Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Transaction Oracle > Discussion
Transaction Oracle
— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen

Friday, January 13, 2006

Orioles - Signed Millar

Baltimore Orioles - Signed 1B Kevin Millar to 1-year contract worth $2.1 million; signed P Franklyn Gracesqui to a 1-year contract.

Millar can also make an amazing $2.5 million in additional incentive clauses; hopefully, these are of the “$1 million if the Orioles win the World Series or Millar wins the MVP” variety instead of the playing time ones.

What can you say?  The Orioles are exactly the type of team who should be finding year 2000 versions of Kevin Millar instead of year 2006 versions.  But, given that the Orioles probably have the least imaginative front office/ownership of any team in baseball, we know that wasn’t going to happen.  You probably could have gotten Val Pasucci back for 3 years at that price.  And before someone shouts Pirates or Royals, Dave Littlefield is imaginative, but dumb, and the Royals pickup of a backup/stopgap 2B in Esteban German (before the Grudz signing) in the Rule 5 draft was a ton more imaginative than anything the Orioles have done in years.

You know a signing’s bad when the team doesn’t even mention the player’s playing abilities and the player in question even announces that he’s “not a very good player.”  Kevin Millar has scads of veteran playoffy experience, super-important in the battle for 4th with the Devil Rays.  One of these years, perhaps even 2006, the Devil Rays will accidentally not screw over enough of their young talent and pass the O’s.

And to think people in Baltimore are confused as to why Tejada is so pissed-off.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Kevin Millar
————————————————————————————-
AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
————————————————————————————-
487 57 126 24 1 13 59 59 82   1 .259 .348 .392

Dan Szymborski Posted: January 13, 2006 at 06:22 PM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Related News:

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. WillYoung Posted: January 13, 2006 at 07:19 PM (#1819819)
Millar can also make an amazing $2.5 million in additional incentive clauses; hopefully, these are of the "$1 million if the Orioles win the World Series or Millar wins the MVP" variety instead of the playing time ones.

I know you're mostly joking with this line, but the whole Curt Schilling ordeal illustrated that individual players cannot have bonus clauses in for team performance per the CBA.
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 13, 2006 at 07:39 PM (#1819856)
Heh, since you're ruining my fun.

Minnesota Twins - Signed Darrell May
   3. WillYoung Posted: January 13, 2006 at 07:49 PM (#1819865)
You bastard!
   4. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: January 13, 2006 at 07:49 PM (#1819866)
Wow, that projection is even worse than I thought. Surely he'll do a little better than that.
   5. MM1f Posted: January 13, 2006 at 07:54 PM (#1819871)
Can we get a projection for Gracesqui?
I've seen him pitch before and i dont remember him too well but hes a another big lefty with the stuff to strike guys out but not enough control.

I think the Marlins were relly hoping hed get his act together and be part of their pen
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 13, 2006 at 09:56 PM (#1820039)
Can we get a projection for Gracesqui?


Why? He's not going to pitch in the majors.

-- MWE
   7. DCW3 Posted: January 13, 2006 at 10:36 PM (#1820100)
Remember the days when Kevin Millar was an underrated potential star wasting away in Florida? Three years later, he's a crappy, overrated "clubhouse leader." How things change.
   8. MM1f Posted: January 13, 2006 at 10:50 PM (#1820114)
"Why? He's not going to pitch in the majors.

-- MWE "

Oh i know, i'm well aware. I meant it strictly for curiosity
   9. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 14, 2006 at 03:00 AM (#1820381)
Tejada for GM. He clearly has a better idea of what it takes to win.
   10. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: January 14, 2006 at 05:03 AM (#1820482)
1 stolen base for Millar? Awesome!
   11. fables of the deconstruction Posted: January 15, 2006 at 12:29 AM (#1821189)
Tejada for GM. He clearly has a better idea of what it takes to win.

GtwMA,

Not really. It would just be a matter of booting out DuqFailagan's 'no talent intangible veterans™' and putting Tejada's 'no talent intangible veterans™' in. Dan's right. The O's need to be looking for "year 2000 versions of Kevin Millar instead of year 2006 versions." Before that, someone needs to teleport the warehouse, Pete the Greek and the (amazin' lack of) braintrust to Ix. Secondly, the O's need someone outside the mainstream to run the show. A person not wedded to crappy veterans and lousy prospects.

I'm not sanguine on any of that actually happening.

BTW: If you're not going to blood that machete, I want it back! ;) ...

--------
trevise
   12. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 15, 2006 at 02:01 AM (#1821397)
Secondly, the O's need someone outside the mainstream to run the show. A person not wedded to crappy veterans and lousy prospects.

I'm not sanguine on any of that actually happening.


You, me and Dan for GM! Agnes Teviszymborski can handle this problem.
   13. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 15, 2006 at 02:12 AM (#1821419)

BTW: If you're not going to blood that machete, I want it back! ;) ...


Don't bother me...I'm busy
   14. fables of the deconstruction Posted: January 15, 2006 at 02:34 AM (#1821464)
Don't bother me...I'm busy

RDF!!! It's about frickin' time!!! ;) ...

You, me and Dan for GM! Agnes Teviszymborski can handle this problem.

If you've completed the other tasks, I'm ready to start. If sure Dan is too!!! :) ...

--------
trevise
   15. fables of the deconstruction Posted: January 15, 2006 at 02:37 AM (#1821471)
If sure Dan is too!!! :) ...

CORRECTION: I'm sure Dan is too!!! :) ...


T
   16. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 15, 2006 at 03:33 AM (#1821546)
Dan can't join us until he posts the ZiPS for the Cards and Pale Hose.
   17. fables of the deconstruction Posted: January 15, 2006 at 03:45 AM (#1821562)
Dan can't join us until he posts the ZiPS for the Cards and Pale Hose.

If Dan is gonna be one of the "3-headed Orioles GM Monster™" then ZiPS just became proprietary...!!! :-) ...

--------
trevise
   18. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 15, 2006 at 03:57 AM (#1821574)
Yeah, if he tries to post them, I'll have to get out the machete.
   19. fables of the deconstruction Posted: January 15, 2006 at 04:05 AM (#1821583)
Yeah, if he tries to post them, I'll have to get out the machete.

Damned straight!!! :) ...

----------
trevise
   20. WillYoung Posted: January 15, 2006 at 04:53 PM (#1822026)
Did anybody catch that the second result of this signing was the DFA of Walter Young?
   21. 1k5v3L Posted: January 15, 2006 at 04:55 PM (#1822028)
the red sox should pick up walter young just to piss off the orioles. and then turn him into the second coming of david ortiz...
   22. Bmore Boy (Thailand edition) Posted: January 15, 2006 at 04:58 PM (#1822030)
Did anybody catch that the second result of this signing was the DFA of Walter Young?


I just saw that. I didn't think this team could get more depressing than the end of last year, but they sure are trying.
   23. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 15, 2006 at 08:04 PM (#1822135)
the red sox should pick up walter young just to piss off the orioles. and then turn him into the second coming of david ortiz...

They'll need a pretty large dose of magic fairy dust to turn a guy who can't even post an .800 OPS in AAA at age 25 into Ortiz, who was able to post an .827 in the majors at age 22. Young deserves the shot and the Orioles are stupid for not letting have it. But Young isn't Ortiz.
   24. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: January 16, 2006 at 02:05 PM (#1823622)
Money is no longer worth anything.
   25. 1k5v3L Posted: January 16, 2006 at 06:27 PM (#1823853)
"But Young isn't Ortiz."

Yes, but Young could swallow both Ortiz and David Wells, and still have room for Manny.
   26. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2006 at 07:21 PM (#1823921)
I think the Royals should sign Walter Young and let him play in Omaha all year, no matter how many home runs he hits.
   27. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: January 16, 2006 at 07:48 PM (#1823964)
I just saw that. I didn't think this team could get more depressing than the end of last year, but they sure are trying.
Why didn't you think so? Heck, I'm not convinced we won't sign another DH this offseason.
   28. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 17, 2006 at 02:16 AM (#1824364)
I think the Royals should sign Walter Young and let him play in Omaha all year, no matter how many home runs he hits.

I think if I were GM, I'd sign Young, Ortiz, Pickering, Fielder and see a real test of defense versus offense.
   29. MM1f Posted: January 17, 2006 at 03:10 AM (#1824430)
"I think if I were GM, I'd sign Young, Ortiz, Pickering, Fielder and see a real test of defense versus offense. "

You'd have to factor in how much it would cost to get another team plane since youd couldnt fit em all on the same plane without crashing it
   30. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: January 17, 2006 at 03:37 AM (#1824465)
hire Sam Horn for hitting coach.
   31. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 17, 2006 at 03:50 AM (#1824482)
Ponson, Colon?
Garces?
   32. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: January 17, 2006 at 04:53 AM (#1824556)
ok this begs the question, who would play on the all over weight team?
   33. The Chanumas Spirit Posted: January 17, 2006 at 05:52 PM (#1825075)
ok this begs the question, who would play on the all over weight team?


Another question would be where would you get your lineup to play besides 1st base and DH? Because this is how it would seem:

C - ???
1b - Ortiz
Backup 1b - Pickering
Backup Backup 1b - Fielder
Backup Backup Backup 1b - Young
2b - ???
3b - ???
SS - ???

etc etc
   34. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: January 17, 2006 at 06:11 PM (#1825107)
ok this begs the question, who would play on the all over weight team?

No, it doesn't. ;-)
   35. MM1f Posted: January 17, 2006 at 06:23 PM (#1825128)
Dont forget Carlos Baerga and Rich Garces. Mike LaValliere and Angel Pena could catch
   36. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 18, 2006 at 05:26 AM (#1826269)
You're missing my point. I'd pay big money to see the doubleplay combo of Pickering to Fielder to Young. When you are signing Kevin Millar, you have to think BIG, if you want to attract fans!
   37. Nuclear Dish Posted: January 19, 2006 at 05:56 PM (#1828482)
The infield would be one huge sinkhole!

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Ghost is getting a Woody
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Syndicate

Page rendered in 0.2466 seconds
66 querie(s) executed