Monday, May 09, 2005

Mateo's Up

The Nationals activated Henry Mateo, infield scrub, from the DL.

They outrighted JJ Davis to New Orleans, after he cleared waivers (shocking!)

Mateo's chief use, other than being a pinch-runner, will be as an emergency reserve, allowing the team to use Jamey Carroll as a pinch-hitter and spot-starter on the infield.

Transaction question for you guys...

If I'm not mistaken, when you outright a player to the minors, he's taken off the 40-man roster, right?


  • From what I can recall, he would be removed from the 40-man if he is designated for assignment.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/09/2005 10:09 AM  

  • I found a way around the dreaded internet filter. He should be off the 40-man now then.

    Outright: When a player is sent outright or outrighted to the minors, then he has cleared procedural waivers and been removed from the 40-Man roster. A player may be outrighted once in his career without a choice. After the first time, the player may choose to accept the assignment and report or refuse the assignment and opt for free agency. After the assignment is made, the player has 72 hours to make a decision about his status. Players who are outrighted to the minors may return to the major-leagues by having their contract purchased (sometimes referred to as "selected") or being signed to a major-league contract with another team as a free agent. If the player has five years of service time, he may reject his assignment regardless of whether it is his first outright.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/09/2005 10:13 AM  

  • That's good news. Could this be an opportunity to add another arm to the bullpen?

    Endy goes down when Armas is activated. If Vidro were to go onto the DL, that could open a role for another warm body in the bullpen or perhaps Claudio Vargas.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/09/2005 10:15 AM  

  • Yeah, I'd assume that it's Endy for Armas.

    If Vidro goes down, I'd still like to see another infielder. We don't really need 12 pitchers. We've been getting along with 10 ok. And 11 is probably the right number for this team.

    For Vargas, it wouldn't surprise me to see them send Day to the minors. I think he's got one option year left? But, my memory is fading too.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/09/2005 10:22 AM  

  • This is another one of those unsourced things, but I think I remember it being mentioned that he could be sent down. Where I read that one, I don't know either.

    If it's his fourth year, he can still be optioned. I think you've got five years of service to be optioned freely.

    I don't think he was optioned in two of those years, just injured. So, he should still have an option?

    I can't check his minor league stats, otherwise, I would.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/09/2005 10:40 AM  

  • Do we need five outfielders? Especially if two of them are capable centerfielders?

    It's not like Endy's a bat off the bench. His sole asset is his speed. That's nice in a pinch, but he'd be fifth on the depth chart.

    Alot of this hinges on Vidro. If he's as hurt as it seems like he is, Endy should stay, especially now that Mateo's up.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/09/2005 10:59 AM  

  • OT: now that is blacked out in DC - anyone have a DirecTV feed I can pirate?!

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/09/2005 11:00 AM  

  • I didn't check last night's game, but Saturday's game wasn't blacked out.

    We're still ok, for now. Unless something's changed.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/09/2005 11:01 AM  

  • blackout list on website now lists a million zip codes in the area

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/09/2005 11:03 AM  

  • It's just his Hitler 'stache that offends you, no doubt.

    Ideally Church will get the job fulltime and Hammonds can spot him against tough lefties. (Reuter is not a tough lefty though!)

    Blanco could play there in an extreme emergency. VERY Extreme though.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/09/2005 11:13 AM  

  • I've said before bringing up Mateo is completely defensible, but I feel compelled to say the following. Rick Short, dammit.

    Hammonds or Endy for Armas? This is Frank's worst nightmare. Send down the classic slap hitting speedy centerfielder, or the proven major leaguer? His head might explode. (or he'll send down Terrmell...)

    By Blogger Harper, at 5/09/2005 2:43 PM  

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