Was told today that the Yankees have no interest in C George Kottaras, who was recently DFA by Oakland.
CAIRO says Kottaras would project to hit around .235/.330/.416 as a Yankee. More importantly than that, he’d project to have a wOBA of .334 vs. RHP, in contract to Francisco Cervelli’s projected wOBA of .292 vs. RHP and Chris Stewart’s projected wOBA of .283 vs. RHP. About 400 of the Yankees 619 catcher PAs last season came against RHP. Here’s the difference in run value over 400 PA with those numbers.
.334 vs. .292 = 14
.334 vs. .283 = 17
Is it possible defense nullifies that gap? It’s possible, but I also think it’s doubtful.