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Monday, July 11, 2005

Twins - Acquired Boone

Minnesota Twins - Acquired 2B Bret Boone from the Seattle Mariners for no reason in particular

Boone should hit better with the Twins, but he better do a lot better than even that very optimistic projection considering that he’s now, for all intents and purposes, a first baseman playing out of position at second.  Cuddyer’s on the shelf, but I rather have Jason Bartlett at this point than Boone.  Now that the Twins don’t have their nice playoff cushion like previous years, Terry Ryan needs to have a tighter rein on Gardenhire - Gardy’s arbitrary dislike of Bartlett and odd soft spot for Juan Castro just can’t fly when the Twins are in a battle for the wild card.

No idea who the Mariners will get, but Boone wasn’t helping them, so who cares?  It’s all good from their perspective.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Bret Boone
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05 273 30   63 15 3   7 34 24 62   4 .231 .299 .385
Rest ‘05   260 38   68 15 2 10 41 25 55   2 .262 .331 .450
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Total ‘05 533 68 131 30 5 17 75 49 107   6 .246 .315 .417

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Jason Bartlett
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————-
Actual ‘05* 282 43   74 13 3   4 32 27 41   2 .262 .329 .372
Rest ‘05   222 36   59 10 2   2 21 21 34   4 .266 .332 .356
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* - Includes MLE

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 11, 2005 at 09:39 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 1k5v3L Posted: July 11, 2005 at 10:06 PM (#1464644)
That's not a bad projection for Boone the Twin.
   2. smileyy Posted: July 11, 2005 at 10:08 PM (#1464649)
What's his back-on-the-juice projection?
   3. Tanto Posted: July 11, 2005 at 10:50 PM (#1464725)
Haven't the Twins heard that there's no crying in baseball?
   4. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 11, 2005 at 11:39 PM (#1464812)
Dammit, for a sec when I read the headline I thought it was AFB. Oh well.
   5. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 11, 2005 at 11:50 PM (#1464846)
I'm not sure I understand. I guess he was available and he once hit thirty home runs and all, but the Twins have like nineteen dudes who are theoretically capable of playing second base -- something which Boone is only theoretically capable of himself at this point.
   6. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: July 12, 2005 at 12:12 AM (#1464919)
Dammit, for a sec when I read the headline I thought it was AFB. Oh well.

This may be almost as good a development for the Indians.
   7. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 12, 2005 at 12:14 AM (#1464926)
Shapiro is waiting to trade AFB back to the Yankees.
   8. zempf Posted: July 12, 2005 at 12:34 AM (#1465036)
Where's that picture of toast when you need it?
   9. _Jed Posted: July 12, 2005 at 12:39 AM (#1465071)
Where's that picture of toast when you need it?

Robby the Ray.
   10. Ralph Malph Posted: July 12, 2005 at 01:21 AM (#1465190)
The M's are paying his entire salary, I believe, except the major league minimum. I assume the M's get a grade C prospect out of this at best.

Not necessarily a bad deal for the Twins. If Boone continues to suck they can just cut him, since they aren't paying him anything.
   11. Craig in MN Posted: July 12, 2005 at 01:26 AM (#1465204)
This isn't that bad of a move, folks. If there was a Rivas ZiPS line up there you'd probably see why.

Even if Boone's defense is as bad as it seems, he's still a decent part of an offense/defense platoon. I don't know if they'd use him like that, but he's a better hitter than any of the other options. Start him behind the less-defense reliant pitchers, bench him behind Mays and Silva. Bring him in as a pinch hitter if you need a little offense. Replace him late in games if you want to improve the defense. They've got 5 second baseman, they should be able to shuffle the pieces to make that work.

Boone has hit 7 HR in pitcher friendly Safeco. The Twins other 4 current 2b options have combined for 6 HR in a more hitter friendly Metrodome in twice as many ABs. I'll take Boone's offense over any of them. I'll reserve judgement of the defense, expect little, and hope to be pleasantly surprised. Remember how long Rivas's defense was lauded in Minnesota....we might not notice the difference.
   12. Craig in MN Posted: July 12, 2005 at 01:34 AM (#1465221)
Now that I think about it Safeco and the Metrodome might be play fairly similarly. Either way, he's still got twice the HR rate of the other guys.

He's the best free hitter on the market, and he's better than Rivas. If someone offers you something for nothing, and it's better than what you've got, you take it.
   13. The definitely immoral Eric Enders Posted: July 12, 2005 at 02:30 AM (#1465351)
He's the best free hitter on the market

But he's not free; he's costing the Twins around $4 million...
   14. NTNgod Posted: July 12, 2005 at 02:36 AM (#1465366)
No, he's costing the Twins about $150K or so (the min.)...the Mariners are swallowing the rest.
   15. The definitely immoral Eric Enders Posted: July 12, 2005 at 02:57 AM (#1465410)
Doh! I stand corrected...

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