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Link Dump 12/18: AL West

Let's take a look around the AL West blogosphere...

A thoughtful analysis of why Barry Zito just might be well-suited for pitching in Arlington:

But Barry Zito has made 208 starts the last 6 seasons. He has never had any health problems. He's been good for 220 or so innings per year, year in and year out, since he arrived in the major leagues. And he's still just 28 years old.

Looking at this, I think Rangers management sees, in Zito, a younger, better version of the guy considered to be The Perfect TBIA Pitcher...the Gambler, Kenny Rogers. In 2005, 27.5% of balls in play against Rogers by righties were flies, and in 2004, the number was 28.2%...numbers that correspond neatly to Zito. Like Rogers, Zito walks more guys than you'd like, doesn't strike out as many as you'd like, but has shown a knack for knowing how to manage his performance, and when and how to pitch to contact.

Barry Zito = Kenny Rogers?  Perish the thought!

Jeff Sullivan over at Lookout Landing squints really hard and sees a possibility that Vidro might be a good hitter next year.

If Jose Vidro somehow manages to stay completely healthy and staves off further decline for the next three years, he's a slightly below-average DH getting paid something like $6m a season. That makes this look like a stupid trade.

If Jose Vidro gets hurt, gets worse, gets spooked by Safeco, or any combination of the three, he's a godawful DH getting paid something like $6m a season. That makes this look like an unthinkably retarded trade.

Senor Halofan and company take a look back at Brendan Donnelly's Angel career.  Says poster scareduck:

This is about an even trade.  The Donkey is still a decent reliever, though, but he wasn't going to get better, and he wasn't going to get too many more innings in this bullpen.  The Saunders comp for Seibel seems apt.

Speaking of scareduck, Rob looks back on JD Drew's tenure in LA:

Still, if he becomes a different version of Shawn Green, chalk one up to Paul DePodesta for giving Scott Boras everything he wanted, and less. Boras was not going to settle for a two-year deal, but DePo got all the benefits of one anyway. Whether he knew Drew would take the bait is still a subject for speculation, but let us never forget that money is Scott Boras's principle motivator. Leaving a Boras client an out is like putting a moth in front of a bug light.

Be sure to check out Ken's photo-outtake #15, and the rest of them, too.  In #12, Ken guesses that Billy Beane is probably looking for a replacement for Kotsay:

One theme seems to be emerging, however: Beane is shopping for a young center fielder. Milledge, Reed...he's looking to replace Kotsay, who (a) is a free agent after next season, (b) had his full no-trade clause expire after the 2006 season, and (c) has, by the numbers, suffered a severe drop in defensive range over the past two seasons. Kotsay may have a better reputation right now than actual value, which means Beane should probably trade him if he can. But first, he needs someone to play center in 2007, because Payton is gone, and Milton Bradley can't be trusted to stay healthy. (Neither can Kotsay, for that matter.)

Ken's on the right path, but Kotsay's not a FA until after 2008.  If Beane can deal him in the next two years while finding a suitable replacement, great.  But if not, I do wonder if his performance will drop to the point where he'll be relegated to part-time duty despite his salary.  Somehow, I doubt it.

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