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It wasn’t that long ago that Chris Young was in his prime. In his age 26 season (2010), Young was named an All Star while with the Arizona Diamondbacks. That season he hit .257, slugging .452 with 27 homeruns, 91 RBI and 28 stolen bases. Young was undoubtedly productive at the Major League level in 2010. His decline from that date, however, was notable.
The Boston Red Sox’ new fourth outfielder once finished 4th in Rookie of the Year voting. Now 31 years old, Chris Young is no longer youthful. In parts of 5 seasons since his All Star year, Young has taken on the role of a platoon outfielder while with the Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and most recently New York Yankees.
However, the dichotomy between early and late-career Chris Young is not as stark as one might assume:
From 2006-2010 (all while playing exclusively center field for Arizona), Young played in 628 games and swatted 98 homeruns, 296 RBI and stole 82 bases.
I am still trying to pinch myself to make sure this isn’t a dream. Wilson sporting games has a sponsorship deal with Hanley Ramirez. Why? No idea.I’m not convinced a player who was as much of a sh*tshow in the outfield deserves his own glove.
Statistics have shown that he was the worst defensive player in 2015, with a defensive WAR (wins above replacement) of -2.5, worst in the league despite him only playing 105 games and DH-ing some of the those. If Hanley played the field in 150 games this year, he would lose close to 4 games alone on his defense (to be fair his offensive WAR was .8 in 2015).
You can see Hanley’s glove below on the Wilson website (model A2000 HR13 GM).
I took it upon myself to slightly modify the page to a more accurate perception…
That should sell more Hanley Ramirez Wilson gloves, right? Let’s hope the first base experiment goes better than the outfield experiment did.
This season could go bad real fast. Fingers crossed that all works out.. godspeed Dombrowski.
Craig Kimbrel isn’t just a pitcher with a funny-looking windup. He is, by many accounts, one of the best closers in Major League Baseball. Before any rumblings of signing David Price this offseason, the Boston Red Sox traded for Kimbrel. In doing so, the Sox bolstered the back end of their bullpen.
Kimbrel is in his baseball-playing prime at 27 years of age. He began his career with the Atlanta Braves and was traded in the winter of 2014-2015 to the San Diego Padres. At that time, the Padres were in win-now mode: that offseason they would sign Kimbrel, along with hard-hitting outfielder Matt Kemp and workhorse starting pitcher James Shields. Now a year removed from that flurry of additions, San Diego is back to rebuilding its base of youthful talent again, and Dave Dombrowski of Boston helped them to that end.
It took four minor leaguers to ply Kimbrel from the Padres. Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, Carlos Asuaje and Logan Allen were sent to San Diego in exchange for the new Sox closer. Though you may have not heard these names before, the price tag for Kimbrel was relatively high: Margot is now ticketed as the Padres’ top prospect. He is #25 on the MLB Top 100 list for minor leaguers and profiles as a top of the order bat. Guerra slots in as the Padres’ #3 prospect. He ranks as #76 on the Top 100 and is renowned as a slick defensive shortstop. Asuaje and Allen are now #18 and #19 in the San Diego farm system, respectively.
But paying that price is a luxury you can afford when previous GM Ben Cherington stocked your farm with top prospects. Apart from that, Kimbrel is truly a Major League talent. In 6 seasons, he has amassed a 1.63 ERA in 348.1 IP, striking out 563 and featuring a 0.927 WHIP and 14.5 SO/9 rate. What Kimbrel will provide is a young, shut-down closer to replace the aging Koji Uehara. Both Uehara and 7th/8th inning specialist Junichi Tazawa should see increased rest with the presence of Kimbrel.
Kimbrel’s contract keeps him under team control through the 2018 season. At $11MM for 2016 and $13MM for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, his contract is a hit to the books, but it is a lighter one than that of other recent additions like Pablo Sandoval (weight pun entirely intended).
Though his fastball clocks in at a hard 98 MPH, Kimbrel’s heart is soft: he is the Chairman of Players Curing Kids Cancer. Kimbrel donates $100 when he gets a save and $25 every time he strikes out a batter, giving Sox fans just one more reason to stand up and cheer in the 9th inning.
The Boston Red Sox made arguably the biggest splash of the off-season in December when they signed free agent left-hander David Price. The signing instantly brought the Sox a much-needed ace for their staff. However, Price’s contract also certainly put a hole in Boston’s budget.
Price is a well known commodity to the Red Sox: he spent his career in the American League, with particular focus in the AL East. Playing for the Tampa Rays, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays before signing with the Sox, Price is 6-1 lifetime at Fenway Park with a 1.95 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 11 career starts. To further the familiarity, Price was brought to Detroit (and then summarily traded away) by the Sox new GM, Dave Dombrowski.
While succeeding during the regular season (3.09 ERA, 1372 SO, 1.132 WHIP), the knock against Price are his post-season struggles. In 14 playoff games, Price is 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA (roughly 63 innings). It should be noted that a few of those games came against the Red Sox themselves. With or without Price’s well-documented dust-up with David Ortiz, it will be nice for Price to not have to face Big Papi this year.
New Red Sox Closer Craig Kimbrel is a top closer in the game, and is debatably one of the most feared. But he might best be known for his stance before his delivery to home plate. He flails his arms out almost like the wings of a bird would.
Of course Phillies fans are mocking him in this video, but how bad ass does this look? If the Fenway faithful fans do not do the angry bird stance in the bottom of the 9th, I will personally be deeply disappointed in Red Sox nation. I’ll start the trend if I have to. Even if I have to buy season tickets behind home plate. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Sox fans.