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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

White Sox - Signed Teahen

White Sox - Signed 3B Mark Teahen to a 3-year, $14 million contract.

It’s always nice when you can look up one of your stars and buy out a free agency year without too much pain.  It’s not quite as nice when you’re locking up Mark Teahen.

As of yet, Teahen has yet to demonstrate that he can handle defensively a position at which he can hit well enough to really be an asset.  And unfortunately, that position isn’t even 3B - he’d pretty much have to be a decent defensive 2B to be worth committing to for 3 years.

Some people might reply that “He’s versatile!  He can play LF/RF/1B/3B!”  There are a lot of players that can do that.  We call them role players and they shouldn’t be paid nearly $5 million a year.

ZiPS Projection - Mark Teahen (3B)
————————————————————————————————————————-
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA OBP SLG OPS+  DEF
————————————————————————————————————————-
2010       526 72 136 26   4 18   57 48 138   8 .259 .324 .426   96   FR
2011       516 78 132 26   4 15   63 47 130   8 .256 .322 .409   91   PR
2012       510 77 129 25   4 14   61 47 130   7 .253 .320 .400   89   PR  
————————————————————————————————————————-
Top Offensive Comps:  Don Money, Jarrod Patterson, Jeff King

ODDIBE

Offense
Top Quintile   3%
2nd Quintile   11%
Mid Quintile   23%
4th Quintile   33%
Low Quintile   30%

OPS+              OBP           3B         Hits
160+        0%    .400+    0%    10+    2%    200+  0%
140+        1%    .375+    3%    5+    39%    150+  14%
130+        2%    .350+    15%
120+        5%    .325+    49%    2B
110+        12%  .300+    86%    45+    1%
100+        30%                30+    39%
90+          60%
80+          86%
60+          97%

BA               SLG           HR         SB
.350+        0%    .550+    0%    50+    0%    70+    0%
.325+        0%    .500+    4%    40+    0%    50+    0%
.300+        4%    .450+    16%    30+    2%    30+    0%
.275+        25%  .400+    63%    20+    20%    10+    25%
.250+        67%  .350+    97%    10+    88%

(Based on Projected PA)

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 09, 2009 at 03:17 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: December 09, 2009 at 06:18 PM (#3408001)
Yeah, I don't get this at all, other than another Ken Williams "I want cost certainty" move.

I mean, it's not like this is a crippling signing or anything, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, particularly considering that third base is the ONLY position that the White Sox have minor-league depth.

Some White Sox bloggers are speculating that this means that Brent Morel is trade bait. I don't know about that, but it certainly clears the way for a deal.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: December 11, 2009 at 03:48 AM (#3409685)
An odd move.

He can play LF/RF/1B/3B!" There are a lot of players that can do that.

Now, now. The group that can play 3B and outhit Geoff Blum but not hit well enough to start is fairly small -- as in teams don't seem real comfy with a Hinske or Blalock or Branyan at 3B anymore.

Of course I'm not sure anybody should be comfy with Teahen at 3B anymore which is one of the reason it's an odd move. The other is why you'd be worried about being able to replace Teahen in 2 years. But of all the owners I'd like to see wasting money rather than putting it in their pockets, Reinsdorf is top of the list.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2009 at 04:14 AM (#3409697)
Yea, I was ready to say the Royals should consider non-tendering him. I like Mark, he's a really funny likeable guy, but I don't see what he brings to the table more than say Ryan Church, who was DFAed last week.

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