Fuller, 26, was the Dodgers’ 11th-round pick in 2006 out of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). A solid defensive middle infielder, he offers solid range and a strong arm. He profiles better as a second baseman at higher levels, but he’s played just as much shortstop this season. For high Class A Inland Empire, Fuller was hitting .254/.340/.418 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs. A lefthanded hitter, Fuller has a line-drive swing that creates gap-to-gap power. He has fringe-average speed. The Juneau, Alaska, native hasn’t hit enough to propel himself to higher levels of the minors. Unless something drastic happens, Fuller would seem to be a nice organizational player.
September 2, 2009
September 1, 2009
The aforementioned Rockies also needed some pitching help, and got some from the White Sox, with 37-year old Jose Contreras packing his bags for Denver. By traditional metrics, Contreras has had a dismal year, posting a 5.27 ERA and a 5-13 record for Chicago. His tRA and FIP are pretty good however, at 4.37 and 4.12 respectively, indicating that perhaps he has been the victim of some bad luck, bad defense, or both. …
BTW, here’s Dave Cameron:
Finally, the Rockies got into the trade fun by acquiring Jose Contreras to help patch their pitching staff. Contreras is a tough guy to get a read on, because his stuff is still good, his peripherals are strong, but he remains awful when men are on base, so his absurdly low strand rates lead to less value than his FIP would suggest. Usually, we chalk stuff like that up to random variation, but Contreras has been underachieving in LOB% for so long that its getting hard to ignore. If the Rockies can figure out how to fix his problems with leaving runners on, they could have a nice addition, but that seems like a tough task to pull off in four weeks time.
Rockies acquired RHP Jose Contreras from the White Sox for RHP Brandon Hynick and cash considerations. Contreras has allowed 30 runs in his last six starts and carried a 7.66 ERA through August. He’ll be unfamiliar to most of their opponents down the stretch, but this seems like a misguided move by Colorado. Hynick, 24, isn’t just a throw-away chip. He had a 3.83 ERA and 92/48 K/BB ratio in 26 starts (155 innings) this season on the Triple-A level and could eventually turn into a fine long reliever or No. 5 starter.
Dodgers acquired first baseman Jim Thome and cash considerations from the White Sox for shortstop Justin Fuller. Thome will serve as an excellent late-innings weapon for the playoff-bound Dodgers. Until October, though, he’s unlikely to provide much value. James Loney is an excellent first baseman and has enjoyed a solid offensive season. For him to lose at-bats would be a real tragedy.
According to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, an MRI on Jake Peavy‘s sore right elbow Monday revealed no structural damage. Peavy is still unable to throw without discomfort and he probably won’t pick up a ball for another few days, but there’s still hope that the right-hander will make his White Sox debut this season. He’ll be reevaluated by team doctors after several days of rest.
August 31, 2009
Gonzales: “Contreras and cash to colorado for RHP Brandon Hynick” Hynick is a 24-year old in AAA. I can’t believe we got someone with those numbers for Jose Contreras.
BTW, did the Sox send cash on one two trades?
Thanks to both Jim and Jose for the memories. The Taters and the World Series streak won’t be forgotten. I hope Thome knows that there is no DH in the league he approved a trade to though.
UPDATE: SoxNet takes a more in-depth look at the new Sox players.
And here’s a quote on Justin Fuller: “He’s just a player,” a Dodgers source said.