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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Brewers - Acquired Durham

Milwaukee Brewers - Acquired 2B Ray Durham from the San Francisco Giants for P Steve Hammond and OF Darren Ford.

Reality sets in for Brian Sabean’s Giants as it turns out that Aaron Rowand isn’t a good enough player for Sabean’s usual plan of “Have Huge Star, Build Mediocre Team Around Them, Hide Under Pile of Coats and Hope Everything Turns Out Fine.”  Durham’s quietly having a nice little season and should prove useful for the Brewers and both Hammonds and Ford are very marginal prospects.  Weeks is still the Brewers’ long-term hope, but they’re in the middle of a pennant race and wrist problems can hamper even very talented players for a long-time (see Cliff Floyd way back when).  If he’s not hitting well, Weeks’s defense becomes tough to stomach and while Durham’s defense looks like someone being beat to death with a butternut squash (TRANSACTION ORACLE SIMILE-METAPHOR MACHINE BROKEN), he’s bringing some offense to the table.

2008 ZiPS Projection - Ray Durham
Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Year-to-Date* 264 43   77 23 0   3 32 38 49   6 .292 .385 .414
Rest-of-Yr?  162 23   41 11 0   4 21 21 29   3 .253 .342 .395
Total       426 66 118 34 0   7 53 59 78   9 .277 .369 .406
2009?      361 49   83 22 0   7 40 49 67   7 .230 .324 .349  
Top Comps:  Jimmy Dykes, Luis Alicea


Dan Szymborski Posted: July 23, 2008 at 07:23 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BeanoCook Posted: July 23, 2008 at 09:12 PM (#2869812)
Let me be the first to predict 2 of those 4 HRs will be against the Cubs.
   2. Spahn Insane Posted: July 23, 2008 at 09:59 PM (#2869888)
I'll endorse that prediction, as your predictions vis a vis the Cubs and Brewers always turn out so accurately.
   3. _ Posted: July 23, 2008 at 10:41 PM (#2869971)
The only current Cubs pitchers Durham has hit very well are Dempster and Wood. On July 2 he hit a 3-run shot off Marmol.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 23, 2008 at 10:58 PM (#2869996)
How will this affect his Hall of Fame chances?
   5. _ Posted: July 23, 2008 at 11:27 PM (#2870044)
Durham's career performance against the Chicago Cubs will have little bearing on his Hall of Fame chances, as it is not representative of his career as a whole. Moreover, his career performance, though noteworthy, falls somewhat short of even the minimum threshold for consideration.
   6. PerroX Posted: July 23, 2008 at 11:33 PM (#2870070)
Weeks is hitting 263/440/526 since the all-star break.
   7. BeanoCook Posted: July 23, 2008 at 11:42 PM (#2870103)
As for my predictions #2. My prophecy on the 7/8 Rich Harden traded to Cubs thread:


Each have arms hanging by a thread. It is a long season.

So far, I am off to a quick start. Wood (out). Marmol (showing serious signs of fatigue). It is a long season indeed.
   8. Spahn Insane Posted: July 23, 2008 at 11:44 PM (#2870110)
So far, I am off to a quick start. Wood (out). Marmol (showing serious signs of fatigue). It is a long season indeed.

So "blister" = "arm hanging by a thread". Yeah, you're feckin' Nostradamus.

Again, call me when Parra or Sheets makes it through an entire season healthy.
   9. Spahn Insane Posted: July 23, 2008 at 11:48 PM (#2870118)
I will, however, give you credit for your "long season" prophecy, as the season is, in fact, still 162 games long.
   10. Spahn Insane Posted: July 23, 2008 at 11:49 PM (#2870122)
Oh, and your Zambrano prediction's looking a little shaky. 5 runs allowed in 3 starts since his DL stint. And Harden's looking, uh, not too bad.
   11. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 24, 2008 at 12:10 AM (#2870185)
Weeks is still the Brewers' long-term hope

Perhaps not, with Escobar likely to need a place to play soon. I expect Weeks to be traded.

-- MWE
   12. BeanoCook Posted: July 24, 2008 at 01:14 AM (#2870400)

I'd rank JJ as slightly more likely to get traded.

Although I'd personally deal Weeks over JJ, slide JJ over to 2nd and aim for a superb D in the middle. I think the Brewers hope they can turn JJ, or Weeks, into a starter on the caliber of Parra/Gallardo. I think that is possible.

How many legit SS are there in baseball? Maybe 15? How many are also a little above average with the bat like JJ? I'd say less than 5. JJ is underrated.

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