Odds & Ends: Pirates, Chico, Burrell, Cust, Indians

Links for Saturday…

  • MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch writes that Pirates outfield prospect Starling Marte may require surgery on his left hand.  Baseball America's Prospect Handbook called the 21-year-old "the first tangible result of the Pirates' renewed commitment to scouting Latin America."
  • Matt Chico could start for the Nationals on Wednesday, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.  Chico was DFA'd by the club earlier this week, but only so that the club could place him in Triple-A.
  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tweets that the recently-DFA'd Pat Burrell is another reason why teams won't be spending major money on designated hitter-types anymore.
  • Jack Cust is on his way back to Oakland after Eric Chavez managed just a .247/.298/.355 batting line during the first six weeks of the season, tweets CSNBayArea.com's Mychael Urban. The A's 40-man roster is full, so a move will need to be make to accommodate Cust.
  • Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer touched base with Indians' GM-in-waiting Chris Antonetti about having the fifth overall pick in June's draft. MLB's recommended bonus for that pick is in the $2.5MM-$3MM range, and Antonetti acknowledged that that money has already been set aside in the budget.
  • Mike Morse is close to returning from the disabled list, which will create a bit of a roster crunch for the Nationals since he's out of options, writes MLB.com's Bill Ladson.
  • Meanwhile, MLB.com's Owen Perkins notes that the Rockies would have a similar problem if they were to call someone up to help fill in for the injured Eric Young Jr.
  • ESPN's Buster Olney spoke to Ken Griffey Jr.'s agent, who indicated that everything that happened this past week will have no bearing on his client's relationship with the club after he retires. Both links go to Twitter.


13 Responses to Odds & Ends: Pirates, Chico, Burrell, Cust, Indians Leave a Reply

  1. souldrummer 5 years ago

    There is no roster crunch for the Washington Nationals. Finally Willy Taveras will be gone, gone, gone! I suppose he gets a minor league contract somewheres and goodspeed, or better good contact to him.

    • If the Nats let go of Tavares I would love for the Mets to pick him up and drop baseball’s worst player in GMJ.

      • Taskmaster75 5 years ago

        “baseball’s worst player in GMJ. ”

        Yuniesky Betancourt would like a word……

        • At least Yuni is hitting. Track record sucks but if a guy hits, he gets ABs.

        • At least Yuni is hitting. Track record sucks but if a guy hits, he gets ABs.

  2. souldrummer 5 years ago

    This is why Ladson is a knucklehead. He doesn’t even mention that Morse is out of options and probably won’t clear waivers if they outright him to Syracuse.

  3. Scott_T 5 years ago

    Damn, I was still holding out hope I’d never have to see Cust play for the A’s again.

  4. Im so happy the A’s finally have Babe Cust back!!! Chavez needs to retire and they need to get rid of Jake Fox, fangraphs posterboy or not, he simply cannot hit AL pitching.

    • crunchy1 5 years ago

      He didn’t exactly hit NL pitching either. It didn’t take long for pitchers to figure him out. He hit .228/.285/.419 after the all-star break, when he had the majority of his ABs. What he’s doing now is simply a continuation of his second half last year.

    • crunchy1 5 years ago

      He didn’t exactly hit NL pitching either. It didn’t take long for pitchers to figure him out. He hit .228/.285/.419 after the all-star break, when he had the majority of his ABs. What he’s doing now is simply a continuation of his second half last year.

  5. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    Jack Cust is not the answer for Oakland besides he wants to stick it to them for DFA him in the first place.

    • melonis_rex 5 years ago

      I don’t know… Jack Cust can hit… how is he not the answer?

      If I’m Jack Cust, i want to do as awesomely as possible in my MLB ABs in case I’m nontendered again next offseason. Especially with all the AL teams that will be looking for DHs next offseason

    • melonis_rex 5 years ago

      I don’t know… Jack Cust can hit… how is he not the answer?

      If I’m Jack Cust, i want to do as awesomely as possible in my MLB ABs in case I’m nontendered again next offseason. Especially with all the AL teams that will be looking for DHs next offseason

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