In case you live on another planet and haven’t heard, the Dodgers have a guy who may be a pretty good player at AA by the name of Yasiel Puig. I think it has been assumed by many Dodger fans that Andre Ethier would be the odd-man-out and he may be, but at what cost? I have never been a big Andre Ethier fan. In fact, I used to call him Mr. Softee. I stopped that for a while, but it seems that is his real persona.
Read this carefully:
The Dodgers will not be able to trade Andre Ethier unless they pay at least half of his salary.
What does that say about the intelligence of Dodger ownership? It tells me that they are dumber than a bag of hammers. I was working on this argument, but Greg Zakwin of Plaschke Thy Sweater is Argyle did it first and makes an excellent argument against Andre Ethier, when he calls Andre Ethier “one of the most overrated and overpaid players in baseball.“ He concludes with this:
When tacked on to his below-average baserunning (career -4.7 BsR) and defensive shortcomings (i.e. he’s a terrible right fielder, costing the Dodgers ~ 23.2 runs per year), Dre’s inability to hit lefties makes him the ideal candidate to platoon with a righty bat that can hit lefties and actually field the position.The potential has been there, and the Dodgers definitely won the trade with Oakland to bring him to LA – giving up Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez – but Andre has never been able to live up to that potential. His fWAR has never topped 3.2, and it’s likely to never top the 3.5-4 range because those massive struggles against lefties drag down his bat, the one area he can contribute in.
If left-handers didn’t exist, not only would Andre be more appreciated, he’d be a star amongst stars. Well, if lefties and fielding and baserunning weren’t on the table, he’d be upper-echelon easily. His career line against righties is an outstanding .310/.388/.523/.911 with a .389 wOBA. Andre walks more, strikes out less, hits for more power, and is actually competent against right-handers.
Unfortunately for Ethier, we live in a baseball world where lefties do exist.
And he should never play against them.
Andre Ethier is not underrated in any sense of the word. It’s quite the opposite, actually, as he’s one of the most overrated players in baseball.
Sorry to burst your bubble, non-statistically-inclined fellow Dodgers’ fans.
So, to make room for Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers might have to pay some club $40 mil to take Andre and take a couple of mid-level prospects back. Certainly they won’t get anything of value. That means that Puig becomes a $82 million player ($42 million contract plus the $40 million they eat from Ethier). I don’t know about you, but with this stupidity, and after a lifeless 7-8 start, I have about as much confidence in Guggs and Company as I did in McCourt at the end. Something behind the scene smells here….
Dodger News & Notes:
- Puig hit a 2 run shot last night and is still OPSing over 1.000
- Joc Pederson is hot (5 HR, 12 RBI) and is OPSing over 1.000 too
- With Zach Lee off to a good start is it time to dangle Lee and Pederson for Chase Headley – would the Padres want Magill and Reed too? Probably…
- Corey Seager is struggling after moving to A Ball (.175 BA).
- My daily photo is going to be the same until Mattingly walks the plank!