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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Red Sox - Acquired Bradford

Boston Red Sox - Acquired P Chad Bradford from the Oakland A"s for OF Jay Payton.

This probably won’t have too much of a positive benefit for either side.  The Red Sox are certainly in need of bullpen help, but they don’t need another guy who’s an injury question mark coming off a disappointing year (though worth a flier) and Jay Payton, while a good player in the role he excels at, joins a team that already is full of platoon outfielders and a centerfielder that doesn’t need help against lefties.  This may make sense if the Eric Byrnes outta town rumors are true - Payton approximates Byrnes’ skill set pretty nicely (unless flowy blond hair is a skill).  Neither team is getting a savior, but nobody’s getting robbed.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Jay Payton
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05 133 24   35   7 0   5 21 10 14   0 .263 .313 .429
Rest ‘05   195 24   52   8 1   6 23 16 22   0 .267 .325 .410
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Total ‘05 328 49   87 15 1 11 44 26 36   0 .265 .321 .418

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Chad Bradford
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Period     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
—————————————————————————————-
Actual ‘05   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 0.00
Rest ‘05   2   1 32   0   31   30   14   2 10 21 4.06
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Total ‘05   2   1 32   0   31   30   14   2 10 21 4.06

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 14, 2005 at 03:18 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Miko Supports Shane's Spam Habit Posted: July 14, 2005 at 04:36 AM (#1470605)
I thought Byrnes is a poor fielder, whereas Payton is very good (an UZR all-star, at least).
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 14, 2005 at 01:15 PM (#1470881)
Yes, but as I mentioned above, the A's don't need a centerfielder of any stripe, so that skill kinda gets washed over. If I were the Rockies, I would have actually preferred Payton to Byrnes.
   3. Mikαεl Posted: July 14, 2005 at 01:20 PM (#1470890)
I'd prefer Payton to Byrnes regardless of what team I were. Byrnes is a really, really bad fielder. Wherever Payton takes over for him, the A's get a big boost on defense.

I haven't been particularly impressed with Swisher's defense when I've seen him, so I think it'll help the A's to get a second excellent glove in the outfield.
   4. chris p Posted: July 14, 2005 at 01:30 PM (#1470910)
Yes, but as I mentioned above, the A's don't need a centerfielder of any stripe, so that skill kinda gets washed over.

Dan, this is silly. Payton is clearly the better outfielder. Payton is better at left field, center field, and right field than Byrnes is. It may be less important in left or right, but there is still plenty of value in left and right field defense. If Payton can hit close to what Byrnes did, he's the better player.
   5. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: July 14, 2005 at 01:47 PM (#1470938)
(unless flowy blond hair is a skill)

I think FBH can be learned, but it's more of a talent than a skill.
   6. scotto Posted: July 14, 2005 at 01:50 PM (#1470947)
I think FBH can be learned, but it's more of a talent than a skill.

I've been meaning to learn FBH but it, like Finnish, has eluded me.
   7. JMM Posted: July 14, 2005 at 02:22 PM (#1470999)
FBH is actually more or an art than a talent or skill. And while it can be learned to a certain extent, you have to have certain recessive genes to pull it off. Or lots of peroxide (and possibly hair straitener).
   8. Walt Davis Posted: July 14, 2005 at 06:06 PM (#1471667)
I'm willing to bet that Payton can not achieve FBH without substantial use of hair performance enhancing substances.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: July 14, 2005 at 06:14 PM (#1471694)
While surely a better defensive player, I'm not convinced that Payton is Byrne's equal offensively ... but it's hard to tell without park-adjusted splits. Anyway Byrnes has crushed LH pitching while Payton's splits have been more normal. Also, Payton's hitting has kinda stunk overall for the last 1.5 years.

The defensive edge appears to still make Payton the better player, but I don't think Payton is just Byrnes with a better glove ... he's Byrnes Lite with a better glove.

And I know a run is pretty much a run whether it's on offense or defense, but about the last thing the A's need is to downgrade offensively.
   10. MM1f Posted: July 14, 2005 at 06:51 PM (#1471821)
"(unless flowy blond hair is a skill)"

It sure helps if youre selling jeans i bet.
   11. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: July 15, 2005 at 07:15 AM (#1473894)
I liked Byrnes. It's not rational I know.

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