Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bye-Bye Boys

Hey, ever wonder what happened to the Buccos that got caught up in the new suits' brooming? Here's their post-Pirate track records:

-- IF Jose Bautista (sent to Toronto): Joey Bats has hit .232 in his time as a Blue Jay as a utility guy, with 16 HR and 50 RBI in 392 at-bats. He's in his final arbitration year.
-- OF Jay Bay (sent to Boston): In 200 games with the Red Sox, Bay has hit .274 with 45 homers and 156 RBI. He's in his walk year, and is supposed to be looking for a contract worth $16M/season over 4-5 years.
-- LHP Sean Burnett (sent to Washington): Burnett has helped stabilize the Nationals' bullpen, making 30 relief appearances. In 25 innings, Burnett had a 3.20 ERA, giving up 14 hits, walking thirteen and striking out 20 as their LOOGY. He reached arbitration at the end of this season.
-- IF Jose Castillo (waived): Castillo was claimed by Florida in 2008, waived, claimed by the Giants, and waived again, finishing the year with the Astros. He hit a combined .246/6/37 in 449 at-bats. He signed with the Nats in the off-season, but instead played in Taiwan this year. Now he's wintering with the Caracas Lions.
-- LHP John Grabow (sent to Cubs): Grabow was the same ol' Mr. Reliable for the Wrigley nine, appearing in 30 games as a set-up guy with a 3.24 ERA. He's a free agent, and is reportedly in talks with Chicago to iron out a two year deal.
-- LHP Tom Gorzelanny (sent to Cubs): Gorzo was 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA for Chicago. In 38-1/3 innings, he walked 13 and struck out 40, but 6 homers were his downfall. He's arbitration eligible this year.
-- 1B Adam LaRoche (sent to Boston, then to Atlanta): After hitting .263 in six games with Boston, LaRoche hit .321/.401/.557 in 57 games with the Braves, with 12 homers and 40 RBI. He's a free agent.
-- LHP Damaso Marte (sent to Yankees): Hurt much of the time with shoulder woes, Marte is 2-6 with a 7.11 ERA for the Yankees in just 46 appearances. But he rallied during the playoffs, pitching eight times without allowing a run in four innings as a LOOGY. The Pinstripes signed him through 2011, with a 2012 club option, at $4M per year.
-- CF Nate McLouth (sent to Atlanta): McLouth missed time because of injury three different times after joining the Braves, but still got 396 at-bats. He hit .257/.354/.419 for Atlanta, with 11 homers and 36 RBI and stole 12 bases in 18 attempts. He's signed through 2011, earning $11M over the next two years, with a 2012 team option.
-- OF Nyjer Morgan (sent to Washington): Morgan hit leadoff and played in center for the Nationals. In 49 games - he missed the last month with a broken hand - Morgan stole 24 bases in 31 attempts. He batted .351 with 35 runs scored, and is arbitration eligible in 2011.
-- OF Xavier Nady (sent to Yankees): In 59 games in 2008, Nady hit .268/12/40 for the Bronx Bombers. He signed a one-year deal worth $6.55M, and then tore up his elbow in April and had Tommy John surgery, putting his baseball future up in the air. He's a free agent this season.
-- C Ronny Paulino (sent to Philadelphia): Philly shipped him to the Giants, and they sent him to the Fish, all before the season started. He hit .272/8/27 in 266 at-bats for Florida. He's entering his first arbitration season.
-- 2B Freddy Sanchez (sent to San Francisco): Steady Freddy played only 25 games for the G-Men, having knee surgery in September and now rehabbing a sprained shoulder. He hit .284/1/7, and inked a 2-year, $12M deal with them.
-- RHP Ian Snell (sent to Seattle): Snell continued his frustrating ways with the Mariners. He was 5-2 with a 4.20 ERA, but in 64-1/3 innings, he walked 39 and struck out just 37. Snell is signed for next year at $4.25M, with club options in 2011 and 2012.
-- RHP Salomon Torres (sent to Milwaukee): He was the Brew Crew closer in 2008, with 28 saves in 35 chances, 51 strikeouts in 80 innings of work, an ERA of 3.41, and a record of 7-5. But he faded badly at the end, and made good on his vow to retire in 2009.
-- SS Jack Wilson (sent to Seattle): Wilson hit .224 in 31 games with the Mariners, missing huge hunks of time to injury. But he did lead all MLB shortstops with a 20.4 UZR/150 games, and is renegotiating his contract with the M's.

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