As you know, the Rays snagged outfielder Nathan Haynes off waivers yesterday from the Angels. I liked this move; let’s take a closer look at the 28 year-old outfielder.
MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer speaks of Haynes’ "sprinter’s speed" and defensive talents at all three outfield positions. Haynes’ prospect status expired years ago, but he seems equally as valuable as many free agents signed for millions in the last few years. I think there’s still a lot of talented late-20s players who just need a chance, guys like Haynes, Marcus Thames, and Jack Cust. Haynes’ path has been slowed by many knee and hernia issues.
PECOTA has Haynes hitting .265/.334/.405 this year; ZiPS is far less optimistic. I’ll be curious to see how this no-risk move pans out.