Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Looking Ahead to 2014 - Brian Roberts
The Yankees decided to let their best player leave, and replaced him with Brian Roberts. Roberts was a pretty good player as recently as five years ago, but since 2010 he’s suffered from concussion-related issues and injuries that have kept him off the field and hindered his performance when he was on it. He did manage to stay healthy in the second half of 2013 and he’s penciled in(hopefully very lightly) as the Yankees’ starting 2B this year.
woba: Weighted on-base average
oWAR: Offensive wins above replacement level, position-adjusted
Oh, sorry. Wrong 2B.
Roberts didn’t hit much in 2013, but he did stay on the field for most of the second half and he hit .250/.306/.450 in September.
Oh, sorry. Wrong 2B.
If you can’t say anything nice…
2014 CAIRO Percentile Forecasts
I suppose if Roberts can get 560 PA he would be worth a win or so offensively.
Roberts was once an above average defensive 2B. At this stage, he’s probably not.
I used to call Roberts PITA, because he was a pain in the ass when he was on Baltimore. I am surprised his career line against the Yankees is only .288/.344/.429. I could have sworn it was 1.000/1.000/2.000.
I’d be surprised if Roberts is the Yankee 2B by the All Star Break. I don’t see any reason to think he’s going to suddenly remain healthy after four seasons of not being healthy. I also see no reason to think he’s going to hit particularly well if he does remain healthy. So at some point he could be replaced by Scott Sizemore or Dean Anna or Yangervis Solarte or (heaven forbid) Eduardo Nunez. But it’s safe to say no matter who ends as the primary 2B for the 2014 Yankees, he will be significantly worse than Robinson Cano was in 2013.
I think the Cano contract was a bad one. I don’t think that signing a 31 year old player to a 10 year deal no matter how good he is at the moment is prudent. It probably won’t be as bad as the Jacoby Ellsbury contract, but I digress.
I don’t see Roberts and whomever eventually replaces him changing the fact the Yankees will miss Cano greatly.
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