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Monday, July 20, 2009

Orioles - Acquired Meredith

Baltimore Orioles - Acquired P Cla Meredith from the San Diego Padres for 1B-OF Oscar Salazar

Oscar Salazar has been absolutely killing the balling the last couple of years (a 316/371/512 is a tremendous line for Norfolk), but his unimpressive minor league career in his 20s have scared some teams off.  At some point, though, you have to give a chance to a guy who has hit like Salazar has this season in the majors and the minors.

The main problem is that Salazar isn’t in the best situation in San Diego.  A lot of the media seems to be treating Salazar as if he’s a true utility player, but he really isn’t at this point of his career.  Salazar was a middle infielder years ago, but at this point, he’s best used as a 1B-OF type, preferable the cold corner.  If the Padres really think that Salazar will help some weak middle infield depth, then, well, I hope they signed Sid Fernandez out of retirement and told him to hang his pitches high.

The evidence is beginning to mount, however, that Salazar really can hit now and I hope he gets his chance, whether it’s in San Diego.

While I like Cla Meredith, I like Sean Gallagher more and the Padres have now essentially traded Meredith for Gallagher and 2 throw-ins and still have a shortish right-handed slugger with defensive issues.  And at a lower salary to boot.  The team’s still hopeless in that the ownership mess has left them some serious capitalization issues, but this is still a quality move from a tactical standpoint.

I wish the Orioles had given Salazar more of a chance, but I do like watching Meredith pitch.  The O’s have a rich history of sidearmers that I love and while a single reliever won’t save the O’s pitching staff, Meredith and his ridiculous sinker will actually make me feel like there’s a reason Cesar Izturis is on the team.


2009 ZIPS Projection - Oscar Salazar
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          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG
——————————————————————————————————————
Year-to-Date   231   30   76 12   1 12   42   13   30   0 .329 .363 .545
Rest-of-Year   217   29   61 12   1   7   32   14   34   2 .279 .321 .443
——————————————————————————————————————

 


2009 ZIPS Projection - Cla Meredith
——————————————————————————————————————
            W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER   HR   BB   SO   ERA
——————————————————————————————————————
Year-to-Date   4   2   35   0   36.7   47   17   1   13   20 4.17
Rest-of-Year   2   2   34   0   35.0   41   17   3   11   18 4.37
——————————————————————————————————————
Total         6   4   69   0   71.7   88   34   4   24   38 4.27

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:54 AM | 57 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. AROM Posted: July 20, 2009 at 12:21 PM (#3259697)
Are you calling Hairston a player with defensive issues? That doesn't seem right, as the A's are playing him in center even when they also have Rajai in the outfield.
   2. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: July 20, 2009 at 02:08 PM (#3259792)
There's a very good reason Izturis is on the team -- he's a huge upgrade over the SSs they had last year.

I didn't think they'd get anything for Salazar, so this is a solid move IMO.

I don't see how this move helps the Padres. I think Salazer can be a decent hitter, but as a fulltime player he's only suited to 1b or DH.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:09 PM (#3259856)
I think you can dump salary, and do it a whole lot smarter than this. I don't get this. I know Meredith was logging mop-up innings, but I have to think his value was a whole lot higher than this. And he's not expensive. With teams ALWAYS needing bullpen help, its seems like you're selling short only getting a 31 year old bench player in return.

Does this end any chance of a Felix Pie trade? I'd love to see the Royals take a flyer on him.
   4. Rants Mulliniks Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:13 PM (#3259860)
I would be mad at my parents if they named me "Cla". Although not as mad as a girl my sister-in-law was telling me about that she knows. Her name is pronounced "absiddy" but its spelled Abcde.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:17 PM (#3259868)
Interesting chain of events. The Padres traded George Kottaras for Cla Meredith and everyone was impressed at their astute acumen after seeing how good Meredith was. And yet, even a good reliever whose trade value might be expected to have increased after he has proved himself in the majors...doesn't really see his trade value increase.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:18 PM (#3259870)
I would be mad at my parents if they named me "Cla". Although not as mad as a girl my sister-in-law was telling me about that she knows. Her name is pronounced "absiddy" but its spelled Abcde.

His real name is Olise Claiborne Meredith III.
   7. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:18 PM (#3259871)
His full name is Olise Claiborne Meredith.

Whether this exonerates his parents or not is left open.
   8. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:18 PM (#3259872)
Salazar sounds like Roberto Petigine.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:21 PM (#3259877)
"Olise"? Cursory research suggests that "Olise" is the Danish equivalent of "Alice". WTF?

Is that his mother's maiden name or something?

EDIT: I see we can now edit our comments in the Transaction Oracle. Good!
   10. puck Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:26 PM (#3259888)
And yet, even a good reliever whose trade value might be expected to have increased after he has proved himself in the majors...doesn't really see his trade value increase.


He's pretty much turned out to be a ROOGY, right? (Though this year he doesn't even appear to be that much.)
   11. puck Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:37 PM (#3259901)
If Salazar is only a 1B, then I really wonder what SD is up to. I guess we'll have to wait for Depodesta to update his blog. I thought Kyle Blanks was a first baseman as well.
   12. DKDC Posted: July 20, 2009 at 03:56 PM (#3259922)
Does this end any chance of a Felix Pie trade? I'd love to see the Royals take a flyer on him.


The Salazar trade solves the Orioles self-imposed roster crunch of only being allowed to carry 4 bench players (a side effect of a 12-man pitching staff). I still don't understand why the decision was between Pie and Salazar - Pie is the only bench player who can play CF, while Salazar is pretty redundant to Wigginton.

There aren't any players looming in the minors or DL that will create another bench crunch, unless Lou Montanez comes back way ahead of schedule. That said, I'm sure Pie is available for trade, but there is no pressure to move him now, so MacPhail would want a high-upside talent in return.
   13. chemdoc Posted: July 20, 2009 at 04:12 PM (#3259947)
I would be mad at my parents if they named me "Cla". Although not as mad as a girl my sister-in-law was telling me about that she knows. Her name is pronounced "absiddy" but its spelled Abcde.


I have a co-worker whose wife had a new customer at work. The customer's paperwork had her name listed as Le-a. So my co-worker's wife addressed her as "Lee-ay".

The customer replied, "It's Ledasha, #####!"

A real charmer, that one.
   14. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: July 20, 2009 at 04:24 PM (#3259963)
He's pretty much turned out to be a ROOGY, right? (Though this year he doesn't even appear to be that much.)
Yes, he is a ROOGY, at least as far as the Padres were concerned. They only used him for >1 inning when it was mop up.

It's pretty irrelevant to the Orioles; the identity of the seventh reliever in the pen matters only to fantasy leagues with very deep rosters. What's he going to pitch, 30 innings for the Os this year? (Innings which could be easily eaten up by a 6-man bullpen, but that's a dead horse.)
   15. puck Posted: July 20, 2009 at 04:33 PM (#3259977)
Well, that would explain why Cla's trade value was not high, right?
   16. Swedish Chef Posted: July 20, 2009 at 04:34 PM (#3259978)
Olise Claiborne Meredith

WASPiest name ever!
   17. Juan V Posted: July 20, 2009 at 04:42 PM (#3259991)
Madison Bumgarner has not yet arrived, and he has already lost hope of having the girliest name in MLB.
   18. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 20, 2009 at 05:04 PM (#3260042)
Olise Claiborne Meredith III

What I don't understand is why, if he's going to go by a diminunitive of his middle name, he can't just spell it "Clay". It's not like Bob or Joe are actually part of the names they shorten.

I always felt that Chase Utley was a pretty WASPy name.

Madison Bumgarner has not yet arrived, and he has already lost hope of having the girliest name in MLB.

The scourge of naming people Madison must come to an end. Boys and girls. It's a terrible name. And I hate everybody who has it!
   19. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 20, 2009 at 05:19 PM (#3260090)
What I don't understand is why, if he's going to go by a diminunitive of his middle name, he can't just spell it "Clay". It's not like Bob or Joe are actually part of the names they shorten.

Same here! He brought this spelling upon himself.

The customer replied, "It's Ledasha, #####!"

Urban legend.
   20. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: July 20, 2009 at 05:42 PM (#3260146)
WASPiest name ever!

Perhaps, but Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury is right there alongside him.
   21. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: July 20, 2009 at 10:44 PM (#3260576)
The Padres traded George Kottaras for Cla Meredith

No. The Padres traded Kottaras for David Wells at the end on '06. Meredith and (somebody else) was traded for Veal Parm after somebody else couldn't catch the knuckler.
   22. virginiasteve Posted: July 20, 2009 at 10:49 PM (#3260579)
WASPiest name ever!


Chase Headley.

Actually, Justin Upton would be a good one, if he was white.
   23. jayjay Posted: July 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM (#3260671)
I have a co-worker whose wife had a new customer at work. The customer's paperwork had her name listed as Le-a. So my co-worker's wife addressed her as "Lee-ay".
The customer replied, "It's Ledasha, #####!"
A real charmer, that one.
I just heard this from a young woman (a friend of my friend) at a Madison bar a couple weeks ago. Either there's several Ledashas out there, or the "urban legend" reply is accurate. I'm disappointed to learn that her story might not be true.
   24. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: July 21, 2009 at 12:55 AM (#3260818)
So it's pronounced "Claw" Meredith then?
   25. Ned Garvin: Male Prostitute Posted: July 21, 2009 at 07:51 PM (#3261781)
When it comes to stupid names, I always insist on pronouncing them phonetically, or occasionally some other even worse pronunciation if the name deserves it. Cla I pronounce like "clan" without the ending consonant. That makes the name sound as stupid as it looks. Same goes for Chone, and others I am not recalling at the moment. You spell it wrong, I say it wrong.
   26. flournoy Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:00 PM (#3261796)
I pronounce "Micheal" as "Mike-ee-al." You'd think that people would learn to spell the most common name in the country. Geez.
   27. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:04 PM (#3261805)
When it comes to stupid names, I always insist on pronouncing them phonetically, or occasionally some other even worse pronunciation if the name deserves it. Cla I pronounce like "clan" without the ending consonant. That makes the name sound as stupid as it looks. Same goes for Chone, and others I am not recalling at the moment. You spell it wrong, I say it wrong.

Yeah, because standard English orthography is so phonetic.

And here's the Snopes entry on "Le-a".
   28. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:15 PM (#3261818)
You'd think that people would learn to spell the most common name in the country. Geez.

1998 called, they want their most popular baby name back!

Heh, sorry.

Hebrew names are still hot, with the top 5 all being from Hebrew and former also-ran names like Isaac and Caleb breaking comfortably into the top 50.

On the other hand, I have some serious issues with the parents of the 208 Jaggers, 213 Lyrics, and the 320 Aces born last year. I'm not sure I want to live in a world in which there are 3 times as many Brodys as Jeffreys.
   29. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:15 PM (#3261820)
That's an awfully ghoti-y story, there, battlekow.
   30. villageidiom Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:23 PM (#3261832)
No. The Padres traded Kottaras for David Wells at the end on '06. Meredith and (somebody else) was traded for Veal Parm after somebody else couldn't catch the knuckler.
(somebody else) is Josh Bard.
   31. villageidiom Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:24 PM (#3261835)
and the 320 Aces born last year
But half of them were born in Wasilla.
   32. Swedish Chef Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:25 PM (#3261836)
I have some serious issues with the parents of the 208 Jaggers, 213 Lyrics, and the 320 Aces born last year.

Sweden had 252 Neos last year.
   33. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: July 21, 2009 at 08:34 PM (#3261843)
   34. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 22, 2009 at 12:48 PM (#3262498)
When it comes to stupid names, I always insist on pronouncing them phonetically, or occasionally some other even worse pronunciation if the name deserves it. Cla I pronounce like "clan" without the ending consonant. That makes the name sound as stupid as it looks. Same goes for Chone, and others I am not recalling at the moment. You spell it wrong, I say it wrong.


I do the same. Dwyane Wade is great to say phonetically.
   35. LooseCannon Posted: July 22, 2009 at 04:10 PM (#3262808)
What would you people do if it had turned out that Cla was part Asian and named after a Vietnamese grandfather war hero or something like that?
   36. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: July 23, 2009 at 04:06 AM (#3263949)
CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNE
   37. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: July 23, 2009 at 04:17 AM (#3263953)
What would you people do if it had turned out that Cla was part Asian and named after a Vietnamese grandfather war hero or something like that?

######' Cong.
   38. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: July 23, 2009 at 06:14 AM (#3264015)
My girlfriend is an occasional substitute teacher, and has had to call roll for kids named Sarin (like the gas, but pronounced like 'serene,' and yes the girl copped an attitude when the name was pronounced 'wrong'), Pervante, and Snoopdog in the last year.
   39.     Hey Gurl Posted: July 23, 2009 at 06:35 AM (#3264024)
Boy, that trade was looking like a disaster there for a bit. Bard had a 150 OPS+ the rest of the year for the Padres and Meredith a 380 ERA+ in 50 innings. They both had decent 2007's and then ... suck.
   40. jyjjy Posted: July 23, 2009 at 03:06 PM (#3264337)
Chone doesn't fly with me either but for that matter neither does Sean. If your name is Shawn spell it that way.
   41. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 23, 2009 at 05:50 PM (#3264672)
Isn't Sean the historic spelling of the name? From Ireland?
   42. jyjjy Posted: July 25, 2009 at 06:14 AM (#3266544)
Like I care. It doesn't have an h or a w. If there's ONE missing consonant maybe I'll let it slide but 2 is simply asking too much.
   43. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 25, 2009 at 07:05 AM (#3266558)
Chone doesn't fly with me either but for that matter neither does Sean.

Sean is the correct way to spell this name.
   44. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: July 25, 2009 at 10:26 AM (#3266580)
What made the trade at the time suck the most was the collapse of the Sox in 2006
   45. JoeHova Posted: July 25, 2009 at 12:18 PM (#3266604)
Isn't Sean the historic spelling of the name?

I always thought "Sean Bean" was a funny name. It seems like it should either be pronounced "Seen Bean" or "Shawn Bawn". Imagine my disappointment when I found out that his parents foresaw that difficulty and actually named him "Shaun". He just uses "Sean" professionally because he thought it was memorable (and funny).
   46. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 25, 2009 at 05:37 PM (#3266806)
Sean is the correct way to spell this name.

According to the intertubes, the correct way to spell this name is ???????.
   47. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: July 25, 2009 at 06:00 PM (#3266825)
Anybody who complains about Hispanic pronunciation of names should start with the Irish.

Siobhan, Niambh, Maebh, and a bunch of last names (Keough for one), most of which have been further anglicized.
   48. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2009 at 06:06 PM (#3266840)
Anybody who complains about names, period, should start getting over themselves.
   49. Cabbage Posted: July 25, 2009 at 06:52 PM (#3266882)
Shadrack, Mishak, and Abednago.
   50. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: July 25, 2009 at 07:21 PM (#3266900)
Of course, my name -- both of them -- is pronounced exactly as spelled, but for some reason people have trouble with it (the last name, not the first). Did they never learn the concept of "sound it out"?
   51.     Hey Gurl Posted: July 25, 2009 at 07:30 PM (#3266903)
My first, middle, and last names combine for 13 letters, and are impossible to mess up. But yeah, getting uppity over names seems pointless to me. We need more wacky names, not less.
   52. Greg K Posted: July 25, 2009 at 11:52 PM (#3267126)
Karel Pilar (pronounced Pee-Losh) always confounded me...though he was my favourite NHL player for a while after Garry Valk's retirement
   53.     Hey Gurl Posted: July 25, 2009 at 11:55 PM (#3267129)
Stan Neckar (pronounced Nets-Cash)
   54. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: July 26, 2009 at 12:03 AM (#3267133)
Doug Gwosdz - I *think* his last name was pronounced "goosh"...

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