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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Phillies Acquire Brad Lincoln

The world will little note, nor long remember…

The Phillies announced that they acquired right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

Lincoln, 28, appeared in 22 games for Toronto in 2013 and posted a 3.98 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 6.3 BB/9…

Rasmussen combined to post a 4.11 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 28 games (24 starts) for the Dodgers Triple-A and Double-A affiliates.

Kratz, 33, hit just .213/.280/.386 in 218 major league plate appearances last season.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:49 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, brad lincoln, erik kratz, phillies, rob rasmussen, trades, transactions

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   1. John Northey Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:29 PM (#4610163)
Makes sense for the Jays who have around 15 pitchers for 7 ML relief slots, most without options. Lincoln was not one of the top 10 candidates imo so getting anything useful for him is a good idea and Kratz could be useful (Jays catching depth is sad right now) while Rasmussen (who has options) could turn into Lincoln with the way the Jays work with relievers.
   2.   Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:42 PM (#4610175)
Kratz had pretty decent framing numbers last year.

Um... yep.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:45 PM (#4610180)
Rob Rasmussen is the new Zach Stewart. I don't believe either exist, they are just a pseudonym for "random minor leaguer" to be used as a trade commodity.
   4. steagles Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:45 PM (#4610181)
don't like it. not a fan of lincoln. don't like losing kratz.

but at least it shakes up the back of the roster and this team needs a lot more of that.
   5. steagles Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:50 PM (#4610189)
also, fun fact:
brad lincoln was drafted 4th overall by the pirates in the 2006 draft.
clayton kershaw was drafted 7th.
   6. zonk Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:57 PM (#4610198)
Rob Rasmussen is the new Zach Stewart. I don't believe either exist, they are just a pseudonym for "random minor leaguer" to be used as a trade commodity.


Heh... cousin to Alex Burnett -- the 'random minor leaguer out of options, but not good enough for anyone to trade for so he mysteriously gets claimed all over the place'.
   7. Greg K Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:57 PM (#4610199)
also, fun fact:
brad lincoln was drafted 4th overall by the pirates in the 2006 draft.
clayton kershaw was drafted 7th.

Well at least Pittsburgh learned their lesson and drafted Daniel Moskos #4 the next year.
   8. Textbook Editor Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:18 AM (#4610214)
Because really, the capper for today's frenetic trade action had to be the Phillies dealing for a relief pitcher.
   9. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:38 AM (#4610224)
I'd like to think this was linked because we still want to talk transactions after everything's that's happened so far today. A hot stove junkie like me was absolutely spoiled.
   10. eddieot Posted: December 04, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4610282)
Strange trends for Lincoln. He was a groundball throwing machine (52% GB, 26% FB) in 2011 and completely reversed that by 2013 (37% GB, 51% FB). There has to be some regression to the norm. If not, CBP is the last place you want him pitching. Still, I always kind of liked him when he was one of those "closer in waiting" types. 29 is not too old to rebound.
   11. snowles Posted: December 04, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4610306)
@10, he pretty much stopped throwing his breaking ball, which was flat (and nothing like the one I saw in Pittsburgh) and was throwing almost all 93-95 straight-as-an-arrow fastballs. With 1 pitch (he pretty much abandoned the change-up too) and crazy bad control, I'm surprised the numbers were as decent as they were (he had a ton of 40+ 1.1 IP, which was awesome from a swingman).
   12. Matthew E Posted: December 04, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4610316)
I like it for the Jays. Not a big deal, but a small useful one.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 10:47 AM (#4610338)
he pretty much stopped throwing his breaking ball, which was flat (and nothing like the one I saw in Pittsburgh)


Man, that's crazy. He used to have a great curveball. I wonder what the hell happened?
   14. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4610367)
My gut reaction was to quote the 5th Beatle "Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'"

I root for Kratz, he's a good story and when he rarely runs into a pitch, it goes out of the park fast, but he's lowest tier backup catcher at best and the Phils do have a reasonable looking backup catcher in Cameron Rupp.

Rube probably looked at the 7 year old scouting report on Lincoln and convinced himself that here's a breakout candidate. And he has Ed Wade to advise him ...

My reaction after a moment's thought: Meh. walks away singing "Nothin' from ..."
   15. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:39 AM (#4610369)
Man, that's crazy. He used to have a great curveball. I wonder what the hell happened?


He blew his arm, didn't he?
   16. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:11 PM (#4610404)
He blew his arm, didn't he?


Years and years ago. TJ didn't hurt his curve at all.
   17. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4610412)
He blew his arm, didn't he?

A very distubing image popped into my warped mind
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4610418)
Sorry to see Erik Kratz go. He's a local guy and these meat commercials are excellent.

Hopefully he can get some work endorsing back bacon.
   19. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:13 PM (#4610472)
He blew his arm, didn't he?

He hadn't noticed that the lights had changed. A crowd of people stood and stared.

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