High & Inside: 6/16/11

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 16: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

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  • The Next Market Inefficiencies: East Asian Talent | Fangraphs
    If there is just a single 2 WAR player (a starting-quality player) stuck in Cuba, it is worth signing 10 minor league Cubans (at $1M each) to find him. It is no wonder, then, that MLB teams have begun constructing Latin American academies and prolifically signing Cuban refugees like Aroldis Chapman, Leslie Anderson, and the like.
  • Effusive Praise of JJ Hardy | Camden Crazies
    Slightly dampened flyball tendencies would probably have left Hardy with, say, 6 homers instead of 7. Then his line would be .271/.342/.458 - and if that's what he provides the team going forward, I have to think they'd take it in a heart-beat (even missing some playing time that's around a 4 win player).
  • Catcher’s Quest | Bay City Ball
    From the Giants’ view, Torrealba fits pretty well. He’s an upgrade on offense and his defense looks average(ish).
  • Who Will Be The A’s All-Star? | Baseballin' On a Budget
    I think it’s Gonzalez if Ron Washington (who, as an AL West manager, might like Gonzalez more than his number suggest) can find a spot on the pitching staff for him; otherwise, Kurt Suzuki will be the A’s representative in the 2011 All-Star Game.
  • What to do about David Ortiz? | Fire Brand of the American League
    Trying to re-sign Ortiz during the free agency period would allow the Red Sox to not only evaluate the market, but also determine his projected performance value and weigh it against his perceived market value. If Ortiz’s demands lie too far outside of either indicator’s acceptable range, the Red Sox should let him walk and start looking for more efficient alternatives.
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