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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.

Dan Szymborski Posted: March 30, 2006 at 03:04 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Moe Greene Posted: March 30, 2006 at 04:56 AM (#1925400)
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.
As a Reds fan, yes, those signings made me unhappy.

The acquisition that pissed me off the most was Brian Hunter in 2000. I swore off being a Reds fan as long as he was on the team. Fortunately it was only 48 PA's.

I'd insult Bowden here like nearly everyone else does, but I think it's pretty cliche and overdone at this point. I don't know what to say in its place though.
   2. Addicted To Glove Posted: March 30, 2006 at 03:10 PM (#1925741)
Sorry for the OT post but that is a great handle :-)
   3. Moe Greene Posted: March 30, 2006 at 03:30 PM (#1925759)
"You're a jerk, Dent.

You're a jerk. A complete knee-biter."
   4. Grunthos Posted: March 30, 2006 at 06:18 PM (#1926150)
Perhaps, from some angle somewhere in the universe, the entire collection of Primer threads can be seen to spell out a very rude word.
   5. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: March 30, 2006 at 06:53 PM (#1926203)
I have it on good authority that from the third moon of Jaglan Beta, they spell out "Chipper Jones".

I'm satisfied.
   6. Honkie Kong Posted: March 30, 2006 at 07:15 PM (#1926238)
didnt the royals pick up graff?
smart move if they did..now trade him to the Mets for some prospect..if the Mets have any midlevel prospect left
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2006 at 07:19 PM (#1926250)
Royals picked up Graf.

Can anyone with keys to Primer start a Opening Day Roster thread? I'm setting up my DMB league!

Royals:

C John Buck, Paul Bako
1B Mike Sweeney, Doug Mientkiewicz
2B Mark Grudzielanek, Esteban German
3B Mark Teahen
SS Angel Berroa
IF Tony Graffanino
LF Emil Brown
CF David DeJesus
RF Reggie Sanders
OF Matt Stairs, Shane Costa

SP Scott Elarton
SP Joe Mays
SP Jeremy Affeldt
SP Denny Bautista

RP Mike Wood, Elmer Dessens, Ambriorix Burgos, Andy Sisco, Jimmy Gobble, Joel Peralta, Steve Andrade (Luke Hudson and Steve Stemle are still in the mix)

DL-Zack Greinke, Mark Redman, Runelvys Hernandez, Bobby Madritsch
   8. SouthSideRyan Posted: March 30, 2006 at 07:50 PM (#1926297)
Throw Michael Tucker on to the scrap heap.
   9. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 30, 2006 at 08:46 PM (#1926411)
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.
This originally wouldn't have been too much of an issue, because they were going to make Lopez the 1Bman. But now he's the DH, so it will be (*). Betcha they pick up another catcher somewhere. Watch the waiver wire. They might claim they're okay with the current setup... but if there's anything that defines the MLB establishment, it's risk aversion.



( (*) On the other hand, it makes more sense to move your starting DH to starting C once a week and find a new DH for that day than it would have to move your starting 1B to C once a week and find a new 1B for that day.)
   10. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: March 30, 2006 at 08:53 PM (#1926430)
( (*) On the other hand, it makes more sense to move your starting DH to starting C once a week and find a new DH for that day than it would have to move your starting 1B to C once a week and find a new 1B for that day.)

In theory, this is true, but the Orioles have Millar and Conine - they're fine on backup 1B.

The real issue is that Lopez was struggling to learn the position, and he was taking his struggles to bat with him.
   11. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 30, 2006 at 08:56 PM (#1926441)
In theory, this is true, but the Orioles have Millar and Conine - they're fine on backup 1B.
Yes, if only they weren't starting their backup 1B all over the field...

By the way, Millar is apparently the designated "emergency catcher," although he never caught a game in the majors.
   12. RP Posted: March 30, 2006 at 09:16 PM (#1926495)
By the way, Millar is apparently the designated "emergency catcher," although he never caught a game in the majors.

Isn't that infinitely better than keeping Gil?
   13. PJ Martinez Posted: March 30, 2006 at 09:37 PM (#1926520)
Supposedly Brandon Phillips may be released, or traded. From the Columbus Dispatch:

"The Indians will try to trade Phillips over the next 72 hours, and if they cannot, he likely will be released. He packed his bags moments after a 6-5 win over Houston — in which he hit a home run — and headed home to Georgia."

As for Graffanino: will the Mets offer KC more than they offered Boston? I'm sure Boston would rather have traded him. Maybe NYM really thought he'd sneak up the waiver wire chain.

And is there any timetable on when we'll hear about Pena? Has everyone forgot about the 27 HRs he hit in 2004, with half his games at Comerica? Not to mention the 70 BBs.
   14. WillYoung Posted: March 30, 2006 at 11:59 PM (#1926754)
Can anyone with keys to Primer start a Opening Day Roster thread? I'm setting up my DMB league!

Here you go.
   15. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: March 31, 2006 at 01:25 AM (#1926905)
You know where Phillips would be a good fit? St. Louis.

I would actually be suprised if Tike didn't end up with the Marlins. They need all the help they can get.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 31, 2006 at 01:33 AM (#1926923)
Also the Phillies dropped Aqualung Lopez.
   17. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 31, 2006 at 11:37 PM (#1928366)
Some guy with high SAT scores wrote:
Betcha they pick up another catcher somewhere. Watch the waiver wire. They might claim they're okay with the current setup... but if there's anything that defines the MLB establishment, it's risk aversion.
Well, that took a long time:

Catcher Raul Chavez was claimed on outright waivers by the Baltimore Orioles, the Astros announced on Friday. ...
   18. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: March 31, 2006 at 11:40 PM (#1928373)
LA - Brian Meadows and Aaron Sele - Not making the team, giving them a chance to latch onto another desperate team. Meadows might be useful

The Devil Rays snagged him.
   19. Cuban X Senators Posted: April 02, 2006 at 12:03 AM (#1929648)
BOS - Tony Graffanino - Someone should have traded for him.

Well, only if someone else was gonna.

By the way, Millar is apparently the designated "emergency catcher," although he never caught a game in the majors.


Tell it to Lenn Sakata.
   20. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 02, 2006 at 12:20 AM (#1929665)
Sele might go to Las Vegas. After Alvarez and Lima, I am hesitant to write anybody completely off for pitching for the Dodgers. Of course, that was during the Dan Evans/Jim Colborn era; last year there were no suprises. I doubt Sele has anything left, but I don't mind taking a gamble in Vegas. </witty pun>
   21. Darrel_Thomas'_English_Muffin Posted: April 04, 2006 at 08:08 AM (#1936508)
Hopefully whatever Sele does in Vegas, helps him stay in Vegas.

I saw him pitch @ cashman against SEA and he did alright pitching in the low 90's. Not good enough for me to think he's anything better than an mlb mop up guy, but at least not as bad as Scott Erickson.

OT: Lasorda was at the game in a seat in section 15 (First base line slightly behind screen about 5 rows back) and he was getting mobbed for photographs between every inning.
   22. Johnny Tuttle Posted: April 12, 2006 at 12:02 AM (#1956628)
Any word on any more of these guys? I thought Pena might be signed a lot more quickly than this....

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