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Doc. Scott
12-20-2006, 11:11 PM
Cincinnati Reds
Signed RHP Eric Junge
Signed RHP Tom Shearn
Signed RHP George Wilkerson
Signed C Dan Conway
Signed C Miguel Perez
Signed SS Enrique Cruz
Signed SS Aaron Herr
Signed SS Anderson Machado
Released RHP Rainer Feliz
Released RHP Luis Moya
Released LHP Arian Cruz
Released C Javier Rumbos
Released SS Yoni Lasso
Released OF Philip Gentry
Released OF Maikol Mesa
OF Brandon Watson elected for free agency

Quick rundown:

Junge (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/Eric-Junge.shtml), 29, former Phillies prospect who washed out following arm surgery. Spent 2005 pitching well at AAA Norfolk (Mets) but got flogged as a swingman in '06 for AAA Portland (SD). I remember Junge being a candidate to come to the Reds in one of the '04 trades, but we ended up with Elizardo Ramirez. Good thing.

Shearn (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Tom-Shearn.shtml) you know. Good to see him back. He's a solid AAA workhorse who can do a little of everything. Maybe he'll even get a Hopper-style chance this time around.

Wilkerson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Wes-Wilkerson.shtml) (known as Wes), 30, former Royals NDFA who pitched mopup with AAA Albuquerque (Florida) in 2006. He must have a big fastball or something, because his numbers aren't great for a guy who keeps getting contracts.

Conway (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Dan-Conway.shtml), 27, a Rockies six-year FA with a lifetime .238/.322/.351 line despite getting to play in some very charitable home parks (Colorado Springs, Tulsa). I assume he's a defensive whiz. I also assume this means Miguel Perez will have to start 2007 in Chattanooga, not Louisville, as Ryan Jorgensen has already re-upped.

Cruz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Enrique-Cruz.shtml), 25- here's an interesting guy. Former Rule 5 pick of the Brewers (from NYM) in 2003, he went six for seventy-one while picking splinters from his rear end on the Milwaukee bench. He then raked at High-A High Desert in 2004 and AA Huntsville in 2005 (although HD is possibly the single best minor-league hitting environment in existence, and Huntsville isn't bad either). In May '06 the Brewers traded him to Texas for LOOGY Brian Shouse, then the Rangers parked him in AA to do nothing. Cruz looks like he can play all three interior infield positions (or at least SS and 3B), although as he's aged he's hit for much more power but stolen far fewer bases.

Herr (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Aaron-Herr-1.shtml), 26, returns after making the Southern League All-Star team and earning a callup to Louisville. I think he missed most of the season's final month with an injury. Still produces solid power for an infielder, but little plate discipline and very erratic defense.

Machado (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Anderson-Machado.shtml), now 26. Funny to think we used to make such a big deal about him. He spent a very quiet year in AA hitting .237/.329/.351 last season.

Feliz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/F/Ranier-Feliz.shtml) couldn't make the jump to A-ball (2006 stats here (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/F/Rainer-Feliz.shtml)) following arm issues.

Moya (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Luis-Moya.shtml) pitched okay in Billings, but he must not have displayed teh stuff.

Cruz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Arian-Cruz.shtml) was signed out of Cuba in 2005, made a few appearances, then never pitched in 2006.

Not sure what happened with Rumbos (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Javier-Rumbos.shtml). He just didn't get much of a chance.

Lasso (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/L/Yoni-Lasso.shtml) just couldn't hit.

Gentry (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Phil-Gentry.shtml) had some tools, but it took him two years to get through rookie ball, so when his bat disintegrated in Sarasota, it was the beginning of the end.

Mesa (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Maikol-Mesa.shtml) got some starts in RF for the Mustangs at the beginning of the year, but got hurt and his window slammed shut.

A few other transactions of note:

Baltimore Orioles
Signed RHP Rob Bell

Boston Red Sox
Signed RHP Mike Burns

Kansas City Royals
Signed RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (who?)

New York Yankees
Released OF Ben Himes (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Ben-Himes.shtml)

Both Himes and Kevin Howard (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Kevin-Howard.shtml) collapsed the minute they went to the Yankees for Tony Womack.

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed SS Andrew Beattie (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Andrew-Beattie.shtml)

Guy just cannot catch a break.

San Francisco Giants
Signed 2B William Bergolla

Another twelve years in the minors and he'll be ready for the Giants' big club.

Seattle Mariners
Signed SS Gookie Dawkins (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Gookie-Dawkins.shtml)

Make it seven organizations for the Gookster.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Signed 1B Hee Seop Choi (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Hee-Seop-Choi.shtml)

How far the once-mighty fall.

Washington Nationals
Signed LHP Mike Bacsik
Signed LHP Chris Michalak
Signed LHP Arnie Munoz
Signed C Danny Ardoin
Signed C Juan Brito
Signed C Salomon Manriquez
Rule 5 losses: RHP James Henderson (Cubs, Triple-A); LHP Ricardo Morales (Mets, Triple-A); C Salomon Manriquez (Rockies, Triple-A); 2B Brandon Powell (Padres, Triple-A); SS Jose Contreras (Cardinals, Triple-A); SS Josh Labandeira (Marlins, Triple-A); SS Alejandro Machado (Twins, Major League); and SS Trey Webb (Giants, Triple-A)

Still cracks me up.

Gallen5862
12-20-2006, 11:23 PM
Thanks for the info Doc. Scott. I like these minor league signings. Which players do you think from this group do you see as contributing the most?

Doc. Scott
12-21-2006, 01:51 AM
Thanks for the info Doc. Scott. I like these minor league signings. Which players do you think from this group do you see as contributing the most?

Cruz is intriguing. Junge has a shot to be an adequate injury fill-in coming up from AAA. Think Seth Etherton.

Triples
12-21-2006, 08:56 AM
San Francisco Giants
Signed 2B William Bergolla

Is this the Reds/Louisville Bats Willie Bergolla?

Doc. Scott
12-21-2006, 03:53 PM
San Francisco Giants
Signed 2B William Bergolla

Is this the Reds/Louisville Bats Willie Bergolla?

There's only one as far as I know.

Mario-Rijo
12-27-2006, 12:53 PM
I'll add this little tidbit I found about the same above players. I should note that this info was from Red Reporter Blog and that the opinions are not necc. from BA!

http://redreporter.com/


Baseball America reports the Reds have re-signed the following: RHP Tom Shearn, C Miguel Perez, SS Aaron Herr and SS Anderson Machado.

The Reds also signed SS-3B Enrique Cruz (Texas), C Dan Conway (Colorado), RHP George Wilkerson (Florida) and RHP Eric Junge (San Diego).

Cruz was the top overall pick in the 2002 Rule 5 Draft and spent the season with Milwaukee, where he was lousy. Now 24, Cruz was traded to Texas last season for Jorge De La Rosa.

Last season, Cruz went 3-32-.270 .323 .370 in AA and 1-10-.261 .320 .377 in AAA. He's a terrible fielder at SS, but is a bit better at 3B.

Conway went 2-10-.219 .268 .313 at AAA last season.

Wilkerson, a former Royals and Marlins farmhand, went 0-0 4.46, allowing 39 hits with 34 Ks and 17 BB, with a .247 BAA in relief. He landed on the suspended list once for unspecified reasons.

Junge went 4-5 5.15 with 86 hits, 61 K, 26 BB and a .305 BAA in 71 IP,mostly as a SP.

camisadelgolf
12-27-2006, 01:39 PM
Cruz is intriguing. Junge has a shot to be an adequate injury fill-in coming up from AAA. Think Seth Etherton.

. . . except adequate. ;)

Doc. Scott
12-27-2006, 02:20 PM
I'll add this little tidbit I found about the same above players. I should note that this info was from Red Reporter Blog and that the opinions are not necc. from BA!

http://redreporter.com/

RR is off about the Cruz deal. Enrique was traded from Milwaukee to Texas for LHR Brian Shouse in May of '06. (De la Rosa was traded from Milwaukee to Kansas City for INF Tony Graffanino in July.)

Doc. Scott
12-27-2006, 02:26 PM
. . . except adequate. ;)

Well, neither of them are any great shakes post-surgery. Seth (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/E/Seth-Etherton.shtml) is pretty much what Junge hopes to be. Both had serious arm injuries shortly after cracking the majors. Both are thirty years old.

The only difference is that Eric had his serious arm injury when he was 26, while Seth had his at age 23. So Etherton has been healthy for much longer.

Oh, and neither had what anyone would call a good season in 2006. Both missed time due to injuries, and both spent time doing the Milton (i.e. the turn-and-gawk) on pitching mounds around the country.

Doc. Scott
01-09-2007, 12:43 PM
Here's a few more of note:

Colorado Rockies
Signed RHP Danny Graves (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Danny-Graves.shtml)

Detroit Tigers
Signed LHP Felix Heredia (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Felix-Heredia.shtml)
Signed OF Jackson Melian (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Jackson-Melian.shtml)
Signed OF Brandon Watson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Brandon-Watson.shtml)

Houston Astros
Signed C Brian Peterson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Brian-Peterson.shtml)

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed RHP Joe Valentine (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/V/Joe-Valentine.shtml)

Minnesota Twins
Signed LHP Mike Venafro (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/V/Mike-Venafro.shtml)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed RHP Jim Brower (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Jim-Brower.shtml)

San Francisco Giants
Signed RHP Sun Woo Kim (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/K/Sun-Woo-Kim.shtml)
Signed LHP Damian Moss (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Damian-Moss.shtml)

Doc. Scott
01-09-2007, 12:46 PM
Of course, this Marc Lancaster post reveals the Reds as having signed RHS Victor Santos (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Victor-Santos.shtml) and LHR Jason Kershner (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/K/Jason-Kershner.shtml) to NRI deals.

Santos is pretty much a replacement-level starter who better not be carrying a heavy rotation load. If he is, that's bad news.

Kershner is a lefty with pretty good control who had some success for a while with Toronto from 2002-2004. He's a skinny guy that doesn't throw very hard.

Doc. Scott
01-22-2007, 01:42 PM
Here's a few more:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/minors/news/263171.html

Cincinnati Reds

Signed RHP Mike Flannery
Signed LHP Mike Bumatay
Signed LHP Luke Lockwood
Released RHP William Caudill
Released RHP Chris Gruler
Released C Rey Gonzalez
Released 1B Bobby Mosby
Released 3B Jason Winkler
Released OF Brandon Roberts
Released OF Alvaro Ruiz

Flannery (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/F/Mike-Flannery.shtml), 27, is a career reliever (formerly a low-round pick by Florida) who struggled in the Seattle system in '06. Bumatay (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Mike-Bumatay.shtml), 27, can miss some bats in relief, but has inconsistent control. He was once one of my picks as a 6YR signing, and the Reds are his fifth organization. Lockwood (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/L/Luke-Lockwood.shtml), 25, is a former Expos prospect who has a decent 4.08 career ERA but a godawful 37-65 record. The finesse lefty had a mediocre 2006 in the Philadelphia system.

Caudill (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/William-Caudill.shtml) was a NDFA who pitched in the GCL. Gruler (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Chris-Gruler.shtml) you may know. Gonzalez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Reynaldo-Gonzalez.shtml) couldn't hit. Mosby (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Robert-Mosby.shtml) was a big, powerful slugger who had issues with everything that wasn't home runs. Winkler (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Jason-Winkler.shtml) was a NDFA who didn't get much of a chance when Jason Louwsma did so well in Billings. This Brandon Roberts (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/J.D.-Roberts.shtml) was usually known as JD, and was the son of ex-roving minor-league hitting instructor Leon Roberts.

Finally, the mystery of Alvaro "Junior" Ruiz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Junior-Ruiz.shtml), scion of plate discipline, has been solved. Ruiz missed all of 2006 after finally cracking AA in '05 at age 25.


Also:

Chicago White Sox
Signed OF Kenny Kelly

Florida Marlins
Signed RHP Jimmy Serrano

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed LHP Benito Baez
Released RHP Joe Valentine

Pittsburg Pirates
Signed OF Alex Fernandez

Texas Rangers
Signed 2B Matt Kata

Washington Nationals
Signed 2B D'Angelo Jimenez
Signed 3B Brandon Larson
Signed 3B Jarrett Reininger

Tom Servo
01-22-2007, 01:50 PM
Well, the Gruler era comes to an end. If he doesn't retire, 2/1 odds the Nationals sign him up.


and JimBo will just not let the Brandon Larson dream die. :bowrofl:

Thanks for the write-up's, Doc Scott.

Gallen5862
01-22-2007, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the update Doc Scott. Which of the new signings do you think might be able to contribute?

kheidg-
01-22-2007, 09:39 PM
Cruz intrigues me. First I've heard of him having a terrible glove at SS -- figured his defense would have been what got him picked Rule 5 in the first place.

Doc. Scott
01-22-2007, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the update Doc Scott. Which of the new signings do you think might be able to contribute?

This batch doesn't look as promising on paper, but you never know what lefties are going to do when they hit ages 25-27. Conventional wisdom has it that they figure things out a little later on.

So with that in mind, Bumatay and his ability to pile up Ks might prove intriguing.

Gallen5862
01-22-2007, 10:39 PM
Thanks for the info Doc Scott. Hopefully a few of the new players will contribute.

Tom Servo
02-03-2007, 10:53 AM
Here's a few more:

Cincinnati Reds
Signed RHP Victor Santos
Signed RHP Paul Wilson
Signed LHP Jason Kershner
Signed LHP Brian O'Connor
Signed C Jean Boscan
Signed OF Tyrell Godwin

First 3 we already knew, last 3 are new.

http://thebaseballcube.com/players/O/Brian-OConnor-4.shtml
http://thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Jean-Boscan.shtml
http://thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Tyrell-Godwin.shtml

camisadelgolf
02-03-2007, 12:13 PM
Here's my summary on those last three: a local lefty with a terrible K/BB ratio, a no-hit catcher (we needed more of those--thanks, Wayne), and a guy known for potential but no production (was twice a first-round draft pick but but didn't sign until he was a third-round pick--since then, he's been a rule-V guy who was returned). I guess I'm remotely excited about Godwin--it looks like he mainly just needs to work on having a little more patience at the plate.

Gallen5862
02-03-2007, 01:49 PM
Tyrell Godwin was born in my Home town Wilmington, NC. I am glad the Reds signed him.

Gallen5862
02-03-2007, 01:53 PM
Godwin also is very fast and a stolen base threat.

reds44
02-03-2007, 03:05 PM
Chicago White Sox
Signed OF Kenny Kelly

Is that former Red Kenny Kelley? The fast OF who played QB at Miami?

Doc. Scott
02-05-2007, 01:47 PM
Yes, indeed.

Doc. Scott
02-05-2007, 01:51 PM
A couple of others from that same minor-league update:

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed SS Donnie Sadler

Baltimore Orioles
Signed RHP Jose Acevedo

Boston Red Sox
Signed 1B Eric Crozier
Signed OF Alex Ochoa

Chicago White Sox
Signed 1B Fernando Valenzuela Jr.

Kansas City Royals
Signed RHP Zach Day

New York Mets
RHP Jason Standridge elected for free agency

San Diego Padres
Signed LHP Shawn Estes

Seattle Mariners
Signed RHP Giancarlo Alvarado

Scrap Irony
02-06-2007, 03:18 PM
Fearless prediction: Zach Day will outpitch Gil Meche for the KC Royals.

Doc. Scott
02-06-2007, 04:18 PM
Fearless prediction: Zach Day will outpitch Gil Meche for the KC Royals.

That might cross over "fearless" into something else. :eek:

Meche is no great shakes, but seriously, dude.

Doc. Scott
02-19-2007, 09:55 PM
Latest batch:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/minors/news/263374.html

Cincinnati Reds
Signed RHP Andrew Good
Signed RHP Brian Meadows
Signed RHP Dushan Ruzic
Signed RHP Ricky Stone
Signed 1B Earl Snyder
Signed 2B Mark Bellhorn

Detroit Tigers
Signed C Dane Sardinha

Houston Astros
Signed RHP Ben Weber
Signed LHP Scott Sauerbeck
Signed OF Gary Varner

Kansas City Royals
Signed RHP Jason Standridge

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed 1B Andy Abad

New York Yankees
Signed C Ben Blumenthal

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed RHP John Riedling
Signed 1B Randy Ruiz

San Diego Padres
Signed LHP Jan Granado

Texas Rangers
Signed LHP Bruce Chen

Doc. Scott
02-20-2007, 02:59 PM
Good (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Andrew-Good.shtml), 27, first cracked the bigs in 2003, starting ten games out of sixteen appearances (4-2, 5.29 ERA). Injury issues kept him from getting more innings during the Diamondbacks' 51-111 conflagration in '04, as he was held to 40.2 in the majors (1-2, 5.31). Arizona let him go after '04 and Andrew signed with Detroit, posting a 3.68 ERA in the AAA Toledo rotation in 2005. He got just five innings with the Tigers. Last year, with AAA New Orleans (Washington), Good's ERA ballooned to 4.81 in 147.2 innings. He's a pitcher that relies on good control (just over two walks per nine professionally, less than seven Ks). He's also allowed a pretty fair number of homers at all levels.

Ruzic (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Dushan-Ruzic.shtml)... whoa. First of all, dude's listed at 6-foot-8 and 277 pounds. Second, he's from Australia, not eastern Europe. Third, he was released by Florida after appearing in seventeen games of rookie ball in 2005. So I really have no idea what might be in store for the 25-year-old.

Hey, Hamilton's own Ricky Stone (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Ricky-Stone.shtml)! I really have no idea what he was up to in 2006 (ever since he drifted through St. Louis following his release from the Reds' organization), because nothing's listed- perhaps he pitched in Japan? Anyway, the 32-year-old Stone is still a reasonable veteran fill-in if the entire Reds' pen gets into a bus accident or something.

Good to see Earl Snyder (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Earl-Snyder.shtml) back in town; he must have liked it in Louisville despite a mediocre .257/.319/.430 season for the Bats. His power output has declined from 36 homers in 2004 to 29 in '05 to 17 in '06. Snyder is 31 in May.

Meadows and Bellhorn we knew, of course.

Looks like Ben Weber (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Ben-Weber.shtml) had to fight his way back into O.B. through the indy leagues, but it didn't take long. Abad (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/A/Andy-Abad.shtml) decided to return for his 15th pro season in organization number eight; may he bounce back from the injuries that robbed him of a portion of his 2006 (and his bat). Riedling (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/John-Riedling.shtml) missed all but 16 PCL games in 2006; talk about a guy whose fortunes have declined since he left Cincinnati. Despite good numbers at Sarasota (where he basically took the closer's job right out of Abe Woody's hands), the Reds must not have considered 24-year-old Granado (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Jan-Granado.shtml) a prospect; this is the second time he's been let go. Sardinha (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Dane-Sardinha.shtml) will join fellow Bowden Phenom David Espinosa (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/E/David-Espinosa.shtml) in the threads of the Mud Hens; currently these two have two major-league appearances between them. Blumenthal was a 2005 21st-round pick by the Reds who was let go in mid-2006. He must know someone in Tampa. And ex-Reds' NDFA Ruiz (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Randy-Ruiz.shtml) has done his Steve Bilko impression around Single-A and Double-A ball for several seasons since his 2003 release. Why he still hasn't played a game of AAA at age 29 but continues to get contracts... I have no idea.

From phenomhood to disappointment to professional trade acquisition to 13 wins and a 3.83 ERA in '05 to 0-7, 6.93 in '06 to a minor-league deal with Texas... how fast the well-traveled Mr. Chen (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Bruce-Chen.shtml) doth rise and fall.

It's still sort of amazing that hometown boy Scott Sauerbeck's (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Scott-Sauerbeck.shtml)never suited up in Red. He recovered from an embarrassing public incident (http://deadspin.com/sports/baseball/scott-sauerbeck-apologizes-to-his-fans-177336.php) to appear in forty-six big-league games in 2006... spanning all of twenty-five innings. Ah, to be a LOOGY.

And I think Jason Standridge (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Jason-Standridge.shtml) may have found an organization who can appreciate him a little better.

Tom Servo
02-20-2007, 03:01 PM
The return of Ricky Stone(!)

Ruzic seems interesting.

Nugget
02-20-2007, 05:55 PM
Ruzic was pitcher of the year in the Australian National Championships held in January. His huge and will be attractive to a number of Redzoners who prefer the overpowering flamethrowing pitcher.

HokieRed
02-20-2007, 06:19 PM
I suppose, from one point of view, it makes sense to line up every conceivable reclamation project, but surely there's also a point at which these guys are going to take the minor league innings away from the kids who need them to develop. If we keep a bunch of these guys beyond spring training, how does that square with Krivsky's stated intention to lower the ages of minor leaguers at every level? Is he just throwing darts, hoping some will stick? Does that really seem like the GM of a contender?

Doc. Scott
02-20-2007, 06:50 PM
Ruzic was pitcher of the year in the Australian National Championships held in January. His huge and will be attractive to a number of Redzoners who prefer the overpowering flamethrowing pitcher.

Ah, excellent. So what happened in between getting released by Florida out of rookie ball and that tournament? How long has he been playing ball?

Nugget
02-20-2007, 09:48 PM
The Australian National Championships aren't the greatest. Not many of the guys who are already signed to major league clubs come back for this. So the quality is a lot less than the AFL or even the Winter Leagues. Probably scouted by LP and given a chance to compete for the REDS. I'm not saying he is going to be useless to the REDS but don't expect him to put up Cueto or Obispo numbers.

redsmetz
02-20-2007, 10:06 PM
I suppose, from one point of view, it makes sense to line up every conceivable reclamation project, but surely there's also a point at which these guys are going to take the minor league innings away from the kids who need them to develop. If we keep a bunch of these guys beyond spring training, how does that square with Krivsky's stated intention to lower the ages of minor leaguers at every level? Is he just throwing darts, hoping some will stick? Does that really seem like the GM of a contender?

It's an ebb thing. We still have roster slots to fill and if we take Wayne seriously that he plans on moving players step by step, you can't stock AAA (or even AA) completely with your own developing players. Within two years, that might be the case (although I don't think it will ever be "completely"). If they've got someone that needs to move up, they'll make the appropriate roster move on whatever team's roster it is.

WabashFalcon74
02-20-2007, 10:47 PM
Perez, they have been saying, is another four to five years away from becomming an absolute star. He has the arm, he can call a great ballgame for his staff, but he just can not hit the baseball. Look for him in a few years. SI even said a while back that he was one of the top five catching prospects in all of the majors.

Doc. Scott
02-21-2007, 10:39 AM
Perez, they have been saying, is another four to five years away from becomming an absolute star. He has the arm, he can call a great ballgame for his staff, but he just can not hit the baseball. Look for him in a few years. SI even said a while back that he was one of the top five catching prospects in all of the majors.

Miguel is also out until the All-Star break with an injury. Lucky for him, though, the Reds don't really have any other hard-charging catching prospects at the moment.

camisadelgolf
02-22-2007, 02:21 PM
With Perez out, maybe people will stop criticizing Way-K for the Moeller signing.

Then again, maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt. Twice.

BRM
02-22-2007, 02:27 PM
With Perez out, maybe people will stop criticizing Way-K for the Moeller signing.


Why? The Moeller deal was bad regardless of what happens to Perez because he was given a major league contract.

camisadelgolf
02-22-2007, 02:46 PM
I could be wrong, but I believe it's a split contract like the Bubba Crosby signing.

BRM
02-22-2007, 03:05 PM
I could be wrong, but I believe it's a split contract like the Bubba Crosby signing.

That could be I guess. The only thing I've read is that it's a one year major league deal.

Javy Pornstache
02-23-2007, 01:17 PM
Ruzic (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Dushan-Ruzic.shtml)... whoa. First of all, dude's listed at 6-foot-8 and 277 pounds. Second, he's from Australia, not eastern Europe. Third, he was released by Florida after appearing in seventeen games of rookie ball in 2005. So I really have no idea what might be in store for the 25-year-old.

I would guess Ruzic's of Croatian descent. There's a huge Croatian population in Australia. I like what I've read of and heard about him.

Thanks a bunch for keeping us up to date on these transactions, Doc.

Doc. Scott
03-06-2007, 07:40 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/minors/news/263468.html

Cincinnati Reds
Signed RHP Kerry Ligtenberg
Signed LHP Eddie Guardado
Signed SS Caonabo Cosme

Houston Astros
Signed RHP Brian Moehler

Los Angeles Angels
Signed SS Gary Patchett

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed RHP Joe Mays
Signed C Kelly Stinnett

New York Mets
Released C Bobby Estalella

New York Yankees
Signed LHP Ron Villone

Washington Nationals
Signed LHP Brandon Claussen
Signed LHP Ray King
Signed 2B Tony Womack
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Cosme (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Caonabo-Cosme.shtml) was originally signed by Oakland out of the DR in 1996. He left the Athletics organization as a free agent after the 2002 season, in which he hit .291/.353/.439 in High-A ball. He spent 2003 at AA Tennessee (STL) hitting .273/.320/.392, then went to the Yankee organization where he's played the last three seasons as a part-timer, primarily at AAA Columbus.

Listed primarily as a SS but also a 2B, Cosme does not appear to be much of an offensive asset. His career pro line is just .255/.321/.358, and in 2006 he hit a Castro-like .209/.262/.343 in AAA. He had speed at one time, topping out at 44 steals in Class A ball (2000) but hasn't stolen in double digits since 2002.

Looks like the 28-year-old is basically a utlityman for Louisville in '07.

Doc. Scott
03-13-2007, 11:41 AM
The Orioles have jettisoned Jose Acevedo. Is it over for Jose?

Oakland sent RHR David Shafer to AAA. Expected, since Shafer has yet to pitch at that level.

So far, everyone else that I've seen is where you might expect them to be.

TOBTTReds
03-13-2007, 12:03 PM
Signed 2B Tony Womack

He has now been released as of last week too.

Doc. Scott
03-13-2007, 12:05 PM
He has now been released as of last week too.

Ah, that's right- Womack's hit the road again. (He still fits the "where you'd expect them to be" statement, eh?)

The Dodgers also let Damian Jackson go.

jmcclain19
03-14-2007, 05:25 AM
The Orioles have jettisoned Jose Acevedo. Is it over for Jose?

Oakland sent RHR David Shafer to AAA. Expected, since Shafer has yet to pitch at that level.

So far, everyone else that I've seen is where you might expect them to be.

I believe Jose's was injured related - he broke his collarbone last month testing out the physics of motorcycle/automobile impacts & how they affect the human body.

http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54669&highlight=Acevedo

jmcclain19
03-14-2007, 05:26 AM
Bobby Estalella - remember when he had a huge spring 2 years ago and this site went nuts when he was cut? Good times.

dougdirt
03-14-2007, 07:11 AM
Bobby Estalella - remember when he had a huge spring 2 years ago and this site went nuts when he was cut? Good times.

whats even worse though was that after that spring, no one else even picked him up.

Doc. Scott
03-14-2007, 10:35 AM
whats even worse though was that after that spring, no one else even picked him up.

He was named in some of the early steroid scandals (from when he was a Giant) along with Armando Rios and Marvin Benard. I wonder if that had something to do with it.

dougdirt
03-14-2007, 01:16 PM
He was named in some of the early steroid scandals (from when he was a Giant) along with Armando Rios and Marvin Benard. I wonder if that had something to do with it.

Ah, now that you mention it I do remember hearing that. Very well could be why no one gave him a chance.

Doc. Scott
03-20-2007, 04:35 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/minors/news/263548.html

Baltimore Orioles
Released RHP Jose Acevedo

Chicago Cubs
Signed SS Bobby Hill

Returning to the scene of the crime, apparently.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed RHP Dustin Hermanson
Signed LHP Tzu-Kai Chiu
Released RHP Kerry Ligtenberg
Released RHP Brian Meadows

There's your confirmation of Chiu's signing.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released C John Castellano

Reds released the guy in ST last season.

Washington Nationals
Released 2B Tony Womack

Will he get another deal? The world waits...

TRF
03-20-2007, 05:08 PM
Damn shame about Acevedo and his injury. I hope he recovers.

camisadelgolf
03-22-2007, 08:23 AM
I have Cosme's autograph on a Clippers jersey. Can anyone here appraise it?

Doc. Scott
03-22-2007, 12:03 PM
I have Cosme's autograph on a Clippers jersey. Can anyone here appraise it?

How much did you pay for the jersey? Add five cents.

You can probably get a free shot of tequila in La Vega, Dominican Republic (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Caonabo-Cosme.shtml), too.

Doc. Scott
04-02-2007, 03:59 PM
March 19-30

Baltimore Orioles
Signed RHP Rob Bell

Boston Red Sox
Released OF Alex Ochoa

Chicago Cubs
Released RHP Bobby Brownlie
Released RHP Matt Harrington

Chicago White Sox
Released 1B Eduardo Perez

Cincinnati Reds
Signed RHP Brad Salmon
Signed LHP Phil Dumatrait
Signed LHP Brian Shackelford
Signed OF Bubba Crosby
Released RHP Brett Andrade
Released RHP Gregory Dicso
Released RHP Richard Fairchild
Released RHP Eric Junge
Released RHP Dane Mason
Released RHP James Paduch
Released RHP Damian Ursin
Released RHP Chris White
Released RHP Paul Wilson
Released RHP Andy Yount
Released LHP Brandon Alford
Released LHP Brian O'Connor
Released LHP Ryan Williams
Released 1B Ryan Brown
Released 2B Juan Martinez
Released 3B Angel Colon
Released SS Janel Arias
Released OF Evandy De Leon

Colorado Rockies
Released RHP Tim Bausher
Released RHP Danny Graves
Released LHP Chad Bentz

Detroit Tigers
Released LHP Felix Heredia
Released OF Brandon Watson

Florida Marlins
Released SS Jose Ronda

Houston Astros
Released C Brian Peterson
Placed RHP Ben Weber on voluntarily retired list

Kansas City Royals
Released LHP Ed Yarnall

Philadelphia Phillies
Released SS Andrew Beattie

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released RHP John Riedling

San Diego Padres
Released LHP Jan Granado

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed SS Ray Olmedo
Released 2B Trevor Lawhorn

Washington Nationals
Signed RHP Chris Booker
Signed 3B Tony Blanco
Signed OF Reggie Taylor
Released OF Reggie Taylor

15fan
04-02-2007, 04:53 PM
Washington Nationals
Signed OF Reggie Taylor
Released OF Reggie Taylor

Even William Henry Harrison had a longer stay in Washington DC.

Doc. Scott
04-02-2007, 04:56 PM
Washington Nationals
Signed OF Reggie Taylor
Released OF Reggie Taylor

Even William Henry Harrison had a longer stay in Washington DC.

Yeah, heh. Rally Time was canceled before it begun.

toledodan
09-03-2007, 02:46 AM
Fearless prediction: Zach Day will outpitch Gil Meche for the KC Royals.




ouch!

NJReds
09-03-2007, 08:55 AM
Washington Nationals
Signed OF Reggie Taylor
Released OF Reggie Taylor

Even William Henry Harrison had a longer stay in Washington DC.

He recently signed with the Long Island (NY) Ducks.