Brandon Webb Update

The Pirates haven't contacted Webb since November 22nd.

Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t contacted free agent starting pitcher Brandon Webb since November 22nd, and that the pursuit has gone cold. ┬áKovacevic mentions that the Pirates are still interested in Justin Duchscherer, Jeff Francis, Scott Olsen, and other starting pitchers.

Last week we learned that the Pirates and Webb have a mutual interest, although lately the rumors have suggested that Scott Olsen is the top free agent target by the Pirates.

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  • Robb Rowe

    Based on what? The ancient stat we keep like on old teddy bear, called batting average? Have you seen Mike Trout with your own eyes.

    In terms of wRC+ (a measure of runs created) McCutchen he ranks 2nd, but is tied with Mike Trout, who has played 17 fewer games than McCutchen, so we can call that 3rd (since Trout has created the same amount of runs in fewer games).

    In terms of WAR (wins above replacement) he is actually tied for 7th at 4.0, again behind Trout, who is 3rd at 4.7, only 0.1 behind the Major League Leader David Wright, who has played 18 more games than Trout.

    Again, I think considering the gap in games played we can say that by these more comprehensive measures of a player’s value (that include defense) that Trout has actually been the best player in the game so far this season.

    That said McCutchen is a totally ridiculous player and I would die to have him on the Padres (the abusive relationship with whom I keep coming back to).