Ryan Langerhans Rumors
Pretty interesting swap between Billy Beane and Jim Bowden. Snelling, aka Doyle (his middle name) in U.S.S. Mariner world, was a cult favorite for many Mariners fans. His inclusion in the Jose Vidro deal this winter was met with great disdain. Oddly, Langerhans shows up as his fifth most comparable player according to Baseball Prospectus.
Langerhans is a little older, and has done a better job staying healthy. Both players can handle multiple outfield positions (well, not at once) and know how to draw a walk. They've got eerily similar PECOTA projections, so maybe it was just a matter of each GM preferring to bet on the other guy's outfielder. I think the best case scenario is that one of these guys develops into Jeromy Burnitz.
Check out Chris Needham's take on the trade over at Capitol Punishment.
According to Baseball Digest Daily, the A's acquired outfielder Ryan Langerhans from the Braves for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Given the recent trade for Chris Denorfia, the A's will have decent outfield depth in 2008. Perhaps this means they won't be re-signing Milton Bradley.
Langerhans, 27, was off to a 2 for 41 start this year. The trade should leave Matt Diaz and Craig Wilson with some extra playing time for Atlanta. It could also make Scott Thorman a full-timer.
Langerhans posted an excellent 13.7% walk rate last year, but he's still well below average offensively for a left fielder. His defense is his main asset. The Indians had expressed interest in Langerhans in the past.