If you are blowing off your +15 runs CF, that being Jarrod Dyson, to put -5 defense Mitch Haniger into CF so you can pursue J.D. Martinez ... ? And simultaneously pursuing a -7 defense Big Bat at first? That young, athletic thingy was a nice trip to the Bahamas, right?
Greg Johns flatly states that Heredia and Haniger will handle CF. That would be so that the M's can pursue a bat in the corner, and there are a lot on the FA market: J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen. Or, both Boomstick and Ohtani get into the same lineup in a Haniger scenario.
(TELL me it's not FUN to talk about Shohei Ohtani as our lefty #7 hitter! Right before he goes out and throws 100 MPH in the 1st inning the next day)
Zoom slid his prediction for Dyson to $8.5 - $9.0 MM after the late season problems. Personally I love Jarrod Dyson and I love having a glove specialist in the middle of the diamond, going back all the way to Little O being the glue for the Thome-Belle Indians. Dr. D is a UZR skeptic, but he is all-in on truly magical glove specialists who play the middle.
Haniger can play CF, but he will be -runs there. This will be interesting to watch, the CF decisions in the winter. Makes no sense to ask the M's to add Darvish/Arrieta/Tanaka as well as Justin Upton, but here they are talking about letting Jarrod Dyson go. You don't let a world-class CF go without SOMETHING in mind.
The M's are snake-eyed IN on Shohei Ohtani, per Johns' article. Zoom characterizes this as an Escape New York three-legged race where tripping gets you strafed with machine-gun fire. Clubs gotta talk fast with DATA's player agents. (Darvish-Arrieta-Tanaka-Agents.) While telling Ohtani Yes Sir, No Sir, What Else Can We Get You Sir.
- A pure DH slot after Cruz, certainly
- A short flight back to Hokkaido, here are 8 first-class tickets
- A city very similar in climate and terrain, with plenty of Japanese-speaking areas, done deal
- A rabid contingent of fans inside the park, complete with Ichiro and Daimajin fans?, no doubt
- A genteel acceptance of early hitting travails, goes without saying
- D-A-T-A .... hm well, here's where we stand ... IF we have YOU
The M's probably on Yonder Alonso, according to John's. For what it's worth, Alonso hit .282/.382/.483 for the M's after that first four games, with 'only' a .326 BABIP. He wound up walking almost 70 times in a shortened season. :: brad pitt :: If Boomstick hits a homer, do we care whether Alonso got there by hit or walk? :: jonah hill :: We. do. not.
Fangraphs gives -12 runs a year for Alonso's defense; Dewan gives -6 runs. Looks like -6 to me, FWIW. I'd give Boomstick or Ohtani a 1B glove. In none of these scenarios do the Mariners get more athletic, but then again the Seattle Mariners never were playing basketball.
Then again, a 23-year-old Curtis Granderson at DH, that's young and it's pretty athletic into the bargain.
So this "athleticism" buzzword. Is that a thing? It says here, ummmmmmmNo.