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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Kansas City Royals

Acquired P Jaime Cerda from the New York Mets for P Shawn Sedlacek.

The Mets soured on Cerda quite a bit this year, but he’s a better pitcher then his 2003 Met stats show.  Cerda’s one of those dreaded relief prospects but he did show some potential in 2002 and a 0.81 ERA in 4 minor league seasons (including a 50-60 inning scoreless stretch!) is nothing to sneeze at.  There doesn’t appear to be an open spot in the Royals bullpen to start the season but Cerda will appear in the majors at some point, probably with better success.  Cerda would have been useful for the Mets at some point, but Duke Deux has his own troop of minor league relievers coming up.

Sedlacek is strictly organizational filler at this point.  Being a big, crafty righty that doesn’t fool AAA hitters and throwing a sinker that occasionally doesn’t won’t earn him a job in the majors.

Good move for the Royals.  Cerda doesn’t fit onto the team as currently constituted, but his talent fits well into the organization.

Dan Szymborski Posted: January 27, 2004 at 10:53 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 13, 2003 at 09:34 PM (#563105)
That wasn't a gratuitous use of celebrities. It fit with the storyline and would be consistent with Monty Burns' personality.

The opposite would be Little Richard's appearance last week. What purpose did he serve in an episode in Epcot Center in which Mrs. Krabappel is up for an award?
   102. Bill Posted: January 24, 2003 at 03:37 AM (#564219)
You can carp all you want about Baseball Prospectus going to a subscription model, but I think it will be worth good money to see what Rany & Co. will have to say about their beloved Royals wasting innings on the likes of Baldwin and Lopez when they seem to have quite a number of young pitchers to sort through and evaluate.
   103. User unknown in local recipient table (Craig B) Posted: January 24, 2003 at 07:21 AM (#564224)

Rob & Rany On The Royals has returned.

They have four new editions up right here.
   104. McCoy Posted: January 24, 2003 at 03:57 PM (#564227)
Baldwins apparent skill in Dome probably has more to do with the quality of opponent than in his actual usage of the dome. The only quality team he faced in a dome was Toronto, the rest (TB, Minn, and Sea) were below .500 from 1998 to 2000, and 1996 and 1997 only Seattle was above.
   105. Snowboy Posted: January 24, 2003 at 05:51 PM (#564229)
Oracle predicts 9 wins. I'll take the under.
   106. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 25, 2003 at 01:39 AM (#564232)
Didn't we just read a couple days ago that Allard Baird had seen the errors of his ways in signing mediocre veterans and was going to commit to youth? That man has vision.

Well, James Baldwin is younger than Allard Baird. Some people are able to think outside the box. Some peole can't, yet those people are still smarter than a box of Allard Bairds. If those people are also younger than Allard Baird, he might try and sign them to a minor league contract.

See how that all tied together?
   107. User unknown in local recipient table (Craig B) Posted: June 14, 2003 at 02:45 AM (#566093)
Can he pitch any worse than Chris George and Albie Lopez have this season anyway?

Dan, it's Jose Lima. He can pitch worse than *anybody*.
   108. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 20, 2003 at 05:14 PM (#566164)
With his semi-dependable mediocrity, swingman status, and low K-rate, he might not be a bad fit at the back of St. Louis's bullpen. They've got a good D, so his BIP tendencies would be more of a help than a hinderance, the Cards need arms like Mars needs women, and Duncan's got a decent track record with guys like this.
   109. WillYoung Posted: June 20, 2003 at 09:16 PM (#566166)
I really wanted the Brewers to sign him before their series with the Twins began.
   110. Curtis Posted: June 20, 2003 at 10:27 PM (#566167)
No thanks Vlad, we've already got enough crappy veterans. In addition, Mike Crudale is sitting in Memphis begging for a callup over someone [Esteban Yan].
   111. damn okies Posted: June 20, 2003 at 11:17 PM (#566168)
K.C. Fans rejoice. They have been calling for this move since April.
   112. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 24, 2003 at 11:18 PM (#566099)
James, I got a shiver up my spine when I saw you signed with Rochester; I still associate the team with the Orioles.
   113. Greg Franklin Posted: July 09, 2003 at 08:44 PM (#566100)
James, the bell has rung - the Twins recalled you to take the place of Tom Prince, a catcher of no small Veteran Presence. An entire state is counting on you!
   114. NTNgod Posted: July 28, 2003 at 08:34 PM (#566102)
Why we continue to watch and follow baseball reason 9,329,129:

Although 'Lima Fan' seemed to be just an average troll when the comment was made 1 month ago, his version has actually turned out closest to what has occured so far :)
   115. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 31, 2003 at 06:48 PM (#567120)
   116. WillYoung Posted: July 31, 2003 at 08:03 PM (#567188)
Sidney Ponson for Kurt Ainsworth and Damian Moss seems like a good trade for the Orioles. You should be happy, Dan.
   117. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: July 31, 2003 at 08:47 PM (#567189)
Every trade in this month has one common factor

Players born in April or May

All relief pitchers

All 35 or older

All with last names starting in L

But, only Lloyd and Leskanic are former Brewers

Allard has a fetish for relief pitchers with last names starting with L. Sean Lowe, Albie Lopez, Curt Leskanic, Graeme Lloyd, Al Levine. Jose Lima doesn't count on this, since he is a starting pitcher. Jimmy Gobble's problem is that he's not named Jimmy Lobble.

   118. True Blue n/k/a "DeJesusFreak" Posted: July 31, 2003 at 08:55 PM (#567190)
Since when do the Royals have cash to give away?!?
   119. NTNgod Posted: August 01, 2003 at 11:46 PM (#567194)
The pitching-poor Cardinals are picking up most of the tab anyway. They had signed him to a 1-yr deal in the off-season, of which $600,000 was guaranteed.

The Devil Rays had picked him on a minor league deal, so they (and the Royals) have had to pay the bare minimum.
   120. Greg Franklin Posted: August 13, 2003 at 01:48 AM (#558381)
Are we ready to name August 12 "National Insult to Carlos Febles Day"?

The Royals DFA the man a year to the day after the Oracle's note was posted. 2003 was his worst offensive year yet (.235/299 OBP/256 SLG) and his defense IIRC was quite bad, though the ESPN stats don't seem to show it.
   121. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: August 26, 2003 at 02:53 AM (#567564)
Prospectus Triple Play pointed out that Anderson has given up an ungodly number of unearned runs, 27 in 148 innings. He has given up only about 60 earned runs. I would agree with the oracle; don't expect much from Anderson.
   122. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: August 26, 2003 at 02:56 AM (#567565)
Anybody know how Anderson gave up 7 runs and 2 earned runs while giving up 3 home runs
   123. Mark S. is bored Posted: August 26, 2003 at 03:00 AM (#567566)
Anybody know how Anderson gave up 7 runs and 2 earned runs while giving up 3 home runs

Easy. A couple innings of: out, out, reached on error, walk, home run. All three runs are unearned because the reached on error should have been the third out.
   124. Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2003 at 02:27 PM (#567567)
Anderson's had a strange year. Yes, he's given up tons of unearned runs, which is normally a bad sign. But his peripherals aren't that bad. His WHIP is 1.31, thanks to a wonderfully low walk rate (32 in 148 IP), and a 1.3ish WHIP is pretty good these days. The K's are very low (less than 4.5/9) but it's still better than a 2:1 K/BB ratio. Cleveland's defensive efficiency is a little higher than KC's but nothing dramatic. His SN numbers put him 1.3 wins above replacement, which would be the 5th best total on the Royals (and with Affeldt in the pen now, #4 among starters).

Of course those are pretty typical numbers for Anderson, so yes a return to the land of 4+ ERAs is to be expected. But he can be a league-averageish starter.

It's interesting. Anderson and Rueter are extremely close in their peripherals and in other numbers (e.g. career ERA+ of 97 and 101 respectively). They're both in their 11th year, with Rueter being 32 and Anderson 31. Rueter's had a nice career (over 1500 IP and 270 starts), made about $18M these last 4 years and signed an extension for a few million more. Anderson has about 1200 IP and only 200 starts, made about $12 M these last 4 years and will be begging for a job next spring.

I guess that's what a career record of 109-68 instead of 61-58 will do for you.
   125. Bob T Posted: August 26, 2003 at 10:08 PM (#567569)
Brian Anderson 8/3 game against Texas.

He gave up 2 runs in the first on back to back homers to Rodriguez and Palmeiro.

Then in the second:
   126. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: August 27, 2003 at 06:12 PM (#567571)
   127. Matthew Rich Posted: November 07, 2003 at 06:53 PM (#568083)
Dan, how the hell do you project a .340 OBP for Abernathy?

He hit 242/288/311 in 463 ABs in '02, and 291/354/408 in the PCL last year, at age 26. Not seeing that he's going to put up anywhere near a 340 OBP in the majors -- ZiPS is smarter than I am, but I'll eat my hat if he gets on base at over a .310 clip.

And if his only competition at 2B is Relaford, he should get plenty of opportunity to prove his worthlessness.
   128. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: November 07, 2003 at 07:17 PM (#568084)
Abernathy hit .074/.107/.074 in KC in 2003 (2 for 27 in 10 games).. obviously he's good when he gets on-base. :D
   129. Matthew Rich Posted: November 07, 2003 at 09:40 PM (#568087)
is a 286/340/386 entering typical prime years such a reach?

I think so. He was really, really bad in 2002, after being pretty good in 2001 -- my guess is there was a book on him after his rookie season and he hasn't adjusted.

His 2003 MLE looks pretty good, I'll grant you, but he still walked less than once per 10 ABs at Omaha this year. I can't see that walk rate going up in KC next year, so unless he has a BA around .300 I don't see him approaching a .340 OBP.

Do you have Brian Dallimore's MLE from this past season, by any chance? He put up a 352/427/448 at Fresno and I'm curious what that would look like in the bigs.
   130. Jack Who Resembles Voros (before he got fat) Posted: November 11, 2003 at 02:29 PM (#568096)
I'm a big Pickering fan. You can't help but think that Cal might have a huge year and put it all together if he can stay healthy. This could be a gigantic steal for KC.
   131. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: November 11, 2003 at 09:24 PM (#568097)
I went to a bunch of Bowie games in 1998 when Pickering hit 31 homers and hit .309. He was impressive - he could spray bombs to any part of the field. And what a massive heinie.
   132. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 12, 2003 at 01:22 PM (#568098)
Pickering's problem is that he got totally out of playing condition, and his bat speed disappeared. When I saw him last in Durham in 2002, he just couldn't get around on anything - he was hitting weak grounders up the middle. He hit well in Mexico this year, not quite as well in Louisville, and is hitting HRs but little else in winter ball. I don't know if he's recovered enough to contribute at the major league level, but it's not costing KC much to find out.

-- MWE
   133. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 13, 2003 at 02:46 PM (#568100)
The Royals just released Abernathy at his request, supposedly so he can go to Detroit.
   134. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: November 22, 2003 at 04:42 PM (#568495)
I remember Appier's big game in KC against the Yankees involved alot of popups to the outfield and like 2 strikeouts.

I wonder if Appier's learning a knuckleball
   135. Chris Dial Posted: November 23, 2003 at 12:40 AM (#568496)
I think Appier is seting up to retire a Royal - that's about all.
   136. User unknown in local recipient table (Craig B) Posted: November 28, 2003 at 07:09 PM (#568847)
Odd that you would think a projection of 56 hits, 6 homers, and 27 walks in 59 innings for Leskanic was "poor", given (1) that's better than his 2001; (2) he missed all of 2002; (3) he's going to be 36 years old the whole season; and (4) his control wasn't even *that* good in 2003.
   137. User unknown in local recipient table (Craig B) Posted: November 28, 2003 at 07:11 PM (#568848)
Oh yes... all of Dan's projections are park-adjusted to the Kauffman Hitter's Paradise as well, so a 4.58 ERA for a pitcher is decent, while a .270/.341/.437 projection for a hitter is pretty blah.
   138. Walt Davis Posted: November 29, 2003 at 03:33 AM (#568852)
Separated at birth (1 year apart)?

   139. Will B. Posted: December 08, 2003 at 05:00 PM (#569456)
The great part about Grimsley is that he's proven to be the ultimate team player. Think about it - what if next year the umpires confiscate Carlos Beltran's bat? The whole team knows it's corked and there will be a certain suspension once they cut the bat open. What do you do? Send in Jason Grimsley - a proven bat swapper - to replace the Beltran bat with an old Neifi Perez model. Beltran's suspension is reduced and Grimsley more than justifies his salary.
   140. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 09, 2003 at 08:47 PM (#569593)
Just a note about Cal Pickering..

He's hitting an impressive .238 in Mexico now! I'm pretty sure that 11 HRs and 24 hits is what we call a 'fluke', .238/.391/.574 babay!

He'll be the 'Morgan Burkhart' of 2004 for KC, on a team with Stairs, Sweeney and Harvey as possible first basemen, Pickering won't get much time.
   141. Transmission Posted: December 09, 2003 at 09:10 PM (#569596)
French Cafe, Vivace and M's Pub in the Old Market. Anthony's if Cal likes steak. Mexican food at Netty's, and good germanic food at Bohemian Cafe.
   142. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 09, 2003 at 09:12 PM (#569597)
Benito Santiago will probably hit well in Kauffman Stadium

and the Rule V backup catcher will be good too
   143. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 09, 2003 at 09:30 PM (#569604)
I posted an update
   144. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 09, 2003 at 09:37 PM (#569606)
Oh yeah..

   145. Walt Davis Posted: December 10, 2003 at 12:04 AM (#569651)
Where's the ZIPS love for Sullivan? I know Kaufmann's got a wicked park effect but a 4.89 ERA still looks a little high.

Dan, does it make sense (is it possible) to post the "ZIPS projected league average ERA/OPS" (or whatever) for that park when posting someone's stat lines?
   146. Darren Posted: December 10, 2003 at 01:29 AM (#569607)
Isn't Stairs a pretty solid OF--average range and a good arm? He's also kind of short for 1B (5'9), isn't he?

He would have been a great replacement for Manny if the Sox make the ARod deal.
   147. pyrite Posted: December 10, 2003 at 02:26 AM (#569609)
This sure makes Dave Littlefield's decision to offer Stairs 700k for 2004 look more than a little foolish. I guess that extra 300k would've cut into the money set aside for Burnitz and Mesa. Ugh.
   148. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 10, 2003 at 03:20 AM (#569610)
Benito Santiago is now a Royal

and he got the unreachable bonuses of doom! (150 games/550 PAs)

He reached both in 1991, when his bb:k numbers were 23:114
   149. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 10, 2003 at 04:12 AM (#569683)
Check out these incentive bonuses!

1.1M a year if he gets into 150 games in 2004
   150. fracas' hope springs eternal Posted: December 10, 2003 at 07:59 AM (#569684)
People think I'm nuts when I tell them this, but Benito Santiago is slowly turning himself into a darkhorse HOF candidate for the Veterans Committee circa 2030. He's got a ROY award, 3 Gold Gloves, and an NLCS MVP. He's already up to 93 points on the HOF Monitor, and with this contract he becomes a good bet to exceed 2000 games caught, which is a ton for the position.

It sneaks up on you, but he's building a low-end HOF resume.
   151. fracas' hope springs eternal Posted: December 10, 2003 at 09:42 AM (#569686)
Walt, you're certainly right that the current VC couldn't (and wouldn't) elect him. But the VC will undergo another couple of reincarnations with different rules before they get to Benito's case. As for league context adjustments, most of the BBWAA still doesn't get them and the VC probably never will, but both understand that you can't expect the same production or career length from a catcher that you would from an outfielder...

Like I said, people think I'm nuts on this.
   152. Eugene Freedman Posted: December 10, 2003 at 12:20 PM (#569687)
He's moving from one of the worst hitters parks to one of the best. This could be another "rebirth" for Benito. He could really put up numbers in KC. I might take a flyer on him in my roto league.
   153. Darren Posted: December 10, 2003 at 03:14 PM (#569615)
Wouldn't he get a ton in arbitration? He's hit .270, 36 HRs, 98 RBI in 575 ABs the last 2 years.
   154. mommy Posted: December 10, 2003 at 03:21 PM (#569689)
"Allard Baird has becomine one of the better GMs in baseball the last few years"


maybe the last few months? last few weeks? since that interview w/ neyer was published? this guy was the butt of as many jokes as moe jorgan, now you're gonna suddenly decide he's been billy beane, instead of billy beane's outhouse?
   155. Buddha Posted: December 10, 2003 at 04:26 PM (#569691)
Do they give up a #1 pick for this?

What's worse, Santiago for two years or Vina for two years....discuss...
   156. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 10, 2003 at 05:12 PM (#569693)
If you one another example of Baird success.. look at how almost all of the top picks in the 2003 draft had great showings in Arizona. Lubanski was good, so was Maier, Brandon Powell had an awesome showing. It's too simple to claim that the college players were just facing easy competition. So, for a guy from Concordia College or Coastal Carolina, they'll either get slammed for facing poor competition at a small college or facing poor AZL competition.

The Royals farm system is going to be one of the best in a few years. If their prospects keep up their good work and the organization keeps making good picks from all the way through the 11th round, then there will be alot of talent, and you won't hear worries about the lack of a catcher or a third baseman.

It doesn't matter how much they spent on a bonus. The picks were good picks and they had good starts.
   157. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 10, 2003 at 07:21 PM (#569697)
Is it just me or did Benito have some really really ugly years when it came to plate patience?

1987- 16 walks/112 strikeouts

   158. Walt Davis Posted: December 10, 2003 at 08:01 PM (#569698)
I wouldn't call Baird one of the best GMs, but I'd call him one of the most improved -- which is just a way of saying it's been a while since he made a real boner move. Given Kenny Williams is the other guy on my most improved list, it's likely just a function of "nowhere to go but up".

Those are his Kaufmann adjusted projections? Yikes. For comparison, Mayne was 307/344, so this may not be that much of an improvement.

However, I'm starting to entertain the possibility that Santiago is the Julio Franco of catchers. When he's 48, the Braves will sign him away from the Vietnamese League and he'll go 320/420.
   159. NTNgod Posted: December 10, 2003 at 11:34 PM (#569618)
and how it can resuscitate a GM's reputation

You've noticed that the type of remarks formerly "posted" by Allard Baird are now "posted" by Littlefield, too? :)
   160. Zen Bitz Posted: December 11, 2003 at 01:28 AM (#569699)
Well, it's only fair - we signed Micheal Tucker. I think Benito can still help a team - but his defense was sub-Piazza in 2003. I don't know how you can partition wild pitches between C and P, there were a bunch.

I was going to look up his CS%, WP%, and PB compared to average... but ESPN is loading too slow.
   161. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 11, 2003 at 04:07 AM (#569619)
Baird seems to have learned from his mistakes.

We'll see if Littlefield's able to learn from his. The lesson about swapping Stairs out for Daryle Ward ought to be a doozy.
   162. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 11, 2003 at 05:55 AM (#569620)
What are the odds that Baird will get Shelton in the Rule V draft?
   163. Snowboy Posted: December 11, 2003 at 09:00 PM (#569621)
I thought of Stairs as a Royals fit, but disregarded it once I saw he hits the same way as DeJesus, nullifying a platoon. Didn't think a DH platoon was worth a roster spot?
   164. Snowboy Posted: December 11, 2003 at 09:05 PM (#569622)
Meant to say Stairs is LHB, and Riccardi provided none:::off the bench:::last year. Myers was the best LHB when not starting, and if he and F-Cat were already in the game (usually), there was no LH pinch-hitter available.
   165. Snowboy Posted: December 11, 2003 at 09:51 PM (#569624)
Agreed on DeJesus. Which is why I was trying to find him a platoon partner, ease him into Royals. Or at the very least not block him.

If DeJesus is in AAA, what's the opening day OF right now? Guiel, Beltran, Stairs? Dee Brown?

We shouldn't be too hard on Harvey. His B-Ref list of similar players includes a HOFer, Red Ruffing.
   166. WTM Posted: December 12, 2003 at 02:30 AM (#569626)
"Stairs's problem is that slow 35-year-olds who have averaged 300 AB/yr don't make that much money."

. . . or that GMs of teams like the Pirates are clueless about what wins ballgames. Whichever.
   167. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: December 15, 2003 at 01:34 AM (#569631)
Graffinino signs with KC

I try to learn how to spell his name
   168. White Sox Fan Posted: December 15, 2003 at 02:19 PM (#570025)
This is why baseball needs a salary cap...large market teams like Kansas City keep stealing players from small market teams like the White Sox!

(sobs in corner)
   169. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 07, 2004 at 06:14 AM (#571155)
The AL Central this year is the NL Central of last year. All the teams have at least one gaping weakness, and it might come down to which of the four is able to address their weakness first and/or best.
   170. Eli Hungerford: Cityboy Crypto-Elitist for hire Posted: January 07, 2004 at 02:48 PM (#571160)
I dunno, some guy named Beltran?
   171. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: January 07, 2004 at 03:13 PM (#571161)
Until he got hurt, Gonzalez was on his way to a pretty good season last year with Texas. Extrapolating (which we all hate) his numbers to 162 games gives about 40/140, which I'm sure the Royals would love.

I know, different park, and the chance that he plays 160 games is about nil, but the ZiPs projection seems overly pessimistic. I wouldn't be surprised to see 35/100/.350/.575 out of Gonzalez. If he manages to stay healthy for the entire season, the Royals have thrust themselves right into the (dare I say it) favorite position in the AL Central.
   172. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: January 07, 2004 at 08:37 PM (#571167)
I question using Guiel at leadoff against LHP. His patience is noticed because he rarely swings at the first pitch. Not because he really draws alot of walks. But, Guiel does get hit by alot of pitches.

Berroa doesn't strike me as a 'top of the order' guy. He'd be better as a #5 hitter or a #6 hitter.

Relaford might be a candidate for 'leadoff' in some situations. I think Beltran would excel as the leadoff hitter though. He's finally starting to draw more walks and get on base.
   173. SuperGrover Posted: January 07, 2004 at 11:56 PM (#571168)
I know, different park, and the chance that he plays 160 games is about nil, but the ZiPs projection seems overly pessimistic. I wouldn't be surprised to see 35/100/.350/.575 out of Gonzalez.

ZiPs has nearly identical rate stats as you are "projecting." The only difference is playing time where ZiPs is much more pssimistic. Why? Maybe this:

Junag Gonzalez ABs
   174. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: January 08, 2004 at 12:36 AM (#571169)
I guess my real surprise was the pessimism with the playing time. I know he missed half the season each of the last two years, but he played in at least 130 in 5 of the 6 years prior to that.

I know he'll miss some games, but I'd guess he'll get 500 ABs, not 370 or so. Maybe I'm optimistic because I do like the Royals and I'd like to see things go well for them this year (if only to stomp the White Sox down again)...
   175. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: January 08, 2004 at 06:44 AM (#571171)
If KC is smart then I think Juan Gon will be DHing quite a bit to help protect him. Patrolling a larger outfield certainly won't help him. I just want to add that I really like the Stairs pickup and I don't understand why the Pirates let him walk so easily.
   176. BrandonMO (U L) Posted: January 27, 2004 at 11:02 PM (#572117)
This is trade #16 between the Royals and Mets.

Cerda might fit in with the "We must have a lefty in the bullpen" people.
   177. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 28, 2004 at 04:08 AM (#572122)
Cursing is allowed, but Dave Magadan bashing is not.
   178. pyrite Posted: January 28, 2004 at 08:55 AM (#572124)
I was about to defend Duquette here, as the 40-man roster is full of sacred cows and players he was not responsible for signing, but then I remembered Wayne Lydon.

Yes, the one and only Wayne Lydon who hit a mediocore 264/342/346 at St. Lucie this year but was mysteriously added to the 40-man roster this December to protect him from being selected in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.

Now, because he's Esix Snead fast (75 SB in '03) there was a remote chance someone might have taken him to play pinch-runner & fifth-outfielder. Alas, Rich Thompson and Willy Tavares were both taken in this year's Rule 5 draft to fill that role (by the Royals, via the Padres, and Astros, respectively).

Still, even if five teams had decided they needed a light-hitting speedster, Lydon was not going to be taken. Chris Duffy (PIT), Ty Godwin (TOR), and Victor Hall (ARI) are just three more examples of players with similar skills who were more likely to be selected.

So, Met fans, when you want to lament the loss of a player - Len Dinardo, Marcos Scutaro, Phil Siebel, Edwin Almonte - you can curse the name Wayne Lydon. You can even call Duquette to complain and one of his assistants will call you back.
   179. Zach Posted: January 28, 2004 at 09:10 AM (#572125)
I always liked Sedlacek. If he were a lefty, he'd have "crafty" surgically attached to his name. Good control, several pitches, good approach to batters. His problem is that he doesn't really have an out pitch, so he ends up serving up the ball to the batters too much.

He lost a lot of luster not long ago when he had two or three more birthdays than are customary for a single year.

It's too bad, really. A pitcher who has everything except stuff. If he ever develops a pitch he can throw and make batters miss, he'll be a quality back-of-the-rotation guy. I always hoped he'd make it with the Royals.
   180. K. Andrew Smith Posted: January 29, 2004 at 05:27 AM (#572143)
Yes, the one and only Wayne Lydon who hit a mediocore 264/342/346 at St. Lucie

Actually, that's not all that bad coming from CF with reportedly good defense for the St. Lucie Mets. It works out to a .286 EQA, with the average FSL OF hitting for a .272 EQA. True, the power is very low, but Lydon's XBH rate went from 10.1% in 2002 to 19.4% in 2003. Still low, but a sizeable increase when you consider that the FSL is the WORST hitting of all full season minor leagues.
   181. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: January 29, 2004 at 06:07 AM (#572144)
Scutaro is no better than McEwing.

How can you base your whole argument on 75 ABs? Over the last two years Scutaro has been excellent with the bat down at Norfolk (in a pitcher's park no less) while playing at 2b, 3b, ss, and the OF:

.475 SLG .375 OBP 354 ABs
   182. Neil Posted: January 30, 2004 at 06:37 AM (#562002)
why are you posting on a thread over a year old?
   183. Zach Posted: January 31, 2004 at 04:51 PM (#572150)
#18 -- I never heard that much about it, except as an aside in last years Baseball Prospectus. The only thing that really stands out about it is that he was born in Iowa(?), instead of somewhere like the Dominican Republic.
   184. pyrite Posted: April 16, 2004 at 05:55 PM (#568109)
I don't know where else to post this, but, word of what Cal is doing in the PCL must be spread. He now has <b>eight homers in his first seven games with Omaha!

7 games, .450 AVG (9-for-20), .571 OBP, 1.650 SLG, 2.221 OPS, 16 RBI
   185. pyrite Posted: April 16, 2004 at 05:57 PM (#568110)
I don't know where else to post this, but, word of what Cal is doing in the PCL must be spread. He now has <b>eight homers in his first seven games with Omaha!

7 games, .450 AVG (9-for-20), .571 OBP, 1.650 SLG, 2.221 OPS, 16 RBI
   186. pyrite Posted: April 16, 2004 at 06:02 PM (#568111)
I don't know where else to post this, but, word of what Cal is doing in the PCL must be spread. He now has <b>eight homers in his first seven games with Omaha!

7 games, .450 AVG (9-for-20), .571 OBP, 1.650 SLG, 2.221 OPS, 16 RBI
   187. pyrite Posted: April 18, 2004 at 06:36 AM (#568115)
The humiliation of the triple-post is somewhat offset by Cal hitting two more homers in the next game.

The Pickering Watch, through 4/17:

Thru 9 games: .500 avg (14-for-28) 10 HR 23 RBI
   188. Tracy Posted: April 19, 2004 at 02:44 PM (#568116)
Um, Calvin hit another one yesterday. His line is a nifty 531/610/1594, 11 HR and 25 RBI in 41 PA.

No word on what's he done to the post-game buffet, though.
   189. Darren Posted: April 19, 2004 at 07:00 PM (#568117)
Is Cal still a really big guy?
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