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Wednesday, April 11, 2001
April 8, 2001
Learn from the wisdom of the Transaction Oracle.
Acquired OF Glenallen Hill from the Yankees for OF Darren Blakely; released DH Jose Canseco.
ORACLE SAYS:? Canseco seems to be nearing the end of the road as his injuries continue to pile up.? The Yankees have made some mistakes in recent years with veteran players, but they got rid of Hill at exactly the right time.? Hill takes over Canseco?s role.? Blakely is a toolsy outfielder that the Angels drafted a few years ago that didn?t hit very well at Erie last year.
Optioned 1B Larry Barnes and IF Wilmy Caceres to Salt Lake (AAA).
Barnes isn?t really a prospect anymore (MLE of 231/301/364 last
Acquired C Chad Moeller from the Minnesota Twins for IF Hanley Frias.
Moeller was obsolete with the earlier
Recalled 1B Erubiel Durazo from Tucson (AAA).
They had previously optioned Durazo to Tucson but with Klassen
Assigned Ps Chad Paronto and? Jorge Julio to minor league camp.
Syd Thrift is practically in love with Julio and he was very
Optioned OF Eugene Kingsale to Rochester (AAA)
No room on the Orioles roster.? He?s
Boston Red Sox
Released P Kent Mercker.
The Red Sox have a lot of major and minor league starters available,
Signed C Jason Varitek to a three-year contract extension.?
I?m not as big a fan of Varitek as a lot of other people seem
Placed IF Chris Stynes on the 15-day DL; recalled IF Lou Merloni from Pawtucket (AAA).
The Curse of Luis Alicea continues.? Since Alicea?s departure,
Optioned OF Corey Patterson, 1B Julio Zuleta, and P Joey Nation to Iowa (AAA).
Zuleta should have broken camp with the Cubs instead of Coomer.?
Signed P Scott Kamieniecki to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: You can?t kill the Kammer.
Acquired IF Miguel Cairo and P Scott Chiasson from the Oakland A?s for IF Eric Hinske.
Claimed 1B Chris Haas off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned him to West Tennessee (AA).
Acquired P Manny Aybar from the Florida Marlins for P Oswaldo Mairena.
Placed IF Ron Coomer on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 3; recalled 1B Julio Zuleta from Iowa (AAA).
A torn medial meniscus in Coomer?s left knee is the culprit here.?
Chicago White Sox
Optioned Ps Matt Ginter, Lorenzo Barcelo, and Jon Garland, C Mark Johnson, 3B Joe Crede, and OF McKay Christensen to Charlotte (AAA).
Most of these were expected.? Crede, Garland, and Ginter are
Optioned Brandon Larson to Louisville (AAA).
Placed P Scott Williamson on the 60-day DL.
Purchased the contract of P Scott Winchester.
Optioned P Rob Bell to Louisville (AAA); purchased the contract of Justin Atchley.
ORACLE SAYS: Atchley and Bell represent two more instances of Bob Boone?s people skills shining through.? Atchley was apparently told that he made the team right before he was sent down and Bell was apparently told that he was going to sent down no matter how well he did.? Williamson?s a blow to the Reds, but hopefully that will keep him away from Boone for awhile.
Released P Scott Aldred
The Indians had a ton of pitchers at training camp.? No room
Optioned P Sean DePaula to Buffalo.
Assigned OF Karim Garcia to minor league camp.
Released P Masato Yoshii.
Claimed P Horacio Estrada off waivers from the Florida Marlins.
Placed 3B Dean Palmer and C Mitch Meluskey on the 15-day DL and P Seth Greisinger on the 60-day DL.
Signed OF Bobby Higginson to a four-year contract extension through the 2005 season.
Higginson?s contract comes out to something around 10 million
Placed 1B Nate Rolison on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22.
Signed OF Ryan Thompson to a minor league contract.
ORACLE SAYS: Thompson?s not going to help much.
Assigned IF Mendy Lopez to minor league camp.
Released C Jeff Reed.
Signed C Scott Servais to a minor league contract.
Placed OF Moises Alou on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 29.
Purchased the contract of OF Orlando Merced from New Orleans (AAA).
Designated P Jose Cabrera for assignment.
Just a little bit of roster shuffling here.? I?m probably the
Los Angeles Dodgers
Released Ps Ramon Martinez and Jesse Orosco.
Orosco proceeded to throw a huge fit about how he was promised
Purchased the contract of 3B Phil Hiatt from Las Vegas (AAA).
There?s a name that I didn?t think I?d see again.? It?s going
Assigned C Creighton Gubanich, P Chad Fox, IF Mike Coolbaugh, OF Brian Lesher to Indianapolis (AAA).
I?m a big Gubanich backer and I was sad to see him not get a
Optioned Ps Allen Levrault and Carlos Chantres to Indianapolis (AAA).
Acquired Ps Mark Leiter and Mike DeJean and IF Elvis Pena from the Colorado Rockies for Ps Juan Acevedo and Kane Davis and IF Jose Flores.
Shuffling of bullpens here.? I don?t think that it?ll make much
Designated IF Hanley Frias for assignment.
He lost the Polaroids of Tom Kelly
New York Mets
Acquired P Brian Rose from the Colorado Rockies for P Mark Leiter.
Released P Rich Rodriguez.
The Mets finally got rid of Rodriguez, who was practically Public
Assigned IFs Matt Franco and Jorge Velandia, IF-OF Mark Johnson, and P Tom Martin to minor league camp.
Placed P Rick White on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 31.
Purchased the contract of IF Desi Relaford.
Claimed P Justin Brunette off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sold the contract of P Jeff Kubenka to the Chiba Lotte Mariners of the Japanese Pacific League.
Got lost in the shuffle and this is probably best for his career
New York Yankees
Announced the retirement of P Dwight Gooden.
ORACLE SAYS: I for one will miss the Doc.?
Optioned Ps Chad Bradford, Cory Lidle, and Luis Vizcaino and IF Mark Bellhorn to Sacramento (AAA).
Purchased the contract of OF Robin Jennings.
Released 1B Brian R. Hunter.
ORACLE SAYS: One down, one to go.
Acquired P Omar Olivares from the Oakland A?s for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Probably a necessary transaction for the Pirates.? Olivares was
Assigned 2B Warren Morris, OF Chad Hermanson, and SS Abraham Nunez to Nashville (AAA).
Poor Warren Morris.? I am not nearly as high on Chad Hermanson
Placed the entire rotation of the 15-day DL.
Benson, Cordova, Schmidt, and Mulholland all put on since the
San Diego Padres
Assigned IFs Adam Riggs and John Rosko, Cs Charlie Greene and Rick Wilkins, OFs Cesar Crespo, Rickey Henderson, Ryan Radmanovich, and Ernie Young, and Ps Jeremy Powell, Rudy Seanez, and Matt Miller to minor league camp.
None of these guys, with the exception of Seanez and Henderson,
Purchased the contract of SS Chris Gomez from Portland (AAA).
Acquired 1B Aaron McNeal from the Houston Astros for SS Cristian Berroa.
Don?t worry, you probably will never need to learn who either
Acquired OFs Mark Kotsay and Cesar Crespo from the Florida Marlins for OF Eric Owens and Ps Matt Clement and Omar Ortiz.
Kotsay still has a bit of upside,
Agreed to a contract extension with P Woody Williams through the 2002 season.
San Francisco Giants
Purchased the contract of C Benito Santiago from Fresno (AAA).
Optioned Ps Jamie Arnold and Chad Zerbe and C-IF Edwards Guzman to Fresno (AAA).
Optioned Ps Joel Piniero, Rob Ramsay, and Brian Fuentes to Tacoma (AAA).
Assigned IF Manny Alexander and OF Scott Podsednik to minor league camp.
Acquired OF Kenny Kelly from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for cash considerations.
St. Louis Cardinals
Optioned Ps Alan Benes and Gene Stechshulte to Memphis (AAA).
Released OF Quinton McCracken and 3B Shane Andrews.
It?s a shame.? As sad as it is, Andrews was probably a better
Purchased the contracts of 3B Albert Pujols and P Jeff Tabaka.
Pujols arrived early and so far, has performed well in his first
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Acquired P Mike Judd from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later.
Optioned OF Jason Tyner, Ps Dan Wheeler and Travis Phelps, 2B Brent Abernathy, and 3B Aubrey Huff to Durham (AAA).
If they ever institute a qualification test to become a general
Placed Ps Juan Guzman and Wilson Alvarez on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 23.
Purchased the contract of C Doug Mirabelli from the San Francisco Giants.
Toronto Blue Jays
Placed IF Homer Bush on the 15-day DL.
Sore thumb this time.? Cesar Izturis was called
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