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Monday, March 27, 2006

Reds sign Terrance Long

The Reds signed Terrance Long to a minor league deal today. Long, 30, probably should be considered a candidate in the fight for the reserve OF position that previously seemed a competition between Quintin McCracken and Dewayne Wise. With Wise's injury, McCracken being injured for much of camp, Tuffy Rhodes' release, and Denorfia's promotion, it should be fairly easy for Long, a starter last year for the Royals, to get into the mix.

Some Stats:
Year/Team PA K/BB
SB/% OBP SLG OPS GPA EqA VORP GB/LD/OF
2003/OAK 522 2.16
4/80% 0.293 0.385 0.678 0.2281 0.238 -10.1 ---
2004/SDN 313 2.68
3/60% 0.335 0.420 0.755 0.25575 0.265 7.4 ---
2005/KCA 489 1.87
3/50% 0.321 0.387 0.708 0.2412 0.253 0.0 39/21/18
06PECOTA 387 2.04
2/50% 0.319 0.396 0.715 0.24255 0.285 1.8

Offensively, there's not much here; a contact guy with modest (at best) power, no speed, and what little OBP he has is BA-heavy. He still hit better than McCracken last year, however. Defensively, he showed little value, and according to Baseball Prospectus was actually nicknamed "Magellan" in Oakland due to his poor routes to balls:
Year/Team Davenport Dial GasskoWalsh Arm
2003/OAK LF: 2 (64)
RF: 6 (63)
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2004/SDN LF: 0 (37)
RF: 0 (22)
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2005/KCA LF: -9 (91)
RF: -1 (15)
LF: -4.9 LF: -8.5LF: 0.2

All in all, he's a replacement player. The Reds have him signed to a minor league contract, which means he may or not play this year for the Reds. -j