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Bastardo, Carpenter Among First Cuts

Scott Lauber reports a dozen cuts to the spring training roster. They are:

  • Andrew Carpenter (RHP)
  • Drew Naylor (RHP)
  • Sergio Escalona (LHP)
  • Scott Nestor (RHP)

These four were optioned to minor-league camp, exhausting one of the player’s options.

  • Antonio Bastardo (LHP)
  • Blaine Neal (RHP)
  • Tuffy Gosewich (C)
  • Paul Hoover (C)
  • Mike Cervenak (1B/3B)
  • JJ Furmaniak (INF)
  • Jorge Velandia (INF)
  • Andy Tracy (INF)

These eight were re-assigned to minor-league camp.



  1. Chuck P

    March 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    What does that mean for the players that were cut? Are they fair game?

  2. Jeffrey

    March 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Oh, Andy Tracy and Mike Cervenak — you’ll always live on the deep recesses of the ‘MLB ’09 The Show roster.’ Go in peace, my sons.

  3. Mike S.

    March 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    can we add Kendrick to this list

  4. Ari

    March 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Remind me – hwo many options does a player get?

    And as for the cuts, why not send them to AA or AAA – why cut them outright?

  5. Geoff

    March 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I think they get 4 or 5 ?? Not sure…BUT:

    No theyre not fair game…they are still under team control unless they are out of options. Theyre just considered in the minors now, basically.

    Also, Antionio Bastardo has done a far better job than Kendrick has so far..I think its completely ridiculous that Kendrick hasnt been optioned/assigned to the minor league squad yet.

  6. Geoff

    March 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    It is funny that they put Cervenak, Ellison, and Andy Tracy on MLB09 The Show but that I had to go to the roster vault to get a roster that has the top 250 prospects or so on it….

  7. Jim

    March 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    No real surprises here. Everyone on this list except for Bastardo and Carpenter had pretty much no shot at making the team from the get-go.

  8. Jeff

    March 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Suprised that Kendrick wasn’t on that list as well.

  9. Jim

    March 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Kendrick has proven himself in the past and he still gets a chance to redeem himself if at all possible. All of these guys, the pitchers anyways which are most of them, have done worse than kendrick have done but none of them had any real majors time lime kk has

    After todays game, kk will be probably be in the next round of cuts

  10. Doug D.

    March 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Here’s a link theat fully explains the “minor league options” concept, especially as it relates to the 40-man roster.

    It’s a link that makes references to the Colorado Rockies team, but it should clear up a lot of the confusion.

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