He has lost about 0.5 mph per year over the past few years, so this year's 0.7 mph drop is not an anomaly so much as a continued trend. Hamilton, Trout, Braun, Puig, Ellsbury)...looking to move one or two of them.
(Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian) Contract years are the same for all players.
Team A was willing to give up 43 middle infield home runs in order to get Verlander, letting Team B off a pre-auction high salary hook.
Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web. You lose that trade if Gray eventually winds up somewhere besides Colorado, but you're trading a Coors starter, Ross - who has been OK - and a future reliever for Verlander and the pick. It tends to be guys with a flaw who figured it out at some point. There's just NEVER that much space between the outliers and the rest in this stupid sport.
I'd try to squeeze a little more out of your opponent. (Except Bonds and Pedro.) (Sam Miller) may not be fully recovered from off-season surgery.
(Paul Sporer)It could certainly be related, and it supports some of the visual evidence from last season.
He appeared to be off-line for much of last year, as if an invisible wall was pushing him to the glove side, an element which compromised his positioning at release point and therefore impacting his pitch command.Now is that due to camera angle always being over the pitchers right shoulder providing a more open angle to see the action of the curve or is there something to lefty's that throw sick curveball's like Zito in his day?(Chris from Phoenix) has an 80 curve yet it is typically overshadowed by his 80-grade heater.Lefties tend to have lesser velocity due to the fact that we are plucking 35-40% of the pitcher pool from a group that makes up 10% of the population, so the thresholds of expectation have to be lowered.For that reason, I think that secondaries often gain more attention from southpaws given the commonly underwhelming velocity.Without more specifics, if you can win this year, it's worth it to give up youth. position players, we all know how crazy pitchers are. As a result, unless you think this is going to end up as some kind of midpoint in an ongoing trend where his value continues to decline, you're better off holding on and hoping he can rectify the poor trends in both his peripherals and actual results.