Under the Radar Free Agent: Michael Barrett

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Michael Barrett was known for his bat in 2005 and 2006, but struggled badly this season for the Cubs and Padres. His struggles can be accredited to his troubled relationship with manager Lou Pineilla from the start of Spring Training, but no one doubts his power and potential to hit over .300 with 15+ homeruns. He is probably looking at a two to three year deal worth about 4.5 million dollars annually. But, if he rebounds, which many expect him to do, he could be compared to Ivan Rodriguez who is getting payed 13 million next season. Who knows who will be interested? Whether it is the Mets, Yankees, Padres, Rockies, Nationals, or Athletics, he is worth the money because of his positive upside.

4 comments:

Anonymous 7:22 PM CDT  

he really could sneak up on us, wouldnt that be a comeback

Anonymous 7:55 PM CDT  

I hope he gets a chance somewhere to show what he can do. I met him at an event last year and he was such a gentleman. He may be a hothead on the field but that shouldn't hold him back that much. He just needs a manager who knows how to handle him.

Anonymous 10:07 AM CDT  

"But, if he rebounds, which many expect him to do, he could be compared to Ivan Rodriguez who is getting payed 13 million next season"

Lol, you can't be serious? Barrett will never be compared to Pudge, one big difference, Pudge is one of the best defensive catchers in baseball, Barrett is one of, if not, the worst. Personally, I think his injury last year has made him even worse behind the plate, the effect of that kind of injury must be hard to get over. Sadly, Barrett is too poor defensively to catch everyday and too poor offensively to DH. As soon as Barrett slumps he is a huge liability in any lineup and his defense hasn't improved making him basically a backup and pinch hitter.

Marco 7:28 PM CDT  

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