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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 11/6/18

Marco Gonzales’ strange raise; defensive metrics versus Gold Glove winners; whether launch anglers keep their angles

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FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: Marco Gonzales was the best pitcher on the Mariners not named James Paxton, and he got a raise despite not being arbitration eligible. This is because he had a pending grievance over service time, so he sacrificed a year or more of service time for something like a million dollars. If this becomes a trend, it could set the (bad) precedent of teams buying out service time manipulation grumbles with slightly bumped up deals.

The Athletic | Mark Simon ($): The Gold Glove winners are out, and they are definitely getting closer to something like Defensive Runs Saved, but... not quite all the time. Yadier Molina and Salvador Perez won despite their reputation being better than actual, present day defense, and Mike Trout over Jackie Bradley Jr. is slightly questionable, depending on how you look at it.

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: Do players who are successful launch anglers keep angling? The answer is yes, because players who bumped up their wOBA were more likely to maintain their changed launch angle, where players who declined were more likely to go back to a previous launch angle that was more successful.