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A’s DFA Lugo

Posted Jan 25, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Jan 25, 2008 at 04:06 PM

In need of a 40-man roster spot for a waiver-wire pickup, Oakland designated Ruddy Lugo for assignment today. I imagine they’d like to re-sign him to a minor-league deal with an invitation to camp, but we shall see.

Speaking of non-roster invitees, the Rays have added another in RHP Scott Munter, a reliever with McClung-esque height/weight numbers (6-6, 260) who has had some success in the majors with the Giants. Unfortunately, most of that success came as a rookie in 2005. He had elbow surgery that fall and hasn’t been as effective since.

Munter did post a 2.00 ERA in the Arizona Fall League this season. He played for Scottsdale alongside all of the Rays’ AFL contingent, so presumably Tampa Bay has the most recent scouting report available. The way Tampa Bay’s bullpen looks right now, Munter’s chances of breaking camp with the team don’t look real good, but the sinkerballer might be handy to have around in Durham.

By my unofficial count, his addition will put 52 players in big-league camp, with a couple more additions possible. I definitely would expect another catcher, as the Rays only have five on the list right now and most teams prefer to have six. Organizational soldier Josh Arhart held down the sixth-catcher slot last spring, and who knows, he may be the guy again this year.

Reader Comments

Por (CharlieRay) on January 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

OK!  How about the two things we really need.  A lefty bull pen pitcher (good one not a has been).  A catcher that can really compete for a starting job especially if Dioner Navarro doesn’t come back as good as or better than the last two months of the season.

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