The Braves have apparently agreed to terms with free agent outfielder/first baseman Craig Wilson on a one-year contract. The financial terms were not disclosed. This has first base platoon written all over it. I'll have more comments later.
Update [2007-1-18 18:55:6 by gondeee]:
Here are some observations about Mr. Wilson:
- I remember him most from the fantasy baseball world of several years ago, mainly because he was eligible at the catcher position at the time. And as a guy with some power he was not a bad person to plug in at catcher.
- He hasn’t played at catcher since ’04, mainly playing first base and right field.
- He doesn’t have great on-base percentage skills and he strikes out a lot. He was second in the league in strikeouts in 2004 and his on-base numbers are inflated by the amount of times he’s been hit by a pitch – he led the league in both ’02 and ’04.
- He has plenty of power and his averages over 162-game season are nothing special at 24 HR and 70 RBI. Hey, isn’t that the approximate Minor League Equivalent that Scott Thorman put up last year?
- His defense at first base is pretty decent - .993 lifetime fielding percentage. As an outfielder he’s sort of a Ryan Klesko meets Johnny Damon’s hair – which means he’s not that good but he looks good doing it.
- As a 30-year old ballplayer, Wilson’s comparable players through age 30 are Jeromy Burnitz, Craig Monroe, Bo Jackson, and our old friend Michael Tucker. So basically we just signed Michael Tucker with a little more power and a lot less speed.
- He had spent his entire career (5 years) with the Pirates until they traded him last year to the Yankees for Shawn Chacon at the July 31st trading deadline.