September Transactions and Call-Ups: Wave 1

I titled this “Wave 1″ because there is supposed to be an additional wave of players called up once the Triple-A Gwinnett season concludes September 3. Here were yesterdays moves.

Jack Wilson was released.

I actually should have seen this move coming. It was getting to the point where Wilson just didn’t provide any value to the team. As Frank Wren said, “We didn’t see a role for Jack.” Wilson was god awful with the bat this season, close to below pitcher level performance. With the acquisition of Paul Janish, his trademark defense just wasn’t needed anymore. With the return of Andrelton Simmons and Paul Janish serving as the back up, it was only a matter of time before they let Wilson go.

Acquired utility player Jeff Baker.

This was a bit of a shocker, but it is an attempt to add another right-handed bat to the bench. Jeff Baker was acquired from the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Baker, 31, is a career .268/.316/.432 hitter with a .327 wOBA and a 92 wRC+. Overall, Baker has never been a great hitter, league average at his best. He has shown a career platoon advantage against lefties. Baker actually become a pretty great hitter if he were to only face left-handed pitching. Owning a triple slash of .298/.346/.505 and a wOBA and wRC+ of .364 and 119 respectively, makes Baker a very valuable bat off the bench if used properly. He is also a super utility player available to play 1B, 2B, 3B, LF, RF. He has played most of his innings at 2B which happens to be his best defensive position.

Moylan and Overbay called-up.

As expected, Overbay was a shoo in for one of the open spots on the 40-man roster. If you haven’t seen my thoughts on Overbay, feel free to check out my previous blog. Moylan was also added to the 40-man roster yesterday. If you are familiar with the blog, I am not the biggest Peter Moylan when it comes to a baseball player helping the team win games. You can read my thoughts on Moylan here. I’m going to have my own personal tracker in September, the innings and appearances totals of Moylan and Gearrin. I’m not “anti-Moylan,” I really hope he pitches well, I just don’t think he is anywhere near the pitcher he was in 2009.

To sum up the 40-man roster moves, Wilson and Baker essentially swapped spots. Overbay was added as the 40th man to the roster and one of either Beachy/Fish/Diaz will be placed on the 60-day DL to make room for Moylan.

Jose Constanza and J.C. Boscan are also expected to be called up today as rosters expand today. Check back after the Gwinnett season ends for Wave 2.

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