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Awful terrible crap stupid trade
He's got a motorcycle name.
My thoughts on the trade:-That. -He'll be a better hitter than he was in Oakland obviously hitting. His defense will be very good. -Good relationship with Gio, not like that's very difficult. -Didn't have to give up a lot, and got some of his contract paid-Another high character, good teammate guy. I like it.
Not a good trade for the Nats.
Agreed.David Frietas had potential. Seeing Suzuki quite often play, the Nats acquired a weak hitting, weak armed catcher. He averages about 55 RBI for a YEAR and ~10 HR's a year. He doesn't have a strong arm. Not a good trade for the Nats.
While Suzuki has been completely garbage this year, you take a gamble when Flores is the best option available. It would have cost more to get Shoppach from Boston.
Frietas was young, but Ramos (24) and Leon (23) give us options at catcher going forward. Suzuki gives a probable starter atleast this year and next. You stockpile in the farm system so excess prospects can be used in trades.
If you would watch our games or our DL it would quicly become apparant that any catcher may prove useful in 2012. Catchers are the new pitchers.
Even if the Nats are swapping one offensively inept backstop for another, the new one will be better defensively. Suzuki has been below-average at fielding batted balls, but he seems to excel at everything else. According to Max Marchi’s research, Suzuki saved the sixth-most runs of any catcher from 2008-2011 through game-calling and framing and was also the sixth-best at blocking pitches. He’s thrown out 38 percent of attempted basestealers this season, well above the 27 percent league rate.
"That" doesn't make any sense when responding to a post.He doesn't have good defense. He's got a weak arm and won't be able to throw out many runners.Nats should have looked elsewhere if they felt they were in need of a catcher
"I didn't know," a surprised Flores said. "I just know because you (told me). I didn't know. Nobody has told me anything.""I don't even want to talk about it," he added later. "I'm just in shock. I didn't know we had a new catcher."
Nats never told Flores.He didn't find out till the media told him after the double header. Heh.http://www.masnsports.com/nationals_pastime/2012/08/nats-players-react-to-the-suzuki-addition.html
Every organization in baseball could benefit from having a player like David Freitas, which is why every organization in baseball has a player like David Freitas. A 15th-round draft pick out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010, the backstop had organizational soldier written all over his profile, where words like leadership, character, and maturity receive a more pronounced font than words like plus or above-average. But something funny happened on the way to minor-league obscurity: Freitas started showing major-league potential. His bat isn’t anything special; the hit tool itself is currently below-average with a chance of becoming a fringe-average tool, but the approach is advanced, and the raw power should play up to at least average (50 on the 20-80 scale).
For what it is worth, ZiPs Rest of season projections for Suzuki: .248 average, .302 on base percentatgee, .358 slugging, 3 home runs, 0.9 wins above replacement.I so wanted to post "FWIW, Suzuki ZiPs ROS: //, HR, WAR"
I wouldn't be proud to call Kurt Suzuki a starter. He's mediocre at best.
Thank God the powerhouse Cleveland Indians won't be bogged down by Kurt Suzuki.
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