2008 Trade Value Post (Sorta)

Dave · June 30, 2008 at 8:28 am · Filed Under Mariners 

So, the last few years, I’ve written up posts on the most valuable players in baseball, taking age, contract, and salary into account. I’m doing it again this year, but as a week long series over at FanGraphs. I’ll be doing five players at a time, twice a day, through Friday, leading up to #1-#5 on Friday afternoon.

#46 to #50 is up now, and #41-#45 will be up in about 5 1/2 hours.


60 Responses to “2008 Trade Value Post (Sorta)”

  1. Logger on June 30th, 2008 4:28 pm

    Hamilton’s defense (or lack thereof) is rather surprising. It looks as if he moves fairly well out in the field.

  2. Jeff Nye on June 30th, 2008 4:37 pm

    Yeah, I guess I need to watch more games. I would’ve personally pegged him for about what the FSR has him at for last year; right around average overall, with questionable instincts and hands but a really good arm.

  3. MattThompson on June 30th, 2008 5:05 pm

    Where might Morrow fit on this list (if at all) were the Mariners to convert him to a starter over the balance of this year (either in Seattle or Tacoma)?

  4. G-Man on June 30th, 2008 5:20 pm

    Mike Snow, why did you have to go and give us that link in #49? Naturally, I wnet through it and noted the Mariners on the lists – and I don’t mean tghe “Best” lists.

    I knew that our LF and 1B were lousy, but to find out that we have easily the worst keystone combo in MLB by UZR, and the second worst team UZR this season, that’s more than ever a USSM reader can stomach.

    You just love to kick a fan when he’s down, don’t you? 🙂

  5. Mike Snow on June 30th, 2008 6:51 pm

    I found a UZR at the All-Star break last year that has Hamilton at -21 in center field. I didn’t see an end-of-year number off-hand, but Hamilton only played a month after the break last year anyway.

    Sorry about the bad news on the Mariners defense, G-Man. I thought we’d gone over the highlights from that list a little bit already. UZR doesn’t much care for Ichiro in center either.

  6. BaltimoreDave on June 30th, 2008 6:56 pm


    I’m also a huge Hamilton fan, but he’s stretched in center. So if his future is as a corner outfielder – albeit a pretty good one, as you mentioned – that’s how a potential trade partner will see him. And like Braun, moving down the defensive spectrum hurts his value, awesome bat or not.

    I still don’t see him as a top 10. Probably in the teens, though, and all these great responses made me realize that my flip response that he shouldn’t make the list the more incorrect.

  7. Sports on a Schtick on June 30th, 2008 7:36 pm

    Felix is a lock for the list. Morrow and Ichiro might make it. Whoops I just read Dave’s comment.

    As for who’s #1, it’s really obvious.

  8. Jeff Nye on June 30th, 2008 10:45 pm

    As for who’s #1, it’s really obvious.

    Bloomquist, duh!

  9. Milendriel on June 30th, 2008 10:51 pm


  10. Jeff Nye on July 1st, 2008 10:24 am

    By the way, those of you who are following this series, up through #36 are posted on Fangraphs now.

    Dave, if you’re watching this comment thread still:

    I was surprised to see Volquez not end up higher on the list; is it mostly the questions about his command that keep him from being higher up?

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