A Box-Toppers look at Dodgers’ winter meeting moves

Dodgers lose Dodgers gain
Player Lost to Pos BTP Rank Player Gained from Pos BTP Rank
Dan Haren Marlins pi sp 8.0 83 Brandon McCarthy Yankees pi sp 7.0 115
Matt Kemp Padres lf rf 5.0 193 Howie Kendrick Angels 2b 4.5 225
Dee Gordon Marlins 2b 5.0 203 Jimmy Rollins Phillies ss 4.5 234
Drew Butera Angels ca 0.0 1276 Yasmani Grandal Padres ca 1b 4.0 257
Tim Federowicz Padres ca 0.0 --† Chris Hatcher Marlins pi mr 1.0 685
Andrew Heaney* Angels pi sp 0.0 --† Austin Barnes Marlins ca 0.0 --†
Miguel Rojas Marlins ss 0.0 --† Zach Eflin Padres pi 0.0 --†
Andrew Heaney* Marlins pi sp 0.0 --†
Enrique Hernandez Marlins lf 0.0 --†
Joe Wieland Padres pi sp 0.0 --†
Total BTP lost 18.0 Total BTP gained 21.0

Here are players Dodgers lost and gained through trades and free agency during the winter meetings in San Diego this week. Players lost are listed on the left, along with the team they went to, their Box-Toppers points (BTP) for 2014 and their rank in Box-Toppers points among all players. Players gained are listed on the right.

As noted at the bottom of the chart, the Dodgers lost players with a combined 18.0 Box-Toppers points and gained players with a combined 21.0 points.

* Andrew Heaney was acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins and then traded to the Angels and so appears as both a Dodger player gained and lost.

† These players have no Box-Toppers player ranking because they have yet to earn Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors in a Major League game at least once during their career.

Active-shopping Dodgers picked up a net gain in Box-Toppers points during winter meeting spree

The Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most active shoppers for players at this week’s winter meetings, picked up 10 players with a combined 21.0 Box-Toppers points in 2014 and dealt seven players with a total of 18.0 Box-Toppers points.

So, for their time in San Diego this week, they had a net gain of 3.0 Box-Toppers points based on the players’ 2014 performances.

While 3.0 Box-Toppers points is not a great gain, consider this: Dodgers players accumulated 123.2 total Box-Toppers points in 2014, second-most among all teams. They finished just behind the Los Angeles Angels with 124.2 points. A gain of 3.0 points in 2014 would have put the Dodgers ahead of the Angels, making them Box-Toppers’ top-ranked team for 2014. (Not that it mattered much since both Los Angeles teams lost in the divisional round of the playoffs, anyway, despite their status as Box-Toppers’ top two teams.)

And while the Dodgers had a net gain in Box-Toppers points while teams met in San Diego, the team also had other significant player movement from the end of the season until the winter meetings. Prior to the winter meetings, the Dodgers lost these players:

• Josh Beckett, starting pitcher, retired. He had 7.7 Box-Toppers points in 2014, ranked 95th among all players.

• Hanley Ramirez, shortstop, signed as a free agent with the Red Sox. He had 4.5 Box-Toppers points in 2014, ranked 219th among all players.

The Dodgers picked up these players in trades:

• Chris Heisey, outfielder, from the Reds. He had 4.0 Box-Toppers points in 2014, ranked 252nd among all players.

• Juan Nicasio, starting pitcher, from the Rockies. He had 3.7 Box-Toppers points in 2014, ranked 272nd among all players.

If these Dodgers postseason player moves are taken into consideration, the team lost 25.7 Box-Toppers points and gained 26.0, for a net gain of 0.3 Box-Toppers points.

For every player the Dodgers lost or traded, they seemed to find replacements to fill the holes:

• At starting pitcher, the Dodgers lost Josh Beckett and Dan Haren, but picked up Brandon McCarthy and Juan Nicasio. (Net loss of 4.7 Box-Toppers points in player value.)

• At second base, the Dodgers lost Dee Gordon, but picked up Howie Kendrick. (Net loss of 0.5 Box-Toppers points.)

• At shortstop, they lost Hanley Ramirez, but picked up Jimmy Rollins. (Both players had 4.5 Box-Toppers points in 2014.)

• In the outfield, they lost Matt Kemp, but picked up Chris Heisey. (Net loss of 1.0 Box-Toppers point.)

• At catcher, they lost Drew Butera, but picked up Yasmani Grandal. (Net gain of 1.0 Box-Toppers point.)

Several players involved in Dodgers’ transactions have no Box-Toppers points, either because they are prospects who have yet to play in the Majors or because they have yet to earn Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. One of those players was both gained and lost by the Dodgers during the winter meetings: starting pitcher Andrew Heaney. Heaney was traded from the Marlins to the Dodgers and was soon after traded from the Dodgers to the Angels.

Box-Toppers points are a measure of how much a player provides key contributions to his team’s wins. Specifically, Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.