Tuesday, December 28, 2010

For Hu, The Bell Tolls

(Yes, I know that pun is grammatically incorrect. Ask not.)

Taiwanese Dodger fans wept yesterday as Chin-Lung Hu was dealt to the New York Mets for minor-league pitcher Michael Antonini:

The Dodgers on Monday traded middle infielder Chin-lung Hu to the New York Mets for minor league pitcher Michael Antonini.

Antonini, a 25-year-old left-hander from Pennsylvania, has a 25-26 minor league record with a 4.04 earned-run average in 96 games, including 84 starts.

Hu, 26, has spent most of his career in the minor leagues after signing with the Dodgers in 2003. He was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2007.

Hu appeared in 96 games with the the Dodgers over the last four seasons, including 14 games during two stints in 2010. He has a career batting average of .191 at the major league level.

It's too bad for Hu, who kept trying to break through with the Dodgers but couldn't hit worth a lick in the Show. As Jon Weisman noted:

Hu hasn't shown any potential with the bat since 2007, when he had an on-base percentage of .364 and slugging percentage of .507 in Double-A and Triple-A combined. In his major-league career, Hu has a .241 OBP and .283 slugging over 191 plate appearances. Nonetheless, he could be Juan Castro for some team, and I always thought the Dodgers could be that team.

Ultimately, Hu was out of options and there were doubts he'd make the Opening Day roster, so this is a way of salvaging something for him, given the odds against him.

Hu leaves Los Angeles with the most plate appearances (191) of any Taiwan-born player in major-league history, ahead of Hong-Chih Kuo (36) and Chin-Feng Chen (25).

It's interesting that Weisman brings up Castro, alluding to Ned Colletti's penchant for picking up aged veterans with declining skills batting around the .200 level. If not Castro--whom we did pick up this offseason--why not Hu? Perhaps in 10 years, we'll pick him up again anyway.

18 comments:

Mr. Customer said...

Good call on Castro. I don't see how that makes any sense in hindsight.

Greg Zakwin said...

Castro didn't make any sense at the time either.

So there's that....

Mr. Customer said...

Well, I already knew he sucked. It's merely a question of why Ned would want a shitty old guy over a shitty young guy.

Dusty Baker said...
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Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The problem was that Hu was out of options, so he would have had to be on the 25-man roster at the season's start.

Mr. Customer said...

@Dusty

Isn't the pass where one does one's heading-off?

@MLASC

Right, but that still doesn't make any sense. Whether it's Castro or Hu that can't make the team out of spring training, it's cut or trade time anyway.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Castro's got a minor league deal. The Dodgers don't have to call him up, put him on the 40-man roster, or anything like that. He's somewhere around 33rd on the infield depth chart (hopefully).

The Dodgers could either trade Hu, give him a spot on the 25-man, or place him on waivers. It sucks that the team keeps Castro over Hu, but they were never going to keep Hu anyway.

Mr. Customer said...

Ah, that's something at least. Didn't realize it was a minor league deal, not an NRI. Castro can ride the ABQ express all season as needed. Not that I totally agree, but it's something.

Dusty Baker said...

^pass


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Dusty Baker said...

I respect how you headed me off at the pass with that recognition that the title was grammatically incorrect. You saw me in your rear view mirror!

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 4:50p: objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

Plus, that pun was too sweet to abandon.

Dusty Baker said...

Agreed, Sax.

Plus, Josh would have punched you if you would have gone with a "Hu's on First" reference.

Steve Sax said...

Hu's Better, Hu's Best

(Last call for Hu puns! Final call!)

Steve Sax said...

Anyone seen Josh S. lately, btw?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Josh tweeted earlier today that he's been very sick over the last few days. Not Marvin Monroe-sick, but y'know, pretty ill.

Steve Sax said...

Get well son, Josh S.! And keep the heck away from Lucas until you're well!

Fred's Brim said...

Feel better, Josh!

What's that old saying?
Tweet a cold, starve a fever? Or is it the other way around?

Dusty Baker said...

Seems Josh is running himself ragged dragging Lucas around for the Xmas holidays. Watch yourselves out there, folks! Need everyone healthy for the heart of the bowl watching, SoSG bowl thread commenting season!