Thursday, June 28, 2007


Cashman, you can do better than this:
Shea Hillenbrand vented his frustration about losing his designated hitter job Tuesday, saying he felt "pushed aside, put on a back-burner," and that if he wasn't going to play for the Angels, "give me enough respect to trade me or get rid of me."

Wednesday, the Angels informed Hillenbrand he would be designated for assignment Friday, giving the team 10 days to trade or release him.

Hillenbrand's OPS+ for the last 5 years:
2003: 92
2004: 106
2005: 108
2006: 93
2007: 67

These are pretty unacceptable numbers for a first baseman (and the Angels wanted him to be a designated hitter?). Could Andy Phillips put up a 67 or 100 OPS+? Possibly. Probably not 100 though. He also most likely wouldn't pick fights with his manager and disrupt the clubhouse (any wonder why Hillenbrand's been on five teams in five years?)

Now I know Miguel Cairo - who inexplicably has become Torre's regular first baseman - is a terrible hitter, especially for that offensive position. Is Hillenbrand the fix though? No, I don't believe he is. That said, as far as Cairo goes, still:

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