Of course, they dumped Mickey Storey again and this time, the Blue Jays snapped him right up.
So they are spending 1.85 mill on a middle reliever, a righty, Jose Veras, who we know from the Pirates and Braves. They are talking about him being in the mix for the closer. Like, you know, wow.
He was signed as a kid out of the Dominican by Tampa, and after 6 years, they let him go. He played a year in the Rangers minor leagues. Then, he signed a minor league FA contract in 2006 with the Yankees, and reached the majors in 06, throwing 11 innings in relief, and 7 innings in 07. He spent most of both years at AAA, closing, mostly.
He spent most of 08 with the ML club, not closing, of course, and posted a 3.59 ERA/1.41 WHIP over 59 IP – the WHIP was high because of 4.5 BB/9. In 09, he again started the year with the ML club, but his walk rate rose to almost 5, his K rate dropped from 9.7 to 5.6 and his ERA rose to 5.69. He was purchased by Cleveland at the end of June, don’t ask me why. He threw 24 innings over 22 games, not closing, and his walk rate remained high, although he had a few more Ks, and his hits/9 dropped from 9 to 6.
Nevertheless, Cleveland didn’t resign him at the end of the year and he was signed by the Marlins. He threw 48 innings over 48 games, keeping the same low 6 Hits/9 and high (5) BB/9 and 10 K/9. He posted a 3.75 ERA/1.29 WHIP.
In 2011, he signed with the Pirates, posting virtually the same numbers over 71 innings.
Last year, he signed with the Brewers, throwing 67 innings/72 games. Same 5.4 BB/9 (and you thought Wesley Wright lacked control), 10.6 J/9, and hits rose to 8.5/9, so his WHIP rose to 1.51.
He just turned 32, is walkeriffic, not homeriffic and has a good K rate. Maybe he can close, although he hasn’t done it since 2007. Youneverknow.
I’m sure the Players’ Union is ecstatic at the heavy spending.
Oh yeah – and Rob Rassmussen, one of the minor leaguers we got in the Carlos Lee trade (he’s a skinny little lefty – think Chad Harville, only skinny) just finished AA as a starter, with decent numbers, reasonable H/9, K/9 and low walks – was traded to the Dodgers for one of their failed starters, John Ely.
He’s a 26, gonna be 27 in May year old righty, drafted in the 3rd round of the 07 draft by the White Sox and traded to the Dodgers for Juan Pierre. He was called up in 2010 – someone must have been hurt – he threw 100 innings over 18 games with a 5.69 ERA (71 ERA+) and a 1.45 WHIP. 9.5 H/9, 1.1 HR/9, 3.6 BB/9, 6.7 K/9 IP.
He spent almost all of the next 2 years at AAA, throwing only 14 innings combined in the ML. He was lousy in 2011 – 5.99 ERA/1.58 WHIP, but they kept him anyway (it’s the high draft pick thing, betcha) and whaddaya know, he improved. He cut the ERA to 3.20, WHIP to 1.10 – and this was at Albuquerque. 18 HR, 36 BB, 165 K/ 168 IP over 27 games.
His AAA numbers look better than Alex White’s, tell you that. Anyway, he’s gonna be minimum wage for the next 2 years, so he fits right into the Astros plans.
Am still wondering how long it is going to take the mainstream media to point out that Crane is not spending even half of what he is taking in on the majors + draft + minors. Probably never. And the Royals think THEY are irrelevant…