Minor Moves: Marrero, Thurston, Guzman

Keeping track of the day’s minor moves…

  • The White Sox sent outfielder Christian Marrero to the Braves for cash considerations, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (on Twitter). It appears that he'll start the 2012 season in the minor leagues.
  • The Phillies signed Joe Thurston, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com (on Twitter). He'll open the season in the minors. The Astros released the utility player earlier today, according to the team’s senior director of social media, Alyson Footer (Twitter link). The 32-year-old has MLB experience at second and third and in both corner outfield positions. He owns a .226/.305/.323 line in parts of seven MLB seasons.
  • The Dodgers signed right-hander Kyle Smit, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweets. Smit had spent the past few seasons in the Cubs’ organization.
  • Cristian Guzman says the Indians released him, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Twitter link). The veteran infielder signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland last month, though he didn't play affiliated baseball in 2011.


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20 Comments on "Minor Moves: Marrero, Thurston, Guzman"


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thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 3 months ago

I just looked on baseball reference for “Joe Thurston”, and he has only hit one home run in his career. Duane Kuiper much?

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BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 3 months ago

And…?

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stroh
3 years 3 months ago

I saw Thurston play a few spring games with the Astros.  Plays hard, hustles, but is getting long in the tooth and really is just a gap filler…..could play a few games here or there and not really hurt you (but won’t be of much help either).   Good guy…..amongst all the good guys in baseball.

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johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

Philly will end up grabbing a Thurston/Cora type for the utility guy..You watch and regret it.. These types have been of no use for years.

No offense to these players, but Cora has no range anymore and -0- arm to make any throws from 3b and Thurston is a defensive liability and has -0- bat. Was sooo glad Boston let him walk several years back.

Philly really should try and find someone who either has a solid glove, or a decent hitter at least.. 1 or the other if they cannot find a total package type guy and are worried about Utley’s health this season as a 2nd utility type behind Wiggy.

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nm344
3 years 3 months ago

Umm.. that guy is Galvis.

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3 years 3 months ago

For some reason, my fellow Phillies fans LOVE those type of players. 

If the fans had their way, it seems like there would be a ground swell of support for a Wilson Valdez statue our front of Citizen’s Bank Park.

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Bob
3 years 3 months ago

 not an upgrade from Pete Orr

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3 years 3 months ago

If Guz gets helthy quick, he’s gonna find a job this summer. Lots of clubs seem to need middle infield help.

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Zach
3 years 3 months ago

Joe Thurston is a great guy, really hope he catches on somewhere.

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3 years 3 months ago

Thurston signs minor league deal with the Phillies, 2nd time around with the Phillies.