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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Dodgers - Signed Mueller

Los Angeles Dodgers - Signed 3B Bill Mueller to a 2-year contract.

It’s too bad Mueller wasn’t available last season - DePo could have really used him.  That ship has sailed, however.  Mueller’s main job is to man the position for up to 2 years, depending on the progress of Andy LaRoche.  Mueller’s certainly a better player at this point than Willy Aybar, but the time is rapidly closing when the Dodgers will have to make a decision about what to do with their various prospects that don’t have ready-made slots.  No terms of contract have been released yet, but I’m guess the 2 years are in the 8 to 10 million range.  If not, the Dodgers got a steal.

The Pirates are disappointed, but they’re not as bad at 3rd as they think they are.  Still, for a cheap team, the Pirates sure like to spend money for the sake of spending money and will get a 3B.  Joe Randa is the last MLB free agent 3B out there that’s worth anything, so I expect the Pirates to go hard after him for a 1 or 2 year deal.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Bill Mueller
481 57 131 27 3 12 58 54 69   1 .272 .350 .416


Dan Szymborski Posted: December 14, 2005 at 10:33 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 15, 2005 at 06:35 AM (#1778158)
Forbes reports that the contract is worth $9.5 million over two years. Nice guess.
   2. akrasian Posted: December 15, 2005 at 06:58 AM (#1778165)
I suspect the slugging is high in the ZIPS projection - Mueller's skillset is great for Fenway, which pumps up batting average, doubles and triples - Dodger Stadium hurts batting average slightly, and kills doubles and triples.

Mueller is more predictable than Aybar, but I would rather the Dodgers went with the higher variance player, and used the money on pitching or an outfielder instead.
   3. Answer Guy, outhacking you by a mile. Posted: December 15, 2005 at 04:20 PM (#1778502)
I'm glad to see the Red Sox move on, though he will at some level be missed, and not just because he's One of The 25. If I were the Dodgers, I'd worry a bit about how much of his offensive value the last three seasons was tied up in Fenway Park.
   4. Cheer and boo and raise a hullabaloo Posted: December 16, 2005 at 06:20 AM (#1779804)
Even if the Zips projection is a bit high, it's still an upgrade at 3B for the Dodgers. I'm hoping that they'll score so many runs, they'll never be in a close game that G.Little will mess up with dumb pitching changes.

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