While We’re Waiting… Lugo Deal Off, Ranking Recruits and Picking the ‘Best’ of the New Browns

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No Lugo- “A little over a week ago, it was reported that the Indians had agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with veteran infielder Julio Lugo. He was to join the long list of non-roster invitees in camp with the Tribe this spring. The deal is now apparently off.

Cleveland did indeed come to terms with the 36-year-old Lugo, but the contract is not going to come to fruition. The specifics behind why the deal fell apart are not known. Considering the sides reached an agreement on terms (he would’ve earned $650K plus incentives if on the Major League roster), I’d speculate that it had something to do with his physical. All that really matters is that Lugo will not be heading to Arizona for Spring Training with the Indians. For those keeping track at home, that means the Indians have 20 non-roster invitees in the fold for this spring. Lugo would’ve competed for a bench job — given his experience around the diamond – but his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster seemed slim from the start.” [Bastian/]

Former Cavalier DeSagana Diop with a brutal miss on a free throw. [Ball Don’t Lie]

Great piece on recruiting rankings and wins- “On All-Americans, for example: If you were to go back and review the projections for the 47 players named to one of the five All-America teams officially recognized by the NCAA — American Football Coaches’ Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers of America, the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation — in 2011, only seven came into college as can’t-miss, five-star blue chips, the cream of the crop. By contrast, more than twice as many of those All-Americans — 18, to be exact, more than a third of the total —were rated three stars or lower by the recruiting services.” [Hinton/Dr. Saturday]

Another installment of explaining stats- “OPS+ has a lot of little changes which make it such a useful stat. The first change was to make the stat more accessible. Instead of .725 generally being average for OPS, a value of 100 is the average player on the OPS+ scale. If a player has a value above 100 (ex. 120) then you know they have an above average OPS, if the player has a value below 100 (ex. 79) then you know the player has a below average OPS. This makes it much easier to see and relate player values, so much so that anyone should be able to read and understand it.” [Ellis/Indians Prospect Insider]

Finally, make sure you vote in the ‘Best Since ’99’ Browns poll at Still WFNY. I warn you, some of these choices are downright scary. [Craig/Still WFNY]

  • Max

    That poll was an experience…I was reminded of many names I had long since forgotten. It was like a walk down Bad Memory Lane

  • Gbwoy

    OPS+ is great for certain things.  It’s park and league adjusted, so it’s a very usefull stat to look at when a player is changing leagues, for example.

    In general, OPS or OPS+ isn’t a good indicator of how good a player is offensively though.  Yes, it is very easy to understand, and there’s something to be said for that.  But it undervalues OBP and overvalues Slugging %.

    I prefer wOBA.  The only thing I dislike about wOBA is that it isn’t park and league adjusted.