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    Re: 2019-2020 MLB Offseason News, Rumors, and Discussions

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    I think they can add offense at SS and just roll with Barsali for the time being.
    Agreed, look to upgrade the offense at SS and perhaps still be in play for an OF bat. Then roll with Barsali.

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    Re: 2019-2020 MLB Offseason News, Rumors, and Discussions

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    4.95 xFIP. He walked more than 4 batters per 9 innings, and benefited from a .246 BABIP.

    His 2.95/ERA was a mirage.


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    Ehh, I am not so sure. That has been Cishek's M.O. the past 4 seasons now, weak contact and keep the ball on the ground and in the yard. He's a fancier Hughes. He had the 3rd lowest hard hit % in the league last season, 3rd lowest average exit velocity (tied with Lorenzen). The walk rate is a tad concerning as it has been trending up for 3 years now, it could be a sign of trying to pitch around a decline in stuff, but the difference is also 2 extra BB in 6 fewer innings compared to his 2018 rate.

    For $6.5M committed to one season I would be fine with the Reds doing it, but I am also not going to cry foul that they didn't, especially because I don't know the rest of their off-season plans. I think it is a good pickup for the White Sox.
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    Re: 2019-2020 MLB Offseason News, Rumors, and Discussions

    Quote Originally Posted by Griffey012 View Post
    Ehh, I am not so sure. That has been Cishek's M.O. the past 4 seasons now, weak contact and keep the ball on the ground and in the yard. He's a fancier Hughes. He had the 3rd lowest hard hit % in the league last season, 3rd lowest average exit velocity (tied with Lorenzen). The walk rate is a tad concerning as it has been trending up for 3 years now, it could be a sign of trying to pitch around a decline in stuff, but the difference is also 2 extra BB in 6 fewer innings compared to his 2018 rate.

    For $6.5M committed to one season I would be fine with the Reds doing it, but I am also not going to cry foul that they didn't, especially because I don't know the rest of their off-season plans. I think it is a good pickup for the White Sox.
    Not sure how he can be a fancier Hughes when he has both a higher BB rate and a lower GB rate. Both of those are kinda Hughes' calling card. Sure, he may be fancier in that he Ks at a slightly higher rate, but Hughes is better at both of the things that make Hughes successful. I expect both to be similarly replacement-level players in 2020.

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    Re: 2019-2020 MLB Offseason News, Rumors, and Discussions

    Quote Originally Posted by Edd Roush View Post
    Not sure how he can be a fancier Hughes when he has both a higher BB rate and a lower GB rate. Both of those are kinda Hughes' calling card. Sure, he may be fancier in that he Ks at a slightly higher rate, but Hughes is better at both of the things that make Hughes successful. I expect both to be similarly replacement-level players in 2020.
    Fancier in the sense Cishek is a heavy ground ball guy (around 50%) who relies on getting weak contact and keeping the ball in the yard, which seems very much like a description for Jared Hughes. Cishek has a higher propensity to strike guys out and gets weaker contact than Hughes. Which is probably the result of Cishek utilizing a two pitch mix where Hughes is basically a one pitch guy. Hughes isn't exactly allergic to the ball on base, he is typically around 3 BB/9 while Cishek is around 3.5 BB/9, so I don't think it is fair to say a lack of BB is Hughes calling card.
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