 months ago

I really want the Yankees to look into ortiz. It will mean some fewer games for other players, but can’t be worse than the 70 games that ibanez, and jones were starting.

LazerTown
2 years 8 months ago

.336 obp, out of rf, with not good defense and only 23 hr. Put him 17th among RF in 2011 in offense created.

LazerTown
2 years 8 months ago

GG are pretty meaningless, they end up being more of a popularity contest, rather than a true rating of a player’s defensive ability.

LukeNalooshe
2 years 8 months ago

I thought this was old news? Yes managers have given gold gloves to a lesser deserving player, frequently in fact.