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The Rake.

Just thought I'd flash a couple quotes from Baseball Prospectus  in regards to the Greg Norton pickup: 

In itself, nabbing Norton didn't do all of the things that the Braves needed to get done in patching up their infield, but it's a good move no matter how you slice. Losing Prado hurt in that Prado is a playable glove at both middle infield positions, where Ruben Gotay is a good-hit second baseman who can't really play short, and probably shouldn't play third. Norton hasn't played third since 2005 (at Charlotte), and really hasn't played a lot of third since 2000, for the White Sox. Happily, Infante was due to come off of the DL, eradicating that particular problem. Having Gotay and Norton means that the Braves have a pair of very playable bats to plug in for pinch-hitting, no small thing in the National League, or as an improvement on last year's woeful bench.

I believe we had someone mention the fact that he was slowed due to injury last season...yes?

The silver lining to adding Norton is that it should be remembered that he was playing at less than full speed much of last season after April surgery on his knee; from August 1 on, Norton hit .310 and slugged .460, and while it's easy to play these sorts of sample-size games, keep in mind that Norton had a big year in 2006, that he has a lot of experience coming off of the bench, and that he has a decent career record as a pinch-hitter (.237/.321/.409). Add in that he's a much more effective hitter against right-handers, but doesn't go away against lefties, and he's absolutely worth a wee bit of O'Cash. He should be a strong enough hitter to spot for Mark Teixeira now and again at first (as needed), play an outfield corner in a pinch, and be an automatic plug-in for DH duties in the interleague games.

He's already come through with two big hits in three tries (the ultimate small sample size, right?), and as stated above...if we just end up sending some cash to the Northwest it looks like a good move.  I'd be very happy if we could somehow come away with the same Norton who had a .895 OPS in 329 PAs, coming off our bench.

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