Big jobs could be a market for these players: Sherman

Atlanta – When it comes to free agency, the post-season chance of doing more harm than helping.

For example, when Max Scherzer didn’t start his NLCS 6 because his shooting arm wasn’t bouncing fast enough, he had to raise some concerns about a 37-year-old, who made $210 over the now-completed seven-year period. Million decade, he produced the most innings and most starts in the game – not even counting his 11 starts and three post-season appearances.

If you’re looking for the scary comparison: Justin Verlander, who entered his season at the age of 37, was the world’s best player on the cusp of starting a two-year deal worth $66 million. He needed Tommy John surgery and made one start during the duration of the contract.

Since Scherzer was lining up to start if there was an NLCS 7 game, a case can be made that he was fatigued based on the baseball calendar and was navigating uncommonly in relief to grab a Division Series. I’d be surprised if it still doesn’t get the AVA record on a minimum two-year contract.

So let’s focus on those who used the post-season as chicken soup – it better works because it may not help, but it does no harm (these are listed in alphabetical order):

1. Chris Bryant: He played well after being traded to the Pennant race (cubs to giants), then excelled in five games after the season, not only hitting .471 (8 for 17), but also starting from four positions (first, left, center and right) . The third rule is its natural position. With teams wanting versatility and offense, Bryant dropped a calling card from his skill set.

2 – Carlos Correa: Going into Game 4 of the World Series, his post-season numbers are OK (.747 OPS, Homer one). But his success in the big games is well documented. Concerns about Correa were related to health and the fact that after playing 148 regular season games, he played every half of the Astros’ first 13 post-season games. His defense was unusually impressive. He has shown a desire to be a leader and a star. His massive personality may not play out everywhere. But for a team like the Tigers, who have their former Houston manager, AJ Hinch, and would like to sign him, the fit might be the perfect fit as they try to build around a star on and off the field.

3 – Kenley Jansen: Post-season in general might hurt Jansen, with non-brand names like Atlanta homemakers Tyler Matzek and AJ Minter possibly the best player in the entire playoff. After all, the trend is that painkillers are replaceable, flammable, and easily found and replaced. But Jansen’s definite postseason was an eye opener.

Not only did he do seven innings of no escape action, three hits, one walk, and 14 hits, but he also threw while moving away from overreliance on the cutter to incorporate a more often weighty and slider. At 34 years old, and in Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol, the Dodgers may have the answers to moving from the most ornate places in their history. But Jansen certainly looked like a jug with plenty in his tank in October.

4. Eddie Rosario: Rosario, Jock Pederson and Kyle Schwarber have followed similar paths over the past twelve months. Their previous career-long teams didn’t want them in their last off-season; Rosario (twins) and Schwarber (cubs) are non-gender. All left-handed hitters playing questionable defense signed one-year contracts for $7 million and $10 million. Then they were all traded to the Pennant race and had big moments after the season, none more so than Rosario.

Eddie Rosario helped lead the Atlanta offensive all post-season.
Eddie Rosario helped lead the Atlanta offensive all post-season.
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I suspect Schwarber, in particular, will be much better this season. He would never defend at a high level, but he added first base to the corner pitch, racket and demeanor he plays in both Washington and Boston. Like Schwarber, Rosario was injured at the time of the takeover of the trade deadline and did not play immediately. But when he played in September and October, he really played his racket.

In the opposite case, Nelson Cruz was traded from twins to bunting with Reese, not performing well and worsening in the post-season. He’s 41, so you can imagine that’s hurting his market.

What can help Rosario, Pederson and Schwarber? If – as expected – NL gets DH. Also, if there are any anti-shift rules put in place as part of a new collective bargaining agreement, the left-hitters should presumably benefit.

5. Chris Taylor: He had a first leg game with the Dodgers in a wild card game against the Cardinals and a three in game 5 game of the NLCS vs. the Braves. That helps Taylor’s free agency. So did Enrique Hernandez go from all-career Dodgers star to Red Sox regular-season and post-season star this year after signing a two-year deal worth $14 million.

Chris Taylor’s post-season experience should make it a prized commodity at the free agent’s market.
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Taylor’s versatility, strength, speed, and great proportions will make him even more so, even with his fondness for hits. Note also how much talent and depth the Dodgers have hit in the past few years. Hernandez and Pederson left free agency after last season. Two of the Dodgers’ top odds were dealt for Trea Turner and Scherzer, who will be free agents coming along with Jansen, Taylor, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Knebel and Corey Seager. The signing of the Dodgers’ senior free agent last year, bowler Trevor Power, is in baseball purgatory as the MLB continues to investigate allegations of sexual assault against him.

There is a chance that Bauer will be suspended next season. If so, the dodgers can transfer the money that was not paid to him to Scherzer. If they do, it would be a sign that the team that should have known their health best weren’t interested in how Scherzer finishes their playoffs in 2021.


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