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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Devil Rays - Fixed Previous Mess

Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Designated OF Alex Sanchez for assignment; released C Charles Johnson; recalled C Kevin Cash and OF Jonny Gomes

Good moves by the Devil Rays and overdue.  Alex Sanchez had been pulling off the miracle of the millennium by actually contributing at the plate, but that was unlikely to keep up and his defense really turned off the Devil Rays, and rightfully so.  Chris Singleton is still merely Chris Singleton, but at least he can handle center so gets to stay on the team for the moment.  Toby Hall is finally hitting like people have expected him too, but hell, even if he weren’t, Charles Johnson would be pretty much useless.

This clears the way for Jonny Gomes as Tampa Bay is simply out of excuses to not play him.  “He’s a mediocre defender” just isn’t an argument when a guy is hitting 446/660 in the minors, hit 338/667 in the majors in his recent cup of coffee, your team is 22-42 on the season, and your outfield consists of guys who are typically non-roster invitees or at least playing like one (looking at you Aubrey Huff!).

2005 ZiPS Projection - Jonny Gomes
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05* 181 36   52 12 0 13 40 26 55   4 .287 .389 .569
Rest ‘05   280 49   70 17 1 16 50 36 96   3 .250 .344 .489
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* - Includes MLE

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Charles Johnson
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————
Actual ‘05 46   5   9   4 0   0   5   9 11   0 .196 .327 .283
Rest ‘05   173 18   35 10 0   6 22 27 46   1 .202 .313 .364
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Total ‘05 219 23   44 14 0   6 27 36 57   1 .201 .316 .347

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Cool Time Sanchez
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————
Actual ‘05 133 28   46   8 1   2 13   7 25   6 .346 .374 .466
Rest ‘05   261 35   81 12 2   1 23 13 40 10 .310 .345 .383
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Total ‘05 394 63 127 20 3   3 36 20 65 16 .322 .355 .411

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Kevin Ca$h
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————
Actual ‘05*  57   9   18   3 0   5 10   2 16   0 .316 .339 .632
Rest ‘05   211 23   46 14 1   6 25 21 56   1 .218 .295 .379
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* - Includes MLE

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 14, 2005 at 12:41 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ckash Posted: June 14, 2005 at 01:03 PM (#1403060)
Wasn't Singleton let go a month or so ago?
   2. buddy34 Posted: June 14, 2005 at 01:05 PM (#1403063)
yea, singleton is gone. while this is a good move by the team, there is a LOT left to do (and you can start at the top with naimoli, lamar and piniella). when you have reggie taylor playing CF and joey gathright in the minors, well, you know something's amiss. gomes hit a homer last night and he better keep hitting, or piniella will find a way not to play him.
   3. ESK in STL Posted: June 14, 2005 at 02:12 PM (#1403167)
Seriously, does this really matter. It's the Devil fishies were talking about here. Unless and that's a Big Unless we're talking about a major change in attitude and roster construction and decisions.
   4. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: June 14, 2005 at 02:20 PM (#1403183)
Seriously, does this really matter. It's the Devil fishies were talking about here.

Yes, we demand more Yankee angst!
   5. ESK in STL Posted: June 14, 2005 at 02:30 PM (#1403196)
Aren't the Fishies 6-0 vs. the Yankees this year?
   6. Walt Davis Posted: June 14, 2005 at 03:23 PM (#1403312)
I know it won't last ... but is Sanchez the first player ever to be released while hitting 346 (in over 100 AB)?
   7. Dan The Mediocre Posted: June 14, 2005 at 08:50 PM (#1404259)
I feel sorry for Billy. LaMar did everything he could to make Billy sad again. I hope he burns in hell for what he's done.
   8. GP14 Posted: June 14, 2005 at 11:35 PM (#1404550)
What I don't understand is Piniella’s obsession with defense. I remember Lou as a mediocre outfielder with an above average bat. The numbers at Baseball-Reference support this.

Why does Lou struggle to give MLB time to Gomes, a player like himself, who can hit but is "unpolished" defensively? Yet, Piniella has no such difficulty writing Taylor on the line-up card. A player who is his, and Gomes, opposite in terms of baseball related skills.
   9. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 15, 2005 at 05:10 AM (#1405440)
I know it won't last ... but is Sanchez the first player ever to be released while hitting 346 (in over 100 AB)?

I think the Devil Rays got word that Sanchez was about to be tested for illegal substances, and didn't want the embarassment of having the first two-time offender of the drug policy. Sanchez obviously never gave up steroids as seen by his huge offensive numbers.
   10. Will B. Posted: June 19, 2005 at 12:58 AM (#1414800)
Will Carroll pointed out at Baseball Prospectus that Sanchez was DFA'd exactly 60 days after returning from suspension. Without explicitly saying it, the suggestion is that if he were released less than 60 days after suspension, he could file a grievance, but now he's SOL.

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