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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Indians Acquire Brent Lillibridge

The star that shines shortest shines brightest…

The Indians announced that they acquired Brent Lillibridge from the Red Sox for right-hander Jose De La Torre…

Boston acquired Lillibridge in the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago last month. Lillibridge, 28, has a .165/.212/.177 line in 86 total plate appearances this year. He has a career batting line of .212/.279/.351 in five seasons with the Braves, White Sox and Red Sox.

De La Torre, 26, posted a 2.91 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 55 2/3 innings for Cleveland’s Double-A and Triple-A affiliates this year.

The District Attorney Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brent lillibridge, indians, red sox

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   1. DA Baracus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4192041)
JC Bradbury: "Brent Lilibridge has become a medium of exchange like prison cigarettes."
   2. Kyle S at work Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4192053)
258/340/505 last year. Who knows where that came from!
   3. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4192066)
So the Red Sox have turned Youkilis into two mediocre, possibly average relief pitchers. Not what anyone would have expected, presumably.
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4192068)
"Brent Lilibridge has become a medium of exchange like prison cigarettes."

Hey, Lillibridge has over 500 major-league at-bats and he's only been traded four times.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4192073)

"Brent Lilibridge has become a medium of exchange like prison cigarettes."


I thought that was Zach Stewart, or if you're a rich man, Edwin Jackson.
   6. DA Baracus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4192080)
Hey, Lillibridge has over 500 major-league at-bats and he's only been traded four times.


Yeah but three of those trades happened last week.
   7. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: July 25, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4192099)
He's starting to remind me a lot of the minor leaguers in OOTP that get traded seven times in an offseason, including the same team reacquiring and redequiring them twice over. Apparently a little bit of Brent Lillibridge goes a long way.
   8. MM1f Posted: July 25, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4192134)
Apparently a little bit of Brent Lillibridge goes a long way.


Which is good, because there only IS a little bit of Brent Lillibridge. About 145 pounds worth, I'd guess.

258/340/505 last year. Who knows where that came from!


One of the many awesome things about Brent Lillibridge is that, despite being so tiny, he thinks he is Rob Deer and proceeds to swing (and miss!) like he is Rob Deer. When he doesn't miss, he puts every one of those 145 pounds into the ball and sometimes it goes a long way.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 25, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4192141)
Why, by the time Edwin Jackson was Brent Lillibridge's age (note: they are actually the same age) he'd been traded six times. You're catching up fast but you've got a ways to go, Brent.
   10. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: July 25, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4192145)
So the Red Sox have turned Youkilis into two mediocre, possibly average relief pitchers. Not what anyone would have expected, presumably.


If the Sox net two average relief pitchers from all this I'll be thrilled.
   11. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: July 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4192166)
I'm guessing based on skimming their stats-- Stewart's been worse than mediocre in his major league career so far (average-ish minor league numbers), and De La Torre has good minor league numbers but is a 26 year old AAA pitcher, which doesn't really bode well. So yeah, two average relievers could be a pretty good haul.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4192171)
One of the many awesome things about Brent Lillibridge is that, despite being so tiny, he thinks he is Rob Deer and proceeds to swing (and miss!) like he is Rob Deer.


He's kind of like a poor man's Craig Grebeck.
   13. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 25, 2012 at 05:20 PM (#4192208)
So the Red Sox have turned Youkilis into two mediocre, possibly average relief pitchers. Not what anyone would have expected, presumably.


My theory is that The Great Bobby Valentine didn't want to work with a talented player, so they traded him when his value was at an all-time low.

It was a silly deal for which there was no reasonable justification. If I'm Ben Cherington, I fire Bobby Valentine before I make this trade.

Actually, I never hire Bobby Valentine in the first place - but the ship had already sailed on that.
   14. madvillain Posted: July 25, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4192302)
If Stewart turns into a mediocre relief pitcher I'd be shocked. The only pitch he can consistently throw for a strike is his fastball. A fastball that has lost about 5mph, down to about 90 on average, over the past few years.

He needs to get his velocity back or quickly improve his off-speed offerings. At this point in his career, neither is likely.

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