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I don't agree that OPS is the standard to use for first baseman. I'd go with run production myself, but that's just me. I'm not really a stat guru, so for all I know, run production may be included in OPS????? :confused: Apologize in advance if I am wrong.

OPS is a good shorthand. It's not as accurate as park-adjusted RC/27, or EQA, or wOBA or something like that. But the general point of the post is still good.

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A LOT.

Obviously you aren't going to fill every hole by trading for stud prospects. That's abundantly clear.

You fill holes by drafting. By trading. By signing free agents. By cobbling together platoons. By finding blocked players. By the Rule 5 draft. By signing international free agents. By picking up guys from the waiver wire. By picking kids out of indy leagues. By dealing for other team's supposed problem contracts. By signing minor league free agents and acquiring Ken Phelps All Stars. You can trade young, unestablished talent for established players. You can move players down the defensive spectrum. There are about 150 players I could come up with who are plausibly productive first basemen for the 2009 Baltimore Orioles.

My Lord, it's a vast oversimplification to say that the only way the O's are ever going to contend again is to pay $200M for Mark Teixeira, or trade one of about four players currently on the major league roster to fill every hole.

This team did none of these things over the past year and it had three GMs to do it plus a bunch of assistants. What gives you the confidence that we will take these avenues in the future? Especially if MacPhail only concentrates on one deal at a time?

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I don't agree that OPS is the standard to use for first baseman. I'd go with run production myself, but that's just me. I'm not really a stat guru, so for all I know, run production may be included in OPS????? :confused: Apologize in advance if I am wrong.
There are certainly better stats than OPS, but none, IMO, that are as easily available and as easy to understand intuitively. Its just OBP plus SLG. I don't know what you mean by "run production". Hitting homeruns and driving in runners is important, but RBI and runs scored are more dependant on a players teammates than his own performance.
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What am I missing here? We aren't going to turn Millar, Payton, Walker and Bradford into a full time option for those positions. So that leaves Guthrie, Cabrera, Sherrill and Roberts. You are likely only to get one stud position player for each. I doubt we can fill each hole with trades...

You don't need to acquire a stud position player to address the 1b hole. Do a good job scouting and trade or sign a guy with upside that another team wants to move or has lost confidence in. It doesn't have to be a player universally considered a "stud" to address 1b in the short term or long term. Tex is a very good option if the price doesn't shoot out of sight but he's far from being the only worthwhile option.

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There are certainly better stats than OPS, but none, IMO, that are as easily available and as easy to understand intuitively. Its just OBP plus SLG. I don't know what you mean by "run production". Hitting homeruns and driving in runners is important, but RBI and runs scored are more dependant on a players teammates than his own performance.

We may have been not too far off the mark, but where did we rank in the AL and the AL East for our first baseman production? Just because we weren't far off the mark doesn't neccessarily mean we haven't got the worst production out of 1B in the league or our division...

BTW looking at those stats it's amazing at how bad the production at 1B is for the AL compared to the NL...

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We may have been not too far off the mark, but where did we rank in the AL for our first baseman production? Just because we weren't far off the mark doesn't neccessarily mean we haven't got the worst production out of 1B in the league...
Why would it matter if we're 14th or 7th if we are overall the same compared to average? If the OPS+ are the same, then it doesn't really matter whether we are 10th or 12th or whatever. I think comparing to the mean is more important than comparing to the median.

AL OPS Ranks:

2008 - 7th

2007 - 2nd

2006 - 8th

2005 - 5th

2004 - 8th

2003 - 14th

2002 - 9th

2001 - 6th

2000 - 7th

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