Doylelessness
by Ken Arneson
2007-10-25 15:50

The A’s are clearing out their 40-man roster, trying to make room to protect some potential Rule 5-eligible prospects. They tried to sneak Chris Snelling through waivers, but he was claimed immediately by Tampa Bay. I’m not so much surprised that he would be claimed, but by Tampa Bay? The Rays have outfielders coming out of their ears: Baldelli, Crawford, Dukes, Gomes, Upton, Young. Do they really need a seventh-string injury-prone outfielder on their roster? Well, maybe this will be the year they finally trade an outfielder for a pitcher or two.

And yet, the A’s managed to sneak a boatload of AAAA pitchers off their 40-man roster and back down to Sacramento: Connor Robertson, Jason Windsor, Shane Komine, Ron Flores, and Brad Halsey. So many teams starving for pitching, and nobody wanted to take a free chance on those guys? I guess everyone else is too busy trying to clear room on their own rosters to notice anyone else’s housecleaning. Meanwhile, the A’s lost one pitcher who pitched worse than any of those other fellows. Jay Marshall was claimed by the one team who should be too busy these days to notice, the Boston Red Sox.

Meanwhile, two middle-aged mediocre freely replaceable middle relievers, Ruddy Lugo and Colby Lewis, are still on the 40-man roster. Weird.

Comments: 2
1.   Philip Michaels
2007-10-25 16:55

1.  "They tried to sneak Chris Snelling through waivers, but he was claimed immediately by Tampa Bay."

Thus sparing us from articles along the lines of "Chris Snelling cleared waivers... and upon landing, immediately shattered both ankles."

On the bright side, this should clear up two spots on the 40-man roster -- one for Snelling and one for the rain cloud that follows him wherever he goes.

The Chris Snelling jokes were on clearance today, apparently.

2.   doppelganger
2007-10-26 08:42

2.  The Chris Snelling jokes were on clearance today, apparently.

Along with Chris Snelling himself.

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