Between now and Opening Day, several minor league signees will win jobs with their clubs and earn 40-man roster spots. Here are today's additions:
- After the Pirates optioned Andrew Lambo today, it appears that Travis Ishikawa will be in line for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a platoon mate for Gaby Sanchez at first base, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune (Twitter links). He would need to be added to the 40-man roster in that case, though obviously there is still some time for an outside acquisition to intervene in that outcome.
- Outfielder Jason Kubel has made the Twins club, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported yesterday on Twitter. He will need to be added to the club's 40-man roster to make that possible. As an Article XX(B) free agent, Kubel had to either make the Opening Day roster today or receive a $100K bonus to be retained.
CARP! CARP! CARP! CARP!
*When us Pirate fans chant names, sometimes things happen*.
Keeping Carp-ing about the 1B situation, and maybe they will hear you.
I’d like to see them reel him in..
Yeah. If they can’t entice Boston to trade Carp for a starting pitching prospect, there is something fishy going on.
We should dolphinitely scale back on the fish puns.
You win. I surrender. 😉
I don’t know about Carp. I hear he can’t hit the hook, line or sinker.
I hate to say it, but Lambo earned the trip to Indy with that .045 average this spring.
He hit .228 with 0 HR in winter league this offseason as well. He’s looked pretty lost at the plate. Maybe trying to learn a new position has just overwhelmed him. Hope he can find his swing again at AAA.
This falls in line with my thought process about his situation.
Kubel did nothing this spring to deserve a roster slot.
Agreed, at this point he looks like a DH that can’t hit.