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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Rangers - Claimed Baldwin, Acquired Grybo

Texas Rangers - Claimed P James Baldwin off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles; acquired P Kevin Gryboski from the Atlanta Braves for P Matt Lorenzo

The Texas Rangers have problems with their pitching staff as usual, so here we have a couple of risky moves that don’t cost them much.  Baldwin certainly didn’t look much better this season than he has in the past, but that could be some prejudice on my part as I’ve seen Baldwin plenty over the last decade.  Gryboski’s been relatively effective this year, but Cox hasn’t been able to count on him at all since he’s probably a bad windup or two away from 18 month reconstructive surgery to his shoulder.  I do reiterate, however, that the Rangers aren’t risking anything here.  Baldwin will be a reliever for the Rangers - ignore that ZiPS usage.

2005 ZiPS Projection - James Baldwin
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Period     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Actual ‘05   0   0 12   0   22   17   4   2   3 12 1.61
Rest ‘05   1   2   9   6   43   53   27   8 11 20 5.65
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Total ‘05   1   2 21   6   65   70   31 10 14 32 4.27

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Kevin Gryboski
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Period     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Actual ‘05   0   0 32   0   22   27   9   0 12   8 3.68
Rest ‘05   0   1 24   0   18   19   10   1 10   9 5.00
—————————————————————————————-
Total ‘05   0   1 56   0   40   46   19   1 22 17 4.27

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 23, 2005 at 06:41 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 23, 2005 at 07:49 PM (#1493889)
I know it's a small sample, but the guy did have a 1.61 ERA, a 4/1 K/BB ratio, 1 HR per 11 IP and less than a hit per IP. Hardly seems like the guy to dump.

Gryboski's 12 walks give him scary peripherals but 0 HR in 22 IP is appealing. He's the guy you bring in with a RH batter up and you need a DP -- kind of a super-ROOGY, good for probably 20 high-leverage PAs per year. :-)
   2. MM1f Posted: July 23, 2005 at 08:15 PM (#1493931)
Baldwin also had a mid or upper 4 ERA as a starter in AAA (in a large sample) and looked easily hittable the time I saw him.
   3. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 23, 2005 at 08:52 PM (#1493972)
Not relevant to anything, but I always liked the terminology of the waiver acquisition.

"Rangers- CLAIMED Baldwin..."

I'm just imagining a 16th-century explorer sticking a flag in James Baldwin and shouting, "I claim this washed-up has been in the name of France!"
   4. Optimus_Primate Posted: July 23, 2005 at 11:21 PM (#1494119)
I'm just imagining a 16th-century explorer sticking a flag in James Baldwin and shouting, "I claim this washed-up has been in the name of France!"

Is said explorer a Huguenot?

*squints*
   5. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: July 24, 2005 at 12:52 AM (#1494175)
That sounds like a great idea for Sketch Comedy.
   6. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: July 24, 2005 at 01:17 AM (#1494183)
Actually, Walt, I would have to call that the most brilliant dumping in the history of baseball, nay, of all mankind. James Baldwin is a 7.71 ERA waiting to happen; they got the good part.
   7. Joshemy Posted: July 24, 2005 at 05:16 AM (#1494505)
James Baldwin... boy, was he bad last year with the Mets.
   8. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: July 25, 2005 at 12:01 AM (#1495457)
Gryboski's allowed about half of his inherited runners to score this year. Basically, you can't bring him in with runners on base. When the guy's skill is supposed to be getting double plays, that's a problem.

The fact that his shoulder is about to fall apart is just one more reason we Braves fans are glad to see him gone. It doesn't matter what we got for him; his absence is good enough.
   9. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: July 25, 2005 at 12:03 AM (#1495458)
Actually, finishing my thoughts...

The Braves really didn't want a MLB player back for Gryboski. They wanted the free spot on the 40 man roster, since John Thompson will probably be back in a week or so, and is currently on the 60 day DL.

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