Archive for the ‘Minor Moves’ Category

Good ol’ Rusty Canz

Well here’s a tidy piece of business: according to a team release, the Jays have outrighted Mickey Storey to Buffalo in order to claim 1B/DH/OF Russ Canzler from the Clevelands.

Yes, it’s a decidedly minor move, but it works– for me, at least– in a couple of ways.

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According to a team release, the Jays have maybe done a nifty piece of business this afternoon, filling out their 40-man roster by picking up right-handed reliever Mickey Storey– who was hit in the face with a line drive in September, but came back to pitch later in the month– on waivers from Houston.

Storey, who turns 27 in March, made his big league debut in 2012, pitching 30 innings while posting a 3.86 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 2.99 SIERA and 3.88 xFIP. He isn’t one of these huge-armed guys Alex has been stockpiling– his fastball averaged just a shade below 90 during those 30 innings– but he’s got some swing-and-miss stuff, generating swinging strikes on 12.8% of his pitches (per FanGraphs), including over 22% of the time on his slider (per Brooks Baseball), which was his most-used pitch (he also has a decent curve, too).

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The Jays keep adding to their herd at Buffalo (see what I just did there), as the club announced this afternoon via team release that they’ve added 39-year-old right-hander Ramon Ortiz and outfielder Ryan Langerhans, both on minor league deals with invites to Spring Training.

Ortiz, as we see above, pitched for the Gary Disarcina-era Angels, debuting back in 1999, peaking in 2001 and ’02, posting a career high 2.6 fWAR in the former, and a career topping 3.77 ERA in the latter. For the Reds and Nationals in 2005 and 2006 he logged 171 and 190 innings in back-to-back seasons… in which he was exactly replacement level for both. He’s pitched 63.1 innings in the Majors since 2007, being half a win below replacement over that span. Hey! But he pitched to a 3.45 ERA (4.10 FIP) for the Yankees’ Triple-A affilliate in Scranton-Wilkes Barre last year.

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It’s probably not as newsworthy as a lot of people really want to believe– but maybe it isn’t!– but maybe it is– but maybe it isn’t!– but I still figure that it’s been a slow enough day to pass along some Knoblin’ from the Knobler, who late this afternoon laid this one on us:

The move frees up a spot on the Jays’ 40-man roster– “but to what end?” we all wonder.

I dunno. Most likely absolutely nothing. But maybe something is in the works!

But most likely not.

But maybe!

Claudio Vargas playing for some team I don’t recognize.

The Jays announced in a team release this morning that they had signed five players to minor league contracts, with invites to Spring Training. This includes Claudio Vargas, who we’d already heard about– thanks mostly to a tweet from his agency, Metis Sports (whose slogan Drew suggests ought to be “We Keep It Riel,” which… obviously).

The others are RHP Rich Thompson, LHP Juan Perez, 3B Eugenio Velez and 1B/DH Luis Jimenez. And you may be wondering, just who the hell are these guys? Sure there’s a bunch of PR jazz in the press release, but what good is that, really? Let’s go a step beyond that– the internet will tell us!

Vargas was last seen in the Majors pitching quite terribly for the Brewers in 19.2 innings back in 2010. He pitched only 26 innings, in the Rockies’ system, in 2011, retired, came back to play in the Mexican League to start 2012, then was picked up by the Brewers, where he bounced back nicely, posting a 3.69 ERA and 3.96 FIP in 109 innings over 20 starts for Nashville of the PCL. He doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but could possibly be serviceable in a pinch.

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Well well well, according to a release from the club at the stroke of midnight, the Jays have declined to offer a contract to arbitration-eligible catcher Bobby Wilson.

This surely makes JP Arencibia’s week– and John Buck’s, most likely– as it significantly cuts down the flexibility Alex Anthopoulos has to deal one of his catchers, at least for the time being.

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Because, why bury all this in an upcoming Late-Afternoon Snack post, it’s a bunch of minor moves!

Shi Davidi tweets that Corey Wade, one of the many waiver pick-ups Alex Anthopoulos has made this winter (I think I can call it the winter now, yes? It’s damn cold out there!) in the hopes of sneaking them through waivers to create depth at Triple-A, has elected free agency rather than accepting his assignment to Buffalo after clearing waivers.

Clearing waivers and landing in Buffalo are Joel Carreno and li’l Mike McCoy, who will at least face fewer indignities than last year, with the commute to and from Western New York being much shorter than the one from Vegas, not to mention the fact that he’ll be behind an actual MLB player on the depth chart, rather than been deemed sub-mascot as he was in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »