Ryan Zimmerman thinks “nerds” should not do playoff projections

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Tom Boswell’s latest column has a bit in it about the Nationals and Orioles’ chances of reaching the playoffs, as calculated by ESPN and Baseball Prospectus. Ryan Zimmerman is not impressed at the dire projections for the Nats:

“How did that [model] work out for them the last couple of years? Not very well, right?” said Zimmerman. “That’s why nerds shouldn’t do that stuff.”

Well, considering most of the nerds picked the Nats to win the NL East this year, no, it’s not working out very well at all, Ryan.

 

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.