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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, June 09, 2006
Mets - Acquired a Lack of Kaz
Colorado Rockies - Acquired 2B Kazuo Matsui and cash from the New York Mets for OF Eli Marrero; optioned 2B Kazuo Matsui to Colorado Springs.
That came out of nowhere. The Rockies didn’t just come out of nowhere to acquire Matsui, they actually sent him straight to AAA as well. Colorado doesn’t need a 2B at the moment with Jamey Carroll channelling the immortal soul of Eddie Collins somehow, but Matsui could appear on the team soon depending on what happens with Luis Gonzalez and his Nick Johnson-esque Mysteriously Injured Wrists. There’s always the possibility of shifting Carroll over to shortstop, with Clint Barmes doing his best to show a new generation that it’s always possible to play worse than Ray Oyler.
With the team happy with Spilborghs from the right side, Marrero was expendable and allowed the team to bring up Piedra as the primary lefty pinch-hitter backup outfielder. Choo Freeman is still around for those times where the pitcher on the mound doesn’t have an arm, the only situation in which Freeman is likely to be valuable.
The Mets, as implied above, primarily get a lack of Kazuo Matsui on their team. It’s a good thing that the Big Apple still has the other, non-awful Matsui, as Kaz was bad enough with the Mets to cause New Yorkers to hope for the return of Internment Camps. With the extra Mets injuries, Marrero will fill out the Mets depth chart, though they’re nuts if they use him full-time.
Not a great day for Japanese players - the White Sox released Hideo Nomo and that’s probably the end of his career. The big club already has the spot reserved for “foreign pitcher with wacky windup” filled with Contreras and the spot reserved for “awful pitcher” filled with Garland.
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