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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Astros - Acquired Huff
Houston Astros - Acquired 3B-OF Aubrey Huff from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for SS Ben Zobrist and P Mitch Talbot.
And finally, after two years of non-stop Huff trade rumors, the Rays finally pull the trigger. Huff’s merely an above-average overall outfielder, but the Astros are still in a “win-now” mode, which is perfectly acceptable in a very weak league when you’ve just lured Clemens out of retirement yet again. And there’s no doubt Huff’s an upgrade, even as a non-star, thanks to the Astros’ frequent outfield of Preston Wilson (up to 282/322/424 with godawful defense), Willy Taveras (253/307/308 with OK defense), and Jason Lane (205/330/393 with terrible defense). Berkman and Lamb have been moved all over the place in order to try to get some of these awful players out of the lineup at varying times and Huff will improve this situation.
Zobrist’s hit well in the minors, but he was 23 when he was drafted and his nice AA season (327/434/473) isn’t quite as exciting when you consider the fact he’s 25. He does appear to be adequate at short, but even if the stereotype has been weakened over the last 20 years, 6’3” shortstops that are adequate don’t generally stay at short unless the hit like Ripken or A-Rod. Talbot’s still young (22) and has displayed a nice curve and changeup since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2002. Through the system, he’s kind of been just “there,” pitching well enough to be promoted every year. Talbot’s having a nice 2006 season, however - he’s not only made the big jump to AA successfully, but he’s also upped his K rate by 50% and halved the gopher balls. The Rays aren’t going to be grabbing many Kazmirs, but the system has not been very good at developing the #3/#4 rotation guys needed to take the next step forward. Enough guys like Talbot and the previously acquired J.P. Howell and they might finally have a couple. If the Rays have Kazmir, Seo, and one or two of the Talbot/Howell/Waechter/Shields group pan out and add a #2 guy from free agency and suddenly, the team’s looking a lot like it can take advantage of their young offense.
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