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belliard for cheap

a minor league deal for ronnie belliard? what am i missing?

AB HR RBI R AVG OBP SLG
belliard 04 599 12 70 78 .282 .348 .426
kennedy 04 468 10 48 78 .278 .351 .406
belliard 05 536 17 78 71 .284 .325 .450
kennedy 05 416 2 37 49 .300 .354 .370
belliard 06 544 13 67 63 .272 .322 .403
kennedy 06 451 4 55 50 .272 .334 .384
belliard 07 507 11 57 57 .272 .330 .409
kennedy 07 459 7 40 59 .270 .334 .394

the '07 figures are PECOTA projections.

i'm not knocking the kennedy signing, but we gotta be honest: just as the edmonds extension looked a lot better after we saw the outrageous sums that dave roberts and gary matthews and soriano signed for, the kennedy contract looks worse in the wake of belliard's deal. with the benefit of hindsight, it's clear that the money spent on adam kennedy would have been better applied toward a pitcher; without losing anything at 2d base, the team could have had an extra $2.5m this year to spend on jeff weaver, or an extra $10.5m over three years to apply toward batista, padilla, or their ilk.

it didn't work out that way, and i'm not going to criticize the front office --- much --- for the missed opportunity. nobody in baseball anticipated that belliard's stock would fall so low. we also don't know whether he expressed any interest in returning to st louis; by all accounts he wasn't thrilled to come to stl in the first place, and the whole extortion thing may have soured him on the town.

just the same, belliard seems like a tremendous bargain --- one of the best of the off-season.