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Friday, August 03, 2007

Yankees - Acquired Betemit

New York Yankees - Acquired IF Wilson Betemit from the Los Angeles Dodgers for P Scott Proctor.

Well, the Dodgers at least did get a decent reliever for Betemit.  Betemit’s fielding has been kind of ugly this year, but he’s not usually that bad and he’s only 25 and worth hanging on to.  A legit 25, too, as we found out when the Braves got in lukewarm water for signing Betemit underage.  The Dodgers may be dodging a bullet with Nomar actually playing like a baseball player rather than a Hedberg-worthy one-liner.  It’s still bad planning long-term.

The Yankees have confidence that they can buy more useful middle relievers at some point, but solid young infielders don’t generally hit the free agent market until they’re pushing 30.  Betemit provides a fallback position if A-Rod’s contract doesn’t go well for the Yanks and actual infield depth that isn’t Miguel Cairo.  Especially since Cairo’s occasionally appeared at 1B in a bacchanale of bad design.

2007 ZiPS Projection - Scott Proctor
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Period         W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Actual 2007*    2   5 53   0   54.2 53   23   8 29 37 3.79
Rest of 2007     2   1 25   0   29.0 28   14   4 14 25 4.34
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2007 Total     4   6 78   0   83.2 81   37 12 43 62 3.98
2008         5   5 78   0   92.0 90   47 15 40 82 4.60  
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* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.
Top Comp - John Wyatt

 

2007 In-Season ZiPS Projection - Wilson Betemit
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Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual 2007*  156 22   36   8 0 10 26 32 49   0 .231 .359 .474
Rest of 2007 103 14   26   6 0   5 15 13 29   0 .252 .340 .456
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2007 Total   259 36   62 14 0 15 41 45 78   0 .239 .354 .467
2008       301 39   79 18 1 14 47 35 77   1 .262 .339 .468
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* - Includes minor league translation, if applicable.
Top Comp - Bob Bailey

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: August 03, 2007 at 01:03 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: August 03, 2007 at 03:24 AM (#2468732)
Ooh, a Mitch Hedberg reference.

"I don't own a microwave. I own a clock that occasionally cooks ####."
   2. HowardMegdal Posted: August 03, 2007 at 03:27 AM (#2468735)
This was a steal for the Yankees.
   3. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: August 03, 2007 at 06:43 AM (#2468869)
This was a steal for the Yankees.

Absolutely. Just because you have Nomar at third, with LaRoche and possibly Abreu waiting in the wings doesn't mean that Proctor is worth Betemit.

The real winner here is Proctor, who finally gets away from Torre. Remember the scene in Fargo when the guy gets put through the chipper/shredder? Think Torre and Proctor's arm.

Scott Proctor, meet Jim Brower. Soon you will be able to share stories about how your arms gave all they had.
   4. Corn On Ty Cobb Posted: August 03, 2007 at 07:37 AM (#2468877)
Sure do wish Wilson was still a Brave. He can hit.

Funnily enough, there were many rumors of a Betemit for Proctor trade at the deadline last year. Instead the Braves flipped him for 10 innings of Danys Baez, Willy Aybar (who is now in rehab), and two compensatory draft picks when Baez left as a FA. As bad as that deal looks, it's still leaps and bounds better than trading him straight up for Scott Proctor.
   5. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 03, 2007 at 07:51 AM (#2468880)
I'm surprised that Torre didn't call Proctor in to pitch the eighth yesterday afternoon anyway.
   6. Darren Posted: August 03, 2007 at 12:02 PM (#2468919)
#### it, let's make potato chips.
   7. Darren Posted: August 03, 2007 at 12:04 PM (#2468922)
I also agree with Megdal that this is a steal. Haven't seen definitive #s on Betemit's defense, and I doubt they exist because of his scant playing time. But he's 25, can play a couple infield positions, and can hit. Proctor is a mediocre 30-year-old reliever who was worked to death last year.
   8. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: August 03, 2007 at 12:40 PM (#2468942)
So this wraps up that strange Robin Ventura swap in 2003. The ledger (unless I forget something)

The Dodgers get: 250 ABs from Robin (61 hits - that's under .250).

The Yankees get: 191 games from the Proctologist at a 102 ERA+ (including a 125+ last season), 200 games of replacement-level center fielding from Bubba Crosby, and Betemit.
   9. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: August 03, 2007 at 01:12 PM (#2468961)
So this wraps up that strange Robin Ventura swap in 2003. The ledger (unless I forget something)

The Dodgers get: 250 ABs from Robin (61 hits - that's under .250).

The Yankees get: 191 games from the Proctologist at a 102 ERA+ (including a 125+ last season), 200 games of replacement-level center fielding from Bubba Crosby, and Betemit.


Well, from the Dodger's standpoint, it's much worse than that. They only got 109 ABs out of Ventura from the trade. They then had to sign him as a free agent after 2003. And they had to give up a few players to get Betemit.
   10. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: August 03, 2007 at 01:17 PM (#2468966)
That's a great, great trade for the Yankees and for Cashman. The perception at the time was that since they acquired Aaron Boone to play third, Robin would be warming the bench. So they "freed" him to play elsewhere. But Cashman actually picked up a couple of useful players when everyone in the league knew that he was going to have to trade Ventura.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: August 03, 2007 at 10:57 PM (#2470018)
Top Comp - John Wyatt

Assuming I'm not the only guy who read that, I assume I'm not the only guy (or gal! sorry bbc! :-) who wondered who John Wyatt was.

Mediocre, rubber-armed reliever (6 straight seasons of 89+ innings with a high of 128) of the 60s, mostly for the KC A's. Made the all-star team in 1964 -- "great" half-season of 61 IP and 2.48 ERA but lousy peripherals -- presumably as the A's only rep. Anyway, even in that first half, he gave up only 51 hits but a whopping 11 HR. Second half performance was closer to the peripherals (4.61 ERA) and he ended up with a Miltonesque 23 HR in those 128 IP. (His career HR rate was more tolerable)

Anyway, not the most inspiring comp, but if accurate, Proctor should have another 3-4 seasons worth of arm slagging in him. :-)
   12. Chip Posted: August 03, 2007 at 11:30 PM (#2470034)
I'm surprised that Torre didn't call Proctor in to pitch the eighth yesterday afternoon anyway.


In Torre's honor, Grady has used him in both of his first two games in Dodger blue.
   13. Darren Posted: August 06, 2007 at 11:46 PM (#2474288)
I heard that Grady renamed him Byun Proctor.

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