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Royals Place Emilio Bonifacio On Release Waivers
By Charlie Wilmoth [February 10 at 1:09pm CST]
FEB. 10: The Royals have requested unconditional release waivers on Bonifacio, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Any team can now claim Bonifacio if they are willing to take on the entirety of his $3.5MM salary. Those claims will be determined according to last year's league-wide standings and are not subject to the in-season rule that would give AL teams the first shot at him (2013 league-wide standings are also used for the first month of the regular season, as opposed to league-specific priority). Should he clear waivers, he will be a free agent and can then sign with a team of his choosing.
As someone else pointed out, the average OBP of a bench player is quite low (Can't find the exact number).
Now I agree the bar is higher for a starting position player.
But inherently, just about all bench players are flawed. The ones that aren't flawed eventually win a starting job somewhere.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Old school 1983 (02-10-2014)
A bench outfielder like Heisey, who is supposed to provide offense (not a backup shortstop), generally should not be 13 points below league average OBP for non-pitchers. So IMO the hypothetical .310 would not be adequate for Heisey, unless coupled with superb power hitting stats (always possible). He does provide good defense, but IMO if he doesn't hit he is a fifth outfielder, particularly on the Reds with OF questions.
But this is all theoretical. Because in fact Heisey did not hit .310 OBP last year. He had a .279 OBP and a 3.7 percent walk rate last year. If he does .310 or better next season (hopefully) we can resume the discussion about that number.
(Side note, of interest, when comparing only non-pitchers' hitting stats in both leagues, the AL has a .406-.401 edge in slugging, but the NL has a slight lead in OBP (2013)).
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Reds OF outside of Choo and Bruce was pitiful last year, no secondary skills, no power, no hitting for average.
Code:CINCINNATI REDS SEASON 2013 OF SLG vs. the league average displayed only--not a sorting criteria OPS vs. the league average displayed only--not a sorting criteria AT BATS <= 300 AVERAGE vs. the league average displayed only--not a sorting criteria SECONDARY AVERAGE vs. the league average displayed only--not a sorting criteria OBA DIFF PLAYER LEAGUE SLG OPS AB AVG SEC 1 Billy Hamilton .099 .429 .330 .086 .185 19 .111 .631 2 Xavier Paul .016 .339 .323 -.010 .006 209 -.012 .016 3 Derrick Robinson -.001 .322 .323 -.089 -.090 192 -.001 -.089 4 Ryan Ludwick -.030 .293 .323 -.086 -.117 129 -.016 -.109 5 Chris Heisey -.044 .279 .323 .003 -.041 224 -.019 -.039 6 Donald Lutz -.069 .254 .323 -.102 -.171 58 -.015 -.151
Marlins Designate Chris Hatcher For Assignment
By Jeff Todd [February 11 at 3:20pm CST]
The Marlins have designated reliever Chris Hatcher for assignment to create roster space for Carlos Marmol, the club announced. Hatcher, 29, had spent his entire career in the Marlins' system.
After seeing a cup of coffee with the Fish back in 2010 as a catcher, Hatcher shed his gear and took to the hill, reaching the bigs again in the very next season from the opposite end of the battery. The double-duty man has produced solid results throwing in the upper minors, but has not found success at the MLB level. Hatcher has thrown just 33 2/3 innings of 7.22 ERA ball over the last three seasons.
Chris Hatcher went to my alma mata of UNC Wilmington. I would like the Reds to take a chance on him as a catcher while he works on his pitching. He coluld provide some depth.
We are in the supposed post PED era... guys like him do not age well.
It still boggles my mind that people have high hopes/expectations for him He's LITERALLY done almost NOTHING to warrant it.
Suck it up cupcake.
But when he was healthy as a Red in 2012 he did have a good year. So if he's healthy in 2014 he may well have another good season, or at least an acceptable one.
If he can OPS .750 for the Reds he'll probably be third best on the team. Even below .750 he might be third best. Look at some of these other guys' numbers. Pretty dismal.
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But right now I'll just be happy to see them keep Bernadina (over Hannahan). They want a vet back-up for Hamilton in CF. I think Bernadina would be a good one.
What I don't want to see is Chris Heisey hacking his way through another 250 PA.
Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement. --- Shunryu Suzuki-roshi
If Bernadina makes it, then Schumaker presumably would play mostly infield replacing Hannahan or Santiago. Still think Hannahan is likely to stay, Reds owe him a guaranteed contract and buy out. Don't think the Reds are going to let Jack go and still owe him $3 million.
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