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Steve Z. broke this news in another thread yesterday -- the Jays claimed RH reliever Kevin Frederick off waivers from the Twins. This should have an immediate, positive impact on the Syracuse bullpen. Frederick had 22 SV in AAA last year, was called up to the Show three different times, and was nearly unhittable in 2001. Considering there's no timetable for Bob File's return, and some of the organization's relievers will be converted starters -- Vinny Chulk and Mike Smith, last I heard -- it's a great move. No risk, high upside. And as Casey might have said, you can never have enough switch-hitting pitchers.

The Jays also signed RHP Dan Reichert, who has never measured up to expectations. The Royals and D-Rays have both given up on him, but they're not famous for astute personnel decisions or patient player development, so who knows? Together, the additions of Reichert (a reclamation project with terrible stats) and Frederick (who looks great on a spreadsheet) underline the flexibility of Ricciardi's philosophy.
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_S.K. - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 10:46 AM EST (#92094) #
Sounds good, but unless they're gonna stick Reichert in CF to spell Vernon, I'm stilling waiting for the other shoe to drop.
_Shane - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 11:24 AM EST (#92095) #
Looks like Frederick is going to start off at double AA New Haven, according to the Sun and Fordin. Perhaps there's a pitching logjam at Syracuse?

Arnold's starting, Thurman, probably Chulk, maybe Thomas, maybe Towers, maybe Smith. The pens probably got combo's of Kershner, Wiggins, Young, Cassidy, Bowles, who else?
Pistol - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 11:41 AM EST (#92096) #
Is there any place where we can see the AA and AAA rosters?
Pistol - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 12:25 PM EST (#92097) #
Here's what Sickels had to say about Frederick:

Frederick mad his MLB debut last year, and was hammered badly, mainly because his command didn't hold up. He isn't a blazer, but his fastball and slider are good enough for him to survive if he has confidence. He generally wasn't as sharp in '02 as he was in '01, and it cost him. He'll likely spend the next few years bouncing between the majors and minors, though I wouldn't put it past him to surprise us with a strong relief season in a year or two. Grade C.
_Spicol - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 12:58 PM EST (#92098) #
Baseball America ranked him 24th in this year's list of Minnesota's prospects and considering the Twins have a very deep minor league system (BA ranked them 4th in MLB) he'd likely rank a bit higher than that with the Jays.

Excerpts from their comments on Frederick include: "he's coming off of the second shoulder operation of his careeer. He had an operation to repair a detached labrum last spring...He's strictly a fastball/slider pitcher with 90-94 mph heat."

He strikes out a lot of batters but his command isn't that great (312K and 100BB in 264 minor league innings). If he throws a relatively normal low 90s fastball without the benefit of a 3rd out pitch or something offspeed like a curve or a change, I'm thinking he must have a ton of movement on his pitches.
_Diamond Mind Sa - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 01:16 PM EST (#92099) #
Jays to win 81 games, 1% chance to win the division, 2% chance to win the wild card.

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_Jim - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 05:36 PM EST (#92100) #
Personally, I'm more excited about the signing of Reichert. His write-up in BP was very positive, and while he flopped in KC, they've had a lousy track record with young pitchers - actually just about all pitchers. Assuming his arm is sound, Reichert still has big upside. To pick him up as free talent is a very sweet little move.
_Shane - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 08:26 PM EST (#92101) #
Point of Interest:

Unless i've done the math wrong, which is always likely, the additions of Linton, Miller and know Kevin Frederick means the 40man roster has topped off at, well, forty.

So unless the Jays brass is very confident in Catalanatto staying healthy for a good while, and that Berg and Tom Wilson (Blah!) can fill any days off/emergency sub work, there would have to be some 40man roster shuffling fairly soon.

Personally, I had been thinking they would keep a spot open for a while, perhaps waiting to see which outfielder at the minor league level seperated himself out from among the field, the Johnson's, Aven's, etc. Perhaps even a waiver wire snag since no one had impressed, but no.

Surely sometime in April they'll need a legitimate fourth outfielder, so unless Rosario is placed on the 60man DL, I assume they'll try to slip someone through waivers?? Guesses anyone?

Of course maybe they'll just bring up Wise or Werth. But, if they were going to do that, they probably wouldn't have bothered with the whole Aven/Ryan/Colangelo meat market auditions in the first place.
_Spicol - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 09:16 PM EST (#92102) #
Unless i've done the math wrong, which is always likely, the additions of Linton, Miller and know Kevin Frederick means the 40man roster has topped off at, well, forty.

This is the 40-man as shown on the Jays official site. It shows 39 players and lists Fredereick but still includes Majewski for some strange reason. Subtract Gary and put Rosario on the 60-day DL, then add Trever Miller and Doug Linton and you're at 39 players.

I'm assuming the last spot will remain open for an outfielder or for Matt Ford, who might very well be returned by Milwaukee. His spring has been terrible: 16 hits and 3 walks allowed with a 13.50 ERA in 6 IP. You often can't make roster decisions based on spring performances but I'm willing to bet that Milwaukee does and plus, they still have 27 players in camp.
Craig B - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 09:32 PM EST (#92103) #
Spicol, if Ford is returned he will have to pass through waivers. As I understand it, that means he can then be outrighted off the 40-man roster.
Craig B - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 09:35 PM EST (#92104) #
I love Frederick, mostly because anyone who can strike out 109 men in 82 innings of AA baseball, no matter how old he is, has a chance to be successful. He has a plus slider and according to Aaron Gleeman, the Twins really liked him, so it sounds like an OK pickup.
_Rosterman - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 10:42 PM EST (#92105) #
Subtract Gary and put Rosario on the 60-day DL

Putting Rosario on the 60-day DL would mean promoting him to the majors - and thus paying him a major-league salary, rather than the minor league salary he's getting now.
_Shane - Saturday, March 29 2003 @ 11:43 PM EST (#92106) #
Actually,'s 40man tally is incomplete at this point. As you say, Majewski comes off, and Linton & T. Miller go on. Forty.

Pitchers: Escobar, File, Bowles, Halladay, J. Miller, Hendrickson, Walker, Rosario, Sturtze, Chulk, Smith, Politte, Creek, Tam, Lidle, Markwell, Lopez, Thurman, Linton, T. Miller, Frederick

Catchers: Cash, Wilson, Quiroz, Myers, Huckaby

Infield: Phelps, Hinske, Hudson, Delgado, Woodward, Rich, Bordick, Berg

Outfield: Stewart, Catalanatto, Wise, Rios, Wells, Werth

Going into spring training the Jays entered with a full 40man, roster, since then they've turned over two Rule V's (Dubois & Majewski) and released one thief (Coco). Having now added T. Miller, Linton, and Frederick they're back at forty.

Aswell, supposedly when it comes to placing minorleague guys already on the 40man onto the 60day DL, thus temporarily coming off the 40man to clear space, they're salaries automatically go from Minor League base salaries to the Major League minimum, big pay hikes. Supposedly, this is why Chad Ricketts never came off the 40man last year during the season, even though he was done for the season mid-summer. Whether this is the case for sure I don't know, but a poster at a different site ripped a nice hole in my a$$ a month back for saying Rosario would go onto the 60day DL in April, so this was his enlightenment unto me.
_Spicol - Sunday, March 30 2003 @ 12:24 AM EST (#92107) #
Spicol, if Ford is returned he will have to pass through waivers. As I understand it, that means he can then be outrighted off the 40-man roster.

Really? The transaction rules for Rule Vers have never been clear to me. I was under the impression that Dubois and Majewski were just given back and never placed on waivers.
_Steve Z - Sunday, March 30 2003 @ 12:47 AM EST (#92108) #
By the looks of it, Ford will not be returned, so it's a moot point:

The Brewers are thinking long-term with Ford and fellow Rule 5 pickup Enrique Cruz, but in the short-term Yost will have to manage with 23 full-time players and two minor leaguers who figure to see limited action.
Craig B - Sunday, March 30 2003 @ 12:47 AM EST (#92109) #
No, any Rule V player must pass through waivers before returning. If anyone wants to claim the Rule V player, they claim him but are subject to the same restrictions as the team that drafted him... keep him on the 25-man all year or he goes back.
Craig B - Sunday, March 30 2003 @ 03:05 AM EST (#92110) #
Rule 5, not V, dammit. Sorry.
_Matthew Elmslie - Monday, March 31 2003 @ 10:04 AM EST (#92111) #
That's how the Jays picked Willie Canate, as I recall - someone else had him as a Rule 5 guy, and didn't want him anymore, and Toronto claimed him as he was being sent down.
_benum - Monday, March 31 2003 @ 02:34 PM EST (#92112) #
I'd love to see the Jays pick up someone out of the Twins surplus of Outfielders. With Cat's back problems and Werth probably benifiting from a year at AAA they could get a legitimate starter/A+ fourth outfielder.

With Hunter and Jones (in CF and LF), the Twins have:
Cuddyer (24), Kielty (26), Mohr (27), Restovich (24), Ryan (26) and Ford (26).

For the Jays, I think Lew Ford would be a good pickup. He wouldn't cost as much as the more monstrous prospects (Cuddyer, Restovich) but he can play a legitimate CF as well as the corners and stil has some breakout potential.

While he's 26/27, he didn't start baseball until his junior year of college (kind of like Koskie). He contols the strike zone pretty well and has an interesting blend of speed/power/defense (In 566 AB's in AA/AAA he had 62/68 walks/K's, 36 doubles, 20 homers and went 28 for 34 in steals)
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