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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/20/19

Teams that have acquired free agents; how free agency didn’t ruin the sport; adjustments to DRS

MLB: New York Yankees-Gerrit Cole Press Conference Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: Maybe the age of superteams and tanking is drawing to a close (I doubt it), but free agency continues to tell that story. Over half of the projected WAR of this offseason so far has been acquired by teams that made the playoffs, the highest percentage in a good 20 years. There’s time for teams on the edge to make a splash, but it seems the have’s and have not’s made their decision heading into 2020.

Baseball Prospectus | Patrick Dubuque ($): The dawn of free agency in the 1970s might people worried that there would be some corrupting influence of money in sport, and that a player’s level of greed would overshadow any semblance of passion. That didn’t really happen, and in fact the opposite happened. There was increased parity, more personality, and even more drama and self-reflection (a la Jim Bouton) than there had been at any point earlier.

Bill James Online | Alex Vigderman: DRS has undergone a major revision for the first time in about five years, and in this case they are breaking DRS into “PART”s, ie throwing, range, air balls, and positioning. But most importantly positioning is being pared out as this is considered giving credit to coaching and not players.