It’s not even the ABs, in my mind. If severino holds serve with his bat and shows that he’s cleaned up his defense, someone will be interested at the deadline. There’s pretty much always a playoff contender willing to give value for a quality second catcher it seems.
I decided we need a thread for weird, anomalous stats we come across from time to time. Here’s a few I’ve seen in the last couple of days:
- The 2020 Royals finished 26-34 and their bullpen had a 3.84 ERA, but somehow they had a 95% save rate (19/20).
- The 2020 White Sox had a .143 BABIP at DH, and the Angels had a .187 BABIP there.
Just to be sure my point isn’t misconstrued, this depends on the needs of a particular team as well as what’s available in the market at a given time. WAR already accounts for the relative value of offense vs. defense, and how much offense is typically available at a particular position. So overall a 1.5 WAR DH is just as valuable as a 1.5 WAR multiple position player. But not for every team and not at all times.
Looking around the AL, four teams had a .651 OPS or worse at DH. You’d think a team like that could use a guy like Nunez.
DH is NOT a full-time position unless you’ve got Edgar Martinez on the roster. Rotating DH is for roster flexibility, resting a regular, playing a guy on a hot streak, easing back in after an illness, and so on. Devoting a roster spot to one guy who does nothing but hit is a foolish use of a spot, unless he’s a glorious, “proof there is a God” hitter. And Nunez isn’t. I looked up his offensive stats at Baseball savant. Of ten offensive categories, his percentile rank was above average in only two, and one of those just barely(xSLG was %55) his sprint speed was fairly close at 43%, but in the other 7, he was 35% Or lower. That’s not Edgar territory.
By comparison, Nelson Cruz was horrible in sprint speed( no bunt singles for HIM) and K rate, but terrific in every other category... and he’s 40. He IS a, “Proof there is a God” hitter.
Man, Cruz is amazing. That was really one we let get away.