Extra Baggs is reporting that the Giants have signed LHP Jeremy Affeldt to a 2-year deal. Terms of the deal have no yet been disclosed but Affeldt made $3M with the Cincinnati Reds last year. Affeldt had a break out year with the Reds in 2008 when he compiled a pitching line of: 78.1 IP, 78 H, 80 SO, 36 R, 29 ER, 9 HR, 25 BB. That works out to a 3.33 ERA, 3.66 FIP, and a tRA of 3.68.
Some batted ball and outcome results from Affeldt’s ’08 season:
You’ve got to like the strong K% coupled with an above average BB%. He also showed some groundball tendencies which is also nice to have in a reliever. According to FanGraphs, Affeldt is primarily a two-pitch pitcher out of the bullpen. He opted for his fastball 62.8% of the time and his curveball 31% of the time. His average fastball was clocked at 94.6mph and the big bender was clocked at 79.1mph.
I’ll update this post with more information once it’s known. I’ll also be working on a PITCHf/x profile on Affeldt once I get my pitch database squared away.
Edit: Looks like the deal is for 2-years, $8M. You can’t argue with that cost, very nice pickup for the Giants here.
Edit2: Still working on some things, but I put together a chart with some stats on Affeldt.
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Stats included are: K%, BB%, kL% (K’s looking), kS% (K’s swinging), GB%, FB%, HR/BIA, and LOB%. You can really see the progress that Affeldt has made over the last couple of years once he switched to relieving full-time.