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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Mets - Signed Cordero

Mets - Signed 1B Wil Cordero.

I’m guessing that Omar Minaya wants go play Gotcha! by signing one of the few 1B around that will make Randolph and the fans wistfully remember the sepia-toned days of Alphabicz and his .700 OPS.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Wil Cordero
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05 51   2   6   2 0   0   2   3 14   0 .118 .160 .157
Rest ‘05   100 10   25   4 0   2 12 11 21   0 .250 .330 .350
——————————————————————————————————
Total ‘05 151 12   31   6 0   2 14 14 35   0 .205 .275 .285

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Dan Szymborski Posted: July 30, 2005 at 01:30 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mr. Imperial Posted: July 30, 2005 at 01:49 PM (#1509994)
Please, God, may this be the dumbest move Omar makes before the trade deadline.
   2. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 02:30 PM (#1510018)
Super Wil!
   3. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: July 30, 2005 at 02:37 PM (#1510022)
Omyfuccinggod. Well, at least it didn't cost Petit.
   4. Ska Posted: July 30, 2005 at 02:51 PM (#1510036)
Does anyone need any more info. on Omar to determine that he is brain dead? We have Gerald Williams, Jose Offerman, signed Benito Santiago and now this piece of crap. Nothing has changed in Flushing. Indeed, things have gotten worse.
   5. Psychedelic Red Pants Posted: July 30, 2005 at 02:57 PM (#1510043)
Offerman and Santiago make some sense. They're veterans and have been good in the past so it's possible they could have a healthy stretch where they could fill in effectively at the major league level should the demand arose.

I'm not sure Wil Cordero was ever good. Gerald Williams had brief flashes of competence as recently as 1998, but a random guy of the street may be a better bet at this point.
   6. JH (in DC) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 03:21 PM (#1510079)
Yeah, have fun with that.
   7. Psychedelic Red Pants Posted: July 30, 2005 at 03:29 PM (#1510093)
arose.

crap.

arise.

carry on.
   8. Miko Supports Shane's Spam Habit Posted: July 30, 2005 at 03:49 PM (#1510108)
Is Greg Jeffries available?
   9. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 30, 2005 at 03:52 PM (#1510110)
I really have no comprehension why GMs sign someone like Wil Cordero instead of attempting to acquire some 27 year old bashing AAA pitching. Who do you think has a better chance to actually hit?
   10. Old Matt Posted: July 30, 2005 at 03:53 PM (#1510112)
What the ####?
   11. Famous Original Joe C Posted: July 30, 2005 at 04:04 PM (#1510121)
Maybe they can platoon him with Lee Stevens.
   12. AJMcCringleberry Posted: July 30, 2005 at 04:37 PM (#1510149)
Ugh.
   13. Joshemy Posted: July 30, 2005 at 04:44 PM (#1510161)
Hey, if this is the worst move Omar make this weekend, I'll be estatic.
   14. Sam M. Posted: July 30, 2005 at 05:09 PM (#1510191)
Cordero in, Ice out? That would be OK with me. Strangely, I suspect it's not going to work like that.
   15. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 30, 2005 at 05:09 PM (#1510192)
Now that's funny. Well done Omar.
   16. mgl Posted: July 30, 2005 at 05:22 PM (#1510230)
I don't know why some GM's seem to think they have to do something at the trade deadline, even if that something is of poor quality.

Keeping in mind that my replacement level Slwts is around -18 per 150 games (varies a little with position), Cordero is projected (before this year) at -33, easily around the worst number of any player who has played major league basbeall in the last 20 years and is less than 45 years of age. You cannot come up with a worse player if you spent all night trying to conjure one up. G. Williams is right behind him at -30.

I officially take the Mets off my list of "potentially sabermetric teams..."
   17. 1k5v3L Posted: July 30, 2005 at 05:27 PM (#1510245)
Sweet, MGL, because the Dbacks fired Joe Jr. just for the opportunity to get themselves ON your list of "potentially saber teams". They are dreamers.

Anyhow, I think Omar saw the Nats released Cordero and thought he was getting Chad, not Will. I can't wait for the day when Will gets the ball in the 9th.
   18. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 05:34 PM (#1510273)
Well, Cordero can only get better from here
   19. WillieMays Haze Posted: July 30, 2005 at 05:56 PM (#1510358)
Does anyone need any more info. on Omar to determine that he is brain dead? We have Gerald Williams, Jose Offerman, signed Benito Santiago and now this piece of crap. Nothing has changed in Flushing. Indeed, things have gotten worse.

This post speaks for exactly how I feel now after the last two games in Houston and now this move.
   20. The Wilpons Must Go (Tom D) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 06:19 PM (#1510489)
Well, Cordero can only get better from here

He's young and athletic. He's due to bounce back after the change of scenery.
   21. Sam M. Posted: July 30, 2005 at 06:29 PM (#1510532)
Cordero is projected (before this year) at -33 . . . G. Williams is right behind him at -30.


Well, at least I picked the one guy the Mets could jettison to make room for Cordero who is at least in the ballpark!

Someday, I suspect Omar will have put together a roster not just with the two worst, but with the 25 worst -- and the next worst 15 filling out the 40-man. That's our motto: don't just be bad. Be perfect at it.
   22. Jeff K. Posted: July 30, 2005 at 07:00 PM (#1510602)
Would you rather fail anonymously, or fail SPECTACULARLY?

I mean, at least the '92 Mets got a book, which I still re-read on occasion. I don't remember anyone writing anything about the late-90's Royals (besides R&R.)
   23. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 07:36 PM (#1510731)
Since Omar couldn't convince Julio Franco to come to New York this season, he appears to have decided to stock up on old latin middle infielders. Maybe he can trade for Baerga - Bowden would probably be willing to take Diaz for him.
   24. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 07:41 PM (#1510749)
In other news, the Mets have signed John Franco to a minor league deal.
   25. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 07:58 PM (#1510831)
In other news, the Mets have signed John Franco to a minor league deal.

Please say you're joking.
   26. Asher87 Posted: July 30, 2005 at 08:11 PM (#1510886)
I've got a feeling the Mets could've signed me and got about the same production for a much lower cost.
   27. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: July 30, 2005 at 08:13 PM (#1510895)
I'm joking.
   28. PFJ Posted: July 30, 2005 at 08:38 PM (#1510967)
If you want a 1B take a chance on Calvin Pickering.
   29. Banta Posted: July 30, 2005 at 10:47 PM (#1511224)
So, no Victor Diaz experiment?
   30. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 30, 2005 at 11:44 PM (#1511383)
In other news, the Mets have signed Francisco Franco to a minor league deal.
   31. Eli Walque Squad Posted: July 31, 2005 at 01:18 AM (#1511695)
the Mets have signed Francisco Franco to a minor league deal.



*throws chair*
   32. DCW3 Posted: July 31, 2005 at 02:25 AM (#1511879)
I'm not sure Wil Cordero was ever good.

He was good once. He was the NL's best shortstop in 1994. But that was a loooong time ago...
   33. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 01, 2005 at 04:41 AM (#1514474)
I have a feeling that Minaya is doing this as a favor to Cordero. Cordero has played under Minaya before and giving the guy a chance to show something in the minor leagues isn't that big deal. Is Cordero really that bad? The guy hit .278/.354/.450 two years ago. He hasn't played that much since then. It's not like the Mets have Gehrig at first base anyway.
   34. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: August 01, 2005 at 04:45 AM (#1514481)
It's not like the Mets have Gehrig at first base anyway.

No, but their first basemen have hit like they have ALS.
   35. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 01, 2005 at 04:49 AM (#1514483)
Primey for #34.

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