- Jul 18, 2005
PrometheusWakefield said:He is 35 and has accumulated WARs of -1.1, 0.4, and 0.3 over the past three seasons.
No sensible team would give that man a roster spot even if he played for free.
Sure there is. His oWAR (b-ref) the past two seasons have been 0.9 and 0.2. In other words, pretty much not good at all. His dWAR the past two years have been -0.7 and -2.3. In fact, his dWAR numbers have been awful (I mean, hideously awful) every year from 2006-2014. Gruesome.
So……. there is no way a team would acquire him to play 1b. The only spot he should have is as a DH.
And as a DH, you completely take away the defensive horror show and let him focus totally on hitting. Put him in a good hitter's park and see what he can do. He still has decent power (23 hr in 569 ab). So the team acquiring him has to receive a prospect and a humongously subsidized contract, meaning they only pay a few million a year for him. If he can put up 1 WAR as a DH, that's worth ~$6.5 million. So a half a WAR is worth a little north of $3 million. There's always a chance he'll be a little better than that if you take away the fielding responsibilities. Plus you get a prospect in return as well.
For Philly, they get freed from most - not all, but most - of Howard's contract, and, because they HAVE to play him at 1b which makes him a negative WAR player, just replacing him with an average bench guy is probably going to represent a baseball upgrade as well. So they have an incentive to do it.
I don't think it happens. But an AL team that needs a DH and has a hitter's park could conceivably take him on if the trade was heavily subsidized. Which means that Amaro won't do it.