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Marlins, A's among those tidying their rosters

Oct 8, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

The mass exodus has yet to begin, but a handful of teams have cleared 40-man roster spots since the regular season ended. Here are the players lopped off so far:
Athletics – LHP Brad Kilby, RHP Ross Wolf, INF Akinori Iwamura
Kilby’s July shoulder surgery must have been anything but routine; he cleared waivers even though he’s allowed just three earned runs and posted a 28/4 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings as a major leaguer. I really liked his chances of turning into a strong lefty setup man before he got hurt, but his velocity was well down this year.
Blue Jays – RHP Dirk Hayhurst, INF Jarrett Hoffpauir
With baseball on the backburner following season-ending shoulder surgery in February, Hayhurst opted to write a book. The guess is that he’ll be re-signed to a minor league contract.
Hoffpauir, who hit .206/.250/.235 in 34 at-bats with the Jays this year, was claimed off waivers by the Padres. He’ll battle for a roster spot as a backup at second and third next spring.

Brewers – RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Alex Periard
The 23-year-old Periard has gotten hurt two years in a row, and he wasn’t exactly a spectacular prospect in the first place. He does have a decent sinker, but no one opted to take a shot.
Marlins – LHP Taylor Tankersley, RHP Ryan Tucker, RHP Tim Wood, C Mike Rivera, INF Hector Luna, OF Brett Carroll
Tankersley, a 2004 first-round pick, had a 2.85 ERA in 49 relief appearances as a 23-year-old rookie in 2006. It’s been downhill ever since. He missed 2009 following elbow surgery, and he gave up four homers in 12 innings as a major leaguer this year.
As previously mentioned, Tucker was picked up by the Rangers, resulting in Rich Harden getting designated for assignment. He is the one in this group with some promise left, but after being diagnosed with Raynaud’s Syndrome this spring, he proved very ineffective in the minors. He had a 6.15 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A New Orleans.
Carroll got some notice a year ago for having incredible UZR defensive numbers in about 40 games worth of playing time in the Marlins’ outfield, and he rated well in very limited action again this year. Unfortunately, he’s 28 and he’s hit just .205/.284/.325 in 319 major league at-bats.

Padres – C Chris Stewart
Making room for Hoffpauir.
Red Sox – RHP Robert Manuel, C Dusty Brown, C Kevin Cash
Manuel is an outstanding Triple-A reliever, and he hardly embarrassed himself in 10 appearances for the Red Sox this year, amassing a 4.26 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. Boston will likely offer him a minor league deal to stick around, and given that no team plucked him off waivers, he could accept it.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Oct 8, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    I hope that Hayhurst’s next book sells as well as his first book. The guy has a lot of talent as a writer.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    The Feesh will have to find someone to excite the slightly underage teenage girls in the cheap seats, who seemed to think that Brett Carroll had a nice tushy and used to congregate out there when he played the outfield from time to time. Of course, most of the ones who’ve constituted the ad hoc Brett Carroll fan club will be turning 18, getting their fake IDs, taking the training wheels off their pheromones and heading for South Beach this weenter (or what passes for it in Macondo) anyway. As for Tankersley, it’s been pretty apparent to anyone who’s watched him saunter in from the boolpen with a servieta over his free arm and a silver tray of gophers in the other hand that he was on his way someplace else, perhaps a career in credit counselling. The remainder of this bunch of scrapheap reclamation projects and the kind of journeymen who usually line up outside the Home Depot parking lot holding pieces of cardboard bearing magic marker legends of what they think they can do will move on to other dystopias. They’re lucky Scrooge McLoria doesn’t select which ones stay and which ones go by packing them into a van with no seatbelts and open windows and then rolling it down an expressway embankment, keeping the ones who don’t get thrown out. There’ll be more of the same sorts picked up this offseason and the van will be restocked in time for Spring Training. We’re just wondering if the Chihuahua will proffer Larry Beinfest the same generous budget for Gatorade for his non roster invitees this coming February, or whether they’ll be expected to bring their own bottled water.
    So, Scrooge McLoria and his factotums will get to spend yet another weenter

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