Scott Moore signed with the Athletics – he had been outrighted to AAA and as he was a 6 year FA, he chose to go to Oakland. Scott Moore is the kind of FA that the Athletics and their artifically low budget sign.
Meanwhile, the Astros signed homeboy Philip Humber, ex Rice star, to a HUGE 800K contract. Well, with the Astros, that’s huge. He was picked up off waivers from the White Sox. You remember him from that great Rice CWS championship team – with Wade Townsend (who crapped out several years ago) and Jeff Niemann (now with the Rays) – I know I’ve written about them when we signed Lance Pendleton, who I thought was gonna be a great ML hitter. Youneverknow.
Phil was a first rounder with the Mets in 04 (Wade did not sign with the Orioles and Niemann went to the Rays), need Tommy John surgery in 05, then came back a year later, threw a total of 9 innings for them in 06 and 07 before being traded to the Twins (with Carlos Gomez, now with the Brewers, and Kevin Mulvey – yeah, TERRIBLE trade) for Johan Santana.) Over the next 2 years, he threw a grand total of 20.2 lousy relief innings for the Twins before being let go. He signed as a FA with the Royals in 2010, threw 21.2 innings over 2 games – lousy stats.
KC, desperate for starting pitching, waived him at the end of the year and he was picked up by Oakland, who gave it a second thought, waived him a month later, and the White Sox took him. He pitched his first full year in the majors at age 28, started 26 games and relieved in 2 over 168 innings with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The ol Don Cooper magic.
Last year, he started out in his first game, giving up a run over 5.1 IP vs the Orioles. The next game, he threw a perfect game, 9 K, 96 pitch game vs the horridly hitting Mariners.
and it was downhill from there until, with a 6.14 ERA, he was removed from the rotation on August 3. He even lost to the gawd-awful Astros, remember? He started a total of 16 games:
3 games < 5 IP: 5, 6, 8 ER
6 games 5 – 5.2 IP: 1 game 1 ER, 1 game 4 ER, 2 games 5 ER, 1 game 6 ER, 1 game 9 ER
5 games 6 – 6.2 IP: 2 games 1 ER, 2 games 2 ER, 1 game 3 ER
1 game 7 IP – 2 R/ER
1 game 9 IP – 0 runs
Seems the rule was that if he made it to 6 IP, he had good stuff and a QS – if not, he had lousy stuff and in only 1 game, gave up fewer than 4 runs.
He also spent a month on the DL in the middle of the year. He did even worse after he was put in the bullpen, going from a .834 OPS against to a .915. I guess that Luhnow is hoping for the 2011 version of Humber, even though he’s hurt a lot. And this right after pimping the WONderful guys we had in the rotation last year, too (in his last “interview” – and he’s SOOOO happy with the guys he had out there last year. I mean, the wonderfullness of Brett Wallace and Fernando Martinez (blech) and he thinks Jason Maxwell is ready to be a full time player. All he needs is a DH – yeah, suuurrrrre.)
They’re trying hard to dump Wilton Lopez (sell high) but he’s only a great pitcher if he’s on the Astros. You see, Wilton will earn more than 1 mill next year as an arb eligible player and we can’t have THAT. And thing is, what’s left on the roster is teh sukc. To be nice about it. No Mickey Storey, neither. Here are the remaining relievers. Please try not to barf. Thank you.
Hector Ambriz: 18 G, 19.1 IP, 4.19 ERA/1.29 WHIP
Xavier Cedeno, LOOGY: 44 G/31 IP: 3.77 ERA/1.42 WHIP and 2 blown saves
Rhiner Cruz: 52 G/55 IP: 6.05 ERA/1.71 WHIP – only 1 UER
Sam Demel, RHP (from Dbax) 1 IP last year, 2010-2011: 63 IP – 4.95 ERA/1.51 WHIP (uck)
Chia-Jen Lo: pitched 15 innings at AA in 2010, 19 innings at high A Lancaster last year with a 1.42 ERA (which is awesome.) On the ML roster from high A? REALLY?
Fernando Rodriguez: RHP – 78 K/70 IP – 65% inherited runners stranded. 10 losses, 4 BS, 5.37 ERA/1.35 WHIP. 4.35 BB/9 and 1 HR/9. There is no excuse for my liking this guy. I just do. It’s shameful.
Wesley Wright: the veteran on this team. Also arb eligible, which means he might could be gone. He pitched great last year – 77 games over 52.1 IP, mostly LOOGY. 3.27 ERA/1/18 WHIP.
That is IT. The closer from the AA team , Jason Stoffel, wasn’t protected. There aren’t any good relievers at AAA. And Ed Wade is gone.