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Friday, December 02, 2005

Giants - Signed Worrell

San Francisco Giants - Signed P Tim Worrell to a 2-year, $4 million contract.

Worrell had an odd season, leaving the team for a time due to what was described as “personal psychological issues.”  Amazingly, I don’t believe the specifics have leaked out as they usually do.  Perhaps psychological problems aren’t that uncommon when you have to pitch in front of Phillie Phans and in your 19 games pitched, batters hit .423 on balls in-play.

The Diamondbacks traded Matt Kata for Worrell and Worrell apparently got himself together and pitched much better the second half of the season.  Worrell has a solid track record and $2 million a year is a discount from what he would get if it weren’t for the mystery DL stint.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Tim Worrell
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W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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3   4 67   0   68   68   31   7 20 52 4.10

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 02, 2005 at 01:27 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 1k5v3L Posted: December 02, 2005 at 01:48 AM (#1755918)
This is a decent signing for Sabean. The Dbacks had offered Worrell only one year (probably at around $2m or so) but he had said that he didn't want to take too deep of a cut from his last contract with the Phillies. So Sabean gets to offer him a second year and lose a draft pick.

The Dbacks lose out on Worrell, but got a supplemental pick, one of SF's high picks (their second rounder right now), and got 2 months of decent work from Worrell--all for Matt Kata, who had no future in the Arizona organization anyhow (and he shouldn't, either). So it's all gravy.

Amazingly, I don't believe the specifics have leaked out as they usually do.

I might be wrong, but I think this all had to do with a jealous wife making all sorts of threats (divorse, etc.) due to rumors (which were supposedly spread out by a former Philly teammate) of Worrell not being a perfectly faithful husband. Bbut, he probably wasn't Mark Grace either.
   2. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 02, 2005 at 02:40 AM (#1756004)
I can't get too worked up about it, because its for so little--but what's the point? The Giants actually have a fairly decent bullpen, with Benitez and Hawkins are the top guys and they have some depth with league-average right-handers: Walker, Munter, Acardo, Correia. I don't see what Worrell brings to the table that any of those doesn't. And all those guys just cost the league-minimum.

Just eyeballing it, that ZIPS projection looks overly optimistic. In evaluating a projection, one test is "Is it equally likely that the player will underperform the projection as it is that he will overperform?" To me, I don't see Worrell besting those numbers.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: December 02, 2005 at 02:45 AM (#1756013)
Worrell had an odd season, leaving the team for a time due to what was described as "personal psychological issues."
On May 3, he managed to walk Jose Reyes. That's a life-crisis moment for anyone.
   4. 1k5v3L Posted: December 02, 2005 at 02:52 AM (#1756021)
I don't see what Worrell brings to the table that any of those doesn't.

veteran presence. and sabean has less homework to do before draft day.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 02, 2005 at 03:44 AM (#1756089)
This year's frontrunner in the 3rd annual "I was teh suck reliever for the Phils last year but I'm doing alright this year" is:
Tim Worrell, who will likely be following in the Roberto Hernandez and Jose Mesa footsteps.
   6. The Balls of Summer Posted: December 02, 2005 at 07:41 AM (#1756309)
Big surprise. Sabes spends money on the only non-weakness of the team.

I can't get too upset though. My Nevada Wolf Pack just marched into Allen Fieldhouse and took down the Kansas Jayhawks.

Suck it, Bill James.

And you too, Rob Neyer.
   7. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: December 02, 2005 at 08:09 AM (#1756327)
My Nevada Wolf Pack just marched into Allen Fieldhouse and took down the Kansas Jayhawks.


Bragging about taking down this Jayhawk team is like bragging about beating the Padres.
   8. The Balls of Summer Posted: December 02, 2005 at 08:20 AM (#1756336)
Bragging about taking down this Jayhawk team is like bragging about beating the Padres.


We can't all be Duke fans.
   9. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: December 02, 2005 at 10:10 AM (#1756365)
We can't all be Duke fans.


Oh, Jesus, no. I hate Duke, and I love the Jayhawks (I currently attend KU). It's just that this is a rebuilding year for our program. We lost four starters from last year - Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles, Keith Langford, and JR Giddens. Our starting five consists of 1 senior, 3 sophomores, and 1 freshman. You can be proud of beating us next year, when our best upperclassman isn't a walk-on.
   10. Bangkok9 eschews 1 from Column A Posted: December 02, 2005 at 01:36 PM (#1756383)
Like it/hate it.

Hate it because it's a two year deal and the arm... well, you never know. If he's really got what he showed in Arizona, okay; but if it wasn't just the Philly Phactor, it could be an almost Nenish two years. Not that 4 large is Rueteresquely fatal.

Like it because right now the Giant starters aren't noted for going deep into games, Schmidt excepted and even he may be broken down a bit. That extra arm could be very useful.

Welcome back to the blowpen, Tim.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2005 at 03:58 PM (#1756476)
Wow, a Jayhawk hijack!
   12. Urban Bovine Knievel Posted: December 02, 2005 at 04:37 PM (#1756524)

Bragging about taking down this Jayhawk team is like bragging about beating the Padres.


The sad part (for me)is they'll still crush Mizzou twice.
   13. Steve G. Posted: December 02, 2005 at 04:46 PM (#1756535)
Worrell apparently got himself together and pitched much better the second half of the season.

That would be a bit of an understatement.

1st Half: 8.10 ERA, 1.95 WHIP
2nd Half: 2.55 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

I think it's a great signing for the Giants, a nice contrast to their dips in the free agent market last year.
   14. The Balls of Summer Posted: December 03, 2005 at 01:08 AM (#1757515)
Oh, Jesus, no. I hate Duke, and I love the Jayhawks (I currently attend KU). It's just that this is a rebuilding year for our program. We lost four starters from last year - Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles, Keith Langford, and JR Giddens. Our starting five consists of 1 senior, 3 sophomores, and 1 freshman. You can be proud of beating us next year, when our best upperclassman isn't a walk-on.


Well, my comment was defending being a mid-major fan. I understand that this Kansas team isn't as good as a normal Kansas team. But, it's always tough to come into Allen Fieldhouse, those freshmen are pretty good, and if Kansas improves as the year goes on, it makes Nevada look better.

As a mid-major fan, I'll take what I can get.
   15. chris p Posted: December 03, 2005 at 03:45 AM (#1757664)
this makes the giants favorites to win the world series. brilliant move.
   16. 1k5v3L Posted: December 03, 2005 at 03:55 AM (#1757681)
chris, watching too many guinness commercials, are you?

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