Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jody Gerut Back Again

Jody Gerut has signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres that includes an invitation to spring training and shot to make the forty man roster.


Gerut hasn't done much since his first two seasons in the big leagues in 2003, and 2004. He has bounced around from Cleveland, to the Chicago Cubs and finally to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he has spent the better part of the last 2 seasons rehabbing a knee injury. This could be Gerut's last shot at making a major league ball club. If he is completely healthy, he could hit 13 home runs playing his home games at Petco ballpark and steal 20 bases. That is a big IF.
Personally I wouldn't bother to draft Gerut, let someone else take the risk. He might be worth keeping an eye on as a free agent in your league, if he makes the Padres out of spring training.

1 comment:

chuck said...

Yeah Gerut isn't going to be a good fantasy BB pick. But in real life baseball he gives himself up for runners and takes pitches so other hitters can see what the pitcher throws. In the field he keeps rallies from starting with spectacular catches, and he throws with amazing accuracy and strength. Base runners cannot be as aggressive. In short, the Padres may win because of Gerut, but as a fantasy player you wouldn't get much.