• Braden Looper

    Posted by on November 18th, 2005 · Comments (9)

    Call me crazy, but, I’m beginning to think that the Yankees should get Looper on the radar.

    He was “off” last year – and it was probably due do an injury as he had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder the day after the season ended. But, still, even being “off” he was a league average performer.

    In fact, even with that bad season last year, if you look at guys with 300+ appearances from 2001 through 2005, he’s one of the 20th best RP in that group.

    At the least, he should be a “Plan B” thought if the Yankees cannot get Farnsworth. It’s not like he’s Felix Rodriguez or Scott Proctor. I would not give him millions and millions, but, if he was having trouble finding a team, I would step up out of the crowd and give him a home for 2006.

    Comments on Braden Looper

    1. MJ
      November 18th, 2005 | 2:57 pm

      I’d go along with that. He had a pretty decent 2004 and apparently 2005 ended badly because of injury. I wouldn’t say he’s Mr. New York but he’s not Armando Benitez either. Then again, we haven’t seen him play in October. Either way, it’s not a bad idea.

      I’d also endorse going after Octavio Dotel in a John Leiber type move. Give him a million bucks to get his arm straightened out and then bring him out of the bullpen in 2007. He’s not the world’s best closer but he did well in 2002-2003 as a setup guy. At worst, you’ve wasted a million bucks.

    2. Raf
      November 18th, 2005 | 3:24 pm

      Then again, we haven’t seen him play in October.
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      You saw him in the 2003 WS…

      I agree on either Looper or Dotel. I’m not sure if Looper still wants to close, but I wouldn’t mind him or Farnsworth in a setup role

    3. MJ
      November 18th, 2005 | 3:40 pm

      Oh yeah, I forgot about the 2003 WS. I guess seeing Boone and Soriano strike out with RISP and less than 2 outs so many times made me repress that series…

    4. Raf
      November 18th, 2005 | 4:53 pm

      Oh yeah, I forgot about the 2003 WS. I guess seeing Boone and Soriano strike out with RISP and less than 2 outs so many times made me repress that series…
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      *grumble, grumble, grumble*

      “Bunt, choke up on the bat, cut down on your swing… Anything, just make f–king contact, d@mmit”

      “eh, no biggie… Wells should be able to shut them d… What’s this? Why is he coming out?”

      A couple of thoughts during 2003

    5. Shaun P.
      November 18th, 2005 | 5:35 pm

      Looper had 27Ks vs 22 BB last year – in 59.1 IP, and just turned 31. No thanks!

      I’d also be concerned about how much his numbers have been helped out by his home park – seaing that Joe Robbie (or whatever they call it, I call it Joe Robbie) and Shea are both tremendous pitchers’ parks.

      Now Dotel, there’s a guy I wouldn’t mind taking a Leiber-like flier on. Great idea, MJ!

    6. November 18th, 2005 | 10:09 pm

      I wish I shared the thoughts on Dotel. He always seemed like a loco and a choker to me.

    7. Raf
      November 19th, 2005 | 9:26 am

      I wish I shared the thoughts on Dotel. He always seemed like a loco and a choker to me.
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      And why is that?

      Guy still has a great arm, it couldn’t hurt to take a flyer on him. I’d say the same for Billy Koch, or Tim Spoonybarger

    8. November 19th, 2005 | 9:41 am

      Every time Dotel has had a chance to close, he’s spit the bit. That tells me that he’s a choker.

    9. Raf
      November 19th, 2005 | 2:54 pm

      Every time Dotel has had a chance to close, he’s spit the bit. That tells me that he’s a choker.
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      Dotel spent the bulk of his career as a setup man…

      Anyway, he closed for the Astros, and he closed for the A’s, where he blew out his arm.

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