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Monday, March 30, 2009

Rangers snag Koshansky off waivers

The Rangers, concerned about their depth at first base, have claimed first baseman Joe Koshansky off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. He has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Have bat, will travel.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:50 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mattbert Posted: March 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM (#3118588)
Hasn't ZiPS loved this guy for a while? Could be a steal, especially if he gets a chance to hit in Arlington.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM (#3118598)
He's got a legit ML bat. I saw him absolutely crush one at the Futures Game a few years back.

Could be hard for him to find playing time in Texas, though, between Davis and Smoak. Do they still have Botts, too, or is he gone?
   3. Brian Posted: March 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM (#3118601)
Don't forget Max Ramirez who seems to be out of the catching picture and into the 1B/DH race.
   4. villageidiom Posted: March 30, 2009 at 12:19 PM (#3118609)
I hadn't heard of Koshansky, so naturally when I read the headline I thought this was about hockey.
   5. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: March 30, 2009 at 12:35 PM (#3118613)
I hadn't heard of Koshansky, so naturally when I read the headline I thought this was about hockey.

I just assumed it was a relief pitcher. He sounds interesting but the Rangers seem like an odd team to take a chance on him with their current roster construction. Maybe they think they can flip him?
   6. BDC Posted: March 30, 2009 at 01:17 PM (#3118642)
Could be hard for him to find playing time in Texas, though, between Davis and Smoak

Word; all we've been hearing about this spring is how they're set for years with those two, not to mention veteran spare parts like Cats and Blalock. "Depth" problems would seem to apply to the Rangers only, as usual, on the mound ...

Botts is playing in Japan, BTW.
   7. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: March 30, 2009 at 01:35 PM (#3118650)
I hope Koshansky! gets a decent shot in the majors at some point.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 30, 2009 at 01:52 PM (#3118670)
I keep reading the headline as "Rangers shag Kochansky" and do a Hanna-Barbera "head shake with sound effects" thing.
   9. Kyle S at work Posted: March 30, 2009 at 02:07 PM (#3118687)
I was in an econ class with Joe when we were at UVA. It was probably the most challenging class I took - Antitrust Economics with Ken Elzinga (one of the foremost experts in the field) and extremely difficult to get into. He had to miss several classes due to his travel schedule, but when he was there he frequently contributed and was always very engaged in the material and discussion. I had a hard enough time keeping up, and I didn't have the excuse of being a D1 athlete who was the best pitcher AND best hitter on his team (he and Mark Reynolds played together - Mark was a year ahead of us).

All this is to say that I wish Joe well and hope he can catch on somewhere.
   10. jwb Posted: March 30, 2009 at 02:31 PM (#3118720)
They're trying to move Catalanotto and want a one or two year temp until Smoak is ready.
   11. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: March 30, 2009 at 02:46 PM (#3118739)
Koshansky's problem is K's - lots of 'em (158 in 457 AB for Colorado Springs last year - 22 in 50 major league AB) - enough to keep him probably being more than a AAA/AAAA bat. Great pop, though, and not a bad guy to pick up on waivers as a minor league insurance policy.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 30, 2009 at 02:52 PM (#3118747)
Even with all the Ks, I think he has enough power that he can hit .250 or so. With his power, that's useful.
   13. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: March 30, 2009 at 02:52 PM (#3118748)
Great pop, though, and not a bad guy to pick up on waivers as a minor league insurance policy.

How does this work for the Rangers? Does he have to clear waivers again to go to Oklahoma? If so, can the Rockies re-claim him? Is there a mechanism to stop teams from waiving and then claiming the same player ad infitum?
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 30, 2009 at 02:55 PM (#3118754)
"Does he have to clear waivers again to go to Oklahoma?"

No, he had an option left.
   15. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: March 30, 2009 at 02:59 PM (#3118758)
Thanks Vlad.
   16. Honkie Kong Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:01 PM (#3118760)
Why are the Rockies waiving him?
Atkins is kinda hurt, and their OF has a hole too right? Or is Dexter Fowler up already?
   17. jwb Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:01 PM (#3118761)
Kosshansky has (well, had) an option left and the Rangers optioned him. The Rockies figured they were better off with Atkins and Stewart backing up 1B and wanted the roster spot for someone else. Waiver wars can be fun!

Carbonated beverage to Vlad.
   18. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:07 PM (#3118767)
Even with all the Ks, I think he has enough power that he can hit .250 or so. With his power, that's useful.

Particularly in Texas (though .250 is probably at the high end of what he'd hit - IMO - last year's .300 at CSP was a career high, despite being in hitter's environments and not being young for his leagues). He needs to up his walks from solid/decent (career high: 67 in '07) to great to go from useful to good, though.
Personally, I'd love to see teams take guys like this and try to Kieschnick them (in '03, he went 7-2 2.31 in 9 starts for the Wahoos). Not sure if it would work here or in any particular case, a priori, but it's worth trying every now and then.
   19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:27 PM (#3118788)
"Atkins is kinda hurt, and their OF has a hole too right? Or is Dexter Fowler up already?"

They actually have pretty good OF depth right now. Smith in left, Spilborghs in center, and Hawpe in right, with Stewart and Murton and Baker as reserves and Fowler very close to ready, if not there quite yet. Plus CarGo waiting in the wings.
   20. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:31 PM (#3118798)
I keep reading the headline as "Rangers shag Kochansky" and do a Hanna-Barbera "head shake with sound effects" thing.

I don't know - Christine was pretty hot.
   21. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:32 PM (#3118800)
"last year's .300 at CSP was a career high, despite being in hitter's environments and not being young for his leagues"

A career high, but not really an outlier. .295 the year before that, at the same level, and .284 in 2006. Very good hitting environments, as you note, but even so, that's not bad.

I could maybe buy .240 as a true-talent instead of .250, but I wouldn't go much lower.
   22. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: March 30, 2009 at 03:43 PM (#3118814)
I'd say .235/.240 - we're in the same ballpark. I'm hoping ('cause I like the guy - not so much as a prospect, but he's always seemed likable) that last year's power bump was real.
   23. Mike Webber Posted: March 30, 2009 at 05:00 PM (#3118911)
How does this work for the Rangers? Does he have to clear waivers again to go to Oklahoma? If so, can the Rockies re-claim him? Is there a mechanism to stop teams from waiving and then claiming the same player ad infitum?

Tim Pugh

Check out Pugh's transactions in 1996, he ping ponged between KC and Cincy 4 times between May 10 and August 15.
   24. JJ1986 Posted: March 30, 2009 at 05:09 PM (#3118921)
Jay Marshall went from Oakland to somewhere else and then back to Oakland a few years ago before finally clearing waivers and making it to Sacramento.
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2009 at 05:14 PM (#3118930)
Jairo Cuevas has bounced back between the Royals and Braves a couple times this off-season in a waiver wire war.
   26. rlc Posted: March 30, 2009 at 05:24 PM (#3118948)
I keep reading the headline as "Rangers shag Kochansky" and do a Hanna-Barbera "head shake with sound effects" thing.

I don't know - Christine was pretty hot.

She's dead, Dave.

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