Monday, 25 June 2012
Recalls, Demotions and Transfers
So the Jays got stepped on yesterday. Let's just forget that that one happened and move along, huh?
Adam "Not Travis Snider" Lind was recalled after last night's game. Lind, of course, had been sent down to AAA, waived, removed from the 40-man roster, and all that nonsense. He's gone down to Las Vegas and proved to us that he didn't forget how to dominate AAA pitching, which was never really the problem. I assume that Lind still can't take a walk, or hit a lefty's breaking ball, or not swing at shitty pitches all the time, though we'll have to wait and see, I suppose. I'm really hopeful that they don't just toss him right in to the 5-hole, but I've seen dumber things, and lineup alignment isn't really all that important, so whatever.
Meanwhile, Travis Snider remains in AAA, despite knocking the cover off the ball lately. I wouldn't say that it's going to be overly long before we see Snider again, but with the way Rajai Davis is playing over the past month or so, I can at least understand the thought process, especially if Rajai is playing his way towards some trade value. With Davis playing so well, the Jays don't really need an outfielder as much as they need a 1B/DH type, which explains Lind. I mean, I'm not going to even entertain the idea that Rajai Davis is anything more than a 4th OF/bench guy, and that idea that he's playing too well to justify bringing Snider back up is laughable, especially for a team who finds themselves in last place in the division, but whatever. I'm sure Davis will return to his actual talent level soon, and Lind will probably show us more of what we already know about him, so if Snider can avoid yet another wrist injury, we should be good to go.
The real victim here is David Cooper, who has been demoted to AAA to make room for Lind. I'm not exactly a huge fan of Cooper, nor do I believe that he's a regular, everyday player, especially at 1B in the AL East, but he definitely hasn't done anything to deserve a demotion. He hit .292/.343/.431 in 69 plate appearances, which, in an admittedly small sample size, is quite a bit better than Lind has done in the last 2.5 seasons, save a for a hot month early last year. I'm sure the fact that Cooper is making the pro-rated portion of $490K, and Lind is making over $5MM has something to do with it, but still. Maybe Lind can get hot for a month and get traded or something.
Sergio Santos was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Lind. The Jays also activated Ben Francisco from the 15-day DL, and optioned Mike Mccoy to AAA. Francisco will probably see AB's against lefties as part of a DH platoon with Lind. If not, ugh.
In other news, Kevin Youkilis (and cash) was traded to the Chicago White Sox for former Jay Zach Stewart and utility man Brent Lillibridge. A real nice haul for the White Sox for what they gave up. I might have something up on Nowhere Plans for that one, but I haven't decided yet.
Finally, Trevor Bauer is going to make his MLB debut on Thursday for the D-Backs. Cancel your plans for Thursday night, and thank me later.