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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 2/20/19

Dustin Pedroia’s attempted rebound; the Oliver Drake archetype; why Machado fits in San Diego

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FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: After missing an entire season, Dustin Pedroia is trying to rebound for the Red Sox. But the history is not in his favor, as over-30 infielders dealing with injuries have a troubled performance record. For every rebound like Tony Fernandez and Scott Spiezio, there is a whole graveyard of players like Aaron Boone, Derek Jeter, Jay Bell, and Troy Glaus who never truly recover.

Baseball Prospectus | Ginny Searle ($): Oliver Drake had the honor of being designated for assignment and then being picked up the next day, so he is a player that is bad enough to be DFAd, but good enough to immediately get a new job. Who will get that honor this year? There are a few: Ian Clarkin, Parker Bridwell, and Austin Brice all fit the category of Quad-A types like this.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Manny Machado is officially a Padre, and actually, he’s a really great fit there. They have an amazing farm system with dead money coming off the books, so he could be joining a fantastic infield with Fernando Tatís Jr. and Luis Urías. Will they be great immediately? Likely not, but he’ll be around long enough to see the full squad come fully into form.