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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Nats - Signed Anderson

Washington Nationals - Signed IF Marlon Anderson to a 2-year, $1.85 million contract for no reason in particular.

Pinch-hitter extraordinaire!

Remember playing Musical Chairs in kindergarten?  There’d always be some kid who wouldn’t quite grasp the complex rules and stands there looking stupid while everyone’s sitting down and starts bawling until the kindergarten teacher gives him or her a rainbow sticker or an oatmeal cookie.  That’s the existence you live when the nicest thing someone can say about your playing skills is you’re a good pinch-hitter.

Luckily for Marlon Anderson’s accountant, his kindergarten teacher isn’t a 26-year-old psych major making $25K, it’s Jimmy Bowden, who throws millions at anybody whose name he remembers when he’s not batting his eyelashes at the dreamy Aaron Boone.  I think I’d rather have the oatmeal cookie in my employ - they’re tasty, with or without raisins, and don’t make Cristian Guzman a very rich man.

As a player, Anderson won’t hit much, or field much.  But golly, he won’t suck quite as bad as the pitcher!  And isn’t that worth a million?

2006 ZiPS Projection - Marlon Anderson
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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367 36   87 18 1   7 37 30 52   7 .237 .296 .349

Dan Szymborski Posted: November 19, 2005 at 01:00 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Grunthos Posted: November 19, 2005 at 01:24 AM (#1738022)
Wow. That ZiPS projection is even worse than I had imagined. Ballpark effects, and age, and all that. I'll modify my statement from the other thread: this is *worse* than what he could find at almost any AAA ballclub across the country for a third of the expense.
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: November 19, 2005 at 01:30 AM (#1738033)
This is the GM that not only gave Baerga a major league job last year, he resulted in Baerga singlehandedly torpedoing the efforts of the nats down the road. While Val Pascucci was big in Japan, for example. With Marlon on board, Jim has got himself tons of infielders who can't hit. He'd better sign AJ Burnett and Roger Clemens, because the hitting will suck in 2006.

By the way, after each new Bowden signing, I remind myself that he's got a very good chance of being Boston's new GM, and I giggle myself to sleep...
   3. Grunthos Posted: November 19, 2005 at 01:51 AM (#1738052)
I'm now having horrible visions of the BoSox asking Bowden about this very signing when he does the second interview, leading to Boston hiring Beattie instead.
   4. Old Matt Posted: November 19, 2005 at 02:18 AM (#1738067)
What everyone fails to realize is that this deal was made solely to unite the only two Marlons to ever play in the Major Leagues.
   5. alkeiper Posted: November 19, 2005 at 02:33 AM (#1738072)
And somewhere, Jim Rushford puts his fist through his hat.
   6. Paul The Paranoid Android Posted: November 19, 2005 at 03:08 AM (#1738117)
Remember playing Musical Chairs in kindergarten? There'd always be some kid who wouldn't quite grasp the complex rules and stands there looking stupid while everyone's sitting down and starts bawling until the kindergarten teacher gives him or her a rainbow sticker or an oatmeal cookie.

Thanks, Dan. You've just undone years of therapy, you big jerk.
   7. Paul The Paranoid Android Posted: November 19, 2005 at 03:23 AM (#1738131)
Seriously, though, why do teams even bother with this type of player? I don't understand it at all. Is the GM equivalent of me opening up code and staring at it in an attempt to "look busy", when I really I just really dig the song that came up on my iPod?
   8. Toolsy McClutch Posted: November 19, 2005 at 02:14 PM (#1738437)
Well, clubhouse presence has some value. I'm just not sure if Marlon has any.
   9. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: November 19, 2005 at 04:48 PM (#1738509)
Projected 2006 VORPs

Anderson -12.4
Oatmeal Cookies 5.3
Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins 7.1
Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and a glass of milk 13.6
   10. Flynn Posted: November 19, 2005 at 06:08 PM (#1738591)
Anderson hit a game-tying inside the park HR.

How can you not give big money to a guy who hit a game-tying inside the park HR?
   11. OlePerfesser Posted: November 19, 2005 at 07:54 PM (#1738705)
Jim has got himself tons of infielders who can't hit...

Yeah. It'd be one thing if Bowden had just wasted this money on a guy he erroneously believed was solid insurance against Jose Vidro's knees continuing to decay like... well, mine.

But he already installed Damian Jackson and Bernie Castro in that role, to say nothing of the incumbent failures on his roster (though Spivey's probably a goner).

So this is truly bizarre. I'm on record elsewhere as predicting that Bowden ultimately will get the Sox job as the least of evils, but I really could see Lucchino--yes, even Lucchino--understanding the frightening nature of this move, and saying "no mas."
   12. Sparkles Peterson Posted: November 19, 2005 at 07:57 PM (#1738706)
Marlon Anderson is probably about the 100th best middle infielder in professional ball right now, so some team is going to be picking him up. Sure, anyone would rather have their utilitymen be young guys with upside, but not every team has that. Those who don't have to compete for the Marlon Andersons, Miguel Cairos, and Deivi Cruzes every year.
   13. JustDan Posted: November 19, 2005 at 11:03 PM (#1738818)
Baerga singlehandedly torpedoing the efforts of the nats down the road.

Huh? Not that Baerga was anything special, but he is hardly to blame for the team slump. They really ended up right where they should have.

As for Anderson.. he is better than Baerga, but that is all I can say for him.
   14. catomi01 Posted: November 19, 2005 at 11:05 PM (#1738819)
yes, somehas to sign them, but why not a NRI?
   15. TugMcGraw Posted: November 20, 2005 at 12:21 AM (#1738858)
An interesting after-effect of the deal: it left Minaya throwing a wad of cash at Mark Sweeney. Apparently "much more" than the $585000 he made last year.
   16. Spike Owen 10/2/1987 Posted: November 23, 2005 at 12:29 AM (#1743242)
God help me, but I love Marlon Anderson.

He used to play the deepest 2B I've ever seen when he was with the Phillies. He had a lousy first step, so he tried to make up for it by playing really, REALLY deep and trying to get a better angle.

So I go to the park last year, here in Philly, and there's Marlon Anderson playing 2B for the Mets. But, wait, no, he's actually playing RF for the Mets. It's just that it was only a few steps deeper than when he played 2B for the Phillies.

This amused the hell out of me. It also made me glad I wasn't a Mets fan. RF? Were they drunk?
   17. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: November 23, 2005 at 01:58 AM (#1743374)
So does this set the market value for Jose Macias?

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