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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Diamondbacks - Signed Stinnett

Arizona Diamondbacks - Signed C Kelly Stinnett to a minor-league contract; released C Craig Ansman.

Terrible.  Craig Ansman is old to be a prospect, but there’s no reason he can’t be a backup catcher in the majors, especially on those teams with 3 catchers for no particular reason as he can hit.  What fabulous prospect are the Diamondbacks making room for?  Kelly Stinnett, an ancient catcher who has been unemployed for a month and a half and the terrific Juan Brito.  A team with poor catching depth could do a lot worse than use Ansman as an organizational player.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 14, 2005 at 12:49 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. "Andruw for HoF" sure died down Posted: May 14, 2005 at 01:32 PM (#1336055)
The Dodgers should look into picking up Ansman and dumping Bako. What the hell was DePo thinking in picking him up?

The Mariners might want a replacement for Dan Wilson also.
   2. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 14, 2005 at 03:41 PM (#1336157)
Apparently Ansman was to be traded to the Cardinals, who are desperate for some upper minors catchers, but retired instead.
   3. shoewizard Posted: May 14, 2005 at 08:34 PM (#1336845)
So did he decide to retire rather than accept the trade, therefore prompting the Stinnet signing, or did the Stinnet signing prompt the retirement?
   4. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 14, 2005 at 08:56 PM (#1336859)
Supposedly the former, but I'm hearing this from the Cardinals side, and all we care about is that we didn't get a better AAA catcher than Cody McKay.
   5. shoewizard Posted: May 14, 2005 at 09:28 PM (#1336891)
I wonder who the D Backs were supposed to get from the Cards before Ansman decided to retire instead?

As usual, a little quick on the trigger to bash a D back move there Dan? :)
   6. Robert S. Posted: May 14, 2005 at 10:52 PM (#1336945)
As long as Kelly Stinnett is nothing more than minor league roster filler...
   7. shoewizard Posted: May 14, 2005 at 11:16 PM (#1336963)
unfortunately that will probably not be the case. If Hill does not start to hit better he will get demoted. Snyder has been poor as well. But I think he will get better.

I love how the mainstream media, A.Z. T.V. and radio goons, etc, all always claim that Hill is supposed to be the better hitter of the two. Totally freakin clueless. It is frustrating around here sometimes, I have to admit.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 15, 2005 at 02:13 AM (#1337482)
Ansman was, by anecdote, a pretty bad defender. Still, it's a shame to see a guy who can hit leave the game so young.
   9. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: May 15, 2005 at 03:03 AM (#1337656)
Ansman should rethink his retirement plans. The guy's only 27 and has a good shot of hanging around for a few years in the majors at some point. In what other occupation does he think he can make $316k a year? Even Tim Laker has made at least $1.2M despite being pretty mediocre all the way around.

I don't get it. Unless there's a health reason (like with Ben Petrick), I don't understand the man's decision to bow out at this point.

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