May 15, 2006

Baseball Stuff

Rick White is a right-handed reliever for the Cincinnati Reds. He was signed by pre-Krivsky interim general manager Brad Kullman to a one-year, $600,000 contract with a potential $300,000 in performance bonuses.

In 2005, the Reds benefitted greatly from the wisdom and experience of veterans David Weathers and Kent Mercker. They apparently thought that if two veterans were good, four would be twice as good, and so signed Chris Hammond and White for 2006. I don’t know whether their wisdom and experience is helping the team any, but they’ve certainly made some of the young guys look pretty good by comparison.

White has pitched for ten different teams in his ten years of major league experience:

  • Pittsburgh in 1994-1995
  • Tampa Bay in 1998-1999
  • Tampa Bay and New York Mets in 2000
  • New York Mets in 2001
  • Colorado and St. Louis in 2002
  • Chicago White Sox and Houston in 2003
  • Cleveland in 2004
  • Pittsburgh in 2005
  • Cincinnati in 2006

Last season with Pittsburgh, White made 71 appearances, going 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA. That looks OK, but he’s got a rep for allowing inherited runners to score.

Check out his hard-core statistical analysis over on JinAZ’s site.

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