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Opening Day Roster Finalized

Well, I’ll cheat, and use the text out of the official press release…

  • Designated infielder Travis Metcalf for assignment
  • Placed right-handed pitchers Joaquin Benoit and Eric Hurley on the 60-day disabled list, effective today
  • Placed right-handed pitchers Willie Eyre (retroactive to March 27) and Dustin Nippert (retroactive to March 27) on the 15-day disabled list
  • Purchased the contracts of infielder Elvis Andrus, right-handed pitcher Kris Benson, left-handed pitcher Eddie Guardado, right-handed pitcher Jason Jennings, outfielder Andruw Jones, and infielder Omar Vizquel from Triple-A Oklahoma City
  • Reassigned catcher Emerson Frostad and right-handed pitcher Derrick Turnbow to minor league camp

The inclusion of Metcalf is disappointing, I really thought he could have been an option at 3B this year. I’m sure they’ll try and squeeze him through waivers and outright him to AAA. I would normally expect him to never make it through, but doing it at this time of the year we stand a chance since everyone else is dealing with their own 40 man roster issues.
I still am not sold on the Kris Benson experiment. I think he’s a 5.80 ERA 1-4 record in April waiting to happen. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.
Andruw Jones cost us Frank Catalanotto, who had kind of become a lost man anyway, so hopefully Jones is good enough to make us forget that move.
We shall see how this all works out, but even if it’s a guy you hate, you always want to see them on the first base lineup on opening day. That’s what will happen tomorrow. Can’t wait! :)

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