Marlins Designate Jimmy Paredes For Assignment
By Jeff Todd [February 7 at 4:44pm CST]
The Marlins have designated outfielder Jimmy Paredes for assignment to create roster space for Jeff Baker, the club announced. The 25-year-old utilityman had been claimed in November off of waivers from the Astros.
Paredes saw limited action over the last three years in Houston. In 2013, he put up a .192/.231/.248 line in 135 trips to the plate. Seeing most of his time at Triple-A last year, Paredes was good for a .287/.345/.462 line at that level. He does have some speed as evidenced by his 166 stolen bases over seven minor league seasons, though he is just 11-for-20 in the majors. Primarily a second baseman in the minors, Paredes has seen most of his big league time in the outfield and at third.
Whatever value Heisey brings with power and defense, he is wiping out by his plate approach. His walk rate last year was below 4%. (K rate almost 21%.) We use the term a lot, but he's become the classic out machine.
Paul wasn't a good fielder. But his plate approach was far superior to Heisey's.
IMO you can't have a bunch of players with below .300 OBPs on your team. Even .310 isn't very good. Heisey needs to work on this problem or nobody will want him as his price tag goes up in arbitration and he'll find himself signing minor league contracts with spring training invites.
Mariners In Talks With Cruz, Willing To Offer Multiple Years
By Steve Adams [February 8 at 11:17am CST]
SATURDAY: It's only "a matter of time" before the Mariners agree to terms with Cruz, industry sources tell Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune (on Twitter).
Seattle has the sixth overall selection in the 2014 draft, meaning its first-round pick is protected under Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement. The Mariners have also already forfeited their second round pick in signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240MM contract, meaning they'd "only" be looking at forfeiting their Competitive Balance round pick. Seattle won the final pick of Competitive Balance Round B in last summer's Competitive Balance lottery.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Reds and Homer Bailey are still very far apart on a potential long-term contract extension.
Crasnick describes an "enormous gap" between what Bailey is asking for and what the Reds are currently offering. There is mutual interest on both sides in getting a deal done, but it looks like this one will still take some work to appease both parties. Feb 8 - 1:57 PM
Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
Can we agree that Dave Sappelt is the worst of the group?
The Padres Have an outfield of Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Chris Denorfia and Kyle Blanks from the right side and Rhymer Liriano, Seth Smith and Will Venable from the left. Find a way to get Will Venable from the Padres or maybe Gerardo Parra from the D-Backs, Just one decent LH OF bat to add to the mix. Is that bar to high? If it is, just pack it the freak in. Offer them something like Rogers or Corcino, Ondrusek and YRod
I agree that OBP is important, but I think people are splitting hairs a bit.
A bench guy that gets 100 plate appearances.. 020 more points of OBP (compared to the 310 benchmark) is just reaching base 2 more times.
Heisey is valuable on the bench because he can play all 3 OF spots pretty well.
If he could actually hit/OBP well, he'd be a starter.
I agree with KC on Heisey. His value is all in his defensive versatility and that's not what got him to the majors. Having some pop potential got him here but he's regressed imo.