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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 7/24/18

A modest proposal for Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez; MLB plate discipline trends; the Mets in shambles; trades that would change the NL East

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FanGraphs | Kiley McDaniel: Is it possible for a team to trade for Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor? Technically, but there are only about five teams that could come up with the theoretical $386 million of surplus value. Let’s put it this way: unless you want to trade one part of your core for another, it’d be impossible. Fun exercise, though.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood: By looking at MLB plate discipline numbers, there are some interesting conclusions to draw: fastballs are being attacked more but are increasingly harder to hit; sinkers and cutters are in decline; and, changeups, curves, and sliders are changing shape as they supplant the lesser fastballs.

The Ringer | Claire McNear: The Mets are in utter shambles. Noah Syndergaard had to go on the disabled list due to hand, foot, and mouth disease, and the Wilpons kept Mickey Callaway in the dark regarding a Yoenis Cespedes heel injury that may require season-ending surgery. Tim Tebow broke his hamate bone, and there are literally garbage fires in the stadium. Please console your Mets fan friends.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): What positional trades would most affect the National League East? The Nationals’ catching situation, another bat for the Phillies, or a third baseman or pitcher for the Braves would all have a dramatic impact on the race.