It’s been a little over two weeks since the last Market Fresh Update, but there has been a lot of movement lately. Today seems like an appropriate time to catch back up.
Off the Market:
RHP-Greg Burke (27) cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Padres to Triple-A Portland on February 18th.
This one gets a little more tricky. The New York Mets DFA’d RHP-Jack Egbert (26) 20 days ago on February 9th to make room for OF-Jason Pridie. I never did see any release or note that he cleared waivers or was outrighted to Triple-A, but he remains with the Mets and is in camp with the team.
On and Off the Market:
LHP-Doug Slaten (30) was DFA’d by the Washington Nationals on February 16th to make room for Adam Kennedy. On the 18th Slaten was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.
RHP-Edwin Moreno (29) was released by the Boston Red Sox. He signed a minor league contract with the team in January, but has since elected to play in Mexico instead.
SS-Freddie Bynum (29) was released by the White Sox on February 21st so he could pursue a chance to play baseball in Japan.
The New York Mets DFA’d LHP-Arturo Lopez (28) on February 24th to make room for Rod Barajas. He quickly cleared waivers and rejoined the team in Spring Training on the 26th.
On February 23rd the Detroit Tigers designated RHP-Casey Fien (26) for assignment to make room for OF-Johnny Damon. Fien didn’t have to wait long to find a new team. Today he was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox.
On the Market:
To make room for Fien, the Red Sox designated RHP-Gaby Hernandez (23) for assignment today. This marks the 2nd time in a month that Hernandez has been DFA’d. On February 1st, the Mariners took the same step and appeared to get him through waivers before Red Sox claimed him off waivers on the 10th.
LHP-Jose Capellan (23) was released by the Boston Red Sox.
Yesterday the New York Yankees DFA’d RHP-Edwar Ramirez (28) to clear a spot for Chan Ho Park. Ramirez is a very intriguing player and I considered dedicating an edition of Market Fresh to him. Then I read, Edwar, What Is He Good For? that Matt Klaassen published on FanGraphs earlier today and I don’t know if the world needs another article discussing the merits of a recently released 28-year old pitcher. On the flip side, his minor league numbers feature a career 4.29 SO/BB and 12.0 SO/9. He also turned in an above average major league season in 2008 with an ERA+ of 114. At the end of the day, I’d take him over Roman Colon or Victor Marte, but I understand if the Royals choose to look elsewhere.