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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/29/19

Mets/Indians adding a reliever; young players with bad plate discipline; the age of super-utility

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FanGraphs | Rian Watt: There’s not much going on free agent-wise besides the reliever market, where the Mets added Justin Wilson and the Indians added Óliver Pérez. Wilson is a spin-rate guy and the Indians’ bullpen is decimated, so while slightly lateral and more of a move that should be made in March and not January, it’s still an improvement on both ends.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Adalberto Mondesi, Amed Rosario, Tim Anderson, Lewis Brinson and Byron Buxton are all interesting players with bad plate discipline, but it’ll be difficult to improve upon that. Very few historically have success with that kind of discipline but there’s always one in the group that pulls a Brandon Phillips and shoots upward in that ability.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: We are in the age of the super-utility player, with the most players used in multiple positions in baseball history. There are also a record number of pitchers being used, so we’re really in a period where players are as interchangeable as they ever were.