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November 19, 2004

Yan claimed

Texas claimed infielder RUDDY YAN off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.

Yan was one of the players offered but declined in the Carl Everett trade of 2003 that delivered Frank Francisco, among others. Yan struggled as a 22-year-old in AA (.267/.315/.338) and has yet to hit for average above low-A and for power anywhere. He is blazingly fast, but like new teammate Ramon Nivar, he contradicts his best skill with his low OBP.

He's young and appears to have two options remaining, so he does have some time on his side, though the idea of him cluttering the 40-man roster is not appealing. As with Ryan Wing, his appearance begs the question of what makes him more valuable than the departed Ben Koslowski.

Posted by Lucas at November 19, 2004 07:39 PM