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Mortensen Designated for Assignment

January 18, 2011

I did not see this move coming. We knew something had to give and someone had to go as the deal for Grant Balfour was announced today, and now we know who that person is: Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen came to Oakland in the deal that sent Matt Holliday to St. Louis. The right-hander in his eight appearance career with the A’s was 2-4 with a 7.22 ERA. He spent most of 2010 in Sacramento with the River Cats where he went 13-6 with a 4.26 ERA. He wasn’t much of a strikeout pitcher 6.1K/9 but had good control 2.89BB/9, he made only one appearance in the majors a six inning outing in Cleveland last July.

The Mortensen move surprised me since I viewed him as a “AAAA option” basically in case of injury. Perhaps this is indicative of confidence that Billy Beane has in the health of Rich Harden, Brandon McCarthy and Josh Outman? Needless to say, best of luck Clay, I saw you in your lone start last year in Cleveland, best of luck to you. So, with the Brian Fuentes signing to be finalized tomorrow, who is the other person off the roster?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2011 5:53 pm

    I’m confident that someone will send the A’s some minor leaguer for Mortensen before the 10-day DFA period expires. If not, and he gets claimed on waivers or leaves as a free agent, it’s just another notch in how awful that Matt Holliday sequence of trades has become.

    • dwishinsky permalink
      January 18, 2011 5:59 pm

      I agree Beane ought to be able to get someone to scoop up Mortensen for a borderline prospect. Regardless, unless we uncover some crazy diamond in the rough no one knew about, the Holliday trades have been beyond disastrous .


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