David Dellucci Rumors
As a friend mentioned to me, Pat Burrell is one expensive bench player at $9.5 mil. Burrell is out of the lineup tonight for the fourth time in five games. Definitely seems like the Phils are attempting to showcase David Dellucci, who has a .976 OPS in 128 ABs this season (not including the 0-fer tonight). Dellucci, a left-handed hitter, had an .879 OPS in 435 ABs last year with the Rangers. As crazy as it sounds, Dellucci might be every bit as productive as Carlos Lee for the remainder of the season.
Pat Burrell is doing his thing, with an OBP near .380 and a SLG around .500. He's suffered a power outage in July, however, perhaps because of the sporadic PT. Burrell is one of the few legitimate above average hitters on the market; a team like the Yankees is in perfect position to acquire him without giving up much besides cash. He'll make $27MM for 2007-08. Baseball Prospectus figures him to be worth just $8.5MM during that span. With the Thome deal as a standard, some team may be able to convince Pat Gillick to take on $10MM of the remaining contract.
Another day, another rumor roundup. Let's throw everything fresh into the mill.
The Orioles are thinking about taking on one of Philly's huge outfielder contracts, for some reason. I guess this could help next year's push for third place. Baltimore is one of baseball's most baffling teams to me. Abreu rumors have been floating around the Orioles since at least November.
The Cubs and Yankees may have something cooking, with Scott Williamson the likely candidate to be dealt. If the reliever market is really so inflated, why don't the Cubs trade Howry and Eyre?
The Pirates are offering up all sorts of non-difference makers, but Mike Gonzalez could actually get them something decent. The 28 year-old southpaw has a 2.27 ERA in 39 innings this season. Fantay leaguers should start thinking about Matt Capps as his successor.
Trade rumor All-Star Ken Rosenthal is getting into the game more lately, with a full plate of whisperings posted an hour ago. Jose Vidro could become a Giant, and the D'Backs would love to trade Shawn Green (of course).
Unfounded rumors: Billy Beane may be shopping Mark Ellis and Jason Windsor, with possible interest in Brian Roberts...the Angels could be after David Dellucci...teams are calling the Mets about Alay Soler...Dallas McPherson is definitely on the block...there's a decent chance Jon Lieber ends up a Yankee...the Mets and Nats are still talking about Livan Hernandez.
This one is very much through the grapevine, but I thought I'd pass it along. You can definitely trust this rumor if it truly comes from the Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss, though right now it's a message board report. (Thanks to Viva El Birdos for the tip.) I'll post more when I get it.
But this isn't a crazy one; David Dellucci is just the type of underrated, underpriced pickup that Walt Jocketty should make. We know the Phillies will see fit to send off the impending free agent; the only question is where.
I'm a huge fan of the 32 year-old outfielder. He's typically been used against righties only, and that worked quite well in his last full season with Texas. In 2005 Dellucci hit .251/.369/.525 against righthanded pitching. You'll just have to get past Dellucci's typically low batting average; he doesn't make contact frequently. However, he did show an excellent ability to draw walks when he led off last year. He walked in almost 15% of his plate appearances, which is Brian Giles territory.
This season he's drawn just seven walks in 115 plate appearances, but he hasn't been a regular so I'd like to think he's retained the ability. Dellucci would fit nicely in left field with the Cardinals and would add less than $450,000 to the payroll. Plus, the Cards could acquire him with players other than Reyes and Wainwright.