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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/8/19

Zach Britton’s new contract and pitch; teams best positioned to spend; a quick WAR calculation

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: The Yankees signed Zach Britton to a three-year deal, and while he hasn’t generated enough whiffs since 2016, he has both more groundballs and a new fastball, which is enough to warrant the deal.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Which teams are best positioned to spend considering their recent history? The Twins, for one, who still probably have $35 million to spend, could splurge on someone like Dallas Keuchel. The Astros and the Pirates also have $15-20 million to spend, and considering the market, there are a lot of players at that price available.

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: Tango loves calculating WAR, and here he has a breakdown for pitchers, where it is a function of runs and innings, and hitters, where it is a function of wOBA and plate appearances.