Here are a few links out of the NL and AL West as Tuesday runs into Wednesday …
- The Diamondbacks have placed left-hander Joe Saunders on trade waivers, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Saunders, whose waiver period expires on Thursday at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday, is owed roughly $1.5MM for the remainder of the season and is slated to become a free agent in the offseason.
- The Athletics have signed catcher Jason Jaramillo to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento, according to Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com (Twitter link). Jaramillo appeared in the Majors for stints of various lengths with the Pirates from 2009-11. He owns a career big league batting line of .235/.293/.327.
- Among a handful of roster moves Oakland made today was optioning second baseman Jemile Weeks to Triple-A. Weeks burst onto the scene in the second-half of last season but has struggled mightily with the bat this year (.220/.305/.302). However, the A's don't seem to have soured on Weeks overall, as manager Bob Melvin characterized the demotion as a "blip" and said the organization still thinks Weeks has a bright future ahead, according to Pratt (Twitter link).
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They are. And, the Weeks demotion was long overdue. But, the really need to improve their infield.
Someone will almost certainly pick up Saunders. I don’t know what his past few starts have been like, but so far this season he looks to be pitching very well. He gets a ton of flak from the saberists but is a pretty consistent back of the rotation guy and his peripherals look to be much improved this year. He always seems to get on a run at some point and lower his ERA.
Do you think someone would give a decent prospect for Saunders?
Fish just hit him for 9 runs in 3+IP with a AAA lineup outside of Stanton, Bonifacio, Lee and Reyes. Saunders really hasn’t turned his 2012 season around all that much from the bad start and whoever gets him (potentially) only has him for a month.
If they even could move him, lucky to get the Generic named, low to no type prospect at best, or organizational filler type player in return.
Any chance Saunders would be a reliever? Cards lefty relievers are pretty terrible. They are the reason our entire bullpen gets a bad rep.
I’d love the Tigers to pick up Joe Saunders, McDonald/Bloomquist, Chris Young and cash for Jhonny Peralta and Rick Porcello. Tigers get a good power/speed guy to put at the bottom of the order, a good Lefthander to put at the back end of the rotation, and improve the defense up the middle and in the OF. I think Chris Young is one of those guys that could definitely benefit from a change of scenery. Porcello too. Diamondbacks get a good deal here