Atlanta Braves Sign Felix Hernandez…Now Let’s Fix Him

After spending 15 years donning a Seattle Mariners uniform, the Atlanta Braves signed Felix Hernandez to a 1 year non-guaranteed deal. Here’s the skinny from DOB:

Atlanta Braves Signed Felix Hernandez in 2013…Almost

I don’t want to do this to y’all but here it goes anyway…Felix Hernandez reached free agency after the 2012 season and made it known that he’d like to be a Mariner for life. However, Frank Wren wanted to alter that plan and was very hot and heavy on King Felix until he realized that Felix was out of the Braves price range. This caused Wren to pivot quickly to B.J. Upton. *Sigh* Inevitably, Felix stayed with the Mariners on a 7 year/175 million dollar deal, a record-breaking deal for a pitcher at the time. 

Unlike Upton’s, the deal started out great as Felix was still the king those first 2 years putting up 6.1 and 5.6 fWAR seasons (and boy that would’ve looked good in a Braves uni in 2013). In 2015, Felix showed the same prowess to take the ball every 5th game and gobble up 200+ innings, but the ERA increased a bit. Still, he posted a 2.7 fWAR and most likely chalked it up to happenstance and the sample size of an individual year. Unfortunately for the King and the Mariners, it wasn’t happenstance, rather  was the start of fast and hard decline that ended in negative value in 2019. Over the course of the contract, his worth was $121.4 million with 90% of the worth coming in the first 3 years.

Identifying Felix’s Problem 

So what went wrong for Felix in his last 4 years with the Mariners? The number one ailment was the dip in velocity in his 2 and 4 seam fastballs. When Felix was King, his fastball sat mid-to-upper 90s. In 2016 it averaged 91 and gradually dipped to below 90 by 2019. Early in his career, the 2 and 4 seamer made up nearly ⅔ of his arsenal, but by the end of 2019, the 4-seamer was thrown less than 10% of the time while the sinker was thrown 30% of the time. The reason? Well…they sucked.

While Felix will always be a fan favorite in Seattle, there are many loyal Mariner’s fans that were perplexed with the lack of adaptation in these last few years of lost velocity. There’s also been numerous published pieces about this oddity over the years and many contributed it to the blessing and curse that has been the lifelong stubbornness of a pitcher not willing to change. The sinker especially has been an absolute mess for 5 straight years, yet it’s the pitch that comes out of his hand 3 out of every 10 times.

There’s Still Good in the Arsenal

However, not all of Felix’s pitches have taken a dip in effectiveness as his slider and curve have measured well for him, accounting for 44% of his pitches thrown. His changeup lacked effectiveness in 2019, but not as extreme as the fastballs and could very well be just a case of a small sample. The change made up 16% of his arsenal. Simple addition shows us that 60% of his arsenal isn’t a problem. Ok…now let’s look at the other 40.

Aniballing the King

Prior to the 2018 season, the Braves, to the chagrin of the fans, signed Anibal Sanchez to a 1 year deal during Spring Training. Little did we know that Anibal had been working hard to develop a new toy that would revamp his career. Chipper Jones once called the cutter his arch nemesis. Anibal would likely say it’s his saving grace. A few years back, it was stated that Felix was developing a cutter and that it looked good, but it rarely made its way into the games. Brooks Baseball had this to say about the pitch: 

“His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 5 of them in 2019) has heavy sink, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters and has slightly below average velo.”

Brooks Baseball

Felix is known for his change-up being his outpitch, but from the data shown, it looks like he needs to use the pitch, like many do, to keep hitters off balance. If the cutter, which has been used sparingly these past 2 seasons, is truly a swing and miss pitch, it could be the missing component in the re-crowning of the new King Felix Hernandez. Luckily, we have Mike Fast, the spindoctor, who’s more than capable of helping Felix develop the pitch.

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70 thoughts on “Atlanta Braves Sign Felix Hernandez…Now Let’s Fix Him”

  1. From Blazon (JC’d)

    Joshua Doss…

    Welcome, you’re off and running with a good start. BTW they did tell you up front I hope that every third piece must be in light verse and sent to this address for prior approval? Surely! Youth must be served as the old castles crumble. I am assuming youth on your part.

    HOF…O dear. Do I not remember, this time last year, there was a consensus reached after the usual days/weeks of going round and round the mulberry bush it just wasn’t worth the bother to get emotionally involved with all the usual politics/backroom wheeling dealing etc etc.. From memory we seemed to end up with a consensus – not a majority – to this effect. But here we are again. Anyway, put me down, zero respect and interest for a deeply flawed institution.

    Kink Felix, wow! Only 32 I see, masterful.

    We plow the fields and scatter the buckos on the land
    and they are fed and watered by A’s almighty hand
    he plows so deep to find ’em
    their age a constant fear
    it’s either hope and triumph
    or yet another tear.

    All things bright and beautiful
    all pitchers short and tall
    He wants to fill the bullpen
    before it gets to fall.

  2. From Blazon (JC’d)

    Rebuilding….but not too many please!

    Why do you…
    Build us up, build us up, cluttercup baby
    just to let us down, let us down then mess us around
    and then worst of all, worst of all we always fall baby
    then you say you will, say you will that you love us still
    we need you, we need you and a chosen few baby
    you know that we have, from the Spring
    so build us up, build us up, cluttercup baby,
    our very last, last, fast final fling!

  3. From AAR (JC’d):

    I’ve been banging the drum about Scott Rolen for years, the clearest example in recent years of a no-doubt Hall of Famer who was in danger of being ignored by voters. I’m encouraged by any signs that he’ll push through and get in.

    To be clear, most of the old WAR posts would say that a league-average performance for a full-time player is worth around 2 WAR. Jace was never close to that. His career WAR is negative and the best years of his career were barely distinguishable from replacement level. Got to remember, league-average performance is hard to find -as the bullpen that year proved beyond doubt – so full-time guys between 0 and 2 WAR are actually below average.

  4. From Mark Graybill (JC’d)

    The Felix deal depresses me–not because of the money involved, which is trivial, but because it exemplifies, I strongly suspect, the front office’s approach for the rest of the offseason: grab some already scratched-off lottery tickets out of a public trash can and hope against all reason it pays.

    The more I think about the Donaldson situation, the more it pisses me off. After the shrewd but not-ground-breaking moves of November and December, this team needed ONE PIECE to extend last year’s success. They refused to pay for it. Doesn’t every championship team at some point have to make a big, perhaps risky splash? This team will probably never do that again. Instead, we’ll get stuff like this. (And “stuff” like Chris Rusin, whatever that is.)

    The Braves will likely be competitive, and they may even win the division again. I think it’s just as likely the offense will take a step back without a true power threat outside of Freddie and Ronald. Hope I’m wrong.

  5. We have to stop talking about Josh Donaldson. It’s not a foregone conclusion that he will replicate 2019.

    Felix is an interesting move. Reminds me of the Jaret Wright deal. It’s worth a gamble.

  6. I wouldn’t read too much into the Hernandez singing, per se. I think this signals that AA is happy with his rotation options and is taking a chance that King Felix has something left in the tank.

    But I’m also annoyed with the Donaldson situation. He could well turn into a pumpkin and make the Braves look smart, but to follow up a near-100 win season by subtracting 6 WAR and ~40 HR and to expect Riley and Camargo to fill the gap is depressing.

    There’s still time for me to (happily) be wrong, but I feel like we’re headed towards an Opening Day lineup of Acuna-Albies-d’Arnaud-Freeman-Markakis-Riley/Camargo-Swanson-Inciarte. Mercy.

  7. An offseason plan of building about 85% of a great team and then stopping there has been a hallmark of these Braves for many, many years now. If JonathanF is right and the playoffs are 90% crapshoot, then that may be the most intelligent strategy.

    But it still sucks.

  8. I love the write up on King Felix. Very informative. Do you think he may spend a month or two in the minors to work on the cutter or will he be expected to make the team or be cut?

  9. @8
    The “cutter plan” is merely fan-fiction until it isn’t, but it seems the likely strategy should he want to gain some measure of success back after 4 poor years of pitching. I could see him meeting with the team early for formulate a plan then go from there. The pitch was essentially developed in 2018 but, from a loyal Mariner’s fan, he was “too stubborn” to stick with it. Sometimes a change in voice is all these guys need to mend what needs mending and prune what needs pruning.

    Gosh….I think I just quoted Delores Umbridge from Harry Potter. What’s wrong with me?

  10. @7

    They typically go into the playoffs throwing one dice.

    If they don’t get a middle of the order bat before the season, I don’t see the Braves winning the division.

  11. Dreaming big…

    RedSox get Ender Inciarte, Shane Greene, Adam Duvall, Ian Anderson, Sean Newcomb, and Shea Langeliers

    Braves get Mookie Betts, David Price, and 10MM for 2020.

    Adds about 30MM in payroll.

  12. Is the ability to post images gone? It is dearly missed as I was hoping to post the trade value simulator for that trade. Price, according to the simulator, has a significant amount of negative value, more than the positive value Betts has, so that trade would be heavily one-sided in favor of Boston. If you take Price and the cash out, then it gets a little closer.

    If Boston wants to include Price with Betts, then they’re probably going to have a tough time. But if they don’t and they want to have a really grabby list of names in exchange for one year of Mookie Betts, then I think that list is probably one of the best Boston will do. Here is how the simulator grades each player:

    Boston
    Betts: 50.7
    Price: -55.3

    Total: -5.4

    Braves
    Anderson: 30.5
    Duvall: 4.4
    Greene: 3.3
    Inciarte: 5.5
    Langeliers: 15.4

    Total: 59

    Things to note:

    1) If you exponentiate the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th WARs that a 8 WAR player like Betts has, then he probably has more than $50M in surplus value, even for just one season.
    2) Price is not that bad, contract considered. He probably has less negative value.

  13. @7: IF I’m right?

    I would phrase it slightly differently, and use a curse word around here… You make an 85% team in order to have the (children cover your ears) “financial flexibility” to address the problem you didn’t know you had until June or July. There’s fancy financial term for this strategy: option value. You explicitly don’t create the best team you can in January because you waste too much money doing so on whatever doesn’t happen to work out, which is probably not the last thing you addressed.

  14. IMO, Betts value is likely correct. Price’s seems way off. His negative value is likely closers to 30MM.

  15. Off topic, but the Cubs have paid Jason Heyward about $98MM for six (6) WAR since he suited up for them in 2016 — and there’s $86MM left on that contract.

    WOOF.

  16. @15, completely agree with you, of course, despite how much I hate that type of nauseatingly pragmatic fiscal prudence out of the suits who own the team. Still, I think Billy Beane said it best of all: you spend the first third of the season seeing what you have, the next third of the season getting what you need, and the final third of the season letting it ride. It’s clear that that’s what Alex Anthopoulos did last year, with the midyear acquisitions of Keuchel and the upgraded bullpen, and it seems pretty clear that’s what he’s fixing to do this year.

    Awful. Doesn’t he care about how much I want the Braves to win the offseason?

  17. @JF and AR

    I really don’t think he’s doing that this year and I’d be very surprised if there’s not a real bat added before spring.

  18. Heyman, FWIW, says the Braves are still after a middle of the order bat, possibly Castellanos or Ozuna.

    According to ZIPS projections, upgrading LF makes the most sense anyway as ZIPS is projecting 1.1 WAR from Duvall/Kakes and 2.1 from Riley/Camargo.

    I am all about a Betts trade Ryan. I think you change out Anderson for Wilson and Touki and I’d be good, though Greene doesn’t make much sense except to offset some money.

  19. A lot depends on whether AA thinks we are really at 85% or not. Replacing Donaldson is too much of a hole for me to say we are 85% done.

  20. @9 O’ ye parent of small creatures…….. The Umbridge quote that you were so close to:

    “Progress for the sake of progress must be discouraged. Let us preserve what must be preserved, perfect what can be perfected and prune practices that ought to be prohibited.”

    When they become Harry Potter fans (and they WILL become such), please remind them what horseshit this is….. and Umbridge’s character in general…..

  21. I also like upgrading LF over 3B at this point. You’re not going to say no to Donaldson, but now that that’s out of the way, it just makes a lot more sense to give 3B to Camargo/Riley and much more easily get a bat for LF. And then if Riley works out, you’re going to like his value at 3B much more than LF.

  22. Also, I know it’s been speculating in other places and on the podcast, but I don’t see them trading Dansbo to upgrade SS. You have to give him one more year to stay healthy. Those statcast readings show that he just has too many tools to give up at this juncture, even if he is getting older.

  23. @19: I didn’t say he was done…. But spending money on Ozuna or Castellanos to show the fans you’re serious runs a huge risk of wasting money. And while it’s not my money, and I don’t care how much is wasted, I do worry that problems will go unaddressed adequately in the face of waste. I’m not overly impressed with any of the moves I’ve seen discussed here, even those that marginally improve the team, with the possible of exceptions of Arenado (for nothing) and Betts (for a lot, but that’s about changing the team a lot).

  24. And, of course, you don’t know in January what the biggest issue will be in June, and you want to keep enough of your powder dry to be able to address those in-season issues. But if you do it in the offseason, you get the player for more time, and you will possibly pay a lower per-game price in the winter than over the summer, because once your weaknesses are known, your desperation can be used as leverage against you.

    So I don’t want the Braves to be done. But I’m not at all confident that they aren’t.

  25. I think we make one more trade or acquisition before the season starts, but given our injury situation at the beginning of last year and assuming reasonable health from the pitching staff this year, we probably start this year in better shape than last year without doing anything else. We started last year with a terrible bullpen and most of our starters hurt. I still don’t really understand how we did so well in the first half last year. We definitely started with some very hot hitting.

  26. Holy cow. Braves sign Ozuna. It’s a one year deal. Hard to believe we’re giving up a draft pick for a guy on a one year deal where we DON’T get to give him a QO at the end of the year.

    This has got to be paired with another trade. Elsewise, we have quite the glut of OFs.

  27. He did spend the entire year batting cleanup for the Cards even if he doesn’t really look like a cleanup hitter.

  28. I’m tired of hearing about Braves transactions based on how much money they saved.

    This team isn’t better than last year and not good enough to win it all

  29. And, to clarify, the reason to be excited about savings is the assumption that those dollars will be spent elsewhere. If they’re pocketed, I obviously don’t care about the savings.

  30. It’s only a third round pick, so that’s not a big deal.

    AA is a master at getting great value out of one-year deals. Steamer and Depth Charts have him being a 3 WAR player next year.

    My only concern is that I don’t know why Ozuna struggled so much in St. Louis, but I look forward to the Braves blogosphere being able to dissect that. Either way, it’s essentially a walk year, so stats be damned, I like guys on walk years.

  31. The team is near last year’s ending talent level, but I’m with the crowd that says they need to make another move. If for nothing else, I’m worried Touki and Bryce won’t be worth much in another year. These pitching prospects need to start getting moved and I’m sick of losing in the first round.

  32. We don’t have the pitching to do anything in the playoffs. Maybe this year we’ll at least start the right guys if we’re lucky enough to make it again.

    At least this move keeps the lineup afloat. The bottom of the order is still WOOF though.

  33. The bottom of the order is the same as it was last year. The pitching staff is much improved. The young guys in the rotation get to prove they’re the real thing.

    This is why the rebuild happened.

  34. The bottom of the order was bad last year, especially at the end. Keeping it the same isn’t a good thing. The pitching will be a “show me” thing this year. An awful lot of variance in our potential outcomes. We’re not super-young as a whole.

    It’s too early to complain too much so I won’t. Ozuna keeps hope alive – that’s something.

  35. @41 – Well, 10 teams make the playoffs, so for a team expecting to contend I think a top-10 payroll is a good starting point.

    Then you look at where the Braves are on the win curve and that this is the most obvious “win now” period in the last decade of Braves baseball and I think you can make a really good argument that they aught to roll right on past the luxury tax.

    If winning is the goal.

  36. I’m not over the moon about this, and still would’ve rather just gone ahead and signed Donaldson. However, this is a damn sight better than standing pat into the start of the season, and I can at least see how he arrived at this as the way to go.

    And this lets him stall at least until July, probably another full year, before deciding what to actually spend this prospect capital on. So I’m sure that’s exciting or something.

  37. @39 History says they won’t

    @41 I just want them to add a big player or two and go for it. Go get Chapman or Lindor.

    It shouldn’t be about what we are saving. It should be about winning a World Series, as of now, we aren’t a top five team.

    The payroll is the highest since 2008. Well, on inflation alone it should get higher. Also, ticket prices are also up:

    Sure there’s luck in the postseason, but you make your own luck. Let’s see how lucky we get with Arenado, Lindor and deGrom. I’d rather do that than see if Touki’s curveball becomes elite enough to make him a 5th starter

  38. Sorry, guys, I was being exuberant at getting a bat. MLBTR indicates if the Braves add too much more salary (like Betts or Arenado type salary), they will approach the luxury tax limit. That seems highly unlikely. The Story trade I proposed was pretty salary neutral and was graded as a moderate overpay by the Trade Values website (Ender, Dansby, Wright, and de la Cruz). Reports have had the Braves focused on Story so it seemed like a reasonable thought. At any rate, if you swap 3B production for SS production then you come out even with last year. Camargo is likely to be able to replicate Dansby’s bat and Story can mostly replicate Donaldson’s bat AND defense.

    MLBTR’s thought was that Ozuna replaces Markakis/Duvall with Ender in CF. That doesn’t make “Braves sense” to me. Again, that’s why the Story proposal including Ender. If the Braves really are focused on Story, the Ozuna signing makes SO much sense.

  39. @40 Ozuna’s struggles were pegged on a shoulder issue from 2018. If he’s recovered fully, he may have upside.

  40. @49 Do you really think any of Chapman, Arenado, Lindor, or deGrom are available? C’mon. You cannot force something impossible to happen. At least with my Story proposal, the guy has been in the news as a Braves target. If AA keeps up with it, a Story trade might be possible at the deadline. that would surely give us a favored team going into the playoffs.

  41. @53
    Some of those guys are available, but I was just using them as examples.

    Ozuna with no other real moves is just another bandaid.

  42. He also had a broken finger injury during the year that probably contributed to his rather mediocre stat line. He seems like a good gamble to me. He’s a little (or a lot?) weird by all accounts so maybe that will spice things up some this summer.

    We just need to do more. Waiting until we know where that “more” should be focused is a fair / defensible strategy. But we already know we need another bat and an ace. That’s pretty much been the case every year.

  43. I think Ozuna gets a bad rep because of plays like that idiotic one at the wall where he climbed the wall only for it to land 10 feet in front of him.

  44. I guess I was right at 28 about the Braves making another deal. I just didn’t expect to be right so soon. With this deal I think they’re done unless they can get something for Ender or make a deal involving Green. I’m really glad that they aren’t trading Pache or Waters. There’s too much potential value there.

  45. How good does Soroka have to be and for how long to be considered an ace? Health is certainly a concern for any young pitcher, but I feel like he’s a pretty good “ace” candidate.

    I get what people are saying about the lack of a Proven Ace(TM) that’s in his late-20’s, in his peak, etc., but a rotation of Soroka, Fried, Hamels, Folty, and 5th starter is going to win a lot of regular season games, and if we do, it probably means 3 of them are worthy postseason starters. I don’t hate the rotation nearly as much as some people do, especially with the bullpen also looking the way it does.

    I definitely understand the angst over the bottom of the lineup. The assessment of that part of the lineup begins and ends with Dansby Swanson, and pessimism about him is completely warranted.

  46. @59- My completely made up smell test for a “true ace” is how confident you would be with that pitcher starting Game 1 of a playoff series against the #1 starter of other playoff teams. Would he at least keep the odds even toeing the rubber against Max Scherzer or Gerrit Cole?

    For what it’s worth I think there are like 7-12 of those pitchers in the league at any given time.

    For a quantitive answer I’d say, hmmm, a 5-win pitcher?

  47. @59–the bottom of the lineup is a concern—it could be really bad. But unlike the bottom of those lineups we’ve been recalling from the rebuild years, there is also a lot of upside. If Camargo repeats his 2018 performance we should be thrilled. Of course Dansby can cause pessimism, but if he can repeat his offense from last year’s first half (pre-injury)we should be delighted—he set the Atlanta season record for homers by a shortstop. And Riley’s upside is huge. He may never repeat the success of his first six weeks in the bigs, but he just might be a stud.

    But you can’t count on any of that so I’m very happy AA made the move for Ozuna. They needed another bat. And I could not bear the sight of Markakis ever hitting cleanup again for the Braves. I hope this deal puts an end to that possibility.

  48. Osuna…I am very pleased. No options?
    …………………………
    Tell me that old love Storey
    but not the same old lies
    you know we’re waiting for you, dear
    here on the Bridge of Sighs.

  49. Going back to the theory of waiting with 85 percent of a team until the trade deadline (which doesn’t really have much to do with the Ozuna signing, I’m not conflating the two, just going back to this topic from earlier today/yesterday), then patching from there, I just really don’t get how it makes any kind of sense at all as a strategy. Are you not making things more difficult for yourself by punting two-thirds of the season and putting everything on the final third? Are you not potentially taking what could be a contending team and wasting a year if they get off to a bad start?

    Also, you’re just gonna wind up fixing the thing you’re intentionally neglecting now in July, anyway. What did we gain by waiting until July to fix the bullpen last year (or fix may be a strong word…more like patch up to the point where we could get it into port)? It wasn’t gonna magically fix itself. We knew it was bad coming into the season, and magically, it performed like a complete dumpster fire for the first four months. (Honestly, it was probably even worse than I expected it to be, and I expected it to be plenty bad.) There’s a parallel track to last year’s team where Donaldson doesn’t click quite as well and the rotation doesn’t solidify quite as much and the bullpen costs us a playoff spot. I just don’t see why it’s smart to neglect an obvious need just so you can put it off for four months.

    If I have to choose between not building the final 15 percent of my team in the offseason or doing so with the knowledge that my options may be limited later, I’m building it and figuring out later later every single time. If you have an injury or something, there’s always something you can do later to try and patch the hole. It’s not something I’d lay 15 percent of my money aside for on the off chance that it becomes a worse need than the neglected thing that’s an obvious need going into the season.

    For the analytically inclined who like this strategy, I’m genuinely curious why you think it’s a good idea. It seems to me a bit like holding your closer until you have a lead in an extra-inning road game, even though you very well may blow the game without having played your best card before you ever get a lead.

  50. Glad you asked, Nick. The answer is not to fill the holes you know you have, but the ones you had no reason to expect to have. The simplest example (though cheapest to deal with) is the bullpen. Two or three of the Braves bullpen are going to suck… we just have no idea which two or three. So it’s something you can’t address in January. Similarly, which Brave requires a huge move because of injury? Nobody knows. And you don’t want to be in the position where a bad year from any particular resource dooms the team, even one you were nominally counting on.
    Of course (if this is where you’re going) with enough resources you just plug the known holes now and plug the new ones later. But the Braves don’t act as if they have that level of resources. (I know not what they have, only how they act.)

  51. … And I’m not saying 85 percent is the right value… maybe 93 percent. But the basic point is that you’re almost always willing to pay something to wait for the resolution of uncertainty to make your decisions… and the more uncertainty the more you’re willing to pay.

  52. I was completely wrong. I never thought the Braves would get just about the last quality free agent left. Ozuna is essentially the hitting version of Hamels and they got him for the same contract, and he allows them to do the same thing: he’s a two-to-three-win player who replaces bench production.

    Stu’s right about this deal; it’s an unambiguous win with very little relative risk, and it’s in keeping with the Braves’ public statements about when they think Pache and Waters will be ready, in their refusal to add an extra year.

    I was always pretty nervous about Ozuna when he was a Marlin. Looks like last year he had some horrible BABIP luck; per Statcast, his exit velocity and hard-hit percentage were both great. (Statcast also says his most similar batters for 2019 are Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez, and Austin Meadows.)

    I personally discounted Ozuna this off-season because I think I lumped him in with Castellanos, a much more lopsided player whose terrific bat is offset by a DH-caliber glove. Ozuna is just a very solid player who is likely to resemble a bargain-bin Justin Upton: a fine hitter and average defender who may frustrate us by not being a star, but who will be well above average for a remarkably affordable cost in dollars and years.

    Finally, this indicates something about AA: he’s decisive and aggressive in a way I’m not used to. He makes moves I’m not expecting. Frank Wren was a tinkerer, making tons of bench moves. Thoppy makes splashes. Who ever expected the Braves would get this many top-50 free agents in a single off-season? When was the last time we did that, if ever?

    The more I think about it, the more I’m into it. This was a big win.

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