Here’s the list of 40 man roster and non-roster invitees freezing their butts off in freezing Florida:
- 40 man
Brad Ausmus, age 37 (turns 38 in April), RH (we ALL know he’s a lousy hitter and a great game caller. Maybe he’ll just catch 1 or 2 guys this year, since both Roger and Andy are gone.) He supposedly has a sore shoulder, so he might could just catch Roy. Actually, he should just catch Wandy, who needs all the help he can get.
Humberto Quintero, age 27, RH – an unimpressive career 64 ML games (translation – OPS lower than Brad Ausmus), but had a good year at AAA last year – .298 BA; .352 OBP; .425 SLG; .777 OPS. Hit .302 and slugged .475 in winter ball this year. Has a rocket arm. NO idea how good he is at blocking pitches or calling games. Built like Raul Chavez, unfortunately…
Hector Giminez, age 24, switch – had a .720 OPS last year at AAA. Hit .302 and slugged .527 in winter ball this year.
Kevin Davidson, age 26 RH – drafted by us in 2002, just finished AA, hit .203, SLG .279. Need I say more?
Eric Munson, age 29, LH ( the very definition of a AAAA player. His lefty bat isn’t really needed this year. FORTUNATELY.)
Louis Santangelo, age (almost) 24, RH – just finished his rookie year. Hit well – .855 OPS. Looks like Piazza compared to the rest of these guys….
Let’s be real here. Davidson and Santangelo aren’t gonna make the big club any more than I will. And I hopehopehope Munson won’t neither, because we actually NEED a new main catcher, as Brad, well, he can’t hit, and we don’t exactly have a AL East lineup that can afford a Brad Ausmus average. I have no idea how well either Quintero or Gimenez calls games, or how good a defender Giminez is. Hopefully, this will sort itself out over the next 6 weeks.
Tomorrow, starters report…