Originally Posted by GAC
Why not? Teams do this all the time - pick up players (especially those DFA'd) for a PTBNL. Low risk. We picked him up for that (Ben Kozlowski to the Dodgers), and let him go for that (yet to be announced?)
What did Ross in was the injuries.
And IMO, Krivsky did a class thing in how he went about trying to deal Ross....
Ross' first at-bat was memorable. A Roy Oswalt fastball hit his hand while he struck out against Houston on April 28, causing a deep bruise on his left pinky. It put him on the disabled list until he was activated on Tuesday. In between was a lengthy Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville that helped get him extra at-bats. He started in left field for Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Knowing Ross had been designated a month earlier, Krivsky wanted to avoid making him go through it again. Ross would have had to sweat it out for a maximum 10-day period before either clearing waivers to the Minors or being picked up by another club.
"I started calling teams and tried to find a spot where someone wanted him," Krivsky said. "I wasn't looking so much for the return as I was keeping a player in the Major Leagues somewhere."
The rebuilding Marlins are stocked with young players. Ross knew that not every GM looks out for a player he's trying to unload.
I like the way he unloaded him too, but it goes to pattern. Krivsky seems to be constantly in a see what sticks mode. Maybe 3-4 of his transactions have been good, 2 great. The rest have been head scratchers.
Honestly, the support for the man stems soley from the Arroyo and Phillips aquisitions. Ross is starting to come back to earth somewhat. Hatte was a nice signing, and as he is holding a seat for Votto, I can live with the extension.
But the number of truely BONEHEADED
aquisitions astounds me. Hell even Jimbo doesn't want Yan or Mays. That says loads. Cody Ross was never going to play for the Reds. And because the GM or manager wanted Q instead, well that speaks loads too.