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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Angels to Sign Joe Smith

Who knew the Mets traded nearly $48 million worth of players for J.J. Putz?

Smith’s deal is worth $15.75MM over three years, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter)...

Smith, 29, has been with the Indians since 2009 and is a seven-year major league veteran. The righty has a lifetime 2.97 ERA and turned in a 2.29-ERA, 63-inning campaign in 2013.

The District Attorney Posted: November 24, 2013 at 04:38 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, free agents, joe smith, transactions

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   1. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: November 24, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4605530)
I can't take a guy named "Joe Smith" seriously in any sport. I don't care how good "Joe Smith" is I will assume he is average at best.
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM (#4605537)
Whenever I hear "Joe Smith" I think of the guy who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
   3. A New Leaf Posted: November 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4605540)
I think this move would make more sense for a team that would have leads to protect.
   4. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: November 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4605543)
1- Same with me and Dan Johnson-- when he signed with the Jays a few weeks ago I thought to myself "there's no way a guy with a name like that is ever gonna be a star". Unlike Smith, Johnson has the numbers to back not-being-a-star up. Smith at least has been pretty good.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 25, 2013 at 02:45 AM (#4605586)
"Chris Davis" looked like he was on the "Dan Johnson" trajectory but has finally overcome his generic monicker.
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 08:11 AM (#4605602)
I really like Smith and I'm disappointed Cleveland couldn't keep him, but committing ~$16M and three years to a setup guy? No thanks. I wish him well, but a team on a tight budget can't commit that kind of money for 60 innings a year.
   7. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: November 25, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4605611)
Seems like a lot for Joe Smith
   8. The District Attorney Posted: November 25, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4605616)
Rob Neyer covers the "this guy is named Joe Smith!" angle.

Basketball Joe Smith was pretty good. He's probably best known for when the T-Wolves tampered with him as a free agent and were penalized a bunch of draft picks, and second-best known for being a #1 overall pick who wasn't exactly a LeBron/Shaq sport-altering type. But he was fine.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 09:32 AM (#4605617)
All three notable Joes Smith (baseball, basketball, religion) worked in Cleveland for a time, oddly enough.
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 25, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4605618)
There has never been a "Joe Smith" in the NHL, and the last "Joe Smith" in the NFL was in 1948.
   11. Swoboda is freedom Posted: November 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM (#4605664)
Basketball Joe Smith was pretty good. He's probably best known for when the T-Wolves tampered with him as a free agent and were penalized a bunch of draft picks, and second-best known for being a #1 overall pick who wasn't exactly a LeBron/Shaq sport-altering type. But he was fine.

He really wasn't good (for the NBA). He was league average to slightly above league average for a long time, but never even really good. I know he gets a lot of heat for being the number 1 pick, but he would have been dissappointing as a number 5 pick.
   12. OsunaSakata Posted: November 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM (#4605671)
Joe Smith was the first player from the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (est. 2005) to make the majors.
   13. OCF Posted: November 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM (#4605682)
Would you rather he was named Alex Gonzalez?
   14. gef the talking mongoose Posted: November 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM (#4605686)
Being named Dee Brown would be even worse. At any given moment, I'm pretty sure at least 10 of those are playing in the NFL, NBA or MLB.
   15. SG Posted: November 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM (#4605712)
By my count there have been five distinct Justin Millers who played pro baseball since 2011.

There have been four unique players named Juan Perez.

And there have been three each of:

Carlos Martinez
Jose Martinez
Melvin Mercedes
Carlos Ramirez
Jose Rosario
Jose Valdez
   16. Squash Posted: November 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM (#4605717)
He really wasn't good (for the NBA). He was league average to slightly above league average for a long time, but never even really good. I know he gets a lot of heat for being the number 1 pick, but he would have been dissappointing as a number 5 pick.

The one damn year the Warriors get the #1 pick ...
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM (#4605719)
The one damn year the Warriors get the #1 pick ...


Joe Barry Carroll! Never forget!
   18. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: November 25, 2013 at 01:22 PM (#4605796)
Joe Smith was part of a long line of former #1 overall picks to show up in Philly in recent decades, long after their best days were done.

Joe Smith
Derrick Coleman
Glenn Robinson
Chris Weber
Allen Iverson (second time around!)
Elton Brand
Kwame Brown

   19. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: November 25, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4605826)
Would you rather he was named Alex Gonzalez?


At least an Alex Gonzalez you can expect to be a slick-fielding SS with a little pop but weak on-base skills.
   20. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 25, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4605891)
Being named Dee Brown would be even worse. At any given moment, I'm pretty sure at least 10 of those are playing in the NFL, NBA or MLB.


The highlight of Dee Brown mania was in 2006:
Dee Brown (MLB)
Dee Brown (A-ball)
Dee Brown (NBA)
Dee Brown (NFL)
   21. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: November 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4605942)
I saw Joe Smith pitch for the Brooklyn Cyclones, always rooted for him after that, he had one pitch, he had iffy command, but terrific velocity for that type of side/sub delivery...
   22. OsunaSakata Posted: November 25, 2013 at 06:20 PM (#4605960)
While ellsbury my heart at wounded knee doesn't mention Dee Brown?

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