Thursday, November 30, 2006
Boston is looking at Lugo to replace departed shortstop Alex Gonzalez, and San Francisco continues to maintain a line of communication with Lugo's agents. While the Giants are looking at Rich Aurilia, Mark Loretta and Ray Durham as second base possibilities, they've talked about signing Lugo to play second and eventually shifting him to shortstop when Omar Vizquel retires.
Lugo batted .278 with 12 HR and 37 RBI with the Devil Rays and Dodgers
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Also, the Indians did not post for Kei Igawa. They thought he would be more useful in the National League and did not feel he could help their pitching staff for that kind of money.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Day 16 Recap:
- Orioles sign four
- Cardinals sign four
- Yankees post high bid for Igawa
- Cubs made offer to Schmidt (3/44)
- Angels-White Sox Trade
- Counsell negotiating with Brewers
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The Orioles signed Chad Bradford last night to a 3 year worth 10 million dollars, while today, they signed Scott Williamson to a one year, 900,000 dollar deal plus incentives. Williamson was 2-4 last year with a 5.72 ERA while playing for both the Cubs and Padres.They also signed backup catcher Paul Bako. Bako, 34, hit .209 last season with no homers and 10 RBIs in 56 games for the Kansas City Royals, the eighth major league team in which he has played. Known for his defense, Bako has a career average of .236 with 14 homers and 143 RBIs over nine major league seasons. Bako will probably be backup for Ramon Hernandez. Along with Williamson, the Orioles have added Chad Bradford, Danny Baez, and Jamie Walker to their bullpen.
The Angels would have to add on money for Garcia and money expected to be owed to Crede, but it would drastically improve their team and slot them as the number 1 team in the AL West. The White Sox, would place top prospect Josh Fields at third, and Brandon McCarthy in the rotation. Fields may turn into a bright star, but he would only develop in 2007. The rotation may be weakened by the departure of Garcia, but McCarthy have proven himself a number 3 or number 4 pitcher in a rotation.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Day 15 Recap
- Barajas breaks talks with Jays
- Zaun resigns with Jays
- Indians sign Dellucci
- GM Shapiro denies Westbrook is on the "block"
- Phillies sign Eaton
- Dodgers sign Wolf
- Reds sign Moehler
- White Sox/Angels Trade Talks
- Kei Igawa bidding ends
Gil Meche: 186.2 IP 11-8 4.48 ERA 156 K
Vicente Padilla: 200.0 IP 15-10 4.50 ERA 156 K
Mark Mulder: 93.1 IP 6-7 7.14 ERA 50 K
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Day 14 Recap
- Nixon, Schoeneweis, Mulder, Baez, Ramirez Rumors
Saturday, November 25, 2006
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C Johnny Estrada- .302 11 HR 71 RBI
P Claudio Vargas- 12-10 4.83 123 K 167.2 IP
P Greg Aquino- 2-0 4.47 51 K 48.1 IP
P Doug Davis- 11-11 4.91 ERA 159 K 203.1 IP
OF Dave Krynzel- .231 7 HR 40 RBI
P Dana Eveland- 6-5 2.74 ERA 110 K 105 IP
After checking over stats and receiving feedback from baseball fans, I have come to the conclusion that the trade helps neither team. It could help the Diamondbacks in the long run if Dana Eveland comes through. But, Krynzel is next to nothing and Davis is mediocre at best, and is a free agent after this year. Yes, Estrada will be an upgrade a catcher, but defensively, he is losing his quickness. The Brewers do improve their bullpen, and Vargas might improve in the NL Central pitching in a similar type park to Arizona. However, both pitchers are very similar and Aquino will not make a huge dent with the new club. Below are some comparative stats of Vargas and Davis and how they did vs. the division which they will be playing in next year. Overall, the deal as it sounds today will not effect anyone drastically. So, it is to early to say either the Brewers or Diamondbacks as the clear cut winner.
Claudio Vargas (vs. NL Central)
4 wins 43.2 IP 8.72 ERA 39 K
Doug Davis (vs. NL West)
2 wins 51.1 IP 4.27 ERA 33 K