Archive for the ‘Minor Moves’ Category

To the chagrin of millions of right-thinking, unflinchingly-righteous fans, and the media that bombarded us daily with screeds expressing their profound disappointment, Mark McGwire hits number 60 off Dennys Reyes in 1998.

 

Because that’s how it all happened, right?

Anywho, uh… Dennys Reyes, you guys. You know… Dennys Reyes? Soft tossing lefty reliever last seen getting absolutely shit-hammered over 1.2 innings for the 2011 Red Sox Dennys Reyes?

No?

Yeah, about him. Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR throws this at us:

Dennys Reyes told Puro Beisbol that he has offers from the Dodgers, Orioles, and Blue Jays. Among the three, Reyes said, “I’d like to return to the Dodgers,” the team he debuted with as 20-year-old in 1997 (translation via Nick Collias).

Yeah, I think we can rest assured that it would have been some form of minor league offer that the Jays have out to Reyes, who has been pitching (though mostly hurt) this year for Naranjeros de Hermosillo in Mexico, and who last posted a sub-4 xFIP, a walk rate below 10% and a strikeout rate above 20% for the 2008 Twins (and actually only did that one other time in his 15-year big league career, a stellar 2006 season in Minnesota).

But hey, the Jays are still fishing for some interesting depth at least, I guess.

Fuck, I don’t know. I think it’s gonna be a slow news day…

Well, here’s something interesting: MLBTR passes along news out of Honduras that pitcher– or “launcher,” if you believe Google Translate– Denis Villatoro has decided to sign with the Blue Jays, over a number of interested clubs.

The news comes from Saúl Carranza of Diez, who reports that the 18-year-old has signed a five-year deal.

Through Google Translate, he explains (his bold):

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So much for Tommy Hottovy, as according to a team release he has been designated for assignment in order to make room on the Jays’ 40-man for catcher Henry Blanco, who has been signed to a non-guaranteed $750,000 Major League contract.

The fact that it’s a big league deal means that the veteran of fifteen seasons won’t find himself riding minor league buses for Buffalo. So… what the hell does it mean?

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The endless cycle of demotions and waiver claims continues for some– namely Chad Beck– as the Jays announced in an official release this afternoon that the reliever has been designated for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man for incoming lefty reliever Tommy Hottovy– a 31-year-old with 13.1 innings of big league experience– who is familiar with the drill himself, having just been placed on waivers by Texas, who dropped him to clear space for Lance Berkman. (He had been traded there earlier in the off-season from Kansas City for a PTBNL or cash).

The idea here is, quite obviously, to build some bullpen depth at Buffalo by sneaking guys through waivers. Beck was briefly a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization this winter, but was picked back up by the Jays last week. Now his fate is in limbo, kind of like Hottovy’s, despite the fact that he currently holds a spot on the 40-man.

If the Jays manage to sneak Hottovy through, they’ll actually be getting a somewhat intriguing pitcher– though not necessarily an effective one.

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Not Stubby Clapp

The Jays sent out a press release this afternoon announcing their full slate of minor league coaches and development staff for 2013, including some new hires and ones we’d already heard about– even though some of us *COUGH* may have not bothered to post anything about them (sorry, maple boners)– being made official.

It’s… interesting? Mildly?

I don’t know. But here’s what’s worth noting:

Most interestingly, I think, is the fact that Sal Fasano will no longer be managing the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, as he takes becomes the club’s minor league catching coordinator– a position that didn’t exist last year (according to the club’s as-yet-to-be-updated front office directory).

Mike Wilner quashes everybody’s initial thought, saying that he’s been told it’s not a demotion for Fasano, who until today appeared to have been moving up the organization’s managerial ranks. After a successful year with Lansing in 2010, Fasano moved up to New Hampshire, where he stayed the last two seasons, winning the Eastern League’s Manager of the Year award in 2011.

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So Long, Rusty Canz?

Remember when we thought it was possible, though maybe not ideal and hardly a slam dunk, to have waiver pick-up Russ Canzler platoon with Adam Lind as the Jays’ DH this season?

Yeah… about that:

Because I’m still pretty close to full-on in lazy holiday mode, let’s just have a looksie at what I wrote about him two weeks ago:

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According to Mel Antonen of assorted baseball writings, Tim Raines is set to join the Blue Jays coaching staff. The former Expos great and poster boy for Hall of Fame arguments involving Jack Morris will be the outfield and base-running coach for the club in 2013. As far as the one 15 second google search I did about the position tells me, the position didn’t exist previously in the organization before this.

Between the gifs, the instagram accounts, R.A. Dickey’s nerditry and now pre-stat-revolution victim-of-circumstance Raines, the Jays 2012 off-season plan clearly included appealing to as many different demographics of fans on the internet as possible.

Got ‘em.

LATE UPDATE: Happy New Year
HANGOVER UPDATE: According to Wilner, Raines is going to be working mostly at the minor league level and will only be helping the Jays big leaguers during Spring Training. STILL THO.