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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/29/20

Fernando Tatís Jr.’s defense; why the Tigers must move Matthew Boyd; why the Red Sox might move Mookie Betts

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FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: Fernando Tatís Jr. is an incredibly exciting player, and even an exciting defender at times, yet Outs Above Average pegs him at -13. The reason for this is largely because even though he makes a sparkler here and there, showing potential, he makes mistakes on obvious ones that drag down his overall numbers. If he firms up on the fundamentals, everything is there for him to be elite.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): The Tigers are in a total rebuild, and for a front office that squandered the trade value of Michael Fulmer should not make the same mistake with Matthew Boyd. Sporting a redesigned slider and three years of control, he should garner a James Paxton-esque package that’s necessary for the team to ramp up their ascendance.

The Athletic | Ken Rosenthal ($): The thinking from the Red Sox goes that with a one-in-four chance of winning the division, they feel better off trading Mookie Betts to a prospect-rich team like Padres or Dodgers and then try to re-sign him, recouping money and prospects along the way. (What I think is missing from this analysis is that the franchise could be hurt even more if it hurts the relationship with Betts and their ability to re-sign, and the prospect return ends up being lighter than expected if other teams know they “have” to move him and gain leverage).