Tagged: Minor League

Up From The Minors – But Not A Youngin’

ng.JPGThere’s a new guy in town. When the Red Sox set the 2009 Opening Day roster, it included Nick Green. This is the guy that so impressed me during this year’s Spring Training. This is why I watch / listen to ST games, so I can pick out and following the ‘new’ guys.


He’s not new to the Major Leagues, not by any stretch of the imagination. Nick Green is a 30-year old infielder; throws and bats righty. Green was drafted by Atlanta in 1998. He was called up to the majors in 2004 where he hit .273 with the Braves, and was subsequently traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitcher Jorge Sosa. From there he went to that NY team’s minor system, where he later got called up in 2006.


After becoming a free agent in 2006, he played with the Pirates, Mariners and, again the NY team’s organizations, but mostly in their minors. At the end of the 2008 season, Green again became a free agent. In January 2009, he signed a minor league deal with the RS that included an invitation to Spring Training, only to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.


Green has played 275 major league games and has a little over 700 at-bats. He’s has ten home runs, 59 RBI’s and 5 stolen bases. He’s a .240 career hitter.


I’ve got a good feeling about the contribution Nick Green will be able to make on the Red Sox. It’s a vibe-thing. I wish him luck.



The Fire Sale Continues

I’m not sure how this headline should read: Adam Dunn Signs With the Nats or The Nationals FINALLY Sign A Big Bat – 2 year, $20 million, even though he made $13 million last year with the Reds. Apparently he thought he’d be worth
dunn.JPGmore, too, this season. The Nat’s plans are to play first baseman Dunn in the outfield.


Talk about a fire sale, Bobby Abreu was signed this week to the Los Angeles Angels. There is no symmetry to that trade at all. He signed for one year, $5 million. This is a guy that made $16 million for the last two years; unbelievable. How will he ever live at those low standards?


I was wondering what Kevin Millar’s post-Oriole’s destiny was to be and here’s the skinny: he signs with the Blue Jays to a minor-league contract with an non-roster invite to Spring Training. Though I have never been a big fan of
km.JPGKevin Millar’s, it still bothers me that our precious 2004 team was dismantled and this is what has become of it. Trot Nixon spends his entire career with the Sox and ends up playing in the Minors. Mark Bellhorn not only did an extended gig in the Minors, he is now even Minor-less. Now Millar not only the Minors, but for the Blue Jays.  I’m really surprised though because if anyone, I thought that he’d have a career as a MLB broadcaster. Guess the money must be better in the minors, huh?


And lastly, Manny? Where’s Manny? Dodger’s claim they are still interested even though he let one contract expire and he turned one down. Maybe three’s
mannypray.JPGa charm? Please, please would somebody sign Manny. I still think (but hope not) that he’ll take the first half of the season off and sign on to a
 team that will claim to love Manny (or his bat anyway).