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October 15, 2007

Reinstatements and Deletions

Texas reinstated pitchers WILLIE EYRE and AKINORI OTSUKA and infielder JOAQUIN ARIAS from the 60-day Disabled List. Texas also designated pitchers EYRE and MIKE WOOD, catcher CHRIS STEWART, and outfielder KEVIN MAHAR for assignment.

Having been designated previously, Wood could and did elect free agency. He might latch on somewhere as a passable middle reliever. Most likely, he’ll be an insurance policy. The other three return to the minors and will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft. None will be selected.

The 40-man roster now contains exactly 40 players. Jerry Hairston, Sammy Sosa, Brad Wilkerson and Jamey Wright will presumably depart via free agency, and Brandon Boggs, Thomas Diamond, Matt Harrison, and Max Ramirez have a sporting chance of replacing them. Thus, any free-agent acquisitions will demand additional cuts or trades.

Bill White and Freddy Guzman strike me as the next targets for designation. Guzman would probably be a tolerable 5th outfielder (particularly as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement for Jason Botts and similarly equipped outfielders), but… meh, it’s Freddy Guzman.

Posted by Lucas at October 15, 2007 11:46 PM