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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Reds - Signed Taveras

Cincinnati Reds - Signed SS Frank Taveras to a 2-year contract.

With Alex Gonzalez coming off a pretty serious injury and Jeff Keppinger not hitting at all after coming back from his (and not being a SS defensively), the Reds are simply adding some shortstop depth here.  Taveras has little power, but he’s quick and can leg out an occasional double and handle the defensive skills of the position.  The 26-year layoff is a concern, but Taveras was always in good shape and it should be like riding a bike.

Wait, the Reds signed Willy Taveras?  Well now, that’s a significantly worse idea.  Taveras is so bad at hitting a ball that the only thing he manages to break is the conservation of linear momentum law.

ZiPS Projection - Willy Taveras (CF)
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA OBP SLG OPS+
2009       475 70 129 16   3   2   29 32 73 48 .272 .326 .331   66
Top Offensive Comps:  Brian Hunter, Tom Goodwin

(Based on Projected PA)


Dan Szymborski Posted: December 27, 2008 at 07:56 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: December 27, 2008 at 09:36 PM (#3038954)
Heh. Frank Taveras.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: December 27, 2008 at 09:47 PM (#3038960)
Heh. Tom Goodwin. Dusty being Dusty.
   3. 1k5v3L Posted: December 28, 2008 at 03:35 AM (#3039072)
That Jennings for whatnot trade sure as hell didn't work out for Houston.
It's not turning out to be such a great steal for the Rockies either.
Even if Buchholz is looking solid right now...
   4. Miko Supports Shane's Spam Habit Posted: December 28, 2008 at 04:15 AM (#3039078)
Is it over for Jason Hirsch?
   5. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 28, 2008 at 04:29 AM (#3039081)
Wasn't Taveras supposed to be a great defensive outfielder? His UZR the past few years looks horrible.
   6. Turfblitz Posted: December 28, 2008 at 04:56 AM (#3039087)
I think he's one of those guys who is assumed to be good because he's fast, but he gets terrible reads (See: Alex Sanchez)
   7. Turfblitz Posted: December 28, 2008 at 05:03 AM (#3039091)
Also apparently he's going to be their full-time lead-off hitter. Wow is that a double-plus ungood idea.
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 28, 2008 at 06:09 AM (#3039120)
Willy Taveras has a higher career OPS+ than Frank Tavarez (72 to 71). Both are OBP heavy and both players stole plenty of bases.
   9. So Taguchi is My Sensei Posted: December 28, 2008 at 03:44 PM (#3039166)
I fondly remember the days when Walt Jocketty was a good GM.
   10. flournoy Posted: December 29, 2008 at 02:54 AM (#3039340)
Doesn't Taveras have a cannon throwing arm?
   11. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: December 31, 2008 at 07:19 AM (#3040774)
Does Taveras even project better than Corey Patterson?
   12. Silencio Posted: December 31, 2008 at 08:23 AM (#3040792)
He gets 6.25 over 2 years???? How does this happen when last year he only made 1.975 and then was non tendered?
   13. Darren Posted: January 02, 2009 at 02:54 AM (#3041829)
Maybe Omar Moreno will decide to sign him for the Angels.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 02, 2009 at 04:20 AM (#3041868)
Just to confirm, that's the fast Brian Hunter on the comp list?
   15. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 02, 2009 at 04:22 AM (#3041870)
Just to confirm, that's the fast Brian Hunter on the comp list?

Well, if ZiPS came up with the other Brian Hunter as similar, I think I'd have to scrap the whole thing and start over.

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