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2019 Preseason Forecast
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|2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi R.J.,
Read recently where Adam Eaton said he'd like to have an OBA of .400 and steal 40 bases. I know he's done it in AAA but do you think that's realistic with the Sox ?|
(Pete from Chicago)
|Pete, I like Eaton as a player and as an acquisition, but he's unlikely to hit those marks. We haven't seen a player pull off 40/.400 since Bobby Abreu in 2004, and it's only been done four other times since the latest round of expansion. Of course there have been three close calls over the past five seasons: Mike Trout missed out by one point of OBP in 2012; same with Matt Kemp in 2011; and Chone Figgins was within five points in 2009. It's just a tough combination to achieve.
Figgins is probably the best-case scenario for Eaton, as he lacks Trout and Kemp's strength. Still, I think it's more likely that he hits around .270, which ... just to do the math ... assuming he gets 500 AB and maintains his current HBP and SF rates ... he'd need about 96 walks to get a .400 OBP. That's a ~16 percent walk rate, or what would've been the second-highest rate last season in the majors.
So no, I don't think those are realistic expectations for Eaton. He should help the White Sox nonetheless. (R.J. Anderson)
|2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Please tell loyal readers in Seattle that we don't need to summon sacrifices for BP events to happen here...I suggested that to Kevin Goldstein but he may travel on Houston 's budget now.|
(Jim from Seattle)
|Now that the Mariners have released Chone Figgins, Seattle is safe for BP events again. (Ben Lindbergh)|
|2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Considering the Rays luck with "buy-low" types of guys, plus noted possible interest in Chone Figgins and Ryan Raburn, does either player have anything serviceable left in them to make them another possible future success story for the team? Chone's tenure in Seattle seems to say that he wasn't a great everyday starter, but definitely didn't deserve to get mothballed as he did(considering Seattle's lineup and Safeco's park factors). Also, which team sounds most likely to give Grady Sizemore or Jason Bay long enough looks to see if either can regain past statuses as star-level players? |
(jlarsen from chicago)
|I don't know--what about Figgins suggests that he has something left? It doesn't seem to me that he was unjustly marginalized in Seattle. I'd rather take a chance on Raburn.
I'd say the Indians would be a favorite for both Sizemore and Bay, though both players are probably "minor-league deal with invite to spring training" types at this point? (Ben Lindbergh)
|2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Jay, After reading Jason Park's piece on Smoak, I was curious if you thought any of his struggles (and Montero's) were in part due the hitting coach. I realize Smoak has major issues, but the fact that the Mariners have made no progress in helping to resolve them, coupled with Montero's regression, makes me wonder. Is it too late to send Montero down in order to stop running the clock while he's hitting at a replacement level? Should they get him to learn 1B at AAA? |
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
|Hey Nick, I wonder about the quality of instruction the young hitters are receiving in Seattle - note that Dustin Ackley is struggling as well (.240/.319/.332). I believe that old friend Chris Chambliss is currently the hitting coach, the third one in four or five seasons (http://blog.seattlepi.com/marinersfanblog/2011/07/06/revolving-door-mariner-hitting-coach/). Maybe his approach just isn't working for the kids.
That said, Safeco Field is a very tough place to hit, and I don't know whether there are weather/climate factors that have made it particularly tough this year beyond what we might have expected. Veterans like Ichiro have seen their performances collapse, Chone Figgins has never been the same since he hit town, and the road is littered with failed Mariners prospects. Maybe they need to think about adjusting the fences slightly to make it an easier place to hit.
I do think the Mariners should send Montero down at some point in order to recover what may be a lost year from an arbitration/free agency standpoint. That said, Safeco is a particularly tough environment for righties. (Jay Jaffe)
|2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Billy Hamilton's ETA? Is he a modern day Vince Coleman?|
(jpmargo3 from New Jersey)
|You know, I'd love to see him in September. I don't know if that will ultimately make sense for the Reds, because of service time and all that, but September and October are the months when a team can really go insane with tactical stuff and where a specialized runner can actually make sense. I remember Chone Figgins making a pretty big impact on the 2002 Angels as nothing more than a pinch-runner, for instance. I remember that. I can't actually say it's true, but I remember it. I think I'll spend some time later looking it up.
Hamilton, though. So fast. It would interesting to try to figure out just how much the world's greatest baserunner could conceivably be worth if his legs were highly leveraged. (Sam Miller)
|2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Should the Indians be more resigned (Jayson Nix), hopeful (Cord Phelps), risk-taking (Lonnie Chisenhall), or irrationally imaginative (trade prospects for Chone Figgins + much cash, or Travis Hafner for Figgins straight up) with their third base situation? I am not excited about a potential Brandon Inge Era.|
(buffum from Austin TX)
|When you are where the Indians are, I think a combination of hopeful and risk-taking is the way to go about things. The last thing we need is to bring Figgins aboard so we can have this conversation again in three years when his contract is expiring. (Marc Normandin)|
|2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)||So, I have Chone Figgins, Hunter Pence, Aaron Hill, and Edwin Jackson on my fantasy team. My question: shouldn't I expect big bounce backs from everyone here or did I just select duds?|
(Nasi Goreng from SE Asia)
|Chone Figgins-- His K-rate has shot up this year. The BABIP drop is small enough and it looks likely to fix itself, but the K-rate is just so high that he's not going to be effective when he's striking out like a power hitter. Even BABIP Superstars need to be make contact to keep their job-- you don't commit $45MM to Fred Lewis. Maybe a new hitting coach helps?
Aaron Hill-- His BABIP is .210 because he's not hitting line dirves-- it seems related to him swinging at too many pitches out of the strike zone. Before he hit 32 HR, pitchers would challenge him more. Now he needs to be more patient.
Hunter Pence-- he isn't swinging any more often than he used to, but he can't seem to tell a ball from a strike anymore. Worse, he's actually making contact with those bad pitches and isn't hitting them hard.
Edwin Jackson is an average pitcher. He's not as good his 2009 or as bad as his early 2010. (Matt Swartz)
|2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)||With Lackey now in Boston and Halladay nearly joining him on the right coast, the market seems pretty bare of potential FOTR guys. Where does that leave a team like the LAofA Angles? Do they just have to go to battle with Kaz-Weaver-Saunders and hope Godzilla offsets the loss of Chone Figgins?|
(Lincoln from Dallas)
|If there's anyone who's lost ground this winter, it's the Angels of Anaheim. Godzilla isn't the answer, he's just a patch to keep their bid going while they come up with something bigger. While I speculated as far as Sheets, I think that's the kind of situation they're left with, mooting the virtues of a Sheets or a Bedard... or trying to swing a deal of their own to add one of the Braves' extras, for example. I guess I wouldn't hate the suggestion of their getting in on Pineiro is his expectations came down a bit. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I'm interested in your thoughts about the shape of the offseason. It seemed like last year everybody was waiting for Manny to sign to begin the cascade of other signings. Who is the player who fits that role this year (if anyone) and, holy mackerel, is it possible that it's Chone Figgins? He seems to be on many teams' radar and is also central to whether the Angels pursue Lackey (they've said they can only sign one of the two), which begins the pitching cascade. If I'm crazy, please don't tell me.|
(Rob from Alaska)
|I actually think the reverse is going to happen with Figgins. We'll see something like Detroit re-sign Polanco, the Phillies re-sign DeRosa, and Beltre go somewhere on a 2-20 with a 3rd yr option, meaning that Figgins won't get anywhere near the 5-50 his agent has been touting. Add in the lack of any superb pitchers aside from John Lackey and an eerily long list of injury prone starters and it might not be that teams are waiting for someone to set the market but rather taking much more time deciding to whom they should open their checkbooks. (Eric Seidman)|
|2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you think the real market for Chone Figgins is? Lots of rumored interest, but I wonder if he doesn't return to the Angels for less than he hoped. And if so, what's Brandon Wood in that scenario? Halladay fodder?|
(Rob from Alaska)
|I'm starting to think Brandon Wood isn't real. I don't mean that his production isn't real, but that he does not actually exist. I keep hearing things about him, and I see his numbers, but I don't think I've had a Brandon Wood sighting in the wild that I remember. I think the Internet made him up to generate blog traffic. (Marc Normandin)|
|2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you think Brandon Wood is freed from Mike Scioscia this offseason?|
(Jack from LA)
|Depends on how many of their FA hitters they lose. The Angels may need position players next year. Wood's future is tied to that of Chone Figgins. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Best chat session ever, thanks Christina! If you are the Giants what are you looking to do this off-season? Also, presuming Molina's gone, where do you slot in Buster Posey into the offense?|
(Parker from San Fran)
|Fiddle, there's nary a mention of Ataturk or the invention of the stirrup's role at the Battle of Hastings, let alone any talk about the redemptive value of heavy metal. Now that'd be something, but I'll settle for baseball. ;)
They really should be in the market for a bat, because Ryan Garko's just a placeholder at first base--assuming they tender him. Perhaps they get in on Adrian Beltre or Chone Figgins, and move Sandoval to first; Figgins might be game for a move back to second, though, which would beat placing faith in Eugenio Velez. Posey and no more screwing around with not just leaving Fred Lewis be gives them enough runs and an improved defense. Spending high on the first basemen on the market isn't very attractive (Adam LaRoche) or comes with risk (Nick Johnson), so I guess I'd rather find ways to get Sandoval off of third base. (Christina Kahrl)
|2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Christina- can Chone Figgins play SS? Wondering if the Cubs should try this, making Theriot a utility guy (assuming Baker is the everyday 2B). Thoughts?|
(KRS from Chicago)
|I think it's been far too long for Figgins to see him as a shortstop for anybody; I frankly don't know how well a move back to center would go, assuming they make Bradley go away and would be willing to put Fukudome back in right. From your comments, it seems as if Theriot's issue is his thorough adequacy, in a lineup that didn't get enough Aramis Ramirez and had to deal with Soto, Soriano, and Bradley delivering so much less than expected. That's not on Theriot, or at least it shouldn't be. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Chone Figgins is not a "utility guy", he's the starting 3rd baseman for the Angels and the 2009 AL leader in walks.|
(The Flying Bernard from Acton, MA)
|There's a reason I write about baketball (and I know he's better than a typical utility guy, but he's played all over the place). (Kevin Pelton (Basketball))|
|2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Does Chone Figgins solve some,most, or all of the Cubs problems next year... he can float between 2nd and CF, hit leadoff, OB%, little more speed in a useful role... but he's a bit more elderly than I'd like...|
(strupp from Madison)
|Yeah, I wanted to not like his free agency, but more and more, I think he might be a guy who sustains his value for a while. He has become a great leadoff guy with a broad base of skills. He does seem to play one position better than a bunch, and really, the flexibility he provides is overstated--he's been a 3B for three years, and has just 70 innings elsewhere the last two. The Cubs are a fit, but so are 25 other teams, including his current one. I think he ends up back in Anaheim. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)||What does Brandon Wood have to do to get a shot other than get traded?|
(Phil from LA)
|Well, between Vlad Guerrero and Chone Figgins, you've got two big-name free agents-to-be on the roster, so as frustrating as it is to have to keep on waiting, it makes sense to wait and see if the market leaves them turning to him for 2010. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Christina! Thanks for the chat. I remember hearing a while ago of a possible Chone Figgins/Jermaine Dye trade. Who do you think makes out better if that were to have gone down? Also, who pitches best this year in your estimation: Lackey, Santana, or Saunders?|
(Andrew from Fayetteville, NC)
|No problem Andrew, even with official A-Rod Week underway, what really matters is pitchers and catchers reporting, and here we are, getting to talk about baseball. I'd like that swap for the Angels quite a bit, even if Figgy fixes the Sox's hole in center (and in the leadoff slot). So, while there's value for both clubs, the Angels' definite need for help in the power department really would make this more of a win for them, although adding Dye to the outfield crowd would make the question of what to do with Little Sarge that much more problematic. Lastly, Santana. I like Lackey a lot, but the answer to that question is Santana every day of every week, leap year-inclusive. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)||Who has the most gas left in the tank: Adrian Beltre, Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Raul Ibanez, or Chone Figgins? Which ones would you want on your team in '09?|
(McGoldrick from Los Angeles)
|That's not really a comparison of like to like, but I'd pick Figgins from among that crew, if only because speed guys seem to retain value wel enough. Beyond that, I'd take Beltre, but I can't say I'm wildly enthusiastic about any of them. It's easier to suggest that I'd put Paulie at the bottom of the pile, and work up from there. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)||With all the pitching prospects, plus Zimmerman and now Bonifacio (and even the atty general now) would it make sense for the Nats to try to be a "pitching/defense" type team? The A's and Angels type success may be easier for them to accomplish than anything else.|
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
|Well, you have to have the right talent to make it work, and the Attorney General and Mr. Good Face (isn't that the translation of Bonifacio?) still don't add up to Chone Figgins and David Eckstein, to say nothing of the relative merits of the two pitching staffs.
What the Nats really need are for their high-upside hitters to stay healthy. With Johnson, Dukes, Peña, Kearns, Milledge and Zimmerman all seeing significant time on the DL, it's a tough row to hoe.
OK folks, one or two more and I'm out of here. (Jay Jaffe)
|2008-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Eugenio Velez already has 5 steals this spring for the Giants. Will he make the roster, and does he has Chone Figgins potential?|
(Jay from DC)
|I'm not a big Velez believer at all. He's kinda 75% of Chone Figgins. He's very fast and can play multiple positions, but he's really not good at any up the middle position other than second base and he has no plate discipline. For me, he's closer to Freddy Bynum than Chone Figgins. (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)||Which teams do you see running more in 2008 based on managerial, coaching, or philosophical changes to game management? |
(DB from New York)
|It's interesting that it doesn't seem as if many teams other than the Angels and Mariners (in the Mike Hargrove era anyway) talk about a baserunning philosophy.
But given the fact that in the end it means something on the order of a swing of 3 wins from top to bottom, perhaps teams inheretly do give it the appropriate emphasis.
That said, success on the bases seems to be driven entirely by personnel and not coaching. The Angels typically do well (and they may be an excpetion) but they also have had personnel (Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera are two notable examples) that could contribute.
A fellow SABR member, Neal Williams, and I did a study on the effect of third base coaches that was published as two articles on the Baseball Analysts site and will come out in a few weeks in The Baseball Research Journal volume 36. There, using a subset of EqHAR, we could detect no statistically significant skill for third base coaches from year to year.
That is likely the case becase the skill of the personnel swamp the little bit of help or non-help they get from their coaches (even "Waving Wendell" Kim in the long run). It could also be the case that most coaches are at the same skill level and the metric, coupled with the influence mentioned above, is too course-grained to capture it.
Thanks for the question. (Dan Fox)
|2010-04-05 09:30:00||Season Opener Roundtable||And walked his first batter (Chone Figgins), and allowed his first run, on a Casey Kotchman double of all things. Not that such a thing is impossible, but it's Casey Kotchman. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-10-28 17:00:00||2009 WS Game One||It's surprising just how bad a postseason hitter Jorge Posada has been in his 25 series. He's not Chone Figgins bad, but for ~100 games, he's roughly .235/.350/.390. (Steven Goldman)|
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