Tony Clark Race Heating Up

Monday, January 21, 2008

The race for Tony Clark is heating up, with the Giants, Red Sox, and Mariners showing interest. I have said it all along that I think the Giants are going to take him. Not only do they need a first baseman, but Clark is a leader in the clubhouse, and should do well there. However, the Giants have a lot of veterans and might not be interested in adding another one, but that hasn't stopped them this off season. The Mariners have a good fight because they probably have more at-bats to offer Clark. He will play a lot of first and some DH, assuming Richie Sexson doesn't 'breakout.' In 113 games last season, Clark batted .247 with 17 HR and 51 RBI. Playing in Seattle might bring down his numbers a bit, but we can only wait and see.


obsessivegiantscompulsive 7:02 PM CST  

Playing in SF would also cost him a lot more homers, as Ortmeier hits much better vs. LHP, so Clark will mainly bat left-handed in a park that kills left-handed HR power. And I doubt he has the speed to take advantage of the right-CF gap hits.