Hello, Brendan Harris (& Clint Robinson); So Long, Skip Schumaker

BYE SKIP!

BYE SKIP!

More comings and goings to pass along today, as is typical for this time of the year.

**Welcome, Brendan Harris, I guess. (waves hand) This is not the backup infielder you are looking for. But he might just be the one you’ll get, since the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract that comes with an invite to major league camp. Harris, 33, has a career line of .256/.314/.381 in parts of eight seasons, though only one of those eight seasons has come in the last three years — he didn’t see big league time in 2011 or 2012. In 2013, he got into 44 games with the Angels, was DFA’d in July, spent a month in the Yankees organization, got cut, and spent the final few weeks in Triple-A with Texas. (He was also once Nick Punto‘s double play partner in Minnesota.)

He can’t hit, obviously; after a decent 2007 as a starting middle infielder for Tampa, he’s got a cumulative line of .246/.303/.359 in 1,180 plate appearances. He can play all four infield spots, but none particularly well, in case you’re wondering if he’s just a good glove who can play all over and… well, Albuquerque needs players too, you know. You’ve got to field a team, right? Did we begrudge them the services of Rusty Ryal and Brian Barden? Of course not. Now, let’s just hope that’s all it is.

**Albuquerque finds a first baseman. Clint Robinson, 29 in February, also receives a spring training invite. Robinson has smashed in the minors, putting up a .301/.378/.506 line with Kansas City & Toronto, but he seems to have peaked: after a 1.035 OPS in Double-A in 2010, it’s been .932, then .845, then .733. He’ll probably be hilarious in Albuquerque, crushing huge dingers, but he’s a poor first baseman and has only four major league plate appearances.

**Nice having you, Kelvin De La Cruz. You don’t know him, and you shouldn’t, really. He never appeared for the Dodgers, and has never appeared in the bigs at all, though he was intriguingly good for the Isotopes last year. Somehow, he’s turned that into a major league deal with Baltimore. Good for him, I think.

**So long, Skip Schu– wait, what? When I reviewed Skip Schumaker‘s season earlier this month, I said “I wonder if the days of him getting guaranteed major league deals are over.” Well, he did get a major league deal from Cincinnati… for two years. Two!!

Poor Red Reporter:

I gotta be honest. There is a lot to hate about this deal. Money numbers aren’t available yet, but this is yet another two-year deal for a crappy replacement-level player. Off the top of my head, I count Willy Taveras, Mike Lincoln, Miguel Cairo (that one actually worked pretty well), Jack Hannahan, Ryan Ludwick, and now Skipper. That’s a lot of guaranteed years for a lot of roster filler.

To his credit, Skipper Doodle has a career OBP of .344. But he hasn’t topped that number since 2009, which was coincidentally the last time he was at all useful. Since then, he has been worth a grand total of -0.3 bWAR. That gets you a multi-year deal and the collective derision of literally hundreds of internet-bound bloggerati-types like me.

Dude really makes his bones by being defensively versatile. He plays second base and all three outfield positions, but none of them well or even average. So there’s that, too.

My Sum-of-All-Fears-24-Jack-Ryan-Jack Bauer Doomsday worst-case scenario take on this is that Skippy is probably going to play a good bit of 2B next year after they trade Brandon Phillips. I mean, Skippy is a fairly decent if not really useful bench player, but if he is starting it is a big, big problem.

So to sum it up, it’s too many years for a replacement player who would be halfway decent in a Jack Hannahan kinda role but will probably be asked to do much more.

I am not impressed.

517 comments
dodgerfn91
dodgerfn91

where is the Kemp post? I bet its dranks chili buss article instead... :(

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Boy, that line up will never happen (Forget Cano, no way Guerrero bats below AJ), but damn is that beastly to look at

nudibranch
nudibranch

Tim Hudson's SIERA and K/BB were only slightly above league average last season (not to mention that he only started 21 games), and at age 38, I expect him to be a below-average starter next season.  I only wish the Giants had signed him to a longer contract.

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

Ned can still trade for Skip Schumaker come July, right?

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

The Reds didn't just get a guy that's a lousy infielder or outfielder, they got a half-ass decent relief pitcher to throw out there when the game just sucks and you don't want to burn up the bullpen.

You have to admit, the nights Skip got pitch became kind of fun once he took the mound.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Honkbal?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Free agent "demands" are unreasonable. Shocking.

Lobo
Lobo

Aww, I thought we were friends

Lobo
Lobo

I think the craziest part of that lineup would be the fact that we'd have FIVE guys with 20+ HR power, with Hanley, Puig, and Cano having potential 30+ power and Matt optimistically around 25 now

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

looks good and all, but I hope they are adamant in not wanting to take on that contract

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

hey I wasn't trying to use advanced stats to create my line.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

and the lineup of Crawford, Ramirez, Kemp, Gonzalez, Puig, Uribe, Guerrero, AJ, pitcher doesn't look all that bad

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@steelmohawk no, it doesn't. Unfortunately, it feels like all of our players now have big question marks with them. 

TheConman
TheConman

@Lobo @TheConman that gif was 112 frames, i cut it down to 50 and it still wasnt working. I think its pretty large, size wise. 

TheConman
TheConman

@Lobo @TheConman wish i knew a way to give you an exact answer, but im not sure. over a certain size and my photoshop says "too large, reduce size or delete frames",

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

@deBlue @DINGERS! @Omer (beercoozie) i'll go ahead and say it, the 2011 team was probably my favorite team other than what the 2013 team became. those guys did not give a fuck, they just played baseball and tried to have fun doing it.