Friday, August 28, 2009

How are they doing now? Sox edition

The Sox and Cubs both had a good amount of player turnover this past season off season. Though these posts may be better served after the season, I figured I'd put them together now. The following is a list of what players that left Chicago this past season are doing now.

Orlando Cabrera - Twins - .281/.314/.376, 5 HRs, 54 RBI - Cabrera signed a one-year deal in with the A's during the offseason. After the offense fueled by himself and other Oakland acquisitions Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi didn't take off, he was sent to the Twins at the deadline. Cabrera has a much worse UZR than last year (-15.2 v. 14) and his BB/K ratio is the lowest it has been in 8 years. When you factor in the clubhouse issues, it would appear the Sox didn't miss much not retaining him.

Joe Cred
e - Twins - .229/.293/.421, 15 HRs, 48 RBI - Crede has only played in 88 games this season, and it seems likely he won't even reach the 97 he played with the Sox in 2008. He hasn't played since last Friday due to back issues, shocking. When he has played his fielding numbers have been solid, but with how Beckham has played it is pretty clear not re-signing Crede was absolutely the right move. I'm sure his lack of productivity would be a lot more upsetting for the Twins if his salary was much higher than the $2.5 mil they are paying him. Fact of the matter is right now the ideal left side of the Twins infield is completely made up of White Sox scraps.

Nick Swisher - Yankees - .243/.366/.476, 21 HRs, 67 RB
I - For all the press Swisher has gotten this year (primarily on MLB Network I feel like), I really don't think he has been that great. His .366 OBP is decent, but it still doesn't reach the levels it did in Oakland. The 21 home runs are nice, but no doubt he has benefitted from that pathetic short porch in new Yankee Stadium. Would he have these numbers on another team? I don't think so. I would also imagine most Sox fans would rather have a healthy Quentin, Rios, or Dye playing over Swisher.

Juan Uribe - Giants - .267/.303/.440, 8 HRs, 30 RBI
- Jayson Nix has been a cheaper and just as effective utility man/backup infielder. Not much more to say about that.

Javier Vazquez - Braves - 11-9, 3.02 ERA, 102 SO, 1.05 WHIP, 9.82 K/BB - Vazquez is having his best season since 2003 when he was a member of the Montreal Expos. If he was putting up these numbers in the Sox rotation, they would probably be in first place. However, there is absolutely no guarantee he would, and I'm sure the change of scenery can account for a good amount of the improvement. As an outside observer, I thought Kenny made the right decision trading Vazquez, and with the young players he got in return the jury is still out on this deal.

Mike MacDougal - Nationals - 36.1 IP, 1.98 ERA, 14 saves v. 1 blown save
-Even though MacDougal was on the Sox until late April, that was early enough I felt he should be included on this list. The Nationals signed him on May 3 and has been pretty darn good as their closer. Would he have these numbers as a member of the Sox? I would highly doubt it.

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