I’m still trying to get my head around the V-dub trade. At this point I don’t think there’s much I can bring to the interweb’s analysis party. This story has been beaten to death. Clear win for the Jays
The only negative from this deal is the hole created in CF. I’m not a fan of giving Rajai 600 PA’s in 2011. And Corey Patterson on my roster? I think I’ll pass.
Outside of a trade, the Jays are/should probably lean towards giving minor league walk & speed specialist Darrin Mastroianni a 2011 roster spot.
Rajai vs Righties
From a three year perspective, Davis’ OBA righty split (.319) isn’t too far from his success vs lefties (.339), although he did post a .40 points difference in OBA during 2010 (.309 vs R, .349 vs L).
While both Rajai and Mastroianni are RHB, Darrin’s had a decent track record against RHP.
Mastroianni vs Righties
Ever since the shutdown of minor league splits, getting righty/lefty match-up data can be a pain. Luckily Mastroianni’s PECOTA card has kept track of his 2007-2009 splits.
Here are 2010 splits, using database files (and including a few playoff PA’s)
vs Left: .321 BA, .420 OBP
vs Right: .294 BA, .376 OBP
Darrin has had greater OBP success vs lefties in the past, but he’s certainly held his own vs right handed pitching.
Give DM a few AB
Some may think skipping AAA would be jumping the gun. I can see that. Still, DM is already 25 and will be 26 come August. He also OWNED the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .365, posting a .449 OBP and swiping 11 bags, all three near league highs.
If another viable option existed (other than Patterson) or if someone is acquired than start DM off down in AAA. Otherwise let’s give the kid a look out in CF. You never know, we could luck into a poor man’s Brett Gardner.