Triple-A infielder Bobby Scales, a popular player among Beerleaguer readers desperate for an answer at third base, was traded to the Orioles for future considerations.
The 29-year-old switch-hitter hit .291/.369/.451 in 108 games with Triple-A Scranton. This was his first and only season with the Phillies organization after signing as minor league free agent. He was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in 14th Round of the 1999 draft. Scales’ name was bantered about the comments thread of this space as someone who could step in at third base. It was probably the only place the concept was even remotely considered. Bye-bye, Bobby.
Baseball America updates minor league transactions
It’s always a great time for deprived Phillies fans when Baseball America updates its list of minor league transactions. The latest installment finds a heaping pile of fringe players electing free agency. Many of them will become next season’s crop of spring training invitees. Very exciting!
Here’s a small sampling of the players who elected free agency: Yankees RHP Aaron Small and OF Terrence Long; Red Sox 1B Hee Seop Choi; RHP Danny Graves; Tigers LHP Bobby Seay and RHP Colby Lewis; Florida Marlins OF Matt Cepicky and RHP Jim Brower; Pirates RHP Victor Santos and 3B Mike Edwards (Mechanicsburg, Pa. native); Orioles LHP Eric Dubose; Cardinals 2B Junior Spivey; Dodgers RHP Lance Carter; Nationals OFs Marlon Byrd, George Lombard and RHP Kevin Gryboski; Reds LHP Chris Michalak; Athletics 3B Keith Ginter, RHP Matt Roney and LHP Randy Keisler.
Not much here, but the Phillies could still cherry pick a few bullpen candidates from this list, especially from deeper organizations. The last batch of former Oakland players doesn't look bad. Here’s the full list ... tell me if you see something.