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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Cardinals - Signed Kennedy, Kip Wells, Marrero, Bennett

St. Louis Cardinals - Signed 2B Adam Kennedy to a 3-year contract; signed P Kip Wells and C Gary Bennett to 1-year contracts; signed PH Eli Marrero to a minor-league contract.

Adam Kennedy is the biggest signing here, going for a quite reasonable 3-year, $10 million contract.  Kennedy’s glove is usually good enough to make him a league-average second baseman (and not pretend-good like Aaron Miles) and with the farm system being

godawful beyond belief

atypically prosperous in performance futures, this is a really nice signing.  Getting Miles onto the bench is a plus.

Kip Wells is that low-risk veteran starter signing that the Cards and Dave Duncan like.  If he’s awful, he should be jettisoned fairly quickly.  Gary Bennett’s job will continue to be making Yadier Molina look competent offensively and Marrero will compete for a bench spot in the spring.

2006 ZiPS Projections
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Player       W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Wells       6   9 22 22 121 121   67 15 67 91 4.98

2007 ZiPS Projections
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Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
———————————————————————————————————
Bennett     174 13   39   8 0   2 20 16 32   0 .224 .292 .305
Kennedy     440 52 120 23 3   4 49 34 67 15 .273 .332 .366
Marrero     169 22   43 12 0   7 25 17 38   3 .254 .328 .450

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: November 29, 2006 at 06:22 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Toolsy McClutch Posted: November 29, 2006 at 08:28 PM (#2248514)
I have the run of the place!
   2. CraigK Posted: November 29, 2006 at 08:30 PM (#2248515)
I have the run of the place!

The hell you do.
   3. a wider scope of derision Posted: November 30, 2006 at 10:52 PM (#2248577)
Thank you Jocketty for saving Ricciardi from himself!
   4. Famous Original Joe C Posted: November 30, 2006 at 10:59 PM (#2248578)
Thank you Jocketty for saving Ricciardi from himself!

Jocketty didn't sign Royce Clayton (!) in time, I guess.
   5. a wider scope of derision Posted: November 30, 2006 at 11:05 PM (#2248579)
Jocketty didn't sign Royce Clayton (!) in time, I guess.

Clayton doesn't bother me for 1 year because a) it means Russ Adams gets to stay at 2B, b) it's one damn year. And they can still get Lugo for SS.

But yeah, JP does kinda suck.
   6. Nobody ##### with DeJesus Posted: December 01, 2006 at 01:03 AM (#2248668)
Kennedy projects to a sub-.700 OPS? That's surprising.
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 01, 2006 at 05:06 AM (#2248823)
Wells is a nice flyer, and that projection for Marrero is surprisingly optimistic.
   8. TOLAXOR Posted: December 01, 2006 at 10:40 PM (#2249391)
I LIKE KENNEDY'S AWAY SPLITS - ANYONE GOT ANY REASON HE HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN SO BAD AT THE BIG "A"????!!!

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