Surprising news hit today: per story-breaker Mark Zuckerman, both Cole Kimball and Corey Brown were waived off the 40-man roster earlier this week. We got word today that Kimball was claimed by Toronto, while Brown passed through waivers and is now assigned to our AAA squad.
Why would the team choose to expose Kimball to waivers?
- The team figured they could gamble and slip Kimball through waivers by virtue of his surgery. (Except that we have former employees scattered around the league who know our personnel, including one in Toronto)
- The team figures he won’t be ready by mid-2012, so he wasn’t worth keeping on the roster (hard to believe given his pre-injury performance for the team).
- Rizzo knows something the rest of us don’t. Maybe Kimball’s injury is worse than we thought. Maybe he’s assuming (a good assumption frankly) that hard throwers with shoulder surgeries don’t really come back that often.
However, what I don’t get about the move can be summarized in these points:
- The team was already sitting with 6 open slots on the 40-man roster, more than enough to add in what I figured would be most of their off-season work (adding a few rule-5 eligible players and signing a few free agents).
- The team could have easily shed a few more people off the 40-man by non-tendering Doug Slaten, designating Roger Bernadina or non-tendering Tom Gorzelanny. Even Atahualpa Severino seemed to be less valuable than Kimball.
- Kimball could be stashed on the 40-man roster til April 1st of next year, then stuffed onto the 60-day DL until you needed him, thus freeing up the roster room at that point.
A curious move. Either Rizzo was gambling and had his bluff called, or he knows something that the rest of us don’t.