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Friday, December 23, 2005

Angels - Acquired Alfonzo

Los Angeles Angels - Acquired 3B Edgardo Alfonzo from the San Francisco Giants for OF Steve Finley.

[Note:  The Oracle won’t be oraculating for a few days due to Christmas stuff]

Three or four years ago, this would be an exciting trade.  Now, it’s just a swap of one disappointing player for another.  Either of these players getting the starting nods on their new teams would be an unmitigated disaster - Dallas McPherson, while having holes in his game, is a far better option at 3rd than Alfonzo and if the Giants are going to put Finley in a Bonds/Alou outfield, flyball pitchers are going to start offing themselves in May.

2006 ZiPS Projections
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Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Alfonzo     440 45 121 21 1   6 45 38 37   2 .275 .334 .368
Finley     476 50 108 17 3 13 58 36 77   7 .227 .283 .357

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 23, 2005 at 02:32 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan The Mediocre Posted: December 23, 2005 at 03:09 AM (#1791150)
With Finley gone, does Erstad play CF again? Or is there someone they want to bring up out of the minors?
   2. DTS Posted: December 23, 2005 at 03:17 AM (#1791159)
Whoa, that Finley line is a disaster. Wow.
   3. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: December 23, 2005 at 03:35 AM (#1791178)
Whoa, that Finley line is a disaster. Wow.

Yeah, I had no idea he was *so* bad last year. 440 PAs
of .222/.271/.374...yecch. Vladi really did damn near get them
to the playoffs by themselves didn't he?
   4. J. Cross Posted: December 23, 2005 at 03:45 AM (#1791194)
Whoa, that Finley line is a disaster. Wow.

Good thing he plays gold glove defense. Honestly, did anyone not realize that the Finley signing would be a debacle?
   5. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 23, 2005 at 05:18 AM (#1791315)
Honestly, did anyone not realize that the Finley signing would be a debacle?

Apparently the Angels didn't.
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 23, 2005 at 06:32 AM (#1791385)
flyball pitchers are going to start offing themselves in May

Don't you mean effing themselves, as in f___ing themselves?
   7. Dr. Vaux Posted: December 23, 2005 at 07:23 AM (#1791440)
No, Gagne_55, he means they'll be committing a rather more final moral sin.
   8. akrasian Posted: December 23, 2005 at 08:53 AM (#1791548)
I don't know how Alfonzo's defense is at this stage, but if he's a utility man his zips would be acceptable.

I do know that Finley's defense is poor (being generous). His line stinks. Elsewhere MGL stated he was the better offensive player of the two, and I know Finley was fighting injuries, but having watched Finley in 2004 go through hot and cold streaks, I wasn't the least surprised he was terrible in 2005. I suspect ZIPS is accurate - Finley is toast.

I'm hoping he'll do JUST well enough offensively, though, to merit significant playing time in center between Bonds and Alou. That would be hilarious.
   9. SouthSideRyan Posted: December 23, 2005 at 09:36 AM (#1791561)
Dodgers never shoulda let him go.</Plaschke>
   10. Runscreated Posted: December 23, 2005 at 03:37 PM (#1791681)
Even as an old man, Finley has to hit better than the ZIPS projection. Having said that, nothing is for certain. Last year his shoulder was all messed up. It is supposed to have healed. You are going to see many 4 game series in which the Giants will play a different starting outfield.
   11. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: December 23, 2005 at 06:39 PM (#1791910)
Remember the days -- and not so long ago -- of the "Who's Better? Alfonzo or Jeter?" debates?
   12. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: December 23, 2005 at 08:16 PM (#1792055)
I'll take the under on that Finley projection.
   13. Tanto Posted: December 23, 2005 at 08:36 PM (#1792079)
Actually, if I remember correctly a bunch of mainstream journalists (Olney, et al) called the Finley signing the best one of the 2004 Winter Meetings. Which makes it all the more hilarious in retrospect.
   14. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: December 24, 2005 at 08:15 PM (#1793062)
Finley in that ballpark? Yikes.

Where is Chris Russo on this one? " Tough spot Mike..."
   15. The Truth Posted: December 25, 2005 at 12:11 AM (#1793381)
Glad too see Stoneman is improving the angels offense!!

the man is clueless about offense.
   16. The Truth Posted: December 25, 2005 at 12:14 AM (#1793382)
>Good thing he plays gold glove defense. Honestly, did anyone not realize that the Finley signing would be a debacle?
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I tried too tell angels fans but they wouldn't listen...it also wasn't hard too see his offensive downfall considering he benefitted so much from B1P.

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