• The Numbers On Austin Kearns & Lance Berkman

    Posted by on July 30th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Just for the heck of it, here’s a look at Austin Ryan Kearns and William Lance Berkman – sabermetrically – via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, with 2010 stats through yesterday:

    First, Kearns -

    YEAR TEAM          RC   RCAA  RCAP OWP   RC/G   PA   POS
    2002 Reds           76   21   12  .646   7.54   435  RF
    2003 Reds           49    6    2  .564   5.91   338  RF
    2004 Reds           28   -4   -9  .443   4.30   246  RF
    2005 Reds           59   -2   -8  .483   5.19   448  RF
    2006 Reds           53   -1   -1  .491   5.63   368  RF
         Nationals      36    4    4  .548   5.75   261  RF
         TOTALS         89    3    3  .514   5.68   629 
    2007 Nationals      86    3   -1  .518   5.16   674  RF
    2008 Nationals      30  -20  -22  .285   3.13   357  RF
    2009 Nationals      17  -12  -12  .279   3.00   211  RF
    2010 Indians        42    3    0  .532   4.87   339  LF
    

    Next, Berkman -

    YEAR TEAM          RC   RCAA  RCAP OWP   RC/G  PA   POS
    1999 Astros         12   -3   -5  .394   4.32  106  LF
    2000 Astros         80   21   13  .633   8.21  417  RF
    2001 Astros        156   72   49  .753  10.30  688  LF
    2002 Astros        138   55   53  .719   8.75  692  CF
    2003 Astros        119   40   35  .678   8.03  658  LF
    2004 Astros        146   69   59  .762   9.98  687  RF
    2005 Astros        100   35   23  .690   7.67  565  1B
    2006 Astros        142   64   47  .750   9.88  646  1B
    2007 Astros        114   35   21  .662   7.26  668  1B
    2008 Astros        136   58   45  .734   9.11  665  1B
    2009 Astros         95   31   13  .675   7.23  562  1B
    2010 Astros         48    7   -3  .571   5.42  358  1B
    

    Obviously, Kearns is just a league average stick and Berkman is a former superstar who has lost it this season. How will they do in New York?

    Berkman will be better than Nick Johnson and Juan Miranda, for sure. Kearns? He’s probably going to spell Granderson against lefties and do some pinch running – maybe also be a defensive caddy for Swisher. There’s a $15 million club option on Berkman for 2011 (with a $2M buyout). Reportedly, Lance wiill waive his no-trade clause for the Yankees without requiring the team to pick up his option. If so, then both of these deals shouldn’t be too bad for the Yankees. And, if all it cost was Mark Melancon, Jimmy Paredes and a Player To Be Named Later, then the Yankees didn’t give up much. (I know they’re getting cash with Berkman – but, they’re also giving up cash on Kearns.)

    Good job by Brian Cashman with these moves. This is sort of like the Yanks picking up Jay Johnstone and Gary Thomasson back in 1978 – although Berkman’s resume is a lot better than that of Johnstone. Nice spare parts for New York. It’s just too bad neither of them can pitch effectively out of the bullpen.

    Comments on The Numbers On Austin Kearns & Lance Berkman

    1. Evan3457
      July 30th, 2010 | 11:37 pm

      One (two) thing(s) at a time, Steve.

      Still rumblings of a 3rd deal out there, possibly Lilly, possibly moving Hughes back to pen to save innings and set-up pen for stretch drive and post-season.

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      Let’s just watch, and see what happens.
      /broken record

    2. July 30th, 2010 | 11:58 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi: “Good job by Brian Cashman with these moves.”

      I’ll step back before the lightning strikes you dead Steve…

    3. BOHAN
      July 31st, 2010 | 10:43 am

      these r 2 real good pickups. i heard theyre also going after a third basmen although i havent heard any names. i havent heard anything about them going after lilly. last i heard lilly was basically going to LA. the only thing they had to figure out was a money. if they went out and got a bullpen arm now that would be perfect.

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