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Transactions Worth Mentioning: Crabbe, Thorman, Cali

Dodgers sign LHRP Carmen Cali (amongst others)

Cali was one of the players I outlined as freely available talent destined to become LOOGYs, and for that I selfishly hope the Dodgers allow Cali the opportunity to replace Joe Beimel. You can read more about Cali by clicking his name at the bottom of this post.

Brewers sign 1B Scott Thorman

This one's a bit interesting. The Brewers all ready have Brad Nelson at first in Nashville and obviously Prince Fielder in the majors. Perhaps this indicates a Fielder trade is on the way (or a lower key Nelson deal) or maybe the Brewers just want some depth in Triple-A. Either way, Thorman has fallen quite a way since being compared to Ryan Klesko in Scout's Honor.

Mariners sign INF Callix Crabbe, Chris Woodward

Okay, this one separates the veterans of BTB reading from the rookies. Those who have read me from the start know how much I liked the Crabbe pick by the Padres in the Rule 5 draft. Unfortunately, he didn't work out too well, but he's still a nice piece to have an injury away. Woodward is a decent defender at the corners, but up the middle he'll cost you a few runs. Neither of these guys are going to knock down doors anytime soon, but they're upgrades over Miguel Cairo and Willie Bloomquist since the M's won't give them nearly 400 combined at-bats.

Also: Joe Torres was signed by the Rangers. I know BTB user Larry mentioned him in the F.A.T. post, so we may as well place a conclusion on his fate this off-season.


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