Shorebirdfan wrote:I think if Matt Angle had hit .270 in his limitd playing time, we wouldn't be having this discussion. In 2010 Jones was asked to be the power hitter. With Reynolds, Hardy and Wieters now also plashing power, that need is no longer there. To me that reduces his value in the line up and increases his trade value.
To me, trades are about 2 things. 1. What do you get back in return for a traded player. 2. How large is the drop off with the guy you plug in the hole that is created. With Angle the only loss is the power. He is as good (better IMO) defensively and brings a much needed top of the order base stealer to the club.
Completely agree. I just did some research:
Using a handy xBABIP tool
(expected BABIP), Angle's expected BABIP
this year based on his batted ball data would be .384. That's unrealistic of course. But speedy guys like Angle can maintain BABIPs in the .330-.340 range. Give Angle a .335 BABIP instead of his .200 BABIP and using the handy Should Hit Tool (this really works. read more on it here
), Angle would have a ~.345 wOBA, which is slightly better than Jones' .339.
If they can find the right deal for Jones, I honestly believe that starting Angle in CF with Jones gone would improve the team. Of course Angle would not provide the power Jones does, but he steals a ton of bases, gets on base, doesn't strike out much, improves the teams' defense and knows how to play the game.