Thursday, December 13, 2007

Broussard Era Over...Anyone Care?

For some reason I do. A Broussard/Sexson platoon at 1b seemed to make too much sense I guess. I don't want to overstate the impact of dealing a part-time player. But with the decline of Sexson, Broussard and his .733 OPS vs RHP might have been useful. (His .838 OPS vs RHP in 2006 with significantly more AB is notable.) This would have been a defining season for Broussard in Seattle, as the team has enough holes to get him the AB's he needs to prove whether he would sink or swim.

In return the M's received middle infield prospect Tim Hulett.

Hulett, 24, spent the 2007 season with the Oklahoma RedHawks,
the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. He batted .275 (142-for-517) with 31
doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 67 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. In four Minor
League seasons, Hulett has a .280 career average with 127 extra-base hits and 83
stolen bases. He was selected by Texas in the 14th round of the 2004 First-Year
Player Draft out of Auburn University and is the son of former Major League
infielder Tim Hulett.

Since Jose Lopez proved once again last year that he was one of the most overrated young players in MLB (I write "was" because the secret is finally out), maybe Hulett can give him a run for his money at 2b? Probably not, but we'll see what he can do. Won't be tough to supplant a guy with no power, no speed who doesn't hit for average.

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