Whiter than Rice

Monday, January 23, 2006

Despite What I'm Telling Them, They're Not Putting the Phone Down

Apparently, Crisp for Marte and Mota is still going down. Damn.

(Oh, this deal is contingent on Cleveland getting Michaels from Philly for RELIEVERS, so there's plenty of snark potential/Ed Wade Middle Relief/Ugie Urbina stabbing jokes)

Here's what I said about Crisp:

Coco Crisp would make me very happy. From all accounts, the man put up a +47 UZR at LF last year, and was originally a CF when he started out. (Apparently they moved him to LF because they like Sizemore at CF better). He can hit, and has decent power. His walkrate isn't as good as I'd like it to be, but he can hit doubles.

Here's Coco Crisp's numbers from the last couple of seasons:

Not exactly a terrific discipline guy (a BA heavy OBP), but his SLG is pretty good, and his EXB numbers are fantastic. He also has excellent speed on the basepaths. Oh, Jacob's was a pitcher's park.

I stand by that assesment. Also... wrt to that last poing with moving from Jacobs to Fenway...

From Therapy...

And here's much happier news. SG has superimposed Coco's home hit chart on Fenway's confines. By my count, that's 12 2B and 9 FO turned into HR. We're talking a 360/550 line for him. (Obviously, there are numerous other factors to consider.)

That's not bad news.

I really couldn't give a rats ass about Guillermo Mota. Totally crude analysis btw... but I think he's cooked.

2002: 60.7 - 91 *ERA+
2003: 105 - 204 *ERA+
2004: 63 (LA)- 193 *ERA+
33.7 (FLA) - 85 *ERA+
2005: 67 - 85 *ERA+

I know this is ridiculously bad analysis. I haven't even looked at his peripherals, GB/FB rate, or ANYTHING along those lines (I'm not at home... i'm on somebody else's computer, when I get back I'll at least take a more detailed look)...

but c'mon... that 2003 + 2004 workload, combined with a 2005 collapse (AFTER moving to Florida? Chavez Ravine was good for pitchers. Marlin Stadium is damn good for pitchers)?


So I really don't give a shit about him.

I'm still upset about giving up Marte though. I mean, he COULD be krap (Atlanta did trade him, and anybody Schulerholtz trades automatically becomes krap), but he's probably the best bat in the Red Sox system, and it would be a shame to lose him.

Also, this probably means that Kevin Youkilis will definitely start at one of the corner IF spots, and hit at the bottom of the order. I actually don't care where he hits in the order, but as long as he gets 500 ABs (and gets near a .376 OBP which is his career MLB OBP) I will be happy. Crisp/Loretta at the top of the order should get on base and score runs.

Also, We might sign Alex Gonzalez to play SS

His career OBP is .291. In other words, he's a bloody out machine. His career slg is .391, which means he has a little pop, but suffered a massive drop of 23 to 5 Home Runs from 2004 to 2005. He MAY hit a little better moving to Fenway, but he's still a god damn out machine.

Still, we need defense, and according to UZR he was the best damn defensiev SS 2004. So at least he's good defensively. We need a little of that after the traumatic experience of 2005. If he doens't cost too much i could live with it, but there's gotta be a non out-machineesque shortstop out there.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

My Roommate has a MICHAEL BOLTON CD

I hope I don't get raped at night or something.

All I know now is that I have to be heterosexual for the both of us, which means I have to be TWICE as manly as I am now, and forego all activities that could POSSIBLY be feminine.

Can't watch chick flicks because I think the chick in it is hot, too ambiguous.

Can't drink Fanta, may be construed as non-heterosexual

Can't listen to my Alanis Morrissette CD's

Thanks a lot


I'm definitely hurting the next cute furry defenseless animal I see.

I also need to run out and buy a gun. Something with a large calibre round and a long barrel.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Julian Taverez needs a Shiny New Hat

Sox sign Julian Tavarez to a 2 year deal

He doesn't suck

Julian Tavarez is not a bad bullpen pitcher. 3.X milion is not small change, but that's Mike Timlin range, and he gives you Mike Timlin innings, plus he's only 32,
which means he's less likely to collapse.

Tavarez has got good peripherals, except his homer-happiness last year. He's had a very productive last 3 years in St. Louis, and hopefully he can keep his hat clean and contribute here. He can give you quality 65 innings in a season, and the Sox need that with the bullpen mess we've got.


Money is now officially worthless/

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Well, this made my day.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


I read this rumour today on Primer that really set me off. Here's the rumoured deal:

Mets: Manny Ramirez
Red Sox: Miguel Tejada and Joey Gathright
Orioles: Julio Lugo、Matt Clement Maybe Kris Benson
Devil Rays: Andy Marte、Aaron Heilman、Jae Seo and Kaz Matsui

Hey you, yeah you, the heterosexual life partners...


Manny for Tejada is a great deal. A great hitting "poor" defending LF with lots of money left has a lot less value than a Tejada, a good fielding good hitting SS. We'd have to find two OF's with a deal like that, but it's a plus for the Sox... should save a great deal of runs (if we get a league average LF w/ decent hitting to replace Manny)

Manny and Clement is an OK deal. Clement actually still has pretty good value, despite his troubles last year (the thing is, he wasn't THAT bad, he had some control problems, got beaned, has that ugly goatee, and the bullpen coughed up a lot of his runs)... I'd still consider this OK for us because we lose A LOT of salary in this deal.

But this deal? We give up Marte to get GATHRIGHT? JOEY GATHRIGHT? JOEY GATHRIGHT of the .650 OPS?

Thanks but no thanks.

A little lopsided for the Devil Rays don't you think?

For Lugo, a pretty decent hitting SS, and Gathright, a Nohit McFieldwell, and pick up the last year of KazMat's salary, they get TWO useful young cheap pitchers AND an A prospect in Marte? Yeah, like that's happening.

Anyhoo... there's also a rumour going on that we signed JT Snow. He's a good defensive 1B, but hopefully he won't do anything except be a defensive caddy at 1B, because we do NOT need some geriatric to take away Youkilis's PAs.