Jamie Moyer's days as a member of the Colorado Rockies had been counting down ever since he made the team out of spring training, and on Wednesday afternoon that counter reached zero. According to Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies have designated the 49-year-old lefty for assignment:
Rockies designate Jamie Moyer for assignment.— Tracy Ringolsby (@ROOTSPORTS_TR) May 30, 2012
This really doesn't come as a surprise after he struggled mightily through May. He was 1-3 with an 8.64 ERA in five starts/25 innings pitched for the month. He most recently allowed four home runs to the Cincinnati Reds in a 7-5 loss on Sunday.
Moyer was scheduled to start on Friday, but his replacement has yet to be named. Carlos Torres is back in the majors until then.
#Rockies designate LHP Jamie Moyer for assignment, call up RHP Carlos Torres. Manager Jim Tracy says he'll announce Friday starter tomorrow— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) May 30, 2012
It appears that Torres is not subject to the 10-day rule following his call-up for the Monday doubleheader and subsequent send-down.As many of us read in Dave Krieger's piece from today, O'Dowd spoke frankly about Moyer:
"I knew this was going to be a transition year," O'Dowd said. "I never expected Jamie Moyer would last till June. We just looked at him as a guy to give us probably 10 starts at most until we could transition to someone else.
Well, he fell a couple of days short of that.
It was a good try by Moyer and we certainly wish him nothing but the best in what happens for him next.
The big news of the day is that Freddie Freeman finally got his new glasses in the mail, and is back in the lineup. Maybe next time, Atlanta can splurge for something more than UPS five-day ground delivery or whatever his glasses were shipped with.
Richie Shaffer's bio is littered with statements like, "Best defensive first baseman in Clemson history and "has committed only three errors through 2011." Naturally, what one does with a defensive wizard at first base is...move him to third base. Where he has committed 11 errors in 59 games, for a FPCT of .935. It is not clear whether Shaffer will be drafted as a first or third baseman. He would have much more value as a third baseman because he displays some of the best power and patience in the NCAA. At first base, he could be "just another" excellent power-hittier. At third, he could be very special.
During his college career, he has hit .326/.446/.565, with a home run every 25 plate appearances. Some project even more power, and name him the second best power prospect in the 2012 draft. Best of all, he projects to be a patient hitter, as he's drawn a walk every 6 plate appearances in college.
In all, Shaffer has one of the best bats in the draft, with defensive upside to be a very complete player in professional ball.
Shaffer's floor projects to be in the major leagues - no Quad-A for him! Injury or freak occurrence aside, he should at least be a 1B or corner outfield starter on a second division team.
Shaffer's combination of power and patience, plus a good defensive reputation at first base (and upside at third) means that his ceiling could be occasional All-Star. Even if he never reaches 30 home runs (he might) or hits .300 (he could) in the majors, he has the tools to be a significant contributor to a contending baseball club.
Richie Shaffer has one of the best bats in the 2012 draft and defensive upside at corner infield positions. As such, he has put himself into first-round consideration. As such, it is unlikely he will fall to the Astros in the supplemental round at pick 41. Most mock drafts show him being drafted in the low "teens".
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.
Get the brooms out, because the Miami Marlins are looking for the sweep.
The Fish are looking to cap off a brilliant month of May by completing the sweep of the division leading Washington Nationals and pulling within half a game of the leaders. The Marlins have put on a balanced effort in the past two games, highlighted by the typically impressive Giancarlo Stanton and the surprising reemergence of Heath Bell in two dominant closer innings. Combine that with some decent starting pitching and the Fish have picked up two wins. Can the Marlins get one more with their staff ace on the mound against a pitcher returning from two and a half years of injury hell?Pitching Matchup
Josh Johnson will look to finish what turned out to be a mediocre May with a strong showing in the final game of the month. Johnson has struck out just 18 percent of batters he has faced this season, the lowest amount of his career. This is surprising given that Johnson's swinging strike rate has climbed up to 9.0 percent, a number that is slightly lower than his career 9.6 percent rate but is on par with his performances in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Johnson will look to shut down a Nationals lineup that is potent at the top but has struggled with a number of injuries heading into the series.
Chien-Ming Wang is making his first start of the 2012 season after returning from injury. He replaced Ross Detwiler in the rotation, which would have been an acceptable decision just a few seasons ago, but now looks quite confusing on manager Davey Johnson's part. Wang had a decent 4.04 ERA to go along with a 4.57 FIP in 2011, when he made 11 starts after missing two seasons with a foot injury. But Detwiler in 2012 has been excellent, posting a 3.88 ERA along with a 3.51 FIP. Detwiler was one of two starters who dominated the Fish in the series between the two teams in April, as he went six shutout innings and struck out seven with only one walk. Wang will get the nod, however, and his book has always been about ground balls with minimal walks.
By necessity, the Marlins are going with continuity by throwing out the same lineup as the last few days. Against righties, this is the team's top lineup choice.
- In case you missed it from last night, Donovan Solano and his brother on the Nationals Jhonatan Solano finally made the big leagues and got to hang out together, despite being on opposite teams. Their parents wore dueling shirts last night and are switching for tonight's game.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Nationals 5-2
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A federal grand jury is investigating possible criminal financial misconduct of the Dodgers and related entities during the ownership of Frank and Jamie McCourt, a person familiar with the matter told The Times.
Authorities have requested documents from representatives of each of the McCourts, the person said. The investigation started early last year and appears to be focused on the accounting and propriety of Dodgers spending, the person said.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal first reported the investigation.
The McCourt divorce proceedings and the Dodgers' subsequent bankruptcy filing led to revelations about how team money had been diverted for the personal use of the McCourts. In a Bankruptcy Court filing, Major League Baseball alleged McCourt had "looted" $189 million from the Dodgers for personal use, a claim attorneys for McCourt called inflammatory and unsupportable.