Peter Gammons, Feb 1, 2003:
Now, Beane went out and acquired Erubiel Durazo, who could be a new Giambi in the middle of the lineup, to fit in with Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez, Scott Hatteberg, Jermaine Dye, et al.
Phil Rogers, Jan 13, 2003:
Newcomer Erubiel Durazo is likely to be the regular DH but could join Chavez to give new manager Ken Macha thunder on the corners.
So the potential (and the hype) was there, he just hasn't exactly panned out yet in those regards. But the optimistic one would say he does fit Beane's OBP% profile.