FanGraphs.com explains why Wins Above Replacement is the best statistic for comparing players. Who topped the list in 2009? It may surprise you.
Matthew Carruth of FanGraphs examines the pros and cons of pinch-hitting. Did you know pinch-hitting results in a 10 percent drop in production? So a .300 hitter bats .270 off the bench? That turns Evan Longoria into Skip Schumaker. (Ouch.)
Not only can the Twins not afford to lose Joe Mauer, but baseball itself needs the catcher to stay in Minnesota.