Sunday, August 21, 2005

Waiver News

According to Jayson Stark, Joe Mays has cleared waivers, but Kyle Lohse and J.C. Romero were blocked and cannot be traded this month.

Some bats who cleared and could be available:



OK, the Twins are not going to be picking up any of the big names. Palmeiro would invite too much controversy, and Piazza has a broken hand. Sweeney is owed $12.5 million in each of the next two years if he'd traded, and nobody really wants Griffey's contract unless the Reds eat a lot of it.

But could the Twins be interested in renting Dmitri Young for 5 weeks? He's been on a hot tear, and he has an expiring contract with about $1.3m left on it.

Perhaps even better: how about Matt Stairs? The perfect platoon partner for LeCroy or Morneau. He crushes righty pitching, probably enjoys the same foods Matty likes to eat, and he'd cost the Twins less than 200 Large for the rest of the year.

NOTE: The Twins claimed Alfonso Soriano on the waiver wire, probably just to block other teams from picking him up, but Terry Ryan has until Monday to make a deal with the Rangers.

2 Comments:

At 8/21/2005 9:26 PM, Anonymous bjhess said...

I understand how Stairs fits in as a LeCroy platoon, though I'm sure GardenT wouldn't figure that out. However, I don't understand how he'd platoon with Morneau. Maybe spell him, but not platoon.

Young looks like he would be a great platoon with both Morneau/Jones and LeCroy. With Jones' injury Gardy may even be convinced to platoon him a bit. I do wonder if the Twins and Detroit would be willing to deal within the division, though.

 
At 8/22/2005 3:09 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

I wouldn't imagine Stairs in a strict platoon with Morneau; I guess that's sloppy writing on my part. He could spell Morneau occasionally, like you said.

 

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