Transaction Analysis

Angels sign Jorge Fabregas for 1 year, $500,000

This is a solid move for the Angels, who are owned by Disney and inexplicably have no money to spend.  Not only does signing the 30-year old Fabregas (is he really that old already?) fill the backup catcher's spot on the roster, but it also saves almost a half-million dollars over the older, weaker-hitting incumbent, Matt Walbeck.  Fabregas is only a career .249 hitter, but he did hit .288 in limited duty last season, his highest average since his first year in the bigs - with Anaheim in '94.  This move should work out pretty well for both sides.

Triple Steal rating: Double

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.© 2000 JBaseball

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