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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Reds - Acquired Saarloos, Signed Bellhorn

Cincinnati Reds - Acquired P Kirk Saarloos from the Oakland A’s for P David Shafer; signed IF Mark Bellhorn to a minor-league contract.

Amazingly enough, Wayne Krivsky actually acquires a groundball pitcher.  Too bad it’s a crappy groundball pitcher who throws a lot of meatballs.  McAfee or Whatever They’re Calling It Now Stadium was a good place for Saarloos as the huge foul territory and good defensive team was a huge bonus for him and kept his ERAs in the reasonable range (I still think Beane should have traded him after 2005 and would have probably netted more).  Shafer’s a typical blah 12th-13th man, but won’t be counted on for anything.  Saarloos has to be the favorite for the last rotation spot, though he’ll just be Michalak Parte Deux.

Bellhorn did deserve more playing time in his 20s, but like a lot of players of his type, he’s declined in his 30s enough that he really shouldn’t be counted on anymore.  He really shouldn’t be on the team and needs to earn a spot in AAA by not playing as badly as he’s played the last couple of years.

2007 ZiPS Projections
Player     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Saarloos   6   9 29 20 130 144   75 18 58 62 5.19
Shafer     2   3 42   0   47   49   26   5 22 32 4.98


2007 ZiPS Projections
Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Bellhorn   321 48   68 18 1   9 39 49 121   1 .212 .319 .358


Dan Szymborski Posted: January 24, 2007 at 01:33 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howzer Posted: January 24, 2007 at 02:11 AM (#2285431)
A Classic Kirk Saarloos pitching line would be 5 innings and 3 runs. Watch his pitch count. When he goes over 65 pitches he starts pitching like a senior. He is also incredibly lucky and has the ability to give you a fantastic performance, but not 2 starts in a row.
   2. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: January 24, 2007 at 03:09 AM (#2285450)
a crappy groundball pitcher who throws a lot of meatballs.

There's nothing more inexplicable and frustrating than the three home runs mixed in with the 14 groundouts.
   3. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: January 24, 2007 at 03:14 AM (#2285454)
Oh, and my enduring memory of him will be the September game against Cleveland in which he struck out 11 in five innings. I really wish they'd left him out there to see how far he could've taken it. One of the great What the #### performances.
   4. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 24, 2007 at 08:27 AM (#2285543)
Don't forget Kirk's 127 pitch shutout.
   5. Howzer Posted: January 24, 2007 at 08:35 AM (#2285544)
The 127 pitch shutout was the exception that proved the rule. Everytime Macha thought Saarloos could do it again, he was left in 1 batter too late. A good outing was 5 2/3 innings.
   6. Masticore317 Posted: January 24, 2007 at 02:01 PM (#2285569)
Thank goodness Bellhorn is gone. I was scared to death the Padres were going to sign him again!
   7. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: January 24, 2007 at 06:52 PM (#2285753)
Bellhorn will rebound this year and prove everyone wrong! Just wait and see!
   8. covelli chris p Posted: January 24, 2007 at 06:56 PM (#2285754)
what's a bellhorn?
   9. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: January 24, 2007 at 07:01 PM (#2285758)
what's a bellhorn?

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