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October 22, 2009

Grilli, Richardson Outrighted

Texas waived pitcher JASON GRILLI and catcher KEVIN RICHARDSON and outrighted them to AAA.

Grilli held opponents to a .216 batting average but was walk-prone (12%), fly-prone, and allowed 12 of 21 hits for extra bases. He was entering his second year of arbitration, having signed for $800,000 last spring with Colorado to avoid an arbitration hearing. Given that he’d receive at least a million next year, Texas decided to cut bait. Grilli almost certainly won’t accept his assignment.

Richardson is a nice story, making the Majors as an undrafted free agent in his eighth year of pro ball. He doesn’t hit for average or draw too many walks but has some pop. Richardson was a six-year minor-league free agent last winter and chose to stay in Texas; he might do so again if extended an offer.

Texas now has 42 players on its 40-man roster if including players still on the 60-day Disabled List, or 35 if dropping all the free agents.

UPDATE on 29 October: Texas signed Richardson to a minor-league deal. And there was much rejoicing.

Posted by Lucas at October 22, 2009 12:26 PM