Monday, April 1, 2013
Ten Interesting Players Available Now That Every Team Has Named Their 40-Man Roster
With Opening Day upon us and every team in the Majors having to settle on a 40-man roster, there are a few interesting names available on the waiver wire. Okay, by “interesting,” I don’t necessarily mean it in a good way for every player.
1. Casper Wells
This seems like a no-brainer. I don’t know why the Mariners have chosen to designate Wells for assignment, but he’d be a clear upgrade over Ben Francisco with the bat and a clear upgrade over Vernon Wells in the field, allowing the Yankees to DH Vernon Wells while playing Casper Wells in left field.
2. Ramon Hernandez
Hernandez is old (37 in May) and coming off his worst year in the Majors last year for the Colorado Rockies. So this is almost certainly a bad idea, but at the same time, in 2011 (and 2010) he had a 112 OPS+. In addition, he’s always been a decent defensive catcher. Still, he’s ancient and has likely fallen off a cliff. I wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do in the minors, though, if he was willing to sign a minor league deal.
3. Mauro Gomez
One of the 40-man casualties of Jackie Bradley making the Red Sox roster, Gomez is the prototypical AAAA hitter. All he does is rake in the minors, while in the Majors he hit a decent amount (a .324 OBP and a .422 slugging) but combined with his poor glove, he’s basically the definition of filler. However, I think “filler” might be better than Lyle Overbay.
4. Ryan Sweeney
The other casualty of Jackie Bradley making the Red Sox, Sweeney put together a couple of strong seasons for Oakland early in his career before faltering in 2011 for Oakland and not being much better for Boston in 2012. I think he’s likely better than Ben Francisco, but not by much.
5. Daric Barton
After an excellent 2010 when he was 24 years old, Barton has played like crap the past two seasons.But man, that 2010 was sooo good. Also, his OBP last year of .338 was still good enough that he would have had the 5th best OBP among Yankee regulars last season (and that’s counting Eric Chavez as a regular, but not counting Ichiro, who barely out OBP’ed him). His problem is that while the patience is still there, the power just vanished in 2011. He is a good defender though and is a lefty bat. I get that Overbay probably represents more certainty, but man, on a team with so little players with upside, Barton at least theoretically still comes with some. Hopefully they’ll at least try to get him signed to a minor league deal.
6. Travis Blackley
Simply put, if you’re good enough to start 15 games in the Majors and put up a 3.86 ERA, you’re probably good enough to make it at the back end of the bullpen. The Athletics’ cuppeth of starting pitching runneth over. I could see the Yankees getting some use out of Blackley.
7. Jason Donald
Probably not a better option than Jayson Nix, Donald did have a good season in 2011 backing up second base and short for the Indians. He can play second, short and third well enough. Still, with the Yankees comfortable with Nix, I doubt they’d make a move on Donald.
8. Will Harris
Harris has pitched very well in the minors for the Rockies, and could make a better reliever for the Yankees than Shawn Kelley. A really intriguing guy. I know the Rockies did not want to dump him.
9. Scott Maine
Maine is similar to Harris, only with the added benefit of being a lefty.
10. Robinson Chirinos
If the Yankees had any room on their 40-man, Robinson Chirinos would be an interesting pick-up. He’s a catcher who can hit some who missed all of 2012 with a concussion. But he’s not good enough to make the Major League roster and the Yankees really don’t have room for him otherwise. It’s a shame. He’s an intriguing player.
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