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October 08, 2004

Transaction

Designated starting pitcher BEN KOZLOWSKI for assignment. Announed that Kozlowski was claimed by Cincinnati. Announced that pitcher COLBY LEWIS was claimed by Detroit.

I don't know when Kozlowski was waived; the team made no annoucement until the waiver claim occurred. I do know that Joaquin Benoit, R.A. Dickey, and a host of lesser names still occupy space on the roster, so the loss of Kozlowski makes no sense unless his recovery is progressing much, much slower than expected. Koz is fifteen months past Tommy John surgery and seemed a safe bet for the AAA rotation in 2005. I believe he has one option remaining. Perhaps he never pans out, but he certainly deserves a roster spot more than many of the current occupants.

Posted by Lucas at October 8, 2004 03:52 PM