Thursday, March 31, 2005

Waiver Work

-- Abraham Nunez was claimed by Seattle. Kinda hard to believe that anyone would want the guy. Anyway, please enjoy his tools.

-- Dennis Tankersley cleared waivers and will be sent to AAA. I thought it would be the opposite, with Nunez clearing waivers and Tankersley being claimed. Tank was awful in spring training, and his odds of major league success are about as close to zero as they can be, but I'm still glad he's in back with Omaha. Isn't it great to hang your hat on 4 time major league washouts?

-- Speaking of washouts, Chris George cleared waivers and the Royals sent him back to Omaha - again. Oh, the humanity. Why do the Royals keep this guy on the hook? Catch and release. He's never going to amount to anything with this organization.

-- Michael Restovich was placed on waivers by the Twins and was claimed by Tampa Bay. My understanding of the waiver wire is about as strong as my understanding of quantum mechanics, but I believe the Royals, who had a worse record last season than Tampa Bay, must have passed on him in order for Tampa to get him. Question - WHY? He may not be a top prospect anymore, but he's still better than most of the "prospects" the Royals have in their system and is at least the equal of Matt Diaz, who has little plate discipline but is probably the best close-to-the-majors OF prospect in the system right now. The Royals will still have an open spot on the 40 man roster after adding the 3 non-roster invitees to the 25 man roster. Who's else is going to fill that spot?

-- Another shock - Juan Gonzalez hit the DL before the season even started. I guess he just needed to demonstrate enough competence to achieve his $600,000 roster bonus before he could tank it for the season. Memories.

3 Comments:

At 10:01 AM, Blogger cfos said...

I was wondering the same thing about Restovich and the waiver wire. I was trying to think if we claimed anyone this spring - my understanding (limited also) is that once you claim someone on waivers you go to the back of the line.

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But we claimed Diaz, wouldn't that send us to the back of the waiver priority list? And I think I'd rather have Diaz anyway.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger DL said...

I don't think the waiver wire has any "end-of-the-line" provisions after a claim. I think it strictly goes by won-loss record.

I think the Royals must have passed on Restovich.

 

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