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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/11/18

The Mariners claim Kaleb Cowart; DRC+ for prospects; trading for prospects as unsatisfying; breaking down WAR step-by-step

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: The Mariners picked up a two-way player! It wasn’t Shohei Ohtani but it was... Kaleb Cowart. It probably goes nowhere, because his hitting has been lackluster at the big league level and his pitching is merely theoretical, but it’s still interesting this trend is catching on.

Baseball Prospectus | Wilson Karaman: There’s DRC+ for minor leaguers, too, and while minor league hitting numbers still don’t account for age, level, development path, etc., it still correlates better to future success than, say, OPS or batting average would for a player in Double-A.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: This is an observation that makes sense: teams trade prospects because they don’t like them as much as prospects they have in their system. It’s true, because prospects who are traded tend to under-perform their rankings by a significant degree, giving credence to the idea that, for example, the Yankees knew that Michael Pineda was a better bet than Jesús Montero

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: Tango as always d.oes a great job breaking down WAR and its components to value, breaking down Fred McGriff to run value, to win value, to even a two-dimensional win share value.