Friday, January 18, 2008

Repko back for another go-around

Jason Repko avoided arbitration today, signing a 1-year/$487,500 deal to remain with LA. It's a slight increase in the salary he earned last year, and performance bonuses could bump it up even more.

Repko is a tough guy to figure out, all because of injuries. He tore his hamstring in Spring Training last year (remember the pop up that Furcal and he got hurt on?) and was out for the rest of the year. In 2006, he was gone for 2 months thanks to a badly sprained left ankle. He's basically had zero luck the last 2 years.

When he's actually healthy, he's really not that bad. I know his stats aren't that great (low AVG and OBP), but I know that if he could put all of his talents together, he could be pesky at the plate. It's hard to see how he'll ever be able to do that though, especially considering that his speed has to be affected with leg injuries. Assuming he makes the team, I can't see him being anything more than a late-inning pinch runner and/or defensive replacement.

Only 2 guys remain arbitration eligible: relievers Scott Proctor and Joe Beimel. Since both are big parts of the bullpen, something will be worked out.

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