As usual, Marc Lancaster breaks the story. The Reds have acquired Ryan Franklin and cash from Philadelphia for a player to be named later.
Franklin was DFA’ed July 30, and is a free agent after the season. A flier. Presumably, say goodbye to Majewski (unless you live in L’Ville – you get to say hello).
He’s been pretty useless this season. At least he’s skewing as a groundball pitcher, though he’s somehow given up 10 HR in 53 IP. He’s a solidly flyball pitcher, throughout his career, and his 4.70 career K-rate isn’t much to pin your hopes on.
It’s a low-cost (hopefully) flier. If the Phils are paying the freight, I can’t get too worked up over it. At least it shows that Krivksy’s acknowledged the clear problems with Majewski’s continued presence.
Someday, though, I’d like someone to explain why none of those Chattanooga relievers deserved even a cup of coffee this year. The organization has shown a willingness to sift through every 30-plus scrapheap reliever in the game, yet no inclination to experiment with youngsters. I’m not ready to criticize this tendency, but I’m interested in understanding it.
UPDATE (by Chad): As noted in the comments, here’s today’s other transactions:
–Gary Majewski was placed on the 15-day DL with Ã¢â‚¬Å“inflammation in his ERAÃ¢â‚¬Â
–Kent Mercker was activated from the DL (glad to have him back; despite his occasional struggles, for some reason I have more faith in Mercker than most of the others out in that pen).
–Jason Standridge was placed on the 15-day DL with back spasms
In addition, Matt Belisle was sent to Louisville to begin a rehab assignment. Brandon Claussen, on the other hand, returned from his rehab assignment but was not reinstated.
I said it the other day, and I agree with what Chris said in the comments below — Brandon Claussen is a dead man walking. They’re going to DFA him, or otherwise find some way to toss him on the trash heap. Hope that’s not the case, and I hope I get to admit that I’m wrong here, but I’m concerned….