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Grading Friday’s waiver claims

Nov 2, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

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Royals claim RHP Guillermo Moscoso from Rockies and C Brett Hayes from Marlins

Moscoso had a nice 3.38 ERA in 21 starts and two relief appearances for the A’s in 2011 before being sent to the Rockies in last winter’s Seth Smith deal. Like most everyone else on Colorado’s pitching staff, he was a bust last season, finishing with a 6.12 ERA in three starts and 20 relief appearances. Back in a pitcher friendly ballpark in Kansas City, he has a chance to reemerge as a useful swingman. He’ll make just over the minimum, so he’s a nice grab. Grade: B

Hayes, 28, is a very generic backup-type. He gets pretty good marks for his defense, but he’s hit .217/.266/.361 in 332 major league at-bats. The Royals shouldn’t be content to let him play behind Salvador Perez next season. Grade D

Indians claim RHP Blake Wood from the Royals

Wood had a 3.75 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings for the Royals in 2011 before Tommy John surgery, but Kansas City didn’t think it was worth paying him $1 million or so to stick around for another year. It’s the Indians’ gain. Wood throws in the mid-90s and has a decent enough slider. I doubt he’ll take another step forward, but the price was certainly right. Grade B+

Orioles claim 2B Alexi Casilla from Twins

At 28, Casilla might yet have a future as a utilityman. Still, he’s had plenty of chances already and it’s gotten him a lifetime .250/.305/.334 line in 1,580 at-bats. The Orioles would have to pay $1.5 million-$2 million to keep him through the arbitration process, and there’s a real chance they could have gotten him on a minor league contract had they been more patient. Grade D

Twins claim RHP Josh Roenicke and INF Thomas Field from the Rockies

Roenicke is another case of a team throwing away a useful reliever simply because he’s eligible for arbitration. Roenicke, though, doesn’t stand to make much more than $1 million, and that’s a bargain for a guy who had a 3.25 ERA in 88 2/3 innings out of the pen for the Rockies last season. Yes, 88 2/3 innings. His peripherals weren’t good, and I do wonder if the heavy workload will take its toll next year. But for $1 million, there’s hardly any risk. Grade A

Field, on the other hand, isn’t very likely to be useful. He strikes out plenty, and his still-modest minor league power numbers were amplified by the hitter’s parks in the Rockies system. The way I see it, he doesn’t have the glove to make it as a full-time shortstop or the bat to be useful as a utilityman. But at least he’ll fit right in on the Twins. Grade D

Cubs claim RHP Zach Putnam from the Rockies

Exclusively a reliever since mid-2010, Putnam has been only a modest success in the minors with his 89-92 mph fastball-splitter combination, never finishing with a sub-3.00 ERA at any level. It seems doubtful that he stands much chance of surviving in a major league bullpen. Grade D

Brewers claim RHP Arecnio Leon from the Astros

Leon turned 26 in September, and he spent last season amassing a 4.52 ERA as a Double-A reliever. He has a big fastball, but he’s never been a real prospect. Grade D

  1. kevinashcraft - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Santiago Perez?

    And how could Blake Wood have pitched in 2011 when he had Tommy John surgery?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Thanks! That’s what I get for rushing. Santiago hasn’t even played in the minors since 2005.

  2. scottp9 - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Josh Roenicke is not eligible for arbitration, so the analysis of the Rockies’ motives is inaccurate.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      He isn’t? And, no, he isn’t. Well, that makes it all the more bizarre.

      • Kevin Gillman - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        Well, this WAS the same team that thought it would be a good idea to use a 4man rotation for signifigant amount of time last season….


    • flavadave10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      Well this is the same organization that is deeply considering hiring Jason Giambi to be their manager…

  3. kevinashcraft - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I mean 2012….tried to be snarky as it backfired!

    Wood had TJ surgery in May I believe.

  4. flavadave10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    “Still, he’s had plenty of chances already and it’s gotten him a lifetime .205/.305/.334 line in 1,580 at-bats”

    Typo? His career BA is .250. Look at it this way: If the Orioles non-tender Robert Andino, they pretty much just upgraded their team for free. Both are expected to make ~$1.8M in arbitration.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Yikes, that was sloppy too.

      I don’t think Casilla is an upgrade from Andino. Maybe purely as a second base alternative, Casilla is better, but Andino offers more versatility. Casilla struggled at shortstop and has very little experience elsewhere.

      • flavadave10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        “Maybe purely as a second base alternative”- Exactly what I was talking about. They are both very below average hitters, but Casilla is better defensively and he can steal bases. The Orioles were looking for a cheap upgrade at second base, and they got exactly that.

        I think the Orioles like Flaherty more than Andino as far as versatility goes. Plus they already have Betemit, who is very inexpensive. Not to mention top 100 prospect Jonathan Schoop is in the minors, and Dan Duquette has been aggressive with call ups in his short tenure in Baltimore.

  5. stex52 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    One healthy change. The Astros aren’t the ones making the bad pick-up. Maybe Luhnow will pull this off.

  6. mute617 - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Regardless of who the Brewers claim, sign or trade for, this site always says its a bad thing. Aside from maybe 1 guy, the Brewers distain is blatant around here

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