Thursday, May 13, 2010
Roster Cuts: Who gets the axe next?
By Ian Hunter
The Toronto Blue Jays have an interesting conundrum, however. Their replacements are outperforming the replacees. With Edwin Encarnacion and Brian Tallet coming off the disabled list very soon, that means the Blue Jays must clear two roster spots.
If not for salary commitments (Tallet at $2 million, Encarnacion at $4.75 million), I'd be inclined to leave both of them down in Las Vegas until they are really needed. Unfortunately, it seems like such a waste to not have them on the 25-man roster at this point in the season.
It's like the Blue Jays slasher flick ... two players must go, so which ones get the axe?
It's been a long road to recovery for the former Jays setup man. Janssen had a bad streak of three consecutive appearances in late April, but has more or less turned it around in his last four appearances in May.
Janssen's K/9 is up this season, yet so is his BB/9. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to send him back down to Las Vegas to
work on his control. Besides, Jeremy Accardo and Jesse Carlson
need some company down there.
Rommie, buddy. Listen, I loved your story about how you came up through the minor leagues. I enjoy your unique name and your parents seem like good people.
Unfortunately, as the new guy, you are the most dispensable member of the bullpen. With one lefty replacing another, that eliminates the need for Cito's token second left-hander.
Speaking of unique names, here's one who I often confuse with the President of the UFC. Dana Eveland came storming out of the gate to start the season, but now he's cooled off and his ERA has ballooned up to 4.81.
Personally, I would give him one more chance to see what Eveland has left in the tank, otherwise Brian Tallet might be
back in the fifth starter's spot.
He is the manager's dream player - Mike McCoy can play almost any position, he can run, and apparently makes a wicked omelette. That being said, Cito Gaston has a tough time fitting McCoy into games now that Aaron Hill is (somewhat) healthy.
Although a far better choice to pinch run than John McDonald, aside from that ... Mike McCoy's role on the bench is
severely limited. Maybe it's better to just let him go get some
regular playing time in Las Vegas.
This one pains me the most. Prior to the start of the season, I was so excited to finally see Randy Ruiz get some regular playing time and was hoping this would be his breakout season.
Then Cito committed to using Lyle Overbay as the starting first baseman and Adam Lind as the everyday DH, and that plan was completely shot down.
Ruiz has flashed moments of greatness this season, but the real problem is that his playing assignments are so few are far between that it's difficult to tell if he will ever get more than a handful of at bats every few weeks.
For Ruiz to solidify his spot on the roster, he really needs to deliver when called upon to pinch hit or fill in at first base.
The problem is that it seems like he's swinging for the fences each time because he knows that at bat could very well be his last. I hate to say it, but freedom for Randy Ruiz could be fleeting.
What do you think? Which guys do you think will get cut to make room for Brian Tallet and Edwin Encarnacion?