Monday, October 25, 2004

Early Roster Moves

The Transaction Guy notes several minor transactions from the last few weeks for our favorite Ex-Expos team.

Released: RHP Dan Smith
Declined option: C Einar Diaz
Outrighted: LHP Jeriome Robertson

There are reports that they might re-sign the execrable Einar Diaz. He served at the team's backup catcher last year and "hit" (Yes, those are scare quotes) .223/.293/.302. He hasn't had a OBP above .300 or a Slugging percent above .380 in 3 years. He'll turn 32 in a few weeks. It's time to cut bait.

Dan Smith didn't pitch in the majors at all last year, but has pitched in parts of 4 seasons. He has a 5.23 ERA in 177 innings and will soon turn 30. He may be a nice guy, but I don't think missing him is going to hurt the Ex-Expos too much either.

Jeriome Robertson pitched with the Indians and was traded to the Expos in August for some bailing wire and a gift certificate to Tim Horton's. He didn't get into any games with the Expos, but did get brutalized by opposing batters in 8 games with the Indians.