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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Pirates - Signed Randa

Pittsburgh Pirates - Signed 3B Joe Randa to a 1-year, $4 million contract.

I’m not sure what this accomplishes.  Randa hit better than Sanchez in 2005, but the difference wasn’t overwhelming and their respective ages should make it closer in 2006.  Both are good with the glove.  Now, if Jose Bautista doesn’t build on his 2005 season, all you’ve accomplished is wasting a year of Freddy Sanchez.  On the plus side, Pirate signings tend to be counterproductive and since Randa doesn’t actively hurt the team, it’s a good move, relatively speaking.

2006 ZiPS Projections
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Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Bautista   442 52 109 23 1 15 61 38 104   5 .247 .315 .405
Randa     534 66 148 41 2 14 72 42 78   0 .277 .332 .440
Sanchez   414 52 120 25 3   5 42 32 41   5 .290 .344 .401
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Dan Szymborski Posted: December 28, 2005 at 09:26 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. MS Posted: December 29, 2005 at 07:22 AM (#1798143)
Now, if Jose Bautista doesn't build on his 2005 season, all you've accomplished is wasting a year of Freddy Sanchez.

Yeah but the Pirates don't actually want Sanchez to be the starting third baseman, so it's not wasting as far as they are concerned. He's a utilityman dammit, and that's how they are going to use him.
   2. s.zielinski Posted: December 29, 2005 at 07:09 PM (#1798791)
Yeah but the Pirates don't actually want Sanchez to be the starting third baseman, so it's not wasting as far as they are concerned.

Of course, the Pirates do not want Freddie Sanchez to be their starting thirdbaseman. If he were, it would make it look as though the team were treading water. We can't have that, can we?
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 29, 2005 at 07:14 PM (#1798798)
I would think the Bucs would want to start Bautista to justify re-acquiring him when they could have had Justin Huber.
   4. s.zielinski Posted: December 29, 2005 at 07:32 PM (#1798840)
I would think the Bucs would want to start Bautista to justify re-acquiring him when they could have had Justin Huber.

If the Pirates cared about that they would not have dumped Ty Wigginton, Matt Peterson (Benson trade) and Bobby Hill (Ramirez trade) this fall. Besides, it's not as though the Pirates would not have traded for Casey if they had Huber waiting for his shot.
   5. MS Posted: December 30, 2005 at 06:03 AM (#1799685)
At least I can take comfort in Arizona signing Byrnes and saving the Pirates from themselves.
   6. Morph Posted: December 30, 2005 at 10:41 PM (#1800430)
Sanchez doesn't have enough power to man a corner spot for a whole season. He's better utilized as a utility player. Casey at first, Castillo at second, Wilson at short, who should bounce back, and Joe Randa at third. Not bad at all. If Sean Burnett's recovery went well, watch out. The Pirates could jump out of nowhere.
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 31, 2005 at 03:41 PM (#1801018)
"The Pirates could jump out of nowhere."

Yeah, fifth place will never see 'em coming.
   8. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: December 31, 2005 at 03:52 PM (#1801022)
At least I can take comfort in Arizona signing Byrnes and saving the Pirates from themselves.

I'd have been a bit surprised by that. I think Byrnes is still young enough to have some conceiveable upside. I figured that they'd go after Burnitz first.
   9. Russ Posted: December 31, 2005 at 07:43 PM (#1801212)
I don't hate this signing from a depth perspective. I've always criticized the Pirates for jerking young players around. The Randa signing guarantees that Bautista will get steady PT at Indy and we can get a good feel for what he'll be worth in the future. Sanchez, although a decent player, is not some uber-prospect (like Duke) or even sub-uber prospect (like McLouth) who is getting blocked here. This way, if Jack Wilson or Castillo go down with injuries, the Pirates have Sanchez around to hit. And it definitely gives them some deeper bench options than JJ Furmaniak. I would have liked to have seen what Sanchez could do in a full-time role, but he simply doesn't have the bat to get lots of time at a corner.

It's only one year and the Pirates can boast a pretty decent set of pinch-hitters and platoon options for next year: Craig Wilson or Nate McLouth, Jody Gerut, Sanchez, Humberto Cota (or possibly Ronnie Paulino), DeCaster if he makes the 25-man. This is WAY better than the Abe Nunez / Tike Redman style pinch-hitting that we've been getting in the past. For the first time in a long time, the Pirates won't get crushed by a big injury to anyone but Bay, Duke, or Torres. Granted, there's not a lot of upside to the guys that they've acquired, but given the Pirate organization's complete inability to properly judge upside when allocating playing time, maybe that's for the best.

Should make ST pretty interesting... what does the 13/14-man position roster look like right now?

C: Doumit/Cota
1b: Casey/CWilson
2b: Castillo/Sanchez
ss: JWilson
3b: Smilin Joe
lf: Pray (he doesn't get hurt)
cf: Duffy
rf: McLouth/Gerut

That leaves 1 or 2 spots left... given that this is the Pirate organization, I wouldn't be surprised to see that third catcher (Paulino) and a dogfight for the last infielder slot amongst a bunch of NRI's and JJ Furmaniak. Pirates also acquired Mike Edwards, would not be surprised to see him on the roster as an outfielder/emergency 3bman.
   10. Rowdy Posted: January 01, 2006 at 08:54 PM (#1801994)
The Randa signing also frees up Jack Wilson for a possible deadline trade.
   11. Russ Posted: January 02, 2006 at 03:51 PM (#1802832)
The Randa signing also frees up Jack Wilson for a possible deadline trade.

Never gonna happen. Jack Wilson is the mayor of Pittsburgh... I think they'd trade Bay before Jack-o. For some reason, the locals equate defensive baseball with defensive football and we all know how much they love the Steeler D. This is a city that begins every Roberto Clemente discussion with his fielding rather than his batting average and his 3000 hits, a city that actually believed that Andy Van Slyke was more valuable than Barry Bonds.

There would be a riot at PNC on a scale typically reserved for slaw shortages at Primanti's if they traded Wilson.
   12. chadmarco Posted: January 20, 2006 at 12:54 AM (#1829314)
sanchez ended the year on a 17-game hitting streak, incidentally. it included 3 3-hit games.

i like randa, i liked him the year we had him, and he should drive in more runs than sanchez would next year - even if he doesn't hit a bunch of homeruns he's shown an ability to hit doubles, which i think is an underrated stat, and his production last year could have been his career highs until he moved to san diego (see how giles has fared power-wise since going to s.d.), but all of this and i still agree with the fact that you may be wasting a year sanchez could be improving. I mean, he bats .291 in his first year and gets stronger at the end?

i know we're in an extreme rush to be over .500 but if littlefield was really worried about the team's future he probably wouldn't have signed these guys, especially burnitz. we won't win the division this year, so it would be the perfect year to give craig wilson one more shot at a regular job and sanchez another year of experience. if neither shows much, you really haven't lost that much because there are many good-looking prospects that could be ready next year and if they aren't you could always sign another 37 year old joe randa or burnitz-type
   13. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 20, 2006 at 12:57 AM (#1829317)
Is this a speciman of "casual fan" ranting? I admit to not going out in the field much.

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