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Morning Mound Visit: Kevin Pillar signs with Mets

Pillar to the Mets; Kipnis to Atlanta; Baseball needs deck building

Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants
Oh yeah, Kevin Pillar was on the Rockies last year.
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Chris McShane | Amazin’ Avenue: The New York Mets signed Kevin Pillar to a one-year deal Monday night. Pillar is coming off the best two seasons of his career if you’re being very selective with what stats and accolades you’re using to reinforce that point. In 2020, the glove-first outfielder had a 106 wRC+ and in 2019, he got himself an MVP vote.

Scott Coleman | Talking Chop: Jason Kipnis signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta which includes an invite to Spring Training. Kipnis likewise benefited from a shortened season, posting his highest wOBA (.326) since 2016 in 2020.

Marc Normandin | Baseball Prospectus $: The problem with the runner on second to start extra innings rule isn’t that it breaks baseball. It’s that it doesn’t break baseball enough. MLB, which has prioritized efficiency above all else, has become streamlined and bland. It’s begging for chaos. And deck building. Because deck building makes every game better.