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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A Couple BP Things
- Tragically, Christina Kahrl's impertinent analysis of the Vernon Wells/Mike Napoli/Juan Rivera trade is now instantly obsolete on the Toronto side of the ledger, but I wanted to draw your attention to the following, in a devil's advocate sort of way:
Well, at least he has been fairly durable, right? No, as a matter of fact, he hasn't been durable. He had repeated injury issues in both 2008 and 2009: In 2008 he lost time to hamstring and wrist issues, and had continuing problems with both in 2009 (the hammy in spring training, the hand and wrist during the year). And in 2007, there was that shoulder issue he had to have operated on after the year, and reportedly hampered his hitting all season. So that adds up to quite the tally of handicapped performance while playing, as well as a couple of DL stints and injuries that, if they hadn't been repaired at season's end, would have involved DL time.Speaking as one of the few observers who hasn't damned the trade outright, this is a key problem I missed. Wells appears to be one of those guys who plays straight through injury, performance be damned. Now, maybe you could make the argument that on the Angels he would be shipped off to the trainer's room and the 15- or 60-day DL, but that would subtract from his alleged durability. This is enough to make me sour on the deal overall, and once again bring into question Tony Reagins' abilities as a GM.
- Can someone please explain to me how Jay Jaffe managed to write a post about the majors' worst regulars that did not include Jeff Mathis? Mathis had a -1.1 WARP in 2010, lower than two of his cited examples — Rob Johnson (0.9 WARP) and Josh Bard (0.3 WARP), while getting more plate appearances (205) than Bard (126) and almost as many as Johnson (209). Is there no injustice?