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We Add another Ex-Pirate

The Braves have apparently agreed to terms with free agent outfielder/first baseman Craig Wilson on a one-year contract. The financial terms were not disclosed. This has first base platoon written all over it. I'll have more comments later.

Update [2007-1-18 18:55:6 by gondeee]:

Here are some observations about Mr. Wilson:

  • I remember him most from the fantasy baseball world of several years ago, mainly because he was eligible at the catcher position at the time. And as a guy with some power he was not a bad person to plug in at catcher.

  • He hasn’t played at catcher since ’04, mainly playing first base and right field.

  • He doesn’t have great on-base percentage skills and he strikes out a lot. He was second in the league in strikeouts in 2004 and his on-base numbers are inflated by the amount of times he’s been hit by a pitch – he led the league in both ’02 and ’04.

  • He has plenty of power and his averages over 162-game season are nothing special at 24 HR and 70 RBI. Hey, isn’t that the approximate Minor League Equivalent that Scott Thorman put up last year?

  • His defense at first base is pretty decent - .993 lifetime fielding percentage. As an outfielder he’s sort of a Ryan Klesko meets Johnny Damon’s hair – which means he’s not that good but he looks good doing it.

  • As a 30-year old ballplayer, Wilson’s comparable players through age 30 are Jeromy Burnitz, Craig Monroe, Bo Jackson, and our old friend Michael Tucker. So basically we just signed Michael Tucker with a little more power and a lot less speed.

  • He had spent his entire career (5 years) with the Pirates until they traded him last year to the Yankees for Shawn Chacon at the July 31st trading deadline.
This is certainly an interesting signing. Taken together with the Chris Woodward signing late last year I am having a hard time seeing how we will have room for all the reserves we’ve collected this off-season. It just makes me think that there’s going to be a lot of platooning going on next year. Wilson as a bench player is certainly the power option we lost when Daryle Ward chose to sign elsewhere. There’s really no telling whether Wilson has seen his best years or if those career years are still to come – let’s hope for the latter.

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