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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:43 am 
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Back in 2024, the Wolves sent a collection of veterans and some cash to a team located in Buffalo in exchange for a young, promising CF prospect named Manuel Freyta. Since that time, the 24 year old outfielder has appeared in 1 all-star game, won 1 Zimmer Diamond Glove Award, and won a World Baseball Classic with his native team from the Dominican Republic. Not a bad start for a 24 year old who can nearly be classified as a veteran to this point as he is currently playing in his 5th season in the big leagues.

But there in lies the problem for the front office staff of the Madison Wolves. Freyta has had some very good seasons with the club during his first few seasons that have seen him produce WARs of 3.2, 3.3, and as high as 4.9 just last season. Those fine seasons have seen Freyta win some hefty arbitration raises during his early career, seeing him pocket nearly $6.8 million for his work in 2031. With one more arbitration year left on his contract, the Wolves must now decide if the likely raise is worth it.

"We are a little concerned over Manuel's decline this season" said General Manger Chris Wilson. "Clearly if he were posting another 3-4 WAR season this year, the $8 million contract he's likely to get in arbitration would be a no-brainer for us to retain for next season. But at his current batting and defensive play, we really need to examine if it is time to look elsewhere for next season for our centerfielder position."

Wilson is referencing Freyta's current slash line of .243/.337/.326 as not being anywhere close to $8 million worthy. In fact, it probably isn't worth the over $6 million he's making this year. Throw in the fact his zone rating has dipped into the negatives after being as high as +14.8 in 2029 and the Wolves have to be concerned they are witnessing an early flameout in the 24 year old's playing ability.

"We think there is still value in Freyta's play, just not at the rate he'll be demanding this off-season" added Wilson. "We've tried discussing this with both he and his agent but clearly they see what he's done in the past and expect him to rebound to his previous ability. We aren't so convinced and would like to see them accept something more team friendly next year and in the future. Unfortunately we haven't quite come to terms on anything."

Even more pressing for the Wolves and the Freyta situation is that there don't seem to be a huge class of available centerfielders set to be available this off-season nor does the team have anyone ready and waiting in the wings to take over the position. Throw in the fact the club is still trying to fix it's budget issues (and doing somewhat well right now I might add) makes it even more problematic if the club does feel the need to retain Freyta next season and beyond.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:53 am 
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He does seem a tad overpaid

Early flameout or momentary blip?


I'd probably look in free agency or swing a deal

Let someone else find out

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:12 pm 
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I assuming he's lost range? Hard to see him putting up double digit positive ZR's in the past with 8 range in CF. He's turning into a guy with corner outfield defense and a CF bat. That's always tough to pay for.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:30 pm 
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Yes, he lost a notch on his range.


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Seems weird to have a 24 year old lose range.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:52 pm 
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Yes, to me the defensive aging model and ratings distribution of ootp is one of the two things that need the most work. The running game is second.

Example #2 is Lucas McNeill losing range at second from 23 to 24. You can find lots of them.


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