Making defense part of the equation
December, 3, 2008
Anyone see a connection between these two items from my colleagues? First, Peter Gammons:
"There's no question this is a dual market situation," says one GM. "The corner bat/DH market is flooded, and the stock market is drowning. Not a good combination, not when pitching rules the market."
"The other thing is that teams are moving away from the base offensive statistics," says another GM. "They are pouring through defensive studies and seeing that below-average defenders like [Manny] Ramirez and [Pat] Burrell in the field depreciate their offensive numbers because of what they give up."
In addition, Dunn's price might be dropping in a down market. Two NL officials wondered whether Dunn would command even a Jose Guillen-caliber, three-year, $36 million deal from a team other than Washington.
"[The Nationals] might have to pay a bit of a premium for him to go to a team that has not won recently," one of the executives said.