Top Dog: Moises Sierra, 8.8%
The Worst: Darren Oliver, -21.5%
Worst Bat: Kelly Johnson, -12.1
Impact AB: Sierra 2-Run HR, Bot 2, 17.1%
Impact Pitch: Alex Rios 3-Run HR, Top 8, -18.5%
Highest Leverage AB: David Cooper Fielders Choice, Bot 7, 2.99
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Rios HR, Top 8, 1.95
Lineup Contribution: -28.9%
Pitching Contribution: -21.2%
Average Leverage Index: 0.87
Chart explanation

Should of kept…

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)

Comments (9)

  1. Should of?

  2. Watching Rios this week was depressing for a few reasons. For me the saddest one was remembering my excited imagination when the Blue Jays traded Vernon and ditched Rios, freeing up almost $30M of salary in the process. Google “Vernon Wells trade” and the first hit is a Bleacher Report article about how the Jays were locked and loaded to make a huge splash coming into the 2012 season.

    I don’t think we should of kept Rios, or Wells of course, but I just don’t see what the point was anymore in getting rid of them. The rationalization I come up with is that it allowed us to sign Jose and Edwin, but that just depresses me more because it implies that we would’ve let the Home Run champ walk for nothing because we wouldn’t shell out $13M.

    Having said that, AA hasn’t done anything yet that didn’t make sense to me. Its just that as time goes on, there are more and more things he DOESN’T do that also make a lot of sense.

    • Google Vernon Wells or go to the Angels blogs. It’ll explain why the Jays got rid of him. Even Wells himself laments that he doesn’t fit in with the plans and he can’t blame everyone’s assessment of his play lately.
      It’s sad. He wants to contribute,wants to play, but his numbers don’t justify it.He’s a good guy who won the lottery and who’s skills have diminished.The fans are against him.

      • I understand that of course. Vernon was done and getting rid of him is still probably AA’s best move. I just meant that we made those moves, particularly the Rios one, to slim down the payroll and retool. I’ve seen part one, but part two hasn’t really happened yet. Which is why, in hindsight, I’m not sure getting rid of Rios actually made all that much sense.

        There’s nothing wrong with avoiding throwing money around at FAs, but in that case there’s no point in getting rid of a guy who can clearly contribute just to save money. You know what I mean?

        • Well Rios tends to go good year, bad year, so he’s not worth that money.

          2009 0.3 WAR 80 wRC+
          2010 3.7 WAR 111 wRC+
          2011 -0.7 WAR 59 wRC+
          2012 3.4 WAR 132 wRC+

          According to Fangraphs

          • That’s kind of what I’m getting at though. In a vacuum you’re 1000% right; the $12.5M paid to Rios would be better spend in many, many other ways. But if it isn’t being spent elsewhere, then its not a question of worth, is it?

            The only relevant question then becomes; is Rios better than the players we have replacing him? I’m not sure what the answer is.

            To be honest the real thing that makes me sad is the prospect, depending on what we do this offseason, that shedding Rios’ salary – which seemed like a coup at the time – will have had no positive impact on the team.

  3. What does Ricky Martin have to do with last night’s game? What? That’s Alex Rios?

    Way to find a pic that so perfectly exemplifies why everyone hates him. Holds a bat like a noodle armed choir boy too!

  4. Rios’s departure from the Jays: August 10, 2009.
    Jose Bautista’s breakout: September 2009.

    With Adam Lind firmly entrenched as our left fielder (no, seriously), is it possible that Rios’ departure directly led to Bautista getting enough playing time to break out?

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