Here's Tuesday's edition of Saber-Links:
Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated takes a stab at analyzing the Yankees' move to acquire Ichiro: In Ichiro, Yankees get a big name and not much else | Hit and Run
For all of his international superstardom, Ichiro rates as a marginal improvement at best. He’s simply no longer the Ichiro in the catalog anymore, the player who collected at least 200 hits every year from 2001-2010, and set a major league record with 262 in 2004. A quick look at his stat lines suggests he’s suffering from Acute Bat Death Syndrome
Eric Seidman of FanGraphs also analyzed the trade and came to a similar (but slightly different) conclusion: Yankees Hope They Acquired "Road" Ichiro | FanGraphs Baseball
We obviously cannot take his road numbers and assume that he will match them now that he has left the unfriendly confines, but it’s more likely he produces near that level than it is that he completely falters. But how Ichiro factors into the Yankees outfield is still a question mark. Curtis Granderson starts in center field. Nick Swisher mans right field. Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones platoon in left field. Ichiro represents added depth given the injuries to Brett Gardner, but it’s unclear if he’s a better option than anyone, anywhere. Both Swisher and Jones sport .346 wOBAs, and Ibanez has an average-ish .318 wOBA.
The Common Man of The Platoon Advantage did not analyze the trade, but instead gave us ten Hall of Famers sporting different threads: Tuesday Morning Cram Session, 7/24 | TPA
It was a jarring sight to see Ichiro wearing the Yankee grays. Ichiro is not the first superstar to finish playing out the string in a weird looking uniform, however. Here are 10 of baseball’s greatest stars, and the uniforms in which they ended their careers
Dan Lependorf of THT took a quick look into Oakland's recent success: The rebuild that wasn’t: Oakland’s past, present and future
This isn't how rebuilds are supposed to work. You trade away a bunch of talent, you play poorly for a few years, and if everything…
Also, over at BP, Russell A. Carleton continued his work examining "stabilizing" statistics with a very interesting piece: Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Therapy: It Happens Every May
For example, last week I found that strikeout rate stabilized around 60 PA (using something a little different—and better—than split-half, but functionally for now, it's the same idea). That is, Player X's strikeout rate after 60 PA was (past tense) a reasonable reflection of his true talent during that timeframe. Whether or not the first 60 PA of a season predict anything about the next 500 is an entirely different question, with a somewhat different answer.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's edition of Saber-Links. Maybe another HoFer will get traded today ... it seems unlikely though.