Monday's Saber-Links

Jul. 3, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin in the dugout in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Here's Monday's edition of Saber-Links:

The first two articles require subscriptions to read, but are well worth the money:

BtB guy Bill Petti, writes about Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout and plate discipline at ESPN Insider: Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout are powering the Los Angeles Angels - MLB - ESPN

And while Trout has indeed shown that he is a once-in-a-generation player, he's not the only Angel having a breakout year. Mark Trumbo has quietly elevated his game significantly and has been a driving force in pulling the Angels out of their early-season struggles and back into postseason contention.

Another former BtB guy, R.J. Anderson, writes about the Norichika Aoki's surprising 2012 campaign for the Milwaukee Brewers over at BP: Baseball Prospectus | Painting the Black: The Surprise From Japan

Aoki has a higher True Average than Bryce Harper, Alexi Amarista, and Will Middlebrooks, as well as every other rookie besides Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, and Todd Frazier. He might not get Rookie of the Year consideration, but it won’t matter. To Milwaukee, he’s more than a rookie; he’s an enabler. Aoki helped fuel Hart’s transition by proving a suitable replacement. Then, with Rickie Weeks slumping, Aoki became the Brewers’ leadoff man.

Also at BP, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller are now running (almost) daily podcasts. If you haven't listened in, you should: Baseball Prospectus: Effectively Wild

Chris Jaffe of THT has published Part 2 of his story covering the greatest 28 teams of all time. Today, he reveals what each team's record would have been, had they played a season against each other. The results are awesome: The great 28 (part 2 of 2).

Eric Seidman of FG writes about Carlos Quentin's contract extension. The contract analysis is good, but the really interesting point that Seidman makes is about the Padres as a team, not just Quentin: Quentin Stays In San Diego | FanGraphs Baseball

The Padres undoubtedly could have brought something back for Quentin, his .392 wOBA and 1.7 WAR, but signing him now could have more significant implications for the team’s future. This signing could signal that the Padres will increase payroll next year and look to bring in more talented players via trade or free agency

It'll be really interesting to see if San Diego does in fact increase their payroll and go for the NL West crown in 2013. It seems every year the division is wide open.

Stay tuned for Tuesday's edition of Saber-Links.

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