This post was mostly done because I want to extend the warmest of birthday wishes to OUR FUHRER OUR EMPEROR OUR SUPREME DIGNITY OUR COMMISSIONER A ONE MIKE ODOM. LONG MAY HE LIVE LONG MAY HE REIGN.
THE TRADE (7/26):
rmac traded Josh Bell, Pit 1B to JF16
rmac traded Clint Frazier, NYY CF to JF16
JF16 traded Buster Posey, SF C to rmac
JF16 dropped Tommy Kahnle, NYY RP to Waivers
NOTES/MAJOR LEAGUE COMPS WHEN APPLICABLE CUZ I STILL ENJOY THOSE:
Josh Bell is just about 25 and in his first full season and has already mashed 18 HRs, so finally showing some glimpses of the power that should accompany his decent size (6-2, 245 lbs)…..doesn’t strike out a ton which is good (19.5% K rate)…..hits the ball on the ground too much which is bad (52.7% GB rate)…..could be a 25 HR a year guy, could post decent OBPs if he keeps his discipline, could just be another first basemen in an endless sea of first basemen…..
Clint Frazier is a 22.9 year old OF for the Yanks and a good bet to be sent down when Aaron Hicks returns so this must be a 2018 move I S’POSE…..’twas Baseball America’s 49th ranked prospect in their most recent update (Baseball Prospectus UR in their top recent top 50, MLB.com 27th)…..has had a decent showing in his time in the majors, particularly from a fantasy league that values XBH perspective (6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 3 HRs in 69 ABs)…..has had terrible plate discipline howevs (2.9% BB Rate, 27.8% K Rate) but THAT HAPPENS, Frazier can probably develop into a solid OF in fantasy particularly if the batter’s eye improves a bit…..should end up in a corner OF spot where the bar is a little higher but STILL, I think I have done a comp before let’s pull up that comp…..Major League Comparison: “Andrew McCutchen because I don’t see color, which version of Cutch it remains to be seen.” YEESH, McCutchen was really really good for a good while so that is a bold one. But yanno MAYBE. Or maybe he’s 2016 McCutchen, who was still pretty solid.
But A ONE BUSTER POSEY is the only current fantasy star here…..30.33 years old and having one of his finest seasons eva after having one of his least finest seasons eva in 2016, his current .413 OBP would be the highest mark of his career…..currently the 2nd ranked catcher in ESPN’s strange system, JT Realmuto is the top-ranked catcher and the Titans have him too…..
ANALYSIS/THE PICKING OF THE SIDES:
So WHY? WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO BUSTER? If you’re the OGTFC. Well you do it to try and get younger in some spots, you do it because you are frustrated with your team’s 2017 performance, and most of all you do it because you believe that Francisco Mejia will hit the bigs in the eventual future and you want to clear the spot for him. Fair enough. and WHY? WHY DO YOU DO THIS IF YOU ARE THE TITANS? That is easy, you do it because it is Buster Posey and you have up nothing really of consequence to acquire him. Ergo I side with the Titans here, but yanno manage your own damn teams and whatnot.