Orioles - Signed Williamson, Bradford, Bako
Baltimore Orioles - Signed P Scott Williamson, P Chad Bradford, and C Paul Bako to contracts.
Williamson and Bako are both one-year deals, just under a million dollars (Williamson 900K, Bako a guess). The Orioles have completely revamped middle relief this offseason, spending $14 million a year for the personnel needed to protect leads that don’t exist and comebacks that don’t materialize.
The Bradford signing is the least objectionable signing this offseason for the Orioles - Bradford returned to being healthy and dependable in 2006. His contract comes in at $10.5 over 3 years, which is cheaper than the Walker or Baez signings and I rather have the sidearmer. The main concern is that Bradford usually does have problems with lefties, so the Orioles probably should be careful about which situations they use him in. I can’t help but root for Bradford due to the soft spot I have for Oriole relievers with low arm angles (Mark Eichhorn, Todd Frohwirth, and Steve Reed even though he was awful as an Oriole).
Bako is absolutely worthless. I’m not sure why the Orioles want him - they like their pointless awful backup catchers to be Hispanic. Maybe they thought his name was “Paco.”
2007 ZiPS Projections
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
Bako 134 9 27 3 0 0 9 11 40 0 .201 .265 .224
2006 ZiPS Projections
Player W L G GS IP H ER HR BB SO ERA
Bradford 4 3 62 0 53 53 22 3 15 35 3.74
Williamson 2 2 40 0 38 37 21 3 21 32 4.97
Posted: November 29, 2006 at 04:54 PM | 30 comment(s)
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