Sunday, February 04, 2007

Kolb the Key?

The Pirates have recently gone dumpster diving with the acquisitions of Tony Armas and Dan Kolb. Corey already covered Armas' "potential", so I'll delve into the what the signing of Kolb does for the Buccos bullpen. First off, this is technically a minor league deal, which is a wise move by Littlefield. Second, if Kolb is added to the MLB 25-man roster it will be for $1.25 million...not so bad when you compare it to what other has-beens have been getting on the open market this winter and consider it is also a paycut from his 2 mil he made last season. I consider Kolb a has-been because he did have 2 solid seasons as the Brewers closer back in 03-04. Since then he's faltered in that role for the Braves in '05, and returned to Milwaukee last season, but didn't really do anything worth mentioning. Kolb's career ERA is 4.31 accompanied by a 1.51 WHIP, with little strikeouts but tons of groundball...expect much the same this season. I just hope Tracy has sense enough to not use him as the 8th inning setup man just because he's a "proven veteran". He has much better options in John Grabow and Matt Pocket-full-of-fat-Capps to hold down a close game. One thing that Corn-on-the-Kolb does have going for him is his nice bushy goatee...top-notch!

The Pirates are going to be an interesting team in the NL Central this season. They still have trash on their team, ahem, Shawn Chacon and now Dan Kolb, but overall they've improved this offseason. Adam LaRoche is going to be a tremendous boost to the offense, and the young rotation should continue to progress. I'd love nothing more than to see PA showndown in the playoffs...wishful thinking.

~Carson

14 comments:

Corey said...

is that a Rage reference? something like, "rally 'round the family, pocket full of Capps."

here is what I like about the Dan Kolb signing. If he sucks in ST, release him. If he makes the team then fades, release and they aren't out that much money. If he makes the team and pitches well, they get to trade him to a contender for prospects.

GM-Carson said...

Corey- you're thinking "rally 'round the family, with a pocket full of shells" ~Rage Against the Machine. You're along the right lines, but it's actually Downset- "Pocket full of fat caps, pocket full of fat caps, so what's up, and where you at?".

Corn-on-the-Kolb isn't a bad move at all. I read an article that Tracy still plans to use Grabow, Marte, and Capps as the setup men...good!

Corey said...

no shit that is what i was thinking, i thought you were replacing "shells" with "Capps" (as in "i'm gonna bust a cap in yo ass")...

Bob D said...

How about the Phils trade for Corn on the Kolb? Cholly would love the "Proven Veteran"

furiousBall said...

by using the last name math...
KOLB
well, you know if you take the o, l, and b away and add an e and a y, he's the Key.

also if you add an e, b, a, and another b - you'd get Kebob, which is delicious.

das411 said...

no no, I think the phrase he was looking for is "Pocket full of...kryptonite!!!"

Furious, I think the Buccos will soon realize they'd rather have a key or kebob out there on the mound than the walking gascan that is Dan Kolb!

GM-Carson said...

Watch it there Das411, you must remember "GasCan" is now a term of endearment to our hero Geoff "GasCan" Geary.

BenJah said...

buccos are signing players?? i thought they were kicked out of the league after the last GM meeting??

as for the lineups in the last comments section, it's obvious that it's hard to agree one one, but it's equally obvious that the paint-by-numbers lineup card charlie uses needs some tweeking. things i know:

-we DO need rollins on base, but he doesnt do that...drop his ass to 6th!!
-utley did lead the league in hits, so use him to protect the guys we REALLY need to perform (howard and burrell) utley will be fine! probably still hit like a monster wherever he is
-keys are useful and kebobs are indeed delicious (especially w/ potatoes, onions and turkey kilbasy)

PS: let me know if anyone gets tix to opening day...i'll be tailgating right under the sign that says "no tailgating"

GM-Carson said...

Benjah- we need to have a WSBGM's tailgate extravaganza...hell, I don't even know if I spelled the word correctly.

*Phils are going to see Dustin Hermanson pitch. If he's healthy, he'd sure help out the back end of the bullpen. He used to be a closer, and we all know how fragile Flash Gordon is.

furiousBall said...

does hermanson still have the crazy sideburns?

you know crazy sideburns are a surefire way to give yourself a short closer career - just ask Kerry Lightenburg

GM-Carson said...

Good call on the crazy 'burns Furiousball. By the way, Kerry Lightenburg is probably a free agent...maybe Gillick can land him. He went and signed Karim Garcia and Alfonseca afterall.

GM-Carson said...

Phils signed some dude named Heath Totten, basically will serve as minor league filler.

If Schilling doesn't sign an extension before the season starts, expect a lot of Phils rumors surrounding him.

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

the Pirates aren't going anywhere, but then again I don't feel confident with anyone in the NL Central with exception of maybe the Cards...

the Bucs have an outside chance ... maybe

I'm picking Philly to win the NL East, btw.

GM-Carson said...

The NL Central sucks! The Cards barely scraped by into the playoffs last year, and they didn't improve this offseason. In fact, losing Suppan will hurt them. The Brewers are going to be a suprise squad. The Astros rotation is too iffy. The Pirates have a chance to compete. The Cubs are much improved, but I don't think they bought themselves a playoff spot.