White Sox - Acquired Mackowiak
Chicago White Sox - Acquired UT Rob Mackowiak from the Pittsburgh Pirates for P Damaso Marte.
This is a terrific trade for both teams. Marte’s a good reliever, but Mackowiak is one of the best supersubs around - he’s not much defensively, but he can fill in with his bat anywhere in a pinch. The bullpen still consists of some combination of Jenks, Cotts, Vizcaino, Hermansen, Politte, maybe Bajenaru, and the rotation odd-man-out unless someone else is traded. I don’t want Mackowiak as a starter, something the Pirates would try to do at times, but he won’t be a starter with the White Sox.
The Pirates on the other hand, have all sorts of guys without set positions, fumbling around without a plan, so the need for a player like Mackowiak is left. Marte’s a solid reliever most years and if the Pirates keep him, he’ll serve them well.
2006 ZiPS Projection - Rob Mackowiak
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
469 62 122 19 3 15 68 47 102 9 .260 .331 .409
2006 ZiPS Projection - Damaso Marte
W L G GS IP H ER HR BB SO ERA
5 3 70 0 63 49 26 4 34 72 3.71
As a side note, the White Sox quietly sent Gio Gonzalez to the Phillies as the player to be named, which isn’t good.
Posted: December 08, 2005 at 10:36 PM | 7 comment(s)
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