Has anyone seen any transactions or information regarding Danny Putnam? I may have simply missed the transaction, but I don't believe he was claimed by anyone. Did the A's assign him back to the Minors?
Sorry if this information has been posted before, and I missed it.
Since I have to add more characters, I'll add a comment about my frustration with the Draft the last few years. Last year we had an opportunity to draft Rick Porcello and didn't. Two years ago we passed on Taylor Teagarden in like the 15th round because of money. Three years ago we didn't even attempt to sign Justin Smoak even though we had drafted him. Don't hold me to exact years, as I'm going by memory here.
I understand losing the Hudsons, Mulders and Zitos, the Miggy, Giambi and McGwire. That comes with being an A's fan. But the only way that we can replace those guys, is with a top notch minors. This means that we can't skimp on the draft.
Lately, it seems we only want to draft the safe players. Well, that's worked out so well, that we had to trade one of the top pitchers in the game, and the most exciting Athletic with an infectious smile, who were both under favorable contracts, to restock our system.
THAT, is unacceptable. If you aren't going to spend the money in the majors, which Billy does an awesome job of controlling, then you have to spend it on the minors, or you'll end up being like the Royals before the new regime.
There, I've vented.