Thursday, January 20, 2011
On the job hunt.
Former Tiger Nate Robertson signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners earlier today, and received an invitation to Spring Training, but more than likely Nate won’t be able to crack the rotation for the Mariners. Starting the season for Seattle’s AAA team in Tacoma seems to be the likely destination for Robertson.
Meanwhile the signing of Andruw Jones by the Yankees means that Johnny Damon’s return to the Bronx is very doubtful. Damon wanted to return to New York, but the Yankees already have a crowded outfield and at bats would be slim for the 37-year old, not to mention that Damon is at this point considered a defensive liability. The Toronto Blue Jays are still considering making a run at the Scott Boras client, but for now the wait continues to see where he will end up.
The recently designated for assignment Armando Galarraga is still awaiting word what will happen to him, as well. Rumors persist that the Tigers have received offers for the 29-year old pitcher. Possible landing spots are Baltimore and the New York Yankees, but nothing appears to be imminent.
Jeremy Bonderman is also waiting for offers, as he was linked to a few teams during the off season, but like Galarraga, nothing appears imminent. Bondo will probably have to end up taking a minor league contract and spring training invitation, like Nate Robertson.