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Reassigned Ps Mark Harriger and Jason Beverlin to minor league
ORACLE SAYS: Like most early spring roster reductions,
neither of these players was expected to have a chance at going north with the
Angels.?? Harriger has 6 minor-league starts in the last two years after spending
four years to get out of A ball.? Beverlin is a 27 year-old ex-Yankee prospect
who has spent the last two years with Norwich.
Agreed to terms with 3B Troy Glaus on a four-year contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Valued at $22 million, this is a
great signing for the Angels, buying out his arbitration years at a nifty price.
Signed LHP Gabe Gonzalez
ORACLE SAYS: Gonzalez developed some serious control
issues with Ottawa in 2000 and got sent down to Harrisburg where he pitched
much better.? He?s unlikely to get anymore major league innings.
Optioned IFs Alex Cintron and Junior Spivey and OFs Jason Conti
and Jack Cust to Tucson (AAA).
ORACLE SAYS: The Diamondbacks are rapidly reaching
the point at which they?ll have to make a decision on what to do with Jack Cust.?
He didn?t hit quite as well in 2000 as he did in the past and the team was publicly
very upset with Cust when he left winter league ball after playing terribly.?
I wouldn?t be surprised to see Cust end up in another organization if Arizona
is around .500 at the All-Star break and nobody?s running away with the NL West.
Optioned Ps John Patterson and Duaner Sanches to El Paso (AA).
Assigned Ps Nick Bierbrodt, Robert Ellis, Todd Revenig, Kennie
Steenstra, Chris Capuano, Shayne Bennett, IF Bry Nelson and OF Chip Sell to
minor league camp.
ORACLE SAYS: No surprises here.? The D-Backs roster
is mighty full.
Released RHP Beiker Graterol
ORACLE SAYS: Great name, but if he pitched regularly
in the majors, he might single-handedly cancel out any overall offensive
decline from the alleged new strike zone.
Assigned P Oswaldo Mairena to minor league camp.
Signed RHP Ben Ford to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Ford was originally released by the Cubs when
his elbow self-destructed and he faced a year off.? Still a good example of
why there is no such thing as a closer prospect.
Chicago White Sox
Signed LHP Travis Baptist to a minor league contract.
Signed RHP Jeff Juden to a minor league contract.
Signed 1B Chris Saunders to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Believe it or not, there were Expos
fans that were using Jeff Juden as an example of a great player leaving the
team when he got expensive.? I doubt any of them remember that after Juden got
tagged with the Angels and Brewers, and got into fights with teammates.? Hasn’t
pitched regularly in the majors since that 1998 season.? Baptist and Saunders
are just there to fill out minor league rosters.
Optioned Ps Keith Glauber, Jim Brower and Ed Yarnall to Louisville
Optioned Ps Leo Estrella and Brian Reith and OFs Adam Dunn and
Austin Kearns to Chattanooga (AA).
ORACLE SAYS: Kearns is one to watch for the next
few years.? If he hits at Chattanooga as well as he hit for Dayton in 2000,
even Bob Boone won?t be able to stop him from getting a job.? Kearns has a very
strong arm and the organization is happy with his progress.? Yarnall had his
2000 ruined by back problems and has apparently lost his bid for a rotation
job.? He?ll be back, though.
Reassigned Ps Dustin Moseley, Matt Skrmetta, Chris Nichting and
Mike Grace, C Tommy Davis and OF Raul Gonzalez to their minor league camp.
Signed 1B Hal Morris to a minor league contract and invited him
to spring training.
ORACLE SAYS: Don?t have bat; will travel.
Reassigned C Dane Sardinha to minor league camp
Assigned Ps Frankie Rodriguez, Larry Luebbers and David Espinosa
to minor-league camp.
ORACLE SAYS: He was a long shot, but I would have
liked to see Luebbers get an extended chance.
Signed C Einar Diaz to a four-year contract with a club option
for the 2005 season.
ORACLE SAYS: $6.3 million.? I?m not really sure
why the Indians did this; Diaz just isn?t that good and is easily replaceable.?
It?s just a million and a half dollars a year, but a million here and a million
there and soon you?re starting to talk about real money.
Signed OF Butch Huskey to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: His only purpose last year was to
take playing time away from David Ortiz.? Probably wouldn?t have got a minor
league invitation if that trade to Denver didn?t help bring up his season numbers
P Jerry DiPoto announced his retirement.
ORACLE SAYS: DiPoto?s retirement was completely
overshadowed by Albert Belle?s retirement.? Another bulging disk was found in
DiPoto?s neck, so that spelled the end of his career.
Signed RHP John Hudek to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Didn?t he announce his retirement
Optioned P Luis Pineda to Erie (AA).
Assigned Ps Nate Cornejo and Rod Lindsey to the minor league
camp; released P Curtis King.
Optioned Ps Shane Heams and Kris Keller, IF Pedro Santana and
OF Chris Wakeland to Toledo (AAA).
Optioned IF Eric Munson to Erie (AA).
ORACLE SAYS: Munson is the most interesting player
here, of course.? Keeping him at catcher seems to be an officially dead idea.?
Cornejo is well thought-of, but he?s still years off.
Signed OF Preston Wilson to a five-year contract extension.
ORACLE SAYS: $32 million.? He?s become a better
player than I expected, but he?s still not as good as advertised.? Narrowly
escaped setting the single-season strikeout record.?
Signed 3B Mike Lowell to a three-year contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Only $6.5 million.? Lowell improved
significantly on his 1999 campaign and recovered very nicely from a thumb injury
in May.? Kevin Orie?s long gone and Lowell has the 3B job for the forseeable
Assigned Ps Carlos Hernandez, Jim Mann, Roy Oswalt, Brian Powell
and Wilfredo Rodriguez; Cs Raul Chavez and Carlos Maldonado; IF Aaron McNeal
and OF Omar Ramirez to minor league camp.
ORACLE SAYS: Most of these reductions were expected.?
A lot is expected of Oswalt in the future and I think the Astros are going to
get it.?? Dominated the Texas League, striking out 141 in 129.2 innings while
only allowing 106 hits, 22 walks, and 5 home runs.
Assigned Ps Travis Driskill, Brad Lidge, Greg Miller, Tim Redding,
Brad Rigby and Ricky Stone and Cs Chris Tremie and Alan Zinter to minor league
ORACLE SAYS: Mostly filler players here.? I thought
Alan Zinter had retired, also.
Assigned Ps Tom Fordham and Matt Williams, C Robinson Cancel,
IF Dionys Cesar and OF Jason McDonald to Indianapolis (AAA).
Optioned P Rafael Roque to Indianapolis (AAA).
Signed 3B Tony Fernandez to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Hard to believe that Roque was an
opening-day starter.? Fernandez doesn?t have much competition in Jose Hernandez
and Tyler Houston, but his defense has apparently fallen off even more.
Signed RHP Mike Oquist to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Standard replacement value spot-starter.?
Probably old enough now for the Orioles to take him back.
New York Mets
Optioned Ps Dicky Gonzalez and Tyle Walker to Norfolk (AAA).
Optioned Ps Nick Maness and Jae Weong Seo to Birmingham (AA).
Assigned Ps Paul Wagner, Scott Forster and IFs Gil Velazquez
and Ty Wigginton to minor league camp.
ORACLE SAYS: More expected cuts, with the possible
exception of Paul Wagner.
Signed C Jim Leyritz to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Leyritz?s hitting has fallen off
tremendously the last few years, so he?s definitely on his way out.? His 213/294/607
career playoff performance has apparently been enough to make him a Clutch Hitter
of Mythic Proportion.
New York Yankees
Did not release Sid Fernandez
ORACLE SAYS: Supposedly, Fernandez has lost a
ton of weight since we last saw him and has a decent shot to make the team at
this point.? Wow.? Can the big Craig Lefferts return be far behind?
Optioned Ps Eric Ireland and Bert Snow and IF Oscar Salazar to
Optioned P Juan Pena to Midland (AA).
Assigned Ps Micah Bowie, Dave Eiland and Frank Lankford, Cs Javier
Flores and Aaron Nieckula and OF Ryan Ludwick to the minor league camp.
Signed P Jeff Tam to a two-year contract with club options for
2003 and 2004.
ORACLE SAYS: Yet more expected moves.
Signed RHP Bob Wolcott to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Wolcott?s been living off of 1995
for some time now.? Time?s running out for him.
Signed P Kris Benson to a four-year contract.
ORACLE SAYS: As much as I generallly dislike Cam
Bonifay, he has done an excellent job at keeping players like Benson, Giles,
and Kendall long-term.?? Thumbs up here.
San Diego Padres
Optioned P Wascar Serrano to Portland (AAA).
Assigned Ps Domingo Guzman, Steve Montgomery and Stan Spencer,
C Steve Soliz, IF Greg LaRocca and OF Ethan Faggett to minor league camp.
Signed RHP David Lundquist to a minor league contract.
Tampa Bay Rays
Optioned OF Alex Sanchez and IF Jared Sandberg to Durham (AAA).
ORACLE SAYS: The Devil Rays seem to really love
Sanchez, despite the fact that he still can?t hit.? Sandberg should be thankful
that his last name is Sandberg.
Optioned OF Kenny Kelly to Orlando (AA).
Reassigned Ps Stevenson Agosto, Mike Duvall, Tony Fiore, Juan
Rsario, and Ronni Severino, OFs Derrick Gibson and Norm Hutchins, IFs Ray Holbert
and Josh Pressley and C Yohanny Valera to their minor league camp.
Signed RHP Rod Bolton to a minor league contract.
Toronto Blue Jays
Released P Jaime Navarro.
ORACLE SAYS: This could very well be the end of
the road for Navarro, who has really lost it the last few years with some very
Reassigned P Pat Daneker to minor league camp,.
Optioned P George Perez to Dunedin (A).
Optioned Cs Josh Phelps and Joe Lawrence to Syracuse (AAA).
Signed RHP John Dillinger to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Apparently, Gord Ash is willing to
go to extremes to get revenge on Kenny Williams.
Posted: March 14, 2001 at 06:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
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