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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Indians - Signed Wood

Cleveland Indians - Signed P Kerry Wood to a 2-year, $20.5 million contract.

The Indians are rolling the dice here.  While Wood’s as good a pitcher as pretty much any other closer in baseball, 2008 was also the first season in which he was generally healthy since 2003.  The team still has to make more moves to be more than a “maybe” contender.

ZiPS Projection - Kerry Wood
————————————————————————————————-
        W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA   ERA+
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2009     4   1 40   0   39   34   13   2 14 44 3.00   151
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Top Comps:  Jay Howell, Antonio Osuna

ODDIBE

ERA   %
Top 1/3 71
Mid 1/3 26
Bot 1/3 2

ERA+  %    BB     %
>150   52

<7 4
>

140   63

<9 6
>

130   74

<11 25
>

120   84

<13 39
>

110   92

<15 65
>

100   97

<17 83
>

90   99
>80   100   HR     %
>70   100   <3 84
<4 98
K % <6 100
>39   72     <7 100
>35   88
>30   95
>26   99

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 14, 2008 at 04:00 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. oldjacket Posted: December 14, 2008 at 06:20 PM (#3028674)
Jay Howell comp!

The Giants home network replayed the top 10 fan favorite games over the franchise history, and I believe no less than three involved Jay Howell getting torched in the ninth inning (twice with the Dodgers, once with the Braves). Good times!
   2. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: December 14, 2008 at 07:50 PM (#3028724)
but if wood does say healty this will great improve their pen
   3. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: December 14, 2008 at 08:01 PM (#3028732)
A friend of mine said, "That's two Brewers/Gagne moves!"

He's right. Gags had a much better pedigree than Wood, and at 1/$10 million, he was looked at as overpriced.

I know what closers get, but that's a lot of moolah for a dice roll.
   4. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: December 14, 2008 at 08:10 PM (#3028744)
yeah but gagne has been way more prone to blow leads then wood has. hell you couldnt even put gagne in in the 9th he was sure to blow it this last year
   5. Padraic Posted: December 14, 2008 at 11:30 PM (#3028833)
yeah but gagne has been way more prone to blow leads then wood has.

I think there was a pretty good post that would dispute this.
   6. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: December 14, 2008 at 11:49 PM (#3028840)
Gags had a much better pedigree than Wood

Only if there's some definition of pedigree that specifically ignores the fact that 2007 Gagne bore no resemblance to the pitcher he was before the injuries.
   7. flournoy Posted: December 16, 2008 at 05:18 PM (#3030479)
The Giants home network replayed the top 10 fan favorite games over the franchise history, and I believe no less than three involved Jay Howell getting torched in the ninth inning (twice with the Dodgers, once with the Braves). Good times!


This is the third game that you mentioned. I don't think that allowing two inherited runners to score via a couple of sacrifice flies really qualifies as getting torched, though.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2008 at 05:28 PM (#3030493)
I don't think its that bad a deal actually. The closers market is always going to be pretty inflated, but a short term deal like this probably won't hurt the Indians much if Wood turns into a DL-resident.

And his home is near their spring training facility, so when he rehabs, he's close to home! It all works out!
   9. Shoeless_Mike Posted: December 16, 2008 at 07:07 PM (#3030654)
I really wish the headline read:

Indians Get Wood For 2 Years

Sophmoric, I know....

Mike

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