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Friday, July 16, 2010

Giants - Signed Willis

San Francisco Giants - Signed P Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league contract.

I’m convinced that the Giants are making this signing to make Todd Wellemeyer hurry back.  Not a lot of pitchers would make a team pray for the quick and safe return of Wellemeyer, but Willis just might fit the bill.  I’d do a scan of the level of toast that Willis appears to be at the moment, but I’m a little worried that a grainy pail of carbon would find it’s way into the bowels of my scanner, causing havoc.

More seriously, Willis is a temporary emergency option for the Giants - I was a little worried about Madison Bumgarner a few months ago, but he’s very solid since being called up.

I have Willis as a 5.85 ERA the rest of the season with the Giants (sorry, my pretty template isn’t on this computer).

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Mariners sign Jamey Wright and Chad Cordero refused his assignment.  Cordero may be even toastier than the pile of carbon I referenced for Willis.  Wright could be a serviceable reliever for the Mariners, given that the infield defense is very good, but the team has to remember what teams always forget - don’t count on Jamey Wright.  Need a not-horrific 7th reliever that can keep an ERA below 5?  He’s fine.  Want Wright in a position to affect whether a team wins or loses a game?  No.

Heyward’s off the DL.  Much better “acquisition” than Seabass.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 16, 2010 at 09:28 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: July 16, 2010 at 11:39 PM (#3591741)
Barring injury, the Giants don't have the need--or the room-for either Wellemeyer or Willis in their rotation. At this point, I'd say that Bumgarner's place in the rotation is more secure than Sanchez's.
   2. zenbitz Posted: July 17, 2010 at 12:16 AM (#3591761)
Willis = LOOGY ± LHB off the bench!
   3. Rich Rifkin Posted: July 17, 2010 at 01:26 AM (#3591791)
No, Zen. Willis = a 28 year old possible reclamation projection who can do no harm in Fresno. If he ever figures out how to pitch like he did one miraculous year, five years ago, then great, the Giants have either another good starter or trade bait in their system. If he never can find his erstwhile form, it costs the Giants nothing to set him free. He can then take his talents to "South Beach" and watch the Miami CHeat play hoops.

"Bumgarner's place in the rotation is more secure than Sanchez's."

I doubt that. Bumgarner has not had enough starts to eclipse the Chez just yet. You realize that, even though he's had a few poor outings lately and his ERA has climbed by a run, Sanchez is currently 16th in ERA+ in the NL (among qualified pitchers) and 21st in ERA? In other words, in a 16-team league, Sanchez is pretty much the bottom end of a No. 1 starter.
   4. CraigK Posted: July 17, 2010 at 01:33 AM (#3591795)
Did I miss the Lee deal?

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