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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
White Sox - Signed Ward
Chicago White Sox - Signed PH Daryle Ward to a minor-league contract.
It’s hard to believe that Ward’s going to turn 34 this year.
Two things are working against Ward. First, while he’s a pretty good pinch-hitter (a .700 OPS is actually pretty good), with modern bullpens that look like a Verizon commercial, the professional pinch-hitter is almost extinct. Still plenty of pinch-hitting going on, but not many teams want to use a roster spot unless the player can play defense as well. Ward, of course, plays defense about as well as the Italian Tenth Army.
I’m pulling this out of my ass, but I suspect that Ward faces a harder path because everyone remembers that he was supposed to be a big hitter, but never really developed. He certainly looks like a guy who should have some game-breaking power, but he really doesn’t and has managed a measly 15 home runs per 162 games in the majors.
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