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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Diamondbacks - Acquired Willis

Arizona Diamondbacks - Acquired P Dontrelle Willis from the Detroit Tigers (and $12 million to pay his salary) for P Billy Buckner.

D-Train has a lot in common with actual trains - people also have a vague, foggy remembrance of when passenger trains were generally relevant, but nobody seems to ever want to pay to ride one for more than a few miles.  So like the passenger expresses of yore, a declining rust-belt city subsidizes D-Train and tries to cut its losses and look to the future.

From the point of view of the Diamondbacks, they’re really not giving up much.  It’s essentially a choice between a free Willis and a free Buckner and as lousy as Willis has been, he’s at least been a decent pitcher at some point in the past.  Buckner did have a decent stint for Reno last year, but he’s been less impressive this year and there’s really not much exciting about him as a pitcher.  Yes, he has a good curveball - some of the time, the rest of the time it just winks at the batter before it becomes a gapper or a souvenir.  He’s probably a better pitcher than his 6.25 ERA in the majors, but he’s not that much better.

The Tigers, on the other hand, want to catch up to the Twins and would probably take a 5.40 ERA from Buckner as long as it’s fairly dependable.  Plus, it gets the part of the Marlins trade that didn’t work conveniently out of the way while the good part, Miguel Cabrera, the AL’s best chance for a Triple Crown winner, is earning his pay.

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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Buckner   5 10 20 20 112.2 135   68 15 44 65 5.43   85
Willis     3   6 15 14 73.0   82   47   8 51 52 5.79   81  
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Dan Szymborski Posted: June 02, 2010 at 04:06 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 02, 2010 at 04:40 PM (#3548164)
Weird, this isn't showing up properly anywhere.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: June 02, 2010 at 05:11 PM (#3548192)
Weird, this isn't showing up properly anywhere.


Nothing has shown up properly for the last week or so. Hot topics threads often don't display the correct information on last poster for 15 minutes or more.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2010 at 05:18 PM (#3548198)
D-Train has a lot in common with actual trains - people also have a vague, foggy remembrance of when passenger trains were generally relevant, but nobody seems to ever want to pay to ride one for more than a few miles. So like the passenger expresses of yore, a declining rust-belt city subsidizes D-Train and tries to cut its losses and look to the future.


So when Dontrelle goes to Japan, he will immediately become wildly popular and efficient.
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 02, 2010 at 05:19 PM (#3548199)
Jim's been doing some tinkering - I've already notified him of the issue (though it seems to be good now).
   5. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 02, 2010 at 05:20 PM (#3548201)

So when Dontrelle goes to Japan, he will immediately become wildly popular and efficient.


Worked for Colby Lewis!
   6. Mark S. is bored Posted: June 02, 2010 at 05:29 PM (#3548216)
A world without Gary Coleman is a world where no one can ask the Diamondbacks "What'chu talkin' 'bout"?
   7. Walt Davis Posted: June 02, 2010 at 10:29 PM (#3548422)
a choice between a free Willis and a free Buckner

So, for the Tigers, just a PR move really.
   8. valuearbitrageur Posted: June 03, 2010 at 09:03 PM (#3549838)
But Dontrelle can hit, the DBacks trade one lousy pitcher for another plus a pinch hitter.
   9. The Answer to the TWolves (GMoney) Posted: June 06, 2010 at 01:25 AM (#3551337)
Justin Morneau would have a thing or 2 to say about being the best chance to win the triple crown.

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