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Shannon Stewart has been injury prone the past few seasons.
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.
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.
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.
Stewart #s wise is sort of a RH version of Kotsay.
Big IF just like Thomas a year ago. Read he's been down with Plantar Fasciatis the past 3 years.
Here is the article from the A'S site:
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.
Here's that article, very bottom, says Marlins, Mariners, A's, Rangers, Angels, Reds, Padres and White Sox were on hand.
Yeah I posted that a while back. Funny that Kielty was traded for Stewart and now they are teamates.
I guess the A's didn't even have a rep at that workout in Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
...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.
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?
Kielty for Durazo. I think Durazo starts in Sac unless DJ is horrid or vice versa if Durazo's hot all spring.
This is an excellent move.
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.
I'd be happy with a Payton-type performance as well. I had my rose colored glasses on yesterday when I posted that prediction!
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.
Payton got a 2 year 9.5 million deal. 1 year 2.5 same figures, Trust in Beane.
i heard from someone in the know that Stewart has one of the weakest arms in the big leagues.
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.
Johnny Damon part 2 out there?
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.
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
I don't think so, Piazza was a much better hitter not only in his career but also in general.
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