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AaRr Transactions – Week of May 9th

Acquired Florida OF Joe Borchard for FAAB $18. Borchard was acquired by the Marlins from Seattle, where he was designated for assignment. In Florida, Borchard has an opportunity to play every day in either right or center, and once Jeremy Hermida returns, he will likely platoon with Reggie Abercrombie in center field. It’s envisioned that Eric Reed will be sent down. Abercrombie could also use some time in AAA, but he’s shown just enough to stick, especially in light of the dearth of other options the Marlins have. An OF of Willingham – Borchard – Hermida isn’t all bad. Matt Cepicky was designated for assignment to make room on the Marlins’ roster.

For the Roadrunners, Borchard replaces the injured Cody Ross in the active OF. Ross is currently doing rehab in AAA, and is eligible to come back next week from his broken pinkie finger. Ross, who performed well for the Dodgers in April, could contribute so long as Ken Griffey, Jr. is still out, as Ryan Freel is slumping in CF. That would enable the Roadrunners to send down Jeff DaVanon, whose April hot streak is over.

The Roadrunners also picked up Jason Ellison, the 5th OF for the Giants, for a $0 FAAB bid. Ellison is decent, and contributed last season, especially in the steals department. The acquisition of Randy Winn at the deadline sealed Ellison’s fate last season. But with AaRr’s Moises Alou out for at least two weeks with an ankle sprain, (being replaced by 41-year old Steve Finley), along with the quasi-healthy Barry Bonds, and Randy Winn who injured his knee last night, there seems like ample opportunity for Ellison to get AB’s over the next few weeks.

AARR also sent down injured catcher Mike Lieberthal of the Phillies, and acquired Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino. Paulino seems to be the starter for the Bucs, as manager Jim Tracy prefers his combination of 80% of the offense of Ryan Doumit, and 80% of the defense of Humberto Cota. The Pirates once again are screwing with an offesive-minded catcher by jerking him around – Doumit is now practicing at 1B, taking time away from their last problem – Craig Wilson, who started behind the plate but was moved out to 1B and RF. See also the case of Chris Duffy and Nate McLouth in centerfield – both should be playing regularly to get in a groove, and ideally one would be sent down to AAA, but Tracy keeps jerking them around – there is no real platoon effect with those two. Anyway, Paulino will step in for Lieberthal, and seems to be a decent pickup. Dare I say, if he shows any potential with the bat besides batting average, he could be under consideration for protection.

To make room for the three new Roadrunners, Nationals’ OF Brandon Watson was released. We may have seen the last of him in AAA New Orleans, as the new ownership group may bring an influx of cash and potential free agents into the fold. In any case, he just wasn’t that good, and his sole point in getting him was the fact that he was leading off and had speed. That lasted 10 whole days. The Roadrunners also released Nats’ reliever Gary Majewski . Majewski, aqcuired in the minor league draft, had potential, and responded well to a rough patch in late April. But the bottom line is that closer Chad Cordero only has 2 saves, and the Nats suck, so no vulture wins, or Cordero-overuse saves in Majewski’s future. Lastly, the Roadrunners released Padres OF Ben Johnson. He’s just too green, but we’ll keep an eye on him for the future.