An in-depth look at team defense throughout baseball history

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Evaluating defense in baseball continues to be a work in progress. We’re way better off than we were even a few short years ago, but it remains a tricky and often subjective undertaking, with most people not being able to say much more about the topic apart from “that guy plays good defense” and “that guy is a liability.”

Against that backdrop, Baseball Crank spent an enormous — and I mean a really, really enormous — amount of time analyzing team defense between 1871 and the present, focusing primarily on Defensive Efficiency Rating. It’s in two parts: here’s part 1 and here’s part 2.  There are stats, but it’s not too hard core, and Crank does a good job of explaining what he’s talking about as he goes along.

Great stuff if it’s a topic that jazzes you.

Yankees to trade Sonny Gray soon

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Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Yankees “have multiple offers on the table” for Sonny Gray and appear close to trading him.

Probably best for everyone. Gray posted a 4.90 ERA in 2018 and drew the ire of basically everyone in the Yankee universe, but there does not seem to be anything physically wrong with him and you have to figure a change of scenery would do him good.

Where he goes is anyone’s guess — Martino says there are “approximately 11” teams interested — but we’ll find out soon enough.