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Friday, February 10, 2006

Nats - Signed LeCroy

Washington Nationals - Signed DH Matt LeCroy to a 1-year contract.

There are a lot of teams that LeCroy could have helped out, especially as a role player.  The Nationals aren’t one of them - Nick Johnson is one of the organizational bright spots and Interleague Road Game Platoon DH Guy isn’t an important role unless they expand rosters from 25 before the season, which they won’t.  Like Soriano, LeCroy’s going to have a lot of long flies that are tracked down by outfielders in RFK.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Matt LeCroy
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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310 27   78 12 0 12 43 31 84   0 .252 .325 .406

Dan Szymborski Posted: February 10, 2006 at 05:41 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Craig in MN Posted: February 10, 2006 at 08:01 PM (#1857769)
Fick and LeCroy make an interesting set of backup "catchers". At least they'll have some flexibility in using them as pinch hitters.

It's not a great fit for LeCroy, but he won't be completely useless. And while he's got his flaws, he's got enough assets that somebody will trade for him later on in the year when the Nats fall out of the playoff race or they just decide that LeCroy doesn't fit with them. It doesn't hurt to have an extra experienced lefty masher in September and October.
   2. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: February 10, 2006 at 08:06 PM (#1857776)
I was actually worried that the Marlins would pick him up. I think a Jacobs/LeCroy platoon could be quite productive.
   3. AROM Posted: February 10, 2006 at 08:11 PM (#1857790)
I think LeCroy is very good fit for the Nats. Johnson isn't an everyday player (not that he can't handle lefties, just that he'll miss 30-60 games), plus he pinch hits and plays a little as backup catcher. Not a bad guy to have on the bench.
   4. b Posted: February 11, 2006 at 05:35 PM (#1858698)
Darrell Rasner waived to make room for LeCroy on 40-man, claimed by Yankees.
   5. robinred Posted: February 11, 2006 at 05:44 PM (#1858704)
I agree with Rallymonkey, assuming LeCroy can catch. A RHB/1b/c with a little pop to spell Johnson and Schneider seems logical, even though the park does not suit his skill set.
   6. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: February 12, 2006 at 01:17 AM (#1858999)
even though the park does not suit his skill set.

Hey I know one that does...Citizen's Bank Park, but no, Gillick needs to corner the market on hispanic utility players...maybe this year there will be the fun of watching Tomas Perez play first again!

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