Saturday afternoon linkage..
- Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter) notes that the Twins finally got Clete Thomas, years after they drafted him but were unable to sign him. Minnesota claimed Thomas off of waivers from the Tigers earlier today.
- Matt Klaassen of Fangraphs examines whether Johnny Damon is worth it for the Indians.
- Nationals manager Davey Johnson pushed for major changes to the bench this year and is happy with the outcome, writes MLB.com's Bill Ladson. This year's bench is clicking so far with the likes of Chad Tracy, Xavier Nady, and Mark DeRosa.
- The Rays signed Dominican shortstop Christian Toribio for $65K, according to a press release from the Dominican Prospect League. The DPL categorizes Toribio as an above average runner and a solid defender with enough arm strength and range to stick at the position.
And Ben Revere goes to Rochester to actually play baseball (not just watch other guys.)
Whoever would have thought Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady would ever be productive again?
Rizzo* DJ works with what the big guy gives him.
Just like Carroll lost his job to Ankiel coming back….
2 of Tracy, Nady, DeRosa and/or Bernadina will lose their jobs whenever Morse comes back and Harper gets called up. So part of why they are playing so well, they don’t want to be the next Carroll and lose their jobs. Motivation because of lack of spots, new problem for the nationals, always a good one to have.