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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Diamondbacks - Acquired Rivera

Arizona Diamondbacks - Acquired P Saul Rivera from the Cleveland Indians for cash; Released Bob Howry

Howry is in that extremely awkward position in which he kind of needs to hope that he is injured.  17 runs and 6 homers in 14.1 innings is pretty ugly and if there isn’t something wrong with his arm, the last active player from the White Flag Trade (assuming I haven’t missed Ken Vining pitching in a fourth-tier indie league or something) may be on his way out.  His fastball’s certainly down.  From Fangraph’s numbers (fastball MPH):

2007 - 92.3

2008 - 91.2

2009 - 92.4

2010 - 89.3

Then again, we could be looking at small sample size consider he’s probably thrown about 6 fastballs this year that ended up in a catcher’s mitt.

Rivera has an impressive ERA for Columbus, but his peripherals are still unimpressive and he’s not going to maintain a 0 HR rate.  I’m guessing that not a lot of money changed hands here.  Kind of meh - Arizona’s trading one mediocre pitcher for another.

2010 Rest-of-Season ZiPS Projections
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Player     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA ERA+
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Rivera     3   5 51   0 60.0 67   32   5 30 43 4.80   97
Howry     3   3 49   0 49.0 53   26   7 15 36 4.78   97
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Dan Szymborski Posted: May 18, 2010 at 02:41 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: May 18, 2010 at 06:53 PM (#3535840)
I was hoping it was Mariano Rivera....or at least Ruben Rivera.
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 18, 2010 at 07:01 PM (#3535847)
Howry is in that extremely awkward position in which he kind of needs to hope that he is injured. 17 runs and 6 homers in 14.1 innings is pretty ugly and if there isn't something wrong with his arm, the last active player from the White Flag Trade (assuming I haven't missed Ken Vining pitching in a fourth-tier indie league or something)


I loved the name "Ken Vining". Sounds like one of those white-shoe lawyers.

Did not realize his major league career was so minimal. I thought he was on the White Sox for years. Must have confused him with Kelly Wunsch.
   3. asinwreck Posted: May 18, 2010 at 09:06 PM (#3535994)
I remember when Lorenzo Barcelo was supposedly the key guy the Sox got back in that deal.
   4. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: May 18, 2010 at 09:18 PM (#3536012)
That trade still pisses me off.
As does this game.

As an aside: Are there any other trades that are well known by a nickname?
   5. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: May 19, 2010 at 01:34 AM (#3536341)
That trade still pisses me off.
As does this game.


The thing that I love about old box scores on hyperlinks to players' BBRef pages is the trivia that you can uncover by looking through them...

For instance, I had no recollection that not only was Tom Candiotti still pitching in 1997, he actually stuck around well into 1999.

Also, Todd Worrell finished 5th in NL Cy Young in 1996 (129 ERA+, 65 IP, 44 saves)?!? And a year later he threw his final MLB pitch.

I don't know whether it has an official nickname, but it sure seems like the Mets trading Dykstra and McDowell for Juan Samuel in 1989 sure should be known by something colorful.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2010 at 01:39 AM (#3536355)

I remember when Lorenzo Barcelo was supposedly the key guy the Sox got back in that deal.


Mike Caruso was once an All-Star in my Earl Weaver Baseball league.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 19, 2010 at 01:44 AM (#3536362)
There was the Mets Fan Self-Immolation Trade.
   8. jwb Posted: May 19, 2010 at 04:33 AM (#3536599)
Lorenzo Barcelo is a Puebla Parrot!
   9. PreservedFish Posted: May 19, 2010 at 07:21 AM (#3536645)
There was the Mets Fan Self-Immolation Trade.


Which internet Mets fans also called Black Friday, although I don't know if that nickname spread outside the realm of computers.

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