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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Red Sox - Acquired Donnelly, Signed Romero, Mirabelli

Boston Red Sox - Acquired P Brendan Donnelly from the Los Angeles Angels for P Phil Seibel; signed P J.C. Romero and C Doug Mirabelli to 1-year contracts.

Donnelly’s still under team control for 2007, so it’s not costing the Red Sox a whole lot.  Donnelly isn’t as dominating a reliever as he was when he first came up, but he’s decent and the Red Sox didn’t have any plans for Phil Seibel.  Seibel, along with the recently signed Darren Oliver, is there to add lefthanded bullpen depth to the Angels, something they didn’t have a week ago.

Romero, on the other hand, is looking kind of used up and I think there’s a good chance that the Red Sox are the team to acquire him a year too late, not let him go a year too early.  The Twins were smart not to keep Romero after that big strikeout drop from 2004-to-2005.  Mirabelli was a disaster in 2006, both on the field (193/261/342) and off, with the Red Sox giving the Padres Cla Meredith, who ended up being one of the best relievers in baseball in 2006, and Josh Bard, who suddenly decided to start htiting, in return for getting Mirabelli back.  It’s nice Tim Wakefield got his personal catcher back, but if the Red Sox have to do so much to get Mirabelli not to mention having him backing up the increasingly fragile Varitek, Wakefield should do a lot better than 7-11, 4.63 in return.

2007 ZiPS Projections
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Player     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Donnelly   4   4 58   0   58   59   28   7 22 48 4.34
Romero     4   3 69   1   61   58   30   5 33 52 4.43
Seibel     4   4 20 12   69   71   35 13 20 50 4.57
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Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Mirabelli   159 15   34   8 0   6 23 16 81   0 .214 .304 .377
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Dan Szymborski Posted: December 17, 2006 at 12:51 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 17, 2006 at 06:45 AM (#2263625)
I hate you, Doug Mirabelli. I hate you so much I can taste it.
   2. Miko Supports Shane's Spam Habit Posted: December 17, 2006 at 06:59 AM (#2263634)
Did he steal your girlfriend? For a few years there, he was an outstanding backup (or did you forget the threat of John Flaherty starting 30-40 games/year)?

The other stuff--the trade, the Sox' thinking that a corpse is the most qualified object to catch Wakefield--I don't see how that's Mirabelli's fault.
   3. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 17, 2006 at 07:08 AM (#2263640)
It's that he sucked so much afterward. I admit it, I have a short memory. Besides, it's not rational. 100% visceral.
   4. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 17, 2006 at 07:16 AM (#2263642)
DOUGIE'S GOING DEEP!
   5. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 17, 2006 at 07:16 AM (#2263643)
Also, when Voxter met Mirabelli a year ago, Mirabelli poured a drink on his shirt, called him a #####, and stuffed him in a broom closet.

Then he ate seventeen chicken parms.
   6. DCW3 Posted: December 17, 2006 at 08:13 AM (#2263656)
(or did you forget the threat of John Flaherty starting 30-40 games/year)?

I don't think I'll ever really understand why Flaherty is hated so much.
   7. villageidiom Posted: December 18, 2006 at 03:42 AM (#2264083)
Maybe I'm having the wrong gut reaction to this, but... ZiPS suggests that Seibel will give up 0.6 HR/9 more than Donnelly, but his ERA will be only 0.2 ER/9 higher?
   8. Daryn Posted: December 18, 2006 at 04:21 AM (#2264109)
post 8
   9. Dan Szymborski Posted: December 18, 2006 at 03:40 PM (#2264237)
Donnelly, Component ERA - 4.47
Seibel, Component ERA - 4.66
   10. Hungry Hungry Hipolito Pichardo Posted: December 18, 2006 at 05:16 PM (#2264283)
Does that really predict Mirabelli to strike out in half his ABs? Wow.
   11. Dizzypaco Posted: December 18, 2006 at 09:43 PM (#2264454)
Personally, I think Mirabelli has virtually no value on any team except the Red Sox, where he has a lot more value than anyone wants to admit. In April, Wakefield was giving up 5.29 runs per nine innings. In May and June, after Mirabelli was reaquired, he gave up a little over 4. I don't think its a coincidence, not after watching the games. After that, Wakefield was hurt, which affected his numbers when he did pitch. But its pretty clear to me that he makes a difference.
   12. Rough Carrigan Posted: December 19, 2006 at 12:55 AM (#2264571)
Dougie's a stud who hits bombs!
   13. Astro-Bonilla Posted: December 19, 2006 at 04:17 AM (#2264713)
The projection has Mirabelli striking out in over half of his at bats; and 270 times per 600 PA.
   14. Astro-Bonilla Posted: December 19, 2006 at 04:24 AM (#2264726)
Personally, I think Mirabelli has virtually no value on any team except the Red Sox, where he has a lot more value than anyone wants to admit.
Doug was certainly an above average backup overall in 04-05.
   15. DCW3 Posted: December 19, 2006 at 07:42 AM (#2264827)
Let's see, 6 homers in 175 ABs. If Doug caught every game, that would project out to about 24 homers, which is totally awesome for a catcher.

I think the 700 PAs would be a lot more awesome for a catcher than the 24 home runs.
   16. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 19, 2006 at 08:35 AM (#2264837)
I think the 700 PAs would be a lot more awesome for a catcher than the 24 home runs.

Fair enough. Okay, then bench Ortiz and start Mirabelli at DH every night. I'm curious to see if he could hit over 20 homers in 162 games.
   17. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: December 19, 2006 at 09:55 AM (#2264846)
Romero, on the other hand, is looking kind of used up and I think there's a good chance that the Red Sox are the team to acquire him a year too late, not let him go a year too early.

Um, I think you misspelled "Angels".
   18. Flynn Posted: December 19, 2006 at 10:01 AM (#2264848)
*gives you guys 20 bucks to go away*

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