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Angels Want to Wear My Red Sox

The Red Sox acquired two former Angels relief pitchers in the wake of the Daisuke Matsuzaka signing.

Los Angeles traded Brendan Donnelly for the all but stalled lefty Phil Seibel. I interviewed Seibel this past summer and you would have a hard time finding a nicer guy. But nice guys don’t necessarily get the breaks they need to succeed in one organization, but perhaps they will get another chance with a change of scenery.

Donnelly is a one-time All Star coming out of his worst year in terms of ERA (3.94) and WHIP (1.344). The front office is wagering that a roughed-up AL reliever will perform better than an NL reliever moving from a pitcher’s haven to a hitter’s park. Given Rudy Seanez’s notable lack of success in 2006, it’s not an unreasonable bet to make.

The bespectacled one can also share pine tar prestidigitation tips with Julian Tavarez.

Southpaw Juan Carlos “J.C.” Romero inked a one-year, $1.6M contract with the Red Sox yesterday to further bolster the bullpen.

Using Baseball Reference’s Play Index tool, I made of a list of the top five hitters in OPS versus Romero with a minimum of ten plate appearances.

  1. John Olerud, 1.715
  2. David McCarthy, 1.423
  3. Kenny Lofton, 1.367
  4. Omar Vizquel, 1.334
  5. Magglio Ordonez, 1.289

Two in that list are retired and one is in the NL. B-R PI also shows that Romero has only given up three homers to Yankees. I had linked to B-R PI’s actual output of my queries, but the links only work if you are a BR-PI beta tester.

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