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Friday, January 13, 2006

Red Sox - Signed Tavarez

Boston Red Sox - Signed P Julian Tavarez to a 2-year contract worth $6.7 million.

While this isn’t directly addressing a weakness, adding Tavarez doesn’t really make their centerfield and shortstop searches any harder and he has been quite good since returning to the setup role.  Strange looking and odd, but he’ll be a quality setup man for the Red Sox the next two years.  Tavarez originally was looking for a four year contract, but nobody was stupid enough to do that.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Julian Tavarez
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W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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5   2 72   0   71   72   30   3 21 41 3.80

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: January 13, 2006 at 05:49 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Chanumas Spirit Posted: January 13, 2006 at 06:24 PM (#1819829)
It's too bad he didn't return to the Indians, because Mr. Tavarez could have been reunited with his long-lost twin.
   2. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: January 13, 2006 at 06:58 PM (#1819877)
Wow, that ERA looks better than I thought. Does zips take into account usage? I know Tavarez has been used somewhat as a ROOGY. Does the projection reflect/not reflect ROOGY usage or does it not really take that into account?
   3. Walt Davis Posted: January 13, 2006 at 08:20 PM (#1819977)
Wow, that ERA looks better than I thought.

Just 3 HR in 71 IP will do that. :-)

He may have been a bit lucky ERA-wise last year (his HR rate was actually pretty high), but he has been very solid the last 3 years and that projection translates to an ERA+ about the same as last year's (if my guesstimate of Dan's run environment is in the ballpark). I noticed though that his nice walk rate is offset a good bit by a very high HBP rate (about 1 per 10 ip). Anyway, I guess in today's market, this is an OK to good signing.
   4. 1k5v3L Posted: January 13, 2006 at 08:24 PM (#1819985)
3 homers? Meh. I think Jason Giambi alone will hit 3 homers off Julian next year--before the all star break. If the GM lets him face ANY lefties with power, they'll smoke him...
   5. chris p Posted: January 13, 2006 at 08:28 PM (#1819988)
ANY lefties with power, they'll smoke him...

like mark bellhorn!
   6. 1k5v3L Posted: January 13, 2006 at 08:29 PM (#1819991)
If the GM lets him ?! I should say, if the GMs let him...

They'd better send the memo on Mr. Psycho down to Josip Broz asap...
   7. MM1f Posted: January 13, 2006 at 08:48 PM (#1820025)
"If the GM lets him ?! I should say, if the GMs let him... "

How about if the MANAGER lets him
   8. 1k5v3L Posted: January 13, 2006 at 08:50 PM (#1820029)
The manager in BOS has a say in ANYTHING?! I thought that clause went out the window after the infortunate Grady Little trusting his gut on Pedro incident.
   9. JGLB's Not Punk, And He's Telling Everyone Posted: January 13, 2006 at 09:09 PM (#1820063)
levski: thinks Base is better than Omar Posted: January 13, 2006 at 03:50 PM (#1820029)
The manager in BOS has a say in ANYTHING?! I thought that clause went out the window after the infortunate Grady Little trusting his gut on Pedro incident.


Yes, but Grady's gut was also hungry...
   10. veer bender Posted: January 13, 2006 at 09:14 PM (#1820071)
It's very hard to be certain about these things, because the front office and the manager do a good job of appearing united on decisions, but many Boston fans think Francona has a lot of (too much) input on player decisions. Off the top of my head, it seems likely that Francona is behind the obsession with defensive replacements at 1st base and Mike Myers. That sounds kind of paltry though - there are surely better examples.
   11. Darren Posted: January 14, 2006 at 04:16 AM (#1820506)
The manager in BOS has a say in ANYTHING?! I thought that clause went out the window after the infortunate Grady Little trusting his gut on Pedro incident.

He has a say in what he wants to wear while serving Schilling his breakfast. Not much say, mind you, but some.
   12. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: January 14, 2006 at 04:53 AM (#1820551)
If the pitching doesn't work out, Tavarez would make an awesome scarecrow.
   13. Smokey Joe Wood Posted: January 17, 2006 at 04:40 PM (#1825053)
this isn't directly addressing a weakness

No it isn't. What it is, though, is contingency planning and building depth. Y'know, the stuff that won it for 'em in 2004, the little things that the Yankees don't bother doing to leverage their payroll advantage.

I'd love to see Foulke return to form, but if it doesn't happen, i'll be glad to have Timlin or Mota take over the closer role and still have legitimate arms to pitch the 7th and 8th.

Tavarez has been used somewhat as a ROOGY

Over the last three years he's worked almost exactly an inning per appearance, and exactly a third of his BFP were lefties, who hit .280/.362/.390 against him (vs. .239/.293/.318 for righties). He's clearly tougher on righties, but I'd label him a "R3OGY," a suitably ugly acronym for Tavarez.

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