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Monday, July 30, 2007

Brewers - Acquired Linebrink

Milwaukee Brewers - Acquired P Scott Linebrink from the San Diego Padres for P Will Inman, P Joe Thatcher, and P Steve Garrison.

There’s a lot to worry about with Linebrink’s performance in the long haul because even though his ERA still looks good, his peripheral numbers have all gone the wrong direction this season, and not slightly.  But luckily for the Brewers, the Elias rankings don’t take into account DIPS ERA and Linebrink was the 7th-ranked reliever in the compensation formula last year, which easily makes him a class A free agent.  Which is important as the Brewers did give up a lot for middle reliever with some scary secondary numbers.  Inman’s a solid starting prospect who has performed well elsewhere and despite a disappointing tateriffic run for Huntsville, he’s only 20 and is still striking out batters.  Thatcher’s a big, unheralded southpaw reliever that’s generally made minor leaguers his ##### and Garrison looks like he’ll at least be a good organizational pitcher.

2007 ZiPS Projection -  Scott Linebrink
Period         W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Actual 2007*    3   3 46   0   47.0 43   19   9 14 25 3.64
Rest of 2007     2   1 25   0   26.0 25   11   4   8 20 3.81
2007 Total     5   4 71   0   73.0 68   30 13 22 45 3.70
2008         5   4 72   0   72.0 71   32 11 23 55 4.00
* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.
Top Comp - Jeff Shaw


Dan Szymborski Posted: July 30, 2007 at 12:08 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Masticore317 Posted: July 31, 2007 at 10:00 PM (#2463604)
Can we have a projection for Thatcher?
   2. Geoff Young Posted: August 09, 2007 at 04:12 PM (#2478621)
One thing to remember is that for the Brewers to collect their picks, they have to offer Linebrink arbitration. If he accepts, he might win and cost the team more than it'd like to spend on a relatively replaceable part. I'm assuming this is part of the reason San Diego moved him.
   3. JoeHova Posted: August 09, 2007 at 04:16 PM (#2478638)
I've also been concerned about that. I'm not sure the picks are a 100% gimme, even if Linebrink is a type A. After all, some other team has to be willing to pay him and lose their pick.

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