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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cardinals - Signed LaRue

St. Louis Cardinals - Signed C Jason LaRue to a 1-year, $850,000 contract.

Well, on the plus side, this is really just twice minimum wage.  LaRue takes over Gary Bennett’s spot as “Backup catcher who can’t hit and is thought of as being good defensively mainly because he can’t hit.”  When LaRue could hit, I don’t think I ever heard any Reds fans talking about his defense or his leadership as being awesome but now that he couldn’t hit the ground if he fell off his truck, teams now think he brings solid defense and leadership to their teams.  Yady, if you look like you’re in the way of a collision at the plate, step out of the way for the good of the team.  Unless it’s game 7 of the World Series, which I don’t think the Cards will see next year.

2008 ZiPS Projection - Jason LaRue
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Projection   267 26   55 13 0   7 29 27 84   1 .206 .302 .333
Opt. (15%)  285 35   66 17 0 11 42 33 78   1 .232 .337 .407
Pes. (15%)  144 12   25   6 0   3 12 13 49   0 .174 .264 .278
Top Comps: Del Rice, Vic Correll

Dan Szymborski Posted: November 20, 2007 at 03:25 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 20, 2007 at 04:00 PM (#2621199)
Larue was a decent defensive C for the Reds, with an above-average (30%+ CS) arm but a lot of passed balls. I don't know about leadership. He sure b----- a lot when he lost playing time to Dave Ross after coming back from surgery.
   2. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: November 20, 2007 at 04:36 PM (#2621264)
I'm sure glad he's not back with the Royals...
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2007 at 04:40 PM (#2621269)
.206?!??! Shyea right.
   4. Boots Day Posted: November 20, 2007 at 04:40 PM (#2621270)
I for one can't wait to see Chris Duncan on "Street Beef."
   5. The Essex Snead Posted: November 20, 2007 at 05:16 PM (#2621337)
Well, someone has to bat 9th!
   6. Sparkles Peterson Posted: November 20, 2007 at 10:40 PM (#2621821)

LaRue had a legitimately great throwing arm, which is still good, and the Cardinals seem to want their catchers to be a bit of a red ass. Not many teams would go out to acquire the backup catcher who instigated a fight with their franchise player like the Cardinals did.

LaRue throws well and he occasionally deposits a pitch deep in the stands. That's two more skills than Gary Bennett showed, so this counts as an upgrade.

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