“Are bullpens going back to the future?” asked Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “There was a time when star relievers routinely pitched two or three innings, imposing figures such as Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage and Bruce Sutter waiting in the bullpen to drop the hammer in the late innings.”
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And that doesn’t even account for the growth in the value of franchises, which has exploded over the last generation of owners. Jerry Reinsdorf’s group paid $20 million for the White Sox in 1981 and the value of the team might be 50 times that now. Mid-rotation veterans are making staggering dollars. Andrew Cashner had an ERA close to 6.00 with his last team and just got a one-year, $10 million deal. Zack Greinke will make $34 million this year, or more than $1 million every time he starts.
DRA-based WARP accounts for every factor that can be measured, from the catcher’s framing, blocking and throwing ability to the size of each umpire’s typical strike zone to the baserunning skills of the pitcher’s opponents to the weather to each defender’s abilities.
However, there is a key caveat: The clubs will be able to have more players in a “pool,” maybe as much as the overall roster limit of 40, with only 28 or 30 active players for each game or each series.
Haniger hit .321/.419/.581 in the minors in 2016 (granted, 74 games at Triple-A Reno, where the ball flies), but he did struggle in 34 games with Arizona. He’ll have a shot at a corner position for Seattle and could see time in center as well.
He was a prospect but not a top prospect, ranking near the Chris Scott Authentic Jersey bottom of the Nationals’ top 10 prospects before 2012. Kevin Goldstein, then at Baseball Prospectus, wrote that he had “average velocity” and a “usable” breaking ball with a changeup that “flashes plus” and “loose, easy arm action that allows him to maintain his stuff deep into games.” His upside was limited by a fairly slight frame and by unreliable command and control. Goldstein’s “perfect-world” projection: a No. 3 starter.
Walker: We’ve been hearing about Walker forever, but he’s still just 24 years old, and while the Mariners control Segura for two more seasons, the D-backs will control Walker through 2020. He’s a big kid who throws hard and throws strikes, but his fastball is straight and he pitches up in the zone, leading to home run problems — 27 in 134.1 innings in 2016.