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[Ryan Langerhans is] 29, has about 1200 PA (two full seasons), his career wOBA is .314 (-7 per 150...

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[Ryan Langerhans is] 29, has about 1200 PA (two full seasons), his career wOBA is .314 (-7 per 150 G), and his UZR at a "neutral" position is +7 per 150 G. That’s a league average performance. MLB average. It’s sad for him that he’s been given a short shrift for so long. Willie Bloomquist, your typical white guy who scratches and claws his way into a lineup, is a barely above replacement level player, who has over 1600 PA in MLB, and has been around since 2002. The difference? He throws with his right hand, which means he gets to play the infield. Mom & Dad, whatever you do, make your son throw with his right hand (and bat with his left). If he insists on throwing with his left hand, make sure he practices his hitting alot or works on his control as a pitcher.

Tom Tango
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So What is the Deal with Wins Above Replacement? Or, WAR, What is it Good For? A (Relatively) Brief Primer Using the Current Royals' Leaderboard

  This is an adaption of the current (as of 5/20/2009) Royals'  WAR leaderboard for position players  at FanGraphs:   Name Batting Fielding Replacement Positional RAR WAR Coco...

Cliff Floyd is all about heart, determination, and grit.... Cliff Floyd is forecast to be a league...

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Cliff Floyd is all about heart, determination, and grit.... Cliff Floyd is forecast to be a league average hitter. And a league average hitter who cannot (or is not expected to) play the field is the very definition of a replacement-level player. Indeed, the GM of the Padres agrees with this assessment, as his stated role is also the very definition of replacement-level player. That replacement-level player, with ordinary heart and determination, will cost you 400,000$. Cliff Floyd however is going to cost 750,000$. When people say that you can’t measure the intangibles, remind them that those intangibles are being paid for with tangible dollars. And the value of those intangibles, as determined by MLB, is $350,000. If it was worth more, then some team would have paid more. They didn’t."

Tom Tango

Waiver Bait: Russ Adams

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Just a short piece from Fangraphs' "Rotographs" site. I'm not sure why anyone would care about Russ Adams in fantasy. The Blue Jays former first-round draft choice is no great shakes, of course, and has little upside at 28, but he's been waived, and is some of that juicy F. A. T. (freely acquirable talent) that might be good to at least get on a minor-league deal and store at Omaha, particularly given the lack of organizational depth up the middle. Originally a shortstop, he has played all over the diamond. Not a star, but exactly the kind of borderline replacement-level talent that can be had for free if you need it. No word on what sort of massive incentives he'd need to come to Kansas City.

Top 5 Most Valuable Royals in 2008 According to Fangraphs' Wins Above Replacement

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  1. Gil Meche, 4.8
  2. Zack Greinke, 4.7
  3. Mike Aviles, 4.3
  4. David DeJesus, 3.7
  5. Alex Gordon, 2.6

(Perhaps) the 20 Most Valuable Single Season Performances by Royals Starting Pitchers

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I thought this was something a bit more positive that we could all enjoy. Yes, it is connected with my latest Driveline article on pitcher valuation, but I figure if I add a little extra sugar on top for my Royals Review Peeps (tm), it doesn't count as spam. Anyway, you can learn more about how I value pitchers by reading the article (there's a bit more sugar at the end for Royals fans in the section on tRA). While I haven't incorporated park factors into my database yet, since replacement level is derived from league average, and runs --> wins conversion is custom for each year in my database, it is pretty well adjusted to era. "fe2WAR" is just the dumb name I came up with for averaging FIP-RAR and ERA-WAR, which I then convert to wins. I like Zack, but as you can see, perhaps the Saberhagen comparisons are a bit premature... some pretty incredible seasons in there. Much more to discuss there, I imagine. Note that this is just starting pitchers -- I have a way to incorporate leverage, but it isn't straightforward in terms of mixing leveraged and un-leveraged value in my system, at least not yet. But if we did count it for relievers, I'm pretty sure that at least one or two of Quisenberry's awesome seasons would be in there. But I'll save that for another time. I'm also going to revisit this using BaseRuns-based pitching stats, but that will come later. Enjoy, disagree, discuss!

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