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Friday, December 15, 2006

Angels Trade Donnelly To Red Sox For Prospect

ESPN is reporting that the Angels have traded Brendan Donnelly to the Red Sox for rookie Phil Seibel. Originally an 8th-round draftee with the Expos, the Expos flipped him to the Mets for starter Bruce Chen, among others. Following an unimpressive age 24 season in which he rose as high as AAA, the Mets put him on waivers. There, the Red Sox claimed him. He eventually got a callup with the Sox in 2004, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings. He missed his 2005 after Tommy John surgery, but returned to the minors this year, pitching 80 innings between three levels, striking out 83 while walking 15. He had problems keeping the ball in the yard, giving up eight dingers, though he only allowed 11 earned runs for a cumulative 1.24 ERA in 2006.

Seibel has been used almost exclusively as a starter throughout his career, except for his last stretch in AAA Pawtucket. He's never had dominating strikeout rates, except in stretches, but he's generally done a good job of keeping his walk rate down. According to one scouting report, he's primarily a lefty specialist candidate who keeps batters off balance with offspeed pitches, while keeping them honest with a hard sinker. He'll likely get an opportunity to prove himself in spring training, though I see this as another Jason Bulger move. On the other hand, Donnelly was clearly in decline, and getting something of value for him was a good idea.

(Thanks to Brian for the tip.)

Who cares about 11 dingers when his WHIP looks like that? His HR9 is south of 1. It's not like he's the Jeff Weaver of late.

He has far better recent numbers than Bulger did at the time of his acquisition. His career MiLB are better than Bulger's. His recent peripherals are far better than those of Bulger at the time of acquisition. His career BB9 and WHIP blow Bulger away.

On the whole, comparing lefty Phil Seibel to righty Jason Bulger seems a superficial comparison.
It looks like the ONLY runs Seibel gave up were on round-trippers. Apparently, opponents were unable to build a rally against him.

He's worth a shot.

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