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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, December 03, 2007
Astros - Signed Matsui
Houston Astros - Signed 2B Kaz Matsui to a 3-year contract.
This clocks in at 3 years, $16.5 million. It’s not enough that it’s going to cripple the Astros, but Matsui’s not really a help. Like a lot of people, I would be happy if MLB deadened the ball a bit, encouraged longer fence distances, and made a speed-based game more valuable. But that’s not the offensive environment we’re in and Ed Wade wanting to do the whole Speed! Craziness! Havoc! Move Runners Over With Outs! plan in 2007 is akin to shipping trebuchets and halberds over to the troops in Iraq.
Matsui probably gets unfairly maligned for his defense in the way that Jose Offerman used to. Both players were fairly bad at short and when moved to 2nd, were both actually pretty good, yet their defensive reputations remained with them (until Offerman’s legs went, of course). LWZR (a.k.a. the Dial Method) has Matsui at +9 runs over 3 years and +7 runs per 150 games and per BHW’s conversion’s of Pinto’s PMR into runs, PMR has Matsui about 8 runs better than average in 2007 (though 7 runs below in 2006!). Not enough to make Matsui a good player, but it’s enough to make him not awful.
The other concern is Matsui’s tendency to miss time due to various injuries. The Astros aren’t well-equipped here if they trade Burke, which seems increasingly likely given his public comments. The minor-league system is wretched and won’t supply depth and the best fringe option, Brooks Conrad, is a minor league free agent (no, Geoff Blum isn’t even a fringe option). It also doesn’t help that Matsui’s 32 for 2008 and non-star second basemen tend to age quite badly.
All-in-all, a typical Ed Wade meandermismanagement move. Ed Wade won’t knock your socks off with a horrific Kazmir/Zambrano-type move, but he’ll slowly sap your soul with C-/D+ move after C-/D+ move. It really makes you wonder if he managed to entirely leave his Phillies tenure off his resumé. “What was I doing from 1989-2005? Uh, I was backpacking across Europe and then started, umm, Ed Wade Industrial Manageering Associates.”
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