CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Minor League Update: I... (12/05)
<< Previous Column
Transaction Analysis: ... (12/04)
Next Column >>
Transaction Analysis: ... (12/06)
Next Article >>
The Lineup Card: Seven... (12/05)

December 5, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Last Call for Paul

by R.J. Anderson

the archives are now free.

All Baseball Prospectus Premium and Fantasy articles more than a year old are now free as a thank you to the entire Internet for making our work possible.

Not a subscriber? Get exclusive content like this delivered hot to your inbox every weekday. Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Subscribe for $4.95 per month
Recurring subscription - cancel anytime.


a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Purchase a $39.95 gift subscription
a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

IN THIS ISSUE

American League
National League

CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart
Return to Top

Re-signed 1B-R Paul Konerko to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. [12/4]

This is a symbolic signing, of course; a reward for 15 years of great service. Konerko is unlikely to play beyond the 2014 season, but coming back for another year gives the league and the fans a chance to send him off in proper fashion. Those who concern themselves more with the tactical than the sentimental might wonder how he'll fit on a roster that already features Adam Dunn, Jose Abreu, and Dayan Viciedo. Presumably, Konerko will act as a bat off the bench most days, with a focus on sparing Dunn the indignity of facing tough same-handed pitching, all the while acting as a mascot slash coach. Given how wonderful Konerko's career has been, you kinda hope the guy goes out with a big season.

NEW YORK YANKEES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart
Return to Top

Signed UTL-L Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal worth around $3 to $4 million. [12/3]

A good (and predictable) fit. Johnson is a versatile player who saw time across the infield and outfield last season for the Rays. His sound approach and left-handed pop should play up in Yankee Stadium, and his past experience within the division can't hurt. It's worth noting Johnson changed his hand slot, enabling him to get into the hitting position quicker, which is one of Kevin Long's go-to tricks when dealing with veteran hitters. Yet, even with those lowered hands, Johnson struggled in the second half, perhaps due to a minimized role. The good news for the Yankees is Johnson can work on a roster with Robinson Cano just as easily as he can without the star second baseman, so this is not a portent.

CHICAGO CUBS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart
Return to Top

Signed LHP Wesley Wright to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. [12/4]

That didn't take long. Wright was non-tendered by the Rays on Monday and found a new home within 48 hours. The small southpaw mostly relies on a sinker-slider combination to get batters out. He's best used as a left-handed specialist, despite some rough numbers against same-side hitters last season. Provided Rick Renteria is careful about who Wright faces, he should outperform his salary and could be a midseason trade candidate.

R.J. Anderson is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see R.J.'s other articles. You can contact R.J. by clicking here

11 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Minor League Update: I... (12/05)
<< Previous Column
Transaction Analysis: ... (12/04)
Next Column >>
Transaction Analysis: ... (12/06)
Next Article >>
The Lineup Card: Seven... (12/05)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy
Premium Article Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the ...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Bringing the Band Back...
Premium Article Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL W...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate ...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Padres Wish Upton a St...

MORE FROM DECEMBER 5, 2013
Premium Article Ask the Industry
Measuring Pitching with TrackMan
The Lineup Card: Seven Trade Ideas for the W...
Premium Article Minor League Update: International Winter Le...
Fantasy Article Fantasy Bargains and Busts: National League ...

MORE BY R.J. ANDERSON
2013-12-06 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Granderson Takes the 4...
2013-12-06 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Yankees Count on K...
2013-12-06 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Fascinating Mu Thing
2013-12-05 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Last Call for Paul
2013-12-04 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Rays Add Bell and ...
2013-12-04 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Kratz All, Folks
2013-12-04 - Transaction Analysis: A Non-Tender Bender
More...

MORE TRANSACTION ANALYSIS
2013-12-06 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Fascinating Mu Thing
2013-12-06 - Transaction Analysis: Royals Make Trade That...
2013-12-06 - Transaction Analysis: Rip Van Wilson
2013-12-05 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Last Call for Paul
2013-12-04 - Transaction Analysis: Yankees Add Ellsbury, ...
2013-12-04 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Rays Add Bell and ...
2013-12-04 - Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Astros Acquire a Playe...
More...