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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Reds - Dumped LaRue

Cincinnati Reds - Acquired a Player to be Named for C Jason LaRue and cash.

LaRue can probably still hit a little, but he’s breaking down physically and he’s not really a good defensive catcher anymore.  It’s obvious why the Reds did this - they prefer Ross and Valentin - but I’m not sure why the Royals did it.  The Royals should be paying something for LaRue and I don’t see a huge difference between him and John Buck, especially for a rebuilding team.  After all, it’s not like LaRue has a great reputation for working with pitchers as the Reds staff has generally been awful in recent years and then suddenly improved when an injured LaRue wasn’t a starter anymore.

2007 ZiPS Projection - Jason LaRue
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Projection   316 33   74 18 1 12 48 32 93   0 .234 .331 .411
Opt. (15%)  366 43   91 22 1 15 57 42 98   0 .249 .357 .457
Pes. (15%)  217 19   44   9 0   5 21 18 71   0 .203 .285 .313


Dan Szymborski Posted: November 21, 2006 at 04:20 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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