chw42 Posted June 8, 2022 Share Posted June 8, 2022 Just now, maxjusttyped said: The most likely outcome was always that he would go back to being ~fine this season. It's just bizarre how role players like that always seem to come here and fall off a cliff. Pretty much any position player we sign or trade for ends up regressing. The lone exception recently is Grandal and we're seeing the regression right now, 2 years after signing him. James McCann is probably the other exception, but even he regressed back to the mean after we smartly didn't re-sign him. Just look at the track record for the past 5 years. 2017: Didn't really sign any one 2018: Wellington Castillo - Came off a strong year with Baltimore only to put up 0.2 WAR and eventually got busted for PEDs. 2019: Yonder Alonso - Became the 2nd coming of Adam Dunn after a declining season with Cleveland in 2018. Retired after 2019. James McCann - did end up improving with the Sox and had about 140 games of production on offense. Is now a pumpkin with the Mets. Jon Jay - brought in cause he was Machado's friend. Was pretty much worthless. 2020: Edwin Encarnacion - Regressed heavily with the Yankees at the end of 2019. Basically forgot how to hit a baseball in 2020 and is out of the game. 2021: Adam Eaton - Terrible with the Nats in 2020. Was good for like a month until his body gave out. Is now retired and a coach. 2022: Josh Harrison - had a good few months with the Nationals in 2021 and then bombed after a trade to the A's. Heavy regression (seeing a theme here?) AJ Pollock - had a near career year in 2021 only to forget how to hit any sort of breaking pitch with the Sox. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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