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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/6/19

The Brewers acquire Omar Narváez; the bounce-back free agent market; the value of non-tenders

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FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: The Brewers failed to bring back Yasmani Grandal, but they got a semi-decent replacement on the non-tender market with Omar Narváez, acquired for Adam Hill and a competitive balance pick. While certainly seeming to round into offensive form, defense will be a worry, as his framing alone could cost the Brewers ~20 runs on that alone.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Arthur ($): $400 million in contracts have been doled out as of yesterday, which is more than both 2017 and 2018 at this point, which were basically half. Sure, the big players will get their money as they usually do, but long-term deals for the likes of Grandal, Zack Wheeler, and Mike Moustakas is pretty refreshing after the last few years.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Non-tenders are an interesting case in value. While someone like Kevin Pillar is worth, say, a win and a half in 2020, that’s not worth exactly $10 million like it is on the free agent market. Teams in the aggregate pay only ~$5 million per win, making smaller deals more attractive for players on the cusp of average.