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Stewart Signs with A's

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (71.146.68.165) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 09:36 am:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2758035

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (71.146.68.165) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 09:37 am:

Shannon Stewart has been injury prone the past few seasons.

So I guess he's just the player the A's are targeting right.

Even so, when he's been healthy, he's played solid for the past handful of years.


2003-.300+/13/73/.800+ 136 games.
2004-.304/11/47/.827 in 92 games.
2005-.274/10/56/.711 in 135 games.
2006-.293/2/21/.715 in 43 games.


He'll turn 33 before the season starts, but I'd still rather have him playing LF than Swisher and putting DJ at 1B. Put DJ and Kielty on the bench.

He's also a RH, something the A's needs more of.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 10:30 am:

Nice move, Beane probably liking 1B as Swish's permanent position. With Buck a year away. It allows Swish to man the position for 120 or so games with Stewart hopefully getting into that many games this year. That pretty much bumps Goleski off the active roster, wonder if we'll just DL him the entire season to keep him.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By renobill (71.94.6.30) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 10:33 am:

A big "IF" but with a complete reversal of fortune and bounce back, Stewart could be an answer for us at the top of the order.

Wouldn't that be nice.

Stewart
Kotsay
Bradley
Chavez
Piazza
Swisher
Crosby
Ellis
Kendall

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By pachyderm (207.177.237.4) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 11:24 am:

Stewart playing on natural grass can help him to stay healthy. Let's see if Geren will put Stewart at the top of the order.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (71.146.112.69) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 11:25 am:

Stewart #s wise is sort of a RH version of Kotsay. :)

Though kinda of scary when half your projected lineup you have to worry about healthwise. The projected starting lineup above..really only Kendall hasn't missed significant time on the field. The other 8 either have missed huge chunks or played thru some major injuries like Chavez.


Guess as of now for the 25 man roster.

C-Kendall
1B-Swisher
2B-Ellis
SS-Crosby
3B-Chavez
LF-Stewart
CF-Kotsay
RF-Bradley
DH-Piazza

Bench-DJ, Melhuse, Scutaro, Kielty

SP-Harden, Haren, Loaiza, Blanton, Kennedy
RP-Windsor, Halsey, Embree, Gaudin, Calero, Duke
CP-Street


Think the A's put Goleski who is coming off wrist surgery on the DL...that way they get to keep him on the team and not send him back to CLE.

When somebody gets injured or struggles the first month or two...then could see Goleski get some action.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 12:10 pm:

Big IF just like Thomas a year ago. Read he's been down with Plantar Fasciatis the past 3 years.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By pachyderm (207.177.237.4) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 02:43 pm:

Here is the article from the A'S site:
http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070208&content_id=1797990&vkey=news_oak&fext=.jsp&c_id=oak

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 02:49 pm:

A few days ago there was an article that he put on a workout for some team reps in Florida. Marlins were there amongst 4-5 other teams. A's must have seen something good.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 03:44 pm:

Here's that article, very bottom, says Marlins, Mariners, A's, Rangers, Angels, Reds, Padres and White Sox were on hand.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/baseball/16575986.htm

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By rtd (24.23.165.72) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 06:31 pm:

Yeah I posted that a while back. Funny that Kielty was traded for Stewart and now they are teamates.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By rtd (24.23.165.72) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 07:04 pm:

I guess the A's didn't even have a rep at that workout in Florida.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2007/02/08/SPGSIO1LPD3.DTL

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn (71.131.35.71) on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 10:06 pm:

Because Goleski is injured, he can go on a 30 day rehab assignment to AAA, but after that he has to go on the roster or go back to his former team.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (71.146.72.208) on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 09:54 am:

So if I had to make a guess...it'd be a fight between DJ and Kielty that first month and whoever looks better, stays.

Do either have any options left...I'd rather keep Kielty cause he did so well against LHs last season.

Does DJ have any value, IMO DJ looks more like a solid bench/AAAA player, never gonna be the starting bat many thought he'd be in 2005.

Hopefully Stewart can stay healthy while playing potentially half his games on natural grass now, something he's never done playing for TOR/MIN...and that's play 120-130 games, and hit .280/10-15/50-60.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 10:03 am:

Beane said he was talking to Cleveland about Goleski since Cleveland made a mistake in not revealing the surgery prior to the Rule 5 Draft. Don't know the results of those talks, but maybe we get to keep him in the minors all year.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay (207.200.116.200) on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 09:52 pm:

The A's and Cleveland have indeed been discussing Goleski. I read where both sides agreed to essentially take a wait and see perspective throughout ST. Last I heard, Goleski is saying he's ready to go. But starting the season on the DL then a long rehab, is also possible, IMO. And given this team's health issues, especially with re to Bradley and Kotsay, there could be a spot for him soon after the season starts. :(

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By asch (67.130.143.12) on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 02:54 am:

stewart is a TERRIFIC signing - mainly because of his potential vs. his salary. This is an extremely low risk situation for the a's who can have a guy who could hit .290 with 15 homers. At most, it's 2.5 million - if that's the case, it's steal because he's played and when he plays, he produces. I was begging for this move to get done months ago and never expected we'd get him this cheap.

This is a STEAL by beane and could prove to be one of the better signings this offseason (for the money).

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 12:19 pm:

...and if doesn't work out as well, it only cost us a million. We would then either move Buck up or start DJ at 1B. We'd have Goleski and Kielty to work with.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sactofan (67.190.226.12) on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 02:35 am:

but what is the bench now? Scutaro, Durazo, Melhuse, Perez, Johnson (assuming Swisher at first and Stewart in left), Kielty - someone has to go. Should be Perez based on last year but don't they need a back up for Chavez?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 11:28 am:

Kielty for Durazo. I think Durazo starts in Sac unless DJ is horrid or vice versa if Durazo's hot all spring.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kevink (72.130.177.236) on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 10:34 pm:

This is an excellent move.
Our biggest hole was LF and now we have a guy who could go .300/20 HR/100 RBI!
Sweet!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (75.61.94.132) on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 10:53 pm:

Don't know about that...I'd be happy if he could play and put up the games/#s he had in 2005 with MIN.

-.274/10/56/.711 in 135 games.

Basically replace the production hopefully left by Payton from last season.

-.296/10/59/.743 in 142 games.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kevink (72.130.177.236) on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 11:26 pm:

I'd be happy with a Payton-type performance as well. I had my rose colored glasses on yesterday when I posted that prediction!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By asch (63.146.24.10) on Friday, February 16, 2007 - 07:39 am:

I think Stewart is a guy who is a good hitter (used to have some good speed) and has a bit of pop. He's basically a poor man's Payton (at this point) so the signing was just terrific because of the potential for tremendous value. I would guess that if he's healthy all year, he can put up .280 with 10 homers. I think overall that's a great pickup for $1-2.5 million for the year.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Friday, February 16, 2007 - 11:01 am:

Payton got a 2 year 9.5 million deal. 1 year 2.5 same figures, Trust in Beane.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sactofan (69.180.128.188) on Friday, February 16, 2007 - 02:11 pm:

i heard from someone in the know that Stewart has one of the weakest arms in the big leagues.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By givedaddy5 (216.133.102.110) on Friday, February 16, 2007 - 03:23 pm:

Stewart has no arm what-so-ever. Think Bernie Williams towards the end of his career. That is the best way I can describe his arm.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kevink (72.130.177.236) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 05:20 pm:

Johnny Damon part 2 out there?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By asch (68.55.128.230) on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 09:07 am:

one year, 1 millon - 2.5 million. You aren't going to get the top player in his class for that dough. But his offensive numbers are very Payton like and he's a lot cheaper and for one year - you can't beat that. If his are is a bit lackluster, it's not the end of the world. He's an option right now, a very good one.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By washfan38 (69.237.172.5) on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 10:51 pm:

Anyone else think Piazza will be an Erik Karros redux...old NL guy who can't buy a hit in the AL will be cut by the ASB

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (75.61.93.139) on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 05:34 am:

I don't think so, Piazza was a much better hitter not only in his career but also in general.


Their #s the season before they joined the A's.


Karros-.286/12/40/.786 in 336 ABs

Piazza-..283/22/68/.843 in 399 ABs.

Piazza did a lot better and he played his most of his games in pitcher's parks in the NL West especially in LA, SF, and played half his games at Petco...maybe the hardest place for a hitter in all of MLB.

Just a few eye popping #s from Piazza last year...


Road games-.332/12/40/.948(.568 SLG%) in 220 ABs.

Against LHs-.359/8/40/.1072(.650 SLG%) in 103 ABs.


Sure it does scare me that he spent more years in the NL than both Kendall and Kotsay did and they both struggled early from the NL to AL...but by the all star break, you'd think Piazza would be finally be getting familiar with the AL...hopefully he'll do it sooner in the season.


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