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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Diamondbacks - Went on Waiver Wire Spree
Arizona Diamondbacks - Claimed 3B Jeff Cirillo, P Byung-Hyun Kim, and P Joe Kennedy off waivers from different teams; designated OF Jeff DaVanon and 3B B. Brian Barden for assignment.
Another victim of an Ebay Bender, that unfortunate condition that occurs when it’s 4 in the morning, you’ve just finished off a case of Rolling Rock, you’re watching Law & Order reruns from 10 years ago, and you discover on Ebay some items you just must have. You wake up later that day, check your e-mail and you see e-mails from people requesting your Paypal account information for your winning auctions of a 40-piece lot of mismatched shoes, a Dr. Mindbender action figure, John Wayne Gacy fingernail clippings, and you’re wondering how to explain to the wife that the electric company isn’t getting their check this month because you’ve sent in the winning bid for Tony Soprano’s maroon Chevy Suburban.
Cirillo’s hung on surprisingly well after a very disappointing visit to Colorado, being a plus in part-time play on the scene of his previous successes, Milwaukee. His 2007 season hasn’t gone quite as well, but he is old enough that he was already looking like a soon-to-be retiree back when the Diamondbacks won their World Series. Still, he wasn’t awful, wasn’t complaining about a bench role, and is playing better than Nick Punto by a mile. Brian Buscher’s going to play a lot at 3rd after suddenly putting himself on the prospect radar as the Twins version of Shelley Duncan, but I’d be inclined to let him finish the season at AAA, which is still a new level for him, and then take a look at him in 2008 - advancing a guy who’s not a phenomenal talent that quickly is just asking for trouble.
A lot of Diamondback fans still hold a grudge against Kim for games 4/5 of the World Series. If you’re one of those people and are reading this, let me take a second to tell you how stupid you are. Holding a grudge about a World Series that your team won just tells me that your favorite team hasn’t had much suffering. Chang Bo-go has been suprisingly adequate for the Marlins, though has been walking batters at an alarming rate. Post-injury Kim will continue to be mediocre in whatever role the team uses him the rest of the year. But hey, at least the Diamondbacks aren’t paying $2 million this year and $9 million next year for him.
When the A’s asked Joe Kennedy to replace Kirk Saarloos, I don’t think Beane meant that he wanted Kennedy to walk more batters than he struck out, walk the line between a crappily-thrown quality start and disaster, and have to be dumped unceremoniously before his ERA catches up with his pitching. Or maybe Beane did and all the injuries have sent him over the edge. Even a return to relief didn’t get Kennedy pitching as well as he was last year.
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