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August 24, 2004

Transaction

Added pitcher CHRIS YOUNG to the 40-man roster and recalled him from AAA Oklahoma. Placed pitcher JOAQUIN BENOIT on the 15-day disabled list.

Texas received Young in the Einar Diaz trade. What did I have to say about that trade? Getting anything, anything at all, for Diaz makes for a fine trade... None of the prospects [Young or pitcher Justin Echols] has a strong chance of making the Majors. I'm glad to be wrong, though Young's appearance stems from the dire state of the rotation than his own efforts in AAA, strong though they've been. If Young can offer five innings and three runs allowed, Texas will take it. With Callaway hurt yet again and Erickson pitching to expectations (which is to say, poorly), they may have little choice but to keep him around.

As for Benoit, he might have thrown his last pitch as a Ranger. I believe he'll be arbitration-eligible next season, and while he won't get much of a raise, Texas might not want to pay it to someone with a career ERA of 5.76. Several tough 40-man roster decisions this winter for Texas won't help his cause.

Posted by Lucas at August 24, 2004 03:39 PM