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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Blue Jays - Released Thomson

Toronto Blue Jays - Released P John Thomson.

Quite the puzzler.  At first glance, I assumed that this was a courtesy release, but there’s not even a sniff of some done deal for Thomson to get back to the majors.  Otherwise, what’s the point of paying a guy half a million if you’re going to release him after 9 rehab starts?  He wasn’t on the major league roster and it’s not as if the Chiefs have a prospect-laden rotation, just Taubenheim and a whole lot of nothing.  On a side note, I’ve been very happy that the Syracuse SkyChiefs went back to their old nickname - it was definitely one of the more puzzling team nicknames to me as I never really associated the leaders of Amerindian tribes with modern aeronautics.

Thomson should resurface at some point as a reasonable #4 starter.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 21, 2007 at 03:55 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Paul D(uda) Posted: June 21, 2007 at 12:24 PM (#2411810)
If Thomson had been put on the 25 man roster, he was due a $1 million dollar bonus.
That, plus his performance in AAA, is why he was released.
   2. AROM Posted: June 21, 2007 at 01:58 PM (#2411877)
His AAA pitching wasn't horrible, and he's been a good pitcher in the past. Not sure if he has much left, but the Angels could really use a guy like this in AAA.

Now Lackey is having shoulder problems. Weaver and Colon are having trouble, Escobar has an elbow that could go at any moment, and Santana can't pitch on the road. Joe Saunders is up to start in place of Weaver. Angels are one of the deepest pitching staffs in baseball, but right now are proving the saying "you can never have too much pitching" is 100% true.
   3. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 21, 2007 at 02:05 PM (#2411881)
If Thomson had been put on the 25 man roster, he was due a $1 million dollar bonus.
That, plus his performance in AAA, is why he was released.


They didn't have to call him up until they felt he was worth the bonus.

As for his performance, it wasn't good, but it was actually one of the better starting performances on the team. There's a helluva lot better chance that Thomson could contribute in the future than Mike MacDonald or Ismael Ramirez. The Jays are not a team that should be chucking out pitching when they don't have to - Thomson in AAA wasn't costing the team a dime that they didn't have to pay anyway.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: June 21, 2007 at 03:34 PM (#2411979)
I hope Thomson makes it back to the majors. He went to my high school (that has only sent a couple of players to the majors that I'm aware of) and graduated in the same class as my sister.
   5. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: June 21, 2007 at 03:53 PM (#2411989)
I am the Atlanta Braves. I am starting Buddy Carlyle every fifth day, John Smoltz and Tim Hudson both have poorly defined "shoulder pain" and Kyle Davies, as of last check, was still just Kyle Freakin' Davies. I'm calling Thomson immediately.
   6. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 21, 2007 at 04:00 PM (#2411993)
I think the Braves had some issues with Thomson and his catalogue of injuries by the end of last year. My main reason for believing this is that Bill Shanks constantly denigrated Thomson, and he doesn't slip his leash very often.
   7. AROM Posted: June 21, 2007 at 04:01 PM (#2411994)
Braves will be starting Will Ledezma now, won't they?
   8. I Left Tim Raines Down In Africa Posted: June 21, 2007 at 04:03 PM (#2411996)
I am the Atlanta Braves. I see guys in my minor league system who have better records than 2-4, better ERAs than 4.58, and can give up less than a hit an inning.

Oh, and they're not almost 34 and coming off injuries.

It's come to that for the Braves. Any DFA, release or waiver claim is now an "OMG MUST SIGN!!!!!!!!!!111" for them. Sad.
   9. Honkie Kong Posted: June 21, 2007 at 04:05 PM (#2411999)
Gievn how good the bullpen is this year, 5 ip 3R allowed is all the Braves are asking from their starting pitchers, and not getting that even.
This is getting bizarre.
   10. Paul D(uda) Posted: June 21, 2007 at 04:13 PM (#2412013)
I believe Thomson was on DL related rehab work in AAA, so they would have had to try to pass him through waivers if they wanted to keep him at AAA, no?
   11. Paul M Hates Krispy Kreme Posted: June 21, 2007 at 04:33 PM (#2412031)
Maybe he called JP a pimp daddy or something.
   12. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 21, 2007 at 05:54 PM (#2412132)
I believe Thomson was on DL related rehab work in AAA, so they would have had to try to pass him through waivers if they wanted to keep him at AAA, no?

From the quotes J.P. gave, they decided to cut loose rather than extending his rehab time (Thomson always has some injury or antoher, it seems) or re-working a minor league deal.
   13. Sparkles Peterson Posted: June 22, 2007 at 02:19 AM (#2412640)
The Cardinals have shown interest in Thomson before and have a rotation of Kip Wells and 4 relievers. I'd imagine after they realize the last pitcher they picked up after the Jays released him needs shoulder surgery, they'll take a look at Thomson.
   14. villageidiom Posted: June 22, 2007 at 05:35 PM (#2413022)
It's come to that for the Braves. Any DFA, release or waiver claim is now an "OMG MUST SIGN!!!!!!!!!!111" for them. Sad.
On the bright side, they've shown remarkable restraint on J.C. Romero so far.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2007 at 06:36 PM (#2413064)
The Royals signed P John Thomson. I don't know why.
   16. spycake Posted: June 23, 2007 at 01:10 AM (#2413519)
There is an actual limit to the length of rehab assignments, correct? I think the Twins ran into this with Rondell White last July -- fortunately, I think another outfielder got injured just as White's rehab stint was expiring.

So I think it's quite possible that the Jays had to either cut him or put him on the 25-man roster. Perhaps they could have put him back on the inactive disabled list or something, but I'm guessing their options were limited.
   17. Chris Pummer Posted: June 27, 2007 at 06:44 AM (#2419420)
(F)ortunately, I think another outfielder got injured just as White's rehab stint was expiring.

That still sounds like misfortune to me.
   18. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: June 27, 2007 at 08:37 AM (#2419435)
The Royals signed P John Thomson. I don't know why.


So he could win! w00t!

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