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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen

Friday, March 08, 2002

Cleveland Spiders

Signed 1B Andres Galarraga and P Alan Mills to minor-league contracts.

Last year was actually the first time that Lee Stevens had a platoon split, but Galarraga is a better hitter against lefties than Stevens regardless, even if he’s a billion years old and has seriously declined as a hitter.  Anyway, Stevens not having a platoon split isn’t exactly like Klesko not having a platoon split; it would just mean that Stevens stinks both ways equally.

Mills may be done.  His shoulder has had tons of problems over the years and his control, while never all that great, will really come back to haunt him if he can’t blow his fastball by batters and pray as he did in the past, even in his best seasons.  I’ve always thought Mills could have developed into a better pitcher than he did; he never struck out as many batters as you would expect from a reliever with an excellent fastball and slider.

Dan Szymborski Posted: March 08, 2002 at 04:35 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SM in DC Posted: March 08, 2002 at 05:56 PM (#555291)
I think I mentioned in previous thread about someone's retirement that it would be nice for the Montreal Senators to bring in the Big Cat and give him a shot at making the team, or to retire with is original club -- its nice to see someone at MLB has something resembling a soul.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 08, 2002 at 06:37 PM (#555294)
Well, they're certainly cheap, and out of that mass of bodies, it's likely at least one will go Ruben Sierra on the league.

Is this where we find out that Endy Chavez is really 35?
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 09, 2002 at 02:09 AM (#555300)
Don't be too hard on these guys. By the time they got going, the garbage pile of minor-league vets and declining ML vets had been thoroughly picked over by everybody else. They still snagged one of the better finds (Canseco) and Galarraga's no worse than what they've got. My fear is that this pushes Canseco to left and Wilkerson into more bench time. Not good.
   4. RJ in TO Posted: March 09, 2002 at 06:07 AM (#555302)
The other thing to remember about all these pickups is that they were CHEAP. After all, Montreal is now playing with the money provided by the Lords of Baseball, who have no interest in signing players to big money deals, especially for a franchise that will be either contracted (Yeah, right) or moved. Every one of the players above came in at $500K or less.

Yes, Manzanillo was available, but Montreal couldn't afford to pay what he originally wanted, and even if they could, it's not like Montreal was the choice destination for any free agent out there.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 10, 2002 at 07:47 PM (#555305)
As for Manzanillo, if there's one thing Montreal can't afford to cough up, it's compensation draft picks.

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