Friday, November 19, 2004

Jose Guillen - Me Likey

Okay, so Jose Guillen can be a bit of a nutjob. He got thrown off the Angels after screaming at Mike Scioscia for taking him out for a pinch runner. But I'm a forgive and forget kind of Christian, especially when the nutjob puts up a .294/.352/.497 line in the outfield and has a cannon for an arm and will make a Vinny-Castilla-esque $3.5 million next year. We are talking a Good Jim Bowden deal here. Moneyball factor - 3.5 balls out of 4.

Dexys, you've still got my copy of Moneyball. I do want that back.

Guillen's also 28 years old, meaning that he's still well in his prime. He was pretty piss-poor in the years 1997-2002, but came around in 2003 and maintained a pretty productive level in 2004. Moreover, Juan Rivera and the other player are just a few pieces of silver.

Here's the truth - the Angels wanted him out, and Bowden accommodated them, without overpaying. This is a good deal for the Nats.

Dexys, your lineup looks a lot better with:

LF - Sledge, CF - Wilkerson, RF - Guillen, 3B - Castilla, SS - Guzman, 2B - Vidro, 1B - Johnson, C- Schneider.

Thumbs up, Jim Bowden. We're off the treading water and now we've got our water wings moving in the right direction.

P.S., Curiousity of the day - why is it that when you search on "Guillen" at Baseball-Reference.com, Rey Ordonez pops up on the list? [OK, I obviously didn't see Don Money's post. Truly bizarre.]

6 Comments:

At 5:56 PM, Blogger DM said...

Oh .. THAT Jose Guillen. Well, good to have a little piss and vinegar in the clubhouse. And missing the postseason won't be an issue this year.

 
At 2:34 AM, Blogger Yuda said...

I dunno... I'd rather have Rivera; he's close to as good as Guillen, cheaper, and younger.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger SuperNoVa said...

You know what? I'm just bummed that I couldn't find a link to a picture of Charles Durning as Pappy O'Daniel in O Brother Where Art Thou.

Juan Rivera did show signs last year, although he's only 2 years younger than Guillen and looked bad with the Mets in prior seasons. Guillen has only 1 year left on his contract, so he's pretty low risk.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Bijan C. Bayne said...

For the price of two of the three new bats, we could have had Barry Zito (and probably Eric Milton too).

 
At 11:09 PM, Blogger DM said...

We don't want Eric Milton. Luckiest pitcher in the big leagues last year.

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger dexys_midnight said...

I really thought I gave moneyball back to you. You sure? Well, if you are right, you can go to my former office (ok, fine, current office) and get it from the shelf or I can get it for you next time security escorts me there. Be sure to put the padlock and condemned sticker back on the door when you leave.

 

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