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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Orioles - Acquired Marrero

Baltimore Orioles - Acquired C-1B-OF Eli Marrero from the Kansas City Royals for IF Pete Maestrales.

That’s essentially a waiver claim - don’t get excited about Maestrales’ A-ball performance as he turns 26 in a month.  Still more useful to the Royals than simply releasing Marrero.

As for the O’s, this is a great pickup.  Marrero’s history says he’ll hit again and Marrero gives them a player they can actually replace an injured starter for a month and not embarrass himself.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Eli Marrero
Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Actual ‘05 88 11   14   4 0   4   9   7 18   1 .159 .221 .341
Rest ‘05   178 27   44 10 1   8 28 17 32   1 .247 .316 .449
Total ‘05 266 38   58 14 1 12 37 24 50   2 .218 .285 .414

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 08, 2005 at 10:22 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. rlc Posted: June 08, 2005 at 11:51 PM (#1391210)
Nice work by Flabanageattie - a Bigbie-Marrero platoon could actually be an above average left fielder.
   2. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: June 09, 2005 at 12:20 AM (#1391338)
Marrero's a great guy to have on the bench. Although he's most at home at a corner, the guy can handle catcher or centerfield without embarassing himself. Unlike a guy like Super Joe, that versatility is something that has some tangible value. Also, Marrero can hit a bit.

Good pick up by the Orioles. Marrero's greatest contribution might be giving Mazzilli the confidence to start Lopez at DH more often, as he'll have a competent emergency catcher on the roster (without having to carry an exclusive third catcher).
   3. DFA Posted: June 09, 2005 at 09:08 AM (#1392274)
So, does this pave the way for Fasano to leave or does the Geronimo! Gil experiment end upon Javy's return? I presume Fasano is leaving, but I like him more than Gil. What's that tricky stat...slugging percentage?
3 yr split for Geronimo! 236/282/348/630

2005 stats for Fasano: 244/311/585/896

Sample size issues invalidate the comparison, but Gil's SLG only looks acceptable compared to Fernando Lunar. Fasano can't be worse. Plus he has some pop.

Did anyone else get nervous about the acquisiotion at first. I'm somewhat surprised B/F didn't trade Penn to get Marrero. Congrats on not getting fleeced by your old nemesis.
   4. greenback is on a break Posted: June 09, 2005 at 04:44 PM (#1392774)
Marrero's catching days may well be over and I get the impression he's a PITA. A couple of years ago he made it clear to La Russa that he didn't want to catch in St. Louis. Then he moved to Atlanta where he didn't catch at all in 2004 and after that the Braves dumped him in favor of the likes of Jordan and Mondesi. Now the Royals have dumped him too.
   5. Nuclear Dish Posted: June 09, 2005 at 05:12 PM (#1392840)
My understanding is that Flanagan already talked to him, and he's more than willing to serve as the emergency catcher.

Under the assumption that he's never going to start there, and under the assumption that he's only going to be used in extreme situations such as 16 inning games or pitchers having to bat, I can't see why he wouldn't agree.

It's not as though they're going to get rid of Fasano or Gil right now. They're carrying 2 regular catchers.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2005 at 05:51 PM (#1392940)
I've seen the stats from his career, but I don't think I've ever seen a worse hitter than Eli Marrero this year. He looked absolutely lost at the plate.

Despite that, I expect him to return to form with Baltimore and mash lefties. I don't think he would have turned around had he stayed in KC.
   7. Too Much Coffee Man Posted: June 09, 2005 at 09:34 PM (#1393593)
The rumor in Denver last week was that the Rockies were interested in Marrero ONLY if he would catch for them. They wanted to sign him and send him to AAA to catch and get his stroke back.
I don't have a sense of whether he balked at this or just wanted to be part of a pennant race, but certainly he'd get more playing time (and better stats) in Denver.
   8. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 09, 2005 at 09:36 PM (#1393596)
I don't think I've ever seen a worse hitter than Eli Marrero this year. He looked absolutely lost at the plate.

   9. Honkie Kong Posted: June 09, 2005 at 09:39 PM (#1393604)
Marrero is a very streaky hitter, and when he has the uppercut swing going against lefties, he earns his keep and more.

Braves dropped cos he was costing us 3 mil plus, and we got a nice live arm in return
   10. greenback is on a break Posted: June 09, 2005 at 10:44 PM (#1393779)
Going a couple of months with the likes of Jordan and Mondesi in the corner outfield spots will cost the Braves a lot more than three million dollars.
   11. Sparkles Peterson Posted: June 12, 2005 at 01:42 AM (#1398436)
Marrero always looked clueless at the plate. He's got enough bat speed that when he flails at a pitch and makes contact good things happen.

As for the whole catching thing, he was quoted as saying he preferred not to catch a good while after Tony moved him elsewhere and placed him third on the catching depth chart behind the parade of AAA catch-and-throw scrubs LaRussa and Duncan became infatuated with. Later he was quoted as saying he'd gladly catch again if it meant more playing time. Can't remember if that was before or after the Braves trade, but it was in a situation where he was temporarily being counted on as a primary backup catcher while his team was scoping out other candidates. Hard to know from our perspective what the true story was, but it always seemed to me that he was just trying to justify LaRussa's moves.

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