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Free Agent Spotlight: Justin Duchscherer

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment

In the first installment of Free Agent Spotlight we will examine the value of SP/RP Justin Duchscherer who last pitched in 2008 with the Oakland Athletics, but sat out all of last season battling Clinical Depression. Clinical Depression and other anxiety disorders has become a common occurence in the MLB with recent battlers being Dontrelle Willis and Zack Greinke. When looking at Willis and Greinke you see exact opposites one who has only ad 14 starts the last 2 seasons with an ERA of about 8.00 and the other the 2009 AL Cy Young winner. So where exactly to you put Duchscherer? Willis had a few good seasons but his actually skill had been doubted, and Greinke has been seen for years as a talent who was just waiting to blossom. Duchscherer’s career numbers look great and all of it has been done in the AL which has become important when lookin at performances by a pitcher (for instance Willis was great in the NL, but crumbled in the AL). I can also give Duchscherer a little break when diagnosing how worrysome his depression is on the fact his anxiety/depression was in large part because he did not want to be away from his son.

If he has truely gotten himself in a good place mentally he can be a huge FA steal along with Ben Sheets and Rich Harden if they stay healthy. Duchscherer has even more value because of the fact he had three very successful seasons as a reliever and then was a shut down starter in 2008 with the Athletics. In fact Justin Duchscherer may just fit perfectly into the Yankees plans. They could most likely get away with paying him much under his value and he is a slot guy who can pitch in relief or start depending on what happens with Hughes and Chamberlain. Overall I think Duchscherer will come away with about a 6MM contract filled with incentives that could make his deal worth up to about double whatever the contract ends up being for (if 6MM then 12MM). Duchscherer will be 32 at the start of the 2010 season and definitely has the potential to be the Zack Greinke of 2010. After all he has gone through I wish him much luck, unless he signs with Boston of course.

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Kennedy Officially Promoted, Carson Makes it to the MLB

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

-Ian Kennedy was officially added to the active roster yesterday. He hopes to get work in as a long-reliever.

-Joba Chamberlain will try to go at least 5 innings today

-Matt Carson made it to the MLB with the Oakland A’s. Carson, a former Yankees farm-hand, was a Shelley Duncan type player for the A’s.

-Chad Gaudin has officially become the Yankees 5th starter, with Sergio Mitre going to the bullpen.

-I will not be able to post tomorrow, as I am going to the Mets game.

Brett Tomko to Start Tomorrow for the A’s

August 17, 2009 2 comments

Brett Tomko will make his first appearance of the season for the A’s against the team that released him, the Yankees. Tomko will replace Justin Duchscherer, who was supposed to start until he was declared unable to pitch. The reason? “Non-baseball related reasons.” According to the SF Gate “Duchscherer was scratched from a rehab start at Triple-A Sacramento on July 31 with what the team called a non-baseball related issue which was never explained.”

SERIES PREVIEW:

MONDAY: A.J. Burnett vs. Brett Tomko

Burnett is coming off a 6 IP 10 H 3 ER performance against the Blue Jays. Tomko I imagine really wants to beat the Yankees, who he claimed did not give him a fair-shot.

Tuesday: CC Sabathia vs. Vin Mazzaro

Sabathia beat the Athletics earlier in the year pitching 7 Innings while giving up 3 ER. Mazzaro faced the Yankees giving up 6 ER in 4.1 IP.

Wednesday: Chad Gaudin vs. Brett Anderson

Gaudin, a former Athletic, will make his first start as a Yankee. Anderson has been inconsistent this year, but at times has been lights out.

PREDICTION: Yankees take game 1 8-4, game 2 5-4 and lose game 3 6-3.

Yankees Acquire Chad Gaudin….Is That it for Sergio Mitre?

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Here is the press release from the Yankees:

The New York Yankees tonight announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin from the San Diego Padres in exchange for a player to be named later.

Gaudin (pronounced Go-DAN), 26, was 4-10 with a 5.13 ERA (105.1 IP, 60 ER), 105 strikeouts and 56 walks in 20 games (19 starts) with the San Diego Padres this season. He held his opponents to three earned runs or less in 12 of his 19 starts, including five straight from July 8-31, and earned National League “co-Player of the Week” honors (with Florida’s Hanley Ramirez) for the period ending June 28, after going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched.

He owns a 32-35 career record with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 205 games (69 starts) over parts of seven seasons with Tampa Bay (2003-04), Toronto (2005), Oakland (2006-08), Chicago-NL (2008) and San Diego (2009). In 69 career starts, Gaudin is 20-28 with a 4.85 ERA, striking out 306 batters in 378.2 innings pitched with a .276 opponent’s batting average. He is 12-7 with a 4.00 ERA in 136 relief appearances, striking out 125 batters in 175.2 innings pitched with a .260 opponent’s average.

In addition, Gaudin made three scoreless relief appearances for the Athletics in the 2006 American League Championship Series against Detroit (3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K). Born in New Orleans, La., he was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 34th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.
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Personally, I love this move for the Yankees. It allows them to use Gaudin as a fifth starter, if neccessary, and adds pressure to Sergio Mitre to step it up a notch. Of course, Gaudin could be used out of the MLB rotation immediately as a fifth-starter, or they can take the opposite approach and start him out in the bullpen. Either way, this move adds depth and you can never have too much depth!