Normally, this would be the part in your daily news and links post when something Braves-related would go up here. But hey, I have got absolutely nothing for you today. Looks like everyone on the Braves front is taking this holiday week to relax, kick back, play some vidya games, drink some ‘nog (I have no idea what eggnog is, is it good?), and so on and so forth.
Oh, sure, other teams have been busy. But the Braves got their holiday shopping done early, and all we’ve had since are small moves and rumors. But fear not, it’s only... let me get my abacus... 45 more days until pitchers and catchers report to Braves Spring Training, so that’s something.
The Marlins have made a splash, grabbing Corey Dickerson on a two-year deal worth a total of $17.5 million. It’s an interesting move for a number of reasons, including the Fish committing resources they really didn’t need to, Dickerson going to a park that might get its revenge on his wOBA-xwOBA gap, and questions raised regarding the utility of his new team committing PAs to a player that will likely be long gone before the competitive window opens in Miami.
The Blue Jays have added Shun Yamaguchi from Japan on a relatively small two-year deal worth $6.5 million. The Jays are working hard to revamp what was a below-average but not awful pitching staff last year; Yamaguchi represents a potential fourth starter added by Ross Atkins that wasn’t with the team last year (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chase Anderson, and Tanner Roark are the others). Perhaps sadly for the Jays, Steamer currently projects Toronto to finish with the league’s sixth-worst pitching staff, which is actually considerably worse than their tenth-worst placement last year, so there’s still some work to be done there. In particular, Steamer only has Ryu and Ken Giles in the bullpen as above-average contributors despite all of the additions.
Yamaguchi is coming from NPB to the majors, but that avenue is hardly a one-way street. The Dodgers have allowed up-and-down reliever J.T. Chargois to head over to Japan. Chargois was part of the Dodgers’ well-manipulated taxi squad of pitchers over the last two years and put up sparking xFIPs (73 xFIP- in 2018, 65 in 2019) while being used as a pseudo-ROOGY. The looming changes to pitcher usage and the potential reinstatement of the 15-day Injured List limits the flexibility associated with his usage, so this is perhaps not a particularly surprising move.