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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Spring Training Cuts
Lot of big names cut the last few days.
BAL - Geronimo Gil - The Orioles have finally figured out that he’s completely awful and appear to be going the smart route and using Javy as Hernandez’ backup and not being a slave to the OHMIGOD WHAT IF HERNANDEZ IS INJURED AND LOPEZ IS DHING AND WE HAVE TO BAT THE PITCHER ONCE OR TWICE! mentality that seems to be pervasive when a team is using their spare catcher elsewhere.
BOS - Tony Graffanino - Someone should have traded for him.
DET - Carlos Pena - Pena and Choi dumped the last week - Reds will again decide that they rather have Scott Hatteberg, for no reason in particular.
FLA - Kerry Ligtenberg - Pitched well enough that he’ll get another invite and should show up in the majors this season.
HOU - Steve Sparks - He’s not 50 yet, so he may still pop up somewhere.
LA - Brian Meadows and Aaron Sele - Not making the team, giving them a chance to latch onto another desperate team. Meadows might be useful - Sele should be sent behind the barn for the Ol’ Yeller treatment. Well, probably not worth the price of the bullet - send him to the Royals instead.
NYN - Tike Redman - Going elsewhere. Who knows where, but it’s unlikely that he’s ever a starter again, which is a good thing.
PHI - Ricardo Rodriguez - Never really established himself so he’s clearly going the journeyman route for now on - I don’t see him as having much upside.
SD - Steve Andrade - Andrade goes to KC, which is a good thing for him since KC’s pitching staff is horrible - he’s instantly the 3rd or 4th best reliever on the team.
STL - Deivi Cruz - Useful player, but the Cardinals had Luna and Miles. He’ll be on a major league roster in the next few weeks.
TEX - John Wasdin - Awful this spring (all spring caveats apply!). Wasdin was good enough last year in mopup duty that he’ll pop up somewhere.
WAS - Ryan Church - Brandon Watson is hte latest speedy fairly useless Bowden special. Don’t forget, this is the guy who traded David Wells for Curtis Goodwin and pretty much all the speedy failed outfield prospects of the last decade have been signed by Bowden at one time or another, from Kimera Bartee to Deion Sanders.
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