Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 37 and Vol. 38

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015
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For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more. That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news. But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t go unnoticed, which is why Baseball Hot Corner is proud to provide you with:  Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words.

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Throughout the season, we will continue to report any and all roster moves that are worth reporting, in addition to minor leaguers getting called up, sent down, and other possible lineup moves that may be of interest. And of course, the fine writers of Baseball Hot Corner will report any and all major news stories on its website

Monday, August 31, 2015:

Today was the last day of the waiver-trade deadline, and we saw a few minor deals get done just in time. Players acquired during this period are eligible for the postseason roster should their new team make it in.

The Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela. Gomes is a veteran hitter who could prove to be a useful bat off the bench for the Royals.

The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later, an international draft slot, and cash. This is a good move for the Cubs, as Jackson is a very capable 4th outfielder who could also be a defensive replacement in late-innings. For the Mariners, while we don’t know who the player to be named is, it doesn’t seem like much of a return for a player they were anxious to get at the trade deadline last season.

The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash from the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitcher Luis Ysla. The Giants are really hurting right now due to injuries to key players, and their lack of depth is really getting exposed. De Aza is a decent hitter and fielder, so his presence will be greatly needed.

The Mariners sure do love acquiring those players to be named later and some extra cash, because they traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player or cash. Again, just another depth move for a potential playoff team.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015:

Today is the first day where teams get to expand their rosters for the stretch run. This is the time that a lot of high-profile prospects and other minor leagues get their “cup of coffee” and first taste of the majors.

For this, I’ll just quickly run down the notable prospects that teams called up that might make a difference down the stretch for teams in the playoff chase, or just notable prospects that we all might be excited about seeing:

Toronto Blue Jays:  Outfielder Dalton Pompey

St. Louis Cardinals:  Starting pitcher Marco Gonzales

New York Yankees:  Second baseman Rob Refsnyder

Royals:  Infielder Christian Colon and Outfielder Terrance Gore

Cubs:  Infielder Javier Baez

Red Sox:  Infielder/Outfielder Allen Craig

Braves:  Hector Olivera

The Royals also reinstated outfielder Alex Gordon from the 15-day DL. Gordon had been on the DL with a knee injury. This is a much welcomed site for the Royals, as Gordon was playing at a near All-Star level. Now with Gordon back in the lineup, the Royals can move Ben Zobrist to a position like second base were his services are more needed.

The Cubs activated reliever Rafael Soriano from the 15-day DL and then promptly designated him for assignment. The Cubs are rolling right now and Soriano hasn’t been a help in that matter.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015:

It was a slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Thursday, September 3, 2015:

It was another slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Friday, September 4, 2015:

We had a number of injured players get activated from the disable list today. The Cardinals activated outfielder Jon Jay fro the 15-day DL, the San Diego Padres have activated infielder/outfielder Wil Myers from the 60-day DL, the Minnesota Twins reinstated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the 15-day DL, the Houston Astros have activated young outfielder George Springer from the 15-day DL, and the Colorado Rockies have reinstated first baseman Justin Morneau from the 60-day DL. Jay, Hicks, and Springers all will factor in their teams plans as they continue to battle for postseason positioning. Myers and Morneau figure just to get swings in as they prepare for next season.

Saturday, September 5, 2015:

The Red Sox have placed outfielder Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day DL, and in reality should probably just end his season.

Otherwise, it was another slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Sunday, September 6, 2015:

The Cardinals have activated outfielder Randal Grichuk from the 15-day DL, only adding to their arsenal on offense.

Otherwise, that’s a wrap for the week in baseball. Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:


Since I was on vacation for the latter part of last week and most of this week, I figure I would just combine the two post and make one, big, mega post for you’ll.

Monday, September 7, 2015:

The Giants have reinstated starting second baseman Joe Panik from the 15-day DL. The Giants are slumping big time and can use a familiar face in the lineup.

The Cubs have recalled starting pitching prospect Carl Edwards, Jr. from Triple-A Iowa. Edwards is the Cubs best pitching prospect and could possibly lend an arm to the bullpen and maybe even a spot start to give the rotation a break once they wrap up a postseason spot.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015:

The Giants have activated freaky-injury prone Jeremy Affeldt from the 15-day DL. The Giants really need to protect Affeldt from himself in order to prevent him from landing on the DL again.

There were a few of non-playoff teams who activated their primetime players from the 15-day DL today. The Rockies reinstated outfielder Corey Dickerson, the Cincinnati Reds reinstated starting outfielder Billy Hamilton, the Red Sox activated starting second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the Baltimore Orioles reinstated starting shortstop J.J. Hardy, and the Cleveland Indians activated starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

In the prospect watch, the Chicago White Sox have recalled second baseman Micah Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte. He was supposedly penciled in to start this season, but after a slow start, he was knocked back down to Triple-A for most of the season.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015:

The Cards have reinstated first baseman Matt Adams from the 60-day DL, just in time to lockup their NL Central division title.

The Yankees have reinstated starting pitcher CC Sabathia from the 15-day DL, and are hoping he can pitch like his old-self in order for the Yanks to hold on to the last playoff spot.

Thursday, September 10, 2015:

It was a slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Friday, Septermber 11, 2015:

The Blue Jays are getting back starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, who was on the 60-day DL. Stroman tore his ACL in Spring Training during a bullpen session. The rolling Jays should be ecstatic to be adding an ace-like arm like Stroman to their already playoff caliber rotation.

More importantly, let us never forget what this day means to us.

Saturday, September 12, 2015:

The Yankees recalled a couple of notable prospects from Triple-A Scranton today in order to help them stay in this postseason race. Top prospects Slade Heathcott (outfielder) and Gary Sanchez (catcher) were recalled from Triple-A and will hopeful be added to the Yankees battery and help improve their run scoring.

Otherwise, it was another slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Sunday, September 13, 2015:

Baseball took a backseat today to the conglomerate that is the National Football league (NFL), so there is no news to report.

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Marc Keller
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Marc Keller is a Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. His three greatest loves in life are his wife, son, and the San Francisco Giants. You can follow and banter with him on Twitter @mrarmchair.

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