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Friday, January 20, 2006

Red Sox - Signed Wee Willie

Boston Red Sox - Signed IF Willie Harris to a minor-league contract.

Harris should’ve taken the equally non-guaranteed Rockie deal.  Always go to Denver! 

He’s not a great or even a particularly good player, but I actually think I’d rather have him at short overall than Alex Cora and if the Red Sox aren’t going to use Adam Stern as the stopgap centerfielder, Harris is better there instead of the crap remaining.  Harris will take a walk and spray some singles, but that’s pretty much it.  Dimino’s probably heavier than Willie.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Willie Harris
300 60   80 12 1   2 30 44 58 17 .267 .359 .333

Looking at the remaining free agents and their ZiPS projections, there are the best unemployed players available at each position, assuming I didn’t miss a minor league transaction here and there.  It’s an ugly bunch.

C - Bengie Molina, Mike Piazza, Tom Wilson, Charles Johnson, Joe DePastino
1B - Erubiel Durazo, Cal Pickering, Bucky Jacobsen, Greg Colbrunn, Matt LeCroy
2B - Keith Ginter, Matt Erickson, Adam Morrissey, Carlos Baerga, Luis Oforthreevas
3B - Brandon Larson, Mike Cervanek, Scott Seabol, Scott Spiezio, Bobby Smith
SS - Tomas de la Rosa, Dave Berg, Alex Gonzalez, Royce Clayton, Jorge Velandia
LF - J.J. Davis, Ryan Spilborghs, Rosie Brown, Pete Zoccolillo, Simon Pond
CF - Jeff Davanon, Alex Sanchez, Carlos Valderrama, Jamal Strong, Jason Conti
RF - Dustan Mohr, Richard Hidalgo, Ben Grieve, Brian Buchanan, Ernie Young
P - Al Reyes, Antonio Osuna, Kevin Brown, Shiggy Hasegawa, Kevin Brown

Oops, Spilborgh was re-signed.  And I really have no idea for a couple.  J.J. Davis, for instance, had enough minor league time to be a FA after he was outrighted, but I never heard if he accepted or refused the assignment.

Dan Szymborski Posted: January 20, 2006 at 05:04 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 20, 2006 at 06:06 AM (#1829802)
Kevin Brown is such a free agent he's out there twice!

where did Frank Thomas sign?

of the unsigned, you could probably put together a lineup that's almost as good as what the Nats or Gints had last year. heck, if piazza, durazo, ginter and hidalgo all put up reasonably decent years they might even be better.
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 20, 2006 at 06:09 AM (#1829811)
Oops, he's one of the few listed as DH.
   3. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 20, 2006 at 07:05 AM (#1829860)
I thought Ginter had agreed to a minor league assignment in the Oakland organization
   4. Walt Davis Posted: January 20, 2006 at 07:23 AM (#1829864)
Jeff DaVanon isn't signed yet? What are the Red Sox waiting for? Even if they find another CF, he'd be good Manny defensive replacement and probably a good platoon mate for Nixon.

Did we ever discover a reason for Ginter to have so royally sucked last year? If not, he's got to be a good bet at this point. Mets might as well bring him into camp.

LeCroy still hits lefties doesn't he? Still not a valuable commodity and hard to spend a bench spot on a 200 PA DH and emergency C. He is the kind of guy hurt by the expansion of bullpens. 200-300 PA of 260/340/440 (OPS+ Marcel of about 106) is a nice bat off the bench, especially when you can get him the platoon split. But with just 4 bench spots in the AL, it's hard to give one to a guy like this unless maybe your regular DH does have defensive value. Of course, he may still get a spot.

Ben Grieve ... see Matt LeCroy.

Durazo's still hurt right? Still a nice candidate for a Lieber-type contract.

Aren't both Alex Gonzalezes still available? Or did the elder retire?

Rosie Brown ... sigh.

Hidalgo has one of the strangest career patterns you're gonna find. Still a 111 career OPS+. It's even hard to build a "gotta be steroids" tale around it.
   5. Darren Posted: January 20, 2006 at 12:28 PM (#1829898)

Davanon apparently flunked a physical with the Dbacks because his shoulder is in terrible shape. I think he'd be a great sign too, but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt here.
   6. Bad Doctor Posted: January 20, 2006 at 01:37 PM (#1829924)
Luis Oforthreevas

Rotoworld had Tampa signing him yesterday.

Don't act so surprised.
   7. Craig in MN Posted: January 20, 2006 at 01:46 PM (#1829928)
Grieve got a spring training invite from the Cubs, I think. Rivas got a minor league deal from the <strike>Devil</strike> Rays. Two less crappy hitters on the market. Well, three, if you count Harris, though it's a decent signing that gives the Red Sox insurance in a few areas.
   8. Craig in MN Posted: January 20, 2006 at 01:51 PM (#1829931)
Correction. Grieve got an invite from the White Sox, not the Cubs. Right city, at least.
   9. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: January 20, 2006 at 02:02 PM (#1829939)
Concurring with three and adding two: Ginter is still with Oakland. Rivas is with Tampa. Grieve and Velandia are with the White Sox. Dave Berg is a Red Sox.
   10. ElBirdoLoco Posted: January 20, 2006 at 02:41 PM (#1829960)
Dave Berg signed a miLB deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. Someone's gotta replace Bo Hart, ya know!
   11. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 20, 2006 at 03:20 PM (#1829994)
Kaz Ishii went back to Japan:


-- MWE
   12. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: January 20, 2006 at 03:25 PM (#1830000)
I've never heard that Harris could play SS on a regular basis.
   13. Nuclear Dish Posted: January 20, 2006 at 04:05 PM (#1830072)
CF - Jeff Davanon, Alex Sanchez, Carlos Valderrama, Jamal Strong, Jason Conti

Isn't Carlos Valderrama a soccer player?!
   14. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 20, 2006 at 04:15 PM (#1830092)
Thanks for the update guys.
   15. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: January 20, 2006 at 04:29 PM (#1830130)
I've never heard that Harris could play SS on a regular basis.

He didn't look bad there in his limited tryout, but unfortunately, just when it looked like he would get a real shot last season (Uribe and Ozuna got hurt at the same time) he had to take a bereavement leave to be with his daughter.

His biggest weakness on defense is his arm - I wouldn't trust him to go too far to his right at short and still be able to make the play - but other than that, he seems at least capable.
   16. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: January 20, 2006 at 07:43 PM (#1830547)
Dave Berg signed a miLB deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
ElBirdoLoco is, of course, correct. My apologies...
   17. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: January 20, 2006 at 08:00 PM (#1830575)
Isn't Carlos Valderrama a soccer player?!

Carlos Valderrama is a career minor leaguer for the Giants. Sadly, he was one of the Giants' best OF prospects for years. Unlike Hyzdu, though, he never did learn how to hit. Supposedly he is fast.

He is not Scary Looking Soccer Player Carlos Valderrama
   18. VG Posted: January 20, 2006 at 08:24 PM (#1830617)
I wish Willie had signed with the Rockies. Then I could have seen him in Spring Training and thanked him.
   19. KJOK Posted: January 20, 2006 at 10:49 PM (#1830888)
Did Russell Branyan sign with someone? I don't see him listed...

I think Ben Grieve has already signed.
   20. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 21, 2006 at 01:27 AM (#1831062)
I saw the listing for the White Sox signing several of those guys right after doing the Harris signing.

Branyan's officially a FA now - he was still just on waivers before.
   21. SPICEY WITH A SIDE OF BEER ON A BABYYYYYYY Posted: January 21, 2006 at 09:37 PM (#1831741)
How in the world does Harris have an OBP projection this good? He's never had an OBP over .343, last year was .333 (albeit in limited time).

Is it all because of park change, or are you adjusting for the fact he was a pinch hitter?
   22. MM1f Posted: January 21, 2006 at 09:55 PM (#1831765)
Harris has a Joey Gathright-style OBP problem. Its not that he doesnt have an eye for strikes and balls or that he can hit for a decent enough average but he has SO little power that big league pitchers have no fear of just putting it down the middle on a 3-0 count, after all even if he tattoos it he'll still probably only get a single-so why not make him earn it. And the brings his OBP and walkdrawing down from where it could/should be.
   23. Darrel_Thomas'_English_Muffin Posted: January 22, 2006 at 03:27 AM (#1832158)
17. Valderrama may have had speed but not so much anymore...home boy is kinda on the heavy side...went to a few navigators games in the last few years.
   24. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: January 22, 2006 at 06:45 AM (#1832307)
He isn't AS bad as I had thought. I was thinking of the wrong Harris.

But still... dont'w e have machado?

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