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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Marlins - Signed a Bunch

Florida Marlins - Signed P Kerry Ligtenberg to a minor-league contract; signed P Joe Borowski, SS Pokey Reese, 3B Wes Helms, and C Miguel Olivo to 1-year contracts.

Larry Beinfest must have notified Jeff Loria that they still have to field a team for 162 games.  This is a pretty mixed bag.  Joe Borowski’s probably the best one here - I think he’s got pretty good odds at being better than Todd Jones in 2006.  Pokey Reese is probably the second baseman and the emergency option at short as the organization doesn’t have a lot of ready depth there.  Olivo is insurance as the Marlins decide to keep trying to see if Josh Willingham can catch.  Wes Helms is probably the worst of these signings - he doesn’t really hit to play 1st and he’s a terrible 3rd baseman; if the Marlins really needed that, they shouldn’t have let Joe Dillon go to Japan.

2006 ZiPS Projections
Player       W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Borowski     3   2 48   0   48   45   22   5 16 40 4.13
Ligtenberg   4   3 53   0   60   57   26   7 16 55 3.90


2006 ZiPS Projections
Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Helms     335 31   88 16 1 10 46 32 86   0 .263 .337 .406
Olivo     299 37   69 14 2   9 37 17 80   8 .231 .280 .381
Reese     288 24   63 11 1   3 25 29 70   6 .219 .291 .295

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 31, 2005 at 10:28 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. rr Posted: January 02, 2006 at 11:14 PM (#1803404)
Olivo's line in SD:

AUGUST .302 .344 .523
SEPTEMBER.286 .310 .357

Note to roto-wonks: He is also one of the fastest catchers you will see; he was 6/7 in SB in SD.

He is 27; I think he will help the Marlins.
   2. Shalimar Posted: January 02, 2006 at 11:25 PM (#1803421)
Am I the only one who thought from the headline that Florida had convinced Melvin Bunch to attempt a comeback?
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2006 at 12:24 AM (#1803546)
Actually Shalimar, I thought exactly the same thing.
   4. Endless Trash Posted: January 03, 2006 at 04:00 AM (#1803834)
What exactly happened to Ligtenberg? He was a pretty good reliever in his career, but then he had a really bad 2004 with the Jays and just completely imploded last year. Weird. He's not that old either.
   5. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: January 03, 2006 at 04:02 AM (#1803836)
Didn't Ligtenberg have some injury problems?
   6. Endless Trash Posted: January 03, 2006 at 04:09 AM (#1803844)
I know that he had a sore hip in 2004 but I don't remember it being a big issue. He still pitched 55 innings.
   7. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: January 03, 2006 at 04:25 AM (#1803859)
Nice to see Pokey Reese get another MLB job
   8. John Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: January 03, 2006 at 04:47 AM (#1803890)
Ligtenberg had some inflammation in his hip. He himself thought it was the beginning of an arthritic condition; whether it has responded to treatment I don't know. I do remember that it was blamed for most of his 2004 struggles, culminating in the infamous LIGTENBERG : 'I DON'T SUCK' headline in the Toronto Sun.
   9. MM1f Posted: January 04, 2006 at 08:10 AM (#1805399)
YES! Ligtenberg! i love that guy and his story
   10. MM1f Posted: January 04, 2006 at 08:11 AM (#1805400)
AW shtt is that really where Dillon is going? man, darn
   11. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 04, 2006 at 08:50 AM (#1805416)
I really like taking a chance on Olivo. With 15 more singles in 300 ABs, his rate line bumps up 50 points across the board. And .280/.330/.430 with solid defense is perfectly fine for a catcher.

He's obviously not guaranteed to get those 15 hits, but I think that he's worth several hundred thousand and ABs to find out if he could finally realize his potential.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 04, 2006 at 01:48 PM (#1805480)
I like Borowski and Olivo, and Reese makes sense given their organizational weaknesses. Even Helms isn't terrible as a bench guy, though I agree that it would've been nice to see Dillon get the gig.

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