Sunday, March 25, 2007

Clearing Out The Dead Wood

Just rehashing what Barry's reporting...

Travis Lee was released today, giving Dmitri Young the first base job. His release makes it all the more puzzling that they whacked Larry Broadway so early, especially because it was really clear that Lee wasn't going to head north. I'm guessing that they didn't want to have to justify why they were taking Young over Broadway, especially given "The PLAN!" By removing him from the equation early, they avoid some questions, and nobody in their right mind is going to question the decision of Young over Lee; that's clearly the right one.

-- Tim Redding was outrighted to Columbus (meaning he cleared waivers and is off the 40-man). No word on whether he'd accept the assignment. I'd hope he would because we're likely to need him at some point. Hopefully his relationship with Manny Acta helps there.

-- Joel Hanrahan was optioned to Columbus. I didn't realize he had options left. He's gone for now, but I'd bet we'll see him at some point.

-- Joe "Sloppy" Thurston head to minor league camp. I'd hope he'd stick in the minors for depth/injury purposes.

-- John Patterson passed out from dehydration, no doubt undone by the strain of 70 whole pitches. An odd duck, he. When your ace is emulating Tony Armas, you know you're in trouble.

-- Nook Logan strained his groin, and his status is up in the air. If he weren't able to go, Ryan Church would likely get the job, and it could cement Kory Casto's spot on the 25-man roster. Based on some of the bellwether comments/articles over the last two days, I think the team has every intention of heading north with Casto in tow. They even floated the idea of an 11-man pitching staff.

I like the idea, but I wonder where he'd play. He needs full time ABs, as do Snelling and Church. Three heads might sound like a good idea, but it didn't seem to work out too well for Cerberus.

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