White Sox - Dumped Lee
Chicago White Sox - Acquired OF Scott Podesdnik and P Luis Vizcaino from the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Carlos Lee for no particular reason.
In arguing for the trade, Kenny Williams insisted that they scored inconsistently last year, all or nothing. In order to make it more consistent, and just score nothing, they dump Lee’s 366/525, replacing it with Podesnik’s offense, either directly in left, or in center, moving a terrific defensive center to left in Aaron Rowand. Or hell, maybe screwing Rowand over completely.
The Brewers don’t even know who’s going to be in centerfield now. That’s OK, though, if I were offered this trade, I’d quickly say yes and worry about the nuts and bolts later. They’re probably looking at some combination of Krynzel and Brady Clark.
If by some miracle, Scott Podesdnik has the second good season of his professional career, Luis Vizcaino will still be doing his darndest to make this a bad trade. There are places Vizcaino may succeed, but I don’t think that taking a homer-prone, extreme fly-ball pitcher and sticking him in a park that has surpassed Coors for homer rate the last few years is a particularly good idea. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Vizcaino way, way worse than that projection.
2005 ZiPS Projections
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
Lee 594 96 172 37 1 26 99 58 85 11 .290 .355 .487
Podsednik 594 84 161 26 6 12 60 58 96 52 .271 .339 .396
Player W L G GS IP H ER HR BB SO ERA
Vizcaino 4 4 74 0 69 71 38 13 25 63 4.96
Posted: December 14, 2004 at 03:14 AM | 145 comment(s)
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