On the sidebar we have a Yardbarker widget and one of the articles I noticed this morning was this one: 3 Reasons the Chicago Cubs Should Trade Starlin Castro.
Starlin Castro is currently the shortstop for the Cubs. This position is the de facto captain of the infield, and it needs to be manned by someone that will be very reliable in the field.
This position is what this blogger considers to be the de facto captain of the infield. SS is not a position in which the de facto captian plays at that position. I don't even know why there needs to be a captain of the infield. Let's say Darwin Barney is the captain right now. Can anybody tell? What exactly is he doing that is different than any other person who plays his position? What is Jose Reyes or Troy Tulowitzki doing differently? I sure as hell don't notice anything. What the hell could a captain of the infield even do?
If there is a captain of the infield it's the pitcher. He's the one with the ball. He's the one telling the fucking SS when he should cover 2nd base.
Castro and his .958 fielding percentage is anything but reliable.
If a team had that fielding percentage overall, it would be a nightmare. So for one of the captains of the defense, who should be reflective of the unit as a whole, to put up that number suggests his is a liability to his team.
This year shortstops have a .975 fielding percentage. 1B's have a .994 FP. Obviously the 1B should be the captain as he should be reflective of the unit, right?
Theo Epstein analyzed players this way in Boston, following the lead of the A’s Billy Beane and placing special emphasis on on-base percentage, and it brought Epstein’s Red Sox two World Series titles.
The fact of the matter is that Castro doesn’t fit well into this sabermetrics type thinking.
This guy is overthinking it. Since when do good players not fit well into sabermetric type thinking? Sure, Castro isn't going to walk much in his career, but sabermetrics is about more than walks. It's about more than home runs.
While you can count on Castro to rake in a lot of hits and compile an average around .300-.310, his on-base percentage will likely only ever be about .20-.30 points higher than that.
So you're telling me he's going to rake and hit about .300 or so, have a better than league average OBP while playing a premium defensive position and that this doesn't fit well into sabermetric thinking?
Is it okay that a very good hitter doesn’t walk much? It can be for certain players talented enough to overcome it. But when Theo looks through the sabermetrics lens evaluating his team, he’ll likely view Castro and his .340 OBP as very replaceable.
Theo will likely view every player on the team as replaceable and it will have nothing to do with the kind of stupid shit this guy is talking about.
Scutaro is in the final year of a 3-year, $17 million contract. Infante signed a deal for $6 million per year over 2 years. I'm not an expert in math, but if I recall correctly $6 million is greater than $5.7 million, which is greater than $0.5 million.
So whether you as a Cubs fan would like it or not, Theo may see a trade of Starlin Castro as far too sensible to pass up.
He might, but it sure as hell won't be for the reasons included in this article. I couldn't care less whether or not the Cubs trade Castro. If they do, I want them to get a reasonable package in return. If a good deal comes along, trade him. If one doens't, keep him. I sure as hell don't want the Cubs to trade him because they think he doesn't fit well into their sabermetric thinking. That's just not very sabermetric. And it's stupid.