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July 1, 2019

Padres

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Bieber 24 Majors SP Low 5.7 78.2 35.6 42.6 40.6 49.4 58.2
Salazar 29 Majors SP Low 1.7 9.6 9.8 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2 0.8

Guardians

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Hedges 26 Majors C Low 3.7 68.3 14.9 53.4 51.4 53.4 55.4
4 Comments
  1. Why would the Indians trade a pitcher having success with years of control for a catcher that can’t hit? Cleveland has Roberto Perez, who is a good defensive catcher, that can hit better than Hedges.

    • John Bitzer

      Yeah, I agree this one doesn’t make sense from the Indians’ perspective. They’d want to keep their long-term assets like Bieber. For what it’s worth, Hedges is considered an elite defensive catcher and hasn’t yet entered his prime years, so virtually every expert we follow predict his bat and overall performance numbers will rise in coming years, which is why his value is on the higher side.

    • JAY FLO

      Definitely didn’t make sense to me either, or I may be personally undervaluing Hedges defensive value. According to the site Bieber has a higher trade value then Kluber and Bauer, yet Hedges comes out above. Thought it would be interesting discussion.

      • John Bitzer

        Indeed it did provoke an interesting discussion. Bieber has a higher trade value than Kluber and Bauer because he has 5.5 years of control at a very cheap salary, and we’re measuring trade value by that surplus. Kluber and Bauer are more established pitchers, but they have less control and higher salaries. Hedges is also young, talented, and cost-controlled for a longer-term.

        You’ll see that pattern a lot both on this site and in the real-life trade market. You can read more about the methodology in the About section of this site.

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