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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Why Mets Overpaid For Beltran. Tim Marchman: "Statistics are imperfect, but it would be fairly accurate to say that Beltran is statistically worth about five or six wins above league-average right now. That puts him solidly among the 10 or 15 best players in baseball, in a class below Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols, but equal to the likes of Vladimir Guerrero, Miguel Tejada and Manny Ramirez." (New York Sun)

Marchman's Multiphasic Met MRI & Measuring Money. "But all additional contextualization aside, Marchman's metrics were easily the best analysis written on the signing. And by using Nate Silver's price-per-win quote and also the phrase I bolded in the quote above, Marchman gave us another point to chew on, which is: ¿What IS Overpaid, and Why Are 2005's Signings 'Lofty'?" (Management by Baseball)

The Next Bobby Bo? "Bonilla gets a bad rap for his failures as a Met. The problem is he was actually quite productive during his time in New York." (SaberMets)

Johnson dealt to Yankees in 30-team trade. "The 41-year-old known as the 'Big Unit' said the trade finally gives him a chance to pitch for a contender, an opportunity Johnson has only been afforded in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. He has only won one World Series MVP award." (

The 1952 American League. "The 1952 American League season is one of those many episodes that have long been far adrift on the vast Sea of the Little-Remembered...But the '52 A.L. might not belong out there. For such an obscure league, an awful lot of interesting things were happening..." (The Hardball Times)

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