Out of left field

Out of left field is the occasional post about matters that don’t require 800 words of analysis and commentary, but are interesting enough to address to some extent. In no particular order of importance…

As I noted on the MBP Facebook page, the Brett Gardner signing is a win/win/win for the player, team and fans. One of the reasons he can provide value to the Yankees is due to a reality that most folks seem reticent to discuss:

Aaron Hicks is injured and unable to play relatively often. Probably due to all of our collective hand wringing, concern and outright praying for the good health of Judge and Stanton, many of us have forgotten that Hicks will never be mistaken for Cal Ripken. That’s not a knock on him, it’s a reality. When healthy, he’s one of the better center fielders in baseball, but since 2017, he’s played in only 62% of team games, primarily due to injuries. Best case scenario for the team is for Hicks to play 140 games – but if he can’t, having Gardner around is a good plan.

FanGraphs recently updated their top MLB prospects list. Of the top ten MLB prospects, both Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. are younger than five of them.

The Dodgers are paying Trevor Bauer $40 million this season. Yu Darvish and Carlos Carrasco (who it can be argued, are both better than Bauer) were acquired for almost nothing. It’s hard not to trust the Dodgers brain trust when it comes to player evaluations, but that seems odd.

After the extensions given to Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Tatis Jr., Ronald Acuna’s 8 year, $100 million extension is looking…well, yeah, not so good. If I were his agent, I wouldn’t feel comfortable right now.

Did I miss something? Let me know.

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