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April 03, 2005

Final Spring Training Additions and Subtractions

Added OF CHAD ALLEN and IF MARK DEROSA to the 40-man roster. Placed RP TRAVIS HUGHES and RP AGUSTIN MONTERO on waivers.

DeRosa was a given, Allen is a mild surprise. DeRosa didn't show much this spring, but Texas didn't quite take the bait on Ian Kinsler's superior performance. Kinsler will hone his craft in Oklahoma.

As composed in March, the team's only righthanded pinch-hitter of ostensible quality was Colbrunn. Allen will sit on the bench in his absence for now, then face waivers, go unclaimed, and get recalled upon the next injury. Repeat as necessary.

Montero is 27 and has shown negligible ability to retire hitters above AA. Why Texas placed him on the 40 with such haste last fall remains a mystery. Likewise, Hughes has topped out in AA. He strikes out plenty of batters but otherwise offers little of quality. He allowed eight walks and fourteen hits in 9.2 spring innings. 27 in May, he might hang around long enough to develop the control that would grant him some semi-usefulness to a big-league club.

Posted by Lucas at April 3, 2005 03:56 PM