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November 3, 2006

"Gold Glove" Defense by Week
by SG

Since J asked about Derek Jeter's defensive trend in 2006, here are the numbers by week.

To illustrate the improvement Jeter made over the season, here is a graph comparing Jeter's ZR with the league average at the end of each week.

Jeter ended the season playing fairly well defensively. He's close enough to average over the last few seasons by ZR that I feel comfortable he's not some horrible defensive shortstop who costs the team 2-3 wins a season with his glove. He's just not a Gold Glover.

In other news, the Yankees are reviewing their options (get it?) with Mike Mussina and Jaret Wright. Wright was serviceable, but with a $4 million buyout, the question becomes if he's worth the additional $3 million it would cost to have him on the team in 2007. I don't think so, but I wonder if Wright plus $5.5 million could fetch a prospect from a team in the NL. Probably not.

Jim Kaat is a candidate for the Frick Award, which would get him into the Hall of Fame. He's wasn't quite good enough to get in as a player, which Kaat himself will freely acknowledge, but I hope he gets this.