Transaction Analysis: Giants get Dustan Mohr

Sabean promised a deal would get done before the end of the Winter Meetings, and one was done.

WHAT THE GIANTS GOT:

Dustan Mohr, OF, 27 years old

Year
Team
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
2001
MIN
20
51
6
12
2
0
0
4
1
5
17
.235
.298
.275
2002
MIN
120
383
55
103
23
2
12
45
6
31
86
.269
.325
.433
2003
MIN
121
348
50
87
22
0
10
36
5
33
106
.250
.314
.399

Dustan Mohr has had problems trying to hold onto a job in Minnesota after three years in the majors, mostly due to his streaky nature at the plate, and the glut of outfielders that the Twins had. Last season, he got one chance to start regularly in May, and shined. He played all 28 games that month, and had only three games in which he did not get a hit during that time. He went .396/.423/.623 with 9 2B and 5 HR. While those totals look great, it also points out how bad he was the rest of the year to drop those numbers down to what they were for the year. He went cold during shorter stretches of starting in June and July, and didn't play regularly the rest of the year.

Mohr's biggest problem is a need to cut down on his strikeouts. He is not a big home run hitter, but the big swing he takes makes him susceptible to them. Some question his ability to hit outside of the Metrodome, after posting a .271 average on turf as opposed to a .228 average on grass (the NL has only one stadium with turf in it, and the Giants will not play there in Montreal this year; they'll meet the Expos in Puerto Rico). However, in his career, he has posted a higher split on grass (.262/.320/.427) than on turf (.256/.317/.393), so that is likely a fluke from last year.

WHAT THE TWINS GOT:

A Player To Be Named Later.

ANALYSIS:

The acquisition of Mohr is curious, considering his previous stats point to him being a 4th outfielder. That's not a big deal, if it weren't for the fact that two other newly signed free agents (Jeffrey Hammonds and Michael Tucker) also have stats that make them likely for a 4th OF job on a good team. So the question really becomes, where will Mohr play?

Mohr's stats do not do well for a platoon in right field. He actually hits right handed pitching better than left handed, which is unusual, and the difference is not big. Hammonds and Tucker have a much better set of stats to combine on a platoon. Tucker, however, is the best defender and would be best used as a backup for all three outfield positions. Mohr can play all three OF positions, too, but has only played 12 games in 3 years in center. He is not a bad defender, though, either, but he will not evoke images of Jose Cruz, Jr.

Who the Twins will get is anyone’s guess, although he will likely be a lower level minor league player. What is very interesting is that the Twins still owe a PTBNL as part of the Pierzynski trade. Before the trade went through, Mohr was strongly rumored to have been part of that deal, so it appears the Giants have liked Mohr for a while.

There is still also a rumor going around that the Giants are going to pursue ANOTHER outfielder (no, not Vlad). What the Giants are going to do with all these outfielders is anyone's guess, but there's a good chance no one will be sure who the starting right fielder(s) will be until the end of Spring Training.



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