career years-- Jones, Davis, Jim Johnson, Gonzalez and Tillman...
played to their career norms-- betemit, weiters, hammel, hardy
markakis' stats extrapolated for a whole season may have edged him towards a career year...
here's the problem with standing pat--- the other teams in the division didn't stand pat, especially the blue jays...if you look at the statistics from last year, they defy explanation...teams that win 93 games and only have one starter with more than 10 wins is extremely rare....they had historic performances in one run games and extra inning games...historic doesn't happen every year....coming back to the league norms would mean they are an under .500 team...
this team has deficiencies that to date have not been addressed, the biggest holes are at 2b, DH and they need at least one more reliable starter....those are the facts....
the offseason has not been any different than the previous 16, angelos doesn't spend because winning doesn't matter to him...he has his MASN money to pad his bank account and any revenue derived from ticket sales is a bonus...
My opinion of Gonzalez is that he can duplicate his '12 season. Markakis has been a steady guy. he can be that good again.
Don't get me wrong though, I'm not saying we should stand pat. I think you should always try to improve.
In the spirit of full disclosure though, I excluded Hunter, Arrieta and Flaherty since none of those guys has broken through and I know your ADD would kick in and compell you to focus on them instead of the others who actually made stellar contributions to the '12 team.
Regardless, I absolutely think the label "career yr" is a bogus term and it can only fairly be used once a guy is done.
Look, everyone wishes the team added another bat and a glove (1st or 2nd) but it's not our money and the free agent class was relatively weak. And as far as trades are concerned, the ideal time to make deals is in the spring when logjams push veterans out in favor of phenoms.
I sure hope Schoop qualifies as a phenom and nudges grandpa back to Sarasota... but instead we should expect Roberts to improve on '12 by playing in more than 10 games and hitting greater than .188 with at least 1HR. That's all he has to do to improve on '12! For some of the guys, like he, Reimold and Wada the bar is just not very high and I fully expect each to get over those 2012 performance hurdles. Don't you? Come on man!
unfortunately, the loss of his good D and 30+ HRs will hurt the team far more than they will benefit from the reduced Ks.
they went into the off season with the stated goal of adding a power bat to the middle of the order. instead, they removed a power bat. so they actually need 2 thumpers now.
I have confidence in Chen. if the league was going to figure him out, I think they would have done it by late last season. especially since he was wearing down from his first 162 game season. I also think he has the potential to be better, because he now knows the demands of a full MLB season, so he can prepare for it better.
I can't really explain why I feel confident in Gonzo. it just seems like his career struggles have been circumstantial more so than talent deficiency.
in letting Reynolds go they also lost his gold glove (2nd half).
I'm concerned that Davis may possibly struggle at the plate because of defensive woes. What's your opinion on that ?
If they weren't going to sign a power hitting bat they should have kept Reynolds. And I never thought I would have said that.
Just my take though
We can only hope AJ produces better than last year. Nick stays healthy all year and we get to see what a full year of Manny will look like. AS for pitching hopefully it falls into place. Hopefully Wada pitches this year.
Nick didn't play for part of the season.
AJ followed his trend - I think he's going to take a dip this year because he's playing the WBC, but I hope I'm wrong.
Davis didn't have a stellar year - he actually had problems with SOs and they were forced to move him from 1st.
Gonzalez - may have been a career year.
Tillman - velocity, location, and movement changed his performance, always a top prospect and still young
Hammel - maybe a career year, but you can't ignore the increase in velocity
JJ, follows his career path, saves were the only difference
Oday, mostly the same during healthy years
Ayala - worse than with the Yanks
Strop - young, and actually dipped towards the end of the year
Machado - sky is the limit
McLouth - wasn't really that good during the regular season, but solid enough to warrant bringing back
2b was traded away - ? this year
Hardy was horrible at the plate - but his hits were timely, and defense was on par with where he always has been
Wieters is on par defensively, but really wasn't that good at the plate with rate statistics. Overall, solid year, though - not career
Steve Johnson - solid prospect, may have been career year, though
Matusz, Arrieta, Hunter - sucked and were demoted
Saunders was good, not great, and worth bringing back
Where were the career years?
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