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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/22/19

Sonny Gray as a Red; bunting against the shift; the Dodgers’ bad offseason

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Sonny Gray is a Red, courtesy of a three-team trade that sent him to the Yankees for Shed Long, and then Long to the Mariners for Josh Stowers. Gray is Cincinnati’s problem to fix as they extended him, and they’re betting big money that he’s more like his past self than 2018.

Baseball Prospectus | Russell A. Carleton ($): Should players facing the shift like Joey Gallo bunt more often? Probably, but not all the time. Early in the count is very successful, while hitters are better swinging later in the count when they could jeopardize themselves with a strikeout.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: There’s no excuse for how bad the Dodgers’ offseason has been in comparison to how close they came to winning it all. They lost Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, and Yasmani Grandal, and the best player they’ve added to replace them is... Russell Martin. It’s not going to cut it for a team that has a lot of pitcher injury issues as well.