Morse Clears Waivers, Lugo Returned To Twins
The M’s have outrighted Mike Morse to Tacoma, which means he cleared waivers. He’s now off the 40 man roster – his spot will be handed to Mike Sweeney whenever they get around to purchasing his contract. I think most of us figured some team (like Houston or Florida) would grab Morse for free, but no one else saw much potential there either, so he stays in the organization. The question will be what they do with him now. Tui is going to play third base for the Rainiers, and first base will be occupied by some kind of Carp/Shelton/Clement/LaHair platoon, so Morse doesn’t really fit in there either. He can’t play the middle infield anymore. I guess they could use him as an outfielder in lieu of Prentice Redman, but he’s not an outfielder in any real way, shape, or form.
The M’s have a big logjam of Triple-A players. Some of them are going to have to go away.
In other news, the M’s decided against keeping Rule 5 pick Jose Lugo, and he was returned to the Twins. I liked the Lugo selection and would have liked to see the M’s keep a power groundball/strikeout LHP around, but it’s not the end of the world. The question, though, is with Lugo going back to Minnesota, Cesar Jimenez getting put on the DL, and Tyler Johnson not breaking camp with the team, are the M’s really prepared to go into the season with zero left-handed relievers on the roster? This could be something of a sign that the team is going to go with Jakubauskas as the fifth starter, which, honestly, would be a head scratcher.
Also, reading between the lines here, this means that Shawn Kelley has almost certainly made the team. The M’s are going to carry seven relievers, and Morrow/Aardsma/Lowe/Corcoran/Batista/Kelley seem to have nailed six of those spots, with the last choice being the loser of the RRS/Jakubauskas battle or Jesus Delgado. They could potentially carry both and send Kelley back to Tacoma, but that seems unlikely.