Thursday, December 11, 2008

Got Melk?

The on again, off again Mike Cameron for Melky Cabrera trade apears to be on again and may go down on Friday. I think this is a good trade for the Brewers. Mekly Cabrera is sort of the Yankees' Rickie Weeks - ton of potential but hasn't shown much yet. But he's only 24 years old. He would be the youngest starter on the Brewers. Three years from now, when Cabrera is hitting his prime, Cameron will be hitting the door.

BaseballReference lists the 10 most similar players to Cabrera through age 23:

  1. Curt Flood
  2. Bobby Tolan
  3. Jimmy Sebring
  4. Jose Cardenal
  5. Jose Guillen
  6. Paul Blair
  7. Sixto Lezcano
  8. Johnny Damon
  9. Harry Heilmann
  10. Cliff Heathcote
Nine of those ten (save Sebring) had far better careers than what Mike Cameron has got left.

Number seven conjures up images of Bob Betts announcing "Melk-y-y-y-y-y-y-y C-a-a-a-a-brera-a-a-a-a-a-a."

Monday, December 8, 2008

My Clam

The Brewers are apparently close to signing Mike Lamb. It would set up an obvious platoon at third base with Bill Hall.

According to stats on Baseball Reference, the most similar Major League play to Mike Lamb is interestingly, Gabe Kapler:

946 G, 72 HR, .273 BA, 340 RBI
Born 8/31/75 in Hollywood, CA

936 G, 69 HR, .277 BA, 345 RBI
Born 8/9/75 in West Covina, CA - about 15 mi east of Hollywood

Wow. Plus, Lamb is a left handed bat. Probably not a bad signing.

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