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Thursday, May 21, 2009

A’s - Claimed Breslow

Oakland A’s - Claimed P Craig Breslow off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins gave up on Breslow very quickly this season and while this is a good pickup by the A’s, I don’t want to give them too much credit as the team was 2nd in waiver-wire priority for Breslow and I’m sure they wouldn’t be the only team interested in seeing if they can turn around a pre-arbitration lefty with a 2.91 career ERA in 98 games.

Given that the A’s don’t currently have any lefties in the bullpen, perennial ZiPS-favorite Breslow should absolutely help the team, provided he can stop walking batters again.  It won’t make a huge difference unless the A’s start scoring more often than Marty Brennaman at a swingers club.


2009 ZIPS Projection - Craig Breslow
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            W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER   HR   BB   SO   ERA
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Year-to-Date   1   2   17   0   14.3   11   10   3   11   11 6.28
Rest-of-Year   3   2   42   0   46.3   45   21   4   23   35 4.08
——————————————————————————————————————
Total         4   4   59   0   60.7   56   31   7   34   46 4.60

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 21, 2009 at 02:53 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: May 21, 2009 at 05:26 PM (#3187911)
I think the Twins would have kept him around to work out his problems but they have too many relievers who need to work out problems and their top option in AAA (Henn) was also lefthanded. If they would have had a decent RH bullpen arm in AAA they would have dumped Ayala or Crain. Easy come, easy go for the Twins since Breslow was a waiver pickup from Cleveland last year.
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 21, 2009 at 05:40 PM (#3187926)
If they would have had a decent RH bullpen arm in AAA they would have dumped Ayala or Crain.

I would've dumped Ayala before Breslow, even without being able to replace him with another righty. I rather have 3 lefties in the bullpen than 2 lefties and Ayala.

Ayala is actually slightly worse against righties for his career, so it's not like they'd be losing an additional tactical advantage against right-handed hitters.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2009 at 05:45 PM (#3187931)
Unless I'm missing something, I thought it was awfully foolish for the Twins to give up on Breslow after just 13 innings after being so good last year.
   4. puck Posted: May 21, 2009 at 05:54 PM (#3187949)
I don't want to give them too much credit as the team was 2nd in waiver-wire priority for Breslow and I'm sure they wouldn't be the only team interested in seeing if they can turn around a pre-arbitration lefty with a 2.91 career ERA in 98 games.

Would it have been a better idea to DFA him and see if anyone was willing to trade for him?

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