October 5, 2013 |
The Phillies' October roster cleaning continued Thursday when four more players - Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Zach Miner, and Mauricio Robles - were outrighted off the 40-man roster. It could signal the end for Martinez, one of the worst Phillies hitters in the modern era. Martinez hit .175 with a .175 on-base percentage and .175 slugging percentage in 40 plate appearances this past season. His .495 OPS in 396 career plate appearances is the lowest for any Phillies position player with as much experience since 1919.
October 4, 2013
The Phillies began the process of cleansing their 40-man roster Wednesday when pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Raul Valdes were claimed on waivers by other teams. Cleveland acquired Cloyd, while Houston claimed Valdes. Cloyd, who was named by the Phillies as their top minor-league pitcher in 2012, posted a 6.36 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) this season. He is 26. Valdes, 35, was not recalled in September, which sealed his fate. This season, he had a 7.46 ERA in 35 innings. "We have to clean up our roster," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week.
July 5, 2013
In a scramble by NHL teams to free space under the salary cap before the start of free agency, five veteran players were placed on unconditional waivers on Wednesday. The Minnesota Wild confirmed they waived defenseman Tom Gilbert for the purpose of buying out the remaining year of his contract. The Nashville Predators said they placed forward Sergei Kostitsyn on waivers. Also waived, according to a person familiar with the moves, were Detroit defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo , Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard , and Buffalo forward Nathan Gerbe . Former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro cleared waivers and had his contract bought out by the team.
April 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In the grand scheme of things, a backup catcher is not crucial to a team's success. The Phillies possessed two backup catchers during the season's first month, and one had to go Sunday when Carlos Ruiz returned from his suspension. Humberto Quintero's locker was cleared early in the morning. The Phillies chose Erik Kratz as their backup and designated Quintero for assignment. They hope to retain Quintero in the organization, but that requires his passing through waivers unclaimed.
March 23, 2013 |
A New Jersey appellate court upheld a rule Thursday that environmental groups have criticized as the worst to come out of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The rule, passed a year ago, allows the department to waive environmental regulations in cases where they are conflicting or unduly burdensome, if there is a public emergency, or if not complying would achieve a net environmental benefit. Critics said the rule would open the door for abuse and favoritism. The 28 groups that appealed it have vowed to continue their opposition.
October 24, 2012 |
Scratch David Herndon from the list of relievers who will be competing for a job in the Phillies' bullpen next season in spring training. Herndon was removed from that competition after being claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. The 27-year-old righthander pitched in only five games in 2012 before being shut down at the end of April because of an elbow injury. His season was officially ended by ligament transplant surgery on his elbow in June. He probably will not be able to pitch until at the least the middle of next season.
August 30, 2012
The Minnesota Twins have placed all-star catcher Joe Mauer on trade waivers, according to a report by Fox Sports. The report said the waivers on Mauer expired Wednesday. Twins general manager Terry Ryan declined to comment. Mauer has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he'd have to approve any deal. Plus, he's due $23 million annually through the 2018 season. That's a huge chunk of change for any team to take on, particularly for a player with a history of injuries who'll turn 30 next April.
August 29, 2012
TOM SMITH , the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, is not going to the Republican National Convention this week. After the day Smith had Monday, Mitt Romney and company are probably relieved to hear it. Smith, speaking after an event in Harrisburg, may have become the latest member of the Todd Akin political pariah club. Akin, a Missouri congressman running for the Senate, embarrassed the GOP last week by suggesting women's bodies prevent them from getting pregnant during a "legitimate rape.
August 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of "welfare queens" to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals. Nowadays government cash assistance to the poor is mainly conditioned on work. And the Obama administration waivers excoriated by Mitt Romney as gutting welfare reform are unlikely to reverse that basic policy, as even some architects of work requirements acknowledge.