weams Posted November 13, 2015 Share Posted November 13, 2015 The Best Defenders of Their Time, 26-30 Name PA OFF/600 DEF/600 WAR/600 Ozzie Guillen 2037 -21 19 1.8 Mark Belanger 2544 -17 28 3.0 Andruw Jones 3305 10 21 5.0 Omar Vizquel 2839 -12 13 2.1 Jim Sundberg 2663 4 20 4.5 Hal Lanier 1424 -38 12 -0.8 Rico Petrocelli 2982 16 12 4.9 Paul Blair 2786 4 17 4.1 Bobby Grich 2695 20 8 5.0 Average 2586 -4 16 3.3 http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/how-did-previous-andrelton-simmonses-age/ Last night, the Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for Erick Aybar and a couple of pitching prospects. While it's likely that Atlanta's staff made this deal primarily to acquire Sean Newcomb, a big left-hander with high-end stuff and strikeout rates to match, I think it's fair to categorize this return as surprisingly light. Newcomb is brimming with upside, but he's still a pitching prospect who hasn't yet figured out how to throw strikes on a regular basis, and has made all of seven starts above A-ball. He could figure things out and become an ace, or he could go the Archie Bradley path, where the stuff declines before the command gets better, and the Braves could end up with little to show for trading away the best defensive player on the planet.But therein lies the rub. While everyone agrees that Simmons is a great defensive player, the Braves don?t appear particularly interested in betting on elite defenders aging particularly well. They balked at Jason Heyward's salary requests in long-term negotiations, then traded him last winter, rather than keeping a 25 year old star outfielder around as a core building block. Now, for the second time in as many years, the Braves have traded elite defense in a young player for pitching potential, seemingly believing that it is easier to find a good defender with offensive question marks than a power arm who racks up strikeouts. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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