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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/30/19

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The Rangers add Shawn Kelley among others; the decline of the first baseman and the rise of the shortstop; the remarkable May 20th game

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: For a team that won’t be hyped at all in 2019, the Rangers have made a flurry of moves, acquiring Jeff Mathis, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Edinson Volquez, Jesse Chavez, and Asdrubal Cabrera, as well as Drew Smyly via the Cubs. Now they’ve added one more in Shawn Kelley, a reliever that could give them a solid high-leverage option as well as a trade asset at the deadline.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Teams are flipping the script on first base and shortstop; while the former was a big producer and hit amazingly, the shortstop was the light-hitting fielder. Now shortstops are bigger than ever and hit better than ever while first base is hitting worse in this younger man’s game. If this was the 1980s, the likes of Corey Seager or Carlos Correa might not touch short.

Baseball Prospectus | Zach Crizer ($): May 20th, 2018 was one of the most remarkable games of the season, largely because of how it had pitcher-and-DH-in-the-same-game Shohei Ohtani against Sergio Romo, who surprisingly received his second start in a row because of his Opener role. Sometimes history feels like it’s leaping forward, and that game felt like something different altogether.