View Full Version : LoDuca to the Nats
12-10-2007, 07:11 PM
Just heard on the local news.
EDIT: Link-- http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3149188
12-10-2007, 07:13 PM
Finally, an above average player on a team with an outfield that's scary outside the ballpark.
12-10-2007, 07:21 PM
If there is one season flukier than Esteban Loaiza's 2003 season or Darin Erstad's 2000 season, it's Lo Duca's 2001 season
Look at the peaks:
12-10-2007, 09:32 PM
He did have a great 2001. IMO, a catcher that can hit is an added bonus. I'm more worried about how he handles my rotation-it's one reason especially why back-up catchers like Charlie O'Brien and Eddie Perez stuck around for so long. They were the personal catchers of Greg Maddux and could handle him. It's also why the Red Sox made sure to get Doug Mirabelli to catch Wakefield.
I'm not saying for or against that LoDuca is a catcher that pitchers want to have on their side; I just wanted to bring up that point.
12-10-2007, 09:46 PM
Sounds like they also signed him to mentor Jesus Flores, who they hope will be around awhile.
12-10-2007, 10:44 PM
As someone who watched quite a few Nats games on the MLB package this season, they could be decent if they get some pitching. I liked Schneider because of his gritty style of play and hopefully, Lo Duca will help Flores. I know the Nats are high on Flores.
If either Dukes or Milledge comes around, the Nats' offense should be better with Young, Pena and one of my favorite players, Ryan Zimmerman.
12-10-2007, 11:18 PM
If there is one season flukier than Esteban Loaiza's 2003 season or Darin Erstad's 2000 season, it's Lo Duca's 2001 season.
The guy has a career OPS+ of 99. In that season he had 142. For a catcher though, a 99 OPS+ isn't bad.
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