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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 2/26/20

Cleveland affording Francisco Lindor; the opposite of a stolen base; Severino opts for Tommy John

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: Could the Cleveland Indians trade Francisco Lindor, or does he somehow fit on a team that can’t “afford” him? Well, they probably can. Even smaller market teams have big contracts sometimes, and they now have TV money befitting a mid-tier team. If those teams can shell out for Miguel Cabrera, Joe Mauer, Joey Votto, or Nolan Arenado, then there is a place for Lindor.

Baseball Prospectus | Russell A. Carleton ($): Now that Statcast has sprint speed, we can confidently say how fast a runner is. But if we used the proxy numbers in the past, like stolen bases or infield singles, how good are those? Funny enough the best metric is stolen base attempts which has the highest correlation to sprint speed of all of them.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: The Yankees’ injury bug strikes again, this time to Luis Severino who will miss all of 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. That will force some move, like signing Andrew Cashner or Collin McHugh, or they could wait to trade for someone like Robbie Ray in July. They could also look internally, as Jordan Montgomery, Mike King, Luis Cessa, and Jonathan Loaisiga will all be near-term options.