Thursday, June 09, 2005

Lefty-Mashing DH 

Grrr... the M's let a potential lefty mashing DH (and backup catcher) get away as the Orioles traded a non-prospect A-ball player to the Royals for the recently DFA'ed Eli Marrero.

But there is still hope. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday DFA'ed 27-year old Josh Phelps. Over the last three years, Phelps has put up a nice 272/340/486 line. And best of all, against lefties, those numbers jump up to 309/373/535 with 20 HRs in 346 at bats.

This is a guy we could platoon with Raul Ibanez at DH, and would immediately be our best bat off the bench. His one downside is that he is redundant when Bucky Jacobsen returns as both play the DH/backup 1B role.

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