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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/24/19

Will Smith as an offensive force; stars that got away; a new trade deadline in mid-August

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FanGraphs | Tony Wolfe: The Dodgers never had any major weaknesses, but you could say catcher as an offensive position was one of them. Well... until Will Smith. Smith is hitting at a 197 wRC+ clip this season, and while he’s likely to regress, people still believe he can hit.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Every team has stars, and every team has a few players that could have been their stars, but ultimately became stars of a different team. Jake Arrieta and the Orioles, for example, or Fernando Tatís Jr. and the White Sox, as two of many examples.

Baseball Prospectus | Gerald Schifman ($): With the unified trade deadline now at the end of July, there’s talk of making that mid-August, a compromise between the now-dead waiver deadline. The math on this is interesting; certainly more teams are “out of it” after that two week period, but it’s unclear how much that would generate trade activity, especially considering how active this one was at the end.