They obviously spend money - that isnt in dispute - they've either been close to, at tax, or slightly above basically every year. Their willingness to extend into longer year deals is very much in question. The longest deal this ownership group has executed is 7 years; Chaim- 6 years (obviously not a ton of history).They were literally over the tax last year, so no it really wasn't
Well it proves one thing, Mr. Hooper. It proves that you wealthy college boys don't have the education enough to admit when you're wrong.Can we stop with this. It was perfectly legitimate to question their recent spending habits.
Pedroia and Manny both got 8 year contracts and they offered a 10 year contract to Betts.They obviously spend money - that isnt in dispute - they've either been close to, at tax, or slightly above basically every year. Their willingness to extend into longer year deals is very much in question. The longest deal this ownership group has executed is 7 years; Chaim- 6 years (obviously not a ton of history).
Stars are getting 8+ year deals now.
I think I prefer this swing. Might just play with that large wall out in left field.
Only 21 steals in 31 attempts over 781 games, so probably not a ton
Thanks both.More like a lefty Pedroia. That's great to have at the top of the lineup. The defensive reports I read have not been good, but the team needs an outfielder and DH, so he'll work one way or another.
I said impact didn’t meant to imply they’re similar players. More that both were insanely accomplished NPB hitters (few of which have been really successful in MLB).I don't think they're comparable past both being Japanese outfielders, Matsui was 6'2" and Yoshida is 5'8".
The thought of a lefty Pedroia just poking balls of the Monster all summer has a great deal of appeal.More like a lefty Pedroia. That's great to have at the top of the lineup. The defensive reports I read have not been good, but the team needs an outfielder and DH, so he'll work one way or another.
Thanks- in the first video, I was seeing some HR's that may have been long outs at Fenway (hard to Judge, not knowing what the ball is). Seeing him with oppo power is great to see.
Manny was signed by Dan Duquette when the Yawkey Trust was getting the team ready for sale so absolutely yes.Manny was a prior ownership group, no?
Yup. I think we have a much better read on Nippon Professional Baseball than the Cuban Serie Nacional.Seems like hopefully a Lefty Pedroia with less defensive value.
Ignoring the posting fee, in this market they're banking on about 10 WAR over 5 years from age 29-34. I don't know anything beyond the stats and just posted YouTube videos, but doesn't sound too unreasonable.
Probably unlikely to go the way of Rusney Castillo at least.
Yoshida Battles the Bronx Robots Part 2Watching his highlights on Youtube, he seems like a guy who will really be tough to defend in that he seems to spray hard contact from foul pole to foul pole, while his flyballs are mostly pulled. He's probably not hitting a ton of balls out to RF at Fenway, but would be a power menace in NYS and Camden.
Love this signing and getting a contact monster into the lineup.Some highlights:
He will be 30 next July. He is 5’8” tall, so he will join (perhaps) Verdugo in the Red Sox OF as small-ish OFs.
Career .326 average and .956 OPS in the JPPL/JPWL with the Orix Buffaloes the entire time.
https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/full-scouting-report-on-new-red-sox-outfielder-masataka-yoshida/?amphtmlHe has good rhythm and balance in the batter’s box and is able to hit multiple pitch types, including the high-velocity fastballs he’ll see in MLB. Yoshida is an aggressive hitter who attacks pitches early in counts and mostly hits hard line drives from gap to gap. He has expert command of the strike zone and had more walks than strikeouts each of the last four seasons in NPB. Yoshida shows plus raw power in batting practice and had three 20-home run seasons in Japan, but his power projects to be fringy in MLB. He will have to add loft to his swing and learn to hit the ball out front better to access more power against big league pitching. Yoshida’s value is tied almost exclusively to his bat. He’s a below-average runner and below-average defender in left field whose range is severely limited. He plays hard and catches what is hit to him, but he struggles to reach balls in the gap or down the line.
I agree with your conclusion, but not sure that he can really be characterized as high floor. There's a definite chance that he just can't make the transition to MLB. Seiya Suzuki put up OPS numbers better than Yoshida (in the ~1.050) range for the last few years of his NPB career (at a younger age) and then dropped down to .766 in his first year in MLB. And that's probably not Yoshida's floor.$18 AAV at 5 year commitment for what seems like a high floor, high ceiling player seems like a borderline bargain given what the likes of James Tallion have received in this market.
I was reading that the Dodgers want an inexpensive CF and were considering a plus defender (Kiermaier). Maybe Hernandez gets moved? He was beloved on the LAD. Maybe a three-way deal?I share sentiments of wanting RF to be vastly improved, but any concerns about our presumably starting CF Kiké Hernandez being penciled in as a starter?
In 9 seasons, he's played 130+ games 4x. Of those 4x, he's OPS+'d over 100 just twice.
I get he's a plus defender, but I have some concerns about his durability and his bat being consistent.