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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Cubs - Acquired Freel

Chicago Cubs - Acquired UT Ryan Freel from the Baltimore Orioles for P Joey Gathright; recalled P Randy Wells.

Ryan Freel was apparently unhappy in Baltimore, due to the club’s apparent unwillingness to play players that aren’t healthy enough to play on the field.  Freel should be happy to sit on the DL or the bench; given his play since 2006, playing baseball is extremely unlikely to bolster his reputation as a player of baseball.  The Orioles pick up Joey Gathright, whose star has fallen to the point that he’s no longer putting up good 50 at-bat stretches that fool bad teams into thinking he’s a full-time player.

Randy Wells is Zambrano’s replacement for the time being.  I was amazed, when looking up his birthday, to find out that he’s only pitched in 4 games in the majors.  Wells had a nice April in that coastal state of Iowa, but he’s spent an entire career hanging onto the fringes of 40-man rosters for good reason, so we’re probably not looking at Rick Reed.


2009 ZIPS Projection - Ryan Freel
——————————————————————————————————————
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG
——————————————————————————————————————
Year-to-Date   15   2   2   0   0   0   1   5   4   0 .133 .350 .133
Rest-of-Year   211   31   53 12   2   3   15   22   42 13 .250 .330 .365
——————————————————————————————————————
Total       226   33   55 12   2   3   16   27   46 13 .243 .332 .349

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

 


2009 ZIPS Projection - Joey Gathright
——————————————————————————————————————
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG
——————————————————————————————————————
Year-to-Date   14   2   3   0   0   0   0   1   6   1 .214 .267 .214
Rest-of-Year   281   43   75   7   2   0   23   25   43 18 .269 .337 .308
——————————————————————————————————————
Total       295   45   78   7   2   0   23   26   49 19 .266 .334 .304

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

 


2009 ZIPS Projection - Randy Wells
——————————————————————————————————————
            W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER   HR   BB   SO   ERA
——————————————————————————————————————
Year-to-Date   2   1   5   5   26.0   19   6   2   7   16 2.08
Rest-of-Year   5   6   25 14   93.0 105   52   13   30   59 5.03
——————————————————————————————————————
Total         7   7   30 19 119.0 124   58   15   37   75 4.39

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 09, 2009 at 04:59 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 09, 2009 at 05:30 AM (#3172049)
Gathright for a 2nd backup MI (who can play a bit of OF) happened faster than i expected.
   2. Fear is Moses Taylor's Bacon Bits Posted: May 09, 2009 at 02:10 PM (#3172126)
P Joey Gathright

I guess hits about as well as a pitcher. Considering the deal is cash neutral (Cubs pay rest of Gathright's $800K and O's pay rest of Freel's $3.3mil), this deal is a steal for the Cubs.
   3. SouthSideRyan Posted: May 10, 2009 at 12:33 AM (#3172771)
Dan,

Wells was drafted as a catcher and didn't become a pitcher until his 3rd season in the minors (age 21 season). He was just added to the 40 man roster last season.

That's not to say he's anything special, but he's perfect for the 6th-7th starter AAA shuttle role.
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 10, 2009 at 12:49 AM (#3172786)
It's kind of embarrassing, but now that it's not 1 in the morning, I have to admit that I got Randy Wells completely confused with Randy Williams.
   5. ugen64 Posted: May 10, 2009 at 02:37 AM (#3172886)
a 2nd backup MI (who can play a bit of OF)


you have it the wrong way. Freel is an excellent defensive outfielder and a passable infielder. he commits a lot of errors, and can't play shortstop. his main roles are pinch runner / outfield defensive sub.
   6. NTNgod Posted: May 10, 2009 at 03:05 AM (#3172910)
In true 2009 Cub fashion, Freel was in the original lineup for Saturday, but injured his hamstring before the game started.

[Chad Fox probably finally had his career end tonight, as well - he seemed to blow his arm out throwing a pitch]
   7. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 10, 2009 at 03:17 AM (#3172920)
Chad Fox threw a pitch?
   8. NTNgod Posted: May 10, 2009 at 03:19 AM (#3172921)
Second appearance, even.
   9. RJ in TO Posted: May 10, 2009 at 04:04 AM (#3172935)
[Chad Fox probably finally had his career end tonight, as well - he seemed to blow his arm out throwing a pitch]


Chad Fox is still in baseball? I thought he retired about four years ago.

Looking up his record, it appears that he may as well have. He's got to be getting pretty close to the record for fewest innings thrown for a pitcher with 10 or more years in the majors.
   10. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: May 10, 2009 at 02:02 PM (#3173030)
[Chad Fox probably finally had his career end tonight, as well - he seemed to blow his arm out throwing a pitch]


Deja vu, didn't this also happen about 4 years ago?
   11. UCCF Posted: May 14, 2009 at 05:29 PM (#3178941)
Deja vu, didn't this also happen about 4 years ago?

I remember it well. It was one of the many "fire/kill Dusty" moments of 2004-2006.

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