The fish have decided to sell. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Here's Thursday's edition of Saber-Links:
The mainstream media has been ripping the Miami Marlins franchise apart in the last couple of days. They seem to think that these are the same Marlins of yesteryear. First they spending a ton for one season, and then sell all their talent. The sabermetric community, interestingly, stands on the other side of the fence, defending Miami.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes that Miami has done the right thing by trading Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez: Don’t Crucify the Marlins for Making Smart Moves | FanGraphs Baseball
Fraudulent. Disrespectful. Not possible that this is a baseball decision. It’s fire sale pandemonium, and the outrage meter is turned up extra high. And yet, it may all be completely wrong.
John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus writes that Miami is a team that gave up, and trading players away was the only real solution: Baseball Prospectus | On the Beat: The Marlins' Beaching
Having covered the Pirates as a beat from 1988-2009, I saw a lot of teams sleepwalk through September. Rarely, though, have I seen a team with less energy and enthusiasm than the Marlins displayed last weekend. Clearly, Beinfest needed to take action even though the Marlins had entered this season with the highest hopes of winning in their 19-year history. They had the opening of their long-coveted retractable-roof stadium to look forward to, and they had signed shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle, and closer Heath Bell as free agents.
Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation writes that Miami has made the right moves, but the fans may not stick around to see those moves turn into a winning team: Will Fans Wait For Marlins To Get Good? - Baseball Nation
These are good baseball moves; really good baseball moves. But the positive results probably won't show up on the field until 2014 or '15, at best. And it's not at all apparent that the fans will still be around to see that happen.
Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated discusses which other Marlins could go before the deadline: The Fish market: What should Marlins do next? | Hit and Run
Rival executives say that everybody this side of Reyes (who signed a six-year, $106 million deal) and Giancarlo Stanton (who is under club control through 2016) may be available for the right price, though moving Buehrle (who signed a four-year, $58 million deal) is said to be a longshot. With Ramirez and Choate traded, here’s a look at their biggest remaining fish.
If you're looking for something that isn't about the Marlins trading away major league talent, check out Jason Linden's weekly Currently Historic column at The Hardball Times. This week he focuses on Adam Dunn: Currently Historic: Adam Dunn Edition
Of course, we haven't touched on his strikeouts yet. Adam Dunn strikes out a lot. He currently has 1,955 strikeouts. He will shortly become the sixth person ever to reach 2,000 (ARod became the fifth right before he broke his hand). He will likely finish the season fourth or fifth on the list (depending on Rodriguez's recovery). He has three of the top 11 strikeout seasons ever. There is a very good chance that he will strikeout more this year than anyone ever has. he's currently on pace for 244. The record is 223. And he's only 32.
Saber-Links will return tomorrow.