From the team who brought you the signings of Charlie Manning and Ian Ostlund, I give you Royce Ring.

I’m sure there will be a lot of head scratching and “low hanging fruit” cat calls on message boards, mostly due to his 8.46 ERA last season, but his FIP was 4.48. That’s a huge amount of bad luck. I’m not here to defend the signing, but when Joe Beimel, Brian Shouse and Dennys Reyes are set to make $3 M a year, signing Ring doesn’t seem like an awful idea for a budget consious team with greater needs. The best of the best LOOGy’s are only worth about 1 WAR.  I can understand the Cards not wanting to shell out a ton of cash for a someone who is going to face only 200 batters at the very max.

I can’t find his 2007 splits, but I was able to dig up at on an old BA article that Ring limited Triple-A lefties to averages of .145 and .140 in ’05 and ’06, including just three extra-base hits. All three XBH came in 2005. During his intermittent big league career, he’s held lefties to a .229 batting average, a .231 SLG and has struck out a quarter of them. He also is adept at getting groundballs, for his career he has a 57.7% GB%.

For what it’s worth, his CHONE projection is optimistic, calling for 49 IP, 43 K, 23 BB, 4 HR and a 3.86 ERA in 57 games. His Marcel projects for 38 innings, 30 K’s, 17 walks, 4 homers and an ERA of 4.62.

I’m guessing he’s going to be paid next to nothing compared to what a lot of the higher profile LOOGYs will be netting, so if you’re going to sign low hanging fruit, this seems to be the right way to do it.

update : Derrick Goold tweets that his salary is reportedly only $475,000. That’s two LOOGY’s for just under a mil. I seem to remember the Orioles were stupid enough to sign Jamie Walker for 3 years/$12M and he’s managed to be worth .5 WAR.

Erik Manning

Erik became addicted to Cardinals baseball as a young lad growing up on the mean streets of O'Fallon, MO. He moved away to Tulsa to attend Bible College, where he met his wife, who talked him into moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also known as the Bermuda triangle of baseball. His dream is to see the MLB.tv blackouts end, and his other interests are theology and philosophy of religion. He is the parent of two young boys.

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3 Responses to “You can Ring my bell”

  1. Is it possible this is a minor league contract anyway? Letting whomever wins between Manning/Ostlund/Ring in ST get the job?

  2. Per baseball reference, he had reverse splits in 07: RHB were .469 OBP against him, LHB .701

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/psplit.cgi?n1=ringro01&year=2007

  3. I think I’m with C70 here – shaping up like they may just go with the hot hand throughout the season. Manning wins out of ST, he breaks with the club. He starts having trouble, but Ring is doing well at Memphis? Swap ‘em. Rinse, lather, repeat.

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