• Cash Looking Average?

    Posted by on November 26th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    From Alan Schwarz

    For general managers scratching out their 2007 shopping lists, discussing players in terms of “best” this and “outstanding” that is well and good–but too limiting.

    After all, award-winning players such as the recently named Most Valuable Players, Ryan Howard of the Phillies and Justin Morneau of the Twins, are tied to their teams. And with high-profile free agents such as Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Lee already off the market, GMs are focused more on a group of players who never receive awards: the truly, unmistakably average.

    The belly of a Bell curve is rarely so attractive. As dull as “average” sounds outside baseball, team builders covet these players so highly that the average begins to appear above average. And you wonder why salaries keep going up.

    “Is it attractive? Oh, yeah,” said Brian Cashman, the Yankees’ general manager. “You have to have a great deal of talent to be an average major-leaguer.

    “We all like to have a roster of above-average major-league players, but that’s not realistic. You’ll have a few above-average players, and you try to sprinkle the rest of the roster with as many average players as you possibly can. There’s value in their performance.”

    If Rick Helling’s agent sees this, he should be calling Cashman first thing monday morning.

    Comments on Cash Looking Average?

    1. MJ
      November 26th, 2006 | 9:23 am

      Is Rick Helling still in the league? God I hope not.

      Incidentally, while I love that Cashman sees himself as more of a Wal-Mart shopper, I really don’t want to see him take Ted Lilly, Jeff Suppan, and Rich Aurilia and think that’s going to get it done in the AL East.

    2. David
      November 26th, 2006 | 4:00 pm

      Replacing a below-average player with an average player can help a team as much as replacing an average player with an above-average player.

      Even the rich Yankees had plenty of below-average players in their line-up last year, such as Bernie Williams, Terrence Long, Andy Phillips, Miguel Cairo, Nick Green, Chris Wilson, Shawn Chacon, Sidney Ponson, Aaron Small. Even Jaret Wright and Randy Johnson had below average ERAs.

      I think it would be worth a lot to replace all those below-average performances with average performances.

    3. Raf
      November 26th, 2006 | 9:06 pm

      Ha! Rick (s)Helling…


      Before any moves are made, I’d like to see who has been nontendered first.

    4. SteveB
      November 27th, 2006 | 11:50 am

      🙁 I thought he was talking about batting average.

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