Minor Moves: Clayton Tanner, Omar Quintanilla

Let's keep track of the day's minor moves right here…

  • The Reds have signed Clayton Tanner and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate according to the International League transactions page. The 23-year-old left-hander was released by the Giants earlier this week after posting a 4.29 ERA in 119 2/3 innings in Double-A.
  • Omar Quintanilla elected free agency rather than accept a minor league assignment with the Rangers, reports Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News (on Twitter). Texas outrighted the infielder yesterday after he hit .298/.369/.452 line in 234 plate appearances with their Triple-A squad.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America has every minor league transaction that took place between August 25th and 30th.

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5 Comments on "Minor Moves: Clayton Tanner, Omar Quintanilla"

3 years 11 months ago

i just don’t get this. bad move giants. tanner is still young. why release just to re-sign? best of luck in cincinnati, kid. 

3 years 11 months ago

It was a 40-man roster move. (Giants had to make room to activate Surkamp for his start, I think) They thought they could sneak Tanner through waivers. But, nope.

3 years 11 months ago

He did make it through waivers and was subsequently released. Tanner was a free agent. He apparently decided to sign somewhere else, even though he was expected to re-sign with the Giants.

Surkamp would have needed to have been placed on the 40-man after the season, anyway, or he would have been exposed to the Rule 5 draft. I think they could have shifted Zito to the 60-day DL for a temporary solution, but the Giants FO want to make sure that Zito is available this month in case of emergency. Heck, they could have placed Jonathan Sanchez on the 60-day. They say that his sprained ankle is progressing worse than Posey’s broken one and that he won’t pitch anymore this season.

All-in-all, it’s not a horrible move, because Tanner is minor league fodder. If he were pitching with the Giants, a lot of injuries have happened to the pitching staff and the season is toast. It’s deck chairs at that point.

3 years 11 months ago

Thanks for the clarification. Thought he got claimed. Nonetheless, no matter what, I definitely don’t want to see any more of Zito this year (ever?). Sanchez, maybe, maybe. Tanner’s stock has dropped this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit the bigs someday. Definitely won’t ever be much of an impact player.

Not to get overly excited over a single win against the D-Backs worst starter, but I’d still give the Giants a 10% chance this year of making the play-offs. They don’t need help yet.

And AZ has been crazy streaky lately. Win streak, Loss streak, win streak. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility that they skid a bit. We’ll see.

3 years 11 months ago

Congratulations, Cincinnati.  You just signed a mid 20s lefty with Jamie Moyer stuff, but not his command.