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Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Padres 2006 Outfield

Title Track

The re-signing of Brian Giles, trading for Mike Cameron and the position change of Ryan Klesko has improved the outfield quite a bit.

Giles is a better left fielder than Klesko, Cameron a better center fielder than Roberts and Johnson a better right fielder than Giles. Whether we've improved in the field is beyond question.

At the plate, there is some question as to whether we've improved or regressed. Giles is still Giles, so that's more/less constant.

Cameron over his career is better than Roberts, but Dave had a career year at the plate in '05, so we may lose a little there, but at least Cameron can be expected to play a full season.

Johnson would seem to be taking Klesko's place, but with Klesko still in the lineup at first that's not quite fair. You'd probably be better off comparing him to our first basemen last season. Last season, we had more production out of our various first basemen than Johnson, but it was his first year in the Majors and he only had 75 AB's.

Overall, I'm quite pleased with the way things are unfolding.

2006 Salaries

Someone asked about it, so here's a chart with the salaries I'm aware of.

3 Comments:

Blogger Yankees Chick said...

how do you feel about trevor?

and are you excited about cameron? personally, i think cameron/giles/roberts is going to be good...

3:27 PM, December 06, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

I think Hoffman's value is in that he pushes Linebrink and Otsuka into roles in which they are legitimately outstanding, far above league average. Richard, who is young and headstrong, underestimates the effect Trevor's absence will have on each bullpen slot, as each man moves up a notch, with the last spot being filled at replacement level (or worse).
Anyway, no closer is worth more than about $7-mil a year, not even Trevor. I'd go up to $14-mil for 2 years, 18-19 for three. Richard will think I'm nuts.
As for the outfield, if Dave Roberts is anything more than a fourth outfielder, I'll be pissed. Gotta like Cameron and Giles, though.

6:16 PM, December 06, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

I like Trevor. I have no real problem using him as a closer. What I hate is the 7-8-9 formula. Linebrink should be our high leverage situation guy, period. If that's in the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth or whenever, I don't care. The formula is what bothers me. I'd give Hoffy 6.5/year for two years and a team option for a third. It's more than he's probably worth, but given the current market for relievers and the city's attachment to Trevor, it's reasonable.

If Ben Johnson isn't starting in right field next season, I may begin to hate Bochy... well, hate him more.

4:06 PM, December 07, 2005  

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