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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Diamondbacks - Went on Waiver Wire Spree

Arizona Diamondbacks - Claimed 3B Jeff Cirillo, P Byung-Hyun Kim, and P Joe Kennedy off waivers from different teams; designated OF Jeff DaVanon and 3B B. Brian Barden for assignment.

Another victim of an Ebay Bender, that unfortunate condition that occurs when it’s 4 in the morning, you’ve just finished off a case of Rolling Rock, you’re watching Law & Order reruns from 10 years ago, and you discover on Ebay some items you just must have.  You wake up later that day, check your e-mail and you see e-mails from people requesting your Paypal account information for your winning auctions of a 40-piece lot of mismatched shoes, a Dr. Mindbender action figure, John Wayne Gacy fingernail clippings, and you’re wondering how to explain to the wife that the electric company isn’t getting their check this month because you’ve sent in the winning bid for Tony Soprano’s maroon Chevy Suburban.

Cirillo’s hung on surprisingly well after a very disappointing visit to Colorado, being a plus in part-time play on the scene of his previous successes, Milwaukee.  His 2007 season hasn’t gone quite as well, but he is old enough that he was already looking like a soon-to-be retiree back when the Diamondbacks won their World Series.  Still, he wasn’t awful, wasn’t complaining about a bench role, and is playing better than Nick Punto by a mile.  Brian Buscher’s going to play a lot at 3rd after suddenly putting himself on the prospect radar as the Twins version of Shelley Duncan, but I’d be inclined to let him finish the season at AAA, which is still a new level for him, and then take a look at him in 2008 - advancing a guy who’s not a phenomenal talent that quickly is just asking for trouble.

A lot of Diamondback fans still hold a grudge against Kim for games 4/5 of the World Series.  If you’re one of those people and are reading this, let me take a second to tell you how stupid you are.  Holding a grudge about a World Series that your team won just tells me that your favorite team hasn’t had much suffering.  Chang Bo-go has been suprisingly adequate for the Marlins, though has been walking batters at an alarming rate.  Post-injury Kim will continue to be mediocre in whatever role the team uses him the rest of the year.  But hey, at least the Diamondbacks aren’t paying $2 million this year and $9 million next year for him.

When the A’s asked Joe Kennedy to replace Kirk Saarloos, I don’t think Beane meant that he wanted Kennedy to walk more batters than he struck out, walk the line between a crappily-thrown quality start and disaster, and have to be dumped unceremoniously before his ERA catches up with his pitching.  Or maybe Beane did and all the injuries have sent him over the edge.  Even a return to relief didn’t get Kennedy pitching as well as he was last year.

2007 In-Season ZiPS Projection - Byung-Hyun Kim
Period         W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Actual 2007*    6   5 17 14   81.2 71   42 11 57 70 4.63
Rest of 2007     2   3   9   7   42.0 44   24   6 21 30 5.14
2007 Total     8   8 26 21 123.2 115   66 17 78 100 4.80
2008         9 10 32 25 151.0 154   81 19 72 114 4.83
* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.
Top Comp - John Denny


2007 In-Season ZiPS Projection - Jeff Cirillo
Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Actual 2007*  154 18   40   9 2   2 21 15 13   2 .260 .326 .383
Rest of 2007   64   9   18   4 0   1   8   6   6   1 .281 .349 .391
2007 Total   218 27   58 13 2   3 29 21 19   3 .266 .334 .385
* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.
Top Comp - Alvin Dark


2007 In-Season ZiPS Projection - Joe Kennedy
Period         W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Actual 2007*    3   9 27 16 101.0 109   49   9 48 42 4.37
Rest of 2007     1   2 12   3   26.0 27   13   2 12 14 4.50
2007 Total     4 11 39 19 127.0 136   62 11 60 56 4.39
2008         6 10 37 19 124.0 138   73 16 61 69 5.30
* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.
Top Comp - Bill Krueger


Dan Szymborski Posted: August 05, 2007 at 11:42 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 1k5v3L Posted: August 06, 2007 at 01:53 AM (#2472967)
Good stuff, Dan. Reading in between the lines of some of JByrnes's comments, methinks he certainly was quite surprised to find Kim, Cirillo AND Kennedy in FedEx boxes in front of Chase field. The Cirillo pickup must've been a complete shocker to him; he was talking how the Dbacks placed some bids on players to prevent rival teams from acquiring them should they clear waivers; I have a sneaky suspicion that he feared the Dodgers might've been wanting to trade for Cirillo, having traded Betemit and lacking a venerable rugged 3bman on the bench...

Of the three pick up, Kim and Kennedy will actually help, imho, even if they'll cost a bit of cash. But it's only money, and more importantly, it's not my money, so what do I care. Given that the Twins asked for Mark Reynolds when AZ inquired about Silva, and that the Nats were asking for one of Quentin or CGonzalez in a deal for Cordero, being able to acquire someone like Kim and Kennedy without giving up talent is not a bad gambit. Kim should be an upgrade on Petit for the remainder of this year, if only because he should be able to go more than 5 innings per start, and Kennedy should be an upgrade on Nippert in the pen, plus he gives Melvin a second lefty in the pen and geometrically increases his bullpen management calculations...

Cirillo... meh. Originally I thought the Dbacks might platoon him with Tracy at 3b and sending Reynolds down to AAA to bring up Salazar as their LH 4th outfielder, but the Dbacks obviously don't want to demote Reynolds. So Cirillo might end up being placed on waivers again very soon, and potentially DFAed when the Dbacks feel good enough about Tracy's knee. Once Tracy is done with his knee injections, and the medical staff feel he's ready to play every day again, I won't be shocked if Cirillo is DFAed, to make room on the active roster for Quentin or Salazar...
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: August 06, 2007 at 01:56 AM (#2472985)
Another perk of having Kim and Kennedy on the roster: there's a decent chance that both of them will end up being type B free agents, and the Dbacks will have the option of offering them arbitration and collecting a couple of extra draft picks.
   3. xdog Posted: August 06, 2007 at 01:56 AM (#2472986)
Why would St Louis pass on Kennedy?
   4. 1k5v3L Posted: August 06, 2007 at 02:02 AM (#2473005)
Why would St Louis pass on Kennedy?

Jocketty saw "Kennedy, batting 9th" in TLR's lineup card, and thought he already had him
   5. Jeff K. Posted: August 06, 2007 at 02:20 AM (#2473087)
Chang Bo-go

   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 06, 2007 at 02:33 AM (#2473136)
Kim is a submarine pitcher. The Chang Bo-Go is the name of a Korean submarine.
   7. Justin Upton's #1 Fan (SPB) Posted: August 06, 2007 at 02:36 AM (#2473154)
Seems obvious that JB was confident Minnesota would pull Cirillo back when claimed. Adding yet another corner infielder to the mix is baffling. C'est la vie.

Agree w/Lev, Dan - another good overview. Kim is an upgrade over Petit if for no other reason than the one Levski mentions: IP per start. One of the greatest upgrades to the AZ pitching staff this year (vs. last) is IP/start. It is, IMO, the reason the bullpen is a strength this year, vs. the weak link of last year. It is largely the same players. . . but they aren't having their arms shredded by 3-5 IP starts from Vargas, EnGon and Ortiz. . . not to mention Cruz. (Then again, I was calling this in ST. . . so can understand if accused of twisting reality to fit my version of it.)

Owings still needs another pitch to ensure he can get through the second and third passes through the order. I really like the kid a lot. . . but he needs another pitch.

A lot of Diamondback fans still hold a grudge against Kim for games 4/5 of the World Series.

Really? Man, I must be hanging with a real minority of Dback fans - I am not aware of any such grudge. I suppose we'll see when Kim makes his first start for AZ this year (Tuesday?). I am anticipating a very warm welcome. But maybe I am completely out of touch with the conventional AZ fan 'wisdom'.

To bring this back on-topic - the Kim and Kennedy claims make sense to me, despite the capital expense required. Cirillo - not so much.
   8. Jeff K. Posted: August 06, 2007 at 02:40 AM (#2473172)
Kim is a submarine pitcher. The Chang Bo-Go is the name of a Korean submarine.

I should have known it was something like that. Dan is the Repoz of obscure war references.
   9. Justin Upton's #1 Fan (SPB) Posted: August 06, 2007 at 02:45 AM (#2473196)
The Chang Bo-Go is the name of a Korean submarine.

Excellent, vortex. . . although I can see more than one analogy for Kim.

Chang Bo-go (the man) was a progressive naval commander who took Korea into international trade, establishing it as the economic center of NE Asia. Maybe the first true 'impact player' from Korea, like BK he survived giving up a few ill-timed bombs.
   10. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 06, 2007 at 05:04 PM (#2473869)
I'm happy that I can always trust this bunch to get a random reference.
   11. Sir Stamford Raffles Posted: August 06, 2007 at 05:10 PM (#2473877)
I'm still cheesed that someone sniped my bid for Keith Moon's head.
   12. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: August 06, 2007 at 05:16 PM (#2473884)
I'm still cheesed that someone sniped my bid for Keith Moon's head.

You see The Loon's head on eBay, you Buy Now and ask questions later.
   13. Zonk is a cagey fellow Posted: August 06, 2007 at 05:23 PM (#2473891)
I know DaVanon hasn't hit very well in his brief time since coming off the DL, but I just don't get that he gets DFA'ed... Are the D-Backs smarting for 40 man room or something? It seems silly that they've basically carried him for nearly a year hurt - activate him, basically give him a near every day job, then cut him loose not more than 2 weeks later... This after they sent DOWN Jeff Salazar, who was playing almost every day before he lost his spot to DaVanon.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not trying to gin up interest in a Jeff Davanon fanclub (or a Jeff Salazar fanclub, for that matter) -- but I just don't see the logic in what the DBacks have done since Quentin basically became a lost cause in 2007. I almost think they miss Luis Gonzalez.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2007 at 05:24 PM (#2473893)
I am part of the Jeff Salazar Fan Club.
   15. bdberry637 Posted: August 07, 2007 at 04:56 AM (#2475005)
I know DaVanon hasn't hit very well in his brief time since coming off the DL, but I just don't get that he gets DFA'ed

I think they held on to him for so long because he was a pretty valuably bench player (i.e.- switch hitter, solid defense--thought the arm was better before he got hurt, good speed, etc.). I don't think Byrnes, et al, anticipated being able to get a Jeff Salazar on top of an already crowded (system-wide more than on the 25 man roster) outfield. At this point, with Upton skyrocketing, Quentin lurking (if he ever stops swining out low and away sliders), Byrnes crushing, Young getting better each day, and Salazar having shown flashes...I think it's just a numbers game where he was still hurt a little and had no future.

Really, I think it's mainly the Salazar/Upton rise that facilitated his DFA. No future, no current need.

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