So, the P-I notebook this morning contains the following blurb:
According to club sources, the Mariners are discussing whether to make a waiver claim on right-handed pitcher Ryan Drese. He was the Texas starting pitcher on Opening Day, but was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Rangers. Any team in baseball can claim him by the end of business today. However, any team that does so will have to pay Drese the remainer of the $700,000 he’s owed for this year and his $1.75 million contract for 2006.
Ugh. Ryan Ludwick isn’t their kind of player, but Ryan Drese tickles their fancy? Look at this:
ERA, by year: 6.55, 6.85, 4.20, 6.46. Career: 5.36.
K/9, by year: 6.68, 5.09, 4.25, 2.58(!). Career: 4.89
BB/K, by year: 1.65, 1.08, 1.69, 0.83. Career: 1.48
Opposing hitters, by year: .317/.386/.494, .314/.404/.500, .285/.339/.409, .334/.390/.470.
He’s an extreme groundball pitcher with mediocre control who doesn’t miss bats. He’s Dan Reichert’s twin, who we got to spring training on a non-guaranteed minor league deal, and then released. There’s no reason to want Drese on the roster. At a guaranteed $1.75 million next year, the fact that they’re even considering it is scary.
Just say no to Ryan Drese.