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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Blue Jays - Signed Buck

Toronto Blue Jays - Signed C John Buck to a 1-year, $2 million contract.

The Blue Jays have essentially spent two decades filling in ordinary catchers from elsewhere.  The last Blue Jay starting catcher to come directly from the farm system was Pat Borders. The last catcher to be an All-Star in Toronto was Ernie Whitt.

So, this time around, the Jays call up the King of Scotland and make him this year’s fill-in.  Buck is what he is, a catcher who is a bit below-average, but not dreadful (except BA) at every aspect of the game.  He’s a 73-89 player on a team that seems to want as cheap a 73-89 team as possible for 2010.  The Jays certainly made a better signing of Buck than the Royals did with Buck’s replacement, but making fun of Dayton Moore’s mind-grapes is almost pro forma at this point.

2010 ZiPS Projections
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Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG OPS+
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Buck       308 36   68 15 1 15 46 27 97   0 .221 .292 .422   87  
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Dan Szymborski Posted: December 15, 2009 at 03:04 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1.     Hey Gurl Posted: December 16, 2009 at 04:55 AM (#3414345)
Why so high on the Blue Jays?

At this point their 25-man might be $50M
   2. RJ in TO Posted: December 16, 2009 at 06:25 PM (#3414855)
At this point their 25-man might be $50M


Of which $20M will be going to Vernon Wells.
   3. Dan Szymborski Posted: December 16, 2009 at 06:46 PM (#3414903)
Ryan's stumbled on the secret Jays plan to make the Wells contract not look so bad. Simply put, they assemble a team bad enough to make Wells actually worth 40% of the payroll.
   4. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 16, 2009 at 07:58 PM (#3415034)
Of which $20M will be going to Vernon Wells.

There's also $16M going to players no longer on the team: $10M for Ryan, $6M for Halladay.
   5. Greg K Posted: December 18, 2009 at 01:50 AM (#3416499)
There's also $16M going to players no longer on the team: $10M for Ryan, $6M for Halladay.

Good riddance I say. Using that money to keep him off the mound is moeny well spent.

It does hurt not having Ryan out there though

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