Monday, December 13, 2004

Shawn Estes update 

The S-T is reporting that Shawn Estes is looking for a $6-9 million contract, and thus the Rangers, who have had interest in him, are looking elsewhere.

It seems like John Hart has been trying to get Estes ever since Hart came to town, and I can't figure out why.

Shawn Estes is a bad pitcher. He was great in his first full season, back in 1997, when he posted an ERA+ of 130.

Since then, he has posted ERA+s of 80, 84, 100, 100, 78, 74, and 86.

He walks a ton of batters -- his career rate is 4.7 walks per 9 innings. And he combines that with an underwhelming strikeout rate of 6.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. About the only thing positive is that he has a very high ground ball to fly ball ratio, which is probably why Hart is enamored with him. But even that doesn't make up for the fact that he walks to many batters and is quite hittable.

I'm not sure whether the fact that Estes thinks he can get a lucrative contract is more of an indictment on his grasp of reality, or the way G.M.s are spending money this offseason. Either way, though, I hope the Rangers stay far, far away from Estes.

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