No solo pod action today, thanks to Joe. Today we recapped the Winter Meetings, talked about recent transactions, and slogged our way through the catcher position. Yikes.
2:00: Andrew McCutchen as a Phillie is epic
7:45: Michael Brantley to the Houston Astros, batting fifth?!? Wow at that lineup! RIP to Kyle Tucker in Houston?
13:30: Trevor Cahill to the Angels. We like. Matt Harvey went, too.
17:45: Justin Bour is interesting. Is Albert Pujols on the bench?
Bour slashed .253/.327/.483 against southpaws in 2017. If that skill returns, watch out, Pujols lovers.
20:30: Wilson Ramos to the Mets. Shouts to Tim Finnegan for the insight on LASIK and those pre and post numbers. Surgery seems to have had an awesome impact on Ramos.
Wilson Ramos fun fact, he had lasik eye surgery prior to the 2016 season and his pitch recognition, pitch tracking and performance at the plate improved (this actually happened)— Timothy Finnegan (@TimFinn521) December 17, 2018
Pre eye surgery: .258/.301/.411
Post eye surgery: .298/.343/.483
24:00: Daniel Murphy signs a two-year deal with the Rockies and will bat .400 in Colorado now that he is healthy.
Murphy hard% in first half last year: 14.6%
Murphy hard% in second half last year: 30.6%
31:30: Yahoo, Jaylen Samuels, positional argumentzzzzz :(
33:00: J.T. Realmuto or Gary Sanchez?
Sanchez had a .197 BABIP in 2018. He had the highest discrepancy between batting average and expected batting average (.186 last year, coulda/shoulda been around .230). If Sanchez doesn’t slay you in that category, he should mash 30 home runs.
40:30: Wilson Ramos is in a tier of his own as the No. 3 catcher.
43:30: Plug for Zack’s Catch-22 effort
45:00: Catcher darts are Francisco Mejia, Willians Astudillo, Beef Castillo
46:00: Willson Contreras propaganda (also Cervelli)
48:00: Yadier Molina, Salvador Perez, or Buster Posey?
53:00: Heath likes Grandal as a top option, Joe continues to hate all catchers
55:30: Sleepers? Francisco Mejia vs. Danny Jansen
1:00:00: Austin Hedges is scary (in a good way)
1:03:00: Joe DOES love one catcher, Willians Astudillo
1:11:00: Elias Diaz, Beef Castillo, or Carson Kelly
1:12:00: A clear Top 4 at catcher? Realmuto, Sanchez, Ramos, Grandal...then a dropoff?
1:16:00: Joe hates Javy Baez
1:22:30: Prospecting with Daulton Varsho
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