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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

White Sox - Acquired Cintron

Chicago White Sox - Acquired IF Alex Cintron from the Arizona Diamondbacks for P Jeff Bajenaru.

The Diamondbacks do the exact reverse of last week’s trade, this time sending the serviceable middle infielder out of town in return for the underrated older relief prospect.  Now, the DBacks didn’t care too much for Cintron’s play - I wonder if they would’ve been happier with him if he hadn’t shown flashes of stardom a few years ago.  Cintron’s adequate-at-best with the glove and not exactly a scientific hitter, but he’s a good stopgap and a terrific 5th infielder with a little bit of pop.  If Iguchi or Uribe go down, I’d much rather have Absolut Alex filling in for a few weeks than Pablo Ozuna.

Bajenaru was running out of chances to make the White Sox bullpen and the focus for the last relief spot was more on lefties Javier Lopez and Armando Almanza than him.  Bajenaru at the very least should see some time in the majors in 2006 as Arizona’s bullpen doesn’t suffer from an overabundance of either health or awesomeness.

Dan Szymborski Posted: March 08, 2006 at 07:59 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Justin Upton's #1 Fan (SPB) Posted: March 08, 2006 at 11:17 PM (#1889343)
Not exactly "the exact reverse of last week's trade".

Last week's trade was a 27-year-old middling reliever for a 22-year old slick fielding contact hitter with speed.

This week's trade is an expensive 27-year old poor-fielding utility infielder with some pop for a 28-year-old middling reliever.

I'm not crazy about the return the Dbacks got for Cintron, especially in light of the fact that he was "expensive, in part, because the Dbacks gave him an unnecessarily generous contract. But it's not bad. . . especially in light of the fact that Bajenaru still has an option left, which provides some additional roster flexibility. (I think I am right about that.)
   2. stealfirstbase Posted: March 09, 2006 at 02:40 AM (#1889824)
Great. Now who pitches in the White Sox' bullpen? It seems thin to me, especially without Munoz or Bajeneru.
   3. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: March 09, 2006 at 07:52 AM (#1890139)
Would a bullpen that included Munoz and Bajenaru be considered thick? (the opposite of thin) Gopherific seems like a better description.
   4. MM1f Posted: March 09, 2006 at 08:51 AM (#1890159)
I dont think dumping Munoz (who looks like he'll stay in the orginaztion anyway) and Baj affects the depth at the major league level at all since only one of Baj, Munoz, Lopez and...i blanked on the last name fighint for the LOOGY role...was going to make the team.

It really only hurts em as far as injury replacement AAA LOOGY depth goes and it...and of course AAA LOOGYs arent something yo fret about
   5. Spivey Posted: March 09, 2006 at 09:05 AM (#1890165)
Callapso has a higher ceiling than Cintron, IMO. And he has 0 service time.

Bajenaru also is a better chance to deliver, despite a lower ceiling. His K/IP, K/BB, and H/IP rates are all good to excellent.

He probably needs a breaking pitch to achieve maximum effectiveness though.
   6. Robert S. Posted: March 09, 2006 at 09:41 AM (#1890171)
Cintron is a sub-adequate defensive shortstop, has mediocre contact skills, no plate discipline whatsoever, far less pop than his reputation suggests, and costs actual money now. He had two lucky months three years ago, which are in stark contract to a long history of nothing. His swing sucks, too.
   7. stealfirstbase Posted: March 10, 2006 at 07:11 AM (#1891776)
Cintron is a sub-adequate defensive shortstop, has mediocre contact skills, no plate discipline whatsoever, far less pop than his reputation suggests, and costs actual money now. He had two lucky months three years ago, which are in stark contract to a long history of nothing. His swing sucks, too.

A lot of trading between our two teams lately. Lots of trades. Personally, I kind of like this one for the Sox. I think Bajeneru might play better in the national league, and the Sox need a bit of organizational SS-2B depth.

<i>Would a bullpen that included Munoz and Bajenaru be considered thick? (the opposite of thin) Gopherific seems like a better description.</i>

Yes. But it would have more arms and a lesser chance of seeing Kevin Walker again. I'm a big proponent of the quantity over quality bullpen construction. And of never seeing Kevin Walker again. Just like the reason I love Mackoviak is that he keeps away the Timo.
   8. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: March 10, 2006 at 05:32 PM (#1892152)
Kevin Walker's in Rangers camp this spring - I doubt we'll see him in a White Sox uniform again.

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