At FanGraphs: The Aramis Ramirez Signing | Disciples of Uecker

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I covered the Aramis Ramirez signing at FanGraphs today. Here’s a snippet:

Ramirez provides production from the plate the Brewers sorely missed at premium positions (other than second base) last season. The Brewers finished with a below-average position-adjusted OPS+ (sOPS+) at shortstop, center field, catcher and of course third base last season. Third base was the disaster — the other positions at least finished above 90. Thanks largely to McGehee, Brewers third basemen only produced 70% of the offense the rest of the league managed from the position.

Ramirez promises to plug this offensive hole quite well. Even in his down year in 2010, when he limped to a .245 BABIP, he still finished with a 92 wRC+. Every other season since 2004, Ramirez has managed at least a 120 wRC+, making him one of the best hitters at the position over that period. Only Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, David Wright, Evan Longoria, and Kevin Youkilis have better bats over the past eight seasons as measured by wRC+.

There’s more — thoughts on his defense and a snazzy table from Baseball-Reference — so I highly suggest you go read the blog over at FanGraphs.

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Tell us what do you think.

  1. Flharfh says: December 12, 2011

    Big step in replacing our question mark at 3B and the production that will lack during *cringe* a possible Braun suspension. Kudos to Doug M. for filling a huge hole with the best option available at a probably reasonable price.

  2. Two Tub Man says: December 13, 2011

    Ramirez is a bum…a no-hustle guy who only hits when the weather’s warm and the pressure’s off. A guy who doesn’t run out popups or grounders. And a mediocre defensive player at best.
    It’s back to .500 without Prince, without Braun for 50 games, with Gamel at 1st, and with this loafer at 3rd base.
    A terrible signing, on par with Jeff Suppan’s deal.

  3. JC says: December 14, 2011

    This signing will improve the team. I don’t care what Two Tub says, this guy was a Brewer killer and a very good RBI bat. He can hit good pitching, so he is perfect for a playoff run.


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