Thursday, January 20, 2005

Antonio Osuna signs

Osuna agreed to a one year, $.8M deal, and was attracted mainly by the other mexicans on the team (Castilla, Ayala, Loaiza). The downside to the signing is that it pushed Sun Woo Kim off the 40-man roster, who is one of those who hasn't yet lived up to his potential, but still has the potential for extremely high upside.

Osuna only pitched a mere 36 2/3 innings last year for San Diego, posting a 2.45 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .232 BAA, 8.84 K/9 and a 12.2 VORP, which gave him a very nice VORP rate for the time he was pitching (2.99 VORP per 9 IP), but it's a small sample size, due to time on the DL (he normally goes about 65 innings per year). In the two years prior, he put up about the same VORP over 20-30 more innings, which means that we shouldn't expect him to quite match last year's numbers. But lifetime, he still looks decent with a 3.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .235 BAA and 9.27 K/9.

I expect he'll do better than that career line for ERA, a bit worse on K/9 and somewhere right around it for everything else. All in all, he should be a solid reliever, though he's a bit of a DL risk.

For those of us who ordered season tickets and were wondering why the additional delay in getting seat assignments, apparently Ticketmaster was delayed due to its handling inauguration tickets. Invoices will be put in the mail from Friday to Tuesday, so everyone should get them next week.

Partial ticket plans still haven't been announced, but an announcement is expected in less than two weeks.


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