Monday, November 5, 2007

You say goodbye, we say hello

The players who filed for free agency last week (some may be re-signed; Odalis Perez, not so likely):

Reggie Sanders
Highlight: Going 3-for-4 in Baltimore to raise his batting average to .500 on April 13.

Jason LaRue
Highlight: Hitting a home run last Mother's Day with a pink bat.
Ed's note: He accumulated 169 total at-bats last season. Take a gander at what his batting average was. Go ahead, it'll be fun.

Andres Blanco
Highlight: I'm not embarrassed to admit I have absolutely no idea what Blanco contributed to the Kansas City Royals organization, nor am I motivated enough to put his name in Google.

David Riske
Highlight: Aug. 24, after Zack Greinke started the game and pitched three scoreless innings, Riske was the last of three Royals relievers to record a hold before Joakim Soria closed down a 2-1 home win vs. Cleveland. Of this group of free agents, Riske might be the only one who gets a raise in the open market, as he posted a 2.45 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 27 walks.

Mike Sweeney
Highlight: Bear-wrestling sickness and infirmity into submission.

Odalis Perez
Highlight: Didn't gruesomely kill or maim anyone, as far as we know. Well, not literally, anyway.

John Thomson
Highlight: We have not forgotten! (The first sentence of this story reads, "Just in case you've forgotten, pitcher John Thomson was on the Royals' roster when the season ended.") Doubtful we'll see this savvy vet pitch in Royals blue ever again. And that's kind of sad. (No, not really.)

But hello to you, Mr. Colby Lewis. He joins the Royals by way of the Fremont Athletics of Oakland, where Billy Beane put him on waivers.

And, potentially, hello to you, too... any names on that list stir your blood?

ANSWER: Via Dick Kaegel: "He went just 25-for-169 and his .148 average was the sixth lowest among players with at least 150 at-bats since 1920."

POSTSCRIPT: Two really interesting reads: 1) Why baseball's revenue sharing system can be improved, via Josh Alper at the FanHouse, and 2) Do baseball managers matter? A question posed by RoyalsNation of Royals Review.

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