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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A’s - Signed Cameron, Bozied

Oakland A’s - Signed P Kevin Cameron and 1B Tagg Bozied to minor-league contracts.

These could possibly be more than minor-league filling moves, especially the former.

Cameron picked an excellent situation to be in.  He’s a decent groundball pitcher (though not as groundbally as, say, Brandon Webb) and the A’s should have a good infield defense once again.  Cameron sprained his UCL last season and never got a chance to get his job back.  He’s still yet to give up a home run in the majors in 68 innings.  I was actually quite surprised that he passed through waivers - there are dozens of players who are on 40-man rosters that aren’t anywhere near as useful as Cameron is.  Good move here, though I expect the A’s won’t have a ton of leads to protect.

Bozied, on the other hand, didn’t exactly pick the best organization.  While the A’s are more willing than most teams to give minor league veterans a chance, Jack Cust is a much better player who also plays Bozied best position (DH) and the team is apparently showing the player at Bozied’s third least-bad position (Daric Barton) a lot of leeway.  Not a good park for a player whose value comes primarily from home runs.

ZiPS Projection - Kevin Cameron
        W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA   ERA+
2009     2   2 38   0   49   49   21   1 26 30 3.86   110
Top Comps:  Dave Smith, John Riedling

ZiPS Projection - Tagg Bozied
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG OPS+
2009       360 42 86 17   1 14   51 34   68   2 .239 .310 .408   93
Top Comps:  Josh Rabe, Ron Kittle

ODDIBE - Odds of Important Baseball Events

Offense %
STAR   3
AVG   15

OPS+  %    OBP   %    3B     %    Hits   %
>160   0     >.400   0     >10   0     >200   0
>140   1     >.375   1     >5     2     >150   0
>120   8     >.350   8
>100   35     >.325   27     2B     %
>80   74     >.300   60     >45   0
>60   96               >30   0

BA     %    SLG   %    HR     %    SB     %
>.350   0     >.550   0     >50   0     >70   0
>.325   0     >.500   5     >40   0     >50   0
>.300   1     >.450   25     >30   0     >30   0
>.275   8     >.400   57     >20   12     >10   0
>.250   27     >.350   87     >10   84

(Based on Projected PA)


Dan Szymborski Posted: December 02, 2008 at 05:33 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:49 PM (#3019199)
So Cameron is better than Andrew Brown? Good.
   2. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:52 PM (#3019204)
I didn't know Mitt Romney's son played ball.

Also, yet another decent reliever who slips through Darth Minaya's fingers. You'd think that, given a good starting rotation and one of the best offenses in the NL last year, he'd be out picking up decent relievers to replace every last member of last years gasoline squad, but so far he's sat on his thumbs. It's very irritating, especially since the inevitable result is an overpay for K-rod (as if that fixes the problem of having no reliable setup man or 7th inning bridge, or the overabundance of OOGYs).
   3. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:55 PM (#3019214)
Isn't it hard to be more groundbally than Brandon Webb? I know a handful of guys do it, but isn't that like calling someone tall, but not as tall as Shawn Bradley?
   4. Cowboy Popup Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:55 PM (#3019215)
Tagg Bozied! I remember when Peter Gammons promised that he was going to be a star hitter.
   5. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:56 PM (#3019216)
Bozied could be a nice short side platoon guy with either Cust or Barton. I'm cool with this. Better Bozied than Emil Brown or Mike Sweeney again. And Cameron looks good. Yay!
   6. Khrushin it bro Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:58 PM (#3019222)
Why won't they have leads to protect? I think they are about a .500 team with more moves to come this offseason.
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 02, 2008 at 09:05 PM (#3019231)
Tagg can hit pretty well. I'm surprised that he hasn't logged at least a little MLB time yet.

Cameron's not a bad snag, either.
   8. Rally Posted: December 02, 2008 at 09:11 PM (#3019242)
I'm really hoping Furcal signs elsewhere, but if he's on the A's along with Holliday they might even be favorites for the division. As things stand right now, my guess is the Angels are barely above a .500 talent level and the A's are not far behind. You know the Angels will spend some money on a 1B/DH/OF or two, but you don't know if it will benefit the team (Vlad, Hunter) or just be a waste (Finley, Matthews, Hillenbrand).
   9. Khrushin it bro Posted: December 02, 2008 at 09:34 PM (#3019276)

I'd like to think so but it's definitely an uphill climb trying to match up a bunch of young starting pitching with what the Angels have.
   10. Greg Franklin Posted: December 04, 2008 at 09:59 PM (#3021094)
Bozied is the guy who hit a game-winning grand slam in 2004 Triple-A ball, then tore a patella tendon upon his celebratory jump onto home plate. That probably slowed his development.

The story
   11. A triple short of the cycle Posted: December 05, 2008 at 06:15 AM (#3021372)
This is an interesting offseason.

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