Actually, if you read that article it seems like Sullivan doesn't have his own sources with regard to Hamilton. I hope it is just a false alarm.
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If so and people think he'd be a solid #3 (I don't know), then I'd do it, because even though I'd hate to give up EdE, he's probably the one of the big 5 that would hurt the least to lose, IMO. We'll miss he RH bat though, we'd need to hope that Cantu can step up and be productive
EE would be replaced by Keppinger, who is right handed, and had a higher slugging percentage than EE last year. And you are correct, Cantu would be needed to fill that void too. But I think he can, he is a huge improvement over Conine.
For the last two seasons, Lowry has been an awful pitcher. His K/9 was 4.74 in 2006, and improved to a still awful 5.02 in 2007. On the other hand, his BB/9 increased from a mediocre (considering the lack of K's) 3.16 to an horrible 5.02. Basically, he walks too many guys, and doesn't strike out nearly enough. In addition, his GB/FB ratio for his career is only 1.01. His HR/9 for his career is an adequate 0.93, but his HR/FB percentage suggest that this low number is a product of playing at AT&T park. If the Reds give up Encarnacion, or anything of value for Lowry, it will be an abysmal move.
There's a blurb up on MLBTradeRumors that makes me think the Giants may indeed move one of Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum. It says that the Giants spent much of the day watching tape of the two trying to determine which one they like better. Personally, I would prefer Cain because of his durable build, but they're both good pitchers.
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I am sorry, but I can't respect the opinion of anyone who says that a guy who was 21-18 with a 4.33 ERA on last place team the last two years was "an awful pitcher".
Maybe he wasn't as good as those numbers indicate, but he won games, and didn't allow the other team to score lots of runs when he pitched. That is his job, and he was not "awful" if he did his job.
He walks too many guys, yes, but he doesn't give up many hits. His ERA is way below the league average, and it can't all be the park, because it is the same on the road as it is at home. And it is half a run lower than Zito's who pitched in the same park.
He also only gave up 33 homers in the last two years (16.5 a year, and only 12 last year). I am sure that he would give up more if he pitched in GABP, but even if it went up by half to 25 a year, he would be better than Harang and Arroyo in that department.
Only three times last year did he give up more than 4 runs, and two of those times were the last two starts, when he was probably wiped out. He had 16 quality starts in 26 games, almost the same ratio of Harang. Was Harang "awful" last year?
He probably will have a career similar to Kurt Rueter, or Tom Browning, look at their stats. Were they "awful" pitchers?
He is a solid back of the rotation pitcher who can give the team lots of innings, and keep his team in the game. He may not be a very good pitcher, but he definitely is not "awful" and is better than what the Reds have now at the end of the rotation, which is nothing.
I would gladly give up EE for him.
I think Krivsky will only move Hamilton if he gets a #2 or better back in trade. I don't think Hamilton will be moved for a #3-#5 starter. He has always been reluctant to trade value players, unless he had a similar player available to take his place in the minors
To give up a promising third baseman like EE for him would be ludicrous.
To give you an idea of how much it is a joke, at how poor it is at predicting a pitchers potential ERA, look at this from Baseball Times in 2005.
Here is a list of pitchers most likely to improve according to xFIP.
Brown K. NYA 24.0 8.25 3.80 4.45
Wright J. NYA 19.7 9.15 5.10 4.05
Lilly T. TOR 24.3 7.77 4.29 3.47
Anderson B. KC 28.7 6.91 4.01 2.90
Elarton S. CLE 25.0 7.20 4.50 2.70
Bell R. TB 25.0 8.28 5.63 2.65
Backe B. HOU 35.7 6.81 4.22 2.60
Kennedy J. COL 33.3 7.56 5.05 2.51
Lohse K. MIN 21.7 6.65 4.15 2.49
Harper T. TB 18.7 6.27 3.82 2.45
Wood K. CHN 26.3 6.15 3.78 2.38
Wilson P. CIN 36.0 7.25 5.11 2.14
Vazquez J. ARI 44.0 4.70 2.71 2.00
And here is a list of pitchers most likely to decline according to xFIP:
Blanton J. OAK 30.3 2.67 5.39 -2.72
Garland J. CHA 39.0 1.38 4.01 -2.63
Chacon S. COL 22.0 3.27 5.87 -2.60
Rogers K. TEX 38.3 2.11 4.60 -2.48
Moehler B. FLA 24.7 2.19 4.40 -2.21
Hampton M. ATL 43.7 2.47 4.62 -2.15
Patterson J. WAS 33.7 1.60 3.71 -2.11
Sabathia C. CLE 24.0 2.63 4.62 -2.00
Contreras J. CHA 34.7 2.60 4.54 -1.94
Seo J. NYN 18.0 2.00 3.93 -1.93
Santos V. MIL 34.3 2.88 4.79 -1.90
Robertson N. DET 28.0 4.18 6.08 -1.90
Yep, that xFIP did a great job. Kevin Brown, Kerry Wood, Paul Wilson, Rob Bell, Kyle Lohse, they all were CY Young candidates, right? I'll give you Ted Lilly, so it was right 10% of the time. But other stats showed the same thing.
And Joe Blanton, CC Sabathia, Jon Garland, and Kenny Rogers have shown how "awful" they really are. It was right about Seo, Santos, Chacon, and Moehler, but again, you didn't need xFIP to tell you that they were going to decline.
As I said at the top, xFIP is joke. Pretty much worthless.
You might say xFIP is worthless, but then say Wins matter? You say ERA matters?
You have to consider the park when determining the quality of pitchers. The Giants have historically had a pitchers park, with low HR numbers. The Reds is a hitters with high HR numbers. Lowery is neutral (1:1) in GB/FB ratio, so his HR/9 will increase. He also has played behind a decent (yet old) SF defense. His ERA is deceiving considering his high WHIP and bad peripherals. HE HAD A 1/1 K/BB RATIO LAST YEAR! He isn't a #3. His FIP has been around 5.00 the past 2 years. Belisle is a better pitcher. Would you give up EE to get another Belisle? Nope
In my previous post, I said everything you just said. That his stats will get worse in GABP, but just not as bad as everyone is assuming.
His ERA is the same on the road as it is at home, in fact, most of his stats are as well. That is by far the most important stat to look at in determining how a pitcher will fair in a new ballpark.
Also, he only gave up 12 HR's last year. Even if that doubles, that is less than Harang or Aroyyo. And he had the same ratio of quality starts. in fact, he kept he team in the game in nearly every game.
You guys seem to be obsessed with certain stats, as if they are the only ones you need to look at in determining how good a pitcher is and will be. K/BB is important, but some pitchers are able to succeed with a bad K/BB ratio. Look at Tom Browning and Kurt Reuter. There are many more.
One stat where he is very different from Belisle, is consistency. Belisle is either great, or awful. Lowry is always just OK. He may not be a #3, but he is a solid #4 or #5, which is what I think EE is worth. I mean if Hamilton or Votto is only worth a #3, then EE is only worth a #4 or 5.
Lowry is not good, his K/BB ratio was awful and hes a soft tossing lefty.
Bad bad idea