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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Royals - Acquired Gload

Kansas City Royals - Acquired 1B/OF Ross Gload from the Chicago White Sox for P Andy Sisco.

Gload’s always been a player who deserved a fair chance in the majors and moving to the Royals increases the chances he’ll get it.  The Royals are picking him up mainly for short-term needs, however, as the organization has a good amount of talent on that end of the defensive spectrum.  While the projection looks high to the eye, Gload’s hit well when he’s had regular playing time and he’s a career 350/444 hitter in the majors when not pinch-hitting.  Gload hasn’t shown a platoon split in the majors (in fact, he’s had a reverse one) and doesn’t have much of a glove anywhere.  The Sox offense would have been even better if they had used him over Scott Podsednik in left more.  The Royals screwed the pooch with Matt Diaz, so here’s hoping they don’t make the same mistake with Ross Gload.

Sisco followed up an impressive 2005 with a very unimpressive 2006 season.  He’ll always walk too many batters and allow a few too many homers than one would like, but he’s not a 7.10 ERA pitcher.  Like most relievers, his ability is somewhere in the middle.

2007 ZiPS Projections
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Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Gload     212 29   64 15 1   6 29 31 30   1 .302 .350 .467

 

2007 ZiPS Projections
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Player     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Sisco     2   3 66   0   69   66   38 10 38 64 4.96
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Dan Szymborski Posted: December 17, 2006 at 12:35 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. stealfirstbase Posted: December 17, 2006 at 02:31 AM (#2263473)
Williams is certainly piling up arms for the long term. In the past year he's made one big move for pitching:

Chris Young et al. for Vazquez

but he's also traded:

Joe Borchard for Matt Thornton
Those two minor leaguers who names I'm forgetting (not bad prospects) for Mike MacDougal
Neal Cotts for David Aardsma
Ross Gload for Andy Sisco

Each of these guys can hit between 95 and 98 on their fastballs. Each of them is under team control for at least 4 years. That's 2/3 of a good bullpen.

Additionally, he traded

Javier Lopez (the crappy one) for one year of David Riske.
One year of Freddy Garcia for Gio Gonzalez and Gavin Floyd.

So Williams has been on some kind of pitching depth and bullpen jag for about a year now. The only guys the team might miss are Neal Cotts, Chris Young and possibly Freddy Garcia.
   2. stealfirstbase Posted: December 17, 2006 at 02:33 AM (#2263474)
The minor leaguers are Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes.
   3. Zach Posted: December 17, 2006 at 05:38 AM (#2263586)
As a player-for-player trade this seems reasonable. I just don't see where Gload fits in the Royals picture. The starting outfield is DeJesus, Brown/Sanders, and Teahen. Backups Gathright and Costa, with Huber in the minors. Now Gload's in the mix. It seems like one or more trades is warranted, or else Costa spending the season in the minors.
   4. Astro-Bonilla Posted: December 17, 2006 at 06:38 AM (#2263621)
possibly Freddy Garcia.
FYI-Garcia's VORP over the past three seasons is higher than Meche or Lily's-combined
   5. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: December 17, 2006 at 09:28 AM (#2263667)
Ross Gload = No more playing time for Esteban German
   6. David Ogren Posted: December 17, 2006 at 06:03 PM (#2263772)
Why does Gload (career 78/34 K/BB in the majors, 527/281 in the minors) project to have more walks than strikeouts?

The overall projection looks about right, but that K/BB thing is quite strange.
   7. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 17, 2006 at 06:13 PM (#2263780)
Why does Gload (career 78/34 K/BB in the majors, 527/281 in the minors) project to have more walks than strikeouts?

The overall projection looks about right, but that K/BB thing is quite strange.


He has the walk total wrong, 31 would give him an OBP around .391.
   8. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 17, 2006 at 06:14 PM (#2263781)
The walk total is an error and possibly a function of playing time projections. Assuming no SH/SF/HBP, Gload would need half that number of walks to have a projected OBA of .350.
   9. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 17, 2006 at 10:00 PM (#2263900)
The upside for the White Sox is that this opens up a bench slot for the fourth outfielder they so desperately need.

The downside is that when Thome goes on the disabled list with his inevitable back injury, we'll be seeing Pablo Ozuna, Designated Hitter.
   10. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: December 17, 2006 at 10:12 PM (#2263909)
Maybe "He was seen eating a taco in the first inning" has a different meaning in Mexico than it does here
   11. Dan Szymborski Posted: December 17, 2006 at 10:55 PM (#2263918)
Should be 15 walks and 30 RBI - I re-wrote the runs for RBI and the RBI as walks.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2006 at 11:05 PM (#2263921)
Gload actually seems to hit lefties better than righties. Now I really don't see where he fits in as there doesn't seem to be an apparent platoon on this team compatible with that.
   13. Zach Posted: December 17, 2006 at 11:17 PM (#2263927)
Primey for #10!
   14. Urban Faber Posted: December 18, 2006 at 04:45 AM (#2264125)
The downside is that when Thome goes on the disabled list with his inevitable back injury, we'll be seeing Pablo Ozuna, Designated Hitter.

Nah, it'll be Mackowiak or Fields.
   15. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: December 21, 2006 at 08:52 PM (#2266616)
The downside is that when Thome goes on the disabled list with his inevitable back injury, we'll be seeing Pablo Ozuna, Designated Hitter.

When Thome gets that back injury, even if it's in 2008, are you going to say "I told you so!"? 8-)

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