Boston Comings and Goings

Red Sox sign Mark Kotsay (1/1.5)

Given the recent signing of Rocco Baldelli, this seems like a rather smart move. Kotsay’s job description includes being the fifth outfield and reserve first baseman – same as last season – at the same time I do question why the Red Sox didn’t attempt and sign Eric Hinske instead. Kotsay’s offensive production has been decisively below average since 2004, and 2009 doesn’t expect to be any different. CHONE has Kotsay at -4.8 wRAA and Marcels at -11.1, although I would expect those numbers to be closer to average if Kotsay plays mostly against righties. Kotsay’s defensive ratings over the past few seasons haven’t been pretty either:

2006: -6.7
2007: -3.6
2008: -5.3

During that time Kotsay has played most of his games in the spacious Oakland Coliseum and Fenway Park, so it’s quite possible his defensive ratings are skewed, and The Fans Scouting Report still liked Kotsay. It’s odd to credit the durability factor to Mark Kotsay of all players, but his health has shown to be more sustainable than Baldelli’s, and that’s why he’s in this position.

The other end of Brad Penny and John Smoltz signing with the Red Sox has finally hit, as the two players DFA were claimed on waivers.

Padres claim Virgil Vasquez off waivers

Vasquez is a righty who spent most of last season in Triple-A. Vasquez produced decent strikeout rates and is a control pitcher, walking less than 2.10 per nine, but yields too many homeruns. In 16.6 innings for the Tigers Vasquez allowed seven homeruns. As someone who sits in the low 90’s yet still uses his fastball more than half of the time, Vasquez is prone to leaving pitches over the plate and promptly watching them fly into the stands. Naturally, that makes him a fit for Petco Park.

Vasquez will join a congregation of fringe starter/reliever types in San Diego next season as the Padres attempt to gather as many lottery tickets as possible.

Rays claim Dewon Day off waivers

The Rays mark the third organization for Day since the season ended. Day spent 2008 with the Chicago White Sox, was waived, claimed by Boston, and now waived again. Day’s fastball sits in the low 90’s but can touch the mid-90’s but has issues locating. Day also throws a slider, and generates groundballs and strikeouts from it. The aforementioned Vasquez allowed 34 homeruns last season, Day has allowed about half of that during his career.

The Rays now have about 16 relief options heading to camp, where they all fall into place is anyone’s guess.



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Dave
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Dave
7 years 7 months ago

You can add Saito to that list as well. Ahh, depth.

joser
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joser
7 years 7 months ago

There’s one really good reason to acquire Mark Kotsay and that’s his wife who is much farther over replacement level than her husband is on the field. Not that Sox don’t already have some eye candy running around with Damon’s wife, etc, but WAG-wise the AL East is a competitive division what with ARod and Jeter running around Manhattan and all.

Mike
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7 years 7 months ago

Ummmm, Joser. Johnny Damon plays for the Yankees. For the last three years.

Dave B.
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Dave B.
7 years 7 months ago

And the Yankees don’t play in Manhattan. For the last eighty-six years.

Mike
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7 years 7 months ago

Technically he didn’t specify that the team plays in Manhattan. Perhaps he’s suggesting that A-Rod and Jeter commute to work.

joser
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joser
7 years 7 months ago

All the more reason for the Red Sox to move to close the gap.

(Frankly, I’m kind of proud I can’t remember who plays the outfield for either one of those teams)

Dave B.
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Dave B.
7 years 7 months ago

Is it just me or is it weird for someone who I can only presume wants their opinions taken seriously to be proud of being unfamiliar with the rosters of the two biggest teams in the sport?

joser
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joser
7 years 7 months ago

When I’m posting about player’s wives I’m not sure I want anything to be taken seriously.

Damon is still an Oakland A in my head, actually.

Dave B.
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Dave B.
7 years 7 months ago

Humor as a defense mechanism. Classic.

LB
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LB
7 years 7 months ago

No, Dave it is not just you. In fact I would say that isn’t so much weird, as it is stupid of joser.

fitness
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6 years 3 months ago

Great, thank you very much for writing this!

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