MLB off-season news and notes thread - Part II
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12-18-2012, 09:37 PM
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He hits lefthanders like a pitcher and is getting paid like an everyday All-Star.
So? That doesn't mean he has no value. He mashes righties. Money isn't exactly an object to the Dodgers, so they could eat some of his contract and trade him to a team where paying Ethier ~$10 million (just a random guess) is much more valuable to that team.
Not to mention teams are seeking out the Dodgers on Ethier, not the other way around. That pretty definitively states he has value.
No matter how hard they try to pretend like he will, he can’t hit lefty pitching and he’s never going to. But that shouldn’t obscure just how productive he is against righty pitching, where he’s one of the most dangerous bats in the game. Even last year, when he struggled for months at a time, he had the 7th highest wOBA against righties of any other player, better than Josh Hamilton or Giancarlo Stanton or Joe Mauer or Chase Headley. Over the last three years, he’s 9th; over the last five, he’s 7th. If you just stop forcing him to face lefties and keep him in only against righties, it’s not hard to imagine a .310/.360/.510 line, which is outstanding.
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