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Friday, August 07, 2009
- Rotoworld reports that Oakland has released Jason Giambi. He's hitting .193 on the year. Also via AP.
- Not that I normally care about teams in the other divisions, but it's interesting to note that the Twins have acquired Carl Pavano from the Indians for a player to be named later. The Twins moved R.A. Dickey to AAA, and placed Boof Bonser on the 60-day DL. The Indians certainly had no need for Pavano, being well out of it, and Minnesota's rotation is a disaster this year. The BTF Transaction Oracle has more to say about this:
On the upside for Pavano, he's shown that the possibility exists that he can throw more than 20 pitches without needing expensive surgery that results in him being out for 18 months. On the downside, he's also shown that even healthy, he still goes through periods where he's throwing batting practice. His Clustering o' Horrible makes him a tiny bit better than the ERA indicates, but it can be frustrating to have him tease glimpses of his pre-Yankee form and then go back to essentially ending games by the 3rd inning.
- Update: Jon forwards a Dylan Hernandez piece in the Times indicating that Tony Abreu may get called up from AAA Albuquerque. Ronald Belisario has also likely thrown his last pitch for his rehab assignment at single-A Inland Empire. Finally, Eric Stults looks likely to be called up from Albuquerque after having thrown three innings, in preparation for a start on Monday.
- The Padres have extended Bud Black through 2010 with an option for 2011.
- Boston has designated John Smoltz for assignment after getting lit up for eight runs yesterday by the Yankees; Smoltz only lasted 3.2 innings. He was 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA with the Red Sox this year.
- Angels get the green light to run this weekend? Maybe so, if reports of Jarrod Saltalamacchia's shoulder troubles are accurate and Texas doesn't want to put him on the DL. The Rangers are expected to activate AAA outfielder Julio Borbon, to replace either OF Nelson Cruz (sprained left ankle) or reliever Doug Mathis. The Rangers' bench is rather perilously thin at the moment, with only Elvis Andrus serving on the pine.