Posted tagged ‘Navarro’

Quick Thoughts on Russell Martin

November 18, 2014

I like it!

Russell Martin is a big upgrade from Dioner Navarro. The Canadian’s offensive numbers are better than Navarro’s. More importantly – as pointed out by Baseball-Reference.com – Martin’s career CS% is higher than Navarro’s (32% vs. 28%). Doesn’t seem like a big difference, but it certainly helps.

That’s not to say Navarro was a dud. The Blue Jays were very fortunate to get what they got from Navarro. Remember, this was a catcher who hadn’t played 100+ games since 2009.

So what happens to Navarro from this point forward?

He could be used as a trading chip or backup Martin, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

As for Martin, I look forward to seeing what affect his experience and leadership will have in the clubhouse and on the field.

A part of me fears he will under-perform, becoming a target for angry fans.

But there’s also a part of me that believes he will continue to produce like he has in the past.

So here’s hoping #55 will be nothing like a recent Blue Jay who wore that number.

ER

Episode 39: Those Young Arms

July 31, 2014

Just before the Blue Jays acquired Danny Valencia, Nick Hansen shared his thoughts about the non-waiver trade deadline, Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Dioner Navarro.

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By the way, did I mention this was BEFORE the Jays picked up Valencia? 😉

Re. The Danny Valencia Trade

July 29, 2014

1. Erik Kratz was a serviceable back up. He was also a bridge between the present (Navarro, Thole) and future (A.J. Jimenez, Max Pentecost). I’ll never forget the 2-run bomb he hit on opening day (March 31). It was the only highlight for the Jays that afternoon.

2. Liam Hendriks started three games and looked good in two of them. He was also putting up great numbers in Buffalo. There’s potential, which means it’s 50/50 as to whether he will actually meet that potential. Therefore, he’s worth the sacrifice.

3. As noted by Bob Elliot, Danny Valencia has great numbers against left-handed pitchers. That’s something the Blue Jays desperately need. Elliot also says Valencia will platoon with Juan Francisco at third base. Although’s he’s spent the majority of his professional career at third, Baseball-Reference.com shows that Valencia has seen time at second and first.

Overall, it’s definitely not a blockbuster. Valencia’s sole purpose is to provide an additional right-handed bat. Depending where Brett Lawrie plays upon his return from the DL, Valencia could continue his platoon with Francisco at third; or, platoon at second with either Munenori Kawasaki or Ryan Goins. I prefer the latter option.

Eric aka @TheHek

Making J.P. Arencibia the “Bad Guy”

December 3, 2013

I’m not upset the Blue Jays decided to part ways with J.P. Arencibia.

At the end of the season, it was abundantly clear there needed to be an upgrade behind the plate. JPA’s performance in 2013 was awful. In sports, there comes a point where a player has to be removed for the sake of the team. It’s like that famous quote from Star Trek: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” That’s the best way to explain JPA’s departure.

What does upset me was how some people vilified JPA this past summer.

I saw many harsh and unnessesary comments about him throughout the season. Since the home opener when he allowed several passed balls, it felt like some fans were hoping to see him fail. They loved seeing him struggle and since Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista quieted the haters down with their play, it was open season on JPA. With every strikeout, the haters salivated.

People talked about him like he was a criminal. They made it seem like he was the scum of the Earth. They treated him like he ran over the family pet and didn’t care.  All this hate because he played poorly.

Was he atrocious on the field? Yes. Was it foolish to go after Gregg Zaun and Dirk Hayhurst? Absolutely! Does that mean we should say awful things about him? No.

If a player deserves to be criticized for his play, then we should criticize him; and we should be upset and angry within reason. However, criticism should be done constructively and respectfully. I realize this opinion falls into the category of “butterflies, unicorns, rainbows and lollipops,” but it would be nice if we remembered that beneath the big league celebrity and million-dollar salary is a human being.

J.P. Arencibia is not a bad person. He just wasn’t a good big league catcher.

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As for Dioner Navarro…

Concern #1: He hasn’t played 100+games since 2009. He appeared in 89 games in 2013. Unless the Jays plan on platooning him with Thole, I find his amount of playing time worrisome.

Concern #2: His 2013 CS% wasn’t that much better than JPA’s; just one percentage point better.

Overall, I’m lukewarm about this move. Navarro’s 2013 stats were better than JPA’s, but that’s not saying much. The amount of games played is a problem, especially since JPA appeared in 138 games this year.

The Hek


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