Smooth Move

Given that the Angels are often viewed as the “anti-moneyball” team, it’s rare that the statistically inclined will give them credit for much of anything.

The signing of Ervin Santana to a four-year deal, though, seems to have found popularity even among the SABRmetric set, with Matthew Carruth at Fangraphs going so far as to proclaim, “No doubt, fantastic move for Anaheim.” 

There is some interesting debate in the comments of that post regarding the chances of Santana regressing in 2009.  The beauty of the signing, though, is that even if Santana does regress some, the deal still makes sense.


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