Monday, October 31, 2011

Recapping Recent Roster Moves

Monday marked no shortage of news around the Cincinnati Reds organization as the team made a barrage of roster moves. Here is my best attempt in recapping what all transpired:

* The biggest news of the day was the club's decision to pick-up Brandon Phillips' option and to decline Francisco Cordero's for the 2012 season. Phillips is now set to make $12 million next year while Cordero will receive a $1 million buyout as stipulated by his contract. However, GM Walt Jocketty didn't dismiss the idea of offering long-term contracts for both players.

* Relievers Jared Burton and Daryl Thompson were removed from the 40-man roster as the two were outrighted to Triple-A. Both could be non-roster invites to Spring Training should they not find a team elsewhere.

* Starter Matt Maloney was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins. He made the announcement via Twitter with this tweet: "thanks for everything reds.....but i am now a Minnesota Twin!!! looking forward to a great new opportunity!!"

* The team purchased the contract of outfielder Denis Phipps, who hit a whopping .346, with 34 doubles, 12 homers and 64 RBI while splitting time between Double-A & Triple-A.

* Other notable option decisions included the Padres declining their 2012 option on former Red Aaron Harang, division-rival Pittsburgh declining options on Paul Maholm & Ryan Doumit, Cubs third basemen Aramis Ramirez choosing to void his contract to explore free agency, the Brewers declining options on Francisco Rodriguez & Yuniesky Betancourt, & the Cardinals picking up their option on Yadier Molina.

* In some non-roster related, but injury-related news...Aroldis Chapman was scratched from his scheduled Arizona Fall League start on Monday due to a sore left shoulder. His condition is listed as day-to-day. Also, minor league catcher Yasmani Grandal's AFL season is finished because of a sore middle finger on his left hand. Jocketty on the decision to send the 2010 first round pick home: "He couldn't really do anything. The more he swung the bat, the more it got swollen. It's nothing serious. He just needs to let it heal over time."

* The road to the postseason may have gotten a bit easier for Dusty Baker's squad, as Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa announced his retirement earlier today at a press conference. To read more about his accolades and to see footage of the presser, here's a link to the ESPN coverage of the event.

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