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Friday, August 03, 2007

Cirillo Heads West

The Twins had a decision to make today on who they were going to send down to make room for Michael Cuddyer, who was activated from the disabled list. As they were no doubt pondering the relative merits of keepin Brian Buscher around, the Diamondbacks issued a claim on Jeff Cirillo, who the Twins were routinely putting through waivers (as most players have been) for the purpose of making him available in a potential trade. All of a sudden, the roster conflict disappeared. Cirillo is now with the D-Backs, and the Twins get to activate Cuddyer.

The one unusual thing about this move is that this wasn't a trade -- merely a waiver claim. The Twins felt that they didn't have time to work out a deal with the D-Backs in exchange for Cirillo, so they just let him go. This is fairly unusual, as even veteran players who are underperforming (such as Cirillo) typically bring something back in return. In this case, however, you have to ask how much a guy who's been pretty bad all year would have been worth to the D-Backs. We certainly would have received a prospect -- but I'm guessing it would have been a pretty bad prospect.

This will undoubtedly cause even more rumblings in the clubhouse, but they're misplaced. Cirillo was not an integral part of this team, and he wasn't going to be. I'm not sad to see him go (although I'm not happy either -- color me all sorts of gray on this one). The only downside to this move that I see is that it means more playing time for Nick Punto and Luis Rodriguez, simply by default.



  • At Fri Aug 03, 09:48:00 PM , Blogger Marty said...

    He ranked 5th on the team in OPS. Even as a part-timer getting ready to retire he put most of the piranhas to shame offensively, I think he had a role to play on this team and I am sad to see him go.

  • At Fri Aug 03, 11:37:00 PM , Blogger JST said...

    The problem is, he too rarely could answer the bell. I grant you that he was a useful role player, and I really don't like giving up something for nothing, but I just can't feel all that badly about this.

  • At Sat Aug 04, 12:09:00 AM , Blogger Marty said...

    Think of it this way, outside of the big four (Mauer, Morneau, Hunter and Cuddyer) he was our best hitter (and hit .293 against lefties).

    How many more bats do we want to remove from this lineup?

    Do you think Terry Ryan first got Cirillo thinking he'd be an everyday player? No way, it was clear he was a part-timer from day one.

    Being a part-timer doesn't make you a bad player.

    This Twins team already has a punchless lineup but at least twice a week we had a guy he could hit lefties for us in either the 1B or 3B position.

    Now more those at bats go to Punto and his HISTORICALLY bad season.

    I know everyone is throwing up the white flags on this team but come'on. Let's not shoot for "embarrasingly bad" again.

  • At Sat Aug 04, 05:58:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Cirillo was not the Twins fifth best hitter. And if he was, moving him was still a good idea because a team with Cirillo as its fifth best hitter isn't going anywhere.bvsi

  • At Sat Aug 04, 08:56:00 AM , Blogger JST said...

    I really think you're overstating this, Marty, especially if you look at what he's done recently. Cirillo's numbers are inflated by a good stretch he had in June, when he went 12-for-20 between June 17 and June 23. That means he saw the ball really well for all of a week. Take that week out of his season, and he's hitting .210. Obviously, you can parse numbers however you like, but I didn't have to try that hard to find the good stretch he's had -- it sticks out like a sore thumb in his game logs. A player who has had one good week all season is simply not worth getting in a bind over.


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