Rockies - Signed Kaz
Colorado Rockies - Signed 2B Kaz Matsui to a minor-league contract.
Last time Matsui joined the Colorado Rockies, he was only a year away from tricking Ed Wade into giving him $16 million. However, if Slow Eddie possesses the same unique GM talents that Steve Phillips has that non-GMs don’t have, such as reading and talking on the phone, he may not be tricked a second time.
Not much of a risk for the Rockies as the team’s infield depth at Colorado Springs isn’t really all that great. At second, Eric Young Jr’s either been in the majors or out with a fractured tibia and organizational player Warren Schaeffer has been filling in at 2nd (normally a .560 OPS in the California league doesn’t earn you a two-level jump) so they can really use the organizational depth. When double-checking if there was anyone I had forgotten about on the Sky Sox, I did come across one horror, Paul Lo Duca apparently playing 2 games at second and another couple at third. While Paulie Cashews did occasionally fill in at 3rd a long time ago, if your emergency infielder is an old washed-up catcher, you either be filming a reality TV show or at least trying to get blackmail photos returned that involve something to do with your anus and household objects.
Now, the strangest Matsui bit is perhaps a bit from Google that I was alerted to (I have a script that gives me a number of new daily results from a bunch of Google searches, one of those daily searches being “Dan Szymborski” because of the fact that I’m moderately self-abosrbed):
If we were to ask Dan Szymborski from Baseball Think Factory about minor league numbers, he’d probably think I was asking about Cole Garner and what kind of major league numbers we should expect from him (given playing time, etc), and after park effects, he’d say “well, I’d anticipate a AAA player getting a reduction of roughly 18-20% of his production from AAA to the majors”. I’d say “Thanks, Dan! Wanna go grab a beer?” and he’d say “Nah, I’m busy being a much better baseball writer than you, sorry!” and I’d say “shucks” and he’d say “Nah I’m kidding. Not about the baseball writer part, that’s totally real. But I’m down for the beer” and I’d think “….well ok I do like beer on occasion. I sure hope he likes hot wings…” and then I’d text my buddy and say “DUDE I’M TOTALLY GETTING A BEER WITH DAN SZYMBORSKI” and he’d text back and be like “who?” and I’d text back and say “nm I’ll tell you later” and then Dan Szymborski would be like “dude, the bartender is trying to take our order” and I’d feel all sheepish.
So if what Dan tells me is correct, I should probably just put down the keyboard and go back to mucking up the Rockpile with a variety of annoying .gif’s. But seeing how he’s not here, we’ll just take the numbers he gave us and run with them.
Unfortunately, that appears to be anonymous, so I’m missing out on beer, for the record 2nd consecutive day.
All-in-all, a reasonable depth signing for the Rockies and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matsui up if he hits at all in the next few weeks.
Posted: May 26, 2010 at 02:23 AM | 8 comment(s)
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