Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Michael Martinez and Others are Gone
Minor league veteran catcher Steven Lerud finally got the proverbial "cup of coffee" he's been seeking, playing in all of 3 games for the Phillies last season. He too, was taken off the 40-man roster. The only reason I would like him back, is that he's my birthday buddy (October 13th). Other than that, he really doesn't have any redeeming value.
Tyson Brummett made his MLB debut on the final day of the season, pitching 2/3 of an inning. The Phils took him off the 40-man roster and he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays...only to be released a few days later when they selected another Phillie off of waivers.
That Phillie was former Rule 5 pick David Herndon, he of Tommy John surgery in June. Over 3 seasons with the Phils, Herndon compiled 117 innings in 97 appearances with a 3.85 ERA. He was mediocre, and he's currently injured, so this loss isn't really a loss.
Unfortunately Toronto didn't continue their cavalcade of waivers picks when Michael Martinez was also outrighted off the 40-man roster. Nope, instead, he was optioned to Triple-A where he'll be a threat to return at any time to Citizens Bank Park (pray J-Roll doesn't see DL time!). Mini-Mart, the subject of much ridicule and dissastifaction on this blog, has the lowest batting average of any player in the Majors over the past two seasons with at least 320 at bats. Overall, the worthless piece of poop hit .188/.512, and robbed much more deserving minors leaguers of time in the Show. It's hard to believe no team wanted a 30 year old utility infielder that sucks at everything he does. What is the world coming to?
Look at him, he's like friggin' Superman.