Ed Wade has made 3 GOOD trades since he has been the Astros GM: Michael Bourn and Geoff Geary for Lidge and Bruntlett; LaTroy Hawkins for some crappy nobody A-ball guy; Jeff Keppinger for Drew Sutton. I suppose some would want to add the Kevin Worthless Cash for Angel Sanchez, as he traded away less than nothing for a useful utility infielder.
We all know that Ed Wade is obsessed with middle relievers, and indeed, his forte is finding unwanted relievers on the scrap heap – he’s not near as good with trading for em or signing em as FA. Actually, he was infamous for his middle reliever obsession when he was the Phillies GM.
But since he’s been the Astros GM, his penchant for getting lousy, scrappy, not very good middle infielders has been indulged. Jason Smith. Matt Downs. Matt Kata. Jose Castillo (yes, remember him?) Oswaldo Navarro (who, like Maysonet, languished on the bench for some undetermined reason) - but they were scrap heap guys.
Wade has, I guess, decided to replace Blum, who just signed with the DBax for 2 years/2.75 mill, with Clint Barmes. Only he traded Felipe Paulino to get him.
Drat that Ed Wade – now I have to revise my 2011 pitchers entry that I’ve been working on (yes, in what little spare time I have) but I digress.
Paulino had almost no wins last year and therefore, according to stat hating media guys (the ones who didn’t vote Felix Hernandez in as AL CY Young winner this year because there weren’t enough Wins in “winner”) he must be no good. Not entirely true – Felipe was good n lousy and had terrible run support/crappy fielding, which we all know is not needed by a True Winning Pitcher to actually, you know, Win.
Anyway, Paulino had a lot of trouble staying healthy, and was out from June 10 to Sept 15 this year, along with getting run support and decent fielding. In 2010, he started 14 games and relieved in 5 more, winning 1 and losing 9 (see, toldja he’s a looozer) with an overall 5.11 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and .270 BAA. Overall, he had 9.3 H/9, 0.4 HR/9, 8.1 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9.
(Note that his numbers as a starter were better than his numbers as a reliever: 4.40 ERA; 1.51 WHIP (those walks again) but only 2 HR/86 IP, 8 K/9 IP and 4.5 BB/9 IP)
- In his win, he gave up 1 run over 8 IP.
- In his 5 ND, he gave up 4 ER/5 IP, 2 ER/6 IP (twice) 2 ER/8 IP and NO runs/8 IP
- In his 9 losses, he gave up 5 ER/6 IP, 2 ER(5 R)/5.2 IP, 2 ER (6 R)/5 IP, 4 ER/6 IP, 1 ER/7 IP, 7 ER/4.2 IP, 8 ER/4.2 IP, 2 ER/6 IP.
I keep hearing htat Paulino should be turned into a reliever – not sure why because his numbers as a reliever have always been incredibly worse than those as a starter, but it is no longer an Astros problem. The last 2 pitchers we sent to the Rox, Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh, both spent most of their time there hurt and are now in AAA with other Organizations. Although the uas they had from Buchholz far outweighed the use we had from Jason Jennings, so they still won that trade. But I digress…
Clint Barmes will be 32 years old in March, was drafted in the 10th round in 2000 by the Rox. He had a few cups of coffee in 03 and 04, then had 377 PA in 05 (.764 OPS/90 OPS+) and 535 PA in 06 (.599 OPS/47 OPS+) – by the way, he’s the guy who had the weird accident in 05 in which he supposedly slipped on the stairs carrying deer meat for Todd Helton, but managed to come in at #8 for the ROY anyway.
He had only a few PA in 07, because Tulo won the SS job and our old friend Kaz Matsui was at second AND Barmes just plain ol uck-sayed, but he rebounded in 08 with 417 PA as a second baseman putting up a .790 OPS/98 OPS+) with a career high 23 homers ???!!! but declined in 09 to a .734 OPS/ 82 OPS+ and crashed in 2010 to a .656 OPS/67 OPS+ and was essentially benched for the second half in favor of Eric Young, Jr (whose daddy is no longer with the Astros Organization as their minor league baserunning instructor, by the way.)
Career, he has an .820 OPS vs leftys and a .648 OPS vs rightys. He doesn’t hit for spit away from Coors – a .618 OPS and he doesn’t GIDP much, walk much – BUT he does K about 100 times/162 games average.
Naturally, he hasn’t played much SS since Troy Tulowitski came up to the bigs; 283 Innings in 08, 103 innings in 09 and 361 innings last year (whenever Tulo was hurt) but he isn’t Tulo with the glove, although he is above average at both short and second.
I have like no idea what on earth the Astros want with this guy, unless they somehow think he for some unknown reason, will duplicate his 2008 numbers – not sure why, it’s not like he’s been hurt. I suppose they figure that they would put Sanchez at SS if Manzella has a lousy ST and use Barmes as a DR. Either that, or they think that for some reason, Barmes will hit with power outside of Coors.
Anyway, this looks like an unspeakably stupid trade as Barmes earned 3.35 mill this year and is arb eligible and I have absolutely NO idea why Ed Wade and gang prefer this guy to even Geoff Blum and his steady 84 OPS+ every year. ESPECIALLY as the Rox were almost certainly not going to offer Barmes a contract and he could have been picked up from the scrap heap in a few weeks – or was Fast Eddie afraid that Sandy Alderson would grab him???
I’m not expecting Carl Crawford, but I sure would like Wade to actually make a, like, GOOD trade sometime…